Corona warning system: the Czech Republic relies on a dog scale – Panorama

While the Corona traffic lights are still constantly on red in many countries, the Czech Republic has got the hang of it. Yes, the new Czech pandemic scale also relies on colors, but not on three, but on five, because the red alert has long been exceeded anyway. A dog’s head also shows how great the risk of infection is. The abbreviated name of the new system is PES, Czech for dog. On the pages of the Ministry of Health, the whole country has been colored dark purple since Monday – and a guard dog bares its teeth threateningly. At first glance it is clear: the greatest danger.

Is the country going to the dogs? Oh no. The dog warning system is more of a pet therapy for a battered nation. Because the idea of ​​Health Minister Jan Blatný, who has only recently been in office, combines the worst, namely Corona, with the very best. No people in Europe are as dog-mad as the Czech. And the love of dogs, as current studies show, has increased even further since the pandemic. Whether it should help against loneliness or provide a valid reason for a walk: the dog is the Czech’s dearest friend. 40 percent keep one, and of the other 60 percent, 59 percent are thinking about a purchase.

Closed schools, curfew, mask requirement

So this 2020 is definitely a dog year. Pediatrician Blatný, who was just now the head of the faculty at the University Hospital in Brno, is suddenly sitting at the bedside of a whole nation. And the fever doesn’t want to and doesn’t want to go down. His two predecessors left him with hardly any measures: the schools have been closed for weeks, exit and contact restrictions apply. Face masks must also be worn outdoors if the distance of two meters cannot be maintained. And the number of cases is still at a high level compared to Germany, in spite of the relaxation, and hospitals are reporting overload. The city of Ostrava crematorium was forced to build a new morgue.

Danger lights with dog

This is what the Czech corona warning system looks like with all its levels. The country hopes to work its way step by step towards the floppy ear.

How can one inspire hope in times like this? Maybe by changing the narrative. By preparing people to take small steps. Not from red to yellow. But from purple to red to orange to yellow. A fangible can only be slowly tamed into a floppy-ear dog. The daily number mass also replaces the new scale. Instead of the many key figures with which people are permanently overwhelmed in this pandemic – numbers of infected people, deaths, incidence values ​​and R values ​​- there is now only one single value between zero and one hundred that summarizes the previous individual parameters. Only recently there was a debate in the Czech Republic about the fact that the mass of data, which a layperson can hardly classify, only depresses people even more.

If you look closely, the Czech Republic is already at the lower purple border. Then comes red. The corresponding dog shows fewer teeth than the Fletsch monster. And that means: instead of two, six people can meet again, and the curfew begins two hours later. Small steps. Some hope. The dog becomes tamer and tamer – and at some point, when everything is going to be okay, he’ll pant you in a friendly manner on the green meadow.


Bird flu reaches Bavaria – 10 wild ducks infected – Bavaria

Avian influenza has been detected in several wild ducks in the Passau district. These are the first confirmed cases of the animal disease this autumn in Bavaria, as the Ministry of the Environment announced on Friday. The ducks were killed and examined on Thursday as part of the Bavarian wildlife monitoring program near Bad Füssing. According to the State Association of the Bavarian Poultry Industry, the H5N8 pathogen has been detected in ten mallards.

Poultry farmers are now encouraged to protect their animals from contact with wild birds. In the district of Rottal-Inn and in large parts of the district of Passau, compulsory housing for poultry is now being ordered, the ministry said. Avian influenza has been increasing in Germany since the end of October. The first case in a livestock farm this autumn was found in a small chicken farm on the North Frisian Hallig Oland (Schleswig-Holstein). The pathogen H5N8 had previously occurred in several wild birds in northern Germany.

The Bavarian keepers and breeders are now expecting a major outbreak of the disease. “I think this will by far not be the last case in Bavaria,” said Annika Nottensteiner from the management of the State Association of the Poultry Industry. “The plague in northern Germany is at least dramatic.” Markus Drexler from the Bavarian Farmers’ Association spoke of “bad news”. “The poultry agricultural markets are already down because of the Corona crisis.” In summer, the demand for poultry fell sharply as a result of the canceled folk festivals. So far, many have also been reluctant to place orders before the upcoming public holidays – out of uncertainty whether they will be able to celebrate Christmas as usual this year.

The stable requirement applies from the coming week to commercial enterprises as well as to breeders and private individuals who keep poultry. The respective district offices are responsible for implementation and controls. According to the Ministry of the Environment, where it is ordered is decided, among other things, on where there are known gathering places for migrating wild birds or resting and resting places on water. Environment Minister Thorsten Glauber (Free Voters) said that he knew the challenges of compulsory stable. For a limited time, however, they are needed for “the best possible protection for domestic and useful poultry”. This should not come into contact with wild birds.

The infectious disease, which is also called avian flu, occurs primarily in waterfowl and other birds. The highest incidence and mortality rates are observed in chickens and turkeys – sometimes up to 100 percent. With intensive contact, people can also become infected. However, transmission via infected food is considered unlikely. Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease and is therefore controlled by the state.


