Archive for April, 2012

Baby fox rescued from well

Monday, April 30th, 2012

(ANIMAL RESCUE) UNITED KINGDOM — A baby fox rescued from a well is now safe and sound at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James, UK. No one is sure how she got in the well, but she may have been abandoned by her mother. The well was in a quarry where workers fortunately heard her cries and brought her up to safety. Read more on this successful rescue. — Global Animal


10 Pieces of Evidence That Plants Are Smarter Than You Think

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Though plants possess nothing even remotely like brains, they can nevertheless communicate, measure time, and even use camouflage. They may not be thinking in a way that we’d recognize, but our chlorophyll-saturated pals are certainly doing a lot more than sitting around splitting water molecules. Here are ten things plants do that look pretty damn smart — even to those of us over here in the Kingdom Animalia.


For us longtime gardeners, much of this has at least been intuited. Fascinating.

5 Baffling Discoveries That Prove History Books Are Wrong

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

A generation of students found out the hard way that archaeology isn’t anywhere near as much fun as Indiana Jones made it look. Still, experts in the field do have their exciting, and even shocking, days at the office. Mainly, these occur when they discover baffling artifacts that are half a planet away from where they should be, proving that a whole lot of what we thought about history was dead wrong. Like …

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Gorilla chooses kitten for playmate

Friday, April 27th, 2012

This gorilla has a pretty enviable life. She’s presented with five kittens, gets to chose as many of them as she wants and is then celebrated for playing with them. But the gorilla hasn’t let her fame and good fortune go to her head. She selflessly takes but one baby cat to carefully cuddle, leaving the rest for other feline fanatical primates of the world. How sensible.

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Soy Proteins ‘Protect Against Liver Disease’ In Obese People

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

American researchers have discovered that those who have a soy protein-rich diet reduce the amount of ‘fatty deposits’ that accumulate around the liver, which can lead to liver disease.

Scientists from the University of Illunois found that soy protein, derived from non-animal sources such as tofu and natural yoghurt, significantly slashes the amount of fat and triglycerides (a type of fat found in the bloodstream and tissue) in the liver.

High levels of both of these can trigger liver disease as they force the organ to store fat instead of metabolising it, meaning the liver cannot do its job properly.


Ten Years on a Chain – a Loving Dog Rescue

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Ten Years on a Chain – a Loving Dog Rescue That Will Touch Your Heart
No blanket, toy, or bone. Often no clean food or water. That was the life this dog led until some wonderful people came along and changed it all…watch the very touching video with a happy ending.


Get An Eye Exam: Arthritis to Cancer Seen in Eye

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Diagnosing illness through the eye, is nothing new, according to Dr. Marco Zarbin, chief of ophthalmology at the University of Medicine, Dentistry, New Jersey.

“It happens all the time,” he said, from rare conditions to diseases like multiple sclerosis, leukemia, brain tumors.

“If you look at your brain, two-thirds of it is dedicated to some aspect of vision,” said Zarbin. “It’s a big deal.”

Eye doctors emphasize that regular exams are important.

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Henri, the French cat, grapples with the pain of existence

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Henri is adorable, such a drama queen, and the narrative is great, and so French.

Attention, francophiles: the French words are great, although the accent is not straight from Paris.

But who cares? Henri is the perfect name for a cat filled with ennui; this video is both really funny and really sad.


10 heart attack symptoms you’re likely to ignore

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Heart attacks don’t always strike out of the blue — there are many symptoms we can watch for in the days and weeks leading up to an attack. But the symptoms may not be the ones we expect. And they can be different in men and women, and different still in older adults. Last year, for example, a landmark study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Institute found that 95 percent of women who’d had heart attacks reported experiencing symptoms in the weeks and months before the attack — but the symptoms weren’t the expected chest pain, so they went unrecognized.

Don’t let that happen to you. Here, 10 heart symptoms you’re likely to ignore — and shouldn’t.

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Mu Shu, the half-blind piglet, cared for by Hunter, his dogfriend

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Mu Shu the piglet had fallen off of a livestock truck in Kansas when Shane Tonn found her on the road bruised and unconscious. Luckily for Mu Shu, Tonn and his family run a vet hospital and immediately took the battered piglet in. Tonn told WXFT that he did not believe she was going to make it through the first 48 hours, but Mu Shu proved him wrong.


Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.