The ability of life to use whatever resources are available never ceases to astound me. Numerous species of invertebrates, and all vertebrates, have absorbed calcium into their bodies to create protective structures, from the houses of coral polyps to the shells of marine snails to our very own skeletons. Is that not just awesome?
After seeing her share of declawed cats, veterinarian Jennifer Conrad determines to put a stop to the often-crippling procedure.
I just got done watching this documentary on Netflix. I was already anti-declawing, but the stories and evidence in this film just firmed my resolve. Things I learned that I didn’t already know:
—When you declaw a cat, the claw tries to grow back underneath the skin of the toe. Except the leftover bone is mutilated, and the claw grows into a large, shapeless mass that can’t be pushed out of the sheath, and instead stays stuck and painful under the skin—imagine having large pieces of gravel embedded in your toes that you have to walk on. Worse, they often end up infected and inflamed.
—Housecats aren’t the only ones that are declawed. Many large cats, from cougars to tigers, are declawed when kept as pets (legally or not), and they suffer the same consequences.
—The American Veterinary Medical Association and other veterinary groups support declawing and lobby against legislation to ban it, primarily because veterinary clinics make a significant amount of money on declawing.
—Eight cities in California have banned declawing, to include Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Berkeley, among others.
Want to support The Paw Project and their quest to educate people on the horrors of declawing and pass declawing bans? Here’s their website (where you can get a DVD of the film for a $10 donation), their Facebook, and their Twitter.
funkysquirrels asked: What is your favorite aquatic animal?
Oh, geez, you’re making me pick just *one*? Honestly, probably the Ozark minnow and other minnow species, though the Ozark seemed most common. I always loved watching them in the creek behind my house and the one by my grandma’s house when I was growing up, and admired how quickly they darted around in unison. If I found minnows in a creek anywhere, I knew it was going to be a good one for exploring. It’s also why the various species of crawdad in the same creeks are a close second.
Beyond that, you’d have to ask me about my favorite aquatic animals from specific places—there are a lot of them I’m fond of.
Previously, the doctors had to wait until they cut into the dog to form the titanium plate. But with UC Davis’ new 3-D printing facility, they can now print an exact replica of the dog’s skull ahead of time, allowing doctors to plan and cut down on anesthesia time in the operating room.<br/>
The future is here.
(I bet some of them are doing it for fun, too!)
Piebald squirrel. Source.