Deer, birds and a monkey: almost 100 animals seized in Portugal | Trafficking in species

Almost one hundred animals were seized in 159 surveillance actions in Portugal between 14 September and 11 October as part of an operation to combat illegal trade and crimes against wildlife.

In a statement, GNR said that during the operation Thunder 2020, in which several Portuguese entities and support from Interpol participated, 159 research and / or inspection actions were carried out in Portugal.

156 animals were inspected, ten administrative offenses were recorded and 84 birds were apprehended, including 12 canaries, two gray parrots, two black rooks and a crow. According to GNR, a guiana capuchin monkey, a red deer, three common muntiac deer, four chitals (“Axis axis“) and three black antelopes.

At the international level, 699 people were arrested as part of this operation and more than 45,500 live specimens were recovered, including: 1,400 turtles and turtles (6,000 eggs), 1,160 birds, 1,800 reptiles, 15,878 plants, more than 2000 seizures of fauna and flora specimens, more than 1300 kilograms of ivory and more than 1000 kilograms of pangolin scales. The actions carried out during the operation were aimed at combating illegal trade and crimes against wildlife, especially fauna and flora.

The national coordination of this operation, encouraged by Interpol, counted on the participation of GNR and the Tax and Customs Authority in close collaboration with the PSP, Judiciary Police, Nature and Forestry Conservation Institute (ICNF), Directorate-General for Food and Veterinary ( DGAV) and Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE).

These entities developed these actions under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washington Convention or CITES, of which 180 countries have joined and whose objective is to ensure that trade in animals and plants does not endanger their survival in the wild.


Little Owl Rescued After Involuntary Christmas Tree Trip to New York | NOW

A little owl was rescued this week from the Christmas tree intended for Rockefeller Center in New York. The animal had accidentally and involuntarily traveled, as employees of the transport company discovered when the tree had already arrived in New York State after a long journey.

It is a saw-owl that lives in the forests of North America. This owl species usually grows to a maximum of 20 centimeters. The animal had traveled from the village of Oneonta, 270 kilometers away.

“He had last eaten three days ago,” reports the wildlife sanctuary where the animal was taken on Facebook. Rockefeller, as the owl is aptly called, has been fed. “And we feed him all the mice he can eat,” said the shelter.

When the animal has regained its strength, it will be released into the wild. “It’s a special Christmas story,” says the wildlife shelter.

Rockefeller in the hands of a wildlife rescue worker. (Photo: Ravensbeard Wildlife Center)


New Zealand: Kakapo is Bird of the Year – Panorama

It cannot fly, weighs up to four kilograms and smells like moss: the kakapo is considered the thickest and strangest parrot in the world. In the Maori language, Kakapo means “night parrot”. The ground-breeder living in New Zealand hides in the bushes during the day, picks grains and fruits at night, climbs trees and slides back to the ground like an overweight parachutist. The green-feathered kakapo has only one defense strategy against predators: it pretends to be a bush.

But cats, martens and rats are not that stupid, they can tell a chunky bird from a bush, which is why the kakapo is threatened with extinction. In 1994 there were only 47 specimens left, now there are again 213. The “mighty moss grouse”, as the kakapo is also called, has just been voted Bird of the Year in New Zealand, for the second time since 2008. The news is encouraging: One too slightly overweight, unintentionally funny and somehow too good-natured being can be a winner.

The kakapo is a popular figure, although its smell is “reminiscent of the inside of a clarinet case,” as the spokeswoman for the competition says. Among the candidates were flight artists like the albatross and sex protesters like the tiny hihi (German: stabbing bird). The hyperactive polyamorous bird has been doing well for a long time. Then it came out that a sex toy store had cast 1,500 fake votes. Election fraud! The kakapo won the day. Haha, hihi! As with the US election, the loudest is not always the most popular.

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Ticks on dogs: How to protect your four-legged friends from diseases – guide

Did the dog catch a tick while walking through the woods and fields? Then you should act quickly, because ticks are dangerous vectors of disease.

Of course, this also applies if you discover a tick.

• During tick-borne meningitis FSME especially affecting humans, many animal species also develop the infectious disease Lyme disease. Today every third tick in Germany is the carrier of the Borreliosis bacterium.

• Infected ticks can affect the dog too Babesiose (Dog malaria).

What to do: If ticks are discovered in the fur, they must be removed as soon as possible. Because the longer a tick sucks blood, the greater the likelihood that pathogens will be transmitted.

Anyone who has dogs or cats should therefore look for the Go for a walk or stray thoroughly inspect the pets’ fur.

In addition, treatment with tick protection spray or spot-on preparations from the pharmacy can also prevent. The bloodsuckers use the natural smell of humans and animals for orientation. Such sprays give off a subtle smell that is supposed to keep ticks away from the animal.

It is best to apply extensively to the head, legs and stomach. Duration of action: about six hours. Spot-on agents work against ticks for four weeks.

