SeaWorld still making Tilikum perform killer whale shows despite life-threatening illness

March 10, 2016 by  
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Tilikum is SeaWorld ’s most iconic killer whale, having lived at the theme park for 23 of his 34 years, and he is very sick. Veterinary staff at SeaWorld have explained his illness as a treatment-resistant form of bacterial pneumonia which could realistically prove fatal. Despite his condition, Tilikum is still expected to perform tricks and entertain crowds, perhaps right until the day he dies. Read the rest of SeaWorld still making Tilikum perform killer whale shows despite life-threatening illness

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Mysterious Disease Spreading Among Arctic Seals

October 14, 2011 by  
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Photo: ADialla / cc Beginning last July, officials from Alaska’s Department of Wildlife Management began receiving reports of ringed seals showing signs of a mysterious, lesion-causing disease that has so far killed dozens of animals and inflicted possibly hundreds more — and the illness shows no signs of slowing. Biologists are approaching the situation with particular concern considering the vital role the seals play in an arctic food-chain, one that’s already under pressure from melting sea ice — leading some to worry about the disease’s pote… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Baby Gorilla ‘Shamavu’ Saved From Poachers (Video)

October 14, 2011 by  
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Photo Virunga National Park . According to MSNBC , illegal baby gorilla poaching in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is increasing. This tends to mean more adult gorillas are being killed in order to poach the precious and money-fetching babies. Gorillas can go on the black market for thousands of dollars, and the baby gorilla in the video was rescued – from poachers attempting to sell him – by representatives of the Virunga National Park. The park rangers, … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Common but Lethal Soil Fungus Becoming Resistant to Antibiotics

January 31, 2010 by  
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Aspergillus fumigatus – a common but sometimes lethal soil fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is a fungus found commonly in ordinary garden soil. When the spores of the fungus are inhaled, It can also cause disease–sometimes fatally in those with already compromised immune systems and respiratory disease such as COPD.

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