Animal World Tales

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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Apr 08, 2009 2:47 pm

Cat found alive after 5 weeks under rubble
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BERLIN (Reuters) - A cat named Felix was found alive and well beneath the rubble of a six-storey building in Cologne that collapsed five weeks ago, the fire brigade in German city said Tuesday.

The 12-year-old cat was in surprisingly good health, authorities said. He was found beneath the city archives building that collapsed on March 3.

Rescue workers were clearing away the rubble from the ruins, in which two people were killed, when they spotted a pair of small paws. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/0904 ... ermany_cat

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A tiger and a pig snooze at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo near Pattaya, Thailand. The zoo boasts one of the largest tiger populations in the world and promotes unusual groupings -- called "happy families" -- made up of tigers, pigs and dogs.
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Post by pysanky » Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:30 pm

Happy to read about cat--will eat well this week.

Curious photo of tiger with pig. They look happy.
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Post by deja vu » Thu Apr 09, 2009 2:15 pm

Uni-flipper turtle gets it straight with swimsuit
Carbon-fiber dorsal fin allows her to glide gracefully with other turtles

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Allison, a green sea turtle with only one flipper, has been going around and around and around for most of her life. But swimming in tight circles is tough for a 5-year-old turtle whose life expectancy is about 150 years.

Allison was set straight Wednesday, when researchers outfitted her in a black neoprene suit with a carbon-fiber dorsal fin on the back that allows her to glide gracefully with other turtles.

"That's a sea turtle doing what a sea turtle does," said Dave Cromwell, a worker who watched the turtle's new moves at Sea Turtle Inc., a Texas nonprofit group that rehabilitates injured sea turtles.

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Post by alohasand » Thu Apr 09, 2009 4:30 pm

Good for the turtle that she has a centre to stay at--her dorsal fin suggests "shark." If she ever shares a pool with dolphins, would they figure out she is not a shark?

I saw a link to the balding penguin story-he got a special suit too! Nice outcomes for both creatures.
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Post by CielOnTap » Thu Apr 09, 2009 5:28 pm

Neoprene does come in other colours but electric blue or red are not penguin colours. Guess that white neoprene is not a common colour for wetsuits or aquatic accessories. The penguin wetsuit would have seemed more realistic with the white "bib" on the front to the other penguins but necessitate extra suit seams.
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Re: Animal World Tales

Post by guitarblues » Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:04 pm

Sure helps the sea turtle to have people interested in giving her as normal a life as they can. Looked at some of the other animal stories-zookeepers give lots of time to hand-raising rejected baby animals. Might be hard to let go of the animals as they get older and even attached to their minders. Like that Knut bear. Hey, is he still in Germany?
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Post by deja vu » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:12 pm

Epic struggle between man and snake


A Kenyan man bit a python who wrapped him in its coils and hauled him up a tree in a struggle that lasted hours, local media.

Farm manager Ben Nyaumbe was working at the weekend when the serpent, apparently hunting for livestock, struck in the Malindi area of Kenya's Indian Ocean coast.

"I stepped on a spongy thing on the ground and suddenly my leg was entangled with the body of a huge python," he told the Daily Nation newspaper.

When the snake coiled itself round his upper body, Nyaumbe resorted to desperate measures: "I had to bite it."


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Post by out in space » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:44 pm

Ants inhabit 'world without sex'

An Amazonian ant has dispensed with sex and developed into an all-female species, researchers have found. The ants reproduce via cloning - the queen ants copy themselves to produce genetically identical daughters.

This species - the first ever to be shown to reproduce entirely without sex - cultivates a garden of fungus, which also reproduces asexually. The finding of the ants' "world without sex" is published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Anna Himler, the biologist from the University of Arizona who led the research, told BBC News that the team used a battery of tests to verify their findings.


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I wonder if this will eventually lead to their extinction.
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Re: Animal World Tales

Post by guitarblues » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:51 pm

Critters large and small work hard for their food. I was going to say that the scientists could look for chemical presence in the ant colony but the ants seem to have developed their own "off" switch.
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Re: Animal World Tales

Post by yukon » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:02 pm

Snakes escape on Qantas flight

An Australian airliner was grounded after four baby pythons escaped from their container in the aircraft's hold. The snakes, just six inches long, were among 12 Stimson's pythons being flown from Alice Springs to Melbourne.

At first it was thought the reptiles may have been eaten by the other snakes, but this was discounted after they were weighed on landing. Passengers were transferred to other aircraft. The jet was fumigated but the snakes' bodies are yet to be found.

"They're not endangered so a decision was made to fumigate...if these snakes turn up they will be very much dead snakes," David Epstein of Qantas said. It is not known how the snakes - which can grow up to a metre in length - escaped from their container.

They were being transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft in a bag inside a plastic foam box with air holes. The passenger aircraft returned to service on Wednesday.


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