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I need some advice /an/.

I'm living in student accommodation for university, and outside the back entrance there's a very old railway line brick wall with multiple holes in that numerous residential pigeons in the area roost within. They also roost within the rafters underneath the accommodation since it's kind of a below-level entrance.

When I first moved in I noticed daily that their were numerous old and new pigeon corpses rotting on the road outside. At first I didn't think much of it until one day on my way to university I saw a man with...
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Feel I need to add, I'm a vegetarian but I'm not actually against the concept of hunting animals provided it's conducted in an appropriate and humane manner, but this is just fucking slaughter for slaughters sake and it repulses me.

I know that pigeons are technically protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act in the UK as domesticated wildlife 'of a kind' but apparently that only extends to control so far as all other methods have been exhausted, which I'm pretty sure that they haven't tried - i.e. egg shaking, bird spikes to...
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Also, also need to add, something that has absolutely sickened me.
Aside from the shooting, somebody, I assume the guy, has been sticking bricks and rocks and old bottles into the holes of this railway wall and entombing any pigeons hiding within.

I didn't discover it until one day walking past I decided to dislodge a brick thinking it's make a nice hole for a bird, and a desiccated pigeon corpse fell out of the hole in front of me.
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>>2076451
That's shitty, anon. I love watching pigeons fuck about. They're funny little birds.
I can't help much, but perhaps you could look up local laws about shooting animals/corpse disposal. Sounds like you could take the health and safety angle.

>>2076455
That's fucking horrible.

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In the past 6 months my relationship with my female cat had been breaking down. Before this we were really close and she would sleep on my bed, cuddle when I was at the computer and follow me around the house.

It was a gradual deterioration. First she stopped coming to me when I called, then she would stay out of my room and it got worse from there. At one point it got so bad that she would hiss when I picked her up, run away when I tried to pet her or pee around the house.

So yesterday my sister came over and she was working on her laptop on my bed while I was...
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Cat expert here.

I can safely say that you seem to own a cat.
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>>2075894
Cats are not fully domesticated, and live a symbiotic life with humans, where they can also survive without humans.
In other words, she isn't getting any actual use out of you because you probably don't call her to eat, or let her eat on her own, do survival stuff without you. You have to "soft domesticate" a cat in order to have a good relationship. Be the gate keeper of food. Call her to dinner, pet her, then feed her. Give her a reason to want to be friendly, or she won't, because she's...
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>>2075894
You obviously did something to piss her off nigga bitch

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So this morning I went into my backyard and spotted THIS lil nigguhh lizard that i've never seen before in my life we looked at each other for a second but before I could snap a photo it ran into the bushes super fast so here is an artist rendition of him. He was about as tall as a blu-ray case and could easily stand on a palm of my hand. Its most striking feature was the large feet and it stood upright.

What I want to know is what species of lizard could this be?
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>>2074492
Where the hell do you live?
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>>2074496
Australia why?
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>>2074498
Figured. Sounded like a monitor of some sort. Probably a baby.

Wish I could find the cute pic of the pet monitor that's standing in someone's house that's always posted on this board.

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How do you guys cope with losing your pets?

My pupper (pic related) passed away back in October and would have been 15 today.
It doesn't help that my uncle had to put down his dog yesterday and I keep having dreams of playing around with my dog even though he's no longer here.

I thought I had it under control but now I keep getting a mixture of excitement and depression whenever I think of him (and his brother who passed away 4 years ago).
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When my dog dies, I'll just adopt another one. I'll be sad as fuck but it will also open up more time and energy for another dog that really needs a home. In return I get a new companion, something to distract me and keep me on schedule for responsibilities(such as walking the dog keeps me outside more).

I still have dreams of a dog I had 17 years ago who was hit by a car. Its always the same shit too, where I think I have her back or have to 'save' her through nightmarish bullshit or in the dream I remember she's gone and that this is a dream...
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>>2074373
We recently had to put one of our dogs down. He was 9, and him and our other dog were practically like brothers.

