Are you thinking about a new four-legged friend? Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and the Denver Dumb Friends League is celebrating with Fat Cat Tuesday at the Dumb Friends League, offering a waived adoption fee for cats 10 pounds and over!
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Fat Cat Tuesday at the Dumb Friends League
Mardi Gras is next Tuesday and the Dumb Friends League is encouraging pet lovers to indulge in a Big Beautiful Feline as part of a one-day "Fat Cat Tuesday" adoption special.
Adoption fees for all cats 10 pounds and over will be waived on Tuesday, March 4. Adopters who take home a plus-size cat will also receive a free bag of Hill's Science Diet Perfect Weight® cat food and tips on how to get their new feline friend to a healthy weight.
Feline obesity is a real problem in the United States, with overweight cats outnumbering those of a normal weight, and it can lead to various medical conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. The Dumb Friends League's goal is not to make light of it, but rather to highlight larger cats so they'll be able find loving families that can help them achieve a healthy lifestyle.
All pet adoptions from the Dumb Friends League include spay/neuter services, a microchip identification implant, initial vaccinations and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian. To view all pets currently available for adoption, visit ddfl.org.
The polar bears at the Denver Zoo will be celebrating International Polar Bear Day on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by getting some special treats and zoo guests can learn how to save their species.
Denver Zoo visitors are invited to celebrate International Polar Bear Day at the Zoo on Thursday, February 27 and find out how they can help save polar bears in the wild. Held in partnership with Polar Bears International (PBI), the day will allow guests to watch polar bears Lee and Cranbeary enjoy a special ice sculpture treat and learn from zookeepers and volunteers about the challenges polar bears face and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As an Arctic Ambassador for PBI, Denver Zoo also is challenging visitors to take the Thermostat Challenge. On International Polar Bear Day, February 27, or starting any day they choose, visitors can adjust their thermostat down two degrees to show their commitment to greenhouse gas reduction. They can even pledge to make every day a Polar Bear Day by keeping their thermostat adjusted, insulating their home or taking other steps to save energy.
Visitors can even enter to win a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit by “liking” the Denver Zoo’s Facebook page and sharing their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.
The Dumb Friends League will have two mobile clinics available at Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud Ave., February 24–25, and is one of four participating metro Denver animal welfare organizations offering reduced or waived fee spay and neuter clinics to the public in support of World Spay Day.
“Our goal in collaborating with other local organizations is to make spay and neuter clinics more accessible to more people,” said Tracy Koss, operations outreach manager at the Dumb Friends League. “As a community, we’re actively working together to combat pet overpopulation, ultimately reducing the number of homeless pets in shelters.”
Behind the numbers:
To cull our list, we began with the 100 most populous Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U.S., geographic areas designated by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget that include cities and their surrounding suburbs. We rated these places based on six metrics. Using data from Moody’s Analytics, we assessed the estimated rates of population growth for 2013 and 2014, year-over-year job growth for 2013, and the rate of gross metro product growth—a.k.a. the economic growth rate–for 2013. We also considered federal unemployment data and median salaries for local college-educated workers, courtesy of Payscale.com. The result is a list of the 20 fastest-growing metro areas in America in terms of population and economy.
Denver Zoo is thrilled to welcome what is believed to be the first tawny frogmouth chick to be successfully reared at the zoo. The chick, named Kermit, whose gender is still not known, arrived on January 27. Guests may be lucky and catch a glimpse of the new chick in its home of Bird World, presented by FlyFrontier.com, as it grows and becomes visible as it is brooded by its parents. Zookeepers monitor the chick's weight closely each morning and supplementally feed it as needed.
Zookeepers say the species is somewhat difficult to breed and over the years they struggled with problems such as finding compatible pairs or infertility. Two birds hatched at Denver Zoo in 1996, but they passed away less than two days after hatching.
As their name indicates, tawny frogmouths are known for their wide frog-like mouths, which they use to catch insects and other small animals. They are sometimes mistaken for owls as they have very similar body types, but are actually more closely related to birds like whippoorwills and nightjars. Tawny frogmouths are also masters of disguise. Their beige and brown feathers remarkably resemble the tree branches in which they roost. When they feel threatened they sit perfectly still and rely on their camouflage to hide from predators.
Tawny frogmouths inhabit forests and open woodlands in Australia and Tasmania. Scientists are not sure how many tawny frogmouths exist in the wild. Their greatest threats come from being hit by cars while feeding and exposure to pesticides.
Should the Broncos bring home the Vince Lombardi trophy after Sunday’s win, a curator from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle will hand deliver a case of Washington apples to Denver Zoo’s Przewalski’s horses (P-horse) and spend a day working with the horses and elephants wearing a Bronco jersey.
Should the unthinkable happen and the Seahawks win, Denver Zoo Curator of Birds John Azua will take a case of trout to Woodland Park Zoo for its sea eagles and spend a day working with the zoo’s animals while sporting a Seahawk jersey.
“Game on! Really, this bet is a win either way for us. Accredited zoos and aquariums work closely together and the exchange would also give us a chance to talk shop and compare best practices. Still, I expect the Broncos to win and for us to welcome and host our fallen colleague here in Denver!” says Azua.
Both zoo's have been cheering on their team, but I have to say I do favor the Denver Zoo, obviously! Even the animals at the Denver Zoo are showing their orange and blue pride!