A student at Clemson experiments with turtles crossing the road. If you’re American, the experiment went just as expected…
College student’s turtle project takes dark twist
Clemson University student Nathan Weaver set out to determine how to help turtles cross the road. He ended up getting a glimpse into the dark souls of some humans.
Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal. Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.
“I’ve heard of people and from friends who knew people that ran over turtles. But to see it out here like this was a bit shocking,” said Weaver, a 22-year-old senior in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences.
To seasoned researchers, the practice wasn’t surprising.
The number of box turtles is in slow decline, and one big reason is that many wind up as roadkill while crossing the asphalt, a slow-and-steady trip that can take several minutes.
Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires, said Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University psychology professor.
“They aren’t thinking, really. It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time,” Herzog said. “It is the dark side of human nature.”
a stray cat? leave it alone, it’s living the free life.
This is my dog Scorch, and this is just one of the several huge vet bills that we have to pay to keep him healthy.
We took Scorch to be fixed when he was young. This veterinarian has a great reputation in our town, which is why we took him there. We thought it went well, but over 10 years later we found out that they only removed one testicle, because the other testicle was inside of him. It’s called an undescended testicle.
Understanding that mistakes can happen, we took him back to have it removed. His surgery seemed to go well yet again. Just a few days ago we found out that isn’t the case because the testicle was STILL there. Scorch was taken to another vet and xrays showed that it was never removed.
Even worse, it had a tumor on it. If his testicle had been removed when they claimed it was, this would have never happened. The tumor was basically interfering with his bladder, making him unable to urinate. He now has to wear a catheter, and even then Scorch is struggling to relieve himself.
As if that isn’t enough of a nightmare, we found out that he somehow contacted a deadly bacteria in his urinary tract. The medication he needs is so strong that it can’t even be handled without gloves. It’s even resistant to most antibiotics! My mom can’t go near him because she has failed kidneys, is starting dialysis, and if she contracts it she will not survive. This infection can take 30 days or longer to clear up.
My family has been watching Scorch to ensure he’s urinating, but on 12/10 we knew something was wrong when he hadn’t gone all day. First thing in the morning, he was taken to our new vet where he had to have emergency surgery on the spot. They removed the testicle with the tumor, did some procedure to help with the elasticity in his bladder, and took a pancreas biopsy to test for any further issues.
I was always taught not to take something unless I’ve earned it, and I would never ask for help with this massive bill if I didn’t need it. I will do anything it takes to pay his vet bills and ensure that he does not suffer and will be healthy. Scorch has been my companion for more than 10 years. He is a good dog and I can’t stand to see him suffer, but I also can’t afford these bills.
I will be placing a PayPal button or link on my page somehow. If even 1/4 of my followers donated a dollar, it would pay for a huge chunk. Every cent I make from this will go to his vet bills. Although it’s unlikely, but if anything is left over it will go to an animal rescue organization.
With my mom’s piled up hospital bills and her inability to work, this is a huge stress on my family and I. I appreciate any kind of support I can get, even signal boosts and reblogs.
If you donate something PLEASE send me a message in my inbox so I can find a way to thank you! And thank you for taking the time to read this.
Signal boosting this shit cuz yeah.
I’m so sorry to hear about this. Scorch is so brave!
Please repost and let people know.
signal boost, reblog the shit out of this!
This isn’t hair related, but I don’t want to see anything happen to sweet, in need animals and I’m sure there are some followers in that area that may be able to help!
So I finally decided to ask tumblr for help.
This lovely cat you see here is my boy Shane. Almost 6 months ago he somehow fell from something in my room and couldn’t walk anymore afterwards. So we went to the vet and a month later it was okay again. But after we thought it was over it suddenly got worse again like 2 months ago. Now they finally found out that it’s something with his nerves but they also said that it probably is too late for an expensive treatment at the animal hospital.
The only thing wrong with him is that he isn’t able to walk anymore, but aside from that he’s a good and healthy cat and our vet said we shouldn’t turn him down as long as he is fine with it. Now the part where I need your help:
Some of you may have seen these dog wheelchairs, they are also made for cats and look like this:
He needs one of these now and there even is a slight possibility that he could learn to walk again with it and some physical therapy. They are handmade for every animal and cost around 500€/650$ and we can’t afford all of that alone.
So I’m begging you guys to help us out. Every little donation could help my cat to live a happy life again.
It’s the first time that I ever did something like this and it means everything to me to make my cat happy again.
You can donate here to my paypal:
Also I’m tagging this as Steam Powered Giraffe because it’s the only fandom I’m in and you guys have done so much for each other already so maybe you could help a fellow fan out.
Thank you in advance
the only real issue i have with the term “vegan privilege” is this
“x- privilege” usually refers to a group of people who have the institutionalized power to oppress a minority (white privilege, able-bodied privilege, male privilege, etc etc. in all these cases, the “x-privilege” group oppresses those who are not x”)
…vegans are by no means the majority
and our ~society~ by no means works to benefit vegans
non-vegans are not systematically oppressed (in education, healthcare, media, the justice system, etc.)
so yeah, vegans are assholes a lot of the time, but are they.. really… oppressing… anybody?
they’re shaming you and being condescending and other such things but… that isn’t oppression
when a person has “vegan privilege” it carries several implications. it means they live in an area where a vegan diet is accessible, or they have enough money to maintain a vegan diet without it posing a threat to their health or finances
which is really more about class privilege, not “vegan privilege.”
i mean, because i’m a vegan and i’m .. really fucking poor. so like what’s my privilege? is my privilege living off of fucking pinto beans my entire life?
So my mom went to go buy wet food at Vons to try and force feed Toulouse (since she’s not eating or drinking) and she saw a pet adoption drive outside. She asked a lady there if there was anything we could do or if she knew of some place we could get treatment, and the lady (she was with an organization) said she would help us pay for some of her treatment.
Right now we were able to take Toulouse to another vet and have her stay overnight and run some tests. Rebecca, the lady who’s helping us, says she’ll probably have to stay another night for aftercare once they find out what’s wrong with her. So we’re still looking for donations to pay for her second night.
You can still donate to help Toulouse out here and, because this organization has been SO KIND to us, please check out Four Paws Coonhound Rescue and Friends, Inc. They are completely nonprofit and have helped place over 200 hundred dogs in homes. They also help pay for veterinary bills, which run between $40,000-$60,000 a year. We owe them so much now and if you ever are in a charitable mood, I urge you to keep them in mind.
Thank you so much, everyone. This happened so quickly and we have been in distress all day.
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