If you are unsure, ask your veterinarian about the best anti-tick method in your area.

How do I remove a tick?

✔︎ Grasp the tick close to the skin with tweezers or tick tongs

✔︎ Then carefully pull away from the puncture site. Do not unscrew it because the head may tear off.

✔︎ Then disinfect with iodine or alcohol. If you are not sure whether the tick has been completely removed, it is better to see a doctor.

Important: Under no circumstances rub the ticks with glue or oil, because the dying tick increases the risk of infection.

How can I protect my pet from ticks?

✔︎ Put tick collars on your dog on long walks.

✔︎ In dense forests, the animals should not run too far into the thicket. Distance no more than 20 meters from the normal path!

✔︎ Dog shampoos with special active ingredients keep ticks away.

✔︎ Always remove ticks mechanically (with special pliers)! If you get a sudden fever, contact your vet immediately.

By the way: ticks don’t mind falling temperatures: the bloodsuckers are also active in the garden or forest in autumn. Dog owners should therefore continue to search their animals particularly carefully after walks, advises the Federal Association for Animal Health.

That is why owners should ensure good tick protection even in autumn.


If animals also mourn the death of their fellows, what is special about us?

ANALYSIS – Awareness of our mortality serves as a club argument to prove the uniqueness of our species. But do other species know they’re deadly?

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African elephants remove branches and dirt from their dead fellows.
African elephants remove branches and dirt from their dead fellows. TONY KARUMBA / AFP

« In this world nothing is certain except death and taxes »- this famous aphorism of Benjamin Franklin could be considered today as an example of anthropocentrism, that is to say the perception of the world through the prism of a single species, in this case homo sapiens. However, this aphorism is only half true. Because, if taxes are a typically human invention, death is common to all living organisms. This is the biological price to pay for cell division.

But Franklin’s anthropocentrism was justified insofar as he knew he would die one day. For centuries, in addition to religion, awareness of our mortality has served as a club argument to prove the uniqueness of our species. Do other species know they are deadly?

L’homo sapiens is not that special

In the light of current knowledge, it cannot be denied that other animals experience emotions such as joy, fear or anger. The manifestations of

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Viral video | Camera records the incredible action of a dog so that its owner puts down his cell phone and hugs him | VIRAL

A dog from Virginia, United States (USA), has become the new sensation viral in YouTube. The reason? He was caught doing an incredible action for his owner to put down his cell phone and hug him. Do not stay without seeing the unique video that stars.

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The dog in this story noticed that his master was sitting on the couch in the house, checking his phone. This, apparently, was not very pleasant for the animal, as he quickly crawled into his arms in order to get his attention.

But that was not all. The dog made himself comfortable for the young man to hug him. Due to the position that the dog adopted, the boy had to put his cell phone aside to please him, as we see in the video shared on YouTube by the canal ViralHog, exactly on June 24 of this year.

Thousands of users of the social network were delighted with the behavior of the dog. “He is the most adorable dog I have ever seen.”, “It’s too cute”, “I never thought that an animal was capable of doing that”, are some of the comments that we can find in the publication.


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Man’s Best Friend! Dog takes care of his owner’s cell phone and prevents his girlfriend from manipulating it

Man’s Best Friend! Dog takes care of his owner’s cell phone and prevents his girlfriend from manipulating it


Munich: Otto Waalkes congratulates baby elephant Otto – Munich

One day after the Munich zoo announced the birth of the new elephant named Otto, Otto Waalkes contacted the SZ. The comedian, actor, director, musician and artist drew an elephant as a comic figure for the first time almost 50 years ago and named him Ottifant. Since then, the often grinning gray animals with the big eyes have been the artist’s trademark and mascot. Waalkes immediately made a drawing to congratulate his namesake, his mother and the Hellabrunn Zoo.

SZ: Mr. Waalkes, you congratulate the newborn Munich elephant named Otto in Hellabrunn. What are the characteristics of an elephant that bears this name?

Otto Waalkes: The name Otto says it all, it stands for originality, animal loyalty and cunning. How do you think the Ottifanten react to their new conspecifics? With a visit to Hellabrunn? The Ottifanten are happy and asked me to congratulate them on their behalf. Actually, they wanted to serenade the newborn child right away – I was just able to stop them, because Ottifanten do not sing beautifully, but loudly.

What do you advise the nurses in Munich to do with Otto? Does he need special food? Special entertainment? And what is absolutely not allowed to do with Otto from Munich?

In principle, dealing with Otto’s food is very simple: Above all, you need the best of everything and as much of it as possible. They entertain themselves and others too. What one must definitely not forget is a reward – which brings us back to food. Today there are Ottifanten in all forms, they were already on postage stamps.

Is that the ultimate accolade for your species, a real Otto elephant weighing 100 kilograms in Munich?

You’re absolutely right, that’s the icing on the cake: A 100 kilo real elephant named Otto is very difficult to top – actually only by a six-ton ​​full-grown elephant. I can only wish Otto that he achieve that.