Farewell, Inuka: Zoo staff surround polar bear to comfort him during his last moments as the animal passes away in Singapore

Apr 30, 2018

Inuka, born at Singapore Zoo, reached the age of 27 – into his 70s in human years But the polar bear, the first born in the tropics, suffered a rapid decline in health Pictures show zoo staff comforting the animal moments before he was put down His keepers had earlier said ‘it would not have been fair to prolong his suffering’ Lying on his side and surrounded by his heartbroken carers, these pictures show polar bear Inuka’s last moments before passing away at Singapore Zoo. The 27-year-old animal – the first polar bear born in the tropics – was comforted by vets and zoo keepers before being put down to end his suffering after a rapid decline in health. Inuka, whose name means ‘Silent Stalker’ in Inuit, was particularly popular with visitors due to his playful antics in his enclosure. But in recent years the animal had suffered age-related ailments, including arthritis, and an examination at the start of this month revealed his health was failing markedly. Images released by the... ...

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Animal health training vital for local farmers

Apr 30, 2018

Farmers throughout Papua New Guinea lack training and awareness on animal health disease surveillance. This concern was raised by PNG UNRE animal science lecturer Charles Maika recently during his presentation “animal health disease surveillance and its importance in PNG” at a weekly seminar attended by staff and students of the university. Mr Maika said in the past PNG was isolated and as a result the country was free from some of the diseases that affected the livestock of other countries, but this has now changed. There is an increase in people’s movement, trade agreements with other countries, high demand for livestock production in the country, and moreover it is difficult to monitor the country’s boarder areas. “Because of PNG’s location – Indonesia on the west, Solomon Islands on the east and Australia on the south – it is vulnerable to diseases,” Maika explained. Mr Maika said because of these factors, farmers critically need training and awareness to understand the signs and movement of diseases, whom to report it to and... ...

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New quarantine unit measures to protect Low TB Area during show season

Apr 30, 2018

The Welsh government has announced new quarantine unit measures to protect the Low TB Area during show season. The measures have been introduced give cattle keepers greater freedom to show their animals. From October last year, Low, Intermediate and High TB Areas were established in Wales, based on bovine TB incidence. This approach has been designed to protect cattle herds in the Low TB Area whilst driving down the disease in the Intermediate and High TB Areas. Cattle returning to the Low TB Area from a non-exempt show in the Intermediate or High TB Areas of Wales, or Edge and High Risk Areas of England are required to be Post-Movement Tested between 60-120 days after their return or movement. Until these cattle receive a clear Post-Movement Test during this period, they are unable to move off the premises to other shows. Keepers in the Low TB Area wishing to show their cattle at multiple shows will now have flexibility to move their show cattle into a Certified Quarantine Unit, and... ...

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Mamma-lia, heir we go again: calf named after new prince

Apr 30, 2018

Blackpool Zoo camel Tibet follows in royal footsteps by giving birth on same day as Duchess of Cambridge – and having offspring named after newest addition to royal family. While the world was welcoming the new royal baby on 23 April, keepers at Blackpool Zoo was dealing with its own special delivery – a camel calf it has named in honour of the prince. Greetings The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to wait considerably less time to meet their bundle of joy than the zoo’s female Bactrian camel, however. The new mum, called Tibet, had a 13-month gestation period before she could greet her baby, Louis, which she gave birth to in Blackpool Zoo’s camel birthing suite. ‘Delighted’ Assistant head keeper Johnpaul Houston said: “We were delighted to welcome our first camel calf of the year. He was spotted by keepers just as news broke the Duchess of Cambridge had gone into labour. “We are hoping for some more calves to join Louis as the season gets into full... ...

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Vet professionals warned of eye injuries to owners and pets from canine ear gel

Apr 30, 2018

European Medicines Agency advises application caution after ocular damage from accidental exposure to popular otitis externa treatment reported. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a warning about cases of injuries to pets and their owners from accidental eye exposure to Osurnia ear gel for dogs. The patented gel formulation – from Elanco Europe – is indicated for the treatment of otitis externa in canines and contains the active substances terbinafine, florfenicol and betamethasone acetate. Eye exposure An EMA release stated: “Eye exposure in people mostly happened when the dog shook its head during – or just after – applying the medicine. “It is not clear if cases in dogs were also due to accidental contact, although this was confirmed in a few reports. “The injuries in people include two cases of corneal ulcer, as well as reports of eye irritation, conjunctivitis, redness, burning, stinging and itchiness. “The eye injuries in dogs included corneal ulcers, squinting, impaired vision, conjunctivitis, redness and swelling around the eye.” Report side effects The release... ...

