Cows Crabs Pigeons Stingrays Turtles and Otters

Hannah: Welcome back, animal lovers!  We have a double feature heading your way this week. 

Jenna: To start things off, I will say that I was so happy to learn that cows can have friendships with each other and can even recognize their cow friends from photographs.  Friendship among cows also influence the cows’ health and wellness. Isolated and lonely cows actually miss fellowship and as a result, can live in agony. Much like humans, cows benefit from socializing with their friends consistently.

Hannah: It was saddening to read that large, corporate cow farms move cows around very frequently from herd to herd.  This means these cows are incapable of forming friendships and, ultimately, their wellness can deteriorate. 

Jenna: Just another reason to support local, humane farms or, even better, consider a vegan diet.  

Hannah: You make a great point, Jenna!  Tell me, have you heard THE news of the week?

Jenna: Are you talking about the stingray attacks that left 176 people injured in one day?

Hannah: No, but now I’ve got to know about that!

Jenna: What might appear to be an aggressive move from the wildlife, is, in reality, the result of human interaction with marine life in their natural habitat.  It is a stingray’s reflex to sting when they are stepped on or suddenly disturbed, as they were when beachgoers in California made their may into their territory.

Hannah: Wow, I’m glad everyone is okay, but it is important for us to keep in mind that the ocean is the wildlife’s habitat and should be respected. 

Jenna: So if the stingray news was not THE news of the week then what was?

Hannah: The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that deems cruelty and abuse to animals a federal offense.  Exceptions to this bill include vet care, certain self-defense cases, and hunting. This unanimously passed legislation piece is known as the PACT Act or Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.  Perpetrators of the PACT Act will face felony charges, such as heavy fines and prison time.

Jenna: That is major news and an uplifting way to close out this week! 

Hannah: More news to come next week. 

Animals in the news:

Cows Need Friends to Be Happy from The Atlantic

This Bizarre Primate Has A Newly Discovered Digit from National Geographic

This Could Be The Loudest Bird On Earth from National Geographic

Why Do Pigeons Bob Their Heads? from Live Science

Crabs can solve and remember their way around a maze from Science Daily

Study: Nearly a Third of U.S. Bald Eagles Infected With Newly Discovered Virus from U.S. News

Macy’s becomes biggest US retailer to end fur sales from The Guardian

Seal of approval: Farne Islands population boom gathers pace from The Guardian

European Union Outlaws on Pesticide Linked to Harming Bees by 2020 from Nature World News

House Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bill Outlawing Animal Cruelty from HuffPost

For one Indonesian fisher, saving caught turtles is a moral challenge from Mongabay

Crustacean Welfare: Scientific Issues from Faunalytics

Carl Safina Is Certain Your Dog Loves You from The New York Times

Why do people hate vegans? from The Guardian

This Woman and Her Pet Otters Have Spent the Last 40 Years Protecting the Species From Extinction in England from Good News Network

What do mirror tests test? from Aeon

Opinion: How we treat old chimpanzees — and what that says about us from Los Angeles Times

A Century Later, Baby Tortoises Have Been Discovered Thriving On the Galapagos Island of Pinzon from The Hearty Soul

We Thought This Bear Was Out Cold. We Were Mistaken. from National Geographic

This Deep-sea Fish’s Expandable Stomach Can Hold Huge Meals from National Geographic

Spiders inspire double-sided sticky tape to heal wounds from BBC News

Australian wildfire: Hundreds of koalas feared dead from BBC News

New study into climate impact on North Sea wildlife from BBC News

A new home could save the mountain pygmy possum from global heating, scientists say from The Guardian 

Tourism industry says lethal shark control measures threaten Great Barrier Reef from The Guardian

Five hundred goats save the Ronald Reagan library from wildfires from The Guardian

This Woman and Her Pet Otters Have Spent the Last 40 Years Protecting the Species From Extinction in England from The Good News Network

Stingray Attack Injures 176 People from Nature World News

The Danger of Sledding Tourism to Huskies from Nature World News

Thank you to Beth Wilson and John Delconte for sending in articles!

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

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