Hong Kong says another dog has tested positive for the coronavirus
A second dog with an infected owner has caught the coronavirus, the Hong Kong government said on Thursday. But like the first dog that tested positive for the virus early this month, the 2-year-old German Shepherd showed no signs of the Covid-19 disease that has sickened more than 240,000 people worldwide, the city’s animal welfare authority said in a statement. “It is very likely that the two positive cases are examples of human-to-dog transmission,” Professor Malik Peiris, a leading public health virologist at the University of Hong Kong, who helped the government analyze the specimens, told the South China Morning Post. Peiris said that a blood test would be performed, but added the sampl
Rescuers are knocking down doors to save pets locked down and starving in Wuhan
Animal rescuers are racing against the clock to save thousands of pets left alone in the central city of Wuhan after a lockdown prevented their owners from returning to their homes. A vet working in Wuhan said his rescue group has saved more than 2,000 pets from around the city since January 23, when the city went into lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed about 500 people worldwide. “The pets were found in homes with no food and water,” said the member of Wuhan Pet Life Online, who prefers to remain anonymous. “Their owners left their houses last month not expecting that they would not be able to return home. Pets are beginning to starve to death or die
China’s golden snub-nosed monkey on rebound
The number of endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys is on the rebound in central China, according to a recent census at the Shennongjia National Nature Reserve in Hubei province. Researchers found that over the past 15 years, the monkey population increased by 189 to 1,471 in the 80 square miles of habitat the animals occupy in the park.
‘Fire phoenix’ spotted in central China
They're as beautiful as peacocks. The brilliantly colored golden pheasants have been made a rare appearance in their snowy habitat in China’s central province of Henan. The reclusive bird, also known as the “fire phoenix” or Chinese pheasant, is a Class II protected species in China because their numbers have been decreasing.
A deadly pig virus has spread all over China
A swine fever epidemic has spread to all parts of China, decimating the country’s hog industry and disrupting Chinese dinner tables. The island province of Hainan has confirmed its first cases of African swine fever, meaning the pig-killing virus has spread to all 31 mainland Chinese provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions since the first infection in the country was confirmed in August. The spread of African swine fever has disrupted the supply of pork in China, which raises about half the world's pigs. Financial services firm Rabobank estimates that China is set to lose up to 200 million pigs to the disease or culling, and there is not enough pork in "the whole world combined" to
How the fairy bird came back from the brink of extinction
With its red claws and face – plus a large, curved black beak and crest – the crested ibis is known as the “beauty bird” or “fairy bird” in China.  But five decades ago the crested ibis’s future looked bleak. At one point, the entire species around the world was thought to be down to the last six birds.  But thanks to the efforts of dogged Chinese conservationists, it has made a remarkable comeback.  Some 50 years after it was on the brink of extinction, the number of crested ibises in China reached more than 2,600 in January this year. The species is still endangered, but its revival is a conservation success story. Back in the 1960s, things seemed hopeless. The last crested ibis to be spo
Why aren't animals protected in China?
It's the latest case of animal abuse to go viral in China. In a widely circulated video, a smartly dressed young man smashes the head of a white kitten on a sidewalk in the eastern city of Nanjing. A Chinese news site, Kankannews.com, reported that the unnamed man had demanded a refund from the pet shop where he had purchased the kitten, claiming that he had been sold a sick animal. It's unclear what happened to the man, but he is unlikely to be punished.  China has no law against animal cruelty, and stories of brutal abuse are frequently reported across the country. In January, surveillance footage showed a Shanghai man killing a stray cat by kicking it and throwing it to the ground, media