Articles: animals

February 19 2021

Blizzard the Polar Bear Loves A Blizzard

A Polar bear, appropriately named Blizzard, insists on being outdoors in a blizzard.  Now 25 (elderly for a Polar bear) Blizzard was rescued as an orphaned cub in Churchill and now at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, Tacoma, WA. International Polar bear day is February 27. As much of the U.S. has recently experienced,…

January 14 2021

How Can Animal Assisted Intervention Animals Go Back to Work?

Making Informed Decisions About Animal Assisted Interventions Re-Entry was a webinar hosted with myself, Gail Golab, PhD, DVM, MANZCVS, DACAW, Chief Veterinary Officer, Scientific Affairs and Public Policy at American Veterinary Medical Association and from Pet Partners, moderator Meghan Rothschild, and now available on YouTube. We discussed how to safely return animal assisted intervention (AAI)…

December 3 2020

Applauding New Rules for Animals In-Flight: Must be Service Dogs

I agree with the airline industry and U.S. Department of Transportation, animals designated as emotional support or comfort animals should no longer be allowed on airplanes, only legitimate service dogs. Having said that, the airlines – who are partially responsible for this issue in the first place – must offer alternatives for pet travel beyond…

November 5 2020

Where Is the Love: It’s Right Here, All Around Us

Perhaps watching animal love will help

November 3 2020

How Animals Decide On Their Leaders

From politicking chimpanzees to elephants earning power using brain power to honeybees fighting for their lives, various animals have their own ways to elect their leaders, or their leaders elect themselves. In elephant groups the decision is an easy one. Both African and Asian elephants and their subspecies live in matriarchal societies. A female is…

September 16 2020

Leopard Checks Out Al Fresco Dining Option

I know the focus these days is on outdoor dining due to the novel corona virus. But this really is wild – look who crashes the patio, albeit very stealthy. How would you like this African leopard company? Wonder if he had a reservation? I wonder if it matters.

September 11 2020

Laughing Foxes

If laughter adds to your lifespan as some studies suggest, some foxes you’d think would live to be 200.

August 3 2020

One Health is a Hot Topic with Dr. Michael Lappin

One Heath is how animals interact with us and with our environment – and that topic has never been more relevant than today. It appears clear that the pandemic causing SARS CoV-2 (the novel corona virus) began at a so-called wet market or animal market in China with a bat and likely an intermediary species…

June 11 2020

Zoos on the Edge: Conservation Programs Cut While Trump Administration Makes Matters Worse

One of the greatest values zoos offer, and increasingly so, has been to study, to protect and even reintroduce animals into the wild. However, due to their doors being closed because of the novel corona virus, budget cuts may be targeted to these programs. And simultaneously in the United States, the Trump Administration removes lots…

June 9 2020

How the SARS CoV-2 Virus Likely Began in a Wet Market

What’s the latest on where the novel corona virus, SARS CoV-2 first originated? On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, I talk with Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. She explains first what a wet market or animal market is. “These crowded markets with stressed, scared wild…

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