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The rare and beautiful Golden fruit dove






Hubby sent this to me and I thought it was perfect for a Sunday!

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If you thought doves were just grey and white, then you’re missing out on the spectacular golden fruit dove.

Endemic to the Viti Levu, Beqa, Ovalau, Gau, and Waya group islands of Western Fiji, this spectacular bird species, also known as the lemon dove or yellow dove, is famous for its long and slender special feathers around the chest area, which appear like a beautiful human mane from a distance, according to the Australian Geographic.

 

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The male species’s remarkable plumage is brightly colored and also gives off an iridescent sheen. Meanwhile, the head is slightly duller with the greenish tinge, and the bill orbital skin and legs are bluish-green, while the iris is whitish. The young and female golden doves can be easily differentiated as they have a dark green plumage with just a few spots of yellow peeking through.

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Rarely seen near ground level, the golden fruit dove naturally inhabited open forest, gallery forest, and secondary growth, but is also found in the mature rainforest with tall trees. Additionally, these species are occasionally found near populated areas such as towns and villages.

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While the golden fruit dove certainly puts on a colorful show, its cousins—the whistling fruit dove and the orange dove— wow with other colors of the palette. The orange fruit dove, scientifically known as the Ptilinopus victor, has the same elongated, “hair-like” body feathers as the golden fruit dove. In its case, however, these are bright orange and contrast with an olive-colored head.

It resembles its golden cousin in every way but resides in different Fiji islands such as the Vanua, Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, Qamea, and Laucala islands.

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Meanwhile, the whistling fruit dove (Ptilinopus layardi), or velvet dove, is just as striking. Like its cousins, it has brightly colored upperparts, with a contrasting head, in its case, bright yellow.

The golden and orange doves are listed as species of “Least Concern” by the IUCN, and the velvet dove is listed as “Near Threatened.”

 


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JULY BUCKET FUND FOAL: GUS. Abandoned colt in a West Virginia mine, covered in ticks, sunburned and injured. PLEASE FORWARD and HELP.






UPDATE:  Gus didn’t make it… Today, the vets discovered something unusual about his front legs.  They were Xrayed and it was determined that they had a major injury which would cause him pain his entire life.  Sadly, the team of vets and Heart of Phoenix Rescue made the difficult decision to let him pass over the rainbow bridge.

Thank you for your love and concern.   All donations collected will go directly to Rood and Riddle Equine hospital to help with Gus’ medical expenses.

Gus was found in an old mineral mine where people have been known to dump unwanted horses.  A herd has now assembled and Gus was born there a few days ago.

He days old baby was found trying to keep up with the herd in 100 degree heat.  Rescuers (who voluntarily watch and tend to this herd) brought Gus back to the local vet.  Gus was covered in ticks, sunburned, had injuries and was very, very weak.  He was given an IV immediately and transported to the nearest equine hospital.

He is alive and at the equine hospital. He is not lethal white. They have him stabilized while they run every test possible. The poor guy was covered in ticks, sunburned and injured – trying to keep up with the herd.

Many tests were done.  A feeding tube was administered.  The Doctors are waiting for blood test results.  His lungs, heart and intestines seem to be good.   Ticks were removed, sunburn and wounds tended…  Gus was given selenium and Vitamin E.  And, after some fluids and food, he even had one ‘sassy’ spell.  However, this is a very, very sick colt.

Please let’s help them help baby Gus!  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Please let’s make a difference for this foal who has a very long way to go.  Thank you in advance!



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GUS’S STORY

Heart of Phoenix Rescue watches the horses dumped in the mine… they saw that Gus was in trouble and raced him to Rood and Riddle Equine hospital (we have worked with both previously).

At Rood and Riddle equine hospital.

They do not believe that he is lethal white.  But they don’t know what is wrong.  He has perked up some and can stand for short lengths.  His glucose is good.  He has a feeding tube.  The vet office says:

“So far so good. Lungs, stomach, intestine is good.
Dr. Woody will check him in a couple of hours.
They have IV/fluids in him. Going to work on getting him nutrition too.
He was a bit sassy, until he finally got tired. So that is a good sign. They have done blood work. Glucose was good. They are waiting on the full panel.
Going to check to see if anything viral is going on too.
Temp was good. They are putting a feeding tube. They said they will work on getting him to eat from a bucket as well.
They feel he has selenium deficiency, and gave him a shot of selenium and vitamin E.”

These are some of the ticks pulled off of him.

He can stand for short periods. (He is being a good boy)

LET’S PLEASE HELP GUS WITH A BETTER START IN HIS SHORT LIFE!

Gus has a fighting chance.  Already his vet bills are through the roof.  Everyone adores him and wants this boy to pull through.  Can you help?  Horse and Man will make a direct Bucket Fund payment to Rood and Riddle for his care!

All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Thank you in advance!



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Resting after a huge day. He has a feeding tube and they are awaiting test results.

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THANK YOU!  WE WILL UPDATE WHEN WE KNOW MORE!

 


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