It happened recently, so I guess it's more expected that I still have dreams about him. But it's weird. While I'm sad and I feel like it wasn't fair, it's cliche as fuck but I'm mostly happy he was in my life to begin with. If I'd known all the adventures we'd get into, ending with his emotionally painful end, the day we adopted him, I'd choose to adopt...
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All pets get old. All pets die.

You remember them for the time you had.

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What kind of small (possibly fluffy) cute pet could I get that would be ok with holding and cuddling for half hour or less periods? I was thinking rats because they enjoy humans, but they are kind of squirmy, and almost too small. Cats and dogs are alright too, but that's not really what I'm looking for.

I was thinking a rabbit maybe? Or maybe a couple guinea pigs, though they seem a bit skittish.

I don't know, is this a realistic idea or do animals just not like cuddles?
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>>2073904
Also, I'm not seeking an exotic animal unless it's something that's been pretty domesticated already, like skunks or ferrets have.
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I don't know many rabbits that even like to be picked up. My cats will jump on my lap and hang out for hours though. Cats and dogs were built for cuddles. The others are not in their final forms yet.

I wish bald eagles weren't associated with the United States. Why do such beautiful birds need to represent such a disgusting and flawed nation? A nation that has killed hundreds of thousands of them, made their eggshells brittle through pesticides, and nearly pushed them to extinction might I add along with other birds of prey. There was a point where the Alaskan government was paying people five dollars for every pair of eagle feet they brought in. The "native" Americans aren't much better, they maim and brutalize them just so they can have their feathers...
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>implying other countries haven't done the same to their national birds

>implying every government ain't disgusting and flawed

Also I think at one point Ben Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey. Dunno why they picked the bald eagle. It represents cowardliness when a turkey represents bravery and courage.
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>only america harms animals
>only america put bounties on animals
>only america has native cultures that brutalize animals
>implying the nazis also didn't experiment on animals
>hitler was right

You didn't even try.
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>>2073857
Ben Franklin was full of shit, you can't attach a personality trait to an entire species.

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So, I've heard that rawhide sucks for dogs. What are some of your experiences with rawhide alternatives, like venison ear and bully sticks?

I have $50 bucks on Amazon, and I'd like to spend them on treats for my dog. He's a pretty aggressive chewer and got through a deer antler in two nights. I already have a really durable Kong.
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>>2072969
My dog likes bully sticks, and they last a few days for him, but he's not an aggressive chewer, so maybe more like a day for your dog?
They're literally just dried bull penis, so they are safe to swallow and digestible.
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My dog eats rawhide and bully sticks like they're treats.

Nylabones last pretty long but they're messy and she gets bored of them pretty quick.

Elk antlers last several days and she goes crazy for them.

I also have had a Hurley for the past year. It's not really a chew toy but it's the only thing she's never been able to even dent because it's so soft and slippery.
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>>2073006

>bull penis
>safe to swallow

My sides have left the known universe

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One of these bad boys
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A grey wolf is bigger than a spotted hyena. The teams arent even balanced.
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>>2072727
Hyenas are larger and stronger
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>>2072729
Not a good source, but can be confirmed with a little research
http://carnivoraforum.com/topic/9329673/1/

A single wold is stronger and faster than a hyena

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Fucking hell /an/... So I thought I would be leaving my house for a long time so I left my fish tank with my sister. Come back after 3 months and it is covered in algae (expected) and all my fish but my betta and 2 2" bristled nose plecos. Are dead, take water sample to LFS and everything is good but my water is so acidic he said it's basically vinegar. Take out all the water (transportation) and bring it home, so a good 95% water change. Put in new water and a whole bottle of prostart bacteria. Put all the fish and plants back in. 3 days latter and both my plecos...
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Go buy a ph buffer. I know theres a popular dechlorinator on the market (cant think of name), that dechlorinates and buffers your PH to 7.5, which is a good range for most thing you'll keep. Just use that during all your water changes and you should be good. If it's your wood causing it, it's because it's constantly leeching acids into the water, so for that you'll be best off buying a test kit so you can test it often, you can get a digital one of like 20 bucks online that you can just stick in every time you feed, and if it gets low again, you can...
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>>2072716
You should take a sample of your tap water in, and have them test that. It sounds like your water source isn't stellar for keeping fish. You probably have low pH and low KH, the latter of which will make your pH unstable and prone to drops. Your betta and plecos were probably hardy enough to take it where as fish with narrower pH ranges couldn't take it.
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>>>/aquariumgeneral/

caught this in my basement, is it poison? should i kill its babies?
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Put it all under your pillow and the spider fairy will give you a quarter while you sleep.
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>>2071743
I LOVE QUARERS! D:
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>>2071739
Do you live in the US? If so yes, they are introduced.

