NATIONAL

Not a regme change. A revolution

JOHN GEDDES February 13 2006
NATIONAL

Not a regme change. A revolution

JOHN GEDDES February 13 2006

WILD KINGDOM

Puppy mules

Colombian drug smugglers have turned to a new kind of mule (a live courier who brings drugs across international boundaries): puppies. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said last week that smugglers surgically implant packages of liquid heroin in the animals, then remove them once they reach the United States. One official investigating the scheme, in which several dogs died, described the use of puppies as “heinous.”

Bossle bliss

Since the first Holstein bounced herself to relaxation on a waterbed made for cows, more than a quarter of a million such beds have been sold to dairy farmers throughout the world. Originating in Europe, the easy-to-clean beds supposedly relax the cow better than conventional straw stalls and reward farmers with more milk (and, presumably, the merry sight of a large animal bobbing up and down).

Squawk about love

Things are looking up for Germany’s lonely parrots. Ornithologist Rita Ohnhauser, noting that parrots get depressed if they do not have a mate, has created a “dating agency” for Pollys. So far, she says, she’s brought together 1,300 birds, and is currently trying to match up another 150. “In the wild,” Ohnhauser says, “parrots search out a life partner and then spend every minute of the day with them. But when they are kept as pets they are mainly alone and get very depressed.”