Quick Hit: Make Way for Salamanders

(h/t Ken West) Did you ever read that book, “Make Way for Ducklings”?

Check out the real life sequel!

Make Way for Salamanders! (image from above article)

The City of Kitchener has closed part of Stauffer Drive so that a colony of salamanders can cross safely from one side of the street to the other.

It’s very cool to see people going out of the way to keep animals safe. And this isn’t the first time:

In an email, the city said that this is the fourth time that the road has been closed so that the salamanders can safely get across.

Way to go, Canada!

Quick Hit: Ringling Bros Removes Elephant Acts Due to Animal Welfare Concerns

As is probably indicative of my friend group, I’ve been emailed this article by at least five different people. But THIS IS SO EXCITING!

The circus’ parent company, Feld Entertainment, told The Associated Press exclusively that the acts will be phased out by 2018. Growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.

We still have work to do though, friends. See below:

Other animals, however, will still be seen under the big top. The 145-year-old circus says that it will continue to showcase, horses, dogs, tigers and other animals in its performances.

To learn more about the¬†Alliance’s efforts regarding¬†Animals in Entertainment, click here.

Feel Good Article of The Day: Animal Friendships

Complete with ADORABLE pictures of interspecies relationships like this:

(I mean, not actually this picture, but pictures like it. The actual images in the story are copyrighted.)

As with any article that tries to use “human” terms for animal interactions, there are cries of anthropomorphism:

Yet until recently, any suggestion that interspecies relationships might be based simply on companionship would probably have been met with derision, dismissed as Pixar-like anthropomorphism. That has changed as research has gradually eroded some boundaries between homo sapiens and other animals. Other species, it turns out, share abilities once considered exclusive to humans, including some emotions, tool use, counting, certain aspects of language and even a moral sense.

And a fair part of the article is dedicated to questioning the accuracy of the interspecies relationships we call “friendships.” But you can just skip all that and watch the adorable videos and read the adorable stories.