Saturday, March 24, 2007


Should Knut be alive? There are those who think not!

When Knut was born last December, his mother ignored him and his brother, who later died. Zoo officials intervened, choosing to raise the cub themselves.

But an animal rights activist insists it was wrong to intervene and save the cub. "Feeding by hand is not species-appropriate but a gross violation of animal protection laws," animal rights activist Frank Albrecht was quoted as saying by the mass-circulation Bild daily. "The zoo must kill the bear."


"If a polar bear mother rejected the baby, then I believe the zoo must follow the instincts of nature," Albrecht said. "In the wild, it would have been left to die." Albrecht cited a similar case of a baby sloth bear that was abandoned by its mother last December in the Leipzig city zoo and killed by lethal injection, rather than being kept alive by humans.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Is Your Roommate a Neanderthal?

Love the Geico Cavemen? Check out this Web site -

This site it lets you poke around their virtual apartment! We learn that the cavemen are into (among other things): blogging, Tolstoy, yoga, smoked Hungarian paprikash, and Paddy Chayefsky movies. They even have poetry magnets on their fridge … in Esperanto.

Gotta love those guys!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What Are You Feeding Your Pet? **RECALL **

NEW YORK, March 21, 2007—The ASPCA was recently informed of a voluntary nationwide recall of certain dog and cat foods manufactured by Menu Foods, Inc. This recall affects more than 40 brands of pet food distributed in the U. S. and Canada, including specific wet pet food varieties. Brands affected include Iams, Eukanuba, Purina and Science Diet, as well as store brands distributed by major retailers including Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway, such as Ol’Roy, Special Kitty, and so on. For a complete list of affected brands, please visit have been a small number of reports of adverse effects on kidney function associated with the consumption of these pet food products. Extensive testing is underway to determine the exact cause. Iams has discussed this situation with ASPCA veterinary toxicologists and will inform the ASPCA as soon as a cause is identified. For information on specific Iams products affected, please visit the Iams website.It is important for pet parents to remember this recall affects several brands that are widely distributed at pet specialty stores, supermarkets, mass retailers, as well as other retail and wholesale outlets. The ASPCA recommends that pet parents discontinue the use of all affected products immediately until further information has been received. Pet parents should immediately consult with a veterinarian if any signs or symptoms are noticed in their pets. In an emergency situation, they may also call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Contact Person:
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The First Parade

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years.
On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
The first St. Patrick's Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
Over the next thirty-five years, Irish patriotism among American immigrants flourished, prompting the rise of so-called "Irish Aid" societies, like the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick and the Hibernian Society. Each group would hold annual parades featuring bagpipes (which actually first became popular in the Scottish and British armies) and drums.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Do You Have a Talking Pet?

These are so fun, I'm still cracking up!

Anybody have a talking pet?

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The "Eye of God"

This image of the Helix Nebula was captured on Feb 12th from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

It is the exploded remains of a star that once looked much like our sun.
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