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Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Animals

Last month
May 2023
# Animals
20 donkeys found abandoned in Galway field in 'shocking case of neglect'
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland described the case as “a significant moment, but not unexpected”.
This year
# Animal Welfare
Over 100 dogs currently on waiting list to be surrendered to DSPCA
The charity told The Journal that it has also seen an increase in the number of older dogs being surrendered to the shelter.
Last year
# christmas tradition
Minister seeks new location for live Christmas crib after decision to remove it from Mansion House
There cannot be a ‘Scrooge-like agenda’ said Minister Patrick O’Donovan.
# wild
People caring for injured wild animals reminded they must have a suitable licence
Application for a licence has been streamlined.
# Courts
State is allowing calves to be transported to Europe in a cruel manner, claims NGO
Ethical Farming Ltd has brought a High Court challenge against the Minister for Agriculture and the State.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about these spring animals?
Test your knowledge.
All time
34 deer killed in Phoenix Park as part of 'managed cull' this week
The animals – 22 females and 12 males – were culled on Tuesday.
# red list
Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct
About 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are now at risk of vanishing.
# Study
Microplastics in Irish waters 'pass up the food chain' into systems of humans and larger animals
The findings were contained in research carried out by scientists at UCC.
# Climate Change
World’s wildlife under threat from climate change, report warns
WWF is urging leaders meeting at the Cop26 climate summit to commit to action to curb global temperature rises to 1.5C and avoid catastrophe.
# Adelaide
Koala rescued after causing five-car pileup in Australia
Thankfully no-one was badly injured.
# pet theft
Dog theft crackdown as more severe punishments could be on the way
An action plan which will tackle dog theft and animal welfare will be published in the coming weeks.
# head above water
'We all want to see a solution, but nobody wants to see these animals get their heads blown off'
Minister Darragh O’Brien distanced himself from a pilot scheme he referenced in the Dáil.
# Good eyes
Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards
The photos come from the almost 50,000 entries to the Natural History Museum’s competition.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about these small mammals?
The smallest of all the mammals in Ireland.
# Covid-19
ISPCA says dog groomers can provide services for pets who need 'urgent' care
Groomers have been advised to assess each dog on “a case-by-case basis” via photos or video conferencing.
# dspca
People advised to 'think twice' before getting new pet during time of social distancing
The DSPCA fears people will return these pets when work and school routines go back to normal.
The Irish For: As we celebrate St Patrick's removal of snakes, what other animals have come and gone from Ireland?
Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the stories behind some of Ireland’s most famous animals
# red list
The Lambay black rat is now the only 'threatened' terrestrial mammal species in Ireland
There is better news for bats, squirrels and otters.
# Animals
Horse put down after being found injured and stuck under gate in Meath
The horse was discovered by the charity yesterday in Clonard, Co Meath.
# good man
Dog years are a myth and puppies are middle-aged, scientists claim
‘Who’s a good man?’
# not just for christmas
Almost 2,000 people have surrendered their dogs to Dogs Trust so far this year
The charity is urging those considering adopting a dog for Christmas to sponsor one instead.
# Halloween
Are you a pet owner? Here's some advice on keeping them safe and content this Halloween
With lots of loud noises going off, many people will be keeping a closer eye on their dogs and other pets.
# dodder valley park
'We're terrified the bulldozers will move in': Locals fight to save animal habitat in Dublin park
New recreational facilities are set to be built in Dodder Valley Park.
The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators
The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.
# Animals
Around 40 knackeries close down temporarily as losses mount
“The sustainability of knackeries is in question,” a Louth TD said.
# udder chaos
Rampaging cow injures man and damages cars after breaking free from Ennis Mart
Gardaí say the cow made its way to Dunnes Stores before being caught.
# exotic animals
Salamanders and toad illegally posted to Ireland from Spain
The ISPCA has called for tougher regulations around the selling of exotic animals as pets.
# pets on the move
Cork and Shannon Airports are now designated entry points for pet dogs, cats and ferrets
The three animals are grouped together in EU legislation because those species are susceptible to rabies.
Opinion: If my family pet died I would hold a religious end-of-life ceremony
Pope John Paul II said that ‘animals possess a soul’ and are ‘as near to God as men are,’ writes Diarmuid Pepper.
# South Africa
Toddler killed by leopard in South African national park
The two-year-old boy was the son of a staff member.
Opinion: I always wanted pets but our hairy, howling cat is making my life hell
Are you a 30-something couple with no kids, who are thinking about getting a pet? Well think again, writes Leah Ni Chuinn.
Pigs, chickens ... a pony called Moses. Take a tour of Dublin city's first public urban farm
Based in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, the farm is free to the public.
# wildlife
Lion kills young worker in US conservation park
Alexandra Black had spent just 10 days as an intern in the facility.
# Nature
Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat
A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30%.
# warning
British tourist dies after contracting rabies from cat bite in Morocco
People travelling to rabies-affected countries are being reminded to avoid contact with animals.
Cat climbed into car engine in Dublin and ended up in Offaly
The DSPCA is looking to locate the cat’s owner.
# Poisoning
'Extremely unusual' cat deaths spark warning about dangers of antifreeze
The survival rate for cats affected by antifreeze poisoning is less than 5%.
# Kenya Wildlife Service
'A complete disaster': Eight out of 14 endangered rhinos die after moving to a new park
The loss of so many in one go is unprecedented – an investigation has been launched.
# Monkey Business
Ice pops and mud baths: Keeping Dublin Zoo's residents cool in the heatwave
Lounging by the pool is an activity all mammals seem to enjoy.