Just in case
I’m actually going to reblog a thing just because this is really important.
As someone who has epilepsy and used to have several grand mal seizures a day, I’d also like to add that “offer help” can range anywhere from keeping the person calm to explaining to them where they are and what they were doing to even just telling them they should sit and rest for a while longer (lack or coordination is common, and it can be hard to walk straight or see clearly).
It’s okay for them to take up to a half hour to fully regain their bearings and sort out what they were doing prior to the seizure. Just answer any questions calmly and be there for support.
If they come around and you start to panic or shake them or ask them what the heck is wrong with them they are going to freak out and panic too.
I cannot stress it enough that this is bad.
If someone has a seizure and they come out of it, please. please stay calm.
They are likely disoriented and confused, even if it’s only for a minute or two, and you don’t want them panicking on top of that because they can have another seizure as a result.
Its similar for when people with diabetes have a major sugar low, They can hallucinate, sweat, be very disorientated. They may or may not be able to talk. You need to be calm, reassuring, not aggressive, insist on them drinking something sugary (juice, cordial, milo & milk) and stay with them until they talk normally and understand where they are, who they are, and what is going on.
What people thank an animal should be kept in and what the animal actually should be kept in. (click the pictures)
Not based on personal preference, but observable fact. An animal kept in an environment that is too small is unhappy and stressed. This can absolutely lead to a short miserable life.
I see a lot of people, virtually every day, who have these preconceived notions about what an animal can live in. A hamster lives in a hamster cage of course, because the happy little hamster on the box says so! This cage is for finches, they even keep them in it at the store! My friend had a rabbit and it lived in that cage so I’ll get that one. This sort of dangerous socially accepted neglect is not just limited to bettas and goldfish. Mammals and birds are subject to it as well.
What people don’t realize is that almost all commercial or common cages are completely unacceptable as homes for what they are marketed for. Those guinea pig/rabbit cages? Garbage. Those tiny finch cages? Torture. That cute technicolor hamster cage? A gimmick.
All animals need a certain amount of space for enrichment and general well being. That does not mean the cages someone is trying to sell you. It means the cages that are best.
And to all those people who are thinking “Well I had a hamster in a cage that size and it was fine.”
You have only observed your animal. You have only observed the animal in a confined space and most likely showing signs of distress or behavioral problems. But you interpreted it as normal because that is all you know. You haven’t seen rabbits in appropriate sized cages. You haven’t seen parakeets in appropriate cages. You haven’t seen a hamster who is happy.
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined hamsters. (The same applies to mice, gerbils, and rats):
- Biting the cage bars
- Obsessive digging
- "Laziness" (lack of foraging/exploring)
- Running in circles
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined rabbits:
- Biting the cage bars
- Running in circles
- Bouncing off the cage walls
- Aggression, irritability when being held
- Cage aggression
- Constantly banging toys/decor around
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined guinea pigs
- Biting the cage bars
- Banging their water bottle on the side of the enclosure constantly
- Aggression tword other guinea pigs or you
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined parakeets
- Feather plucking
- Aggression to other parakeets
- Repetitive behaviors (constant singing into a corner, going from the same perch to the same perch over and over again)
Signs and symptoms of cruelly confined finches
- Aggression to other finches
- Flight tracing: Going from one perch to another in the exact same spot the exact same way over and over again
Animals are more complex than people give them credit for. They to do all of the natural behaviors they’re built to do. Exploring, foraging, playing, hiding, interacting (or not interacting) with another animal, etc. All of this is taken from them in cages like the ones above.
People need to educate themselves about an animal before getting one. It’s a thought that’s been said a million times over and yet nobody actually does it. The reality is people who want a hamster/guinea pig/rabbit are not going to sit down and read ten articles and three books waiting 2 months while they set everything up unless they are already enthusiasts who are willing to put that much into their pets. I can say from experience that over 80% of the people who buy pets buy them to make their kids happy with no regard to what the animal needs. What is most important to them is getting a present for their child regardless of any consequences that decision comes with.
So we have to try and get this information out there. We have to try and make THIS the general knowledge about these animals.
Resources and very good reads for anyone who has or wants any of the animals listed here. I’ll add more when I find them.
Guinea pigs: X
This exactly. People always ask why I let Clarence roam about the apartment freely. This is why.
He has a commercial hutch. It is on the bigger side. It is not big enough. It houses is food, water, and litter box. He likes to sleep in it. But the door is open at most times, and he goes in when he chooses to. He is very happy, doesn’t misbehave much, in fact, he misbehaves only on the few occasions during which he is left home alone and Milo is in quarantine away from him. We avoid those occurrences as much as we possibly can.
