No one can escape the fact that an increasing proportion of people in western countries are becoming overweight or obese. Most of us are well aware of the health problems stemming from obesity and we make allowances to keep our weight in check. What we do not seem to realise is that, according to recent research, our faithful household pets seem to be also packing on the pounds!
Have you been strolling around one day and found a dog/cat that you would love to adopt? Maybe this particular animal resembles your cherished childhood pet? You wonder where you could find a dog/cat that looks just like this exquisite one! Well you can locate a pet to adopt that appears similar to this one through PetMatch.
You have just washed your precious pet dog and she looks beautiful with her shiny coat smelling of roses... Next minute what does she end up doing? Yep... you guessed it... tossing and turning in some foul smelling poo/dirt/left over banana skin. She is perfectly happy making a complete mess of herself once again. After she has performed her 'ritual', along she comes bounding towards you to plop a nice big lick smelling of grossness onto your face. The smell is so strong that it is enough to bring up yesterday's lunch. Actually we hope that this post didn't cause you to puke. Now we ask ourselves... why o why do dogs revel rolling around in disgusting stuff and is there a way to prevent it?
So another fad that is sweeping China's middle class at the moment is possessing a pet dog that looks like a panda! We all know that pandas are exceptionally cute and adoring animals... no wonder dog owners want to make their pets resemble these cuddly beings.
Family Triantafilo's youngest child, Jeremy, was having a fantastic time playing around on his bicycle outside his home. However, the neighbours dog, a labrador/chow mix, who had escaped his enclosure decided to randomly attack the boy. Dragging him around and gnawing at his leg, Jeremy was clearly in distress. Astonishingly...an unlikely candidate came to the rescue!
Scientists at the Victorian zoo have successfully hatched Baw Baw Frogs in captivity for the very first time! The Baw Baw Frog is internationally recognized as critically endangered with only 2500 individuals remaining in the wild. Unfortunately factors such as environmental degredation, climate change and the fungus chytrid have contributed to the Baw Baw Frog's downfall. Let's find out more about how the Melbourne Zoo managed this amazing accomplishment!
So how were these particular Baw Baw Frogs bred exactly? According to the Melbourne Zoo, two massive gloop piles which consisted of 160-200 eggs were harvested from Mt Baw Baw at the end of last year and stored in a bunker in temperatures between seven and 13 degrees. Scientists carefully monitored the bunker's water flow and oxygen levels and regularly tested for any signs of bacteria that may harm the eggs. The tadpoles, when hatched, appeared as creamy translucent white which means researchers had to analyse them under infrared light only. Three months after the frogs hatched, they become metamorphs, meaning they can breath air but still retain a bit of their tadpole tail. The froglets have been fed a special diet which consists of spring tails (a type of inveterbrate) and newly-hatched pinhead crickets.
All in all, the researchers managed to successfully breed 68 mottled grey-brown Baw Baw Froglets in captivity. One of the leading researchers, Mr Kuyper, commented that it has been an enlightening experience and his fellow team continue to gather as much knowledge as possible about the Baw Baw Frog. Scientists are ever hopeful that this feat is not a once off, with aims for more froglets being born at Melbourne Zoo. If enough Baw Baw Frogs are effectively bred, this may preserve these precious frogs from extinction. We remain eternally optimistic! Good work Melbourne Zoo!
We check out the little fancy inquisitive rodents renowned as Guinea Pigs for our pet profile this week!
Another story to pull at the heart strings but with an unexpected twist to the 'tail'. In northern Croatia, a dog owner decided that he no longer wanted to take care of his faithful pet, Olly, anymore. Instead of taking Olly to the vet to have him euthanised, he found it cheaper to simply hire a hit man to get rid of his faithful pet. However, the hit man's bark was worse than his bite as his bullets were not enough to kill the strong canine. The hit man than hurled the injured dog into the raging Drava river in hopes he would drown.
For our pet profile this week, we check out the Japanese Spitz. These dogs are quite intelligent, playful and friendly dogs. They waltz around the place with a plush coat as white as snow. This particular canine is generally described as having a 'big dog' personality in a small body!