Sunday, November 17, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Puppy's Loyalty

This three-month-old puppy refused to leave the side of its dead sister after she was hit by a car.  The heartbroken dog lay with the female puppy for two days until a kindhearted person buried her. Witnesses in Pixian County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, said they saw two dogs, a grey one and a brown one, lying in the middle of the street.

The brown puppy was protecting the body of the grey one from being hit by any passing cars  by jumping up and barking if one got close. They remained in the same place for several days until a person moved them to safety at the side of the road. Another member of the public then dug a hole to bury the grey dog. Even then, its brother jumped into the hole too refusing to leave its companion. Eventually, the brown dog was collected by staff from a local animal protection centre where it is being cared for.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Skull Blessing in Bolivia

Hundreds of Bolivians carried human skulls to the chapel at La Paz cemetery for blessing on Friday, asking for health, money, love and other favors as part of an annual highland festival. The Roman Catholic Church considers the skull festival to be pagan, but it doesn't prohibit people from taking part in it. According to tradition, the skulls should be from unknown people, but in some cases they are distant relatives. The devotees say they get the skulls, which they call "natitas," from abandoned cemeteries. The skulls are carried to the cemetery chapel in urns of wood or glass, or in toy boxes. All have crowns of nardos, a curative plant with white, fragrant blossoms. Some skulls wear hats or caps inscribed with a name. Others wear sunglasses or even sport a lit cigarette in their mouths.

Photos via BigPicture

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