Ralph the Penguin trades in tuxedo for wetsuit

August 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

See more adorable pictures of Ralph at www.dailymail.co.uk. There’s also a video, but I couldn’t get it to play.

a penguin wearing a wetsuit made out of a pant leg

Unlike the rest of the colony of Humboldt penguins, which lose their old feathers gradually to make way for a fresh set, nine-year-old Ralph’s always fall out in just one day.

This leaves him at severe risk of sunburn and he faced being kept indoors for three weeks until his new set have grown.

But yesterday he was feeding happily with his chums after wildlife park keepers fashioned him the rubber outfit from the leg of a man’s wetsuit.

‘Ralph’s really taken to his new suit,’ said Helen Jeffreys of Marwell Wildlife, near Winchester, Hampshire.

‘It’s not inhibiting him in any way. He’s just getting on with his daily business.

‘All the other penguins were intrigued by his new clothes and they spent a good while checking him out.


Giant Jellyfish Set To Invade Japan

July 30, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Eat your heart out, Godzilla

researchers at Hiroshima University made some of the first surveys of the jellyfish’s spawning grounds off the Chinese coast. The team found a huge new brood lurking in the waters, prompting experts to warn that another giant jellyfish invasion may be on the horizon.

In 2005 Japanese waters were inundated with swarms of Nomura’s jellyfish–like the pair seen above cruising off the coast of Fukui Prefecture in November 2007.

Tokyo subway etiquette posters:

July 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

From the Tokyo Reporter:

public spaces in Japan are filled with numerous audible and visual reminders about the importance of maintaining personal decorum. Over the past year, some of the catchiest have been the “manner posters,” by graphic artist Bunpei Yorifuji, that appear in the stations and carriages that serve the nine lines of the Tokyo Metro subway system.

These are not the first “manner posters” that I’ve seen. I’ve seen some right here in Vancouver. But for some reason, these “Punchy Posters” seem to have a little more … um … punch to them. Clickity Click here to see more amusing manner posters from Japan.

And here are a couple of pictures from Translink’s Etiquette on Transit campaign:

They’re not so bad either.

Submarine Shark, Agaporomorphus colberti, Blue koi, Texas Ninja Turtle, and how Dolphins sleep

May 9, 2009 at 1:30 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Animal Friday Under the Sea

United States ‘Diving Beetle’ Named After Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert:

Japan Magnificent Blue Koi in Maruoka Castle’s Koi Pond:

Filmmaker Dan Savage snaps some interesting photos at Maruoka Castle in Japan, including this B-ah-oo-tiful blue koi.

blue koi

Tech Shark Submarine Allows Divers A Close-Up View Of The Ocean’s Greatest Predator:shark submarine

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the famous Jacque, has created a submarine that allows a diver to interact with sharks on their own turf. In this way, scientists can explore what a shark does when it is not around people—in other words, observe the creatures nature behavior. This 14-foot long submarine mimics the movement of a real shark—and looks real enough to make me poop my pants.

sub shark from TintinCousteau named the shark sub Troy after a character in the Belgian

comic book “Tintin.” I immediately thought of Tintin when I saw the shark sub, because he used on in Red Rackham’s Treasure

Texas Texas – One-flipper turtle gets ‘ninja’ suit:

“Workers at Sea Turtle Inc strapped Allison, a five-year-old rescued turtle, into a neoprene “ninja” suit that holds a carbon-fibre fin in place on her back. The fin acts as a rudder, allowing her to propel herself forward with her sole fin.”

one flipper turtle in ninja suit

United States Dolphins keep an eye out while sleeping:two dolphins

Because they need to periodically come up for air and keep an eye out for potential predators, dolphins can’t curl up and zonk out at night like land mammals can. So they must stay somewhat conscious and sleep with the proverbial one eye open. Sam Ridgway of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program wondered if this constant watchfulness would dull their senses, like sleep deprivation does in humans .

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The ‘what aboot x’ argument, Most lawsuits are not frivolous, Vast Minorities, and Do children make us happy?

May 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

critical thinking thursday

common wisdom
Do Children Make Us Happy?

Over the past few decades, social scientists like me have found consistent evidence that there is an almost zero association between having children and happiness. My analysis in the Journal of Socio-economics (Powdthavee, 2008) is a recent British example of parents and non-parents reporting the same levels of life satisfaction, on average.

But the warnings for prospective parents are even more stark than ‘it’s not going to make you happier’. Using data sets from Europe and America, numerous scholars have found some evidence that, on aggregate, parents often report statistically significantly lower levels of happiness (Alesina et al., 2004), life satisfaction (Di Tella et al., 2003), marital satisfaction (Twenge et al., 2003), and mental well-being (Clark & Oswald, 2002) compared with non-parents.

Red Herring
How To Spot A Lame, Lame Argument:

There is one particular type of bad argument that has always existed, but it has now spread like tar over the world-wide web, and is seeping into the pubs, coffee shops and opinion columns everywhere. It is known as ‘what-aboutery’ – and there was a particularly ripe example of it in response to one of my articles last week.

