Pets and Vets: Golden retriever enrollment continues for CSU veterinary lifetime cancer study
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The orangutans at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park are using iPads. Made available through Apps for Apes, an initiative conducted by the conservation organization Orangutan Outreach, the program lets zoo orangutans enjoy 10 different applications that feature cognitive games, drawing exercises, virtual musical instruments and more. It's reported that 36-year-old Bonnie likes to hit the drums, 16-year-old Kyle likes to play the piano and 25-year-old Iris likes the soothing sounds and animated fish swimming in a virtual koi pond. "Apps for Apes fits perfectly in this new era of zookeeping," says Becky Malinsky, great ape keeper at the National Zoo. "It's about changing up the day-to-day lives of our animals. We already vary their food, toys and social interactions every day, but the iPad offers another way to engage their sight, touch and hearing."Illinois
Shedd Aquarium welcomed a 1-year-and-9-month-old blind sea lion pup in January. The pup, named "Cruz" by aquarium staff, was rescued on a beach in Santa Cruz, Calif., in July 2012. He was found alone, lethargic and blind in both eyes. Veterinary staff say radiographs show metal shards from gunshot wounds in his skull, which likely caused the blindness. Unable to be released back into the wild, Cruz will be receive proper long-term care and the space needed for a permanent home at Shedd.
Revenue from new Kansas license plates aim to reduce the stray animal population. "I'm Pet Friendly" license plates will support externships for Kansas State University veterinary students as well as spay-neuter programs at animal shelters across the state, according to the university. The pet-friendly plates require a one-time cost $45.50 and an additional $50 donation annually.