world of animals

anonymous asked:

Have you ever experienced negative comments from people comparing you to MDs?

Hello there!

Unfortunately, yes, there are negative comments around. I once was asked “But you are so smart! Why in the world would you treat animals when you could be a DOCTOR?” As if I was throwing away my intelligence to do something so inferior. And of course there is the “I refuse to call you a REAL doctor” type. 

Honestly, if you choose vet med as a career, there will be people who only view this profession as they see it from the outside, which is something similar to “playing with puppies and kittens.” 

What they don’t see? Veterinarians that are working with the CDC and individual states to keep bioterrorism and zoonosis as minimal as possible. Government vets that work directly to keep all our our food supply safe. Vets that work in human hospitals with human physicians to research and improve animal AND human health. Vets that potentially restore someone’s life because they mended a human-animal bond.

Vets are SO much more than playing with puppies and kittens. They are constantly educating, supporting, and even indirectly healing, humans.   So no, I don’t let those comments get to me anymore, because I prefer to see how we can all work together for a better future, not what makes us different or “inferior.”   

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If you’ve seen Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book or the Toy Story movies, you’ve seen the work of animator Floyd Norman; for decades, he has helped bring Disney and Pixar classics to life.

Now 81, Norman still works for Disney, where he has plied his trade, on and off, since he became the studio’s first African-American animator in the 1950s.

The future animator loved drawing and cartoons from an early age, first falling in love with Disney’s animated classic Dumbo at the age of five. He immediately knew what it was he wanted to do for a living. He landed a job at Disney’s studios in 1956 fresh out of art school. The humble Norman insists he did not break any barriers:

I didn’t break barriers — I was just an artist. Being a woman was a lot tougher. There wasn’t a single female animator there!

 After Walt Disney died, Norman found himself in hot water with the company’s accountants who wanted to fire older workers and replace them with newer ones who would work for less money. He migrated to Hanna-Barbera, working on The Flintstones and Josie and the Pussycats. After the accountants lost much of their influence at Disney, Norman returned to the company. He worked steadily over the years and was present for Disney’s merge with Pixar, doing work on films such as Toy Story 2. Retirement age arrived before he knew it, and Human Resources asked him to retire. He returned to the company afterwards as a contractor but did not leave when his contract expired.

I decided I didn’t want to work at home. I missed the camaraderie of the big studio. I missed talking to people. I miss being around the action. And so … I found an empty office and I moved in. I was probably in violation of some rule or law or whatever, but there I was.

He continued to work in the office, and his colleagues affectionately coined the term “Floydering” — it rhymes with loitering — in his honor.

GREAT MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY! So many hidden figures in so many fields. Another we didn’t know about. Imagine loving what you do so much that you still want to do it at age 81! Floyd Norman, I salute you.

#BlackPride #BlackExcellence #BlackHistoryMonth

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Black cats are very often overlooked at shelters because they’re deemed as boring or bad luck. Nevertheless, this didn’t bother David when he went to adopt Scrappy - a black cat. After a few years, David noticed that Scrappy was slowly changing colour and developing patches of white throughout his fur. As it so turned out, Scrappy had a skin condition called vitiligo in which white patches appear on the skin of humans or on the fur of animals.

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Tilikum, SeaWorld’s beloved and controversial whale, has died

  • Tilikum, the orca whale that was the crown jewel of SeaWorld’s aquatic attractions and subject of documentary Blackfish, died on Friday morning. He is estimated to have been 36 years old.
  • SeaWorld described Tilikum as a “beloved member of the SeaWorld family” who was “surrounded by the trainers, care staff and veterinarians that provided him around-the-clock world-class care” when he died.
  • While the official cause of death has not yet been determined, the park said that Tilikum had been suffering from “very serious health issues,” including a bacterial lung infection. Read more

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Hey I hope you are doing fine and here is Allura and her tiny fluffy lions to cheer you up because everybody needs big fluffy cats.

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Deputy Mike Scott was recently dispatched to a house in Gonzales, Louisiana. When he arrived, I imagine he certainly didn’t expect to be met by this scene. Bella the cat had been napping on the garage door when it closed, trapping her between the garage door and the frame. Deputy Mike Scott, assisted by concerned neighbours, removed the frame and freed Bella, who miraculously sustained absolutely no injuries!

Rats have an unwarranted bad reputation. However, rats have been known to exhibit sympathy. Scientists set up an experiment in which a rat would pull a lever to be rewarded with chocolate. If the rat pulled the lever, another rat in the section beside them would be drowned. It was revealed that most of the rats refused to pull the lever and receive the chocolate once they realised that the other rat would suffer. It was also revealed that the rat’s who had gone through the near-drowning experience were more likely to protect the other rats.

Washoe was a common chimpanzee and the first ever non-human to learn how to communicate with sign language. She was raised as close to a human child as possible. One of her care workers, Kat, suffered a miscarriage and took a few weeks off work. When she returned, Washoe seemed upset that she had left her for a prolonged period of time. Kat signed that she was sorry and signed “my baby died,” to which Washoe responded by signing the word “cry” before running her finger down Kat’s cheek, mimicking a tear. She then asked Kat for a hug. Washoe, who had lost her own babies, appeared to be sympathetic and understanding toward Kat’s own pain and loss.