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Wild animals – to own, or not to own

While responsibility and commitment are inherent to owning any animal, exotic pets (certain species of small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates) and wild animals (raccoon, deer, bear, and all other species that, whether or not raised in captivity, are normally found in a wild) may have special requirements or pose risks that owners might not be aware of or truly appreciate until it’s too late.  Many regulations pertaining to possession of wildlife and exotic pets exist to protect these animals, as well as people, ecosystems, and other animals.  All who own or are considering owning such animals should educate themselves about the husbandry, welfare, and safety requirements of the animals, as well as the risks the animals may pose to humans, other animals, and ecosystems. Measures should then be taken to reduce those risks.  People who won’t do this shouldn’t own these animals.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, April 13, 2012

A number of rabies-related stories were in the news this week, with officials across the country warning that warmer weather and drought conditions could be linked to an increased risk of wildlife encounters and rabies transmission.

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There’s a fungus among us

Many frogs are dying all over the world because of a fungus and, until now, scientists were baffled by it.  Recently, some Australian biologists discovered how it’s killing the frogs.

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Don’t kiss that frog!

Sure, it’s the popular fairy tale and a little girl’s dream: she kisses the frog and he becomes a handsome prince, whisking her away to his castle and a life of “happily ever after” royal bliss.  We hate to burst that wonderful bubble, but it’s more likely that the frog will give her Salmonella than turn into a prince.  We’re really not trying to ruin the fairy tale, we promise…but there’s something you need to know.  Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report about 48 people who became ill from Salmonella infection after they handled frogs.

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Country frogs and city frogs

Have you ever been in a crowd and had to yell just so your friends could hear you?  Weren’t you glad when you left that place and could finally talk in a normal voice?  Well, Australia’s brown tree frogs haven’t been able to escape the constant, loud noises of human civilization and it’s not as easy as walking out of the noisy room.  Because they can’t escape the noise, the male frogs have actually changed their mating calls so the females can hear them better.  Whether or not it’s working remains to be seen. The next time you can enjoy some silence, enjoy it and think of the frogs.

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