Jenna: Greetings, Fanimals! Hannah and I are back with more animal news to report.
Hannah: That’s right, Jenna. This week I present to you Flerken, a savannah cat seized when illegally imported into the UK. Flerken is a cross breed between an African serval cat and domesticated species, making him too dangerous to be a household pet, but not wild enough to be in a zoo. Thankfully, the playful cat was taken in by the Ark Wildlife Park in Stickney, Lincolnshire where Flerken will take the role of their animal ambasador, educating people about why breeding like this is unnecessary.
Jenna: What a cute cat, and impactful message at that. Speaking of cute animals, Molly, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever, was trained to gather trash on the beach and drop it into a trash bag.
Hannah: Molly appears to be one happy dog. Great job Molly, thanks for pitching in!
Jenna: She has gathered hundreds of pounds of trash so far. Molly’s owner, Fliss Cater, hopes that Molly’s story will encourage others to pick up litter and also properly handle their own trash when on the beach.
Hannah: I wonder if I can encourage my pets to help the environment; for now, I’m just trying to stop them from venturing into our kitchen trash can. In the meantime, I want to draw your attention to an article you might have seen posted on Fanimal’s Facebook page. A magpie in Australia was caught on video imitating a fire engine after hearing so many sirens during the fires.
Jenna: That video left me speechless. Our last edition of Creature Feature highlighted ways you can help animals impacted by the wildfires in Australia. We encourage you to check out the link if you have not already.
Hannah: And related to Australia, we’ll end with a hopeful story about carrot “airdrops.” Check it out here; carrots are being dropped by helicopter for hungry wallabies impacted by the Australian wildfires. See you next week, Fanimals!
Animals in the news this week:
10 New Birds Discovered In Lost World from National Geographic
Deadly ‘ghost gear’ haunts seas and coastlines from BBC News
Too wild to be a pet, too domestic for a zoo from BBC News
Seven cats saved from Wellingborough house fire from BBC News
Vegan Meatball Marinara Subs Now At Subway from LiveKindly
It is not a leaf but a slug, and it is the only animal in the world to produce chlorophyll [translated] from Curioctopus
Meet the NFL team that went vegan – and is heading for the play-offs from Independent
‘To reverse deforestation in the 2020s we must rebuild trust between forest countries and brands’ from Ethical Corporation
What We Could Do With a $5 Carbon Charge on Your Flight from Yes! Magazine
Saving The California Condor from Faunalytics
Australian Bird Caught Copying Sounds of Fire Engines from The Dodo
Thank you to Karen Dawn from DawnWatch for being a great source for news. Also, thank you to John Delconte for sending in articles.