Treats on the Internets

Stock photo of a bat, via Pexels

Wind turbines are lethal to bats and birds. And it isn’t really known just how lethal:

On wind farms, a patchwork of federal, state, and local regulations might govern how companies have to monitor wildlife deaths, but reporting requirements vary widely. This means that reliable data on deaths are hard to come by. Estimates suggest that turbines in North America kill 600,000 to 949,000 bats and 140,000 to 679,000 birds a year.

Another factor contributing to the lack of hard numbers is that humans do a poor job finding dead bats and small birds on wind farms. Trained dogs however are great at it, finding even tiny baby bats, bits of bats and bones. With wind farms utilizing dog and handler teams, we might get closer to estimating the wildlife death toll within a narrower range. How the industry responds to those numbers remains to be seen.

A 13 year old orca became stranded near the coast of Alaska when the tide went out last week. For six hours, good Samaritans and wildlife officials doused the animal with seawater and prevented the birds who had gathered in the surrounding trees from eating the orca. When the tide came back in, the juvenile whale was able to return to the sea.

I am always happy to participate in the excellent panel discussions hosted by No Kill in Motion. In this clip, the topic is dogs who show poorly in a shelter environment but are not dangerous and deserve every opportunity to help them get adopted.

A sorry state of affairs: The FDA is warning people not to take ivermectin labeled for livestock as a treatment for COVID-19:

For one thing, animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which can weigh a lot more than we do—a ton or more. Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans. 

Moreover, FDA reviews drugs not just for safety and effectiveness of the active ingredients, but also for the inactive ingredients. Many inactive ingredients found in animal products aren’t evaluated for use in people. Or they are included in much greater quantity than those used in people. In some cases, we don’t know how those inactive ingredients will affect how ivermectin is absorbed in the human body.
A warning posted on a shelf at Tractor Supply, via Twitter

A nice profile of a border collie rescue in Virginia that provides sanctuary and end of life care for elderly dogs.

Some Olympians competing in the equestrian events in Tokyo are not happy with a sumo wrestler statue next to one of the jumps. The statue’s lifelike appearance and menacing stance is reportedly spooking some of the horses.

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