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Luckily, Boop the feathertail glider escaped injury when she fell from her mother’s pouch in Australia. Now, she’s one of the smallest patients at the
Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital. Boop weighs less than 1 gram, and a team of specialized wildlife caretakers is feeding her a balanced milk formula through a very fine tube. “Two milliliters is plenty for this tiny patient!” the hospital explained in a Facebook comment. The feathertail glider is the world’s smallest gliding mammal. An adult will grow to be between 6.5 to 8 centimeters in size. The joey will be returned to the wild when she’s ready to survive on her own. — Read it from
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors via Facebook
A new study finds that chimpanzees who travel use tools more frequently. Chimps and the bonobo, a close relative, travel the same average distance as the chimps who were observed for the study, and they use a similar set of tools. Gorillas and most orangutans, however, spend significantly less time traveling per day and show limited or no feeding-related tool use. The team concluded that travel created an extra need for high-energy food, while the challenge of inaccessible honey created an opportunity for innovation in the chimps’ use of tools to get to it. The study was published in the journal
eLife. — Read it at
A new plan to save the black-footed ferret, which has been declared extinct twice, involves vaccinating the prairie dogs they prey on with an oral vaccine disguised as a peanut butter treat. The ferrets and the prairie
dogs they prey on are threatened by the sylvatic plague, a devastating flea-borne illness. The ferrets can get the vaccine themselves through an injection, but that’s impossible to do with large populations of prairie
dogs. This week, the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to test a prototype of a treat dispenser on an all-terrain vehicle and spread the vaccine treats to prairie dog populations in northeastern Montana. — Read it at
The drowning death of a lost mountain goat in Alaska is being blamed
on a crush of people onshore who were trying to get its picture on Saturday.
The goat’s presence in the city of Seward was unusual, as the animals usually
stay above the timberline in remote areas. State troopers got calls saying the
wayward animal was being harassed by people trying to photograph it. With
nowhere to turn, the goat dove into the ocean, where it drowned. It’s the
latest in a sad string of human encounters with wild animals that have ended
badly for the animals. The most notable may have been the baby bison who died
in Yellowstone National Park in May after tourists who thought it looked cold put
the calf in
the back of their vehicle. Officials are reminding people to give animals
their space. — Read it at the Chicago
Loveland, Colorado, firefighters came to the rescue of three missing
puppies on Monday. One of the puppies had fallen into an HVAC vent, and the
firefighters were able to pull him out. At first, it was believed that all
three puppies were stuck in the vent, but the other two missing puppies were
found safely under a clothes dresser, the department Tweeted. — Read
it at Colorado’s 9News
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