Hannah: Hello, Jenna and Fanimal friends! This week, we have a double-feature for you. I have got to know; have you seen the video of the coyote and badger duo that has gone viral? This short clip captures a coyote and badger traveling together through a tunnel underneath a road.
Jenna: Hannah, you do realize that those are two different species, right?
Hannah: Yes, that is what caught my attention too. Believe it or not, different species often work together to benefit each other, generally through cooperative hunting. What baffled scientists and viewers alike was the relaxed and friendly behavior they both portrayed as they made their way through the culvert. It is quite a sight to see.
Jenna: I have some great news that is 10 years in the making. The Queen Bess Island in Louisiana will finally become a viable nesting ground for brown pelicans again after the BP oil spill of 2010. The area has also been established as a state wildlife refuge after losing two-thirds of the breeding ground from the oil spill. In the past 10 years, Louisiana’s brown pelican population has been greatly diminished. Only about 10 brown pelican colonies are left in the state. This restoration project will help to bring brown pelicans back to Louisiana.
Hannah: Here’s another great story headed your way. The terribly inhumane traveling dolphin show of Indonesia will not receive another permit and will finally end. Dolphins performing in the show were kept in small containers for days during travel and were starved to encourage cooperation for fish treats only during performances. We can thank The Dolphin Project for ending this heartless circus.
Jenna: See you all next week. In the meantime, be sure to check out Fanimal’s Facebook page this week as we celebrate National Wildlife Day on Saturday, February 22nd.
Animals in the news:
Bumblebees Are Going Extinct In A Time Of ‘Climate Chaos’ from National Geographic
Fireflies under threat from habitat loss, pesticides and light pollution from The Guardian
Cross-Eyed Cat’s Adorable Expression Has Helped to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Animal Charities from The Good News Network
Great News! South Africa Announces Decline In Number of Rhinos Lost To Poaching In 2019 from World Animal News
Bald eagle numbers soar to new heights in Wisconsin from ABC News
Why this coyote and badger ‘friendship’ has excited scientists from National Geographic
Grey seals discovered clapping underwater to communicate from ScienceDaily
Judge upholds Maryland ban on pet stores’ sale of cats, dogs from Associated Press
Group seeks endangered species listing for Alaska lake seals from Associated Press
Music festival in Kenyan national park ruffles feathers from Mongabay
Celebrities Changing The Face Of Veganism from Faunalytics
Stop killing male chicks: We can save billions of animal lives from meeting a gruesome end from New York Daily News
State officials see merit in extra protections for Southern California mountain lions from Los Angeles Times
U.S industries are no longer liable for accidental bird deaths. At what cost? from National Geographic
How did this rare pink manta get its color? from National Geographic
The EU Wants To Tax Meat For The Climate from LiveKindly
Bees Work Together To Open Container Of Stolen Honey from The Dodo
Little Brown Dog is overjoyed by astronaut’s return home from NBC News
Two dolphins with fatal injuries found off Florida coast from NBC News
New species of flies found in Lochaber forest from BBC News
Kangaroo Island: Tree climber helps save koalas from BBC News
Superdrug badger was ‘sheltering from Storm Ciara’ from BBC News
Disappearing snakes and the biodiversity crisis from Science Daily
Sixteen more snakes dumped in pillowcases in Sunderland from The Guardian
Beavers cut flooding and pollution and boost wildlife populations from The Guardian