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bubblejam:

The incredibly intricate and captivating custom animal sculptures by Creatures From El, Ellen June.

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skepticalavenger:

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kisstherain1:

ANCIENT HISTORY SERIES: Jewellery from Ancient Egypt 

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“For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

—   Bette Howland (via thalensis)

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thekingofhorror:

robemmy:

Hypocrisy

So fucking powerful.

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death-limes:

venipede:

osteophagy:

endcetaceanexploitation:

Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." [23]
Washoe herself lost two children; one baby died shortly after birth of a heart defect, the other baby, Sequoyah, died of a staph infection at two months of age.

more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.

Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.

now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face

death-limes:

venipede:

osteophagy:

endcetaceanexploitation:

Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.

One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:

"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." [23]

Washoe herself lost two children; one baby died shortly after birth of a heart defect, the other baby, Sequoyah, died of a staph infection at two months of age.

more about Washoe:

after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”

the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.

*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.

Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.

now if y’all don’t think this is the tightest shit you can get outta my face

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darling-taima:

passion4killerwhales:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

fortheloveoforca:

globi-melas:

save-lolita:

give-them-a-chance-to-live:

These two beautiful orcas (Hugo and Lolita - Miami Seaquarium) were living in the same tank, smaller than the legal size for one orca, at the same time. That is, until Hugo became so depressed he committed suicide by basing his head against the glass until he suffered an aneurism. Still think that picture is cool? No. It’s cruel.

it was also cruel when miami seaquarium placed hugo’s body in the county dump after he took his own life. 

This picture makes me sick. The Whale Bowl isn’t even big enough for Lolita by herself, how did these two bear it for ten years like this? 

My heart just broke a million times over…

Not suitable

NOT ok.

Why was this even allowed to happen? We should never have been allowed to put such beautiful creatures into a hell of our own making

darling-taima:

passion4killerwhales:

betheirvoiceseathechange:

fortheloveoforca:

globi-melas:

save-lolita:

give-them-a-chance-to-live:

These two beautiful orcas (Hugo and Lolita - Miami Seaquarium) were living in the same tank, smaller than the legal size for one orca, at the same time. That is, until Hugo became so depressed he committed suicide by basing his head against the glass until he suffered an aneurism. Still think that picture is cool? No. It’s cruel.

it was also cruel when miami seaquarium placed hugo’s body in the county dump after he took his own life. 

This picture makes me sick. The Whale Bowl isn’t even big enough for Lolita by herself, how did these two bear it for ten years like this? 

My heart just broke a million times over…

Not suitable

NOT ok.

Why was this even allowed to happen? We should never have been allowed to put such beautiful creatures into a hell of our own making

(Source: dying-to-entertain-you, via fightingforanimals)

quiero-poder-ser-feliz:

Mike Prysner, iraq war veteran and anti-war activist.

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bakeanddestroy:

#MeatlessMonday 

bakeanddestroy:

#MeatlessMonday