Every year in the town of Denia (Spain) the celebrations in honor of the patron last a week (the second in July), during which processions, dances and fireworks are held. The most curious event in this area is the race to the sea of the bulls (Bous al mar, in Spanish). A sort of arena is set up with a side that leads directly to the port and an attempt is made to provoke the bulls to attract them to the edge at sea. The real goal for the brave participants in the race would be to be able to grab the animal by the horns and push it into the water: in reality, men and bulls often end up in the water, the latter trying to charge the demonstrators. Despite the unexpected dive, the event is less bloody than it may seem: the bulls finished in the water are in fact immediately recovered by small boats that take them back to shore.
Paws joined in prayer. This devoted little dog named Conan - pictured here in the Zen monastery "Shuri Kannondo" of Naha, Japan - says he learned to "pray" by imitating his owner: the monk Joei Yoshikuni.
The Buddhist religion provides the maximum respect for all animals. A legend tells that at the death of Buddha all the grieving animals gathered as a sign of devotion. The only ones who did not shed tears, however, were cats and snakes, showing contempt for Budda and attracting the anger of Buddhists.
But in reality cats have always been loved in Japan, even by Buddhists, because they hunted mice that threatened silkworm farms.
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A cat bath? It seems more like a cruel imposition for our four-legged friends. The system was invented by the owner of this Burmese, Australian Jo Lapidge.
Equally laborious is the attempt to educate human beings to use healthcare: according to Jack Sim, president of the World Toilet Organization, 2 and a half billion people (40 percent of the world population) have no access to adequate health facilities . And to make people aware, the world bathroom day has been established for 4 years, with an official date of November 19th!
Like any self-respecting artist, Noppakhao - a 7-year-old elephant who lives near Bangkok, Thailand - began by depicting flowers and still life and slowly began to paint something more complex like a similar one. Even if he is an elephant it does not mean he cannot aspire to become a famous artist.
Perhaps not everyone knows that there is a site called Elephantart ( www.elephantart.com ) where pachyderms from all over the world can display (and sell) their works of art. Does it make you smile? Be aware that the works of this elephant (with prices not below 600 dollars) have all been sold out! But no profit, the money ends up in the project for the conservation and protection of the Asian elephant.
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So, as the title goes, the monkey must have thought of Asuka before trying on brushes and colors. And so much is the artistic vein that inspires this three-year-old female chimpanzee that a selection of her works have been exhibited in an exhibition in Tokyo. Asuka, who uses the technique of oil colors, seems to favor yellow and red, perhaps because they remind her of her favorite foods, bananas and apples, and it is rare to leave the canvas in black and white. Asuka, who has a studio at Izu Shaboten Park in Ito, southwest of Tokyo, can spend hours filling her canvases with colors. The similarities between men and primates are often impressive, as demonstrated by the Focus n. 145 (on newsstands) "Let's look into the eyes", with photos taken from a book that collects the stories of 50 monkeys photographed in 4 years in 7 recovery centers.
Are you discarding your Easter egg, like the baby elephant in the Hamburg zoo, hoping the surprise is worth the wait? You should know that the chocolate egg made its first appearance at the court of Louis XIV, at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but it definitely established itself at the end of the nineteenth century. Today, at Easter, millions of pieces of all sizes are produced, although no one reaches the size of the one prepared on April 9th 1992 by the staff of a famous Australian chocolate brand, Red Tulip: it weighed 4, 755 kilos and was 7.1 m tall. meters.
It is not a photomontage: it is a squirrel who practices water skiing, complete with a life jacket! His name is Twiggy and, properly trained, every year, with his performances, he goes around the United States. It was 1978 when Lou Ann and Chuck Best found a female squirrel escaped from a hurricane. The Best decided to adopt and train it. What started as a game has turned into a real business: since then, five generations of Twiggy have followed one another, all expert water skiers.
But after four years of honorable activity, the trainer assures, all the Twiggy - even the best - retire, "free" to play in a room of the family villa. The squirrels are not the only "sportsmen" of the family, the two spouses also taught water skiing to a toad, an armadillo, a poodle, a black cat and two ponies.
A story attributed to Aesop tells of a scorpion that asks a frog to transport it from one bank to the other of a river. For the frog it ends badly, and this toad, having learned the lesson, acts as a ferryman, but of mice.
We are in India, hit in recent days by heavy rains that have announced the early arrival of the monsoon season. The fear is that we can repeat the tragic balance of last year, when due to the incessant seasonal rainfall, more than 900 people died in the Bombay financial center alone.
The importance of being toads. It seems that in rural areas of India the peasants celebrate marriages between toads (complete with ceremony and honeymoon) as a propitiatory anti-flood rite.
