All posts in "Animals"

Her best friends are elephants

By Cathryn Wellner / September 11, 2015

The talented storytellers at Stillmotion Films call themselves “a filmmaking agency and a concept house.” They work with clients to help them “tell stories that make the right audience fall in love with you.” You can get a sense of their skills in this beautiful, short film about a woman in Chiang Mai whose best […]


Rescue horse now heals female inmates

By Cathryn Wellner / August 24, 2015

When Cannwyll was rescued by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), he was so thin his ribs showed like an equine xylophone. The gentle horse responded to his rescuers with love. Now he is giving female inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida, a chance to be rescued from whatever life setbacks led them […]


Stray dogs come to funeral home to pay respects

By Cathryn Wellner / April 22, 2015

Every day for 20 years Margarita Suarez fed the stray dogs and cats in her neighbourhood in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico. When she died, they paid their respects. The story went viral thanks to her daughter, Patricia Urritia, who shared the astonishing story on her Facebook page. She said when her mother’s casket arrived at the […]


Crows bearing gifts

By Cathryn Wellner / March 27, 2015

  In a Seattle backyard, young Gabi Mann feeds the crows. She feeds them every day at the same time. They repay her kindness in a most extraordinary way. They bring gifts. That might sounds like a child’s fantasy, but Gabi keeps every gift in a small plastic bag or container. Bits of plastic, beads, […]


#1192 Dogs in court ease children’s fears

By Cathryn Wellner / January 21, 2015

The 7-year-old girl sat in a witness room, out of sight of the father who had abused her, and told the court the “secret” of her father’s sexual assault. Beside her was the pal who eased her fears as she spoke her horrifying truth. The girl’s pal was Hawk, a Labrador retriever who works with […]


#1175 If you see a fawn in these woods, call Hope for Wildlife

By Cathryn Wellner / December 10, 2014

A cat-battered robin was Hope Swinimer’s first rehab animal. That was in 1995, when she was managing the Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital in Nova Scotia. No one knew how to treat the injured bird so Hope took it home and began studying wildlife rehabilitation. Within a year she had treated 40 animals. The work required a […]


#1122 Save the world, starting with bees

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2014

Just when news of the day threatens to make optimism look like a fool’s errand, I learn about a 4-decade-old organization that connects scientists and citizens around an important goal: to protect invertebrates and their habitat. Since 1971 the Xerces Society has cared about many of the unloved but essential creatures of the world. Our […]


#1097 Koko the gorilla mourns for Robin Williams

By Cathryn Wellner / August 22, 2014

I still can’t wrap my mind around the despair that led Robin Williams to commit suicide. That his comedic genius is now legacy, that he will make no more films, seems impossible. We humans are not the only ones saddened by his death. Koko the gorilla, who has never known life in a natural habitat, […]

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