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Animal Health

Tsunami Adds To Belief In Animals Sixth Sense'

Sun Network

JOHANNESBURG -- Wild animals seem to have escaped the Indian Ocean tsunami, adding weight to notions they possess a "sixth sense" for disasters, experts said on Thursday.

Sri Lankan wildlife officials have said the giant waves that killed over 24,000 people along the Indian Ocean island's coast seemingly missed wild beasts, with no dead animals found.


PEG Helps Speed Spine Healing in Dogs

Fri Dec 24, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Dogs with severe accidental spinal cord injuries resulting in complete paralysis, appear to recover more quickly and completely when they're given injections of polyethylene glycol (PEG), investigators report. They hope these results lead to better treatment for humans with spinal cord injuries.

Polyethylene glycol is a common polymer compound that has been used to enhance the effects several drugs, among other uses.

In previous research, Dr. Richard B.


Western Tourists Blamed For Slaughter Of Tigers

By David Harrison

Environment Correspondent
The Telegraph - UK

Western tourists and businessmen who are illegally buying tiger skins in China are responsible for the slaughter of one of the world's most endangered species, an investigation by a British charity has found.


Scientists Puzzled by Dead Dolphins in Mauritania

Story by Ibrahima Sylla

June 21, 2004 

NOUAKCHOTT - More than a hundred dolphins, eight marine turtles and five beaked whales have washed up dead on the windswept beaches of southern Mauritania in recent days, puzzling scientists and worrying the government.

Experts from the West African country's Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fishing visited the scene but were unable to take any samples because of the advanced state of decay of the corpses, the government said late on Thursday.

It was the third June in a row that scores of dead marine ma


N.D. Officials Probe Pelican Disappearance

By Associated Press

Jun 13, 2004 

MEDINA, N.D. (AP) -- Wildlife officials estimate nearly 27,000 American white pelicans have abandoned their summer nesting grounds at a national wildlife refuge north of here. The question is why - and where they went.

"It's like they packed up and left in the middle of the night - except they didn't pack up, they just left," said Ken Torkelson, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bismarck.

Left behind were thousands of eggs, which are unlikely to hatch, officials say.


Additives in Pet Foods

BHA and BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluene)

by Darleen Rudnick, Pet Nutritionist
(and other sources) 

Testing of rats showed that BHA and BHT inhibited growth, caused weight loss, damaged the liver, kidneys and testicles, caused the rat to go bald, and elevated the blood cholesterol levels. It also caused their offspring to be born without eyes, and there were indications of brain defects. These two related preservatives are further suspected of causing cancer and allergic reactions.