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Swing On A Scar

by on Feb.15, 2015, under Culture, Games, Recreation

The thrill that you get from achieving that goal, whether flying a plane, running a race, or shagging a sheep, diminishes every time you repeat the feat. The Piper Cub pilot might aspire to a Learjet, the 5K runner might take on a marathon, and sheep shagger wait stop why would anybody do that?! bungee1 You take the first leap of faith, and want to experience the same thrill, so you take it to greater heights. bungee2 After you've once again reached that plateau, you take it to the extreme. rbung5 The Moscow based Sinner Team has been practicing extreme stunts since 2008. Despite the extreme nature of their sports, they play it safe. Here a group member makes sure the bungee doesn't tangle as a colleague takes a 250 foot leap from the tower. rbung3 It's immediately noticeable when the end of the bungee is reached and it starts to stretch. rbung4 But there's no need to worry, when the harness is firmly attached to the body. rbung2 The Sinners prepare for their jumps by inserting four metal bars to which the harness will attach through skin piercings. The piercings are temporary, just for the occasion. rbung1 They jump and record their expressions as the harness tightens. rbung7 Then they land triumphantly. We wonder what they'll hang from when the thrill is over this time.
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Sheep Dog

by on Sep.28, 2011, under Animals, Family, Nature, Parenting

Jack was one of three lambs in a litter born at Adderley Wharf Farm near Market Drayton, Shropshire, UK. Triplets are rare and Jack was tiny, so owner Alison Sinstadt and her partner Simon Sherwin brought the Lleyn sheep into the house. They warmed him with a hair dryer and fed him milk. Their nine year old springer spaniel Jessie herds the sheep on the farm, but took to Jessie as a companion. They sleep together in a dog basket in the porch. Jessie made a strong impression on Jack, who follows her around and tries to imitate her. At six months old, Jack doesn't see himself as a sheep. He wears a collar and lead, fetches sticks, jumps on his hind legs, and makes a barking-like sound, somewhere between a baa and a woof. When Jack is in the field with the rest of the sheep, he tries to herd them into a corner. Alison said: "Jack doesn't even recognise sheep as his own kind because he tries to herd them up when he's in a field with them. He even fetches sticks and jumps up on his hind legs like a dog. When we take Jessie for a walk on the lead Jack nuzzles me until I put him on a lead too." "He is so sure he is a dog and we treat him like one. Jessie is a pet but she lives mostly outside. Jack follows her wherever she goes. When Jessie comes in the house, Jack often comes in with him but we don't encourage it. The only thing which Jack does which is remotely sheep-like is eat grass. Apart from that he's just like a dog."

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Another Mouth To Feed

by on Mar.13, 2011, under Animals, Nature

Things with two heads are a rarity in nature, the result of embryos failing to divide properly. When we see them, they're usually very young, because having two heads doesn't help in the wild, and they don't live very long. That's probably good in some cases. Imagine stumbling on a two-headed alligator in the sewer. Constant competition for food and control with itself precludes proper nutrition and rest. It takes a lot of effort to sustain the larger two-headed creatures.

And some of them survive.

Unless nature has truly frowned on them.

Despite the odds, we still persist in trying to save them.

This seven week old African Spurred Tortoise is expected to live a very long life.

Discovered in Slovakia, they were named Magda and Lenka.

They share a fifth leg between them. The African Spurred Tortoise is the biggest land tortoise in the world. Specimens with 24 to 36 inch long shells weighing 150 pounds  are not unknown and they grow from hatchling size (2-3 inches) very quickly, reaching 6-10 inches within the first few years of their lives. The lifespan of an African Spurred Tortoise is about 30-50 years.

The two-headed shark above, from the Shell Museum in Australia, hasn't been named. I'm leaning towards Rippie and Shreddie.

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