It's a brown widow, basically the african version of the black widow.

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How do I keep this thing alive? I really didn't expect it to live long, let alone grow, considering it was a dyed rose. Any advise appreciated.
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Don't try growing a storebought rose. They require crazy pesticides. Get a good type for your area instead.

But if really serious, change the water daily, and keep rootzone dark. Cut loose the bloom asap.
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Just thought it'd be a cool expiriment, considering I got it for my fiancé for V-day. I'm okay with it dying would just like to try anyways. So I should keep the end of the stem dark and cut off the little green sprout?
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>>2071211
Counterpoint: that rose is clearly determined to live, and OP has a moral obligation to help it fulfill its mission.

post bats
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cute bat
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>>2069899
It obviously doesn't belong there.

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So, I guess this is the place to post this, I've found this rock and it picked my interest, but since I know next to nothing about minerals (other than the fact that mineral water exists), could someone identify it please? Its rather smooth to the touch.
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looks like flint.
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It's chert, a sedimentary rock of very fine silt particles.
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r-r-rate m-my flint /an/

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I've always been told that whenever you train a dog, you should always ignore bad behavior and reward desired behavior, but never to hit or yell. I was wondering if /an/ has experience with dogs who respond more to negative attention than positive.

My dog whines in the crate whenever I'm not in his line of vision, but whenever I reward him for being quiet, he whines again whenever I leave. Finally, I firmly told him to be quiet, and he was quiet for the rest of the time he was in the crate, and I rewarded him.

Other than this, I don't ever yell...
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>>2075390
There are a few schools of thought to dog training, from my observationS and research.

Purely positive, Caesar Milan-ing a dog into submission, and aomething between the two i call correction training. What you did is more in the correction school of thought. Nothing wrong with it. Different dogs respond to different things, and folks have their own preferences.
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punishment in the form of isolation or removal from the situation can be helpful depending on the situation and the dog. but physical punishment is just a shitty thing to do
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do you guys ever think a dog is beyond help?
dogs that have been enabled for most of their lives

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I don't usually come to this board so I know if this is the place to ask but whatever.

My 9 year old dog got a uterus infection. She never had cubs and we never had her operated since we thought about having cubs for a while but then gave up. She began drinking a lot of water recently but we thought nothing of it, up until the point where she stopped eating. We took her to the vet and we have two options: 1, have her operated now (which would be very risky since she's overweight and is pretty much a death sentence) and 2, give her a treatment that might make...
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>>2075154
if you have the money i'd recommend visiting a second vet for a second opinion. you know "4 eyes see more than two". i don't know anything though but a bump is a bump.
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My cat had this problem. Ended up having to shell out almost 2k because I was a dumbass who put off spaying her for too long(indoor cat).
I almost lost my cat of 13 years. I almost had her put down because I wasn't even sure if her suffering through all this at all + plus recovery and potential post-surgery problems was worth it. Glad I did though, because she healed very well.

You could go to another vet but you may also want to think about whether or not her misery is worth it.
Google 'Pyometra'. I'll show you a less graphic picture of what...
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>>2075175
Yeah, that's what the vet said she had, I had forgotten the name. Thankfully it's the open type so there's a chance at making it discharge so we can get her back on her feet and make her lose some weight so she can get safely sprayed and not have to deal with this shit again.

I'm very determined about seeing her through it, she's a survivor that managed to overcome numerous health problems as a puppy. I don't want to extend her suffering but I'm not gonna give up just yet.

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