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Happy National Sea Monkey Day

Today is National Sea Monkey Day. I’m not making this up, those classic pets of childhood have their own celebration day.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/Schylling-Sea-Monkeys-Ocean-Zoo/dp/B001CBZXEE

In honor of this holiday, here is some history and factoids about sea monkeys:

1. Sea monkeys aren’t monkeys. According to livescience, they’re a hybrid breed of brine shrimp called Artemia NYOS.

Source: http://www.livescience.com/33907-sea-monkeys.html

2. The “inventor” of sea monkeys, Harold von Braunhut, held almost 200 patents, including the famous novelty X-Ray Specs sold in comic books. He passed away in 2003.

Source: http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-short-history-of-sea-monkeys-from.html

3. Legendary comic book artist Joe Orlando played a huge role in transforming sea monkeys into must-have pets. Sea monkeys were initially called “Instant-Life” and sales weren’t great, even with a 49-cent purchase price. Orlando rebranded them, and illustrated a series of “Sea Monkeys” advertisements and a successful comic book ad campaign, launched in 1964.

Source: http://seamonkeyworship.com/index.html

4. The website for all things sea monkey-related is  seamonkeyworship.com. According to a 2003 USA Today article, it’s run by Susan Barclay, a Canadian woman who is referred to as “The Sea Monkey Lady.” Barclay is also the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Sea Monkeys.”

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

5. The name “Instant-Life” seemed appropriate for the creatures since you just add water to packet dust and you get sea monkeys. Their super power is that they can survive for long periods of time in suspended animation. They hatch when you empty the packet and get them wet.

6. Sea monkeys breathe through their feet. They can also reproduce sexually or asexually.

Source: http://absolutelypointless.net/tv/weird/sillyseamonkeys.html

7. Thanks to Howie Mandel, sea monkeys once starred in a live-action TV show. “The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys” premiered on CBS in 1992 and lasted 11 episodes. “The idea came when my daughter wanted sea monkeys,” Mandel said. “All of her friends had them. And I had them as a child. I said, ‘This is great. This could be bigger than the Ninja Turtles.’ ” The premise was that a professor (played by Mandel) accidentally enlarged three sea monkeys to human size.

12. Sea monkeys aren’t a thing of the past. If you missed out when you were a kid, don’t fret. You can still buy them here.

 

Source: http://www.plusizekitten.com/2010/08/my-sea-monkey-is-pregnant.html

Happy (Sea) Monkday! :_)-~-~

 

http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/16/national-sea-monkey-day/

http://seamonkeyworship.com/nationalday.html

http://seamonkeyworship.com/index.html

http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/columnists/jimmietramel/jimmie-tramel-things-some-shocking-you-should-know-on-national/article_8558f576-4353-5de4-9c99-6f36cbdedddf.html

http://www.livescience.com/33907-sea-monkeys.html

 http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/columnist/popcandy/2003-07-15-pop-candy_x.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Guide-Sea-Monkeys-Susan-Barclay/dp/1931090688

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Live_Sea_Monkeys

http://www.amazon.com/Schylling-Sea-Monkeys-Ocean-Zoo/dp/B001CBZXEE

http://karlshuker.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-short-history-of-sea-monkeys-from.html

http://absolutelypointless.net/tv/weird/sillyseamonkeys.html

 

Mother Goose Asks Police Officers to Save her Baby

In Cincinnati, Ohio, police officer James Givens was sitting in his patrol car when he heard what sounded like a little knock on his vehicle’s door.

It turned out that knock was from a goose.

Source: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/trending-now/mother-goose-finds-police-officer-leads-him-to-gosling-tangled-in-string/275754730

“It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don’t come near us,” Givens told WKRC Cincinnati. ”Then it walked away and then it stopped and looked back so I followed it and it led me right over to the baby that was tangled up in all that string.”

The string was attached to a discarded Mother’s Day balloon, giving an unfortunate and ironic spin to this mother goose’s story.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-mama-goose-seeks-out-police-help-ducklings-video/

Givens used his cell phone to take video of the incident along with specialist Cecilia Charron. The two called the local chapter of SPCA but they were unable to send someone out quickly enough, so Charron stepped up and saved the baby herself.

“[Charron] has a couple of kids of her own and I guess that motherly instinct must’ve kicked in because it was like they communicated,” Givens told WRKC. “The mother goose didn’t bother her, so Specialist Charron came and untangled it. It took her awhile because it was all wrapped up.”

