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.

Are Great White Sharks Really Man-Eaters?

Wed 15th November 2017 (0 comments)
Known as being one of the world's most prolific "man eaters" Great White Sharks are one of the most powerful and formidable ocean predators in the modern day world. Accountable for up to half of shark attacks on people worldwide every year, Great White Sharks often crop up in the media with high profile stories about their latest human victims and are often then hunted down because of it. But are they really out to prey on people or is it us that are intruding in their natural environments that cause such instances to occur?
 

A Great White Shark swimming off the coast of Mexico
A Great White Shark swimming off the coast of Mexico, Elias Levy - License Information.
A Great White Shark swimming off the coast of Mexico, Elias Levy - License Information.

New Orangutan Species Discovered In Sumatra

Wed 8th November 2017 (0 comments)
Last week it was announced that a new species of orangutan has been discovered in a remote region of northwestern Sumatra, which is a remarkable breakthrough in modern biology. Following an expedition to the remote mountain forests in South Tapanuli in 1997, scientists have been puzzling for years over the genetic peculiarity of a tiny population of orangutans there as they appeared to have subtle differences to the other orangutan species on the island, the Sumatran Orangutan.
 

New Orangutan Species Discovered In Sumatra
New Orangutan Species Discovered In Sumatra, - License Information.
New Orangutan Species Discovered In Sumatra, - License Information.

 

Keeping Animals Safe On Bonfire Night

Wed 1st November 2017 (0 comments)
Bonfire night celebrations and similar large fireworks displays on New Years Eve can be incredibly scary for all animals including both large and small pets that can be easily spooked by the sudden bangs filling the cold night sky. Although these are obviously exciting annual celebrations it is very important to ensure that you do your bit to help your furry family members through what can be a really scary time for them.

 
Keeping Animals Safe On Bonfire Night
Keeping Animals Safe On Bonfire Night, - License Information.
Keeping Animals Safe On Bonfire Night, - License Information.

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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