Monthly Archives: August 2015

Family helps eagle after hitting it on highway

America’s signature bird has rebounded from near extinction, but that means more human-eagle conflicts. Robbi Tribbey and her son Devin Lindberg accidentally hit a bald eagle as it fed on a carcass on a roadside. They drove the injured bird to the Wildwoods Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, Minn., where staff said the female, 10-pound eagle was one of the largest they’d ever seen. More treatment was needed, so the bird was taken to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s Raptor Center in St. Paul, where staff treat 100 eagles yearly. Minnesota Public Radio (8/26)

I know Dr Pat Reddig who runs the Raptor Center, and have visited it. It is a state of the art clinic and rehab center.

US wildlife sanctuary to take in big cats, coyote from Mexico

Eight lions, two lynxes, a cougar and a coyote from Mexico will join other exotic animals already at a 720-acre sanctuary in Colorado. The animals, among about two dozen headed to the rescue, were all abandoned or mistreated in some way. More animals may be shipped to the US because Mexico recently banned exotic animal performances, a move that is expected to lead to abandonment and mistreatment of such animals. The Kansas City Star (Mo.)/The Associated Press (8/26)

WSU veterinarians say bad air hurts pets too

Veterinarians from Washington State University remind owners that air-quality alerts apply to pets, too. “The same hazards to lungs faced by people are faced by our pets when conditions are like this,” said WSU veterinarian Raelynn Farnsworth. Pet birds are particularly vulnerable to poor air quality and should remain inside, according to veterinarian Nickol Finch. Exercise should be restricted, and veterinarian Steve Parish says proper hydration helps keep animals’ respiratory tract moist and functioning properly. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash.) (8/26)

we are having air quality problems due to all the forest fires

Researchres find seals carry hepatovirus

Scientists isolated a virus related to hepatitis A from several seal species, raising the question of whether the human hepatitis A virus originated in seals and jumped to humans, or vice versa. Globally, some 1.4 million people are infected by hepatitis A each year, developing mild to severe disease from the highly contagious virus. It is the first time a hepatovirus has been seen outside primates, and researchers hope to explore whether other species carry such viruses, including coyotes that scavenge seal carcasses and other marine life. Science News (8/25), PhysOrg.com (8/25)

Unusually high numbers of whale deaths sparks investigation

Fourteen fin whales, 11 humpback whales, one gray whale and four others that couldn’t be identified have been discovered dead along the shores of the Gulf of Alaska since May. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts say the situation constitutes an “unusual mortality event,” which means a team is sent to investigate. The team will collect samples to check for biotoxins, viruses and other possible culprits. One possibility is that warmer waters in the region have fostered toxic algal blooms, experts say. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (8/24)

Smithsonian veterinarians caring for panda twiins 24-7

National Zoo chief veterinarian Don Neiffer has had all hands on deck since twin panda cubs were born at the zoo on Saturday. Mother Mei Xiang may be favoring the larger twin — a natural behavior because the bigger sibling would likely fare better in the wild, experts say. The tiny, hairless cubs must be handled delicately, but they need help regulating their body temperature, and the veterinary team is monitoring fluid and nutrient intake as well as behavior. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/24)

Veterinarians rehabilitate clouded leopard cubs in India

Veterinarian Bhaskar Choudhury, who leads the medical team at the Wildlife Transit Home in India, works to save orphaned clouded leopard cubs and return them to nature. With an estimated 10,000 wild clouded leopards in the world, the species is considered vulnerable to extinction. Dr. Choudhury has developed a yearlong rehabilitation schedule that includes giving health care, feeding, training the animals to survive in the wild and ultimately releasing them back into their natural habitat. WBUR-FM (Boston) (8/24)