Animals

Humpback Whales Over the Hump

August 12, 2008 / No Comments

The humpback whale was nearly hunted into extinction. The high risk of extinction no longer exists  says an environmental group - The International Union for Conservation of Nature. "Humpbacks and southern right whales are making a comeback in much of their range mainly because they have been protected from commercial hunting. This is a great conservation success and clearly shows what ...

Cloning Dogs in South Korea

August 12, 2008 / 3 Comments

I suppose that if all stray dogs had a home, I'd be more happy about the news I read where an American woman had her dog cloned in South Korea at the world's first commercial canine cloning service. The American woman's pit bull, named Booger, has five puppies cloned. Seoul's National University cooperated in the reproduction. "It's a miracle!" shouted the ...

Cats Fight Back

August 12, 2008 / No Comments

At GP we love animals.  Especially when those PETA girls undo their things for better or for worse to help them out. Seriously, we do love the critters we share the planet with. Today...we love these cats who are fighting back. In Japan, this one is called the Neko Punch. Neko is Japanese for cat. This little fellow made his rounds ...

Olympic Pandas Born in China

August 11, 2008 / No Comments

 Qi Zhen When She Was Born Anything born between 8/8/8 and the end of the Olympics in China will be dubbed "Olympic-whatever." In fact, not a few parents scheduled to have their children on 8/8/8 come hell or high water.  Apparently Qi Zhen (Magic Treasure) couldn't be fitted in on China's most auspicious of days and had to wait till Sunday ...

Half of World’s Monkeys, Apes Face Extinction

August 11, 2008 / No Comments

The International Gorilla Conservation Program says that almost half of the world's monkeys and apes are feeling the worsening threat of extinction. The causes are deforestation and hunting for meat. I don't get this report. Now, I love the animals as much as the next person. My wife even thinks I am an ape at times, but that's not relevant. ...

Lonesome George, to Become a Father

August 7, 2008 / No Comments

Thought to be the last of his kind, George, a giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands may soon become a father. "It takes two to dance" and Lonesome George - in his 70s - worked really hard on his "girlfriend" for the last 36 years. Just a few days ago the Galapagos National Park announced that the ...

Lost and Found Sea Turtle

August 6, 2008 / 1 Comment

Some elementary school students in Japan observed some 19 sea turtles from the time they hatched until they were about 10 months old. After that, they attached tags to their rear flippers and set them free. Swim Tommy, swim! And, so the turtles swam and otherwise enjoyed life for about two years. At that time, some evil fishermen who apparently didn't ...

Food for Work for Belugas

August 4, 2008 / No Comments

Looks like fun, smells like fun, may be fun, but not if you are the beluga who must dance, lift, and stick its nose in places where other people put them only if they want to climb a corporate ladder somewhere. At the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise performers are photographed sitting atop a couple of belugas. Indeed it does look like a ...

Golden Retriever Nurses Abandoned White Tiger Cubs

August 4, 2008 / 10 Comments

Isabella, is a golden retriever at the Safari Zoological Park that recently got famous. Famous for nursing three white tiger cubs born one week ago who were abandoned by their mother. © AP Photo/The Daily Reporter, Rob Morgan/Scanpix Though it's unusual for dogs to care for tiger cubs, Isabella who just recently weaned her own puppies, had nothing against it. Actually, she ...

German Nudists Don’t Like Being Treated Like Animals

July 30, 2008 / No Comments

Gosh, golly, shucks, gee whiz. German nudists say they don't like being treated like animals. I wrote about just this thing yesterday. Beijing has 8 giant pandas that they brought in pre-Olympics for the purpose of attracting crowds to the capital. And, they came...1 million so far since June 5th. The nude bathers say that Poles come in fully clothed from ...