1. Taylor Swift + Live Dress Change

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  2. jmventre:

    SeaWorld spins the Daniel Dukes death as an unfortunate drowning. This is misinformation.

    Note the wording in the Reuters article, "An autopsy scheduled for Wednesday was expected to show that he had drowned, as his body was unharmed." 

    If you actually read the results from the Medical Examiners (ME) report Tilikum thoroughly worked DD over, with damage to all four extremities, the main body, and including a mild subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), suggestive of Tilikum ragdolling the victim. Also note that there was no illegal drugs found in his body (see Toxicology report). 

    The Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman in 1999 was Jim Solomons, who was the same spokesperson that represented SeaWorld in 2010 at the first press conference after DB was killed (as seen in Blackfish). At this conference Solomons downplayed Dawn’s death. He came out with SeaWorld management and reported that Dawn had “slipped and fell” into the pool. See photo. 

    Regarding Dukes, Solomons says in the article, “He was camped out in the park and unfortunately decided to take a swim with the whale.”

    That is certainly an understatement.

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  7. 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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  8. stumpytheorca:

    Stumpy Fact #6

    Despite being an estimated 19-20 years old Stumpy is still the same size as a small calf.

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  9. … like a pig for slaughter.

    (Source: spaderr, via dracosdilemma)

     
  10. babyminaj:

    this is the happiest picture I’ve ever seen

    (Source: cute-overload, via lifesabeautifulandaburningthing)