As a rhetorical trick, it is simple. Anyone can do it, and we are all tempted sometimes. When you have lost an argument – when you can’t justify your case, and it is crumbling in your hands – you snap back: “But what about x?”

You then raise a totally different subject, and try to get everybody to focus on it – hoping it will distract attention from your own deflated case.

Appeal to Popularity
The Strawman “Frivolous Law Suits” Argument:

Kos describes this a strawman fallacy, but I think it’s more of a case of Argumentum ad populum.

the research sited in the ad states: “83% of Americans say frivolous law suits are a serious problem”. Just because we say it, doesn’t make it a fact. The MSM feeds this perception every time they feature a frivolous law suit, so the public now thinks that most liability suits are frivolous and “something must be done to stop it”. Now, anyone who’s watched an episode of and Boston Legal knows a frivolous law suit when they see one, but that show is fiction and so is the idea that most medical malpractice law suits are meritless and millions of people are getting rich from meritless law suits.

Hasty Generalization
Vast Minorites – 4 minorities that seem like majorities:

Winston Rowntree @ Cracked.com charts the math behind four annoying sub-groups which seem like majorities, when in fact, each of them represent a minority of the whole. This faulty generalization has a special name: “SPOTLIGHT FALLACY“. It’s an kind of fallacy that arises from biased samples.

“Spotlight Fallacy” is a pretty good name, but I like Rowntree’s “Vast Minorities” even better. Clickity Click the image to see more.

most internet users are not trolls

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Van Birds, Van Zebra Deaths, Distressed Seals, and culling the UVic Bunnies

April 24, 2009 at 8:39 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

British Columbia Vancouver zoo Macaw found alive under RV:

“Chuva disappeared from the zoo’s parrot gardens Monday afternoon.Because her wings had been clipped, zoo officials were certain the blue and gold bird hadn’t just flown off. RCMP were called in to investigate.”

blue heronBritish Columbia Don Enright, Naturalist:

Do you like birds? Do you like Vancouver? Do you like birds in Vancouver? Then you might like donenright.wordpress.com, by Vancouver naturalist and photographer Don Enright. It’s not all birds, but birds seem to be a high percentage.

Here’s a beautiful picture that he took of a blue heron. It really caught my eye because I see the Stanley Park herons all the time when I’m hackey sacking with my buddies Bunny and Pterodactyl.

British Columbia Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Program:
Have you found a Seal in distress:

Clickity Click the heading for more information and cute pictures too!big eyed seal

If you see a pinniped on land, do not attempt to coax, pull, or push it back into the water. Seals and sea lions are wild animals, and approaching too closely can cause them undue stress. If they feel threatened, they may bite (even small pups!). Keep them and yourself safe by staying back as far as possible (the Canadian Marine Mammal Regulations specify a distance of 100m).

It is also important to keep pets away. Dogs may inflict wounds on marine mammals, and there is a risk of disease transmission between the species.

British Columbia Death of 4 zebras was freak accident: zoo manager:zebra in enclosure

The Greater Vancouver Zoo is calling the sudden death of four zebras two months ago a freak accident nobody could have predicted or prevented.

The zebras died within days of each other after two Cape buffalo were added to their enclosure, officials said.

The general manager of the privately run zoo, Jamie Dorgan, said zebras and Cape buffalo naturally coexist in the wild and the zebra’s panicked reaction was unpredictable.

British Columbia Bunny battle goes ballistic at UVic campus:

Feral rabbits have been the bane of the University of Victoria for years, but now the problem is moving off campus.

No one knows when the first rabbit appeared on campus, but an estimated 1,500 of them currently call it home.

The university has come under pressure to cull the animals by angry neighbours but how that might be accomplished is fuelling a raging debate.
a Uvic bunny
Proponents of the doomsday approach have taken a shine to something called the Rodenator.

The device, according to its U.S. manufacturer, “delivers a precisely measured mixture of propane and oxygen into the tunnel or burrow of invasive pests. This mixture is then detonated by the operator, causing an instantaneous underground shock wave of concussive force that eliminates the pests and in some (species specific) cases collapses some of the existing tunnel structure thus preventing immediate reinfestation.”

Not surprisingly, animal rights advocates are not wild about that option, and university officials have said they plan to try non-lethal approaches first.

British ColumbiaRescued Seal Pup eats a fish and sucks its paw – かわいい !!

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Baby Mammoth, Criminal Eagle, Beautiful Bulldogs, Baby Pidgeons, Christmas Light Frog, and watch out Pig!

