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Meet The Breathtaking Red-and-Blue Lory Bird – The Indonesia’s Exquisite Flying Gem

Meet The Breathtaking Red-and-Blue Lory Bird

For a long time, bird owners have been amazed by the parrot’s exceptional intelligence as a pet. Not only can they mimic human speech, but certain individuals of this species can also understand the meaning of words and even put together basic sentences. Furthermore, they are renowned for their vibrant and stunning appearance, captivating anyone who lays eyes on their magnificent plumage. Today, come with us as we introduce the red-and-blue lory and discover why it’s dubbed “the flying gem of Indonesia.

This small bird stands out as one of the most colorful creatures on the planet, showcasing a striking combination of vivid red, blue, and purple feathers. Its plumage is incredibly vibrant and eye-catching.

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The bird’s feathers closest to its beak are a stunning shade of red, while its slender and curved beak itself is a vibrant orange, making it easily noticeable. The bird’s overall coloration is mainly a brilliant red, with a striking deep blue band running across its chest. Its head and neck area display rich hues of purple and violet. Towards the bird’s rear and lower belly, the red color becomes darker compared to the rest of its feathers.

Furthermore, its wings and tail feathers exhibit a captivating blend of deep red and purple shades, adding to its beauty. The bird’s feet and claws are of a medium gray and black color, respectively. Additionally, it possesses a pair of stunning dark brown eyes that perfectly complement the incredibly dark gray hue of its core.

The red-and-blue lory measures approximately 12 inches (30 cm) in length, including its tail. Both male and female birds of this species have a similar appearance because they are sexually monomorphic, meaning there are no distinct visual differences between the genders.

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The red-and-blue lory emits short and sharp chattering screeches. They are known for their quick and straight flight, moving swiftly from one point to another.

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These parrots exclusively inhabit trees and refrain from feeding on the ground, as they are entirely arboreal creatures.

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In its natural habitat, the red-and-blue lory is known to be lively and loud, but interestingly, it is said to remain quiet while feeding.

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The red-and-blue lory eggs take about 25-26 days to hatch, and each nest typically contains a clutch of 2 eggs.

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After the mating season concludes, the red-and-blue lory species congregates in social groups on palm plantations. While they do not undertake long-distance migrations, there is a belief that they might explore neighboring islands in search of food.

While the exact lifespan of this species remains uncertain, it can be estimated based on the lifespans of similar bird species. Generally, lories and lorikeets have a lifespan of around 10 to 15 years when kept in captivity. It is worth noting that the successful breeding of this species has been documented only once in scientific literature, making it an exceptionally rare occurrence in commercial aviculture.

The red-and-blue lory, despite its breathtaking beauty, is currently classified as an endangered species due to numerous threats that pose a risk to its survival.

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The red-and-blue lory is currently classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). To protect the species, international trade of wild-caught individuals is strictly prohibited under CITES Appendix I. However, despite these regulations, illicit trading persists, with a staggering 80% of illegally obtained birds ending up in the nearby Philippines. The bird population faces additional threats such as insecticide spraying on coconut plantations, illegal capture for the pet trade, and the spread of exotic Newcastle disease from escaped domestic chickens.

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Eagle and Fox in an Epic Midair Battle Over a Rabbit, Were Captured by a Photographer

Eagle and Fox in an Epic Midair Battle Over a Rabbit, Were Captured by a Photographer

Wildlife photography often depends on the perfect combination of good timing and the right place.

That’s exactly what happened when Kevin Ebi, an experienced wildlife photographer, captured an incredible battle between a bald eagle and a red fox, both competing for a rabbit meal.

In a detailed blog post, Ebi shares the fascinating series of events that unfolded while he was photographing foxes in San Juan Island National Historical Park, located in Washington state.

Ebi noticed a lively group of eight fox kits as they began their hunting lessons. Suddenly, they spotted a rabbit, and a thrilling chase ensued. Eventually, one of the foxes emerged as the winner, proudly carrying the rabbit across the field.

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Ebi shares what happened at that moment: “As I followed the fox with my camera, a sudden bald eagle cry caught my attention. It was swiftly approaching, clearly aiming for the rabbit. I quickly focused on the fox, anticipating a quick turnover of events.”

To Ebi’s astonishment, instead of a quick surrender, the situation turned into a intense fight in the air.

The eagle used its power to lift the fox and rabbit high up in the sky. Even while airborne, the fox attempted to break free by swinging back and forth.

Image source: Kevin Ebi

Image source: Kevin Ebi

Image source: Kevin Ebi

In the end, the eagle moved the rabbit to its other claw, causing the fox to let go. The intense battle came to an end in less than 10 seconds.

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For those worried about the fox’s well-being after the fight, Ebi reassures that it was not injured. The fox swiftly bounced back from the encounter and resumed its playful behavior with the other young foxes, showing no visible wounds from the aerial clash.

Image source: Kevin Ebi

Image source: Kevin Ebi

Image source: Kevin Ebi

Image source: Kevin Ebi

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Firefighters Rescue Dog Stuck in Tire

Firefighters Rescue Dog Stuck in Tire

Certain jobs need bravery and determination. They’re not easy.

