In a previous article we talked about the psychological benefits of having pets at home, but it doesn't end there. Pets can also be good for your health too!
For any person who has owned a pet there is a time when you fear you may have lost them. You call and call them to come from their intricate hiding place in the yard/street/house... unfortunately they do not seem to appear! You freak out even more and start scouring the neighbourhood for your treasured pet. You may be lucky and your pet pops up again a few hours later unscatched. Or they are located by a friendly neighbour/vet in the area who contact you to say they have your missing pet. Other times... something more sinister may have occurred.. such as your pet has indeed fled the coop or been kidnapped (it happens). To help keep a watchful eye on your pet, RSPCA has developed a Pet GPS Tracking system called the TrakaPet! You'll now be able to locate your pet anywhere at anytime.
TrakaPet utilises GPS technology and mobile technology to bring you a highly practical tracking device for your pet. When you first obtain a TrakaPet, you just need to insert an active sim card into the device. Whenever you text the letter "C" to the device, you then receive a google maps link (via sms or push message) that reveals the location of your pet. You can also configure a 'Safe Zone' for your pet. If your pet somehow maneuvers himself/herself outside the safety net, you will be notified immediately. Once alerted you can swiftly arrange your pet's return back to their secure environment and also keep on an eye on their whereabouts.
A boisterous canine just went on the adventure of his life where he romped across the scenic landscapes of South America for 800km. The story all began in Uruguay where the dog, Jefferson, had started following a group who were undertaking a 2000km trek for charity called 'Walk to the World Cup'. The guys were hoping to raise enough money to build a water well in drought stricken Bahia, north east Brazil. Initially they presumed Jefferson would grow tired of the arduous trek and subsequently return home.... instead it seemed that Jefferson decided it was time to see the world!
What people wouldn't do for their pets nowadays! With more and more people around the world owning pets and loving to pamper them... no wonder businesses are springing up everywhere that are wholeheartedly dedicated to pets. Within the last few years stores such as cat cafes, pet deli's, pet 'hotels', even owl cafes have come onto the market but now... the latest addition is a retirement home for elderly dogs. The one of a kind business has just opened its doors east of Tokyo, Japan.
Imagine the scenario where your veterinarian tells you your pet is suffering from a debilitating painful disorder and that the best option is he/she be put to sleep. You say your tearful goodbyes to your beloved pet and try to continue on with your life. Several months later, out of the blue, you find that your pet is very much alive and not sick in the slightest. This is what happened to the Harris family in Texas, USA and her Leonberger, Sid.
A CSIRO led study has discovered that feral cats, not climate change, is the main reason for the heavily declining native animal population in Australia. According to the study, there are approximately 15 million feral cats that kill on average 5 animals a night. Furthermore, mammal extinctions are actually 40% higher than previously estimated! Environmental Minister, Greg Hunt, claims that the government is taking these latest statistics extremely seriously and has called on the development of a virus to subdue, or potentially even eradicate feral cat populations.
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.
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!