Meet Naki’o: The first dog to be fitted “with a complete set of bionic legs.”

Naki’o tragic life — his owners abandoned him as a puppy when their Nebraska home was foreclosed, and he lost his paws to frostbite after getting stuck in an icy puddle — took a turn for the best when he was adopted by veterinary technician Christie Tomlinson, who raised funds necessary to purchase prosthetics for Naki’o’s hind legs.

Orthopets, the company that designed and fitted the dog’s new limbs, decided to provide Naki’o with front paws free of charge after seeing how enthusiastically he took to the prosthetics.

“Naki’o can now not only chase after a ball with other dogs,” Tomlinson is quoted as saying, “but he can beat them to the catch!”

 Arabian “Unicorn” Leaps Out of Near Extinction:  Antelope rises from six to a thousand individuals in Middle East

A frequent muse for Arabic poetry and paintings, the Arabian oryx resembles a unicorn in profile, when its two long horns appear to fuse into one. But it seemed the hardy antelope was headed for an entirely fictional existence in 1972, when only six animals existed in the wild.

Five of the remaining antelopes were either killed or taken into captivity over the course of the year, and the last wild “unicorn” was shot in Oman in 1972—capping decades of uncontrolled hunting for food and sport. Now, however, the oryx has leaped to at least a thousand individuals in parts of its native range within Saudi ArabiaIsrael, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced with this week’s release of its updated Red List of Threatened Species.

It’s the first time in IUCN history that a species considered extinct in the wild has rebounded enough to advance past the “critically endangered” and “endangered” conservation categories…

(read more: National Geo)

vegetarians save your bacon

Vegetarians Save Everyone Money.

Two brilliant researchers decided they would look into the claims made by animal rights advocates about how realistic a vegetarian world could be. What they found may change the debate forever.

First, researchers wanted to know how much it actually costs to produce calories for human consumption. They looked at the production costs associated with various food products and found that vegan products were startlingly cheaper to produce. For example, 2000 calories of beef costs roughly $38 to produce whereas 2000 calories of soybeans costs just $2 from start to finish. The difference in cost at the register is all about how much people are willing to pay for meat and how much money is given to the industry in subsidies.

Next, the team looked at what an increase in global vegetarianism would do to the food market. They found that the more people in the world who go vegetarian the lower overall food costs would be for everyoneThey site market statistics that prove a 1% increase in the number of people who eat vegetarian has historically led to a 1-3% decrease in meat costs across the board. If meat eaters ever want to see cheaper meat, they are going to have to start turning everyone else around them veg.

These are both claims that vegans have been making for yearsbased on facts published from a host of other studies.  It’s nice to see some of the big pro-veg arguments substantiated in one place.

Bookmark this one, send it to your friends, give it to your dad as some post-father’s day reading material, and pull it out next time a friend complains about how expensive their groceries are.

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