Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Betty the Butterfly's Blog

Hello and welcome to Betty the Butterfly's Blog for A-Z Animals.

This blog will keep you up-to-date with what's happening in the animal world and will also include some treats and humour for you along the way.

Animals In Hurricane Irma

Wed 13th September 2017 (0 comments)
Last week warnings were sent out across the Caribbean about a potentially devastating category 5 hurricane that was heading towards Central America from the Atlantic. Islands throughout the Caribbean began preparing for hurricane Irma to hit with thousands of people being evacuated from their homes as they began to brace themselves for the storm.

Animals In Hurricane Irma
Animals In Hurricane Irma, - License Information.
Animals In Hurricane Irma, - License Information.

On September 6th 2017, hurricane Irma reached its peak intensity with winds of up to 185mph battering the Caribbean causing utter devastation to everything in its path. As it headed towards Cuba the storm was downgraded to a category 4 hurricane but that did not mean things were going to be getting any easier for the local people. After devastating parts of Cuba it headed towards Florida, wiping out power and leaving thousands homeless across the peninsula.

Worming Your Cat

Wed 6th September 2017 (0 comments)
We all know that worming our cats (and dogs) on a regular basis is an important part of keeping our furry friends healthy but many people often forget or do not really bother with worming products at all. This can cause real problems if your cat develops an infestation and it is something that is so easily managed.
 
Worming Your Cat
Worming Your Cat, - License Information.
Worming Your Cat, - License Information.

What are worms and how can they be caught?
There are two main types of worms that cats can become infected with which are roundworms and tapeworms. Roundworms are the most common intestinal parasites for cats and can be passed on through faeces which are infected with eggs that a cat then eats, or by eating a small rodent that is infected with roundworms. Roundworms can also be passed from a mother to her kittens through her milk which is why many kittens are often infected with roundworms from birth. Tapeworms are long, flat parasites that have bodies made up of different segments. These segments carry the eggs and can be passed onto other cats either through the ingestion of infected faeces or by the consumption of infected prey. Some tapeworms can also be transmitted through fleas which carry the eggs, that are consumed by the cat when grooming.

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Mon 30th January 2017 (1 comment)
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Big Garden Birdwatch 2017

Thu 26th January 2017 (0 comments)
It's that time of year again when you can be part of one of the world’s biggest wildlife surveys from the comfort of your own garden, local park or favourite walking spot. It is of course, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and they want you to be part of it.
 
Great Tit in a suffolk garden
Great Tit in a suffolk garden, Millie Bond, copyright A-Z Animals
Great Tit in a suffolk garden, Millie Bond, copyright A-Z Animals

During the last weekend of January every year, people all over the country are asked to spend just one hour watching birds in their local area and count them. Its as simple as that!

New Primate Species Discovered, The Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon

Wed 11th January 2017 (1 comment)
A Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon
A Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, Copyright Sam Turvey
A Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, Copyright Sam Turvey

Scientists have confirmed that a species of hoolock gibbon that they have been studying for sometime in the forests of south west China is in fact a new species of primate not previously known to science.

Named as the Skywalker hoolock gibbon, these rare and elusive primates have been given the scientific name of Hoolock tianxing which when translated from Chinese characters means "Heaven’s movement". The gibbon has been named as such due to the scientists being fans of the Star Wars films.
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