What determines the similarity of dogs with their owners? From us, according to the researchers. The man would in fact have a particular inclination to choose in friendships (two or four legs) whoever resembles him. So it happens that we find ourselves next to a dog with the color or length of the hair similar to that of our hair.
If, however, you want to choose a dog that has the same kind of personality as yours, go and read our special. A dog character according to which it is possible to determine canine attitudes simply by breed.
Thanks to a double row of suction cups on the tentacles, the octopus (Octopus vulgaris) is perfectly capable of opening a bottle of water. And when some scholars have tried to lock up a prey in a jar of which he is greedy, he opened it without hesitation, devouring all its contents.
But it is not only brute force, the octopus proves to also have considerable intelligence. It seems, in fact, that he has successfully passed some learning tests, based on visual and tactile signals. Very strange fact for a mollusk.
And even stranger, if we think that the octopus is a solitary animal. A certain ability to learn is recorded above all among the more sociable animals, which are observed and imitate each other. But this does not seem to apply to the hermit octopus …
For these lemurs it is the time of the appeal. In fact, in the Chester zoo in England, researchers periodically count the specimens of a ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta).
These animals, whose mating season lasts from April to June, have no problem reproducing even in captivity. They also have a good relationship with men, of which they are generally not afraid and with whom, except for very rare cases, they never show themselves to be aggressive.
Unfortunately, however, they are not found in zoos and protected areas by choice, but because their natural habitat - especially the pristine forests - is slowly disappearing. And while not being an endangered species, experts consider it a vulnerable species.
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Ready to jump off a helicopter or dinghy the rescue dogs jump into the water without hesitation.
In Italy there are about 200 lifeguard dogs working with the Civil Protection and the Red Cross. The most used breeds for this type of "trade" are the Terranova and Labrador. These dogs have been used on fishing boats since ancient times, according to some tales of sailors, for the recovery of cod. But it seems that they were also the first to jump when some sailor fell into the sea.
In the photo a simulation, made by a rescue training school for dogs and volunteers, in Lombardy.
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"But who made me do it, " Nicolasa will be thinking, the cat perched on the table of its owner, the Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi. Here they ride together the waves in front of the beach of San Bartolo, in Lima, Peru.
The athlete is convinced that the kitten has an innate passion for surfing. Just see how it manages to keep the balance perfectly, without ever falling into the water. Although another possible explanation could be that the pussy is so afraid of getting wet that it clings to the table with its claws, the only dry place in the surroundings.
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Like an English gentleman Romi, a Hungarian Vizsla, he prepares to have tea. And, in a not very polite way, he licks his mustache while he savors his piece of cake.
Even if he drinks tea in a prestigious room, in fact, Romi is not a lord and it is useless to try to teach him good manners, also because in this "tea party" dedicated to them, dogs can do what they want.
The event organized by an association that deals with the protection of pets, aims to promote respect for dogs and raise funds for abandoned and stray dogs.
But it does not end here, the most ardent dog lovers will organize dog parties at home to continue supporting this good cause.
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This penguin has fun surfing in the waters of the Malvinas Islands (or the Falkland Islands as the British call them), in Argentina. But it is not his only sporting specialty, the Papua penguin of the species Pygoscelis papua is also a skilled swimmer, probably the fastest among the birds. Like all penguins, use wings not to fly but to swim and dive for fish and squid.
There are about 17 different species of penguins, even very different in size. The emperor penguin - that of the film "March of the Penguins" for instance - is the largest and can even reach a height of 1.20 meters. While those belonging to the smallest species sometimes do not exceed 50 centimeters.
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He lives in the Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland, along with other animals, but this is an unusual penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus). And of "regal", besides the name and the decisive walk with which he passes in front of the military, he also has the title: he is colonel in chief of the Norwegian Royal Guard!
It was 1972 when a lieutenant of this military body proposed to adopt a penguin as a mascot. The chosen bird was renamed Nils Olav in honor of King Olav V of Norway. But unfortunately he didn't make a great career, when he died he was only a sergeant. His place then was taken by Nils Olav II (pictured), also recently appointed knight.
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It may be because of that funny face, or his infallible musical ear, the fact is that Sara - here posing next to her trainer - has become the star of the Istanbul dolphinarium (in Turkey), where she lives. Darkening with his fame the other less brilliant tank mates.
But posing for the lens is not the only one of his feats. In fact, this walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) also plays the sax. Or rather pretend. And sometimes he even dances the tango clinging to his instructor.
In short, it certainly cannot be said that he is bored. And who knows if he would rather spend his days on the Arctic ice, as most of his fellows do.
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In this video he performs on the notes of Michael Jackson: