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Let’s take a break from marauding lumps of space rock and talk pets. Naughty pets. Most are dogs. BAD puppy!
fun fact: Zoonosis: n, plural (zo·on·o·ses) [-seez, -seez]): Pathology . any disease of animals communicable to humans.
With the flu season ready to hit its usual peak in November, health experts are growing increasingly concerned about people passing illnesses on to their pets.
The deadly H1N1 virus of recent years is of particular concern, with humans more likely to be the carriers and our pets the victims.
“We worry a lot about zoonosis, the transmission of diseases from animals to people, but most people don’t realize that humans can also pass diseases to animals.”
— Christiane Loehr, Associate Professor, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
in case you were wondering.
ANIMAL PLANET HAS A LIVE KITTEN CAM.
#omg. Fare thee well, productivity. May a flight of kittens mew thee to thy rest.
Dogs may empathize with humans more than any other animal, including humans themselves.
During one experimental condition, the people hummed in a weird way. For that one, the scientists were trying to see if unusual behavior itself could trigger canine concern. The people also talked and pretended to cry.
The majority of the dogs comforted the person, owner or not, when that individual was pretending to cry. The dogs acted submissive as they nuzzled and licked the person, the canine version of “there there.
Cats (and dogs) are good for humans! Seriously! They help build immunity and help sustain our mental health.
Plus, Trace explains how Amelia Earhart’s plane might be just out of reach on the bottom of the Pacific, and how Earth and Mars both quake with plate tectonics.
Trace drops “General Von Whiskertons” in this week’s Discovery News video roundup. This week Trace focuses on sex robots, pet psychics and sonic booms…what more could you want?
Happy Friday, y’all
When people fled Fukushima and other parts of Japan a year ago, thousands of pets were left behind. While many pets have since been reunited with their owners, a horrific situation still exists in the no-go 12.5-mile radiation zone around the damaged nuclear plants.
There, homeless dogs and cats are still wandering around the area, according to World Vets founder and CEO Cathy King. She told Discovery News that “a lot of these animals have since been rescued out, but some remain.”
The problem demonstrates how difficult recovery has been after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck off the northeast coast of Japan on March 11, 2011.
The resulting tsunami and nuclear woes devastated the area. Animal support teams from all over the world descended upon the region and are still trying to improve the situation.
More images and information about the rescue efforts here
photo 1 & 2: Corbis