Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
Yeah, so this film just emotionally compromised me…
Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
Yeah, so this film just emotionally compromised me…
Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.
In a recent study in Sweden, published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, an experiment induced supernumerary phantom limb sensations. They investigated it in more detail by conducting 11 experiments on 234 participants. The tactile illusion works like this: …
“Wolf pelts are primarily used for scarfs and the trimmings of women’s garments, though they are occasionally used for jackets, short capes, coats, mukluks and rugs. Wolf pelts tend to be thinner than those of dogs, and are more prone to tearing when sewn. The quality of wolf peltries rests on the density and strength of the fur fiber, which keeps the fur upright and gives the pelt an appealing bushy aspect. These characteristics are mostly found in northern wolf populations, but gradually lessen further south in warmer climates. North American wolf pelts are among the most valuable, as they are silkier and fluffier than Eurasian peltries. The pelts of wolves killed by poison are mostly worthless. In Medieval Europe, pelts were considered the only practical aspect of wolves, though they were seldom used, due to the skin’s foul odor. In Scandinavian folklore, wolf-skin girdles assisted in transforming the wearers into werewolves, while several Native American tribes used wolf pelts for medicinal purposes. Plains Indians often wore wolf pelts as disguises to get close to American bison when hunting.
The Pawnee wore wolf skins as capes when exploring enemy territories. The United States Army used wolf skin for parkas during the later stages of World War II and the Korean War to protect the faces of soldiers from frostbite. In the Soviet Union, 30,000 wolf pelts were produced annually between 1976 and 1988. Recent statistics from CITES indicate that 6,000–7,000 wolf skins are internationally traded each year, with Canada, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia and China being the largest exporters, and the United States and Great Britain being the largest importers. Overall, the harvesting of wolves for their fur has little impact on their population, as only the northern varieties (whose numbers are stable) are of commercial value. Wolf trapping for fur remains a lucrative source of income for many Native Americans.
It is rare for wolves to be hunted for food, though historically, people have resorted to consuming wolf flesh in times of scarcity, or for medicinal reasons. Wolf meat was eaten several times during Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s 1913 Arctic expedition, particularly during the summer, when wolves were fat. Natives in Transbaikalia reportedly ate wolf meat even when food was plentiful. Most Native American tribes, particularly the Naskapis, viewed wolf flesh as edible but inadequate nutrition, as it was not a herbivore and thus did not possess the same healing qualities thought to be distinct in plant eaters. The consumption of wolf flesh and organs plays an important role in Asian folk medicine: in Mongolia, eating the meat and lungs of a wolf is said to alleviate colds, and sprinkling food with powdered wolf rectum is said to cure hemorrhoids. Some Japanese mountain people ate wolf meat to give them courage. During the filming of The Grey, the cast members famously ate wolf meat. Accounts on how wolf meat tastes vary greatly, with descriptions ranging from “tough,” ”gristly,” ”distasteful” and “smelly,” to “somewhat [resembling] chicken.” and “very superior to lean venison.”
Image: Bosco at 27 weeks old eating a frozen beef trachea.
I’m often asked what my raw feeding model is as no two raw feeders feed exactly alike. I’m not a follower of the Yahoo Raw Feeding Group model …ie. “there can be only one model”. I’m just inherently a flexible person and so the Yahoo K9 Nutrition Group is a better fit for me. I’ll note that the Yahoo Raw Feeding Group’s message archive is a really valuable resource if you are thinking of doing your own slaughtering or need an answer to “can I feed x to my dog” …but I digress.
For what it’s worth, here’s a very brief overview of Bosco’s diet.
I feed based on a 75% muscle meat : 15% bone : 10% organ : <5% ground veggies ratio (total: ~105%). OMG - I’m one of those freakin’ veggie raw feeders! Gasp - I also use a Cuisinart scale to weigh the food at each meaI. It gets worse- I use an Excel spreadsheet to calculate the amounts of bone, muscle meat, and organ that I need to feed each dog. I warned you that I wasn’t a Yahoo Raw Feeding Group follower. :)
I take a “balance over time” approach and try to feed four or five different protein sources per week. I feed fatty and lean cuts (with the understanding that dogs, especially puppies, need fat); 50% (minimum) of the daily diet is red meat based. Bosco is fed ~3.25 lbs per day, split into two meals but he’s a very active guy.
Can You Give Me Examples of What You Feed?
Some examples of items in Bosco’s diet are:
- Chicken (his major source of edible bone)- whole chickens, hearts, feet, leg quarters, frames (ie. carcasses), and eggs
- Lamb - necks, shoulders, cubed meat with 15% bone, heart, and ribs
- Goat - legs (bone removed), shoulders. Bosco loses weight on goat so I feed about 0.25 lbs more than I do with beef.
