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canine distemper ruins lives

Canine distemper virus, or CDV, is a virus that attacks the digestive system, the respiratory system and degeneration of the nervous system. Though it mostly affects dogs, it can be found in wild animals like raccoons. It is an airborne virus, but is also present in any and every excretion from an infected animal. Recently 22 big cats were diagnosed with CDV at In-Sync Exotics.

Apollo in his tub. He is very sick and lethargic. I saw his two days ago and his eyes we're dull.
Apollo in his tub. He is very sick and lethargic. I saw his two days ago and his eyes we’re dull.

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a ray of hope for captive chimpanzees

Chimpanzees share 98% of our DNA, they have complex relationships, raise their young, wage wars, have friendships, alliances and enemies. They have extensive tool use and even have intricate means of communication. As far as I knew, they were endangered species. I mean, this is what IUCN’s website and even WWF will tell you. But today I learned that that was only applicable to free-living chimpanzees. This means that chimpanzees in captivity are listed as threatened. Maybe this doesn’t seem so bad, until you realize that that is the loophole that allows them to be test subjects and live in labs, in often, sub-par conditions.

Photo from WWF
Photo from WWF

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aceh rainforest

About a month ago I wrote a post called ‘it’s only 4 million acres‘ about an Indonesian govenor’s plan to open up 4 million acres of conserved rainforest to mining and plantation use on the island of Sumatra. That is the area of one million football fields.

Photo from WWF
Photo from WWF- There are less than 200 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild

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HELP! de-extinction quotes needed

I’m calling out to all of my followers to beg you guys for some quotes and your opinions on DE-EXTINCTION.

There are people thinking about bringing back things like mammoths, shasta ground sloths and even the passenger pigeon.

Any thoughts or responses are welcome! If you don’t want to post anything here my email is: sabell@smu.edu

PLEASE don’t spam my email.

Photo from Adventure Sports Journal
Photo from Adventure Sports Journal

plight of the pangolins

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Meet the Pangolin, often referred to as the scaly anteater. This cute arboreal animal has no teeth and sleeps all day. It reminds me of Sandshrew the pokémon and has adorable little eyes that see into your very soul. It’s an odd little animal that desperately needs your help

On April 13, 2013 roughly 2000 frozen pangolins were found on a Chinese fishing vessel that had run aground.

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