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Two adorable orphans have become best buddies at the
Scottish SPCA. Ripple was found orphaned due to flooding in July. He was so young at the time that he hadn’t even opened his eyes yet. Not long afterward, he was joined by Delta, who was 5 weeks old when she was found on her own. Although the two are kept separately at the SPCA while they are raised and rehabilitated, they get to enjoy some sweet playtime together. Eventually, they’ll be allowed to stay together without supervision, and will be released together in about a year. — Read it at the
Scottish SPCA via Facebook
Many influential avian veterinarians are concerned that an unintended consequence of the Endangered Species Act is that owners of exotic parrot species listed as endangered in the wild face restrictions that limit the breeding of captive
birds between states. This limits the genetic diversity of the species in captivity. If the captive populations of the
birds are needed as a safety net for wild populations, then genetic diversity among the captive population is vital. Parrots who were recently listed include the Moluccan, umbrella and red-vented cockatoos and blue-throated macaws. Species still being considered include hyacinth, military, scarlet and Buffons macaws. Now, the
Association of Avian Veterinarians is trying to gather data on populations of listed parrots owned as pets in the U.S. in the hopes of encouraging changes in regulations to help maintain diversity in the captive populations. — Parrot owners can
take the survey here
Maltipoo recently made headlines for acting as a crossing guard near a school in the
Jersey Shore Area School District in Pennsylvania. For two years, Patches wore a bright green safety vest and a little stop sign, and delighted kids by accompanying his crossing guard owner, Brad Curtis, at work. But, apparently the school district was unaware of the dog’s presence until the media reports surfaced. Now, the district has asked Curtis to stop bringing Patches to work because of safety concerns. "We have clear policies in the school district regarding any type of animal during the work day," Superintendent Dorothy Chappel said in a statement. "Yes, he is a cute, adorable pet. ... The bottom line: There are always unanticipated risks with an animal. Any known distraction needs to be removed." At least one child who attends uses the crosswalk says the kids miss Patches but understand the district’s reasoning. — Watch it at
After living in the wild in Australia for at least five years, Chris
the sheep was weighted down with so much merino wool that he could barely walk.
The RSPCA ACT rescued him after
getting a call from a Good Samaritan who’d spotted him. The shelter put out an
urgent call for sheep shearers to help Chris on Wednesday, and national
shearing champion Ian Elkins responded. He sheared nearly 90 pounds of wool
from Chris and said he’d never seen anything like it in his 35 years of work.
Officials said Chris was about four to five times his normal size before being
sedated for his haircut. The RSPCA said the shearing set an unofficial world
record as the most wool hauled from one shearing. Veterinarians plan to keep
Chris under observation for a few more days before making him available for
adoption. — See photos at the U.K.’s BBC News
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy stood in front of a tank at the Mystic Aquarium for a press conference
Wednesday to discuss Labor Day weekend travel to the state. But he was quickly
upstaged by Juno, a beluga whale. Juno, who has a track record of hamming it up
for the cameras, swam up and appeared behind the governor as he spoke. The
whale hovered over Malloy’s shoulder and pressed his forehead to the glass,
seemingly aware that he had an adoring audience watching his antics. — Watch it
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