Monthly Archives: April 2017

Veterinarian concerned about whale’s injury after collision

I think you can see the video on’s website. It was awful. This idiot in a speedboat hit the whale. There were several whale-watching boats right around the area stopped, and it was obvious there was whale¬†activity, and the boat just sped through the middle of a group of whales. The boat driver was going too fast and not paying attention to what was going on.¬† The Coast Guard found the boat, and hopefully there will be big penalties. But the poor whale.

Cellphone cameras caught a boat colliding with a gray whale off the Washington state coast, and marine animal experts are concerned about the whale. Lesanna Lahner, executive director of SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research, said the basketball-sized lump the whale developed behind its neck could interfere with behavior such as foraging and feeding.KING-TV (Seattle) (4/24)

Toxic metals killed thousands of Montana geese USFWS find

Toxic metals likely caused the deaths of 3,000 to 4,000 snow geese that swam in toxic water near an old Montana mine in December, according to necropsy results released by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the companies responsible for the site could be fined up to $5,000 per dead bird. Copper, zinc, manganese and other metals were found in the birds as well as throat, stomach and intestinal lesions.

They not only should fine them but that water/site needs to get cleaned up so this doesn’t continue to happen. My guess is that it has happened before.

Compound inspired by Komodo dragon’s blood helps heal wounds in mice

A synthetic compound patterned after a substance isolated from the blood of a Komodo dragon has helped heal infected wounds in mice, according to findings published in Biofilms and Microbiomes. Researchers are studying creatures like the Komodo dragon because of their remarkable self-healing abilities in an effort to create new antibiotics.The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (4/17)

Last residents of Mosul Zoo leave Iraq

Veterinarians with Four Paws International accompanied Simba the lion and Lula the bear from the privately owned Muntazah al-Nour zoo in Mosul, Iraq, to Erbil, Iraq, and then to Jordan after winning an administrative struggle. “This is the beginning of a new life for the animals,” said veterinarian Amir Khalil. “From now on, they won’t have to be part of this war.”Yahoo/Agence France-Presse (4/10)

University of Illinois veterinarians close in on treatments for snake fungal diseases

University of Illinois veterinarian Matt Allender is leading an effort to identify and potentially treat fungal disease affecting wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states. Among their findings: Nebulizing terbinafine, which kills Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in cell cultures, might be a viable treatment option; and the antifungal drug voriconazole sometimes kills apparently healthy snakes.ScienceDaily (4/11)