Thursday, 19 May, 2022

Topic: Animals

Indians bit off more than they can chew. Many pandemic pet dogs homeless now

From an average of five adoptions a month in 2020, new homes for pets have fallen to just one or two now. Adoption agencies are toughening clauses.

Inequality is not confined to humans. Animals are divided by privilege, too

A study published in the Journal of Behavioural Ecology has found that mammals, fish, birds and even insects benefit from inherited wealth and abilities.

Sampling DNA from air could help track animals, transform wildlife monitoring

Two groups of researchers sampled DNA from the air in two European zoos and discovered a wealth of genetic material, including from animals outside the zoo and meat fed to animals.

There’s more to being vegan than plant-based meat. It’s not as healthy as you think

While there is no denying the obvious benefits of plant-based meats, a lot is blown out of proportion. We need a sharp eye to bust the myths.

Why Indian leopards switched from ‘healthy salad’ to ‘risky junk’

In ‘Leopard Diaries’, Sanjay Gubbi writes that unlike the tiger, the leopard is not a choosy eater — but what it eats usually is fast running out where it lives in India.

Dog-like predator with kangaroo pouch, believed extinct since 1930s, possibly lived till 2000s

Last known thylacine or Tasmanian tiger died in captivity in an Australian zoo in 1936. New study suggests the animal possibly survived up until a few decades ago.

Himalayan bears sleeping less and Sarus cranes not nesting in monsoon only. That’s bad news

When planning for climate change, India can’t be only thinking about people.

Orca to elephants — Keeping large mammals in zoos is extremely damaging to their brains

Kiska, a young female orca captured in 1978, lives alone in a Canada aquarium. She swims in slow, endless circles and has gnawed her teeth to pulp.

First, the pandemic made Indians abandon pets, then they rushed to adopt them

The coronavirus pandemic is changing our relationship with pets. But it’s natural that more Indians are relying on animals and ‘adopting’ to the times.

A belief in mathematical justice guides Hindu responses to suffering: Maneka Gandhi

The belief that sufferings in this life is a result of bad deeds in past lives stops Hindus from doing things that can make the human society more comfortable.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image|

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.


Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.