In our current knowledge, there have been five mass extinctions. Scientists today believe that we are in the middle of the sixth.
Author Archives: Pocket Critters
College students, meet “fast homeware”
Walk through any college town neighborhood on a balmy summer day at the end of term and you’ll likely spy a mattress leaning against a pole, a battered wooden desk, as well as miscellaneous drawers and chairs taking up space on the curb.
Book review: American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood
In a world where people are beginning to care more about what they eat and where their food comes from, American Catch provides an eye-opening account on how the seafood industry has evolved under most Americans’ radar.
8 types of animal TikToks
TikTok is not all about Charli D’Amelio’s latest dance or the most scrumptious baking hack; there’s a whole side of TikTok dedicated to animals.
An interview with Dr. Siperstein DVM, exotics vet
I had the pleasure of being able to converse with Dr. Siperstein, a practicing exotics vet in the Bay Area, on what being an exotics veterinarian is like. Dr. Siperstein is very passionate about exotics, and has shared many incredible stories about her patients with me and with the pre-vet club on my college campus.
Critter of the Week: Manatee
Common name: Manatee (West Indian) Scientific name: Trichechus manatus Type: Mammal Diet: Herbivore Status: Vulnerable Geographic range: migratory (east coast of U.S., Florida, Gulf of Mexico) Size: 8 to 13 feet, 400 to 1,300 pounds Life expectancy: about 40 years, up to 60 years “He saw three mermaids, which rose well out of the sea;Continue reading “Critter of the Week: Manatee”
Book Review: All Creatures Great and Small
“In the rolling dales of Yorkshire, a simple, rural region of northern England, a young veterinarian from Sunderland joins a new practice. A stranger in a strange land, he must quickly learn the odd dialect and humorous ways of the locals, master outdated equipment, and do his best to mend, treat, and heal pets andContinue reading “Book Review: All Creatures Great and Small”
Why ‘Tiger King’ does not do tigers justice: “It was never about the animals.”
It’s ironic how Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, the show’s directors, created a documentary about people exploiting tigers yet chose to capitalize off of drama and character quirks instead of focusing on the animal issues.
Can pit bulls overcome breed-specific legislation? In Denver, CO, not quite yet
Just when it seemed like Denver citizens were on their way to welcoming pit bulls into their families, Denver mayor Michael Hancock vetoed the bill on February 14th.
Plastic’s prevalence in practices
The behind-the-scenes of health practices can be hectic, impressive, and…full of plastic.