Midnight In The Desert — dogs

Leopards that live in cities are protecting people from rabies

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Leopards that live in cities are protecting people from rabies

When leopards stray into a city, people often fear them because of the danger they pose. But it turns out these big cats could be valuable neighbours: by preying on feral dogs in Mumbai, they are reducing the risk of people catching rabies. About 20,000 people die of rabies in India every year. Feral dogs are the main source, as they bite people and pass on the rabies virus. Christopher O’Bryan and Alexander Braczkowski at the University of Queensland and their colleagues compiled existing data on the diet of leopards living in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, on the edges of...

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Japanese train barks like a dog, snorts like a deer to prevent accidents

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Japanese train barks like a dog, snorts like a deer to prevent accidents

Researchers in Japan have fitted a train with a speaker that barks like a dog and snorts like a deer in order to prevent collisions on the railway. Tokyo's Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that the combination of sounds is designed to scare deer away from the tracks in a bid to reduce the number of animal deaths on the railway. Officials from the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) say that a three-second blast of the sound of a deer snorting attracts the animals' attention, and 20 seconds of dog barking is enough to make them take flight. RTRI researchers say...

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Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too

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Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too

Dog owners swear that their furry best friend is in tune with their emotions. Now it seems this feeling of interspecies connection is real: dogs can smell your emotional state, and adopt your emotions as their own. Science had already shown that dogs can see and hear the signs of human emotions, says Biagio D’Aniello of the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. But nobody had studied whether dogs could pick up on olfactory cues from humans. “The role of the olfactory system has been largely underestimated, maybe because our own species is more focused on the visual system,” says...

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Can Pets See Ghosts? Why Cats & Dogs May Be More Sensitive To The Paranormal Than We Are

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Can Pets See Ghosts? Why Cats & Dogs May Be More Sensitive To The Paranormal Than We Are

One of the key elements of Adam Ellis’ Dear David Twitter tale is his cats. Throughout his ordeal, as he’s attempt to figure out whether his apartment is actually haunted and whether the alleged ghost stalking him is trying to kill him, he’s posted pictures and videos of his two cats doing weird things — prompting many to ask, can pets see ghosts? Is that why the cats keep gathering by the front door to Ellis’ apartment at the same time every night? Are they responding to Dear David’s presence? Or is it more easily explained than that? The strange...

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Why are dogs turning blue in this Mumbai suburb?

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Why are dogs turning blue in this Mumbai suburb?

Untreated industrial waste being released into the Kasadi river may be turning stray dogs near Navi Mumbai’s Taloja industrial area blue. Reason: Strays often wade into the river for food, therefore the waste may be dyeing their fur a bright shade of blue. A water quality test at Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation found the waste treatment was inadequate. The levels of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) — the concentration of oxygen required to sustain aquatic life — was 80 milligram a litre (mg/L). Levels of chloride, which is toxic, harms vegetation, aquatic life and wildlife, were also high. The area has nearly...

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