The administrators of the sanctuary do it as part of what they call "enrichment" activities. Basically, it helps keep them sane and healthy. I know that Big Cat Rescue is a sanctuary rather then a Zoo, but the concept of enrichment is the same.) And for us hoomans, it's a great source of entertainment to watch their antics.
Many of us enjoy visiting zoos see wildlife animals. These animals are taken care of a lot different than everyday pets or farm animals. A type of care called animal enrichment is very important to zoo animals. Animal enrichment is meant to improve the animals’ environments and care based on their natural behaviors and instincts.
The most important types of animal enrichment are normally environmental. Environmental enrichments have to do with the animal’s surroundings. Animals need to explore and be able to fulfill their natural instincts. These environmental enrichments help the animals in many different ways. Enrichments help both physically and socially.
Environmental enrichments can help lower an animal’s aggression and abnormal behavior. Physical activity and the overall survival rate of the animals can also improve with enrichments. Both physical and social enrichments can be seen at the zoo by any visitor.
For example, a visitor to a gorilla exhibit will likely see gorillas in groups or interacting with zookeepers. Both of these interactions are types of social enrichments. A visitor may also see certain traits in the gorilla’s living space that seem odd. Certain presentations of food items or items of play are types of physical enrichments.
Each form of enrichment must be safe and support the animal’s well-being. Zookeepers perform a large amount of research and practice with enrichments. They need to do this in order to get the best results for the animal. Enrichments provide a type of support system for each species.
Here's another channel I like (I know it's not still pics, but it's still cute animals). It's called Gates Wildlife Control. I know, I'm weird, but I find these critters to be adorable in their own way as well.... As long they're not in my attic, walls or wherever. I love how they encourage the mothers and other nesting critters to re-locate. It's all very humane.
I did whitelist it in Ublock Origin, but it's still not showing up. it might have something to do with the Webroot Secure Anywhere I have.
pbs.twimg.com is Twitter's image hosting site.
Huh.. Webroot, let's see what the reviews say... Webroot SecureAnywhere looks like a stereotypical overzealous anti-virus/anti-malware program with a tight footprint. It's rated as one the highest to mislabel things as an attack, but otherwise it's actually considered 'good'. So, yeah, that looks like the culprit.
Dog father-of-two, Daniel Nava, delivers packages for FedEx in Oceanside, California.
When his doggy daycare closed due to the pandemic, he decided to put his two dachshunds, Chorizo and Cocoa, to work, bringing them along on his delivery route.
He says that his route depends on how many packages he has to drop off on any given day, but estimates that the three of them are usually on the road from around 9 a.m to 5 p.m. — and that's with po*ty and lunch breaks for everyone.
While Chorizo and Cocoa usually sit on a little rug that Nava got them, he lets them out to stretch their legs when he drops off his packages.
"They seem to enjoy coming with me because we stop by at the local parks and they get to run around for a little bit," he said.
He adds that he first brought them along once around Christmas, though he doesn't remember why. Pre-pandemic, people would stop to take photos with them and give them treats — the two basked in the attention.
However, the job takes more than being cute: Chorizo and Cocoa had to look professional, so Nava used some worn-out shirts of his own to make them little FedEx uniforms. For "extra bling" he ordered them miniature sunglasses on Amazon.
Nava said his supervisor was very understanding: He said that as long as the pups didn't distract Nava from his job or the road, they could assist him.
The two have their little rug in the truck, and wear leashes anchored to Nava's seat that are "short enough for them to remain close and long enough for them to be comfortable."
He says that colleagues and clients absolutely love them, and often stop to take pictures.
"The funniest story was during their Christmas Eve delivery, a lady saw them and drove a few blocks behind me just to take their picture," Nava recalls. "When she caught up with us they were looking everywhere but the camera, until she looked at them and said 'please let me take your picture, it can be my Christmas present.' It's almost like they actually understood what she said to them because they finally looked at the camera at the same time and let her take a picture!"
While Nava said that he just got an email saying that the doggy daycare will be reopening soon, and knows that Chorizo and Cocoa miss "all their little friends" there, he may still take them along once in a while.