Archive for the ‘More than meets the Eye’ Category

Extreme Indigestion

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Stomach contents of expired albatross chick.

Thousands of miles away from the nearest human population centers, albatross chicks are suffering and dying from a diet comprised of human trash. Photographer Chris Jordan ( is documenting this terrible tragedy and we wanted to share his knowledge with everyone interested in saving wildlife. Our consumer habits all play a role in what’s happening in the Midway islands, and we’ve taken action personally to do our part. You can read an more about this in an article published in our most recent newsletter Eyes Alive – Volume 2, Issue #5

The Owl Box

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A good friend of ours sent DJ and e-mail with a link to a video feed. It’s an amazing project that has provided us with inspiration, education, and entertainment. How cool is that?! And, the people doing it are just plain wonderful. ( Viewing Advisory: As with all carnivorous wildlife, feeding time can be graphic. But, you don’t have to watch if you don’t want to!

Thanks to Sylvia, one of our SWaT Team Members, for sending us the original link to Donna and Carlos Royal’s “The Owl Box”

Gorilla Has Cataract Surgery

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

A fellow Rotarian mentioned hearing about a gorilla getting eye surgery – a quick web search turned up the following article:  (to us, wildlife, especially wildlife in zoos, deserves the best quality of life possible)

Eye Surgery for Gorilla Past Its Primate

Over-the-hill Miami ape gets cataract surgery


Updated 1:45 PM EDT, Fri, Oct 2, 2009

Cataract surgery for a 42-year-old female may seem a bit early, but Miami resident Josephine is no ordinary 42-year-old.

Josephine is, in fact, a gorilla, and when she goes under the knife today at Miami MetroZoo, she’ll be one of less than a dozen gorillas in the world to get the state-of-the-art procedure performed.

Both of Josephine’s eyes have worsened to the point where she is nearly blind, only able to see light and dark and shadows.

“At 42, Josephine is considered a senior citizen in gorilla society where life expectancy is rarely beyond 50 and usually less,” said MetroZoo communications director Ron Magill, in a statement.

Using a procedure common for humans, Dr. Frank Spektor, a medical ophthalmologist, will cut out the cataracts and implant new lenses.

Josephine will have to be knocked out by surgeons before the procedure so that she won’t go ape when the doctors cut into her eyes.

Josephine should be back to normal, pounding her chest and peeling bananas within a few days.

First Published: Oct 2, 2009 12:18 PM EDT

See the original article here:

Animals DO Play

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

There is a LOT of information about the intelligence of dolphins. But, seeing the dolphins in this video is simply amazing! This video is definitely worthy of appearing in our ‘More than meets the Eye’ category!

see original video on YouTube

This behavior has been well documented – just search for “dolphins and bubble rings” on Google and see what comes up!

The dolphin in this video is a bottlenose dolphin.  You can help us in our mission to protect magnificent animals such as the bottlenose dolphin and many others.

Animal Intelligence

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Whether you believe it or not, animals do possess intelligence.  However, we cannot compare animal intelligence directly to that of humans — and, that is where we often go wrong, by assuming that animals are ‘dumb’ or lack intelligence like that of our own.

As an example:

see original video on YouTube

Now, whether or not the elephant is painting or was trained to paint, there can be no denying that some form of intelligence is at work (or play) here.  If you were to teach (train) a young child to paint a similar picture, would you deny that the child was exhibiting intelligence?  Something to think about… 

More than meets the Eye

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

The entries under this category are all worth a second look! Some are simply amazing, to say the least, while others are sure to bring a smile.