(ANIMAL WELFARE) Hibernating gray bats, native to cave systems in Alabama, have received a rude wake-up call. Already suffering from endangerment, these gray bats are just one of seven species, who have contracted a life-threatening fungus. The fungus, known as white-nose syndrome, specifically targets cave dwelling bats, and is thought to have derived from Europe. Precautions to prevent the further spread of the disease westward, includes the desired closing of caves around the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading to find out what people are doing in order to protect uninfected bat populations. — Global Animal
(WILDLIFE) Here's a fascinating finding about chimps – you're more likely to share being left or right-handed with a chimpanzee of your gender than your spouse. Read how a chimp's preference for one hand over the other represents another trait chimpanzees share with people, right down to the disparities between gender.
(ANIMAL RIGHTS) Recently, PETA released a video of a cruel animal testing practice at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) called Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). In most universities, this procedure is performed on a simulator, but for some reason the antiquated system at WUSTL allows students to perform this traumatic procedure on nine live cats, and sometimes even up to 15 gruelling intubations per session. Following the release of PETA's video, animal activist and legendary game show host Bob Barker penned a letter to the school's chancellor with a very kind proposition. Read on to find out more on Bob's generous offer to WUSTL and see how you can help put an end to this animal cruelty. — Global Animal
A lab in Britain infiltrated by animal welfare campaigners may have allowed animals in its care to suffer unnecessarily, a government report found. Testing on animals is a thorny issue, as medical breakthroughs have resulted in these tests. But that was then, this is now, when computer modeling and non-animal testing is often more accurate. We know animals suffer. If there are alternatives to vivisection, why not use them whenever possible? – Global Animal
(DOLPHIN SCIENCE) Ever wonder why we suffer from the bends when diving into deep waters but other mammals such as dolphins don't? Though dolphins often avoid the bends, they can be susceptible to it around beach areas. Read on to learn how dolphins are able to naturally reach great depths and why they sometimes beach themselves. — Global Animal