- Beef - organs (50% liver, 25% kidney and 25% spleen), pancreas, tongue, lung, tripe, roasts (and other muscle meat), tracheas, gullets. (I feed my other GSD beef heart but it gives Bosco very loose stool.)
- Turkey - drumsticks (bone removed since the bone is so splintery), hearts, whole turkey (on sale at Thanksgiving and Christmas!). I don’t feed turkey wings either since their bones tend to splinter and there isn’t much meat to them (~33% bone). Be careful to buy “unenhanced” turkeys (not injected with brine or a salt solution) or your dog could have very loose stool.
- Fish - whole herring, whole mackerel, and wild salmon filets (Frozen according to the USDA Food Code - Section 3-402.11)
Image: Bosco (March 2013) eating a frozen bison gullet.
The gound veggie mix is a commerically prepared blend of carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, apple & sprouted flax.
I also supplement with a quality fish oil (Iceland Pure salmon and sardine/anchovy), organic coconut oil (Nutiva), kelp, alfalfa, spirulina, and vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheryl acetate).
Where’s the Pork?
There is debate surrounding whether trichinosis and pseudo rabies from feeding raw pork is still a “real” concern in North America. Many raw feeders do feed raw pork (usually due to the low cost) but I feel uncomfortable and so do not. *shrug* I don’t care if I’m being irrational on this issue.
A Few References -
The percentage bone in raw meat items can be looked up here.
Type in chicken breast raw; then select Full Report; then look at Refuse: 20%. So, a chicken breast is 20% bone.
While I don’t agree with everything that it contains, here is a decent guide for those just getting started in raw feeding. See pages 20 to 23 for bone percentages and page 4 for what body parts are considered to be organs or muscle meat.
I found Kennels von Lotta’s very detailed raw feeding guide for puppies to be helpful. Bosco has been “raw fed since birth” (GAG!) - ie. he came from a raw feeding GSD breeder.
Image: Bosco at 13 weeks old eating a frozen beef trachea.
Just ask. Mockery is always welcome.
i don’t think i’ve ever agreed with anything more than what this man is saying
watch this. seriously
yes yes yes yes yes
this is amazing
this guy is so sick
I needed this right now. Anyone taking finals needs this right now.
I’m about to turn 30. I could have been valedictorian when I graduated High School but I was too lazy to complete the forms. I have a Bachelor’s from DeVry, where I left with an average 3.2 carrying an average course load of 18 credit hours (peak 24, nadir 14). I also have an Associate’s from a local college, and I am Phi Theta Kappa there.
Here’s what I can tell you.
No employer has ever asked for my GPA. No employer ever gave a SHIT about my grades. DeVry only cared about my ACT score, and my Bachelor’s lost me jobs because I was “overqualified”. Now that I’m using my Associate’s, no one cares about my grades, or degree. My employer cares about A) my hours, B) my practical quals.
Unless you’re pushing for the Ivy League, no one is going to care about your grades. Ever. Amen. So I say to you this: 3.0 or above works for most but honestly, just get a good score on your ACT or SAT (and remember, you can retake it!). College is not a guarantee of a good life or even a paycheck. If anything it’s a near-guarantee of crippling debt.
THAT DOES NOT MEAN DO NOT GO, but for god’s sake do your research on your degree. Know what to expect. Colleges are marketing departments and will tell you sweet lies to get your money because college doesn’t care and won’t coddle you.
DO SOMETHING THAT YOU LOVE. Find a way to make money in a way that you enjoy. It might not be the thing you enjoy most, but if you like it and it pays for what you enjoy most, well. That might be good enough.
Read. Travel. Take risks. Fuck up, try again. But enjoy it.
Honestly, at this point, the only reason I’m even BOTHERING with college anymore is because I enjoy going to school. I’ve always wanted to be an art major, and now that I can do it I’m in it. I love learning how to use different types of media and look at different peoples’ artworks. I know that there’s a HUGE chance that I won’t get shit for my degree, but at least I’ll have one.
I don’t know, I guess going to college gives me a sense of accomplishment, even if it might not take me anywhere. And if it doesn’t? So be it, I’m fine with whatever I stumble upon and wherever the wind takes me. I’m satisfied just to be making money to live a stable life, and if that means managing some restaurant or some store? Cool. I don’t really mind it. What I have always dreamed of is stability and a comfortable lifestyle.
If I make that being a photographer or tattoo artist? FUCKING SUCCESS. If I make that being a head manager of a bakery? COOL, sounds great!
I’m going to college because I love it, and because I’ve gained a better sense of both accomplishment and maturity out of it.
And I just so happen to be getting good grades out of it too, so why the hell not?
Go to college. You’ll feel great if you do. If that’s not what you have your sights set on, at least have a plan so you can live the fulfilled life you deserve. Success is not being some big-shot CEO or celebrity. Success is being able to take care of yourself and your family.
Earn that success the way YOU see fit. If college helps, fucking do it. Regardless, college is great. I love it.