April 24, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Kitteh Plays Whack-a-Mouse

New York StateNew York Zoo Forced To “Lay Off” Animals

United States Michelle Obama: Bo Is A “Crazy” Dog:

New Jersey Venezuela has a bird island New Jersey?Petty's Island

State-owned Venezuelan oil company Citgo finalized a deal yesterday to donate an island it owns in the Delaware river back to the state of New Jersey. Citgo built refineries on Petty Island decades ago but the facilities are no longer in use and the island has become a sanctuary for eagles and waterfowl. New Jersey plans to create a nature sanctuary on the island.

baby mammothRussia Baby Mammoth in Russia:

“Baby ‘Ljuba’, as researches have named the remains, is about 40,000 years old and has been incredibly well preserved – even the eyelashes are still recognisable”.

Australia Austrian woman mugged by bald eagle:

Klara Maier told police she couldn’t believe her eyes when the eagle, with its 7 foot wingspan, swooped down and grabber her pocketbook out of her hand, Ananova reported.

The 69-year-old Kundl resident said the bird landed in the street with the bag before opening it and looking through its contents.

Porterhouse the bulldogIowa Iowa bulldog ‘Porterhouse’ sizzles at beauty contest:

“After two runner-up finishes and one “Mr. Congeniality” title, Porterhouse finally nabbed “top dog” honours Monday when he was crowned the winner of Drake University’s annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest in downtown Des Moines”.

United States Why You Never See Baby Pigeons:

“Absolutely,” he said in a sobering tone of voice when I asked if there is such a thing as a baby pigeon. “I’ve been raising ‘em for fifty years.” What he went on to tell me gave me a new respect for the grubby, shining, strutting, victorious pigeon.

Florida National Geographic – The Daily Dozen:

A selection of photos chosen every weekday by photo editor Susan Welchmantree frog lit up like a christmas light

This is a Cuban tree frog on a tree in my backyard in southern Florida. How and why he ate this light is a mystery. It should be noted that at the time I was taking this photo, I thought this frog was dead having cooked himself from the inside. I’m happy to say I was wrong. After a few shots he adjusted his position. So after I was finished shooting him, I pulled the light out of his mouth and he was fine. Actually, I might be crazy but I don’t think he was very happy when I took his light away.

Japan Watch out Paper Mache Pig!

Should I be posting this video on Animal Friday? The pig and wolf aren’t real. Oh, I don’t care. This video is the awesomest and everyone should watch it and then send it to three friends.

At first I photographed stop motion animation. And I displayed the photographs in my room and photographed it again. I used 1,300 printed pictures. Enjoy a connection with the world of the room and the world in the photograph. Thanks for watching.

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Urban Critters Friday – Bed Bugs, Toronto Illustrations, and Disappointed Cat

April 18, 2009 at 5:20 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | 2 Comments

Animal FridayThis is the last of four articles for (Belated) Animal Friday, April 17th 2009

  • The Looooove Edition, Chimps, Elephants, Toronto Vet, and Children + Critters
  • Endangered – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark
  • The Dog Edition – Russian Dogs, Sock Swallowing Dog, Life Saving Pup, and Bo Obama gets book deal!
  • Urban Critters Friday – Bed Bugs, Toronto Illustrations, and Disappointed Cat

United States Environmental Protection Agency hosts first-ever bedbug summit:

One of the problems with controlling the reddish-brown insects, according to researchers and the pest control industry, is that there are few chemicals on the market approved for use on mattresses and other household items that are effective at controlling bedbug infestations.

Unlike roaches and ants, bedbugs are blood feeders and can’t be lured by bait. It’s also difficult for pesticides to reach them in every crack and crevice they hide out in.

Yuck! This first critter isn’t very cute and cuddly, but it needs to be talked aboot. The good news is that bedbugs don’t spread diseases. The bad news is that you can’t get rid of bedbugs by cleaning your home. Bedbugs don’t eat dirt or crumbs; they eat blood. It’s doesn’t matter how clean your home is. If there’s a warm blooded creature in your home, it’s bed bug buffet.

To learn more aboot bed bugs, check out the City of Toronto’s Bed Bug Myth and Fact Sheet and What to do if you have bed bugs advice.

I lived in an apartment once with bed bugs and I managed to beat them:

  • I boiled my bedding for an hour, dried it, and then put it in the freezer for two days. I figured that would kill anything in there.
  • I wrapped my mattresses and pillows in plastic and sealed them with duct tape. It took a while to get used to sleeping on them, but I managed.
  • I took the frame of the bed apart and scrubbed it down with bleach.
  • I covered the legs of my bed with petroleum jelly.
  • I made sure that the blankets NEVER hung down to the floor. I did this by pinning the sheets together at the corner.
  • I moved my bed away from the wall and put double sided tape around the perimeter of my ceiling. I did this so that the bed bugs could not climb up the ceiling and then drop onto the bed. I put a strip of regular brown masking tape between the ceiling and the double sided tape so that the paint would not be damaged when I took it off.

And from then on, it was a waiting game. After aboot six months I stopped seeing any signs of bed bugs. I guess they gave up on me and decided to go next door. VICTORY IS MINE!!

