Several months ago Jim T took on a challenge which C Rex thought would end up in euthanasia. We had captured a “perfectly healthy” prairie dog from Phil Chacon Park. After a week in the tank with the other PDs from the area, this one looked HORRIBLE. C Rex checked it again for all the obvious problems but nothing, the prairie dog couldn’t even stand on its own. Jim took it to Doctor Levenson along with Toothy II and to C Rex’s surprise, it was released back into Jim’s care. Jim is a trooper and set about getting the PD rehydrated and fed. After a few days, the PD passed the plastic tip of a syringe PLUS a lot of stored up poop. The PD has been improving ever since, and here’s a picture from yesterday! This was a true miracle accomplished through Jim’s diligence and commitment.
Yvonne B, Jim T, and Cynomys Rex tabled at Refuge Day at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge! It was a stellar day until the wind lifted the canopy off! Fortunately it was near the end of the day. There was a lot of interest in Toothy II, Jim’s foster Gunnison and Prairie Dog Pals’ activities. C Rex also provided a “scholarly” (bawdy) discussion of the mating habits of Gunnison’s prairie dogs titled “Sex about Town” or Sirens and Studs of the Sevilleta! Woo Hoo!
The Black Death was little short of a bacterial apocalypse. The outbreak of bubonic plague, imported along the Silk Road, is thought to have killed between 25m and 50m people as it rampaged through 14th-century Europe. The disease thence resurfaced sporadically: the Great Plague of London, for example, felled a fifth of city dwellers in the 1660s.
While the plague seems to us a medieval affliction, it has never fully disappeared. On average, about 500 cases are documented globally each year, mostly in Africa, South America and India. The infection is treatable with antibiotics if caught early.
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Last month, researchers, wildlife biologists and managers from several federal, state and local agencies gathered at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ (USFWS) National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center to celebrate a breakthrough in wildlife management— the development of an oral vaccine bait that helps protect prairie dogs against deadly sylvatic plague and assists in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets (BFF). Sylvatic plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, is a bacterial disease transmitted by fleas that afflicts many mammalian species, including humans.
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