Written by PETA
PETA is calling upon the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) to investigate whether the owner of a New Jersey roadside zoo and pet store did enough to prevent a fire
in which two giraffes, up to 15 parrots, and several dogs and cats died. The letter
also asks the USDA, "[I]f this loss of life is found to have
been preventable, … hold Sipp and Animal Kingdom Zoo responsible."
Every day has its
share of tragedy for captive wild animals forced to languish in cramped
enclosures at roadside
and pet stores.
The fire at Animal Kingdom Zoo is the second since April, when a fire killed
Burton Sipp's wife, Bridget. In the latest fire, a mother giraffe and her calf
were locked inside a building, and the mother was crushed to death by a falling
wall, raising questions about the facility's structural integrity. Her calf also
did not live through the night. Indeed, just over two weeks before this lethal
fire, the USDA cited the facility for 19 violations
of the Animal Welfare Act, including
failure to maintain the structural strength of the giraffe enclosure and
numerous other animal enclosures.
Please never visit
roadside zoos or facilities that sell animals. You can also help animals at three roadside zoos—Cherokee Bear Zoo, Chief Saunooke Bear Park, and Santa's Land—by
clicking here to urge officials to close these dilapidated facilities.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
an animal fact that is not at all surprising if you've ever seen a hawk soar
through the sky or a flock of pigeons settling in to roost together for the
night: Caged birds suffer from a severe
form of post-traumatic stress disorder and exhibit symptoms identical to those
of prisoners of war and concentration camp survivors, including self-mutilation
and persistent sadness. Even when they are rescued and taken to reputable
sanctuaries, parrots, cockatoos, and
macaws—who in the wild are extremely social—sometimes are never able to adjust
to socializing with other birds and opt to remain alone, staring into space. So
please don't patronize pet stores that sell birds into a prison sentence from
which they may never recover, even if they are lucky enough to be "paroled."
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it was crickets who inspired Miguel de Cervantes'
famously chivalrous, albeit inept, character Don Quixote. Researchers have found
that male crickets graciously allow their mates to enter the burrow first—although this leaves the
well-intentioned males more vulnerable to predation, sometimes with tragic
results. (Another interesting note from the study is that observing animals in
their natural environment, rather than studying them in labs, provides more accurate
admit … while writing this, I had to look up what an anvil is, but a type of
wrasse known as the orange
dotted tusk fish knows precisely how an
anvil works. An evolutionary biologist at the Great Barrier Reef filmed a wrasse who carried a
clam some distance, then repeatedly threw the clam at a rock to break open the
shell. The scientist points out that this behavior shows that fish are capable
of thinking ahead and reasoning. (All the more reason not to eat them.)
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
As anyone who has ever forgotten to
spell out "w-a-l-k" can attest, dogs can understand our language. One recent study showed
that dogs can learn up to 165 words and gestures and that they can count. And
dogs aren't the only animals you can depend on in an emergency either—a rabbit recently saved her human
family from a house fire.
Could birds call each other "humanbrain"
as an insult? Like humans, crows and ravens
are very social and have large brains for their body size. They also rival
humans and monkeys in their ability to delay self-gratification for a greater
reward. They are articulate, too, as evidenced by escaped former companion
birds who are now teaching
their flocks to understand English. If a family planning to
welcome a new baby is having trouble picking a name, perhaps they should
consult with parrots,
who name their offspring.
talk to each other
in a way similar to humans, too, by adjusting their muscular tension and air
flow. Words likely not in their vocabulary? "Imprison," "abuse,"
and "exploit" …. But if they are
familiar with those terms, it could explain why scientists in Australia are
just now discovering a new
species of dolphin—maybe
they were hiding!
by Michelle Sherrow
Whether it's for brilliance, bravery, or breathtaking ability, these animals take home the prize.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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