Wild boar smell truffles, not acorns


This is a wild boar video, recorded in winter in Sweden.

Translated from Roelof Kleis in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Wild boar have a good nose for truffles. But not for acorns, says PhD student Lennart Suselbeek of Wageningen University. Looking for acorns they search randomly, according to research into how wild boar search for hidden acorns.

Suselbeek comes to that conclusion based on experiments in the lab and in nature. The aim of the study was to determine whether wild boar have influence on the way that wood mice hide acorns. Wild boars, like mice, love acorns. So they are competitors. But when it comes to defending its stock, the mouse is no match for the boar. It must be smart. They cannot be smart by hiding everything at the same place, but by making many different small stock sheds. So, risk spreading.

Baby rabbits, video


This is a video about a rabbit warren on a camping ground in the Netherlands.

The young rabbits drink, and their mother stimulates them to come out of the warren.

Dick van der Garde made the video.

Spanish demonstration against bull-killing ‘sport’


This is a Spanish video, explaining why people demonstrate against bull-killing ‘sports’.

It says about itself (translated):

22 August 2013

For 8 years, the Party for the Animals in Spain PACMA has been trying to end the Toro de la Vega. So over the years we have carried out various activities in Tordesillas. These events and the celebration itself have been recorded and broadcast in so many ways that they have had extensive media coverage.

Furthermore, in 2011 the campaign “Break a lance” started, supported by numerous well-known people in our country who gave more impact to our campaign.

This year PACMA has decided to ask for political responsibility to the major parties: PSOE as the mayor of Tordesillas belongs to this party, and PP as they are the government of Castilla y León and have regulations which allow barbaric bullfighting.

Therefore this year 2013, we have organized a demonstration in Madrid on 14 September at 17.00 to go from the Plaza de Colón to Plaza de España. We will pass in front of the headquarters of the PP and the PSOE in order to ask for the end of the Toro de la Vega.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

SPAIN: Thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Saturday to protest against an annual bull-spearing event which they describe as an act of extreme abuse.

The demonstrators broke wooden spears in a symbolic act against animal torture and marched against the annual Toro de la Vega event.

During the event, men riding on horseback drive a bull into a field and then kill it with spears.

Firefighters save wild boar, gamekeeper shoots them


This video from France is called Wild boar (Sus scrofa).

Translated from Blik op Nieuws in the Netherlands:

14-09-2014 17:51

Party for the Animals asks parliamentary questions about shooting boar rescued from water

Rescued by firefighters from water, boar yet slain

It must have given mixed feelings to firefighters who managed to rescue wild boar from the water in Weert this Sunday morning at eight. A gamekeeper shot all the boar when they were on dry land.

Around 08:20 on Sunday the Weert fire brigade came out for initially 5 wild boar in the water. Once on the spot there turned out to be no less than eight wild boar.

The fire brigade, with the support of two boats, drove the animals to the wildlife staircase at the lock. Here people could get the animals out of the water safely. Some wild boars were already removed from the water. The firefighters also managed to get the other boar, threatened by drowning, on land.

Shot

Despite the efforts of the firefighters, the animals were then shot by a gamekeeper of the Forestry Department. This has everything to do with a zero tolerance policy of the government with respect to the living and residential areas of wild boar.

These living and residential areas are limited to the Hoge Veluwe and Meinweg area in Central Limburg. If wild boars are outside these areas, for any cause whatsoever, they must unfortunately be shot, according to the guidelines of the government.

Party for the Animals

The Party for the Animals this Sunday has asked parliamentary questions about the shooting of these wild boar. “Do you agree that animals in need of help should be experiencing other conditions than to be killed?” is one of the nine questions.

According to Limburg provincial authorities, even though the boar were outside of their ‘legal’ territories, the gamekeeper still acted illegally, as he shot the boar on a Sunday. See also here. And here.

Ancient mammals discovery in China


This video is called Ancient Mammals. Mammal evolution from the Triassic to now.

From Science News:

Fossils push back origins of modern mammals

Common ancestor evolved over 200 million years ago

by Meghan Rosen

2:39pm, September 10, 2014

Modern mammals’ ancestors may have emerged millions of years earlier than scientists suspected — around the time the first dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

The fossilized remains of six little tree-dwelling animals push the lineage of today’s mammals back to the Late Triassic, more than 200 million years ago, researchers report September 10 in Nature.

“That’s really, really old,” says paleontologist Robert Asher of the University of Cambridge, who was not involved with the work. Scientists had thought that the common ancestor of those animals originated sometime in the Jurassic, he says. “This is very exciting stuff.”

Xianshou songae is the name of the newly discovered dinosaur age mammal.