Tag Archives: wild animals

RSPCA rescue porcupine in Birmingham

11 Aug

The RSPCA recently made a fairly rare rescue concerning an escaped porcupine! The porcupine was discovered in Birmingham when a dog returned to his owner covered in porcupine spikes. Inspectors from the RSPCA had to carefully catch the spikey creature and keep him safe in a kennel until the owner could be traced.

It turned out that the porcupine’s owner was in fact a lady who looks after wild animals professionally. The porcupine had just recently come to live with her and had dug its way out of its enclosure.

It’s great that the two were reunited, but it is important to emphasise that this lady is an animal specialist and it is not recommended that porcupine’s are kept as pets!

On a final note; I still need lots more responses for my dissertation survey, so if you support a charity (either by donating or volunteering) please take a few minutes to help me out. I’d greatly appreciate it!



Tigers at risk from dog disease

20 Jun

I’ve just read a very interesting article on the National Geographic website about tigers catching canine distemper from domestic dogs. As the tigers’ area of natural habitat reduces in size, the animals are forced closer to local villagers and their pet dogs which explains the spread of the disease. The figures in the article suggest that 15% of around 400 Siberian tigers which live in the Russian Far-East have been affected by canine distemper.

The big problem is that behavioural studies have shown the disease often makes the tigers fearless of humans. They will just wander into villages and onto roads without being concerned about human presence- including poachers. Apparently this fearless behaviour is a result of brain damage caused by the disease. Other symptoms include respiratory problems and seizures which may prove fatal.

The good news is that an organisation called Wildlife Vets International is working hard to help the tigers. As well as setting up a special surveillance program, they are working on a campaign to encourage people in Indonesia to vaccinate their dogs against rabies and distemper. There’s no quick fix to the problem but hopefully this action plan will help to save as many of these beautiful creatures as possible!

You can read the full article right here: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2013/06/130612-canine-distemper-virus-health-tigers-science-animals/

Rare baby rhino born at Chester Zoo

25 Mar

Staff at Chester Zoo are celebrating the birth of a rare black baby rhino. The rhino is the second black rhino calf to be born in just a few months, and this is great news as the numbers of this species have become extremely low.

It is estimated that 95% of all wild rhinos have now been killed as poachers target them to use for medicine. Despite there being no proven medicinal benefits of rhino horn, poachers continue to make a lot of money from dead rhinos. Chester Zoo’s Black Rhino Project is therefore very important, and since the project began the population of this species has slowly increased by around 6% per year.

It’s great to hear about this new arrival at Chester Zoo and hopefully there will be more baby rhinos on their way soon!

You can read more about the baby rhino here: http://www.actforwildlife.org.uk/blog/blog/post/145-rare-baby-rhino-born

Help end the export of wild baby elephants to zoos

25 Feb

It’s shocking to hear how baby elephants are being taken from the African wild and flown to zoos in China. I’ve just read the saddening report on the RSPCA website regarding footage which shows the baby elephants living in appalling conditions, some of them in very poor health, waiting to be shipped to the Chinese zoos which ‘ordered’ them.

Not only are these poor animals being kept in appalling conditions, they also suffer from the long hours of transportation, and extreme stress from being torn away from their mother and social group. Many of the babies are in desperate need of veterinary care which they are not being provided with.

Help end the suffering of wild baby elephants by signing the RSPCA’s petition. I’ve just added my name and hope you will join me!

Find it here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/No_more_baby_elephants_captured_for_Chinese_zoos_1/?cEcSkeb

Big Cat Video Diaries

24 Jan

Take a look at Born Free’s latest Big Cats video diary and catch up with the Leopard Triplets, Sinbad and the other Big Cats at Shamwari. The latest video is an update on what has been happening with the Big Cats at the Julie Ward Centre throughout December 2012.

You can find all the video diaries here:http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/big-cats/big-cat-rescue/shamwari-diary/

Don’t miss it!

If animals were obese…

17 Dec

I came across a rather amusing article on the Daily Mail website today which was published back in July and I thought I’d share it with you all. It’s based on the idea that obesity is becoming a huge problem for the human population while it is not a problem for wild animals as they live by the ‘survival of the fittest’ rule.

The article presents a startling series of photographs showing what different species of animals would look like if they became obese. Take a look at the obese giraffe! Hopefully we will never have to witness animals looking as unhealthy as the ones in these pictures!

You can see for yourself here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2173385/If-animals-obese-humans-Hilarious-pictures-imagine-overweight-creatures-struggling-size.html

Christmas gifts from Born Free

4 Dec

If you’re like me and still have a few Christmas presents to buy then you may find just what you’re looking for in Born Free’s range of festive gifts. I just came across their range today and there are some lovely things that would be perfect for any animal lover.

There are all sorts of gifts based on various wild animals including a range of cuddly wild animal soft toys and the chance to adopt anything from an elephant to a tiger. For stocking fillers there is a unique collection of stationary based on an African design or a Born Free calendar featuring photos of wild animals.

With the profits going towards helping wild animals, there’s every reason to take a look at Born Free’s Christmas collection: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/shop/index.html