Thursday, April 16, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Five Lambs

A Michigan sheep farmer returned home from his farm after one of his ewes gave birth to cute, fluffy twin lambs last week. When he returned in the morning, there were five babies, a true rarity in the world of sheepery, particularly given the breeds of the ewe and sire -- a Suffolk mix and a Cheviot.

Michigan State University sheep expert Alan Culham confirmed the rarity. Five lambs by a Suffolk? Culham said. "I would say it's easily one in 10,000, and it might even be rarer than that because it just doesn't happen."

And just like the California woman who delivered enough kids in January to fill a minivan, the ewe needs assistance. Every six hours, the farmer drives the quarter mile from his house to his barn to bottle feed several of the five, all of whom are forever hungry.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Zhang Jie and Zhongni, two six-week-old North Chinese Leopards are seen during a name giving ceremony at Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany. The North Chinese Leopard is an endangered species. No one knows for sure how many North Chinese Leopards there are in the wild, which makes it rather difficult conserving them. There are only 100 in captivity, and new blood lines are needed in order to continue a healthy captive population of the cats.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Green Acres, revisited

Does anyone besides me remember the lovely Lisa Douglas (Ava Gabor) and the peignoir sets that she wore while cruising around the farmhouse? My (unfortunate) neighbors also are treated to the lady of the manor not deigning to wear "regular" clothing but instead doing such mundane tasks as filling the bird feeders in my flannel pj's. Hurray for women's lib!


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Twin Twitchers

Conn. pet shop has 2-nosed bunny

MILFORD, Conn. -- It's no April Fools joke. The baby bunny really does have two noses.

A Connecticut pet shop worker found the nosey bunny in a delivery of 6-week-old dwarf rabbits that arrived at the Milford store last week. Both noses have two nostrils.

The owner of the Purr-Fect Pets shop says he's never seen anything like it in 25 years in the business. He says the bunny eats, drinks and hops around like the rest of the litter.

Beardsley Zoo director Gregg Dancho says the deformity could be the result of too much inbreeding or the parents' exposure to pesticides or poisons.

Store workers have begun a naming contest with Cyrano de Bergerac and Deuce among the contenders so far.


Information from: Connecticut Post,