Oakland Zoo raises cash for animals impacted by Texas storms

OAKLAND, Calif. (KRON) – Oakland Zoo announced an important contribution to help the animals fighting in Texas amid a string of winter storms.

An unusual freezing condition in Texas, Oklahoma, and the neighboring states shook millions in homes that were losing heat and electricity, and water in many homes.

At least 69 deaths in the United States have been attributed to the unusual weather explosion.

The Oakland Zoo has set up a fund to help the Association of Zoos and Aquariums save animals from extinction and rescue cold-stunned sea turtles.

The fund has raised $ 150,000 to date.

Our hearts go out to the animals fighting in Texas.

The Oakland Zoo has contributed to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to Save Animals from Extinction to rescue cold-stunned sea turtles. To date, the fund has raised $ 150,000.

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– Oakland Zoo (@oakzoo) February 20, 2021

On Saturday, President Joe Biden a major catastrophe in Texas and asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the condition.

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Hilton Valentine, founding Animals guitarist, dies at 77 | Leisure

LONDON (AP) – Hilton Valentine, the founding guitarist of the English rock and roll band The Animals, who is credited with one of the most famous opening riffs of the 1960s, has passed away. He was 77 years old.

The band label ABKCO Music confirmed that Valentine died on Friday and said that his wife Germaine told Valentine of his death.

“As a founding member and original guitarist of The Animals, Valentine was a trailblazing guitarist who influenced the sound of rock and roll for decades,” the label said in a tweet.

Valentine from North Shields in North East England founded The Animals in 1963 with singer Eric Burdon, bassist Chas Chandler, organist Alan Price and drummer John Steel.

The band’s most famous song, “The House of the Rising Sun” (1964), topped the charts in both the UK and the US. The song had such a resonance in the US that many people were surprised that the band came from an industrial heartland in England.

Burdon paid tribute to Valentine on Instagram, writing, “Rising Sun’s inaugural work will never sound like this! … You didn’t just play it, you lived it! Heartbroken at the sudden news that Hilton has died. “

Valentine stayed with the band for four years and is heard by the band’s other classics as well, including “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”, “We Have To Leave This Place” and “Don’t Bring Me Down”.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and for the past few years Valentine has lived in Connecticut, USA.

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Nature’s Nursery animals create artwork to lift cash

WHITEHOUSE, Ohio (WTVG) – Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rescue is one of many local nonprofits that has seen donations drop sharply due to the pandemic. In 2020 the organization brought in a record number of over 4,000 animals, exceeding its previous 31 years by over 600 animal photos. With personal fundraisers still going on due to the pandemic, Nature’s Nursery is thinking beyond an online auction of art made from their own animals.

“Since personal events have to take a back seat to hide, we have come up with different ways to do things virtually,” said General Manager Allison Schroeder. “Our animals usually do programs in schools and since schools are closed they couldn’t. That was not only a fun way to raise some money for Nature’s Nursery, but also to use the teaching animals and give them an enrichment. “

The non-profit organization uses tails, claws, and turtles as tools for creating paintings. The kindergarten staff let selected outgoing animals scurry through paints and canvases. The art that is then created is sold to raise money for the animal rehabilitation center. The animal artists are educational ambassadors at Nature’s Nursery, who all have restrictions that prevent them from being released back into the wild. Paintings were created by Greta the Opossum, Lefty the Eastern Box Turtle, Sage the Gray Rat Snake, Martin the Mallard, and Einstein the Eastern Screech School. All finished artwork will be for auction from February 1st to 5th.

“When we started it was 159 animals and is now approaching 4,000 for the last year. It really has grown into something that the community really needs,” said co-founder Laura Zitzelberger. “We’ve always relied on strangers to be kind, so these types of fundraisers make all the difference in the world when fundraisers can be this difficult.”

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