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Indian Myna

What a pest

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Indian Myna

The Indian Myna is another biological pest controller; like the Cane Toad, gone wrong. In Australia the Myna was recently voted the most unpopular feral animal. It competes aggressively with native wildlife for nesting hollows, which are in short supply over much of Australia, largely because of the clearing for agriculture.

The Myna like the Cane Toad and feral cats need to be removed from our continent, because their success means a reduction of our unique and beautiful indigenous fauna. Like so many other environmental issues, unfortunately it’s not on the horizon for the economists & lawyers running this country/planet… if they put just a fraction of what is spent on their lunches, lurks & perks, the extermination of these pests would be accomplished.

Website: Common Indian Myna

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Rescue of heart-broken dog dying alone in sewage

A great story showing a dog being rescued from near death

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Dog Rescue

This is a very touching video, it shows a very weak and incredibly sad looking dog being rescued from a sewer in India. The organisation that is performing this and many rescues like it is Animal Aid Unlimited and is based in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. They rely on donations and volunteer work. If this video has touched you, and you have a few dollars to spare, maybe you can visit their website and make a small donation, See the website here https://animalaidunlimited.org/

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Amazing encounter with an Orca in the Sea of Cortez

Incredible footage of an encounter with an Orca in the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California), absolutely amazing …

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Orca Encounter Sea of Cortez

My colleague Beam sent me this footage today, so I thought I’d post it here, this video of an encounter with an Orca (Killer Whale) is absolutely amazing, Some of the comments have discussed how the Orca was trying to lull the woman into a false sense of security before striking, I don’t agree, as far as we know there has never been a reported “In the wild” Orca that has attacked or killed a human, although we have heard of a few in captivity. I wonder how we’d all act if we were held captive by Orca’s.

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C’mon you guys, your Killing me!

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Tasmanian Devil

Photo: pixabay

Devil in trouble

The Tasmanian Devil is in deep trouble. Since 1995 they have had to contend with the terrible facial cancer which is bringing them to the brink of extinction. Some scientists say they may only have 10-20 years left unless something drastic is done to protect them.

The Disease

The facial carcinoma, Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) disrupts the devils ability to feed and they die from malnutrition usually within 6 months. What a terrible way for these wonderful creatures to die.

Scientist have stated a drop in the devil’s numbers has led to a loss of genetic diversity. This in turn has meant that the devil’s immune system does not fight the cancers.

Please see quote below from Dr Katherine Belov of the Sydney University’s School of Veterinary Science.

“Devils do not mount an immune response against DFTD, This is due to a loss of genetic diversity in the most important immune gene region of the genome: the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC).”

“In the case of devils, genetic diversity at the MHC is so low, and the MHC type of tumour and host are so alike, that the host does not see the tumour as ‘non-self’.”

So a loss of habitat due to logging has reduced the devil’s gene pool which has meant the devil’s are unable to effectively fight this disease.

The Greed of big logging companies

Another disaster caused by the greed of big companies, Governments and Big Business have traditionally caused major issues for our most endangered animals. Gunns and co caused a massive level of habitat destruction up until their demise back in 2013, along with their friends in high places, they must be sent a clear message that we as citizens of this country will not stand for the continued destruction of our environment and the animals that live there.

We can save them

The devil’s in the Northwest of Tasmania are basically not yet affected by DFTD, however the continued clear-fell logging by companies such as Gunn’s will further threaten this wonderful creature and cause them to go the way of their extinct cousins the Tasmanian Tiger.

This is our opportunity, stop the clear fell logging in Tasmania and especially in the Northwest area and right away we start to give this wonderful creature a fighting chance.

We can’t bring the Tassie Tiger back, but given the right attitude we can save the Tassie Devil, SO;

Tassie Devil
Picture: Looney Tunes via Wikipedia

Websites: Tassie Devil on Wikipedia and Save The Tassie Devil

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