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Reply Tue 8 Jan, 2019 08:55 am
For news items that would not be appropriate for Roberta's Beautiful Animal thread.

George, Reclusive Hawaiian Snail And Last Of His Kind, Dies At 14

Have you hugged your endangered snail today?
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Reply Tue 8 Jan, 2019 09:29 am
Here’s some depressing animal news.

For the last 3 days I have been giving roland liquid antibiotics so he could be taken to the vet this morning, to get his teeth cleaned. He took them via a little syringe squirting it into his mouth like a champ. Last night he and I actually practiced getting him into the travel case, and he was a sport about the whole thing.

Delivery time was to be between 6 and 7am and the vet is about 5 blocks away.

So I had to haul my ass out of bed at 6, gave him his last dose, whiich again, no drama, and then.....apocalypse now.

By me having the nerve to think I could enjoy a reward of a small cup of coffee, I doomed the expedition.

It gave him and otis the opportunity to discover they had no breakfast nibbles (NPO orders) and apparently that made them cranky in a way invisible to the human eye.

I picked up roland, one hand securing the scruff of his neck, which caused Otis to lunge, tripping the disaster wire. I now have a 2 inch long rather deep claw slash on one hand, with a deep tooth puncture wound a half an inch from that. The other forearm is also damaged.

The 2 cats rolled and hissed down the hall, trying to kill each other, and one of them I suspect roland, released his bladder. I got him separated in a bathroom, but there was a toilet, a washer and a drier for him to hide behind.

Cleaning rescheduled for next week.

Now, as I’m typing this while back in bed, roland waltzes in, sits on top of my head, and starts purring.

He is a jerk.
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Reply Tue 8 Jan, 2019 10:10 am
From the snail article. Best line.

"Those who knew George say he kept to himself."
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Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2019 04:34 am
Starts out bad but with a happy ending, (unless you're a tick.)

Snake catchers in Australia have rescued a carpet python which was found covered in hundreds of ticks.

The reptile, which was believed to be ill and was coated in the parasites, was lying in a backyard swimming pool on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

A professional handler removed the snake and took it for treatment at a wildlife clinic.

Vets removed more than 500 ticks, snake catcher Tony Harrison told the BBC, and it is expected to recover.

Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catchers worker Mr Harrison said he believed the snake, which has been given the name Nike, had been trying to drown the ticks in the pool.

"Obviously, [the snake] was extremely uncomfortable," he said.

"Its whole face was swollen and blooming and it was completely overwhelmed by the ticks breeding on him."

He said removing the tick-laden snake had felt like "holding a bag of marbles that were moving under my hands".

Snakes often pick up small numbers of ticks or other parasites in the wild, said Associate Prof Bryan Fry from the University of Queensland.

However the presence of such a large amount of ticks indicated that the snake was likely to have an underlying illness, he said, possibly be due to heat stress or drought conditions.

"Clearly it was a seriously unwell animal to have had its natural defences so broken down," Associate Prof Fry said.

"I doubt it would have survived if it hadn't been taken out and gotten treatment."

Mr Harrison later shared that Nike was suffering from an infection, though he was now "doing well".

"Nike is a bit more sprightly today," said Mr Harrison in a video shared on the Gold Coast and Brisbane Snake Catcher's Facebook page.

"[But] he will be a long term patient [at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary] until he is well enough to be released."


Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2019 04:51 am
jeeezus thats gross. I can imagine the discomfort the snake was having from the times I had a few tics on me

Reply Fri 11 Jan, 2019 05:54 am
It is horrible. I've not had a tick myself, but I've had to take one off the cat. That was fun.
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Reply Mon 14 Jan, 2019 11:37 am
An update.

A snake which had more than 500 ticks removed from its body has been left weak and suffering from anaemia, vets in Australia say.

The wildlife service said it hoped to release the python back into the wild in coming months.

The snake was now with an experienced carer, the hospital said.

"Nike isn't out of the woods yet, but we are hopeful he will make a full recovery," the not-for-profit service said.

Ticks can cause anaemia - a deficiency in red blood cells - by feeding on the blood of a host animal.

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