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3585164/Cut-goose-loose-Cincinnati-police-come-aid-gosling-stuck-string-mother-pecked-cop-car-seeking-help.html

But eventually, the human mom was able to help the goose mom to save her baby gosling.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3585164/Cut-goose-loose-Cincinnati-police-come-aid-gosling-stuck-string-mother-pecked-cop-car-seeking-help.html

Happy Flyday ~^v^~

 

http://mashable.com/2016/05/10/police-help-mother-goose/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link#V461RKF_tmqD

http://local12.com/news/local/mama-goose-finds-police-officers-free-gosling-tangled-in-string

http://www.wsoctv.com/news/trending-now/mother-goose-finds-police-officer-leads-him-to-gosling-tangled-in-string/275754730

  http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ohio-mama-goose-seeks-out-police-help-ducklings-video/

 

 

Bison: Our New National Mammal

The American bison is now the first National Mammal of the United States, as stated by The National Bison Legacy Act, passed in the House on Tuesday, April 27 and is expected to get Senate approval this week.

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bison-injures-woman-posing-selfie-yellowstone-park-article-1.2301596

The recognition of the bison, is a recognition of a conservation success story, and it’s a rare bipartisan moment in Washington D.C.

“No other indigenous species tells America’s story better than this noble creature,” Rep. Lacy Clay, a progressive Missouri Democrat who sponsored the bill that passed the Republican-controlled Congress, said in a statement recently. “The American bison is an enduring symbol of strength, Native American culture and the boundless western wildness.”

A camera trap captured these bison crossing the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park. By Ronan Donovan. (Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160509-pictures-bison-us-national-mammal-yellowstone/)

But aside from the symbolism, not much will change about how we Americans interact with bison. The law has a provision saying as much: Native Americans can still hunt them, ranchers will still ranch them, zoos can still house them, and, people can still eat them.

“None of that is necessarily a bad thing”, said John Calvelli, an executive vice president with the Wildlife Conservation Society. “Ranchers, wildlife experts, politicians and Native American groups were actually pretty much in agreement that this animal needs to be honored. It’s just that every group has its own idea about how to do that, and that’s fine. Bison are a connection to healthy communities,” Calvelli said. “This law brings this all together into something that is a bit more coherent. Maybe we’ll all feel a bit more patriotic when we eat a bison burger,” he added.

 

Source: https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/01/12/djg-genetically-pure-bison-found-in-utahs-henry-mountains/#.VzNZgIQrIdU

In the early 1800s, there were about 30 million bison in the United States, stretching from Alaska to the Mexican border. By the time Congress made it illegal to kill bison in 1894, there were fewer than 1,000. Teddy Roosevelt, a frontiersman in his own right, led a conservation effort to nurse them back to health at the Bronx Zoo and ship them out west. It worked. Today there are bison in all 50 states and close to 5,000 in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-agencies-to-cull-up-to-900-yellowstone-bison/

It’s still illegal to shoot and kill bison without a permit. The exception to that latter rule is Native American lands. Ranchers, wildlife experts and Native American groups are working to increase the number of bison on reservations to help these communities return to their ancestral tradition of hunting and eating bison. They’ve identified about 1 million acres of reservation land they want to bring bison onto for this purpose.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bison-coming-home-montana-indian-reservation-140-years/

When the bison and the Native Americans were run off the frontier, so was Native American culture and their contributions to building this nation. This bill is an effort to pause and honor that.

Now, when school children learn about their new national mammal, they’ll also learn about its relationship to the conquering of the West. It’s not always an easy story to hear, but it’s an important one, say its supporters.

 

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-signs-legislation-designating-bison-national-mammal-n570801

If you would like to see bison, you can go visit Yellowstone, or you can just go to your local zoo. Bison are in zoos in 49 out of 50 states, including in Washington D.C. For the first time in more than a century, the National Zoo welcomed back bison in 2014, two females named Wilma and Zora.

 

Source: https://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Bison/

 

Happy Humpday (^_^)

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/05/10/bison-are-our-our-new-national-mammal-heres-what-you-can-and-cant-do-with-them/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/bison-return-to-national-zoo/2014/09/02/43efaea0-2f36-11e4-994d-202962a9150c_story.html

 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/05/160509-pictures-bison-us-national-mammal-yellowstone/

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/government-agencies-to-cull-up-to-900-yellowstone-bison/

https://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Bison/

https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/01/12/djg-genetically-pure-bison-found-in-utahs-henry-mountains/#.VzNZgIQrIdU

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-signs-legislation-designating-bison-national-mammal-n570801

 

Orangutan Photographed Fishing with Spear

Gerd Schuster, co-author of Thinkers of the Jungle: The Orangutan Report, took this photograph of, “a male orangutan, clinging precariously to overhanging branches, flails the water with a pole, trying desperately to spear a passing fish… The extraordinary image, a world exclusive, was taken in Borneo on the island of Kaja… This individual had seen locals fishing with spears on the Gohong River. Although the method required too much skill for him to master, he was later able to improvise by using the pole to catch fish already trapped in the locals’ fishing lines.”

