Posts Tagged 'South Carolina'

Bubbles & Bella – A Unique Friendship

Bella-BubblesAccording to WildlifeTV –

This is the story of Bubbles, a female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and Bella, a female black Labrador Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris). Bubbles is 32-year-old and lives in South Carolina, United States of America, in the Myrtle Beach Safari. She was rescued in 1983 from the slaughter of her family by poachers looking for ivory. Bella, the black Labrador, was left behind by her owner, a contractor that was hired to build a pool at the reserve in 2007. Together they love to jump and play in the water, the big elephant will pick up the ball with her trunk and throw it out and Bella loves to fetch it back and ride on Bubble’s back.

See some pics and a video HERE.

 

Chaser – The World’s Smartest Dog

chaserlyingdown-sPopSci reports –

“Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is Dan,” said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as “Pill.” Pill is the daughter of John Pilley, a former professor of psychology, who owns Chaser, an average-sized border collie mostly the color of cookies-and-cream ice cream, but with a black patch just to the left of her left eye. Standing in the entryway of Pill’s apartment, Chaser looked up at me with round amber eyes. “Hi there,” I said, and stuck my hand out for Chaser to smell. She did, briefly, then glanced at Pill, then turned around and ran upstairs to Pill’s apartment. The introduction was not dissimilar from a lot of introductions I’ve had at parties, except this time, I was meeting a dog. Border collies are the only dogs I like. They seem more self-reliant than other breeds, equally demanding of human attention but less demanding of human affection. They very rarely bark. They don’t jump on strangers. They don’t slobber. They are work dogs, not lap dogs. Border collies are herders, bred hundreds of years ago to work with sheep around the Anglo-Scottish border. They’re highly energetic, but it’s focused; they are, unlike many dogs, workaholics. In the absence of herding tasks, many, including Chaser, decide that their “job” is to play fetch. They’re not lackadaisical about fetch, getting the ball when they feel like it and giving it back at their leisure: they are impatient and demand the ball be thrown. This isn’t playtime. It’s work, and its in their genes. They’ll do it for hours, every day, and if they’re not allowed to “work” enough, they get bored, and then they get destructive. Throughout the recording of my interview with John, you can hear the bouncing of Chaser’s favorite ball, because the interview took place during her workday.

Photos of Civil War Submarine H.L.Hunley

Conservators in Charleston, SC have worked for a decade on the Confederate submarine H.L.Hunley. It sat on the bottom of Charleston harbor for over 130 years. These 3 photos show their results.

View the photos on MSNBC.

 

 


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