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Friday Ark #134 has been boarding all weekend long and is now overflowing with links to great animal photos, stories, and news.  Go check it out!

There’s plenty of feline fun over at Weekend Cat Blogging.

This is strange and troubling, not to mention our fault.  “Hordes of giant mice are devouring endangered seabird chicks on a remote South Atlantic island and may be pushing some of the birds to extinction, scientists report. The carnage has harmed the breeding success of endangered Tristan albatrosses and threatened Atlantic petrels on Gough Island, a British territory a thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) off the coast of South Africa.The birds’ sole breeding ground is home to 22 bird species—10 million birds in total—and is considered the world’s most important seabird colony. Common house mice were introduced to the island more than a century ago. Now three times larger than normal mice, the invasive rodents likely number more than a million.”  See the article for more information, including details from videos taken recently.  Yet again you’ll read that we are to blame for this impending disaster.

Crafty squirrel indeed… And a great photo to boot.

Oekologie 4.1 is now available.  Check it out for the best environmental blogging.  There’s a lot of good stuff in this edition.

One Sheet of Paper: It’s a photographic presentation of some rather spectacular artwork created from paper.  Stunning!

Ships Battling Heavy Seas: Another photographic post, but this time it shows a variety of seafaring vessels struggling through treacherous waters.

The pet food recall continues to expand.  It’s become quite troubling to see how far it now reaches.  Dog biscuits have been added to the enormous list of deadly products.  Even more disconcerting is the fact that many pet food vendors have been found still selling tainted foodstuffs.  They should be sued!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Go to the FDA’s “Pet Food Recall” page, read the information, and take whatever action is necessary.  Check it often and repeatedly.  You can’t be too careful in this matter.

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