Daily Decay (16th February 2018)

Daily Decay (16th February 2018): Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris) @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

This carcass of a feral Dog was found in the mangroves in 2015. The cause of death was unknown.

Thailand: Dog Attack Muntjac Rescued
15th June 2016;

A few days ago an injured Southern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak curvostylis) was brought into to the WFFT Wildliife Hospital for urgent treatment after being attacked by a Domestic Dog. He had sustained numerous deep bite wounds, the vet team cleaned the wounds and stitched them up.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the Southern Red Muntjac as Least Concern (LC), because it remains common throughout most of its range, is resilient to hunting and increases in numbers with logging and presumably other forms of forest disruption, and survives even almost complete conversion of forest to at least some crop plantations. The coming years will see further fragmentation and if hunting continues at current high levels, wider declines and a higher frequency of local extinction than has so far occurred.

We have named him Keng. Keng is now recovering in an open forest enclosure at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre. We are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

There is some research suggesting that the Common or Red Muntjac might actually be two distinct species – the Southern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) being found south of the Isthmus of Kra, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali and associated islands, while the populations north of the Isthmus of Kra, Indochina, southern China, the Indian subcontinent, and Sri Lanka would be classified as the Northern Red Muntjac (Muntiacus vaginalis). If the taxonomic split is confirmed, this individual might be more accurately identified to to be a Northern Red Muntjac instead.

Thailand: Dog Attack Long-tailed Macaque Rescued and Released
4th April 2016;

A few days ago some concerned locals brought a juvenile male Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent treatment. He had been attacked by a Feral Dog close to the area in which he was living in Phetchaburi. Attacks on wild animals by Feral Dogs and Cats are very common here in Thailand, they often injure or kill several native wild animals, this can have long term detrimental affect on Thailand’s wild animals. Upon on arrival it was found that this little Macaque had numerous puncture wounds from the attack and he was very weak and unresponsive, we feared the worst.

The Long-tailed Macaque is listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species, in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population, tolerance of a broad range of habitats, occurrence in a number of protected areas. Although it is under heavy hunting pressure for the pet trade, meat, sport and trophies, this is not considered a major threat to the species overall. Females are often taken into breeding facilities and males are exported internationally primarily for use in laboratory research. They are regularly persecuted as pests. Habitat loss is also a localised threat, but the species can persist in a variety of habitats and very adaptable.

After spending a few days under special care at our Wildlife Hospital we saw great improvements. It was decided that returning him to the wild as soon as he was well enough was the best thing for this special little Monkey. Yesterday the team set off to return him home, it was a success as the little Monkey scampered off into the trees. This is a happy ending we unfortunately are unable to see for many of the animals that come through our doors, but for this one at least, he is free again!

Source: Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand

Last night, Bailey, our English Cocker Spaniel, passed away. It was sudden, and while we knew her time would come eventually, it doesn’t lessen the heartbreak.

I wish to remember Bailey as she was in life, which is why I’m cheating today and not posting a photo of a dead animal. Monday Morgue is dedicated to images of death, but at the same time, it’s a celebration of life, of the multitude of creatures that exist alongside us. Humans are not that different from all the other creatures; like them, we exist for some time, then fade away into nothingness. But we hold memorials, grieve, weep for the loss, and reminisce about happier times, fighting to keep the departed alive in our thoughts for a while longer even when the flesh is no more.

For one particular dog, who was a part of my family’s life for 13 years, she will continue to live on in our memories. My sister and I spent much of our youth struggling through life’s ups and downs, but Bailey was always there for us. She quickly learnt to accept and love our partners when they too became part of our world. Bailey showed us what it meant to enjoy every moment, to find joy in the simplest things, to love unconditionally and wholeheartedly.

It’s some consolation that we were there by her side when she left us, and that we got to say our last goodbyes.

You’ll be missed dearly, my favourite blonde, you silly bitch.

Thailand: Dog skins found dumped in forest

26th March 2014;

Hundreds of dog skins have been found dumped in a forest in Sakhon Nakon province in an area notorious for exporting canine meat and skins used for making leather for items such as golf gloves, police said Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, police made the gruesome discovery in bags left next to a large pile of dog bones in a forest on Tuesday in Muang district, Sakon Nakhon, which borders Laos.

“The skins would be bleached – some are then sent by smugglers to other countries to be made into gloves for playing golf,” Pol Sub Lt Lamai Sakolpitak, the deputy superintendent of the provincial police force, said.

“Experts say that dog skins are also used for instruments such as drums,” Pol Sub Lt Lamai said, adding that it is illegal to kill canines to sell their parts in Thailand or abroad.

He said the find was likely linked to a recent raid on two nearby makeshift factories where skins were stripped from dogs’ bodies.

“Some people were afraid that we would find the skins at their houses, so they dumped them,” he added.

Local campaign group, Watchdog Thailand, condemned the killing of dogs for sale, saying that exporters pay around US$10 (320 baht) for every live dog, including pets and strays from surrounding areas.

They then butcher the animals, skin them and blow-torch the carcasses to preserve the meat for sale – mainly to buyers in Vietnam and China where it is a delicacy.

“The skins are used for golfing gloves, hats, small purses and wallets,” a staff member of Watchdog Thailand told AFP, requesting anonymity.

“Cow leather is more expensive and therefore not always used to make small products.”

The group said the raid earlier this year also yielded scores of dog carcasses and skins.

In May last year around 2,000 dogs kept in cages – and apparently destined for the dinner table – were rescued in the province.

Source: Bangkok Post

Thailand: Dog skins found dumped in forest

Domestic Dog

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Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Mandai, 31st May 2012

This photograph of a carcass of a domestic dog washed up in the mangroves at Mandai was shared by Dan Friess on Twitter. From the bloating and loss of hair, it had clearly spent some time in the water.

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Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Bukit Merah, 21st May 2011

The scattered remains of this Domestic Dog (including the skull, several limb bones, and scapulae) were found in the vegetation along the KTM railway tracks that run through Bukit Merah. It was most probably killed by a passing train.