Domestic cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated in the future against Covid-19 to protect people

This is a quick note but one worth making nonetheless. I think I can predict that in the long term, perhaps in about 18 months to 2 years time, governments in various countries, perhaps predominantly in the West, will be thinking about vaccinating companion animals as a second phase protective measure against Covid-19.  This is because there is a concern amongst some scientists that animals may create a reservoir for mutant variants of the Covid-19 virus. As the virus is zoonotic it can theoretically and actually be transmitted from animals to people and this must apply also to companion animals. Danish mink farmer with white mink due to be euthanised. Photo per credit Perhaps because of the general panicked nature of governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic, not enough work has been done on this aspect of the spread of the disease. In addition nobody wants to alarm anybody which may lead to companion animal abuse. In fact, in China, at the outset of the pandemic, there were

Leopard Rescued from a Well

I like India and the Indian people but I have been critical of the authorities in India in respect of preserving their wildcats. I am not the only one as Maneka Gandhi does too! But I have just seen the 6 o'clock news on television and there is a nice story about a leopard rescued from a well in India. Good on the authorities. I am pleased to see this. Here is the video:

What is quite interesting is that this is a fresh news story today in the UK but the video above was uploaded on 28th February about one month ago and the actual event must have happened some time before that (yes, see below).

Also it is not uncommon for stories coming out of Asia of the leopard being killed in significant numbers and these just rate as a small story and as a part of everyday life (see, for example, Leopard Deaths are Uninteresting). I can understand that. In the UK (London) we are used to reading about teenagers being stabbed to death. It happens so often it is boring.

The rescue took place in Nasik, 21 st February 2009. Wildlife authorities on February 21 rescued a leopard. The authorities didn't do it all well, though as the intention was to trap it bnut it apparently vanished into sugar cane. I find this odd as the leopard was drugged in the well to allow it to carried up from the well. What happened? This is the location:

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It is peculiar though. On the one hand a leopard is rescued from a well with great effort but on the other a leopard death is, it seems, treated as nothing. Were there other reasons for getting the leopard from the well? Just a purely practical reason of the well becoming unusable would be a good one. Am I being cynical? Apparently the leopard was chasing a dog when he fell down the well. That sounds strange to me too. See also: Tiger Project.

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