Latest Animal health News

USDA rethinks approach to controlling salmonella in poultry

Oct. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal health officials are rethinking their approach to controlling salmonella in poultry plants in the hope of reducing the number of illnesses linked to the bacteria each year, and on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced several steps it plans to take...

Zoo regroups following leopard's death, possibly from COVID

Oct. 18, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Great Plains Zoo announced that one of their snow leopards, Baya, died of a respiratory illness, possibly COVID-19, last week. In the days since Baya’s death, while felt deeply across the zoo’s community and overall conservation efforts,...

Youth hunters asked to bring deer to reporting stations

Oct. 17, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is encouraging hunters who take part in the state's annual youth and novice deer hunt next weekend to bring any deer they take to one of the state's 19 biological reporting stations. That helps state...

North Dakota offers license refunds to 30,000 deer hunters

Oct. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is offering license refunds to nearly 30,000 deer hunters due to an outbreak of a viral disease in the western part of the state. It's the second straight year that the state’s Game and Fish Department is offering refunds to...

Hong Kong seizes smuggled Australian lobsters amid China ban

Oct. 15, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong and mainland authorities have seized about $540,000 worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland, after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia. Hong Kong authorities...

A more comfortable goodbye? Vets bring pet euthanasia home

Oct. 14, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Clarence the giant schnauzer came into Penny Wagner's life as a puppy nearly eight years ago, at a traumatic time for her family. She and her husband, Steve, had recently lost their 21-year-old daughter in a car accident. Soon after, their other child...

Big cats at Lincoln Children's Zoo contract COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials at the Lincoln Children's Zoo announced Wednesday that five big cats at the zoo are being treated for COVID-19. Two Sumatran tigers and three snow leopards were tested after they began showing signs of the virus during the weekend,...

Zoo in New Orleans vaccinating apes against COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The zoo in New Orleans is vaccinating great apes against COVID-19, and plans to vaccinate cats, otters and animals related to otters. The Audubon Zoo recently received enough of the two-dose animal vaccine for its four gorillas and four orangutans,...

Injured bald eagle, found to be blind, euthanized

Oct. 13, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — An injured bald eagle found in Smithfield earlier this month had to be euthanized despite determined efforts to save the raptor, wildlife experts said. The male eagle with severe head trauma and damage to both eyes was found at Stump Pond on Oct....

Sioux Falls zoo says COVID may have killed snow leopard

Oct. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Officials at a Sioux Falls zoo say COVID-19 may have killed one of their snow leopards. The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Wednesday that the animal, named Baya, died at the Great Plains Zoo on Thursday of a...