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Vet reprimanded for ‘misguided’ greyhound rescue attempt

Apr 30, 2018

RCVS disciplinary committee hears veterinarian motivated by her ‘overwhelming wish’ to promote health or welfare of the breed knowingly signed official forms containing incorrect details. A vet has been given a formal warning by the RCVS disciplinary committee (DC) in relation to false certification about the conditions of a greyhound kennel, after the committee accepted her actions were “governed by her overwhelming wish to promote the health or welfare” of the breed. Charges against Warrington-based Natalia Oakes centred on a Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) Veterinary Surgeons Residential Kennel Inspection Form concerning greyhound kennels at Rough Cottage in Croft, Cheshire. Charges The charges were that Miss Oakes: had signed a form that indicated 55 greyhounds were in the kennel, when, in fact, it had more had stated the kennels were in an acceptable condition,when they were not knew the form was inaccurate and/or was dishonest in relation to what she indicated on the form Hearing At the beginning of the hearing, Miss Oakes admitted all charges except for the... ...

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Horses ‘read and remember’ human facial expressions

Apr 30, 2018

Seeing angry faces in photos impacts horse behaviour – study    Horses have the ability to read and remember human facial expressions, new research has shown for the first time. Domestic horses were shown a photograph of a happy or angry human face, before seeing the actual person several hours later, now in a neutral emotional state. According to findings published in Current Biology, the direction of the horses’ gaze revealed that they perceived the person more negatively if they had seen them looking angry in a photograph. Importantly, the humans did not know which photographs the horses had seen, to prevent them behaving differently when they met the horses. The differences in the horses’ reactions only applied to the people they saw in the photographs. Although previous research has found horses can recognise human facial expressions, this is the first time it has been shown that they can remember emotional experiences with specific individuals. Study co-author Dr Leanne Proops, from the University of Portsmouth, said: “We know that horses are... ...

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EU members back near-total neonics ban

Apr 30, 2018

Environmentalists call ban ‘a beacon of hope for bees’  EU member states have voted in favour of a near-total ban on the use of neonicotinoids, after research has long linked their use to declines in pollinators. Under the newly agreed regulation, nearly all outdoor uses of imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam will be banned. It builds on the EU’s partial ban, which was introduced in 2013. Currently, restrictions on these chemicals apply to crops such as maize, wheat, barley, oats and oil seed rape. Going forward, growers across the EU will only be able to use these neonicotinoids in greenhouses. The ban will be adopted in the coming weeks and will be in force by the end of the year. The new regulation was driven by a recent report from the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa), which found that all neonicotinoids are a threat to many bee species, regardless of where or how they are used in the environment. Environmentalists have welcomed the move, with the global activism site Avaaz calling... ...

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Exotics vet raises more than £1,600 for animal welfare

Apr 30, 2018

Daniella Dos Santos completes London Marathon in seven hours and four minutes  An exotics vet overcame a spider bite and scorching temperatures to raise money for animal welfare at the 2018 Virgin London Marathon. Daniella Dos Santos had planned to undertake the gruelling 26.2 miles dressed as an ostrich. But the early summer heatwave and subsequent warning from event organisers not to run in costume meant that she had to drop the idea. Thankfully, the heat – together with a nasty spider bite and a leg injury – did not stop Daniella completing the Marathon in seven hours and four minutes and raising more than £1,600 for the Animal Welfare Foundation (AWF). Commenting on her achievement, Daniela said: “I have a real knack of getting bitten by spiders and ending up in pretty bad shape. About three weeks ago I was bitten, for the sixth time, by a spider in Australia. Walking, let alone running, was a challenge, and as a result, I picked up an injury in my other... ...

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Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

Apr 30, 2018

Add or Modify? Cow-lovers can take heart in this report from TheWeek.com about the Bill Gates Super Cow, which begins: BBC reported Friday that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest millions of dollars to promote “the health and productivity of livestock” through research by Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines. “For over a billion people living in the world’s poorest countries, agriculture and livestock are a lifeline out of poverty,” Gates said Friday. “You can sell the output, and that’s money for school fees. You can keep the output, and that’s diet diversification.” It’s a follow-on of sorts from the $42M that the Foundation poured into Heifer International in 2008 – Or there’s the cow perfume that addresses malaria.  But here’s the flip side: a whole bunch of investments in cow replacement. Shift-Command-H: Find and Replace Earlier this year Memphis Meats announced an investment from the venture capital arm of food industry leader Tyson Foods. Memphis Meats is a leader in the growing ‘clean meat’ or ‘cultured meat’... ...

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