Well I know this is true for our kitty. He is a total snuggle-glutton. And totally social.
Despite popular belief that they are anti-social, cats chose human interaction over food after a period of time without either, according to research from Oregon State University. The study, reported in Behavioural Processes, involved 50 cats from homes and shelters, and after several hours without food, human contact, scent and toys, most cats chose human interaction when exposed to the four stimuli.The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/27)
Veterinarian Amir Khalil led a small team into an Iraq zoo to retrieve the facility’s lion and bear after Iraqi forces halted activity long enough for the team to enter, sedate the animals and leave. Dozens of the zoo’s animals have been killed in airstrikes or starved since the fighting started, but two goats, three monkeys, three peacocks and one pregnant horse remain at the zoo, having been dropped there by owners hoping the zoo could care for them.The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/29)
Veterinarian Helene Van Doninck operated on a porcupine that she believes was attacked by a predator before it was found by a motorist and brought to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Nova Scotia, and the animal is expected to recover and will be released. X-rays showed that the female porcupine was pregnant, but the porcupette was delivered stillborn.CBC.ca (Canada) (3/24)
University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine researchers report in Emerging Infectious Diseases that Baylisascaris procyonis, also called raccoon roundworm, does not always cause clinical disease in humans. Tests from 347 wildlife rehabilitators found 24 tested positive for the parasite but none were symptomatic, contrary to common belief that most human infections involve serious neurological problems.HealthDay News (3/24)
Officials said the screwworm outbreak in South Florida is over after local, state and federal agencies collaborated to eradicate the parasitic fly from the area. No cases of the flesh-eating insects, which threatened wildlife, domestic and livestock species as well as humans, have been documented since Jan. 10.Sunshine State News (Fla.) (3/24)
Zoo Knoxville staff found 33 dead reptiles last week, and veterinarians from the zoo and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine are investigating. Knoxville Zoo CEO and President Lisa New said the loss is devastating, noting that some of the animals that died represented endangered species and all helped educate the public about the ecological importance of reptiles.CNN (3/27), The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (3/25)
Veterinarians in the UK and the US have raised concerns about health issues caused when cats and dogs are bred to have short snouts, and the growing trend of breeding brachycephalic rabbits has provoked a similar outcry. The rabbits may experience dental problems, eye issues, infections and even brain abnormalities as a result of the malformation, says AVMA spokeswoman Sharon Granskog, so the AVMA encourages dialogue between veterinarians and breeders to ensure animal welfare is prioritized.The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/25)