Solutions for People, Animals and Environment
Tales of WellBeing – Issue 7, August 2019
This issue of Tales of WellBeing includes an item featuring the story of Coco, a rescued chimpanzee in Guinea, whom I was privileged to meet at the beginning of this century, as well as a series of book suggestions and an interesting graphic that provides a quick visual of global warming. It seems appropriate to call attention to climate change in August, perceived to be the hottest month in the Northern Hemisphere (but May is the hottest month in parts of Asia), and then provide a way that people can beat the heat, at least for the time taken to read a book! I would also note that this month marks the first anniversary of the launch of WBI.

Against all Odds, Coco’s Story
By Estelle Raballand
Founder, Board Member - Chimpanzee Conservation Center, Guinea

Coco enjoying his new enclosure at the CCC.
Photo: Jeroen Jacques

When Dr. Andrew Rowan, a great friend of the Chimpanzee Conservation Center (CCC) in Guinea, defender of animals, and Wellbeing International President, asked me to write about Coco for “Tales of Well Being” I was very flattered. It’s always pleasant to remember stories with happy endings and to spread the word about the plight of chimpanzees in West Africa. Although the CCC has rescued many chimpanzees over the years (there are currently 63 chimpanzees living at the CCC) and has successfully released 12 chimps back into the wild, the fate of wild chimpanzees is grim, especially for the West African subspecies. In 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed this subspecies (Pan troglodytes verus) as “Critically Endangered” (up listing it from “Endangered”). Coco, an ambassador for his subspecies, has been through a series of life-changing experiences which are not particularly atypical for a West African chimpanzee.

Dr. Mo checking Rufus’ Inflamed Leg.
Photo: Mayhew Afghanistan

Honey is not just a Term of Endearment!

For more than two millennia, honey has been used by humans to treat wounds and skin infections. However, as modern medicine produced a variety of antiseptics and anti-microbials, the use of honey to treat wounds was largely lost to medicine. However, honey is still called upon in some countries as a treatment of last resort as indicated by the following anecdote.
A US-based charity, Tigger House, has been helping animals in Kabul Afghanistan for a number of years. In 2016, Tigger House received a street dog, named Rufus, who was suffering from a nasty and badly inflamed leg infection. The infection did not respond to standard antibiotics and the staff at Tigger House called on Dr. Jalil Mohammadzai (“Dr.Mo”), an Afghan veterinarian who was also the head of veterinary services at The Mayhew (a London-based animal charity) to see if he could help Rufus.

The Dog Days of Summer
By Andrew Rowan

The Dog Days of Summer are so-called because Sirius, the dog star, appears in the night sky from around July through September. Sirius’ appearance in the night sky has long been associated with hot, dry weather (which is becoming hotter and drier as the earth warms). The graphic, developed by Ed Hawkins of Reading University in the UK, shows how average global temperatures have increased since 1901. It is a three-degree Celsius change over the range of colors. Each line in the graphic represents one country with each pixel in each line being one year.
However, this is not primarily an item on climate change, but rather an article on the books that we might read to while away the hot and lazy days of August and, in particular, detective mysteries that feature or highlight dogs. While Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles is a classic mystery where dogs feature as the agents of murder, most dog characters in mystery and crime novels are much more benign and are more like Asta, the wire-haired terrier in Dashiel Hammett’s, The Thin Man, than ravenous hounds.

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