Thursday, August 04, 2005

Animal round-up

Swan song hope for bullying bird

Wildlife conservationists are hoping a swan song is on the cards for an aggressive visitor to a Belfast pond.
The bullying male swan is causing havoc at the Waterworks on the Antrim Road where it is attacking other birds.

Since he and his partner moved their cygnets to the south pond at the Waterworks, several other swans have been injured [...]


Zoo escapee finds home in the sun

Mojo, the monkey who became a celebrity after escaping from Belfast Zoo, is to be sent to a new home in South Africa.
The Colobus monkey fled after an "argument" with his dad in June but returned to his enclosure a week later. [...]


and some less happy news:

Police seize dozens of dead and live animals in cruelty case

WINDSOR, N.Y. The owner of a pet grooming business was living with dozens of animals while keeping several dead ones in his refrigerator -- right next to his food.

That's according to Binghamton-area police who arrested 26-year-old John Elmer this week and charged him with animal cruelty after finding 45 living animals and nearly three dozen dead ones on his property 15 miles east of the city [...]


Attack on piggery leaves 14 animals dead

The RSPCA is calling for witnesses to a brutal attack on 16 pigs in Picton, in south-west Western Australia, in which only two survived.

One pig was killed and the other 15 mutilated at a piggery on July 20.

RSPCA spokesman Emma-Jane Morcombe says 13 of the pigs suffered such horrific injuries they had to be put down.

Ms Morcombe says she is shocked by the attack and hopes the public can help identify those responsible.

"We would like to speak to anyone who might have seen a car parked on the roadside on the Dardanup-Picton Road, which is near the piggery, that night, or who may remember someone acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the farm," she said.



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