Animal Care & Welfare News

This page posts news on issues on animal care and animal welfare worldwide. It serves as an educational medium for both laboratory animal users and animal care takers to enhance understanding on animal welfare.

Baboon Worked Together to Escape from Southwest National Primate Research Center in San Antonio, USA

Four baboon used a 55-gallon barrel to overcome the wall of the outdoor enclosure and one of them ran down the road. All of them were caught eventually. A footage in YouTube shows a facility staff chasing him on a road. The barrels serve as enrichment item for foraging behavior expression. See more about the facility, the enclosure and the barrel here. Read more about the news here.

This short adventure of the laboratory animals highlights their desire on freedom, intelligence and hazards on animal carer. (By Siva Tsang, 19Apr2018)

 

PLASTIC DIGESTING ENZYME FOUND

Interesting article for two reasons

  1. It shows evolution in action – bacteria convert chitin digesting enzyme into a plastic digesting enzyme.
  2. Human genetic engineering has improved on evolution.

In The Guardian:

“The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles…continue reading