Ontario Charming Comics from Rosemary Mosco:

Rosemary Mosco lives in Vermont, but seems to have spent a fair amount of time in Toronto. Clickity Click the header to see her work including her Wild Toronto series. I also really liked her Palaeobet (palaeontology alphabet) series.

She has quite the talent for anthropomorphizing city critters, and plants too. Her illustrations are so good I was almost nostalgic for Toronto.

Cat’s Bitter Disappointment After Sneaking Up On Pigeon

Hey, what more urban than a domestic cat trying to sneak up on a pigeon. Something aboot this cat’s body language tells me that it really reaaly reeeaally wanted that bird.

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Animal Friday – Russian Dogs, Sock Swallowing Dog, Life Saving Pup, and Bo Obama gets book deal!

April 18, 2009 at 5:10 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Animal FridayThis is the third of four articles for (Belated) Animal Friday, April 17th 2009

  • The Looooove Edition, Chimps, Elephants, Toronto Vet, and Children + Critters
  • Endangered – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark
  • The Dog Edition – Russian Dogs, Sock Swallowing Dog, Life Saving Pup, and Bo Obama gets book deal!
  • Urban Critters Friday – Bed Bugs, Toronto Illustrations, and Disappointed Cat

Let’s start things off with Bizkit The Sleep Walking Dog:

Boy, talk aboot getting up on the wrong side of the bed!

Washington State Pup May Have Saved Wandering Toddler’s Life:Stanley the dog

About 150 searchers spread out look for Nathaniel, who had managed to walk more than a mile away from his home, Lewis County Sheriff Steve Mansfield said.

By 11 p.m., a Toldeo firefighter with a portable infrared scanner spotted a heat signal that turned out to be the boy.”They think Stanley is what kept him going because it was obviously really cold last night,” said Teafatiller. Nathaniel was found laying on the cold ground with Stanley snuggled next to him. During his adventure, the boy stripped off his pants and diaper and was found in only a t-shirt and socks.

Thanks for the tip-offneatorama

United States The First Dog, Bo Obama:

Bo Obama being interviewed by the press

The Obama’s new Portugese Water Dog puppy is so newsworthy that he had earned a dedicated page at the The Huffington Post, winner the 2006 and 2007 Webby Awards for Best Politics Blog. Not only that, he also has gotten his first book deal Commander in Leash

Want to see other Presidential Pets? HuffPo has a pretty good slideshow. Most of them are dogs, but not all. The Clintons had a cat and Taft had a cow!

United Kingdom Don’t Leave your Laundry Basket where this dog can get at it:UK dog eats clothing

The seven-year-old from Creekmoor was admitted to Hillside Veterinary Centre in Corfe Mullen for treatment to what vets feared was a tumour in his stomach.But when vets opened him up they discovered five golf gloves, 10 socks, one pull-up stocking and a piece of towel. Vet Keith Moore believes that Bailey must have been munching on the garments for months or years, gradually accumulating them in his stomach.

Russia Smartest Dogs: Moscow Stray Dogs:Russian Stray Dog Riding Subway

Russian scientists say that Moscow stray dogs became much smarter. The four legged oldest human’s friends demonstrate real smartness such as riding the Moscow metro every morning to get from their suburban places of living to the fat regions of Moscow center. Once they arrive to the downtown they demonstrate different new, previously unseen for the dog skills. Those skills can include “the hunt for shawarma” for example, the popular among Muscovites eastern cuisine dish. This hunt scene can be seen as this:

Regular Moscow busy street with some small food kiosks. A middle-aged man buys himself a piece of hot fast food and walks aside chewing it without a rush. Then just in a second he jumps up frightened – some doggy has sneaked up on him and barked out loudly. His tasty snack falls out from his hands down to the ground and the dog gets it. Just ten minutes later, on the same place, the teen youngster loses his dinner in exactly the same manner. The modern Russian dogs are on their urban hunt.

I suppose after they get their treat, they bark out I HAS A HOTDOG!, in Russian of course. If those clever Russian poochkins want to add another trick to their trunk, they could consider learning a lesson from the Salsa Dancing Dogs. Don’t you just want to give them a treat?

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Endangered Animal Friday – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark

April 18, 2009 at 5:01 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Animal FridayThis is the second of four articles for (Belated) Animal Friday, April 17th 2009

  • The Looooove Edition, Chimps, Elephants, Toronto Vet, and Children + Critters
  • Endangered – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark
  • The Dog Edition – Russian Dogs, Sock Swallowing Dog, Life Saving Pup, and Bo Obama gets book deal!
  • Urban Critters Friday – Bed Bugs, Toronto Illustrations, and Disappointed Cat

British Columbia Rare blue whales returning to B.C. coast, study suggests:blue whale tail

the blue whales, which can be the length of two school buses and weigh 200 tonnes, are once again returning to where they were slaughtered to near extinction in the last century.

