EcoMania - Jun/Jul 2015

June, 2015

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CONSTIPATED GOLDFISH:  The British also showed their love of animals when a man paid $450 to relieve his goldfish’s constipation problem.

The three-inch-long fish underwent a delicate 50-minute operation using a tiny scalpel to remove a lump near its anus and another from its dorsal fin. The surgeon said, “There was nothing special about the fish. He just liked it a lot.”

POO BUS: That’s what the British are calling the bus which runs entirely on human and food waste.

100% GREEN: Because of hydropower, Costa Rica has not used a drop of fossil fuel to power itself during the first 75 days of
this year.

The bio-bus with a capacity of 40 passengers will use waste from more than 32,000 households along its 25-mile route in the Bristol area.

 

 

BIRD POWER: The blackpoll warbler songbird (Setophaga striata), which weighs only half an ounce, still manages to fly nonstop for some 1,700 miles.

It leaves its home in the forests of northeast U.S. and Canada and arrives in the Caribbean three days later.

 

PREDATOR-KILLING:  While slaughtering wolves and  coyotes in Idaho remains a contest, California became the first state to have an agency ban such killing derbies.

Michael Sutton, president of the California Fish and Game Commission, said “Awarding prizes for wildlife killing contests is both unethical and inconsistent with our current understating of natural systems.”

 

POT FOR PETS: Ailing animals would get medical marijuana if a veterinarian confirms it may mitigate the effects of a chronic or debilitating medical condition.

The measure was proposed by a legislator in Nevada, one of 23 states where medical marijuana is legal.

 

MAY BE A KILLER: Glyphosate, the world‘s most widely used herbicide, has been described as “possibly carcinogenic” by France’s International Agency For Research on Cancer.

According to the British publication the Lancet, the agency cited links to cancers such as non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

 

HEAVY-DUTY RESCUE: Five people spent four hours dragging a 500-pound endangered leatherback turtle from a remote South Carolina beach to rehabilitation facilities in Charleston—the first to be recovered alive in the state.
The leatherback, the largest turtle in the world, can weigh 2,000 pounds as an adult.

 

DEEPER IS BETTER: Stallions with deeper “voices” have a slower heart rate and sire more children.

By listening to their call, mares might find the toughest, calmest and most fertile, ; the ones with the potential to be good fathers and protective mates.

 

CODE BLUE: Rats have been engineered to develop erections—and some even ejaculate—when their genitals are bathed in blue light.

The Swiss study said the method may be used as an alternative treatment for men who don’t respond to drugs like Viagra.

 

ALAS EMU: Eight teenagers were busted for stealing an emu from a rural Texas town and beating it to death.

The incident involving the flightless bird, related to an ostrich, occurred during a party attended by a large number of high school students.