You made it through the week, congrats! A very happy Saturday to all, and welcome to another edition of Animal News Because We Deserve It. Our selections are inspired by the Front Pages posted daily on FreedomForum.org.
hydrangea and bumblebee by dcysurfer / Dave Young, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
Times Union, Published in Albany, New York, USA
Bombus Pollinators Association of Law Students, or BPALS, is a group of 14 students and one law professor who have filed a petition to have the American bumblebee added to the Endangered Species List. Bumblebees are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss, pesticides, disease and climate change, and their extinction would cause massive ecological consequences. Bumblebees in New York have declined 99% in relative abundance to other pollinators, such as honey bees.
The Westerly Sun, Published in Westerly, Rhode Island, USA
The Department of Environmental Management in Rhode Island has developed wildlife curriculum kits that are available online. The curriculum set consists of three kits, focusing on birds, bats and amphibians, and aims to highlight the wildlife that exists in Rhode Island. The kits were developed by DEM Wildlife Outreach and Technical Outreach coordinators, who had previously tried to teach free in-person programs for children and community members, but the statewide demand was too high for only two people to meet.
st marcus pet cemetery by paparutzi, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
Mason City Globe Gazette, Published in Mason City, Iowa, USA
After taking over as manager of Mason City's Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery and receiving frequent and ongoing requests, Tyler Anderson has created a pet section at the cemetery. As the pet industry grows and more and more households own a pet, the demand for a safe resting place for these animals is increasing. The requirements are only that the animal is a pet and has been cremated, and that the owner pays a fee for the plot, burial and headstone. Many clinics cremate deceased pets before returning them to their owners, and this offers those owners new burial options.
Albino Squirrel by We Are CS, Credit Courtesy of Creative Commons.
Denton Record-Chronicle, Published in Denton, Texas, USA
The University of North Texas has been home to Lucky the squirrel, or more likely a lineage of albino fox squirrels, since before the 90s. The UNT community says that spotting Lucky is a sign of good luck and helps you do well on exams. It is very rare to find true albino animals in the wild, like Lucky, who has distinctive pink eyes and no non-white fur. Observing generations of these albino fox squirrels have made for many embodiments of Lucky, although the exact number of Luckies is unknown. One Lucky, who had an unfortunate death in 2016, was taken to a taxidermist and now lives in a museum on campus. There have since been sightings of a new Lucky.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Published in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Princess Cecily, a special needs cat from the animal shelter The Cattery in Corpus Christi, will be participating in the Hallmark Kitten Bowl VIII tomorrow for Super Bowl Sunday. According to The Cattery, Cecily was born with a deformity and had to have her back legs amputated, but she wears cute outfits to keep her diaper in place, takes many baths and is happy. The Hallmark Kitten Bowl is a rescue pet adoption event, with most kittens participating up for adoption. After much research, I was unable to determine if Princess Cecily herself is up for adoption, but if I find out she is looking for a home I may be hitting the road to Corpus Christi ASAP.
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