Research that will soon be published in the journal Marine Mammal Science shows the whales are increasingly being spotted off the coasts of British Columbia, Alaska and Mexico’s Baja.

British Columbia North Vancouver bear rehabilitation centre:black bear cub

An innovative new rehabilitation centre for orphaned black bear cubs is being built in North Vancouver to help the animals learn the survival skills they’ll need before being re-released.

Many of the cubs lose their mothers when they get too close to humans and are destroyed.

Alberta Avalanche wipes out most of tiny caribou herd in Banff National Park:caribou

Hoof tracks suggest two animals — a young buck and another caribou of unknown gender — survived, said Parks Canada spokeswoman Michelle Macullo.

The loss of the females raises reproductive questions for the park animals, which are considered an at-risk species in Alberta and British Columbia, she said.

“The herd numbered as few as five. We don’t have a very big herd,” said Macullo.
“It’s terrible news. We’re absolutely heartbroken.”

Saskatchewan Black-footed ferret set to make Canadian comeback:black footed ferret

Pending the results of public consultation and a series of federal approvals, up to 50 ferrets drawn from captive-breeding populations in the U.S. and at the Toronto Zoo would be transplanted to Saskatchewan’s Grasslands National Park – the heart of a historic Canadian habitat for the species that once stretched from an area southwest of Moose Jaw in southern Saskatchewan to near Medicine Hat and Lethbridge in southern Alberta.

United States the big howl: help save wolves:Gray Wolf

In a few weeks, unless we stop them, the US will remove wolves from the list of federally protected species, opening up a killing season. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is following the policies of the past administration, rather than President Obama’s stated intention of using a science-based approach to environmental policies. Six hundred wolves could pay the price.

Don’t like the sound of that? Then check oot three things to do to help save wolves @ WMTC.

Australia Only 2,000 Left – The Rainbow That Can Fly:Rainbow Finch

Some good news, in a way. There are no numbers recorded to suggest how many Rainbow (also known as Gouldian) Finches exist in captivity but it is very probably in the hundreds of thousands. It is a hugely popular pet – because its unique plumage, but it would be a shame if this stunning bird’s existence in the future relied purely on it being kept in cages.

Nova Scotia Endangered turtles race from Nova Scotia to the Carribean to save their future:Nightswimmer

This year, rock bands R.E.M. and Pearl Jam have both sponsored a turtle. (One of the turtles mentioned on the Web site, http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/greatturtlerace.html, is named Nightswimmer — presumably a reference to R.E.M.’s song “Nightswimming.”)

Olympic swimmers, including gold medallists Janet Evans, Jason Lezak and Eric Shanteau, will act as “coaches” for the contestants and Olympian-turned-analyst Rowdy Gaines will be calling the race on the Web site.

Phillipines What is a megamouth shark? Is it still a scientific mystery?Megamouth Shark

On the morning of March 30, fishermen casting their nets in the Burias Pass, a centrally located channel in the Philippine archipelago, got the catch—not to mention surprise—of their lives: a megamouth shark so rare that some people still consider it a “cryptid“, a creature that is seen so infrequently science can’t confirm its existence.

Japan European Union Tuna will be wiped out by 2012 if overfishing is not stopped, say environmental groups:Tunas at the Tsukiji Fish Market

Demand from Japan, where the fish is served as sushi, has seen the Mediterranean fishing fleet increase over the past decade.

Many of these boats use illegal spotter planes to track the tuna.

WWF said that the average size of mature tuna fish, which can weigh over half a ton, had more than halved since the 1990s. This has had a large impact on the population since bigger fish produced many more offspring.

In November, EU members were among those who signed an agreement setting bluefin quotas. The quotas were said by experts to be 47 per cent higher than recommended and were described as a disgrace.

polar bear tries to eat woman with seal on her head:

Polar Bear scares woman at aquariumAre polar bears an endangered species? I’m going to assume they are because I need an excuse to post this gif of a polar bear trying to eat a woman who is wearing a seal on her head. In other polar bear news,Newfoundland and Labrador polar bear strolls through Newfoundland town

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Animal Friday – The Looooove Edition, Chimps, Elephants, Toronto Vet, and Children + Critters

April 18, 2009 at 4:52 am | Posted in interesting (to moose), LGBT | Leave a comment

Animal Fridaythe love edition
This is the first of four articles for (Belated) Animal Friday, April 17th 2009

  • The Looooove Edition, Chimps, Elephants, Toronto Vet, and Children + Critters
  • Endangered – Blue Whales, North Van Bears, Banff Caribou, Wolves, Rainbow Finch, Leatherback Turtles, and Megamouth Shark
  • The Dog Edition – Russian Dogs, Sock Swallowing Dog, Life Saving Pup, and Bo Obama gets book deal!
  • Urban Critters Friday – Bed Bugs, Toronto Illustrations, and Disappointed Cat

Ivory Coast HOT CHIMPS IN SEX-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL:sexy female sock monkey

[Ivory Coast] Male chimps that are willing to share the proceeds of their hunting expeditions mate twice as often as their more selfish counterparts.