Being a firefighter is one of those tough jobs.

The Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company (FVFC) in New Jersey, along with the Franklin Township Police Department, worked together to save a dog in trouble.

The dog, Daisy, got her head stuck in a tire at her home.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

The FVFC posted about it on Facebook, and they included a picture showing Daisy’s head sticking out from the middle of a big Firestone tire.

The picture showed how serious the situation was, with emergency workers working hard to rescue the scared dog.

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At first, they tried to get Daisy out with soap and water, but it didn’t work.

Then, one of the FVFC lieutenants used his own plasma cutter, which was a new idea. It turned out to be the thing that finally freed Daisy.

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The FVFC also shared a tense video of the rescue, filmed by the police.

In the video, you could see the emergency team working carefully around Daisy, who was waiting patiently to be freed.

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The rescuers were really careful to make sure Daisy felt safe and comfortable.

They put two blankets around her neck to protect her while they cut the tire. It also made her feel safer.

Then, they used the plasma cutter to cut a piece out of the top of the tire. It was pretty dramatic, with sparks flying everywhere during the rescue.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

In the middle of the video, one of the team members thought it would be a good idea to put a collar and leash on Daisy.

This was just in case she got scared and ran away once she was free.

The team kept cutting through the tire rim carefully until there was enough space to get Daisy’s head out safely.

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The moment everyone felt better was when one of the team members carefully pulled Daisy out of the tire, and then they wrapped her up in blankets.

After finally getting out, Daisy wiggled out of the blankets and stretched, showing how grateful and relieved she was. Someone held onto her leash while she did this.

Image source: Franklinville Volunteer Fire Department 

In another post, the FVFC shared a picture of the tire after they rescued Daisy. You could see that about a quarter of the top of the rim was cut off.

The post also had some good news: Daisy was okay and doing fine after what happened.

The FVFC proudly said, “This is the dedication and commitment you can expect from the FVFC each time we respond to a call. We are grateful to everyone who responded today to help Daisy.”

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This event shows how skilled and dedicated the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company and the Franklin Township Police Department are.

It’s also a nice reminder of how much our emergency responders care about everyone’s safety, whether they’re people or animals.

To see the brave rescue happening, check out the video below.

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Cleanup Crew Member Finds Abandoned Puppy in Trash Can

Cleanup Crew Member Finds Abandoned Puppy in Trash Can

In a heartwarming rescue tale from St. Louis, the Stream Team of the Missouri Department of Conservation found something surprising during their cleanup in North County—a 12-week-old puppy left in a pile of trash.

This story starts with a surprising meeting with a white dog named “Dude.” Even though he was in a tough situation, he showed that there’s still hope and strength in tough times.

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Brian Waldrop, part of the Stream Team, talked about the touching moment they found the puppy. He said they first thought the puppy was a dead animal.

They were surprised when they saw the supposed dead animal move, and realized it was actually a dirty white puppy.

According to Brian, what happened was not only unexpected but also really touching. It created a special connection right away between him and the puppy.

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The puppy, who was hidden in a pile of trash and stuck in a black garbage bag, went through a surprising change.

At first, he was dirty and yellow from all the filth, but after a good bath, his coat turned into a clean and shiny white. It showed how much he had been neglected but still managed to survive.

“He was found in a black trash bag in a pile of trash. His first name could have been Hefty, you know,” Brian told Fox 2 St. Louis.

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Finding the puppy wasn’t just about rescuing an animal; it also showed how bad the environmental problems are in the area.

The Stream Team usually picks up trash, but they didn’t expect to find a living thing among it.

This shows how serious the problem of waste disposal is and how it affects everything around us.

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Apart from the rescue, the story makes us think about the bigger problem of the environment, shown by the Stream Team finding “Dude.”

The issue of garbage isn’t just in one place—it’s everywhere. It affects cities, countryside, and nature areas alike, showing a troubling lack of care for the environment and the creatures living in it.

Image source: Missouri Dept. Of Conservation

Finding an animal among the trash is a powerful reminder of what happens when we don’t throw away our garbage properly.

The puppy being the first animal they’ve found in this situation shows how uncommon this rescue is and how bad the environmental problems are.

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Talking about the big problem of waste management, the team member said they’re upset about how money issues make people dump trash illegally.

Throwing away trash improperly is easy and cheap, so people do it a lot. This creates a culture where people don’t care about the penalties for dumping trash because it’s so convenient to do.

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“This is not just a Missouri problem; it’s a worldwide problem where, you know, people need to get rid of trash, it costs too much, it’s cheaper to dump it,” Brian said.

The puppy’s rescue isn’t just a one-time thing—it’s a reason for us to do something.

It shows that we really need to change how we handle trash, and it also shows how important it is to have groups like the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Stream Team.

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Dude’s” journey, from being thrown away in the trash to becoming a symbol of hope and caring for the environment, tells a powerful story about being strong, loved, and taking care of our planet.

And luckily, “Dude” has a happy ending. Brian adopted him, and now he’s living happily in his forever home. We’re really happy “Dude” has found a place to belong.

You can watch the Dude’s full story here!

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