Category:
Animals

Paved Deer

I've heard of road-line painting crews not bothering to move roadkill out of the way. But I hadn't heard before of a paving crew simply paving over a dead animal instead of moving it.

For some pics of roadkill painted over see: improbable research

Allentown Morning Call - Aug 22, 1996



Allentown Morning Call - Sep 14, 1996

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 21, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Death, Highways, Roads, Streets and Traffic

Falling Sheep

Yesterday, Paul mentioned the threat posed by cows. It's worth remembering that sheep can be pretty dangerous too. As this hiker in Ireland recently found out when, out of the blue, he was hit by a falling sheep. Both the hiker and the sheep seem to have survived the incident.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 31, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Animals

Gibbon Diet

In order to raise awareness and funds for the Gibbon Protection Society of Malaysia, Grace Watson is spending a month eating only what a gibbon would eat. From stuff.co.nz:

Most days Watson will have scrambled eggs for breakfast with spirulina or herbal tea.
Lunch is usually a variation of apples, bananas, mandarin, and edible insects, while dinner is limited to vegetable soups, salads or slaws of grated beetroot, carrot, apple, with a squeeze of lime and some seeds...
Although she would like to entirely commit to the animals' diet in order to draw attention to the endangered primates, she cannot consume leaves like they can. "I'm unable to do that as part of my diet because humans can't break down nutrients like gibbons do from leaves," Watson conceded.

While it seems like a fine cause, it seems to me like it's cheating just a bit to eat cooked food.

Posted By: Alex - Thu Aug 30, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Food, Dieting and Weight Loss

Hero Dog of the Year

In 1954, Ken-L Ration Dog Food began awarding a prize to the "Hero Dog of the Year." Sponsorship switched to Kibbles 'n' Bits at some point.

Here is a list of some winners.

The latest year I can find when the award was given was 2004.

The American Humane Society seems to have taken over, or rebooted the award.


In any case, the award gives us a chance here at WU to carry forward one of our earliest missions: proving that cows are the most evil and deadly creature on the planet.







Article behind NYT paywall, alas.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 30, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Awards, Prizes, Competitions and Contests, Dogs, 1950s, 1980s

The Punt Gun



Wikipedia page.

Longer article.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Aug 23, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Guns, Nineteenth Century

Miniature horses allowed

Southwest Airlines has announced it's adopting new rules, beginning September 18, about the animals it will allow on-board its aircraft. From their website:

Southwest will only accept the following species of animals in our cabin as trained service animals – dogs, cats and miniature horses.

They also have a list of the animals they won't allow on-board:

Southwest Airlines does not accept therapy dogs for transportation. We also do not allow a Customer to travel with an unusual or exotic animal (including, but not limited to: rodents, ferrets, insects, spiders, reptiles, hedgehogs, rabbits, or sugar gliders) acting as a trained service animal.

Personally I wouldn't care if someone brought their horse on-board. But I can't imagine where it would sit or stand during the flight.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Aug 21, 2018 - Comments (10)
Category: Animals, Air Travel and Airlines

President Truman and the Albino Kangaroo



Source.

The animal was spoken of at a press conference.



Source.

But according to LIFE, it came with a name.



Source.

BTW: what was meant by Truman being good at naming dinosaurs? I think this is the answer:



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Aug 20, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Animals, Government, Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, 1950s, Australia, North America

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear

Back in 1921, the chemist Arthur D. Little took it upon himself to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Or rather, he figured out a way to produce a silk-like thread out of sows' ears and wove a purse from this.

Actually, he made two purses. The Smithsonian has one of them. MIT now has the other. (Little was an MIT grad).

The picture of the purse (below) looks nothing like the illustration of it. I wonder what happened. Did the dye fade, or something?

More info: MIT Museum, MIT Library







Pittsburgh Press - Dec 28, 1975

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 19, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Science, 1920s

Buster, the Roller-Skating Rooster

He ice-skated also!

Davenport Daily Times - Aug 20, 1952



Baltimore Sun - Oct 12, 1952



Newark Advocate - Aug 21, 1952

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 17, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Sports, 1950s

Chicken Diapers

Julie Baker, owner of Pampered Poultry, is cashing in on the recent fad for keeping chickens as pets. She's selling 500 to 1000 "chicken diapers" every month, for $18 a piece. More info at The Outline:

In wealthy cities like San Francisco, chickens have even become an unlikely status symbol, with poultry owners going to unimaginable lengths to care for their pets. As The Washington Post reported in March, certain chicken owners have hired “chicken whisperers” to consult on their pets’ comfort (to the tune of $225 per hour).



(Thanks to Gerald Sacks for the link!)

Posted By: Alex - Fri Aug 10, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Farming, Fashion, Excrement

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