This is a long-term exchange, so males continue to share their catch with females when they are not fertile, copulating with them when they are.

Thanks for the tip-off Wonkette

Poland Polish politician fumes over “gay” elephant in zoo:Elephant Love

“We were supposed to have a herd, but as Ninio prefers male friends over females how will he produce offspring?” said Grzes, who is from the right-wing opposition Law and Justice party.

The head of the Poznan zoo said 10-year-old Ninio may be too young to decide whether he prefers males or females as elephants only reach sexual maturity at 14.

United States America Hates Gay Penguins:book cover - And Tango Makes Three

For the third year in a row, the book most complained about in public school libraries is And Tango Makes Three, which tells the story of two male penguins raising an orphaned chick. The American Library Association tracks the titles most demanded for removal by parents and educators.

Ontario Channeling a love for animals into a career:

This is a story of a different kind of animal love … I hope.

Despite having practised veterinary medicine for 16 years, Au’s love for animals is as strong as when she was five years old and would bring wounded birds home and try to bandage their broken wings to help them recover.

“As far back as I can recall I’ve loved animals. I love my career and I’ve never regretted the choice I’ve made. For my whole life that’s all I ever wanted to do,” Au said.

Children and Animals:Girl and Seal

You know what, I don’t like children all that much. I know, I know, I’m an icy man-bitch. But even I melted a little when I came across a page of … uh… many pictures of children with animals. Clickity Click the heading to see them all.

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Facebook, Fail Whale, Simpsons, Mustaches, Saddam, Guiding Light, and weird weird costume shop experience

April 13, 2009 at 6:01 am | Posted in interesting (to moose), Interweb, Videos | Leave a comment

Canada Facebook: Internet’s Link Police :

Canada B.C. Court: Facebook Usage Logs Must Be Disclosed by Personal Injury Claimant:

“As we noted last month in Facebook, Disclosure, Leduc and Ontario Employment Law, online postings at social media sites may well now be fair game for disclosure in Ontario civil litigation. With the B.C. ruling in Bishop, it is clear that the Facebook disclosure trend in becoming a national one.”

Recently, our beloved facebook has decided to start policing the links that are posted to its members’ profiles. Citing “controversies” and “ongoing lawsuits”, facebooks has unilaterally decided that links to The Pirate Bay are now banned.

United States Lick a Simpson on their backside:

New Simpson Stamps from UPS

What a Mustache Says About A Man’s Profession:

A lot can be told by a man’s mustache, and it seems certain professions have their own. For some it can be a small handlebar, and for others it can be a bushy chevron. The bottom line however, is that the hair on a man’s upper lip can rightfully be understood as a window into his soul. The following is a list of the most notable mustaches, and noteworthy stereotypes from the industries that championed each ’stache:

Iraq South Park creators receive signed Saddam photo:

During his captivity, US marines forced Saddam, who was executed in 2006, to repeatedly watch the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer And Uncut, which shows him as gay, as well as the boyfriend of Satan. He was also regularly depicted in a similar manner during the TV series.

Rhode Island Crazed Costume Shop Owner Pwns Local News Guy (VIDEO):

Mame, could you take off the bunny head please, Mame, could you … I wanted to ask you … seriously could you take off the bunny head, and could you take off the mask underneath the bunny head.

Mame, I’m going to give you one more chance to … Mame, please, I … seriously, mame….

fail whaleUnited States What Is Fail Whale?

When Twitter gets overloaded, users see the “Fail Whale” error message. This image brings a human touch to a moment of frustration and now is turning into a pop culture icon for the Web 2.0 crowd:

United States Guiding Light canceled after 72 year run:

Guiding Light, which entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running dramatic series in the world, started on radio in 1937 as a series of stories about faith, in which characters beset with troubles would talk to trusted Reverend Ruthledge, the keeper of “the guiding light” which shone from his window. Over the years, the theme of “the guiding light” became more muted and the series shifted focus to a middle-class German immigrant family, the Bauers. The show has been produced on television and seen nearly every weekday since June 30, 1952.

World 100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World:

The world is full of visionaries and people who want to make a difference in the world, and many of those people share their knowledge online through their blogs. Whether you want to change the world through environment, humanitarianism, business, or any other way, there’s a blog out there that can offer you guidance and inspiration. Read on, and you’ll find 100 blogs that can help you change the world.

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Animal Friday Update – Presidential Puppy coming on Tuesday

April 11, 2009 at 4:30 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

The pooch will make its grand entrance on Tuesday, and it’s coming from a prominent Texas kennel, with the help of Senator Ted Kennedy’s family.

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faith is not compatible with wisdom

April 11, 2009 at 3:09 am | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

No no no no no no no no no no no…..

You see, Jesus couldn’t do any of that because then he would be proving that he was supernatural, and proof is the opposite of faith. It’s important that we believe without proof.

