Tag: Animals

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  • Going vegan

    Going vegan

    Is it possible to be vegan in a world which is now totally dependent on truly useless things made from animals? I asked myself this question when handed a toothpick on an airline meal. To think that a living, breathing, magnificent tree, lord of the rain, home to thousands of other beings, has been chopped …

    March 18, 2018
  • Performing critical functions

    Performing critical functions

    To regulate the function of various cells and tissues, both plants and animals use chemical signals called hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers secreted by one tissue that regulate the function of other cells or tissues in the same organism. In contrast to growth factors, hormones often act over large distances. In plants and animals, hormones …

    March 14, 2018
  • Nature’s toll

    Nature’s toll

    Nature can appear to be cruel as it has its own way of dealing with population control. Conversely, there are numerous instances, where without a predator, some seemingly harmless animals can become a menace. This is particularly true of those places where humans introduced an animal for food, sport or as a pet. Take, for …

    March 11, 2018
  • Mahananda cams capture rare animals’ photos

    Mahananda cams capture rare animals’ photos

    Trap cameras installed at different locations in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary have captured images of endangered and rare like the Asiatic Wild Dog or ‘dhole.’ The dog, which is known as Cuon alpinus, has been listed as engendered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The dogs are generally spotted in packs. The …

    March 7, 2018
  • 22 plants, 16 animals listed as threatened in Himachal

    22 plants, 16 animals listed as threatened in Himachal

    The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has identified and listed 22 plant and 16 animals species as “threatened”, an official said on Monday. Separate committees of experts were notified by the board in December 2016 to identify the plants and animal species facing extinction, the board’s member secretary, Kunal Satyarthi, said.”On the basis of their …

    February 20, 2018
  • Live wires to stop animals from entering villages

    Live wires to stop animals from entering villages

    To curb the growing man-animal conflict, the Jaldapara National Park authority is all set to fence the Chilapata forest under the National Park with electric wires. The fence, which, however, will not harm the animals, will be layed on a stretch of 18 km around the forest, it is learnt. The forest department in north …

    February 16, 2018
  • Dearly paid for initiative

    Dearly paid for initiative

    Chital, I think, are the most adaptable of our animals. Other deer, even other herbivores like blackbuck, chowsingha and gaur, are not able to change their habits to suit new and less congenial circumstances, but the fast-breeding chital is. For this reason, one needs to think twice, and twice again, before introducing this loveliest of …

    February 11, 2018
  • HP takes cue from Kerala to save crops from animals

    HP takes cue from Kerala to save crops from animals

    In what could prove a major innovation in curbing wild animals as wild boar, sambhar and nilgai in lower areas of Himachal Pradesh (HP), the Forest department in Una district has successfully managed to replicate South African and Kerala Model in protecting crops. The model was implemented in Madanpur village of Una district by Divisional …

    February 9, 2018
  • Kullu to extend tender care for stray animals

    Kullu to extend tender care for stray animals

    Facing stray animal menace for a long time, the Kullu district administration is all set to intensify its drive against the same, with a tender care. Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus said that a multi-pronged strategy is required to deal with this issue, which not only includes catching the animals, but also their rehabilitation, and for …

    February 6, 2018
  • Man’s inhumanity to animals

    Man’s inhumanity to animals

    There were two “lone bulls” in the place keeping together in a close pair, one really massive and with short, symmetrical tusks, and the other smaller, with long, down-curved, uneven tusks. I had glimpses of them from time to time and soon realised that they were often coming down to the river to drink and …

    January 27, 2018
  • They have feelings too

    They have feelings too

    Years ago, we believed that we weren’t animals and that animals were here solely for our use. Indeed, a cow was just a walking burger, steak of Sunday roast, keeping itself fresh and tasty, ready for when we were hungry. Luckily, for their sake, things have progressed significantly from then and now we recognise that …

    January 23, 2018
  • Taking organs from animals

    Taking organs from animals

    Scientists are working on transplanting entire hearts, liver, kidneys, pancreas and lungs from animals to humans. The increasing demand for organs, tissues, and cells, and the dearth of available human organs, have focused scientific interest in taking organs from animals. The term for the transplanting of organs from one species to another is called xenotransplantation …

    January 21, 2018
  • Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking

    Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking

    Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia’s illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers. Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns …

    January 20, 2018
  • Wire trap spread to kill animals, kills human

    Wire trap spread to kill animals, kills human

    A live wire trap spread out for killing wild animals, mainly wild boars and spotted deer, turned into a human death trap with a suspected poacher dying of electrocution in the mangrove forest cover of Kendrapara district. The suspected poacher has been identified as Sudhansu Sethy, police said. The incident took place in Panikhia protected …

    January 20, 2018
  • Essential micronutrients

    Essential micronutrients

    All living beings require vitamins, essential micronutrients, and these should come through the diet. An extra dose of vitamin has very little nutritional benefit if you are already healthy, but if you are deficient in any vitamin you will require supplements so that your cells and tissues can grow properly. Vitamins facilitate the chemical reactions …

    January 13, 2018
  • Anesthetics could affect plants too

    Anesthetics could affect plants too

    Plants react to anesthetics similar to the way animals and humans do, finds a study suggesting that they are ideal objects for testing anesthetics actions in future. Anesthetics were first used in the 19th century when it was discovered that inhaling ether gas stopped patients feeling pain during surgery. Since then many different chemicals were …

    December 12, 2017
  • Ancient cult of worshipping animals

    Ancient cult of worshipping animals

    In the ancient world, humans were not just close to animals but, in most cases, deeply dependent on them. Since they were part of the local culture, they could not be separated from religion. So there was a willingness to use animals as gods. As time went on, humans fused with animals in all the …

    December 2, 2017