Mark Wadsworth

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Category Archives: Animals

Animal Victimhood Poker

Spotted by Dick Puddlecote, this is brilliant.

These people are sort of thinking about campaigning against the badger cull, but they’re not actually sure one way or another whose side they’re on – cow or badger. They went on the safe side and called it the “No to badger campaign”, which is delightfully ambiguous – is it the campaign which says “no” to badgers, or are they saying no to the “badger campaign” [i.e. cull]?

So please pop over to their Fun Online Poll and help them make up their minds.


Shark attack headlines in today’s Daily Mail

One for Dearieme.

From the BBC:

Scientists in Wales have shed new light on the social lives of otters by studying roadkill found by the public.

Cardiff University Otter Project says it has made new discoveries about how the animal communicates with scent by studying the glands of 150 dead otters. The team identified more than 400 chemicals, including some previously thought not to exist in the species…

The project already knew that otters use scent as their main means of communication, but wanted to learn more about what information was communicated or the social functions of the scent. With otters notoriously hard to find, the team, based at Cardiff’s School of Biosciences, appealed to the public to send in any dead otters they came across.

A bit like that Hitchcock film…

From The Daily Mail:

A holidaymaker has told how he was blinded after a bird pecked out his eye in a horror attack on a beach.

Animal-lover Michael Buckland, 38, kindly tried to rescue the injured gannet when he spotted it struggling for life. But the terrified bird began pecking at his face – and punctured his right eyeball at least three times with its razor sharp six-inch beak in Gower, South Wales.

His left eyelid was sliced in two and his right eye dangled from his face following the frenzied attack. Now welder Michael has been told by doctors he will never be able to see again through his right eye – but his left eye has been saved…

Jesus H Christ, this isn’t funny any more.

Never mind the cows…

… people are being attacked by trees in Swindon.*

A DOG-WALKER is worried for public safety after a second tree has come crashing down onto a path within two weeks… Mr Bennett is astonished the council has not acted to protect people from trees he thinks are suffering from dry rot.

The fallen tree comes just two weeks after Mr Bennett was featured in the Adver warning about the state of the trees following the fall of a large willow tree. He is amazed that no one was seriously injured or even killed, as the area is a popular spot with dog walkers and families…

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “We inspect trees that run alongside footpaths every three years and can find no record of problems with the willows in question….”

Every three years, huh? So he’s not heard about the deadly tree virus spreading to other species?

* Spotted by Joseph Takagi

They’ve not thought this one through.

Spotted by JuliaM at the BBC:

Cows that have grazed next to the Thames under a 200-year tradition are to be enclosed in a paddock at weekends and holidays because of safety fears…

A spokeswoman for the National Trust said: “Following a vicious attack by a dog on the cows on Petersham Meadows on the 2 May, we have been monitoring the cows for signs of distress and defensive behaviour towards dogs. There were two occurrences recently when the cows did chase after dogs. We have to balance the safety of the public with the well-being of the cows, so we sought further advice and in consultation with the farmer and other stakeholders, we have decided to use temporary fencing at weekends, bank holidays and busy times during school holidays, to create a buffer between the cows and the public walking their dogs.”

Er… cattle can jump over walls and fences if they are so minded:






“Udder chaos”

Splendid bit of reporting of a splendid cow-related event in The Daily Mail*:

The reisdents of the usually quiet street are used to having sheep straying on their gardens – but said the cow invasion is the final straw. Ann Ingram, who was woken by the mooing, said, ‘It used to be sheep, and that’s bad enough, but cows are a whole different kettle of fish.

* Spotted by View From The Solent.

Another “deer smashes through window” story*

From The Daily Mail:

The Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina, may want to look into updating its security system after a deer broke through a glass door and tore through the house of worship. Security cameras caught the deer pushing his way though an unguarded entrance, before taking the grand tour…

The deer proceeded to charge though the halls of the crowded church, leaving children – who were forced to dodge the sprinting animal – terrified and scrambling for the exits. A trio of brave men followed behind the unwanted guest as he nosed through a few rooms in what resembled a classic skit on the Benny Hill show.”

Previous episodes here and here.

* OK, glass door, window, what’s the big difference?

God help us if they ever get opposable thumbs…

… says Pavlov’s Cat:

Cow attacks: This professor claims to be an expert?!?

From the Des Moines Register:

A rural Urbana woman died after a cow attacked her while she was feeding her animals, leaving people baffled.

“It’s pretty unusual for a cow to become aggressive,” said Terry Engelken, an associate professor at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “We have a few instances of (cow attacks) across the country every year – but it’s uncommon. For it to result in a fatality is very uncommon.”

I also wonder why the URL includes the word “SPORT”, it’s only a sport from the cows’ point of view.