In looking up a bit of information today, I went down a rabbit hole and decided to share, or drag you with me, as it were. There is a folktale that explains why buzzards only eat carcasses of dead animals, as opposed to prey they catch and kill. John O'Neal tells it very well to … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole with the Buzzard and the Monkey
Silver carp image via KY.gov A dog food company called Chippin partnered with a fishery in Kentucky to obtain a non-native species, silver carp, for use as the protein source in its food. In studying three different shapes of pupils in animal eyes, researchers observed that horses and sheep, when lowering their heads to graze, … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
I am going to make you uncomfortable. Got your hackles up? That's understandable. As a society, we spend considerable energy making sure everyone is comfortable. Items from clothing and shoes to toilet paper and bed sheets are marketed as comfortable. Cooking shows teach us how to make comfort foods. We ask people their pronouns, their … Continue reading The Comfort Zone of Death
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A South Carolina woman arrested in 2018 for intentionally starving her ex-boyfriend's dog for 30 days, causing him to lose more than half his body weight, was convicted last month of misdemeanor ill treatment of animals. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail. The dog, since medically recovered, is thriving with his new family. … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
Around midnight on May 19, 2021, a man was caught on a security camera removing a puppy from the Glynn County Animal Control facility in Georgia. Shelter manager Tiffani Hill told the Brunswick News that she believes the man is the puppy's owner: The Catahoula pup, another dog and three cats were found after firefighters … Continue reading Glynn County Burglary
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A giant river otter, not seen in Argentina since the 1980s, was caught on video by a conservationist last week in a national park. President Obama and Michelle Obama both posted loving memorials for their 12 year old dog Bo after he died of cancer this month. Contrary to numerous recent press stories, the New … Continue reading Treats on the Internets
White-rumped vulture, uncredited image via Save Vultures Veterinary non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), particularly diclofenac which is used to treat cattle in some countries, are largely responsible for the extreme decline in vulture populations in South Asia in recent decades. In India and Nepal, cows are not eaten by humans due to their status as sacred … Continue reading Vultures, Pain Medications and Feral Dogs