Burned bears treated with fish skin bandages

admin   •   January 26, 2018   •   4614

Veterinarians at the University of California, Davis created fish bandages last month to treat two bears suffering from severe burns.

Acting as a ‘biological bandage,’ the sterilized tilapia skins were sutured to the bears’ paws, which were badly burned during December’s Thomas fire, the largest wildfire in California history.

UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital chief of Integrative Medicine Service, Dr. Jamie Peyton, got the idea from reading about a team in Brazil who used fish skins to treat human burns.

According to UC Davis, Peyton’s treatment of the bears was the first time such a procedure has been done in the United States.

“Nothing is more rewarding than when you take an animal that won’t walk because it’s so painful. And we try a new therapy and put those bandages, the tilapia skin on her feet and right after we got done and she woke up, she stood up for the first time and was able to walk,” said Peyton.

Peyton said she hopes the bears’ recovery will lead the way for fish skins to be used in a wider capacity – both for animals and humans suffering from burns. — Reuters

No Filipinos affected so far by US forest fires — DFA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday (September 14) confirmed that no Filipinos have so far been reported affected by the recent forest fire incidents across the West Coast in the United States.

The DFA wishes to refer the public to the advisories released by Philippine foreign service posts with jurisdiction over affected areas for up-to-date information and necessary assistance.

Specifically, these offices are the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco.

Local authorities are still struggling to control the raging wildfires in California, Oregon, Washington State and other areas in the West Coast.

The situation is made worse by varying wind directions and very low humidity. 

The raging wildfires across California, Oregon and Washington have already charred millions of acres of land and killed more than 30 people so far.

Authorities fear the death toll will increase as dozens more remain unaccounted for.

Firefighters collapse from exhaustion, animals saved as wildfires rage on in Bolivia

UNTV News   •   September 20, 2019

 Firefighters battling raging wildfires in Bolivia were evacuated to hospitals in Santa Cruz on Thursday (September 19) after they collapsed from exhaustion.

Blazes have burned unabated across vast swaths of hilly forest and savannah near Bolivia’s border with Paraguay and Brazil. More than a million hectares, or approximately 3,800 square miles, have been impacted by the fires, officials have said.

The fires have left behind an uncountable death toll of flora and fauna. These animals in this refuge are the lucky ones.

This anteater has its paws bandaged after they were burnt by hot earth.

Bolivia is one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere, but one of the richest in biodiversity. Swathes of the country has been left charred, barren from the fires and will be unable to sustain animal life for a while to come.

(Production: Monica Machicao)

Logging leaves deep scars in an Amazon buckling under wildfires

Jeck Deocampo   •   August 29, 2019

The sound of a chainsaw rings out in Brazil’s Amazon, as the world’s largest rainforest buckles under a record number of wildfires.

As the world recoils at the sight of fires ravaging Brazil’s Amazon jungle,  logging was heard in the Amazon’s Altamira Region on Wednesday (August 28).

According to information from Brazil, illegal logging, farming and mining has despoiled nearly 12,000 square kilometres (4,633 square miles) in the Amazon this year alone. The scars of felled trees were captured by Reuters on a drone.

Critics say Bolsonaro’s call for the Amazon to be opened up to more farming and logging has fueled deliberate fires.

Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world’s largest rainforest, have surged in number by 83% this year, according to government data, destroying vast swathes of a vital bulwark against global climate change. (REUTERS)


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