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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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.
>>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.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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?
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).
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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?
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>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.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>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.
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?
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.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>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.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>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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