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Animal Highjinks




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


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




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.


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


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.


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




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


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


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/


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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Clever Crows / A Cunning Penguin/ A Smart Frog / A Grateful Whale / A Lucky Joey / A Sassy Fox


Just how smart are animals, birds and fish?

Well, a crow is a frequent visitor to my house. He sits outside the backdoor and I throw him some minced meat or an egg as a treat.

I’ve noticed him pick up the egg and bury it in the garden under leaves and then fly back for more treats while the going is good. I think this is smart.

But I was much more surprised when one day I was sitting at my dining room table near an open window and I heard a bird crowing. I automatically looked up and sitting in the tree directly outside the dining room window was the crow staring at me. So I stood up and walked around to the kitchen door with some minced meat and the bird flew directly around to the back door to receive his meal.

A week or so later I was lying on my bed watching television and I heard my crow calling me. I looked up in surprise and the crow was perched on the tree directly outside my bedroom window! How amazing. Once again I got up and went to the back of the house and there he was, waiting for his dinner again.

So this crow knows that when he wants a snack all he has to do is fly around the house peering in the windows until he finds me. Then he has to call me and I’ll come running with food.

A while ago I received an email containing a video. The video was of a penguin in Antarctica trying to outmanoeuvre three orcas (killer whales). It looked pretty grim for the poor penguin until it spotted a zodiac containing some tourists. Then quick as a flash it launched out of the water and landed on the craft. The penguin walked around the zodiac, peering over the side into the water. The orcas surfaced and glared open-mouthed at the triumphant penguin. Fortunately for the penguin (and the occupants of the zodiac), the orcas gave up the chase and with a look of disdain, choofed off to look for something else to eat.

In December, 2004 when the tsunami hit Banda Aceh,  Indonesia, despite the huge human death toll, by and large, animals escaped unscathed. Animals were seen leaving the area well in advance of the actual event.  At Sri Lanka’s national wildlife park at Yala, which houses elephants, buffalo, monkeys, and wild cats, no animal corpses were found. http://www.slate.com/id/2111608/ Animals have a keener sense of hearing than humans and are able to register much lower and higher sound frequencies. Maybe this is why? One writer has a different view on why this might be so http://ezinearticles.com/?Is-Levitation-Possible-Or-is-it-an-Illusion?&id=2444275

If you need further proof of the cleverness of animals, keep reading this blog. There is a frog riding to safety on the back of a snake and at the very end, a red fox riding to safety on top of a tyre. Stupid? I think not!

To read about the cleverness of many creatures see http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/03/animal-minds/musi-photography




The above photo was taken in the flooded Queensland town of Dalby. Apparently animals – even natural enemies – often work together when they are under threat. http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8195243/frog-hitches-ride-with-snake-to-flee-floods


Heidi, the cross-eyed possum is an attraction at Leipzig Zoo in Germany. She has misaligned eyeballs and already had 70,000 Facebook fans due to her obvious cuteness. 




If there’s one place on earth that has always enticed me it’s Madagascar. After I read about the Lemur being the only creature on earth that can eat the strychnine berry without ill effect, I was hooked.

But sadly, due to illegal logging, the native forests of Madagascar have been chopped down to make way for rice plantations. So, there goes the very intriguing wildlife which is so unique to Madagascar.

British photographer, Nick Garbutt, has taken some fascinating photos of the creatures in the jungles and you can see them here http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/8231475/Madagascar-British-photographer-Nick-Garbutts-20-year-survey-of-the-islands-wildlife.htm as, at the current rate of destruction, it seems unlikely that these creatures will be around for much longer.

Last year Stephen Fry went to Madagascar to photograph the critically endangered Aye-Aye https://roslynmotter.com/2010/10/14/oh-no-no-not-the-aye-aye-now/

Well, remember that famous Cree Indian prophesy –

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.




If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth.

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her.

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them.  Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

I hate to be the party pooper who said this, but if humans hadn’t left the netting in the first place, the whale wouldn’t have had the problem. But I guess that’s being petty of me under the circumstances. Obviously whales are a forgiving lot.


Have a look at these very clever Origami animals. http://web.mit.edu/chosetec/www/origami/

FYI that means that they’ve been modelled from paper. Very talented!


I’m ever so happy to read stories like this. Ray Cole, a father of five,  jumped into flood waters at Ipswich, despite police warnings, to rescue a baby kangaroo which was being swept away. Fortunately he was able to rescue the joey and now it’s in the hands of wildlife carers.  http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8196002/man-ignores-police-to-save-joey

There is also another touching story about a girl who rescued a terrified blue-tongue lizard which was about to fall into flood waters in Brisbane.http://news.ninemsn.com.au/yourfloodstories/?directTarget=6556||special3d||17#anchor

And a man took a photo of a red fox escaping the floods by sailing downstream on a tyre. And who said animals are stupid? http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/floods/8196500/fox-outwits-floods-with-tyre-ride


If you are in a flood area and would like somewhere to leave your pets, this lady can help you. See http://news.ninemsn.com.au/yourfloodstories/?directTarget=6556||special3d||22#anchor 




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