Animals

Genetically Engineered Goats to Produce Human Breast Milk Substitute

September 10, 2012 / 2 Comments

We all know there is no substitute to human breast milk. It nourishes and keeps infants healthy. Unfortunately, low breast milk supply is a common problem among mothers. They are most of the time made to undergo medication to increase the level. What if goats are genetically engineered to produce enzymes and proteins found in breast milk? Animal scientists at the ...

Hong Kong Airline Stops Shipping Shark Fin

September 7, 2012 / 1 Comment

Following pressure from environmental groups, Hong Kong Airlines has banned shark fins from its cargo flights. It is estimated that the airline flew 650 tonnes of shark fin into Hong Konge very year. It has now decided to end shipping of unsustainably sourced sharks and shark-related products. The airline will not enter into new contracts in this regard. The main reason ...

Rome Zoo Serves Meat-Flavored Ice Lollies to Help Animals Beat the Heat

August 23, 2012 / No Comments

With torrid heat hitting Rome, and bringing the temperature to 40C this week, the authorities at the Bioparco Zoo are looking for new methods to protect the 1000 animals living there from the heat wave.  In that bid, they have prepared giant meat-flavored ice lollies to feed tigers and lions. Monkeys are served with yogurt filled bamboo canes, frozen fruit ...

Animal Welfare Group Four Paws Demands Ban on Bull Run in Spain

July 18, 2012 / No Comments

Animal welfare group Vier Pfoten (Four Paws) has urged the Spanish authorities to put an end to the gruesome tradition of Bull Run. The famous Pamplona Bull Run is one of the major attractions of Spanish tourism and has played a major role in establishing and in the growth of the tourism industry in the country. In a bull run, bulls ...

Radioactive tuna fish found; impact of Fukushima disaster

May 30, 2012 / No Comments

In a startling discovery, researchers have found radioactive tuna fish arriving to the west coast of the United States. According to the researchers, these bluefin tuna fish arriving in large numbers have got high level of radiation. Does it remind you of the movie Godzilla? Well, the situation, in no way, that worse. But this is yet an issue of concern. ...

Sea strider Overpopulation Hits Marine Food Web and Eco-system

May 11, 2012 / No Comments

Overpopulation of oceanic water striders is disrupting the ocean’s ecosystem according to a new study. The ocean garbage patch is proving to be a breeding ground for the creatures, and it in turn affecting the food web. The study published in the journal Biology Letters reveals that the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, commonly called the Pacific Garbage Patch, is an ...

Scientists Discover 24 New Lizard Species in the Caribbean

May 2, 2012 / No Comments

A new variety of creatures belonging to the lizard family has been discovered in Caribbean islands. The discovery includes 24 species of lizards. According to the lead study researcher Blair Hedges, a professor of biology at Penn State University, half of the newbies may be extinct or close to extinction, with the others are threatened with extinction. The research funded by ...

City-Dwelling Sparrows Forced to Tweet Louder

April 4, 2012 / No Comments

Here comes a wonderful tidbit. Sparrows thriving in the towns change the pitch and dialect of their songs as they are fed up with irritating noises around them. Yes, this fact has come up as part of a study conducted by David Luther, term assistant professor of biology at Mason. The study included a comparison on bird songs recorded from 1969 ...

Animal Welfare Associations Call for Ban on Mulesing

March 12, 2012 / No Comments

As many as 17 organizations working on behalf of animal welfare have submitted a position paper regarding the ill practice of Mulesing and they urge the world governments to abandon the barbaric custom at any cost. The paper seems just but the wool industry is under serious pressure. As the world’s largest supplier of wool, and an essential supplier of finer-gauge ...

Climate Change to Trigger Extinction of 900 Bird Species by 2100

March 8, 2012 / No Comments

It has been predicted that by 2100, climate change could cause up to 30 percent of land-bird species to go extinct worldwide. This accounts for about 900 bird species. A study which has brought forth worrisome facts analyses of extinction rates to incorporate the most recent climate change scenarios set forth earlier this year in the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel ...