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Owners told to throw rubber sticks, balls or Frisbees instead after report of a collie getting a 10cm stick stuck in its throat<p>Leading vets are warning dog owners about the dangers of throwing sticks for their pets to fetch after a reported rise in life-threatening injuries.<p>Grace Webster, president …

This Vet Is Nursing Baby Animals Back To Health After Terrible Bushfires

Many native Australian animals have been left injured after bushfires in Western Australia.<p>Wildfires have been pushing through Western Australia throughout January, with two deaths and more than 100 homes destroyed.<p>On top of all this, animals from the region have been left displaced and injured, …

Fetching Sticks May Injure Dogs, Claim Vets

Recommend owners trade twigs for toys<p>After a collie punctured her tongue and injured her larynx while playing fetch, veterinarians across the United Kingdom (UK) are now warning dog owners not to allow their dogs to play with sticks. Grace Webster, president of the British Veterinary Association’s …

Drug Resistance: Worse, And Still A Lot To Learn

Today starts a week of observances about antibiotic resistance: “Get Smart About Antibiotics” Week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, World Antibiotic Awareness Week, sponsored by the World Health Organization, European Antibiotic Awareness Day on Wednesday, and similar …

Cross-dressing is in the genes – at least in the strange world of the wading ruff

A type of wading ruff has evolved to look like a female so it can hide from other aggressive males<p>Cross dressing is in the genes, a new study of birds suggests.<p>The wading bird, the ruff, has an unusual mating pattern in which males adopt one of three strategies when attempting to woo a …

Crocodiles Are Not “Living Fossils”

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Crocodiles look ancient. Maybe it’s something to do with the eyes, the armor, and the teeth that remind us of the Age of Reptiles. Or maybe it’s simply because crocs are often used as window dressing to set Mesozoic scenes that gives us the impression that they’ve always …

Dinosaurs

Tiny protein 'compasses' found in fruit flies - and potentially humans

Clumps of protein which align with Earth’s geomagnetic field lines may feed information to the nervous system, creating the ability to navigate<p>Tiny biological compasses made from clumps of protein may help scores of animals, and potentially even humans, to find their way around, researchers …

Biology

Most extensive face transplant ever performed is a success in New York

A team of medical professionals in New York City has successfully performed the most ambitious facial transplant ever attempted, involving the transfer of eyelids, scalp, ears and subcutaneous bony structures, to restore normal facial figures to a volunteer firefighter whose entire head was …

Medicine

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

Honeybees need a healthy diet of pollen, nectar and water. But at a bee laboratory in eastern Washington state, Steve Sheppard fills their feeding tubes with murky brown liquid from the forest.<p>His bees are getting a healthy dose of mushroom juice.<p>"If this does what we hope, it will be truly …

Sleepless Fruit Flies Could Hold The Secret To Curing Insomnia

Research on fruit flies with insomnia is revealing the pathways in the brain that can cause people to have trouble sleeping. <i>This story originally aired on Sept. 18 on</i> Morning Edition.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>Insomnia is not just a problem for people, it also affects animals, even insects. …

The Verge Review of Animals: the killer whale

<i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>I have good news: despite recent events that have thrown our position on top …

Seattle Otter Treated For Asthma After Exposure To Wildfire Smoke

It's not just humans that have been affected by wildfires this year. An otter called Mishka is being treated for asthma after being exposed to smoke by fires near Seattle.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Mishka is doing fine. He's a year-old otter at the Seattle Aquarium who's been diagnosed with …