I’m far behind Ellen Kaye’s gracious production of animal news stories. It’s what happens when a person, i.e., me, sits in front of the TV all day and night for a couple of weeks watching wide-eyed and gulping as American history plays out live.
So let’s do a collection of animal news stories during this ever-so-welcome lull in homo sapiens news events:
- CPR given to baby elephant hit by motorcycle in Thailand!
- Thanks to “cryptic species,” we earthlings are more biologically diverse than we all thought. I mean, I wasn’t thinking this but maybe you were. In any case, some of these newly identified species are already endangered. Good lord.
- And I certainly wasn’t thinking about crazed NYC squirrels terrorizing a neighborhood. Rego Park. “…possibly deranged squirrel.” One squirrel does not a mob make.
- The life of Maurice, a particularly noisy rooster français, is save by legislation. (See what legislation can do when a country has a legislature? Amazing.)
- A Turkish dog dedicates a number of her days to being her owner’s hospital departure escort. (You’ll tear up.) “A hospital security guard, Muhammet Akdeniz, told [a Turkish news agency]: ‘She comes every day around 9am and waits until nightfall. She doesn’t go in.’
- Years ago, I think it was the New Yorker which reported on a peculiarly English tenderness to certain wildlife, when a society was formed to provide hedgehogs with tunnels under roads. Now Sweden has joined the movement; in this case they’re constructing bridges for reindeer, bears and…crabs. OK.
- If you take a whale watch boat out of Provincetown, you’ll see whales, of course; if I remember correctly, right whales were prominent. Here I learned right whales have been considered endangered but a lot of births this year have encouraged scientists. Good news.
H/T to Ellen Kaye for all this!!
(I’ve forgotten what “h/t” means but I know it’s the right thing to do here.)