I Could Use a LIft, How ‘Bout You? Two UnHorsey but Very Heartwarming Videos…






Well, the last coupla posts seemed to be very stressful in that they involved stolen or injured horses.  Sigh.  So, today I wanted to post two videos that were forwarded to me.  They don’t have anything to do with horses but they do have to do with humanity and that counts in my book.

OK, now onto the happy videos!

SLOTH

This just killed me!  I decided that maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing to be a sloth.  They seem so happy and contented.  Maybe they are the highest animal after all?  I mean, not one of them looks sad or unhappy.  Basically, they either look sleepy or amused.  And look at this baby!  He/She looks like Buddha!  Love that! Oh and the music chosen for the video is absolutely perfect.  Enjoy!

Here is the blurb about the video (click here or on pic):

I filmed this at the Aviaros del Caribe sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica – the world’s only sloth orphanage. Baby 2 and 3 toed sloths, whose mother’s have either been run over or zapped by power lines are brought to the sanctuary and looked after by legendary sloth whisperer Judy Arroyo. For more sloth photos and videos follow my blog pinktreefrog.typepad.com/ or twitter twitter.com/amphib_avenger. For more on the sanctuary go to slothrescue.org/. Music: “Scrapping and Yelling” by Mark Mothersbaugh from “The Royal Tenenbaum’s” movie soundtrack.

LION MAN

This one is unbelievable, really.  The text is in French so I put it through Babblefish.  Worthless translation.  Basically, I think the translation meant that this guy, Kevin Richardson,  in South Africa has some property and he helps big cats.  And, even though his property is small, all the cats are very healthy and loving.  I think it says that this man treats the animals lovingly since birth and they all love him back.

The last shots are incredible! I think he is trying to fly spray them but the big guys just won’t let him.  They keep grabbing him and wrestling with them.  Y Carumba!  You wouldn’t catch me in there unless I was in a Hummer.  But, this guy really has a bond and I am sure he feels the rewards every day.  Wow.  Again, I plowed very ungracefully through a bad translation, but I think this is the story.  If any of you can read French, please let me know if I got it correctly.  Here is the link to the video.

Addendum:  We have had a few French speakers translate this… One is in the comments and another I will post here from Robynne:

Not a bad translation. :)  It says he’s a premier animal behaviorist and that most of the cats were orphans.  They grew up in his immense, comfortable enclosures which are far better than what they’d have in zoos.  He never uses whips or beats them, but raises them with love and compassion, treating each animal as an individual.  He offers them a new life and despite the relative confinement of their enclosures compared to their native habitat, they are happy, healthy, and appreciate what he does for them.  They return his love in kind.

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4 comments have been posted...

  1. Nicole

    Sorry, I’m posting for a third time in a row here, but I thought you would probably like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4yHi45Onvw

    It’s in French, but the story is about a calf who was saved from a swampy area (in the Camargue region) that had been abandonned by its mother. The cool thing about the story is that a 4 year old camargue mare as adopted the calf, and acts like her mother! Moisette (female version of Moses, since she was in the water when they saved her) even suckles the mares teets, and the mare lets her!

    The people explain that they give the calf milk, and that in the beginning, the calf suffered nutritional deficiencies and so was blind, but has since regained her eyesight!

    Enjoy!

  2. Nicole

    I am bilingual, so I went ahead and translated the text that I have copied/pasted (I always try to leave the original, just in case someone else wants to check my translation.)

    “Kevin Richardson, zoologiste et comportementaliste animalier d’exception. Au sein de sa réserve, il communique facilement avec ses « gros » protégés et a établi une véritable relation fusionnelle. Kévin Richardson a recueilli ces fauves alors qu’ils étaient pour la plupart orphelins. Sans lui, ils n’auraient pas survécu dans la nature. Les félins évoluent dans des enclos immenses et paraissent bien plus heureux que ces animaux apathiques des zoos.

    Kevin n’utilise jamais de bâtons, ni de cordes pour élever et soumettre les animaux. Il a son approche à lui, considérant chaque animal comme un individu. Il le traite avec respect et on lui répond de même.

    Cet homme offre sans conteste une seconde vie au monde animal. Et si leur territoire est limité, l’immensité de l’amour que porte Kevin à ses «gros chats» est infinie.”

    => Kevin Richardson, zoologist and exceptional animal behavioralist. On his reserve, he communicates effortlessly with his “big” protégés and has established a true relationship with them. Kevin Richardson has welcomed these animals, most of whom are orphans. Without him, most of them would never have made it in the wild. These felines run on a very large, enclosed area where they seem much happier than the apathetic animals that we often see in zoos.

    Kevin never uses sticks, or ropes to raise and gain the animals’ submission. He has his own unique approach, and sees each feline as an individual. The animals in turn treat him with that same respect.

    Kevin offers without a doubt a second chance to the animal world. And even if their territory on the reserve is limited, the love Kevin gives these “big cats” is infinite.

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