Friday, 2 December, 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.

On Camera


Prannoy Roy in Abu Dhabi

You can call NDTV elitist, anglicised. But it defended democracy, gave us Ravish Kumar

In all these years of covering elections on NDTV, I do not recall a single occasion when I was asked or even hinted to say or not say something. I disagreed with Prannoy Roy off-screen and on-screen and that was never a problem.

51 cow universities, old pension scheme, jobs — what RSS affiliates want from 2023 Budget

Welfare schemes and ‘self-reliance’ figure high on Sangh organisations’ wishlists for finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ahead of the Budget, which she will present on 1 February.


A soldier with 'Arjun', a black kite trained to down enemy drones, during the Yudh Abhyas exercise being held in Auli, Uttarakhand | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

It’s a plane, no it’s a bird! Army’s training eagles & falcons to swoop down on hostile drones

The birds are also being trained for surveillance at Remount Veterinary Corps Centre in Meerut, with cameras fitted to their heads to record videos.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.