Baby Seal Euthanized After Woman Stuffs Him in Her Shopping Bag
By Danny Prater
A seal pup was euthanized by authorities after a woman spotted the lone animal on a Washington state beach, stuffed him into a shopping bag and took him back to her home, multiple outlets are reporting.
Harbor seal pup euthanized after being carried off a Washington beach in a shopping bag. https://t.co/ZV1gDk4iaq https://t.co/piQ54VAPJY— ABC News (@ABC News)1467372484.0
The woman eventually contacted a local aquarium because she, unsurprisingly, did not know what to do with the young animal after carrying him away from the beach, his ocean home and possibly his mother. Alerted to the incident, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife stepped in and determined that the most humane course of action was to euthanize the baby seal, who was reportedly lethargic and unresponsive by the time authorities arrived at the woman's home.
Leave wild animals in peace.
In the midst of a year already overflowing with stories of beachgoers harassing–and killing—ocean animals for selfies and tales of well-meaning (but misguided) people needlessly attempting to "rescue" young wild animals, this baby seal's story is just another drop in a very tragic bucket.
HORRIBLE! This Guy Drags Shark From Sea Just 2 Pose 4 Photos https://t.co/zSmPnXJuYo @acousteau @pcousteau @oceana https://t.co/K8lCXxGb9J— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch)1456154148.0
If you spot a wild animal on a beach (or anywhere else), the best course of action is to keep your distance. Whenever possible, aim to keep yourself about 100 yards away—the length of a football field. Don't disturb, feed or attempt to move wild marine mammals because this can disturb them and interfere with their natural behavior—as well as the behavior of other animals nearby. Observing animals you encounter through binoculars or a camera lens can keep you in touch with nature while keeping animals safe.
If you come across an animal who is clearly injured or sick, contact local authorities or a wildlife rehabilitator, rather than taking matters into your own hands. You don't want to make the situation worse. If no one is willing or able to help, contact the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Help us spread awareness by sharing this story.
A harbor seal pup.
Let's make this the last time we see another story like this one. Tell everyone you know that if their actions, whether taking a selfie with a wild animal or attempting a misguided "rescue," could risk hurting or endangering the animal, then it's not worth it. Animals need your help and your voice, to spread this message.
Share this post with your friends, family and social media followers. Let them know that enough is enough and animals should be left alone to live their lives in peace.
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Sweden is a world leader in renewable energy consumption. Swedish Institute/World Bank
Naturally Warm<p>54% of Sweden's power comes from renewables, and is helped by its geography. With plenty of moving water and 63% forest cover, it's no surprise the <a href="https://sweden.se/nature/energy-use-in-sweden/#" target="_blank">two largest renewable power sources</a> are hydropower and biomass. And that biomass is helping support a local energy boom.</p><p>Heating is a key use of energy in a cold country like Sweden. In recent decades, as fuel oil taxes have increased, the country's power companies have turned to renewables, like biomass, to fuel local 'district heating' plants.</p><p>In Sweden these trace their <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140#fig3" target="_blank">origins back to 1948</a>, when a power station's excess heat was first used to heat nearby buildings: steam is <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/district-heating-system" target="_blank">forced along a network of pipes</a> to wherever it's needed. Today, there are around 500 district heating systems across the country, from major cities to small villages, providing heat to homes and businesses.</p><p>District heating used to be fueled mainly from the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140" target="_blank">by-products of power plants</a>, waste-to-energy plants and industrial processes. These days, however, Sweden is bringing more renewable sources into the mix. And as a result of competition, this localized form of power is now the country's<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140#fig3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> home-heating market leader.</a></p>
Sweden is using smart grids to turn buildings into energy producers. Huang et al/Elsevier
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