Self defence from monkeys!
To a monkey, a big toothy grin means a challenge, so avoid eye contact and try to focus on anything other than the face.
How should I defend myself if a monkey looks as if he is about to attack?
Never heckle or tease a monkey. They are irritable and afraid of you. So, if you anger or annoy a monkey it will bite, scratch or inflict other bodily harm upon you.
Avoid eye contact as this is a threat as well. Look away. Try to focus on their hands or something other than the face. Never show your teeth. To a monkey, a big toothy grin means a challenge.
If you can, you should remove items like food, shiny jewellery, glasses or toys that the monkey can see. Monkeys are attracted to things that shine, smell good and make noise, so be aware of what you may be dangling in front of their faces.
Stay calm in the unlikely event that you are attacked. If the monkey charges you, don't fight back. The monkey can run, jump and climb better than you. Find something to get in between you and the monkey – a book, bag lid, a car or a door, anything you have that works. Unless you've really angered or annoyed the monkey, it should lose interest within minutes and go away.
A good tactic for scaring away a monkey, if all else fails is to pretend to throw something at them, or to carry a couple of small rocks to throw at the ground near the monkey's feet. Never throw the stone directly at the monkey unless you are in serious danger.
My pup is now 3 months old but his hind leg appears to be weak and it's shaky while walking. What could be the reason?
This could be Hip Dysplasia or Nutritional Deficiency or both. You need to check for symptoms.
For Hip Dysplasia, if the puppy appears to move with stiffness in its rear legs; shows signs of pain when touched in the hip area. The puppy will bunny hop, especially on stairs. It takes longer than what you would consider normal for the pup to stand and lie down. Lameness in the rear legs after a walk. A pup with painful hip dysplasia will often sway its rear end when standing up. Sometimes the rear legs will be much closer together than the front ones. Shaking of one or both rear legs.
Hip dysplasia can begin to develop in puppies of three months old and worsen as they age – or not show up at all until a dog has reached geriatric years. In many cases, though, the condition becomes visible in dogs in their middle or later years. If you don't find these symptoms, that means the puppy has Nutritional Deficiency.
A nutrient deficiency disease is defined as an illness associated with an insufficient supply of one or more essential dietary constituents required for normal growth and development. You need to start feeding the puppy better and give calcium and vitamins.
I got a hamster last week. What kind of food should I give it and how often?
Fruit: Apples (seedless), Banana, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Grape (seedless), Lychee, Mango, Melon, Peaches (no stone), Plums (no pits), Raspberries, Raspberry leaves (helps diarrhoea), Strawberries, Asparagus, Bean sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage (limited amounts as it can cause diarrhoea), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chestnuts, Chickweed, Corn, Cucumbers, Green beans, Parsnips, Peas, Romaine lettuce, Spinach, Butter Nut squash, Sweet potatoes, Green, red, & yellow bell peppers, Turnip, Water chestnut. Feed him twice daily and in small amounts.
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