Animal Highjinks

 
 

 

MAMMOTH COULD BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE

Yes, just as polar bears are dying due to climate change or global warming, scientists are keen to breathe life into mammoths. It might be easier to clone mammoths than to work out how to stop the ice from melting.  I can only wonder where they intend to keep these mammoths once they have been reincarnated.

But then of course – we could breed them in woolly mammoth farms and eat them!

The long-extinct woolly mammoth could be brought back to life within four years after a breakthrough in cloning technology by Japanese scientists.  

Researchers have tried unsuccessfully in the past to recover nuclei in cells from the skin and muscle tissue of mammoths found frozen in permafrost, The (London) Daily Telegraph reports.

The attempts failed because the cells were too damaged by the extreme cold.

However, a technique pioneered by Dr Teruhiko Wakayama of the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology has succeeded in cloning a mouse from the cells of another, which had been frozen for 16 years.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/mammoth-could-be-brought-back-to-life/story-e6frfku0-1225988004950#ixzz1B0IC9pdi

FOX SHOOTS MAN!

Horror of horrors! I always feared that hunted animals might strike back! Ha Ha.

Well now foxes have taken up arms and are making a stand! Read more http://www.news.com.au/weird-true-freaky/fox-shoots-and-injures-hunter-escapes/story-e6frflri-1225990166308

FIGHTING COCK KILLS MAN

 
 
 

 

Oh dear, will this killing ever stop? First we have foxes shooting men and now it’s cocks stabbing men to death! It’s criminal!

Thirty-five year-old Jose Luis Ochoa died in Los Angeles after being stabbed in the right calf by a rooster strapped with cockfighting razors.

Local reports say that the incident occurred during a cockfight. Roosters are usually strapped with razor-like knives to fight each other during cockfights. To see the nasty knives which are affixed to the cocks have a look at this http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/8121618-rooster-stabs-and-kills-calif-man

Why don’t I feel the vaguest bit of sorrow for him?

 
Who’d have thought that monkeys are so canny? Actually, I knew they were but here is a clever trick – and we thought that we had invented everything! Have a look at this video of monkeys teaching their children to floss their teeth.

 MAN RISKED ALL FOR DROWNING HORSE

We hear and read so much about cruelty to animals that it comes as a refreshing surprise when we read about someone who is prepared to risk their own lives for an animal. I recently wrote about a man who risked his own life to rescue a kangaroo joey in the Brisbane floods. Now here is a man who risked his life to save a horse.

An heroic rescue of a horse during last year’s floods in the Gold Coast hinterland has earned Jeffrey Moss the RSPCA’s highest award.  He joins an exclusive club, with only seven Humane Awards granted by the RSPCA since the award’s inception in 1990 Oxenford .

The Humane Award is presented for extraordinary bravery in saving the life of an animal. Mr Moss risked his own life in an attempt, ultimately unsuccessful, to save the horse on February 7 from the flood-swollen Coomera River at Oxenford.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/man-risked-all-for-drowning-horse/story-e6frfku0-1225994287822#ixzz1C12AFv19

KANGAROO RESCUE

And it’s good to see other people going out of their way to rescue animals who are at risk of drowning during the recent Queensland floods. I have previously featured the man who risked his life to save a joey whose foot was caught underwater.

ELEPHANT UNDERPASS OPENS IN KENYA

How did the elephants cross the road? They went underneath it.

Elephants this month began crossing through Africa’s first dedicated elephant underpass in Kenya. It’s a new solution to the increasing problem of animal-human conflict in Africa.

The Associated Press watched earlier this week as three young bull elephants passed through the tunnel, which was built under a major highway near Mount Kenya.

Conservationists say the tunnel connects two elephant habitats that had been cut off from each other for years by human development. They say more such solutions are needed to alleviate the problem of human development in animal areas in order to preserve Africa’s wildlife.

It’s wonderful that they have come up with this solution. Unfortunately every morning of the year, throughout Australia we see hundreds of dead kangaroos, possums, koalas, sulphur crested cockatoos and other wildlife squashed on the roads. In a couple of spots I’ve noticed roping between trees on opposite sides of the road to facilitate possum travel but generally it’s every animal for themselves. We build massive highways through their habitats and play dodgem with them every night. It’s criminal.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/elephant-underpass-opens-in-kenya/story-e6frfku0-1225996375882#ixzz1CK97lv90

GORILLA WALKS IN AN UPRIGHT STANCE

 

 

Recently we were all astounded to see a gorilla walking upright like a human.  Oh well, they can now walk like us, but are they as brilliant as humans? (I jest of course).  video.news.com.au/1769616758/Gorilla-walks-like-a-man?area=videohighlights1

CUTE ATTACK

Do you like to see animal babies? Well knock yourself out on this lot! http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2011/02/royalty-born-at-san-diego-zoo.html

AYE-AYE SIR!

They are not beautiful by any means, but no one with a kind heart could deny that the critically endangered Aye-Aye of Madagascar are unusual and well, rather loveable. At least I think so. Unfortunately they are misunderstood in Madagascar and viewed by villagers as evil due to their long finger which they use to probe for insects in the bark of trees. That, and the fact that their habitat has been destroyed, is a reason that it has become imperative to breed them in zoos if possible.

 See the baby which was born in an American zoo. http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/aye-aye/

MADAGASCAN GHOSTLY GECKO

I just love David Attenborough documentaries. Here is some of his remarkable work – this time in Madagascar where he has filmed the Ghostly Gecko hunting for its dinner at night.

As with all wildlife in Madagascar, the Ghostly Gecko is endangered because its habitat has been destroyed. So have a look at it here http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9397000/9397503.stm

Fortunately we have very good photographic equipment and hopefully we’ll be able to preserve recordings of all the animals on earth because one day that will be all we have.

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