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Animals Threatened by Texas Drought

The drought in Texas is so bad that a coyote stole a watermelon at night from a man’s garden. The man noticed watermelons were disappearing, so he set up a camera at night and captured an image of the melon bandit. Animals in the huge, parched state are being drive to extremes to find water. You might have seen this video of a baby armadillo there drinking water from a hose. Racoons, feral hogs and other animals are showing up in yards and deer are walking down roads in the middle of the day.

“Texas flora and fauna are adapted to the harsh, extreme conditions. However, this particular drought is testing the limits of native populations,” said water resource official Cindy Loeffler. (Source: Atlanta Constitution Journal) Officials are considering evacuating some endangered species to locations with greater access to water. Months with very little rain have caused some rivers, lakes and ponds to drop by half or more. Eighty-six endangered or threatened species live in Texas and the drought is predicted to continue for months, if not years.

Natural bodies of water in western and nothern Texas are drying up the fastest, so animals nearby are being watched closely. Some species that live in water from springs such as the fountain darte, San Marcos gambusia,Texas blind salamander; San Marcos salamander, Comal Springs Riffle beetle, the Comal Springs Dryopid beetle, Peck’s cave amphipod are all in danger if the flows decrease even more. Some scientists say extreme weather like drought is related to climate change.

Image Credit: Christopher Bruno

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3:53AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

very sad

2:35PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Sadly noted........
GOD Bless all that people who is helping.

5:59PM PDT on May 15, 2012

Sad news for the animals and people of TX.

6:18PM PDT on May 14, 2012

Can this, in some way, be a symptom of climate change: extremes becoming more extreme?
Of course not, just ask that congressman who got up in the house of our legislative body and said that there can be no such thing, that he knew that, because "God would not allow it."
This is part of the problem with mixing religion and governing: discussions of governing, within the government, based on mythology.
I'm guessing that some 2,000 years ago the same sort of thing might have been stated as "Apollo, or maybe Zeus, would not allow it."

11:37AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Sadly noted. Thanks for posting.

11:36AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

sad news

11:09PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Only Austin- blue heart in a red red state.

8:05PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

My heart broke when I saw the video, a few months ago, of the baby armadillo drinking from the dripping hose. I think everyone should leave some water out, in a shaded area, for wildlife. Of course, safety must prevail and the water should not be left to close to the house.

Texas is a very large state. Maybe some of the abandoned donkeys can be relocated to another part of the state.

9:30AM PST on Jan 3, 2012

Thanks to that many humans serve them drinking water ! God bless them !

5:22AM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

I hope those who can will put out pans of water in the evening, so that animals will be able to drink. My friend in San Antonio keeps 3 birdbaths full of water on her lawn and enjoys the creatures who come to drink.

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