Tag: injury

Koalas’ bushfire care under the microscope

The world was shocked by images of animals fleeing last summer’s bushfires, or left homeless, injured and dehydrated in their aftermath, and the images that involved koalas were among the most heart-rending. It is estimated that tens of thousands of koalas died in the bushfires across eastern and southern Australia, […]

Squid have nociceptors that display long-term sensitisation and spontaneous activity after bodily injury

Bodily injury in mammals often produces persistent pain that is driven at least in part by long-lasting sensitization and spontaneous activity (SA) in peripheral branches of primary nociceptors near sites of injury. While nociceptors have been described in lower vertebrates and invertebrates, outside of mammals there is limited evidence for […]

Essay: Decreasing stress, aggression and injury in pigs housed in intensive production systems

Introduction Animal welfare issues are inherent in any intensive production system that restricts animals to an environment incompatible with their behavioural needs (D’Eath & Turner, 2009). For example, intensive husbandry practices, such as a mix of pigs in a confined space, can result in significant stress reactions and displays of […]