Little orphaned seal pup Dilla is thriving in her enclosure at petting zoo Slakki, in Laugarás, South Iceland—and her lively presence has brought joy to the zoo’s guests, both young and old.
This summer, seventeen year old Baldur Björnsson, of the island Vigur in the West Fjords, continues his family’s decades-old tradition of rescuing and raising orphaned eider ducklings.
Last year it was reported that there had been a collapse in the Arctic fox stock in Hornstrandir nature reserve in the West Fjords. A multitude of animals were found dead and only a few cubs survived. However, now the fox stock seems to be recovering.
A petition on avaaz.org against the commercial hunting of fin whales in Iceland and the transport of whale meat from Iceland to Japan has received almost 750,000 signatures and is rapidly approaching the one million goal.
A difficult winter, shearing in cold weather and poor-quality food may explain the extensive death of sheep in Iceland last winter and spring. Veterinarian Sigurður Sigurðsson, who has investigated the sheep deaths, stated that many factors had contributed to the situation.
The carcass of a fin whale which beached on the island Stakksey off Stykkishólmur, West Iceland, last weekend, was pulled back into Breiðafjörður fjord on Sunday evening. The carcass sank to the sea on its own, eliminating the use of explosives.
Sveppi, an eight-week-old rescue harp seal pup, was stolen last night from the Sheep Farming Museum in Hólmavík, a town in the West Fjords, where he was being cared for, RÚV reports.
Sari Maarit Cedergren, resident of Njálsgata in Reykjavík, was on Tuesday issued the first permit to keep chickens in Reykjavík, in accordance with an ordinance approved by Reykjavík City Council last fall.
All applications for pig slaughtering were deferred earlier today at the meeting of the Icelandic Veterinary Association’s (IVA) strike-exemption committee. The applications will be reevaluated tomorrow and their outcome is expected to be largely dependent on the results of today’s negotiations...
An agreement was reached yesterday between pig farmers and veterinarians which will allow pigs to start being slaughtered today, in spite of the ongoing vets’ strike.
The Icelandic Veterinary Association, whose members are currently on strike along with thousands others in the Association of Academics (BHM), authorized on Friday evening the limited slaughtering of chicken and turkeys for animal welfare reasons.
The ongoing strike among the members of the Association of Academics (BHM), including veterinarians, is affecting the operations of slaughterhouses; chicken and pigs cannot be slaughtered and meanwhile conditions at poultry and pork farms are becoming crammed.
Not only migrant birds have arrived in Iceland, bringing with them a hope of spring—so have the whales. A blue whale, the largest animal on earth, was sighted from whale watching boat Náttfari, operated by North Sailing, on Skjálfandi bay in Northeast Iceland early this week.
A rare visitor, a Greenland Gyrfalcon, was caught in a picture by bird photographer Daníel Bergmann in Hornstrandir, the northernmost region of the West Fjords, in mid-March.
The Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park recently sent animals to be kept at foreign zoos for the first time. These were the five cubs of fox couple Frosti and Flandra, which were born last spring. After undergoing medical examination and vaccination, one cub was sent to Norway and four to Sweden.
The Icelandic Institute of Natural History and the University of Iceland have signed an agreement on joint research of the ancient biology of walruses in Iceland. Up to 2,000-year-old walrus bones have been found in Iceland, especially in the western part of the country.
The most popular rams in Icelandic sheep insemination station at the moment are Saumur and Bósi, according to farmers’ newspaper Bændablaðið. Each ram could inseminate up to 3,500 ewes in two years.
Þorvaldur Garðar Helgason, a fox hunter from Hólmavík in the eastern West Fjords, noticed a mysterious trail in the snow while on a hunt near the airport at Arngerðareyri in Ísafjörður on Saturday evening. Speculations are rife.
The carcasses of all 12 horses who were found in the frozen Bessastaðatjörn pond, near Reykjavík, yesterday, have been freed from the ice. Divers broke through the ice and a helicopter from Reykjavík Helicopters heaved the dead horses out of the pond.
The carcasses of 12 horses were found in Bessastaðatjörn in Álftanes near Reykjavík yesterday. They are believed to have walked onto the frozen pond in one of the past days and fallen through the ice.
The situation for sea birds in West Iceland is extremely poor after a continuous short supply of food over the past decade.
The Arctic fox stock in nature reserve Hornstrandir in the West Fjords nearly collapsed this past summer. A multitude of foxes were found dead and very few pairs managed to raise cubs, as stated in a report by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ) released last week.
The skeleton of a blue whale which beached in Iceland in 2010 will be preserved in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, as Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced at a Progressive Party convention in Hallormsstaður, East Iceland, last weekend.
The Icelandic Ministry of Industries and Innovation has made an agreement with the Icelandic Genetic Resource Council to boost goat farming in Iceland. ISK 7 million (USD 57,000, EUR 46,000) will be invested in the project over the next three years.