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Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:44 pm
by fishandchips

From a viewer photo sent in from Adelaide, Australia.

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:32 pm
by CielOnTap
To a South Korean farmer, this cow was sacred

A South Korean documentary made instant stars of two elderly farmers and their aged ox. Now if the public would just stop sticking its nose into the couple's lives.
By John M. Glionna
6:53 PM PDT, March 26, 2009
Reporting from Bonghwa, South Korea -- The stampede to see South Korea's most reluctant celebrities starts early, often before they're out of bed.

On many weekends, hundreds of tourists appear at the tumbledown homestead to meet 82-year-old farmer Choi Won-kyun and his loving but nagging wife, Lee Sam-sun.

The movie shattered box-office records here for an independent film, becoming an instant low-budget classic, a fable about love, loyalty and rural Korean values -- and also a touching, sometimes funny, tale of a wife's jealousy over the bond between husband and bovine. ... 8506.story
John M. Glionna / Los Angeles Times
South Korean farmer Choi Won-kyun and wife Lee Sam-sun became overnight celebrities in South Korea after their appearance in a documentary that broke box-office records there. The animal shown here replaced their now-famous ox.

I had read about the film's popularity in the South Korean press but did not know of the cow owners' dilemma at being constant hosts to visitors. Cafe menu anyone? Seriously, that is how the guests should be treated, as customers. One of the adult offspring needs to get the business message out to keep the visitors more in line.

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Wed Apr 01, 2009 9:53 pm
by CielOnTap
Connecticut pet shop has 2-nosed bunny
Wed Apr 1, 3:42 PM
By The Associated Press

MILFORD, Conn. - It's no April Fools' joke - the baby bunny really does have two noses. A Connecticut pet shop worker found the nosey bunny in a delivery of six-week-old dwarf rabbits that arrived at the Milford store last week.

Both noses have two nostrils - twin twitchers if you will. ... osed_bunny

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:07 pm
by CielOnTap
Jockey Takes a Fall at Fox Hunter's Steeple Chase
De Luain Gorm ridden by jockey G.Gallagher falls at the Chair jump in The John Smith’s Fox Hunters Steeple Chase during day one of the John Smith's Grand National meeting at Aintree on April 2, in Liverpool, England.

From the Orlando Sentinel. How did the horse land?

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:15 pm
by fishandchips
Maybe the horse's mane was braided too tightly and the horse showed the rider who was boss! Scary photo though. :?

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:52 pm
by yukon
Australian canine castaway found

A pet dog which was washed overboard and believed drowned has been found four months later - as a castaway on a remote Australian island.

Sophie Tucker - named after the famous US entertainer - vanished as Jan and Dave Griffith sailed through stormy waters off Queensland last November.

But unknown to her grieving owners, the plucky dog survived a long swim across shark-infested waters to an island. There she lived on a diet of baby goats until being found by visiting rangers.

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:56 am
by CielOnTap
04/07/2009 Wee Frog

No wonder it has never been discovered before. This 11.4 millimeter-long frog represents a newly discovered species in the Andes Mountains in South America. The scientists who made the discovery, Edgar Lehr of the Senckenberg Natural History Collection in Dresden and Alessandro Catenazzi from the University of California, think there are many other undiscovered species to be found in the same spot, the Manu National Park.,1 ... 01,00.html

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:21 pm
by burnt fare
Mighty small frog there--great detail of the creature. Probably a low-profile amphibian.

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:31 pm
by fishandchips
The Scottish word for small is so appropriate for the froggy! Aww, how cute! What would the frog say about being on a finger? "Not my scene, I want to go home."

Re: Animal World Tales

Posted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:18 pm
by deja vu
Missing your pet Peacock? Took it for a walk and when you turned away for a second the bird was gone? Well the bird is alive and well in the custody of the Sheriffs office in Marion County, Oregon.

Oregon cops make lost peacock feel most wanted.

The sheriff's office in Marion County, Oregon, has dealt with countless lost items in the past. This one is a little more special than most. That lost item is a female Indian peacock, properly called a peahen. But to the sheriff's deputies, she's just Cynthia.

Why Cynthia?

"He [Sheriff Russ Isham] named her that because she looks like a Cynthia and he decided that she needed a name," said Lt. Sheila Lorance, a sheriff's office spokeswoman in the northwestern Oregon county. Cynthia showed up Saturday on the property next to the sheriff's office and has spent most of her time eating bugs, drinking water from a nearby well and keeping watch over the department, Lorance said.

Officers initially asked several animal welfare agencies to take the bird, because she's an exotic animal and likely someone's pet. But each of the agencies refused to help. Cynthia has been the focus of stories in the local newspaper and on television newscasts. Someone even showed up to drop off water for her. "We've been asking for anyone who knows the owner, but haven't had any luck. We have had two people call up wanting to adopt her," Lorance said.

In the short term, Cynthia has become a mascot for the police department. She spends her time camped outside the office, keeping an eye on things. The department would like to return Cynthia to her rightful owner, but for now it is content with having her nearby. "I'd love to keep her," Lorance said. "I'd love to have her as a mascot, but the groundskeepers probably wouldn't appreciate having to clean up after her".

courtesy of CNN