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    The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay review – an extraordinary debut | Books

    Wittgenstein wrote that “If a lion could speak, we could not understand him.” In her fierce debut novel, Australian Laura Jean McKay sets herself an extraordinary challenge: to represent animal communication in words. The book succeeds by walking a difficult and delicate line between understanding and incomprehension, creating something like dirty realism out of its fantastical premise. The revelatory allure of talking with animals recurs throughout literature; as our appealingly spiky narrator Jean says, staring into the eyes of a caged dingo at the zoo where she works as a guide: “Tell me she doesn’t know something about the  

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    Humans told to socially distance around wild animals to avoid ‘considerable risk’ of passing on coronavirus

    There is “considerable risk” that humans could transmit Covid-19 to wild animals, posing a potential threat to already endangered species, scientists have warned. Studies have documented evidence that at least 60 mammals as wide-ranging as lions, pandas, beluga whales, ground squirrels and macaques could be at risk of infection with the virus, with the vulnerability of many other creatures still unknown. Once transmitted coronavirus could circulate uncontrolled in these species and potentially cause new outbreaks in humans, said researchers. Dutch biologists who reviewed dozens of previous studies on coronavirus in animals concluded “a wide range of distantly related mammals are  

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    Two arraigned in Schoolcraft County on animal cruelty charges

    SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) – Two Manistique residents have been arraigned on charges related to animal cruelty. 41-year-old Sean Patrick Dupee was arraigned on Tuesday for Abandoning Cruelty to ten or more but fewer than 25 animals, a felony that is punishable by up to four years in prison. Bond was set by the court at $5,000 cash and a prelim is scheduled for October 19. 42-year-old Tammy Lynn Munoz was arraigned on Monday on those same charges. Bond was set at $10,000 personal Recognizance bond and her preliminary hearing is set for October 20. These charges stem from an  

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    Battling with neighbors could make animals smarter — ScienceDaily

    From ants to primates, ‘Napoleonic’ intelligence has evolved to help animals contend with the myriad cognitive challenges arising from interactions with rival outsiders, suggest researchers at the University of Bristol in a paper published in Nature Communications today [Tuesday 6 October]. Antagonistic and co-operative social interactions within groups have long been suggested to drive the evolution of big brains. But animals from across the social spectrum must constantly juggle threats and opportunities from outsiders too. Interactions with outsiders have been little considered in the context of cognitive evolution. Drawing on their varied backgrounds in animal cognition, intergroup conflict and social  

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    Man fathered by police spy posing as animal rights activist in 1980s wins payout from Scotland Yard

    Man fathered by police spy wins payout: Scotland Yard agrees substantial compensation over undercover officer who had an affair with animal rights activist he was monitoring in the 1980s Bob Lambert posed as a radical to infiltrate animal rights groups in the 1980s He began a long-term relationship with ‘Jacqui’ and fathered a son known as TBS In 2014 the Met paid Jacqui £425,000 when she discovered his identity Now the force has apologised and paid a confidential sum to TBS  By Lizzie Deane For The Daily Mail Published: 18:00 EDT, 7 October 2020 | Updated: 18:00 EDT, 7 October  

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    DELGADO | Caring for an Animal Can Help You Get Through the Pandemic

    College students around the country have been tucked away at home for months, following social distancing protocols — hopefully — and coping with less personable, virtual instruction. You may be wondering how much more shall we need to endure before returning to a normal societal agenda. Being at home illustrates an opaque picture for many acclimating to life with Mom and co: family responsibilities, financial struggle and the inability to socialize, to name a few. It is hard to keep sane when constantly surrounded by the same four walls, but during my time at home, I have found one particular  

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    Animal Welfare League Reports Fourth Recent Dog Abandonment Case

    (Updated at 5:10 p.m.) The Animal Welfare League of Arlington says it has taken in the fourth abandoned dog in a month. In the latest incident, a dog was found abandoned in a crate in the Ashton Heights neighborhood, at the intersection of 6th Street N. and N. Jackson Street. The dog was “in poor condition” and AWLA is now asking for the public’s help in locating its owner. A similar dog abandonment happened about a week prior in the Arlington Mill neighborhood, though the incidents are all believed to be unrelated. A spokeswoman said the recent spate of abandonments  

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