That’s the whole point of faith, that you subjugate your intellect to the common wisdom, no matter what the consequences.

Animal Friday – The Dog Post + Pet Shop Boys

April 10, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Politics | Leave a comment

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Rescue Shelter Boys?:

“PETA has asked Pet Shop Boys to change their name to Rescue Shelter Boys.” I guess to encourage people to adopt from rescue shelters instead of buying from pet shops.

The First Family’s White House dog is coming next month:

Speaking of new pets, the Obama family has picked a Portuguese water dog puppy to live with them in the White House, and like the President himself, it’s a mix of black and white.

Meet Jasmine, the rescue dog who has become a surrogate mother for the 50th time:

Interspecies friendships are my absolutest favoritest thingest in the whole worldest, and the story of Jasmine the Greyhound has them with bells on.

“When Jasmine the abandoned greyhound arrived at a wildlife sanctuary shivering and desperate for food, she needed all the love in the world to nurse her back to full health. Now it appears the kindness and patience shown to her has rubbed off – for the rescue dog has become a surrogate mother for the 50th time.”

Let’s wrap up the dog post with Porter 9-Volt, the musically inclined canine. He performs a quick composition entitled “bow-wow-ruff-ruff.”

This dog should form a group and call is the Rescue Shelter Boys

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Cats versus Birds – who’s got more cool news and multimedia?

April 10, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

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This post pits the age old enemies of cats and birds against each other to see who can hold my attention the longest and make me squee with delight like the little girl I’ve always dreamed of being but have been too afraid to tell anyone, so don’t tell anyone, k?

Let’s start with a little cat dunking basketball action. The cat’s name is Gizmo and he’s got game. Alley (Oop) Cat – PetTube.com

All right, good start for the cats. Birds, anything interesting going on with you?

Chicken Lays Green Eggs:

“A Croatian poultry farmer is doing a cracking Easter trade in naturally-laid green-coloured eggs.Stipa Gregacevic was astonished when his prize hen Fata began laying coloured eggs at the family farm in Forkusevci.”

Green eggs in Forkusevci? Get the Forkusevci outta here! That’s Forkusevci amazing!

Cats, it’s your turn.

Surgery for lion with deadly hairball:

“Tiny the lion was just hours from death at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Smarden, near Ashford in Kent when he was taken in for emergency surgery. The 200kg cat had to be anaesthetised using a dart and blowpipe by a vet in his den before the operation, which involved six vets and eight handlers.”

27 Wild Animal Encounters in BC:

17 of them are birds. Maybe not as dramatic as anesthetizing a 200 pound lion with a blow dart, but they’re good photos. Extra points because photo 14 is a moose.

Also, thanks for telling me what those little black duck things I’ve been seeing on false creek are.

Got anything else?

Listen to Bird Song Radio On your computer at home or at work:

Awesome. I would totally drown out my annoying boss with birdsong radio, if I had a job.

Last round is to you cats, whattyagot?

The Bizarre Zoo in Argentina:

“A controversial zoo in Argentina allows tourists to have extremely close encounters with some of the most dangerous predators in the world.”

OH MY GOD, the cat’s have it, hands down. It looked close there for awhile, but that last story put it over the top. Better luck next time birds. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to pack for my trip to Argentina.

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The Endangered / Extinct Edition

April 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm | Posted in environment, interesting (to moose), Politics | Leave a comment

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Half of Canada’s boreal caribou herds in decline:

“The finding that 29 of the 57 recognized herds are “not self-sustaining” brings the boreal caribou another step closer to possibly being bumped up to endangered species status.”

Endangered right whales appear to be on the rebound:

“North Atlantic right whales, sort of the homely underdogs of the whale world, birthed a record number calves this year off the coast of the southeast United States, giving some scientists hope that the uber-rare and often overlooked species can recover.”

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bees, elemaphants, mouses, froggies, dolphins, crabbies, and sea turtles

April 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose), Videos | Leave a comment

Antifreeze to be bitter to prevent pet deaths:

B.C. aims to prevent accidental poisoning of animals and small children by becoming the first province to require a bittering agent in toxic antifreezes and coolants, the environment minister announced yesterday.

“Ethylene glycol (antifreeze) is not only poisonous, but has a very sweet and inviting taste,” said Barry Penner. “Unfortunately, it makes it very inviting to animals.”

Solving the Mystery of the Vanishing Bees:

The bee loss has raised alarms because one third of the world’s agricultural production depends on the European honeybee, Apis mellifera the kind universally adopted by beekeepers in Western countries. Large, monoculture farms require intense pollination activity for short periods of the year, a role that other pollinators such as wild bees and bats cannot fill. Only A. melliferacan deploy armies of pollinators at almost any time of the year, wherever the weather is mild enough and there are flowers to visit.

