August 23rd, 2008

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Kenny Rogers Is Dead

The deformed white tiger Kenny Rogers is dead.



Yes, he was highly inbred, but claims that 80% ( or even 29 out of 30! ) of white tiger cubs die from inbreeding are entirely fallacious.

From Messybeast

"Sara Iverson has produced a genealogy showing the two white tiger bloodlines converging in America, with Mohan and Begum on one side and Como Zoo's brother-sister pair of wild caught Amur tigers on the other. Iverson's chart illustrates the critical junctures where the bloodlines intersect, first with Kesari and Tony at Cincinnati Zoo and later Ranjit and Obie in Omaha, like marriages between royal houses. According to "Tigers Of The World", the Indian subspecies was, at one time, represented in North America by five individuals, all siblings highly inbred for white coloration with co-efficients of 0.406. All of this means white tigers have been greatly inbred.

It is not true that infant mortality in white tigers is 80%. This urban legend seems to have originated with opponents of white tigers. Poor husbandry, stressed mothers and feline infectious enteritis (for which a vaccine is now available) played a large part in white tiger cub mortality.

White tigers show a problem called inbreeding depression - continued inbreeding to fix a particular trait (the white colour) shows up other deleterious genes in the population. As a result, white tigers are prone to being cross-eyed and have other problems as noted later. Andy Goldfarb, tiger trainer who worked at MarineWorld in Vallejo, has said that when stressed or confused all white tigers cross their eyes. Inbreeding depression can be overcome by crossing white tigers to unrelated orange tigers; although the offspring will all be orange, they can be bred back to the white parent to produce white cubs. White tigers are now found in numerous zoos, not so much for conservation purposes (since they are essentially "man-made" and most are mongrels of Bengal and Amur tigers), but because they are a hit with the public."
Chick

Dog protects abandoned newborn

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(CNN) -- A dog sheltered a newborn baby abandoned by its 14-year-old mother in a field in rural Argentina until the boy was rescued, a doctor said Friday.

The abandoned infant was found in a field with this dog and her newborn puppies.

A resident of a rural area outside La Plata called police late Wednesday night to say that he had heard the baby crying in a field behind his house.

The man went outside and found the infant lying beside the dog and its six newborn puppies, Daniel Salcedo, chief of police of the Province of Buenos Aires, told CNN.

The temperature was a chilly 37 degrees, Salcedo said.

The dog had apparently carried the baby some 50 meters from where his mother had abandoned him to where the puppies were huddled, police said.

"She took it like a puppy and rescued it," Salcedo said. "The doctors told us if she hadn't done this, he would have died."

"The dog is a hero to us."

Dr. Egidio Melia, director of the Melchor Romero Hospital in La Plata, told CNN that police showed up at the hospital at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday with the baby who doctors say was only a few hours old.

Though the infant had superficial scratches and bruises and was bleeding from his mouth, he was in good shape, Melia said.

The next morning, the child's mother was driven by a neighbor to the hospital and told authorities the 8 pound, 13 ounce infant is hers, Melia said.

The teenager was immediately given psychological treatment and was hospitalized, he said. She has said little about the incident.

The child has been transferred to a children's hospital in La Plata, 37 miles from Buenos Aires.

Source FTW CNN.com
Drawn turtle

Strange seal noises.




This is a clip from Werner Herzog's documentary Encounters at the End of the World, in which he interviews people living in Antarctica.

Two researchers living on the ice describe the seal noises they hear coming through the ice, and it really is something. They sound more electronic than animal and it's hard to believe these sounds are actually coming from seals. As the woman in the clip says, it definitely sounds like something you'd hear in a Pink Floyd song rather than an Antarctic sea.