May 29, 2008
foul-mouthed parrot teaches other birds how to swear
First he told the mayoress in rather forthright terms to go away.
Then Barney the swearing parrot used more Anglo-Saxon language on a vicar and two police officers.
But, worse still, he is now teaching his bad habits to two other birds at the wildlife sanctuary where he lives.
May 27, 2008
Orca Whales do kill Dolphins
It looks like a playful display of animal gymnastics as a dolphin dives inches away from a killer whale.
In fact, it is leaping for its life. Killer whales, or orcas, are themselves members of the dolphin family and it had been thought that they avoided attacking their cousins.
But wildlife expert Rainer Schimpf found the opposite when he took these pictures off Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
May 26, 2008
158 Horses saved from Slaughter.
There is a very quick commercial first.
May 23, 2008
Lost parrot tells veterinarian his address
TOKYO (AP) — When Yosuke the parrot flew out of his cage and got lost, he did exactly what he had been taught — recite his name and address to a stranger willing to help.
Police rescued the African grey parrot two weeks ago from a neighbor's roof in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo. After spending a night at the station, he was transferred to a nearby veterinary hospital while police searched for clues, local policeman Shinjiro Uemura said.
He kept mum with the cops, but began chatting after a few days with the vet.
"I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian, according to Uemura. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.
"We checked the address, and what do you know, a Nakamura family really lived there. So we told them we've found Yosuke," Uemura said.
The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.
But Yosuke apparently wasn't keen on opening up to police officials.
"I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," Uemura said.
May 22, 2008
Climate change hitting bird species, shows study
By Madeline Chambers BONN, Germany, May 19 (Reuters) - One in eight of the world's birds are at risk of extinction as climate change puts birds under great pressure, a leading conservation group warned on Monday. The population of rare birds such as..
The 2008 "Red List for Birds" report, published on the first day of a May 19-30 U.N. conference about biodiversity in the German city of Bonn, said 1,226 species of bird were now threatened.
May 20, 2008
Avian PDD Breakthrough
Schubot Center Announces PDD Breakthrough
Dr. Ian Tizard of Texas A&M's Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center
announced on 19 May 2008 that they have made a breakthrough in
development of a diagnostic test for Proventricular Dilatation Disease, PDD.
Dr Tizard reports they have developed a serologic test
that seems to be absolutely specific for PDD (no false positives),
although it is not yet fully sensitive (three false negatives out of
about 20 biopsy-confirmed positives). Further work remains to
identify exactly what the causative organism is and to improve the
test's sensitivity, but these results are still a tremendous
breakthrough in the battle against this horrendous disease. The
American Federation of Aviculture is proud to be one of the
supporters of this PDD research at Texas A&M through its Avian
Research Grants Program and invite all bird lovers to help the
Schubot Center continue this work by donating to AFA's 2008 Avian
Research Grants Program. Tax deductible donations may be made online
Donations may also be made by check to "AFA Avian Research Grants
Program" and mailed to American Federation of Aviculture, Inc.
P.O. Box 91717
Austin TX 78709-1717
AFA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax
deducible to the full extent of the law.
May 19, 2008
How birds make water defy gravity
A team of MIT mathematicians and engineers has shown that some shorebirds use their long, thin beaks in a tweezering motion to make prey-bearing water droplets rise upwards so they can be consumed.
the birds point their beaks downward, gravity must be overcome to get those droplets from the tip of the bird’s long beak to its mouth.
Until now, scientists have been puzzled as to how that happens.
Full Story and cool Videos HERE
May 16, 2008
The Chimp that Learned Sign Language
Back in the 1970s, a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky took part in a Columbia University research study called "Project Nim."
Project Nim was led by Herbert Terrace, a psychologist at Columbia who was attempting to find out if a chimpanzee could learn to communicate using American Sign Language.
"Everyone knows that words are learned one at a time," but something happens when children begin to combine words and create true language, Terrace says.
The question, he says, was, "Could Nim do this?"
A newly released book takes a look at the project, and the people involved examine the ethics of the experiment.
Full Story and first chapter of the book here
May 13, 2008
Fate of the Panda's in the wake of China's Quake
Please visit Panda International for ongoing updates.
Earthquake Updates — Earthquake in China
"While we do not know much — we wanted to update everyone concerned about the pandas — regarding the earthquake in China.