World’s tiniest frog species found in Peru:

Rare Fuzzy Rodent also found in Peru:

Found at elevations between 9,449 feet (2,880 meters) and 15,528 feet (4,733 meters) above sea level, the new mouse is unique to some of the world’s highest forests.

Study finds 6,000 rare dolphins off Bangladesh:

“Conservationists claim to have found thousands of rare Irrawaddy dolphins on the Bangladesh coast, but warn that the newly discovered population is under threat from climate change and fishing.”

Identity of mystery ‘elephant angel’ revealed:

The baby elephant, Sheila, was moved out of the zoo over fears for her safety as enemy bombers targeted the city during the Belfast Blitz of 1941.

Grainy photographs of the animal drinking water from a bucket outside a red brick house revealed that she had been offered sanctuary in somebody’s backyard.

However, the identity of the elephant’s saviours was not known because the woman in the photographs could not be identified.

Sick Sea Turtle Swims Right to Florida Hospital Doorstep:

“A sick sea turtle swims to the doorstep of the only place in the world that is licensed solely to treat turtles”

Rescue Critters: Animal Mannequins Teach Veterinary Students About Animal First Aid:

Testing on animals has rightly faced controversy for decades, but that doesn’t change the fact that in order to learn how to medically treat an animal, veterinary students need practice. In order to give veterinary students a safe, humane method to learn their craft, without practicing on someone’s beloved pet; Rescue Critters has created animal mannequins that may look goofy, but mean serious business.

Crustaceans Feel Pain and Remember It:

Turns oot that it is cruel to boil a live lobster after all. These findings are good news for me, because it means that I may finally win arguments with someone I know who’s stomach is bigger than his conscience. Bad news for the sea critters though.

More Elemaphants – Jumbo Air Landing:

Thanks for the tip off Neatorama: “Here is a really neat PSA from the ‘International Fund for Animal Welfare’ from Germany concerning the trafficking and buying of products made from protected and endangered animals such as the Elephant. Air Dumbo now landing!”

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Online April 1st Foolery

April 2, 2009 at 9:35 am | Posted in interesting (to moose), Interweb | Leave a comment

Gmail Autopilot:

Google did something of course. Gmail autopilot answers your email so that you don’t have to. Clickety Click the heading

The Vancouver Courier:

I don’t know if they plan to have the fake headlines up all week, so I took a partial screenshot. I actually believed the story aboot the goat until halfway through the second paragraph.

You got me Pandagon:

It’s because I’m a hopeless romantic, or perhaps just hopeless. I (mostly) believed that Pandagon had fallen in love with one of his regular commenters.

Sardonic April Fools at Canadian medicine:

BREAKING NEWS: All 10 provincial and three territorial governments announced that, in light of a comprehensive “common sense” review, they will enact the following reforms immediately:

  • jointly funded pensions will be made available for private-practice physicians;
  • billing codes will be created to pay doctors fairly for remote consultations by telephone, email or video uplink;
  • reasonably significant portions of health budgets will be dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion, and chronic disease management;
  • efficient methods of evaluating foreign-trained doctors will be put in place;
  • and compensation will be provided to developing countries whose doctors they recruit to come to Canada.

In other news, federal aviation regulators said pigs will be granted commercial airline pilot licences. Happy April Fools’ Day. (And sorry for getting your hopes up.)

Lenin Statue hit by April Fools Day Pranksters/Vandals:

This isn’t an online prank. It’s the regular old “real world” prank, but quite a good one eh?

“One of Russia’s most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear.”

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The Embarrassed, Tough, Commendable, Douchebaggy, and Cute as a Button

April 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Posted in interesting (to moose) | Leave a comment

Mysterious Seriel Killer turns out to be the person who made the cotton swabs:

Woops! “Police in Germany hunted a sinister phantom killer for two years after finding the same DNA at 39 different crime scenes – only to discover that the source was a woman who made the cotton buds used to collect the sample!”

Marine saves unit after being shot in the head:

Wow, talk aboot “soldiering on”. That guy is one tough SOB (but please don’t tell him I said that aboot his mum).

UPS Dumps Bill O’Reilly Sponsorship: They’re Just Not Into Stalkers:

In response to our Stop Supporting The O’Reilly Harassment Machine campaign, UPS told us yesterday that it was investigating whether to continue supporting O’Reilly’s show. “We are sensitive to the type of television programming where our messages and presence are associated and continually review choices to affect future decisions,” spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg told us.

Today UPS announced it will stop advertising on O’Reilly’s show.

Now THAT is a retort – Matt Taibbi: A Guy He Saw Huffing Glue Out of Paper Bag Made More Sense Than Michelle Bachmann:

Yay! 10 year old earns every scout badge:

OK, happy story to end on. “Rebecca Hooper has astonished scout leaders by pulling off the stunning feat before her 10th birthday earlier this month.

The youngster has been saluted for her “determination and enthusiasm” for tackling activities ranging from astronomy to animal care and DIY to martial arts.”

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