Saturday, September 27, 2014

International rabbit day, international rabies day, and a magnificent frog

International Rabbit Day is upon us.

It’s a weekend that may well confuse some. Today (Saturday, at least downunder) is International RABBIT Day – celebrating bunnies for all their cuteness, companionship, and also recognising their use (and abuse) by humans. Thus for example, Humane ResearchAustralia is promoting the day to acknowledge rabbits used in research. HRA is currently involved in a campaign to legislate against testing cosmetics on animals. For more information read here.

Sunday is World RABIES Day. Rabies is a devastating disease which kills over 50,000 people every year. Whilst we don’t have the disease in Australia an incursion of rabies into Northern Australia is not an improbable scenario. This week I had the opportunity to moderate a hypothetical scenario where a rabid dog made it to Arnhemland in theNorthern Territory.

Rabies is a preventable disease. Appropriate vaccination, education around bite prevention (especially dog bite prevention) and information about post-exposure prophylaxis SAVES LIVES. For more information about rabies awareness and how you can get involved, look here.

Magnificent Tree Frog
A magnificent Magnificent tree frog.
Finally, in Darwin I had the pleasure of meeting this stunning Magnificent Tree Frog, aka the Splendid Tree Frog (Litoria Splendida) living up to its name.

Magnificent Tree Frog/Splendid Tree Frog
Another view of a splendid creature.