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Wednesday 4 October 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Animals

This year
Dog behaviourist: You can learn to speak cat - here are some tips
Suzi Walsh says there are subtle cues you can pick up from your cat if you want to understand what they’re trying to communicate.
20 donkeys found abandoned in Galway field in 'shocking case of neglect'
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland described the case as “a significant moment, but not unexpected”.
Over 100 dogs currently on waiting list to be surrendered to DSPCA
The charity told The Journal that it has also seen an increase in the number of older dogs being surrendered to the shelter.
Last year
Minister seeks new location for live Christmas crib after decision to remove it from Mansion House
There cannot be a ‘Scrooge-like agenda’ said Minister Patrick O’Donovan.
People caring for injured wild animals reminded they must have a suitable licence
Application for a licence has been streamlined.
State is allowing calves to be transported to Europe in a cruel manner, claims NGO
Ethical Farming Ltd has brought a High Court challenge against the Minister for Agriculture and the State.
Quiz: How much do you know about these spring animals?
Test your knowledge.
All time
34 deer killed in Phoenix Park as part of 'managed cull' this week
The animals – 22 females and 12 males – were culled on Tuesday.
Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct
About 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are now at risk of vanishing.
Microplastics in Irish waters 'pass up the food chain' into systems of humans and larger animals
The findings were contained in research carried out by scientists at UCC.
World’s wildlife under threat from climate change, report warns
WWF is urging leaders meeting at the Cop26 climate summit to commit to action to curb global temperature rises to 1.5C and avoid catastrophe.
Koala rescued after causing five-car pileup in Australia
Thankfully no-one was badly injured.
Dog theft crackdown as more severe punishments could be on the way
An action plan which will tackle dog theft and animal welfare will be published in the coming weeks.
'We all want to see a solution, but nobody wants to see these animals get their heads blown off'
Minister Darragh O’Brien distanced himself from a pilot scheme he referenced in the Dáil.
Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards
The photos come from the almost 50,000 entries to the Natural History Museum’s competition.
Quiz: How much do you know about these small mammals?
The smallest of all the mammals in Ireland.
ISPCA says dog groomers can provide services for pets who need 'urgent' care
Groomers have been advised to assess each dog on “a case-by-case basis” via photos or video conferencing.
People advised to 'think twice' before getting new pet during time of social distancing
The DSPCA fears people will return these pets when work and school routines go back to normal.
The Irish For: As we celebrate St Patrick's removal of snakes, what other animals have come and gone from Ireland?
Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the stories behind some of Ireland’s most famous animals
The Lambay black rat is now the only 'threatened' terrestrial mammal species in Ireland
There is better news for bats, squirrels and otters.
Horse put down after being found injured and stuck under gate in Meath
The horse was discovered by the charity yesterday in Clonard, Co Meath.
Dog years are a myth and puppies are middle-aged, scientists claim
‘Who’s a good man?’
Almost 2,000 people have surrendered their dogs to Dogs Trust so far this year
The charity is urging those considering adopting a dog for Christmas to sponsor one instead.
Are you a pet owner? Here's some advice on keeping them safe and content this Halloween
With lots of loud noises going off, many people will be keeping a closer eye on their dogs and other pets.
'We're terrified the bulldozers will move in': Locals fight to save animal habitat in Dublin park
New recreational facilities are set to be built in Dodder Valley Park.
The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators
The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.
Around 40 knackeries close down temporarily as losses mount
“The sustainability of knackeries is in question,” a Louth TD said.
Rampaging cow injures man and damages cars after breaking free from Ennis Mart
Gardaí say the cow made its way to Dunnes Stores before being caught.
Salamanders and toad illegally posted to Ireland from Spain
The ISPCA has called for tougher regulations around the selling of exotic animals as pets.
Cork and Shannon Airports are now designated entry points for pet dogs, cats and ferrets
The three animals are grouped together in EU legislation because those species are susceptible to rabies.
Opinion: If my family pet died I would hold a religious end-of-life ceremony
Pope John Paul II said that ‘animals possess a soul’ and are ‘as near to God as men are,’ writes Diarmuid Pepper.
Toddler killed by leopard in South African national park
The two-year-old boy was the son of a staff member.
Opinion: I always wanted pets but our hairy, howling cat is making my life hell
Are you a 30-something couple with no kids, who are thinking about getting a pet? Well think again, writes Leah Ni Chuinn.
Pigs, chickens ... a pony called Moses. Take a tour of Dublin city's first public urban farm
Based in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, the farm is free to the public.
Lion kills young worker in US conservation park
Alexandra Black had spent just 10 days as an intern in the facility.
Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat
A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30%.
British tourist dies after contracting rabies from cat bite in Morocco
People travelling to rabies-affected countries are being reminded to avoid contact with animals.
Cat climbed into car engine in Dublin and ended up in Offaly
The DSPCA is looking to locate the cat’s owner.
'Extremely unusual' cat deaths spark warning about dangers of antifreeze
The survival rate for cats affected by antifreeze poisoning is less than 5%.
'A complete disaster': Eight out of 14 endangered rhinos die after moving to a new park
The loss of so many in one go is unprecedented – an investigation has been launched.