Also if you want a bunny because they’re cute, you’d sure as hell better have enough time to interact with them for multiple hours every day to socialize them and allow them to get a lot of exercise.
DO NOT ADOPT AN ANIMAL IF YOU WILL NOT PUT FORTH THE EFFORT/FINANCES TO CARE FOR THEM PROPERLY.
Okay, so I just wanted reblog this and say that this post helped a lot. I knew about some of the other animals but never cared about the bird information because I don’t have any birds. But my sister has a bird and I wasn’t really sure if he was in a cage that was too small or not. Turns out he was! So for Christmas, I’m covering half the cost of a new cage. :) His cage size is pretty much doubling and he will be much much happier. Thank you, educational post. The new cage is being shipped to us tomorrow!
Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees. The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer.
Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range.
Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer.
how does one train a bee
"The bees can be trained within 10 minutes," explains Soares. "Training simply consists of exposing the bees to a specific odour and then feeding them with a solution of water and sugar, therefore they associate that odour with a food reward."
Once trained, the bees will remember the odour for their entire lives, provided they are always rewarded with sugar. Bees live for six weeks on average.
Many white women have said to me, ‘We wanted black women and non-white women to join the movement,’ totally unaware of their perception that they somehow ‘own’ the movement, that they are the ‘hosts’ inviting us as ‘guests.’
bell hooks, “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center”
Gonna quote her alllll day.
Tomas Rios throws truthbombs about Neyer’s statement that women don’t want to become sports-writers.
Right out of college, I interviewed for a job at my hometown newspaper. I was infinitely qualified for this job.
I didn’t get the job.
Because they wanted someone who could write about sports.
(Read: a dude. They didn’t ask me about sports. They didn’t ask me if I could or wanted to write about sports. They assumed that I couldn’t or didn’t want to, because I was a girl. And the dude they hired? Oh, dear Lord. It worked out okay, though…I got a better job.)
I like a lot of what Neyer writes, but goddamn that piece was awful.
Anonymous asked: You know there are fanboys too, right? The derision isn't exclusive to girls. (except that guys are usually accused of trolling-can't believe i said that-more than obsessing over particular actors/actresses or shipping).
Of course there are fanboys! :) in fact, some of my best friends are fanboys!
I’m not sure what you mean by “derision” (since I don’t feel like i’m trying to insult any fangirls in my videos, that’s definitely not my intention! Just good ol’ poking fun that people can actually relate to).
I guess the question you’re asking is why I don’t include fanboys in my videos.
Let’s start with- the future is ahead and has thousands of possibilities- I just totally might do that! :)
Anyway. I get that a lot. “What about the fanboys, hmm?”
Well, to this I usually answer- “Actually, what about the fangirls?”
The reason I made the first "fangirls" video is very much related to how, even this day, women aren’t nearly as significantly represented in the media as they should be. We’re getting there, but it’s simply not enough. And when it comes to Fangirls and Geek girls the situation is even worse- Almost nonexistent in the media (it took years before big bang acknowledged geek girls exist too, and they’re not nearly as fun as the other dudes), Accusations of “fake geek girls” everywhere, and when they do appear, they’re usually creepy, weird, too serious, or just an overly sexualized female geek the background in order for a girl to be there (i understand that’s not always the case, and you can find wonderful female geek/fangirl characters, but they’re just too little of them).
Men and Fanboys get loads of treatment in the media. There’s actually a Movie NAMED fanboys. Knights of badassom? Almost entirely dudes. That geeky larp scene in Role models? yep! also almost all dudes cast.
Even when there ARE girls they usually serve as a token minority (and women AREN’T EVEN a minority!) Or as a smurffette Principle character.
That’s usually the case with geeky scenes in lots of films, television, and other media representations.
I wanted to create an animated skit that has an all female cast (which is rare!) a good hearted comic situation that people can relate to Girls can look funny, girls can look goofy, they don’t have to just serve a purpose of token filling, love interest, or in worse cases the “normal” girls the geeks/fanboys have to woo or try to understand.
Later, the video became popular and thus a little series was created, starring these girls, a series named “Fangirls”. Because they are about them.
What you say btw is true- guys ARE usually accused of trolling. But that’s just because we still think of the default internet person as a guy. We need to change that! :)
it’s been a few hectic few weeks finishing my first year of university and moving into my first house. it’s also been a very expensive two weeks, considering i don’t have a job and am now paying rent for two apartments! so what better time to bust out the commissions? any help or signal boosting would be much appreciated, as well as any advice on making good prints to sell via society6 and the like (:
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- full body + detailed headshot OR
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