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The Odd Couple

by on Jun.21, 2011, under Animals, Family, Nature

Suryia and Roscoe are an unlikely pair. They met four years ago when Roscoe followed staff from The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (TIGERS) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as they walked home.

Dr Bhagavan Antle, the reserve’s founder, said, “Roscoe looked really thin and a little lost so we fed him and took care of him. He followed us through the gate and ran over and found Suryia. As soon as he saw Roscoe, Suryia ran over to him and they started playing.”

“Dogs are usually scared of primates, but they took to each other straight away. We made a few calls to see if he belonged to anyone and when no one came forward, Roscoe ended up staying.”

Suryia, an orangutan, and Roscoe, a bluetick hound, are virtually inseparable.

They hang around together all day.

They even swim together.

Suryia isn’t a great swimmer so he wears a life vest.

Suryia walks Roscoe around the compound.

Sometimes, after rolling around, going for a walk, or swimming, they ride Bubbles, the elephant.

They share almost everything. Roscoe doesn’t like bananas.

Their popularity has soared since the book came out, and Suryia and Roscoe are on tour to promote it.

The book has lots of pictures of the pair, along with their story, and is available now.

Suryia And Roscoe, by Dr Antle, Thea Feldman and photographer Barry Bland

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Dog Dybbuk

by on Jun.20, 2011, under Animals, Crime, Culture, History, Kids, Religion, Weapons

A Jerusalem rabbinical court recently sentenced a wandering dog to death by stoning. The cruel sentence stemmed from the suspicion that the dog was the reincarnation of a famous secular lawyer, who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago.

Several weeks ago, according to the Behadrei Hadarim website, a large dog entered the Monetary Affairs Court near the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim. The dog scared the court’s visitors and, to their surprise, refused to leave even after they attempted to drive him away.

One of the judges suddenly recalled that about 20 years ago, a famous secular lawyer who insulted the court was cursed by the panel of judges, who wished that his spirit would move on to the body of a dog (considered an impure animal by Halacha). The lawyer died several years ago.

Still offended, one of the judges sentenced the poor animal to death by stoning, recruiting the neighborhood children to carry out the order. Fortunately, the dog managed to escape before the sentence could be carried out.

The head of the court, Rabbi Avraham Dov Levin, denied that the judges had called for the dog’s stoning. But one of the court’s managers confirmed the report to Yedioth Ahronoth.

“It was ordered by the rabbis because of the grief he had caused the court,” he said. “They didn’t issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him in order to drive him away. They didn’t think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog.”

Some ultra-orthodox Jews believe in the transmigration of souls, or reincarnation but it is not part of mainstream Judaism.

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Fox News

by on Jun.19, 2011, under Miscellaneous

After spotting a fox stealing his kitten’s dinner a few times, German wildlife photographer Horst Jegen was determined to get the picture. He rigged a trap with a camera and hidden trigger, and an egg for bait.

The camera was triggered the moment the fox stepped inside, and was then programmed to take multiple shots.

The fox spotted the egg and tentatively stepped inside.

He grabbed the egg, only inches away from the camera.

With a second camera, Horst captured the fox’s getaway.

Mr Jegen, from the Eifel region of Germany, said: ‘The wild fox visits my garden every night looking for food – and even has the cheek to steal my cats dinner. The fox was scared at first as it was a really wild one. He was also very nosey. Every day I put a different piece of food in a different place so he has to find it. This time I decided it would be a good idea to get a picture of him close up, and used the egg as bait. He almost always finds the food – maybe only failing to find it on two occasions – so I was pretty confident of getting the shot.”

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Mysterious Island

by on Jun.18, 2011, under Culture, Family, History, Recreation

Mustique is three and a half square mile jewel in the archipelago of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Privately owned, it was purchased by Colin Christopher Paget Tennant, the 3rd Baron Glenconner, who bought it in 1958 for 45,000 pounds as an exclusive private retreat for him and his friends.

Lord and Lady Glenconner

There are around 20 houses on the island.

Some of them are quite luxurious. Princess Margaret owns one.

It has beautiful beaches.

For years, there have been rumors of decadent gatherings on the island. Boys wearing little except coconut oil were said to have entertained guests at at least one party.

Lord Glenconner's 50th birthday party

Lord Glenconner remarks: “We drank but there were no drugs. We were sometimes a little naughty, I suppose. At one early party, the young entertainers from the village didn’t have anything on and one of the ladies said, ‘Why are all those men wearing sporrans?'”

Lord Glenconner died recently at the age of 83, and surprised his wife and family by leaving the multi-million pound estate on the Caribbean island of St Lucia to Kent Adonai, 48, his manservant for the past thirty years.

Questioning the legacy, Lady Anne said, “Kent was beloved by my husband but so were we all – I was married to him for 55 years.”

But Mr Adonai had walked the baron’s pet elephant, cooked for him and his friends, and slept on the floor by his bed for 30 years, which his wife had refused to do.

Lord Glenconner changed his will seven months before his death from cancer to leave Mr Adonai everything that had been meant for his heir, his 17-year-old grandson Cody.

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The Ties that Bind

by on Jun.18, 2011, under Crime, Culture, Drugs, Games, Recreation

Races at the Royal Ascot are attended by the rich and famous, titled aristocrats, and often members of the Royal Family.

It’s not just a horse race.

It’s an English tradition.

Patrons dress in their finest attire and pack themselves in to mingle, watch the races

and the fashion.

Two people were arrested for possession of cocaine on the first day of the five day event this year, so the police have decided to crack down on drug use among the 40,000 person crowd.

Officers with sniffer dogs have been patrolling the grounds to identify spectators carrying narcotics. White metal depository boxes have been placed around the course, and at the Grandstand Enclosure entrance. Guests are asked to deposit their illegal drugs into these boxes.

It’s only fair, as the horses are drug-tested before the race.

The boxes are secured by a nylon cable tie to keep miscreants from appropriating the drugs.

Police haul away illegal drugs at end of race

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Jaws

by on Jun.17, 2011, under Animals, Health, Kids, Nature

One of the things that makes sharks so fierce is that they have multiple rows of teeth.

Sometimes it affects kids too. It usually resolves itself when permanent teeth replace baby teeth.

About 10% of all kids experience this, but it usually only lasts a couple of weeks at most.

The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow hosts the Bryce Skulls, a collection of 13 skulls that were excavated by Professor Thomas Hastie Bryce. The majority of the skulls were excavated by Bryce on his expedition to Arran in 1900. One of the skulls is particularly unusual.

It’s a child’s skull with adult teeth coming in. Because the condition disappears so quickly, no other skulls have been found in that part of the world in this state.

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