Wildlife Rehabilitator War Wounds

10,000 Birds

Wildlife rehabilitators have an arsenal of equipment and techniques we use to protect ourselves. I was wearing the lead x-ray apron and heavy raptor gloves, so I thought I was protected. Injured wildlife are not the most cooperative of patients. Most of them think we’re trying to eat them, not help them. Frightened and defensive, they react accordingly. Gloves (some lined with Kevlar), goggles, facemasks, helmets, body padding, nets, poles … the list goes on.

Dead Sea Lions in Puget Sound - Again

Critter News

The bodies of seven sea lions with bullet wounds were recently found on the Nisqually River. The animal protection group Seal Sitters says a necropsy showed that the sea lion had suffered a shark bite and had twisted intestines in addition to a bullet wound. KING says one of the Nisqually casualties was a Steller sea lion, protected under the Endangered Species Act. This has happened before. I don't know whether these are disgruntled fishermen or regular jerks.

Working Animals Face "Firing Squad" in Developing Countries

Critter News

Fortunately the donkey was rescued by the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA). Here's what they say about "the Firing Squad," a horrible method of "treating" wounded work animals. They will be ‘fired’ with a red hot iron in the mistaken belief that it will cure a wound. Horrible story. We don’t really mean that they will be lined up and shot. No, their suffering will be far more drawn out.

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Mountain Gorilla Ranger Slain in the Congo

Critter News

Protecting mountain gorillas in the Congo is dangerous work. Another ranger was wounded in the attack and a rebel was captured. Just last week, a 33-year-old ranger was killed by Mai Mai rebels. Mai Mai rebels are described as community-based militia groups frequently involved in banditry. That arrest has resulted in several leads in the investigation. The Mai Mai are seeking to wear down the rangers because they don't want the park to exist.

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The Blue House Dog

4 The Love Of Animals

The boy was wounded by his loss, just as the homeless dog was wounded when his owner died. The homeless dog, once called Bones, renamed Blue, who played a “hide and seek game” with Cody, to protect himself and stay alive, ends up at Cody’s side. “I Today we have a lovely guest post from author Deborah Blumenthal. A New York Times story that ran in 2001 about a homeless dog wandering around a suburban part of New York City, struck a chord with me.

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Joy for Orphan Elephants

4 The Love Of Animals

Dedicated keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya protect baby Shukuru from the cold and rain, and the risk of pneumonia, with a custom-made raincoat. A recent arrival at the Nairobi nursery was an elephant named Murka, rescued near Tsavo National Park with a spear lodged deep between her eyes and gaping spear and axe wounds along her back and sides. Her deep wounds were filled with maggots.

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

10,000 Birds

The finders of an adult Barred Owl brought to Kathryn Dudeck in Georgia thought he had a wing fracture, so they wrapped the entire bird in the plastic protective wrap used by landscape companies and taped it up. They showed me their wounds!

Spotlight: Maureen Eiger – To Intervene or Not to Intervene?

10,000 Birds

A parent bird’s instinct to feed and protect their young is very strong, and they will not willingly abandon their babies. Even if you do not see an obvious wound, cat or dog saliva, which is full of nasty bacteria, can still get into a bird’s eyes/orifices and will eventually kill the bird; it will just die more slowly and painfully. Did you know a bird’s body has the ability to seal a small puncture wound within minutes?

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An Open Letter to Outdoor/Feral Cat Supporters

10,000 Birds

If you love your cats so much, why don’t you protect them? It’s so much easier to delete a picture than to end the life of a mortally wounded cat-caught bird, like this Downy Woodpecker … who is alive, but not for long. Dear Outdoor Cat Owners/Feral Cat Supporters, Does the photo above sicken you? It sickens me. I have been rescuing animals, both wild and domestic, since I was a child. I’ve rescued field mice to horses, and everything in between.

H. J. McCloskey on Punishment of Cruelty to Animals

Animal Ethics

We accept that the state has the right to ban cruelty to animals, even when such cruelty is in the interests of the person being cruel, for example, of the greyhound owner who trains his dog on cats, first removing the cat's claws to protect his dog from injury, or of the householder who half-starves his dog so that he can have an extra beer or two, or of the person who hunts kangaroos, wounding many and killing a few, for the fun of the sport. who cannot protect their interests.

Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest

10,000 Birds

Wounded birds were left to crawl away into the woods; sometimes, during breaks, children were encouraged to run across the field, scoop them up, and tear their heads off. What I want to know is: a hundred feet away, how can these people tell the difference between a crow and a raven, which is a protected species?” I am not anti-hunting. I won’t pick a fight with hunters, as long as they eat what they shoot and don’t use lead ammunition.

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Tribes and Birds of the Lower Omo Valley by Adam Riley

10,000 Birds

Nearly 2,500 square miles of the wildest sections of the Omo Valley are protected in the almost contiguous Omo National Park on the river’s west bank (Ethiopia’s largest park) and Mago National Park on the east bank. These vast and rugged lands of savanna, hills, gorges and rivers still protect some of Ethiopia’s largest extant herds of typical African savanna game, including African Elephant, African Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Leopard, African Wild Dog and numerous species of grazers.

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On Trial: Animal Torture Videos vs. Free Speech

Animal Ethics

The statute defines a depiction of animal cruelty as “any visual or auditory depiction, including any photograph, motion-picture film, video recording, electronic image, or sound recording of conduct in which a living animal is intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed, if such conduct is illegal.” Similarly, child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear U.S. Stevens.

Starlings and Eagles

10,000 Birds

To understand, and thus to protect. Any bird that was wounded — and a bander could often prevent that fate by firing the net quickly enough — was nursed back to health. It required a bit of an ethical adjustment. Here I was, sitting patiently in a blind, watching a tethered European Starling on a string.

A morning in a Kalahari Leopard’s life

10,000 Birds

You can notice in the above images how the Leopard uses her eye-lids as hoods to protect her sensitive eyes from the bright sun as she sprinted towards us. Finally when she arrived, she effortlessly scaled a tall tree and reappeared on an open horizontal branch where she proceeded to lick some blood from the Wild Cat’s puncture wounds. Leeudril is a waterhole situated along the dry Nossob river north of Twee Rivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Falakhe’s Story

10,000 Birds

After a few hours we guesstimated that the pack had moved south and after checking the shooting range (where the park rangers tasked with the unenviable responsibility of protecting the park’s rhinos practised their art) we joined the road to the less touristy southern part of the park. We tried to sight and count the pack twice every day so that if any of the dogs got snared we’d know quickly and could get a vet in to dart them, free them and clean up the wound.

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

if they see a mistreated dog, and shudder to see a wounded deer in the road. The federal government needs to recommit itself to putting boots on the ground in America and elsewhere to inspect and protect our food supply. To the Editor: Your Feb. 21 editorial “ The Biggest Beef Recall Ever ” made some excellent points.

Socks for Dogs!

4 The Love Of Animals

They provide traction, mobility, fashion, wound protection, and hardwood floor protection. They would be great protection over hot spots. If you just have hardwood floors in your house, you know that it would be nice to give your dog a bit of traction! I know our dog Baby often slides out while running across the hardwood floor in our kitchen! Well, Power Paws by Woodrow Wear has come up with a great product for your dog that solve this, and other problems too!

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