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Archive for May, 2009

S.F. Zoo tiger attack: Does tiger’s family get part of $900,000 settlement?

Tatiana the Siberian tiger

No matter what you may think about the two San Jose Dhaliwal brothers whose friend was killed by Titiana the tiger on Christmas Day 2007 … or what those young men may or may not have done in an attempt to provoke the tiger … the fact of the matter is … if the tiger had been confined in an adequate enclosure, she would NEVER have been able to escape from her enclosure and kill somebody … and then be killed herself.

The enclosure obviously was not adequate. The tiger got out. It had walls that were 4 feet lower than the height level recommended by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The end result here was one dead tiger and one dead human.
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Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009
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A nice warm bowl of opossum “soup”

Opossum in a bowl. Photo by Barb & Carl, Martinez, CA.
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More backyard adventures …

Dear Gary:
We have hung a bowl under our bird feeder to catch seeds from falling to the ground. Somehow the critter (opossum) in the above picture got into the bowl to eat what was there.

We don’t know how he got there but to get down he jumped/tumbled into plants below and ambled off under the fence for his next adventure.
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Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2009
Under: Opossums | 3 Comments »

CATS: Most pet cats neutered & most stray/feral cats aren’t. We got a problem


New Study Shows Majority of Pet Cats Are Neutered

Peer-reviewed analysis finds significant relationship between neuter and household income

BETHESDA, Md., May 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Association reports that the vast majority — at least 80% — of pet cats in U.S. households are neutered, with middle-to higher-income households reporting rates of over 90%.
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Posted on Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Under: Cats | 7 Comments »

Animal Welfare: Calif. legislature passes important farm animal bills

Calif. Legislature Presses Ahead with Animal Welfare Reforms

Both houses of the California legislature passed important farm animal welfare legislation on Tuesday, in the wake of the passage of Prop. 2 in November.

Introduced in February by California Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez (D-Shafter), S.B. 135 passed the Senate Tuesday by a vote of 25-12 with bipartisan support. If enacted, S.B. 135 would ban the painful and unnecessary tail docking of dairy cows, and it previously passed the Senate Food & Agriculture, Public Safety, and Appropriations committees in the run-up to Tuesday’s vote.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
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Homemade Dog Treats: Recipe for easy-to-make Gary’s Dog Munchies. Yum!

Stuffed puppy!
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Today is as good a day as any to reprint my homemade dog biscuit recipe.

My dog munchies make safe Thanksgiving treats for pets, great Christmas stocking stuffers for family dogs and cats, or just plain good treats you can give to your pets any time you want.

They’ve even been served on more than a few occasions (accidentally?) to humans watching Sunday afternoon football on TV. There have been no harmful effects noted, other than a tendency to whine and growl when the Raiders make stupid plays.

To help get you into a fun baking mood, here is my own personal recipe for Gary’s Favorite Dog Munchies, still fresh and delicious after the nearly three decades I’ve been publishing it.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
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Cat Food Recall: Are you feeding this cat food to your cat?

Cat by Bogue

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just posted the following press release from Nutro Products, Inc., on their FDA Web site. /Gary

Nutro Products Announced Voluntary Recall of Limited Range of Dry Cat Food Products

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Franklin, Tennessee (May 21, 2009) — Today, Nutro Products announced a voluntary recall of select varieties of NUTRO NATURAL CHOICE COMPLETE CARE Dry Cat Foods and NUTRO MAX Cat Dry Foods with “Best If Used By Dates” between May 12, 2010 and August 22, 2010.

The cat food is being voluntarily recalled in the United States and ten additional countries. This recall is due to incorrect levels of zinc and potassium in our finished product resulting from a production error by a US-based premix supplier.

** Consumers who have purchased affected product should immediately discontinue feeding the product to their cats, and switch to another product with a balanced nutritional profile. While we have received no consumer complaints related to this issue, cat owners should monitor their cat for symptoms, including a reduction in appetite or refusal of food, weight loss, vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat is experiencing health issues or is pregnant, please contact your veterinarian.
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Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2009
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Calif. Condors shot: $40,000 reward offered for shooter(s)

Calif. condor photo courtesy US Fish & Wildlife Service/Scott Frier
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Condor Shooting Investigation Goes Public:
“Wanted” Poster Distributed Throughout Central Coast

The Center for Biological Diversity opened a new front today in its campaign to find those responsible for the shooting of two condors earlier this year, distributing wanted posters throughout the central coast region that was home to both of the giant birds.

The poster, printed in both English and Spanish, resembles an Old West wanted poster, with a picture of a condor and the Condor Tip Line toll-free number and e-mail address. The poster also advertises the $40,000 reward that is available for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter or shooters.
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Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2009
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Live Animal Markets: Importing frogs with fungus that kills native frogs

Bullfrog by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA

Update on Live Animal Markets — Turtles and Frogs.

The State Fish & Game Commission met in Sacramento Wednesday and Thursday,  May 13-14.

I gave the Commissioners and the Department a 50 page packet of materials, 1997 to present, a compilation of various letters, laws, reports, etc., on this issue, much of which dates from before the current Commissioners’ tenure.

** A just-published scientific study reports that California imports more than TWO MILLION American bullfrogs annually for human consumption (mostly from Taiwan and China) and that 62% of them are infected with the dreaded CHYTRID FUNGUS … a prime suspect in the extinctions of scores of frogs and other amphibians around the world in recent years.
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Posted on Thursday, May 21st, 2009
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Brandt’s Cormorant: BART riders help rescue bird at El Cerrito del Norte station

The El Cerrito del Norte BART Station cormorant is the bird on the right. Photo by IBRRC

On April 23, the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC) in Fairfield got a call about a Brandt’s cormorant hanging out at the BART Station at El Cerrito del Norte.

One of our long-time volunteers, Carol Lombard, went to the station to try to capture the bird. It was thin and weak.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
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Young great horned owl “threatens” homeowner to “stay back!”

Young great horned owl says “stay back!” Photo by Merry Nail, Oakley, CA.
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This magnificent creature appeared on our patio Sunday afternoon.

We live near the Big Break Marina in Oakley. It was still daylight. I wondered if you could tell me why he might have been out during the day? I thought he could be a young one but barn owls don’t usually “fall out of a nest” do they?
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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