Treats on the Internets

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.

A conservation group hoping to reintroduce Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia reports that seven joeys were born inside a fenced wildlife preserve.

A recent study suggests that Atlantic salmon in fish farms may be spreading a virus to Pacific salmon in the wild. Ninety-seven percent of farmed Atlantic salmon are currently infected and researchers traced the origin of the spread to wild salmon back to 1989.

At a meeting hosted by the American Sustainable Business Council, representatives from environmentally conscious pet food companies talked about the carbon footprint left by their protein sources of choice.

Eurasian jays watched sleight of hand magic tricks for a study and were unimpressed. The birds use similar techniques to hide food in their beaks.

Photos of amazing breaches by a humpback whale calf and an adult male were captured in March 2020.

Image of the week, the Falkland Islands wolf:

Historic engraving by George Waterhouse from Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle). This curious and unusual canid, to which Darwin assigned the Latin name Canis antarcticus. Its modern scientific name, Dusicyon australis, means “foolish dog of the south,” because of its lack of fear of people.

The animal reportedly readily approached people and sadly, it was clubbed and knifed to extinction by 1880.

4 thoughts on “Treats on the Internets

  1. Thanks for the pointer to the “friendly wolf”. It was fascinating. Sad that being trusting and friendly is a ticket to extermination for an animal.

  2. Love the whale story! Will have to show my parents as they were big on whale watching in the BeforeTimes.

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