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June 17 2020

COVID-19 and Pets and Wild Animals: What’s Known and Not Known

People continue to be concerned or simply curious about dogs, cats and domestic ferrets and SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. The good news is that diagnostic labs Antech and IDEXX have now tested thousands of dogs and cats with only (according to my count) two cats in New York State testing positive in the U.S. Add…

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…

May 17 2020

Heroic Cats and from Wet Markets to Swap Meets

Thanks goodness Dr. Anne Beall, a researcher by profession, became interested in cats. I talk with here HERE on my Steve Dale’s Pet World WGN Radio show about her latest book, Heroic, Helpful and Caring Cats: Felines Who Make a Difference.  Beall and I talk about stereotypes people have about cats, truly believing that cats…

May 12 2020

Treatment for COVID-19: Investigating Llamas and Pangolin

Desperate to seek a treatment for COVID-19, researchers are now studying a llamas and a species which few have even heard of, called pangolin. The pangolin is an anteater like mammal that’s covered with scales, which all species are highly endangered because they are so often illegally trafficked to wet markets where their scales are…

May 10 2020

The Pandemic Could Have Been Avoided: Blame Wet Markets

I am saddened by the division happening in America. Historically, after national (or international) tragedies, our leadership and our collected patriotism typically brings us together, as political affiliation in these times becomes irrelevant. To be sure, there’s been some of that. However, there are millions of Americans who actually believe the novel corona virus is…

May 7 2020

COVID-19 and Wildlife

Q: “Since some lions and tigers at the Bronx Zoo were diagnosed with COVID-19, what about lions, tiger or other wildlife. Are endangered species at risk?”  S. B, Long Island, NY A: Your question isn’t completely outrageous. While we know it’s possible that big cats can get the novel corona virus SARS CoV-2 and suffer…

May 5 2020

Giant Hornets Could Turn on One Another

Here’s the good new about giant killer hornets, which have arrived into the U.S. from Asia, when they have nowhere else to turn for food, they turn on one another. And heads will roll, literally. Their preferred preference of attack is decapitation. The bad news is that the largest hornet on earth much prefers a…

April 25 2020

Dr. Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough: They Warned Us

They’re ambassadors for the planet, 93-year old Sir David Attenborough and 86-year old Dr. Jane Goodall. They’ve dedicated their lives to warn us. Unfortunately, the human species has not heeded their wise words. While it remains unclear if this virus known as the novel corona virus “escaped” a nearby lab in Wuhan, China or mutated…

April 20 2020

Dedicated Zoo Staff Continues to Care for Animals During Pandemic

Among the heroes are zookeepers. Obviously, captive animals are dependent on the keepers and curators for their care. During the pandemic shut down, zoos have provided a source of education and entertainment for kids and adults too. However, most zoos are dependent on visitor income. Zoo director at Neumünster Zoo in northern Germany has even…

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