The Magic of a Mother’s Touch

Magic of a Mother's Touch

After giving birth to twins, Australians Kate and David Ogg were told what no parents want to hear: Their baby girl was fine, but after 20 minutes ot trying to get their baby boy to breathe, the doctors had declared him clinically dead.

Kate insisted on holding her baby boy, who she named Jamie. The nurse handed her the tiny, limp body wrapped in a blanket. Kate unwrapped the blanket and pressed Jamie’s skin against hers, skin-to-skin, while cuddling and stroking him. She talked to Jamie, and she told him that  his twin sister Emily was fine.

After two hours, a miracle occurred: Jamie began gasping. Doctors told the parents not to get their hopes up, that the gasping was just a reflex. But the gasping continued and the gasps became more regular. A short time later, Jamie opened his eyes.

Kate put breast milk on her fingertip and pressed it to Jamie’s lips….and Baby Jamie started sucking.  In SHOCK, the doctor kept repeating, “I don’t believe it. I don’t believe it!”

In Australia, the magic of a mother’s touch is well known: It’s called Kangaroo Care. But this wonderful story raises it to a whole new level, when a mother’s touch brought her son back to life.Botl: A Mother's Touch

The Magic of a Mother’s Touch botl was shared by WhodaThunkIt, a member of the Botl Community  since February 2012 with a collection of over 500 trivia-themed botls. To open the botl, click here or click the baby bottle on the right.


Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition Technology!

cat feeder

A startup company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the development of Bistro, an automated cat feeder…that recognizes your cat’s FACE!

Facial recognition technology is commonplace with humans, but this appears to be a novel application with animals. Novel and quite popular!

The fundraising campaign sought $100,000 for development, but quickly eclipsed that goal. They are currently approaching $250,000 in donations.  And if they reach THAT goal, they are adding a cam & speaker to the automated cat feeder so that you can see and talk to your cat from where you are when it comes to the automated feeder.

What a brilliant concept – and what a great success story for crowdfunding! To see Bistro’s Indiegogo campaign, click here.

This great discovery was shared in a botl from FunFacts, a member of the Botl community since January 2013. Trivia Lovers, be sure to explore the 500+ FunFacts botls!



Enjoy BULLDOGS ARE AWESOME, a great video compilation shared by Botl member ADog’sLife. You’ll see pudgy little bulldogs playing, trying to “talk,” riding a toboggan in the snow, and so many other entertaining things.

My favorite part is when an enthusiastic bulldog plays on a trampoline! Which segment is your favorite?


  • Bulldogs are the 6th most popular breed in the United States.
  • Many celebrities own bulldogs, including Hugh Jackman, David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon,  Ashley Olsen,  Zac Efron, and Martha Stewart.
  • Because their heads are so large, most bulldogs are delivered by  Cesarean section (“C Section”).
  • Bulldogs are a very common mascot for high schools and universities.
  • Bulldogs are believed to be the result of breeding mastiffs with pugs in the 1500’s in England.
  • The part of Stella, the adorable dog in the popular TV series Modern Family, is played by a bulldog named Brigitte.
  • President Warren G. Harding had a bulldog named Oh Boy, the only bulldog to ever live in The White House.

Baby Elephant Masters the Art of Ribbon Dancing

blue ribbon dance botl.comFaa Mai, a  rescued baby elephant now living at the Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary in Northern Thailand, uses the giant blue ribbon she found to beautifully demonstrates the “Lost Art of Ribbon Dancing, Baby Elephant Style.”  Well, maybe it’s not art, or not even dancing…but this playful ballet is the expression of PURE HAPPINESS, and you’re sure to smile when watching!

Tourists at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang May, Thailand witnessed a baby elephant having the time of his life while exploring his surroundings. According to Nick M., “At first we thought the baby was being bad getting dirty, but we learned that the elephant was actually having fun with a giant elastic ribbon.” 

The elephants at the sanctuary know how to have a good time. They play with tires, they play with each other in the rain and they play with just about anything they can find … like this plastic ribbon that baby elephant Faa Mai nabbed from the field for her impromptu ribbon dance.

This wonderful little treasure was shared by CuteAnimals, a member of the Botl Community since December 2011. To view the Art of Ribbon Dancing – Baby Elephant Style” botl, click here. And be sure to check out the 400+ animal-themed botls in CuteAnimals’ collections while you’re there.  I promise you’ll find an incredible selection of “cute animal” images, animated GIFs and videos to enjoy!

Also, please join us in pledging never to buy new or vintage ivory products — which include narwhal, walrus and hippo ivory — to help save the world’s animals from poaching. The ivory trade drives a brutal campaign of international poaching, resulting in the killing of  22,000 elephants in 2012 alone, despite a global ban on the sale of ivory.

For more information, contact Save Elephant Foundation.

Botl of the Day: Animal Facts-Seahorses

Open Botl Seahorse FacesSeahorses are pretty amazing creatures, and today’s Botl of the Day shares some surprising trivia about them!  Did you know seahorses mate for life?

Seahorse Botl Shelf Display

Botlr Geoffrey Arnold made the “Animal Facts – Seahorses” botl by taking the perfect image of a pair of seahorses and then adding a track of music from Soundcloud.

Under the Sea from Disney’s The Little Mermaid was the perfect song to combine with this image! This particular track by Georgia & the Fables is an absolutely adorable duet with a catchy calypso beat that’ll stick with you all day!

To open the Animal Facts – Seahorse botl, click on the play button above, or click on the wine bottle with the heart label sitting here on its shelf.

After you enjoy the little show, check out the other great botls in Geoff’s collection!