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The Effects of Plastic on our Environment

Plastic pollution has become a very serious problem, especially throughout these last 50 years. Considering how durable and long-lasting plastics are, there has been an accelerating accumulation of plastic waste within our environment. The effects of plastic are immensely detrimental to our environment. As mentioned previously, plastics are particularly difficult to get rid of because of how long they take to decompo

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Elephants

  Elephants, namely the African elephant, are the largest land mammals present on earth today. Elephants are a herbivorous species, and being so massive in size has made them prefer to linger in areas where water is present, considering they need to drink about 200 litres of water a day to stay hydrated. They can be found living within herds in several habitats, including the wild savannah, deserts and forest

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Sloths

    When we think of Sloths, we are normally reminded of a mammal that is very slow and spends most of its life hanging upside down from trees. Sloths primitively originated in North America, but are nowadays naturally found in the tropical rainforests of South America and Central America. One can find two different types of sloths; two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths. It can be rather difficult

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Association for Abandoned Animals

The Association for Abandoned Animals Sanctuary (AAA) houses about 95 dogs, all abandoned and mostly come from the streets. The mission is to shelter these poor abandoned animals, treat them for any injuries or illness that they may have, and then place them for adoption. There is never a time limit for how long a dog can remain in our care.  AAA are currently having to relocate to new premises but can only do so

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Keep your pet cool in the summer months

All pets can succumb to heat in summer and Malta's weather and climate, typical of the Mediterranean climate has a daily average of five to six hours sunshine in mid-winter and more than 12 hours a day in summer.  Summer starts in early June and since humidity is rather high, temperatures can feel quite uncomfortable in July and August. With global temperatures reaching record highs already,  we need to take e

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Coping with the loss of your dog

  Recently, on Animal Diaries we have aired an episode about the way we manage our grief when a beloved dog crosses over the rainbow bridge.  For most of us, this is one of the most painful experiences - the loss of our pet.  When people who have never had a dog see their dog-owning friends mourn the loss of their dog, they might think that the person is over-reacting, because it is just a dog.  But that d

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Upcycling Waste Material

Samsara is a Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Company, founded by five students from Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School. The group has been invited to the studios of Animal Diaries to provide viewers with details about their project.   A repeat of this episode can be viewed here. Malta is facing a great deal of challenges due to the meagre recycling rate, which is the lowest in the EU.  These students de

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My Pet Competition

The Malta Baby & Kids Directory launch their latest exciting front cover competition, for children in collaboration with The Foto Grafer. If your child is between 6 and 14 years, take a photo of your pet and send it in to be with a chance to win! Your child's photo of their pet could feature on the cover of the next Malta Baby & Kids Directory. The competition, with the theme ‘My Pet’ aims to prom

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Pet Friendly Restaurants

2018 is the year of the dog and many dog owners love nothing more than to enjoy a meal out with their favourite companion!  Well-mannered dogs are welcome in many restaurants in Malta and are offered a fresh bowl of water, pats and chat from the staff. With a rise in pet-friendly venues, dog lovers are now being spoilt for choice, ranging from casual and affordable dining experiences to the more formal and exquisit

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Moira Delia features on Skjetti

  There's no consensus on the question of what makes us special, or whether we even are. The biggest point of contention is whether our cognitive abilities differ from those of other animals "in kind," or merely in degree. Are we in a class by ourselves or just the smartest ones in our class? Charles Darwin supported the latter hypothesis. He believed we are similar to animals, and merely incrementally mor

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