The US Geological Survey said the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit in Sichuan Province on Monday afternoon at 2:29 pm local time. The quake struck 57 miles north-west of the city of Chengdu Monday. The epicenter of the quake was in Beichuan County China. This is considered a Major quake.
As of 11:00 Mountain time Chinese report the death toll at about 9,000. The death toll has been steadily increasing, raising concerns that the number could go far higher.
The Chengdu airport has been closed. The Chengdu Panda base is on the outskirts of the City of Chengdu. The Wolong Panda Center is in Wenchuan in Sichuan Province very close to the epicenter and about 55 miles from Chengdu. Officials are struggling to assess the full scope of the damage in Wenchuan and elsewhere because of the disruption in communications caused by the earthquake. More than 2,300 cell phone towers were knocked down by the quake, according to China Mobile, the country’s top carrier.
We have heard that the road to Wolong is heavily damaged, so access has been cut off. Roads are blocked so emergency rescue workers can not get in. This is a very mountainous region.
Will update as we gain information
The needs in the area to help the pandas and the care takers will most likely be great. We will let you know what the needs are as soon as we know."
May 12, 2008
ASPCA: FEDERAL ACTION ALERT
END HORSE EXPORT FOR SLAUGHTER
Now that the sun has set on 2007, the two-year session of the 110th Congress is half over—the time is now to urge your federal senators and representative to get moving on the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
May 09, 2008
Imagine a world without honey bees
(sue note: this site is worth a read, it's ice cream, but they are helping! 25% of our bee's have died over the last few winters)
Imagine many of the world's favorite flavors disappearing day by day. At Häagen-Dazs, more than 40 percent of our all-natural ice cream flavors are made with the help of honey bee pollination. The crisis facing honey bees is a crisis facing us all, and it's time to help.
For more information about the plight of the honey bee and what you can do to help go to www.helpthehoneybees.com.
May 08, 2008
Statement By USDA Secretary Ed Schafer On HSUS Animal Cruelty Video
"Late last week, the Humane Society of the United States notified me that they were in the early stages of an investigation into the mistreatment of farm animals transported to livestock auctions and stockyards. The dairy cattle shown in the video were non-ambulatory and were abandoned in parking lots of these auctions and yards. These animals were not in slaughter facilities. However, even though this is not a food safety issue, these actions of animal cruelty are not acceptable.
Policies for humane handling of animals, however, consist of a combined effort of federal, state, and local authorities, as well as private industry. Since learning about this investigation, we are reaching out to states and industry groups to address this issue.
full story: cattle network
May 06, 2008
Horse cruelty case under investigation
Sheriff's officials are investigating the discovery of two emaciated horses and a third horse found dead in Radium Springs.
According to investigators, the two emaciated horses were being kept in stables off of Fort Seldon Road.
A dead horse was found nearby in the 800 block of Outpost.
"It has yet to be determined as to why the caretaker, trainer, took the emaciated horses and left them at the stables the night before," a news release from the sheriff's department stated.
The news release said the owner of the horses was en route from Portales.
The two living horses were in the care of a local veterinarian.
Criminal charges are pending a medical examination of the horses.
May 05, 2008
High-Tech Sound Detectors to Warn Ships of Right Whales
Scientists have engineered a high-tech system of submerged listening posts stretching across 55 miles (88 kilometers) of Massachusetts Bay that can detect the sounds of the critically endangered animals.
The protection measures are a critical step for protecting the few remaining right whales. After being hunted to near-extinction, only 350 to 400 individuals remain, and experts say their populations have not grown much over the past century.
Full Story at National Geographic
May 02, 2008
2 Wild elephants electrocuted
The Times of India (Full Story)
Two elephants were electrocuted early on Thursday when they came in contact with a high-tension overhead wire near the Badrama wildlife sanctuary.
Villagers demand action against electricity department officials who, they claimed, had failed to check the low-hanging high-voltage power line that caused the deaths.
May 01, 2008
Dolphin Dies During Performance
The dolphin, a 30-year-old female named 'Sharky' collided in mid-air, head on, with her co-performer 'Tyler', a 13-year-old male, during a live show at the park on Saturday April 26. Sharky died a short time later after suffering head injuries. Tyler was not injured, but is still being observed closely.