Source: https://primatology.net/2008/04/29/orangutan-photographed-using-tool-as-spear-to-fish/

Tool use among orangutans was first documented by Carel van Schaik. In 1994, Schaik observed orangutans developing tools to help themselves eat, while conducting field work in Gunung Leuser National Park, in the northwest Sumatra.

Specifically the orangutans were using sticks to pry open pulpy fruits that have “Plexiglas needles” capable of delivering a painful jab covering them. Using the tools, the orangutans were getting past handling the prickly husk and into the nutritious fruit.

 

From an anthropological viewpoint, tool use represents an aspect of culture, since the entire group participates in a behavior that has developed over time. One unique thing to clarify is that only Sumatran orangutans have been observed to use tools, not orangutans from Borneo.

 

If this image doesn’t fill you with intrigue, I don’t know what will.

 

 

Happy Monkday :_)

 

https://primatology.net/2008/04/29/orangutan-photographed-using-tool-as-spear-to-fish/

http://www.amazon.com/Thinkers-Jungle-Gerd-Schuster/dp/0841602859/kkamrani-20

http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/BAA/faculty/carel.vanschaik

 

Baby White Lions for Zoo in Germany

The Magdeburg Zoo in Germany is celebrating a new birth: a pair of super- adorable white lion cubs. They were presented to the public for the first time today.

Source: http://www.wilx.com/news/haveyouseenthis/headlines/Two-White-Lion-cubs-presented-to-public-at-a-zoo-in-Germany-378437701.html

The floof twins, who at present are smaller than ordinary house-cats and each weigh about 4.5 pounds, were born 10 days ago.

Magdeburg Zoo said the pair represented the first real success it has had in breeding white lions. The arrival of the cubs, who have yet to be named, came as something of a surprise, as keepers didn’t realize Kiara was pregnant. After some concern that the twins’ 3-year-old mother Kiara might be too inexperienced to care for them, the zoo said it was increasingly optimistic.

“There are only some 70 white lions in Europe,” said Magdeburg Zoo Director Kai Perret. “In that respect, these two new arrivals are, of course, something special.”

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/Pets/photos/baby-animals-3351912/image-white-lion-cub-sits-scale-38930653

The youngsters, who at present sleep for 22 hours each day, won’t be on display in the zoo’s outdoor enclosure for some five weeks, Perret told German public broadcaster MDR. However, visitors were invited to see them for the first time at daily weigh-ins, today, on May 7th.

“We want to give a lot of animal lovers the chance to have a look at them,” Perret said. “It just made sense to do their health checks in public.”

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/Pets/photos/baby-animals-3351912/image-white-lion-cub-sits-scale-38930653

White lions are a color variant of the tawny African Lion and are thought to be indigenous to the Timbavati region of South Africa, where locals traditionally regarded them as holy. A large proportion of the animals now live in zoos, with the animal hard-pressed to preserve its genetic distinctness in the wild.

 

Happy Caturday =^_^=

 

http://www.dw.com/en/german-zoo-welcomes-arrival-of-rare-white-lion-cubs/a-19240287

http://www.wilx.com/news/haveyouseenthis/headlines/Two-White-Lion-cubs-presented-to-public-at-a-zoo-in-Germany-378437701.html

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/Pets/photos/baby-animals-3351912/image-white-lion-cub-sits-scale-38930653

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_lion

 

The Octopus Photographer

An animal trainer at Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, was able to train an octopus to take photographs. In fact, it only took Rambo the octopus three attempts to understand how the process works.

Source: http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

Now, the aquarium charges $2 for a visitor to sit for a portrait taken by the “octographer”. The small donation goes directly to the aquarium to help offset expenses.

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

In front of her tank, there’s a backdrop where visitors can pose for their photos. It appears these children on a school trip to the aquarium thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

 

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

The camera, a Sony DSC-TX30, was secured into a custom made housing to mount onto Rambo’s tank. The campaign was sponsored by Sony to help show how durable their camera is and to raise awareness of the high level of intelligence in an octopus.

 

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/

http://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/

http://www.diyphotography.net/sony-gave-an-octopus-at-a-new-zealand-aquarium-a-camera-trains-it-to-photograph-tourists/