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Volunteers Being Asked For Help With Hedgehog Research
2012-01-18 13:14:22

Wildlife charities in Britain are asking for the public's help in determining if hedgehogs are being affected by climate change. Dr. Pat Morris performed a study 40 years ago that showed how temperature affects the animal's hibernation patterns. The retired hedgehog expert is joining with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People's Trust for Endangered Species to see if warming since then has changed the time when the animals emerge from hibernation. Estimates say the...

Parenting Styles Among Seals Differ
2011-11-23 04:20:53

Grey seals have different types of personality that affect the extent to which they guard and care for their young, according to new research. Researchers from Durham University and the University of St Andrews, looking at seal colonies in Scotland, found that seal mothers are often unpredictable and adopt a wide variation of mothering styles when it comes to checking on their pups. Some are very attentive while others are not, the researchers found. The Durham-St Andrews study shows,...

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2011-06-15 10:45:00

Traces of radioactive caesium have been found by Japanese whale hunters in two cetaceans recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official told AFP on Wednesday. Culled off the northern island of Hokkaido, the two minke whales showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3 becquerels of caesium per kilogram, the fisheries official claimed, adding that the cause may be related to the recent radiation leak from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Despite a worldwide ban on...

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2011-03-23 09:04:38

The bodies of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), which live in estuaries or along coastlines where industrial activities take place, are highly contaminated. This is the result of a European study, involving Spanish participation, which warns of the danger to these mammals from ports throughout Europe, even in the Mediterranean. "Although there are no seals in Spanish waters, these species can be used as biomonitors of global pollution", Octavio P©rez Luzardo, one of the authors of the study...

2011-03-19 00:00:30

Trained rescuers from the Center will offer new "I Helped Save a Seal "“ U Can Too!" bumper stickers to those who notify them of a seal in need of help. Sausalito, Calif. (PRWEB) March 17, 2011 The arrival of the pupping season's first patient, an elephant seal nicknamed Second Day, is a timely reminder to Leave Seals Be and give them a second chance at life. Leave Seals Be is The Marine Mammal Center's public education campaign to remind people along the California coast not to pick...

2011-01-21 06:29:00

SWINDON, England, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Trust has announced that three young grey seal pups born on the National Trust's Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast have been discovered hundreds of miles away on a Dutch beach. The first of the Farne Island three was found on the 13 December 2010 and was less than three weeks old when it made the 350 mile journey. After being found by a member of the public it was taken to a seal rescue centre in Holland. Pups two and...

2011-01-20 08:01:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Dec. 11 poaching incident has two Lebanon County brothers facing possible prison sentences, including one who has the unfortunate distinction of being the first individual to be charged with felony counts under a new Game and Wildlife Code penalty structure that took effect in September, according to Pennsylvania Game Commission officials. Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Derek Daly charged William M. Kirkwood, 50,...

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2010-10-27 06:10:00

A giant red stag believed to be the UK's biggest wild animal was killed for its antlers, according to reports on Tuesday. "The Emperor of Exmoor," as the beast has been dubbed, was named after the southwestern area where the stag frequented. The deer, which was about 12 years old, weighed more than 300 pounds, and stood more than 9 feet tall was found close to the road dead in the county of Devon. It is believed that a licensed hunter is responsible for legally killing the stag. But the...


Latest Fauna of Ireland Reference Libraries

Natterjack Toad, Epidalea calamita
2014-09-16 16:07:34

The natterjack toad, Epidalea Calamita, formerly Bufo calamita, is a toad endemic to sandy and heathland areas of Europe. The adults are about 60 to 70 millimeters long and are set apart from common toads by a yellow colored line that runs down the middle of the back. They have fairly short legs, and this provides them with a characteristic step, compared to the hopping movement of many other toad species. Natterjacks have a very loud and distinct mating call, amplified by the single vocal...

Grey Seal, Halichoerus grypus
2012-11-05 11:36:13

The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus), known as the gray seal in the United States is a species that can be found on shores on both sides of the North Atlantic Ocean. Its other common names include the Atlantic grey seal and the horsehead seal, because of its elongated nose. It has a large range on the shores of Ireland and Great Britain, with larger populations residing in areas including the Farne Islands near the Northumberland Coast, North Rona near northern Scotland, and Ramsey Island near...

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2007-01-22 15:53:53

The pine marten (Martes martes) is an animal in the weasel family, native to Northern Europe. It's around the size of a domestic cat. Its body is up to 20.87 in (53 cm) long; its bushy tail can be 9.84 in (25 cm). Males are slightly larger than females. On average a marten weighs 3.3 lb (1.5 kg). Their fur is usually light to dark brown and grows longer and silkier during the winter months. They have a cream to yellow colored "bib" marking on their throats. Their habitat is usually...

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2007-01-10 12:35:03

The greater white-toothed shrew (Crocidura russula) is a small shrew found in Europe and North Africa. Its preferred habitats are grassland and woodland. It is slightly larger than the lesser white-toothed shrew but otherwise very similar. It can often be distinguished only by close inspection of its teeth.

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2006-11-11 17:48:24

The Fallow Deer (Dama dama) is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. The male is a buck, the female is a doe, and the young a fawn. Bucks are 4.5 to 5.2 ft (140-160 cm long) and 3 to 3.3 ft (90-100 cm) shoulder height, and 60-85 kg in weight; does are 130-150 cm long and 75-85 cm shoulder height, and 66 to 110 pounds (30-50 kg) in weight. Fawns are born in spring at about 1 ft (30 cm) and weigh around 10 pounds (4.5 kg). The life span is around 12 years. The first ever Fallow...

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