A ccording to the country’s Cat Protection & Welfare Society (Catpaws), there are 1.5m domestic cats in Cyprus, an island with only 1.2m human residents. During a visit last month, 14 pussies converged on us at a cat feeding station near the ancient ruins of Amathus; they thought my wife was one of the dedicated cat ladies who feed them.
Do wasps become more aggressive from September onwards? With their queen preparing for hibernation, are they extra-protective of the colony? Food stocks might be running low. Hunger makes people bad-tempered; does it do the same to wasps? So, what’s the best way to avoid being stung?
“HELL is other people” declares a character in Sartre’s Huis Clos. According to Kaitlyn Gaynor of the University of California Berkeley, animals and birds are echoing that sentiment; they are shunning us increasingly. In addition to polluting and destroying their habitats, we are changing the behaviour and lifestyles of many wild creatures Gaynor’s team analysed the results of 76 studies on 62 species spread across six continents.
Hunited for its meat on the steppes of Central Asia, the horse seems to have been domesticated by the Botai people of Kazakhstan five and a half millennia ago. The noble beast was revered even then; horse skulls were buried with their snouts facing the rising sun.
Over the next few weeks, hedgehogs will be awakening from their winter slumbers. The prickly porkers have slept, tucked up in nests of leaves and grass, since October or November, relying on their heating fuel, brown body-fat, for sustenance, writes