Recent animal corrections

Service hedgehogs (The New York Times):

An earlier version of this post stated incorrectly that a service hedgehog would be allowed in a store that sells food in New York. Dogs are the only species of service animal allowed in food establishments, according to the city health department. (Hedgehogs are sometimes used as therapy animals.)

Killer cats (NPR):

Earlier versions of this story incorrectly said that previous studies indicated cats kill about 500,000 birds a year. The correct number is 500 million.

Canine cancer (The New York Times):

An article on Tuesday about an effort to save Tasmanian devils from an epidemic of cancer referred incorrectly to a contagious cancer in dogs. Canine transmissible venereal tumor can be malignant, it is not benign. (But unlike the Tasmanian devil cancer, it is not causing a lethal epidemic in dogs.)

Elephant polo (The Guardian):

There were never any plans for an elephant polo tournament at the birthday celebrations and Ms [Naomi] Campbell had neither organised nor requested the organisation of any such tournament.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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