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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Animal Update in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina

We have tried to keep tabs on the wildlife, zoos and aquariums in the Gulf Coast area that were damaged by the storm. Here are a couple of stories that give an update on the damage done, the number of lives lost in the aquarium and some quirky survival stories.

Heavy losses at Gulf aquariums

Scientists try to Rescue Aquarium Dolphins


At 8:00 PM, Blogger Ken Martin said...

Please, no more dog food, plead Katrina rescuers Fri Sep 16, 2:50 PM ET

BATON ROUGE, United States (AFP) - Since Hurricane Katrina smashed into the southern United States more than two weeks ago, accusations have flown back and forth about officials not doing enough for stricken Louisiana.


But with the outpouring of private donations after the catastrophe, one product more than any other has overwhelmed the relief effort: pet food.

"We've received a huge donation of food, equipment and supplies. I cannot handle and more," said Bob Otom from the US agriculture department.

"I've got every warehouse I know chock-a-block full and I can't handle any more food supplies for pets," he told journalists in Baton Rouge.

His colleague Joel Goldman echoed the frustration: "The recovery operation has received a large quantity of food -- dog food, cat food... and we are actually overflowing."

"When we are overloaded with food and material donations it takes away from our ability to rescue animals," he said, urging concerned animal lovers to donate money instead.


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