Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Funny Animals




In the News....

Basketball player saves dolphin
A marine park in China recruited a long-armed basketball player to help save a dying dolphin.
The female dolphin, named Linda, had swallowed a plastic mat which had got stuck in her stomach.
Staff at the Hangzhou Polar Ocean Park, Zhejiang province, x-rayed Linda after she lost interest in her usual trick of stealing fish from a bucket at the waterside.
"She seemed very upset and had no appetite at all. We were worried she was ill," said a spokesman for the park.
Vets' tools could not reach into the dolphin's stomach so an appeal went out to the local sports bureau for help.
And retired basketball player Zhang Youliang, who is 7ft 1in tall and has arms more than a metre long, stepped forward.
With the help of more than 10 staff, Zhang managed to reach into the dolphin's stomach and remove the mat at the second attempt.
Vets say Linda should now make a full recovery in about a week from the damage to her stomach.
Spaz the dog saves woman from fire
Lillian Miller thought her little dog Spaz just needed to make a middle-of-the-night trip outside to relieve himself.
It turns out that the Chihuahua mixed-breed dog was trying to warn her about a fire.
Miller, 58, who had taken out her hearing aids, was asleep at about 3 a.m. on Saturday when she heard the faint strains of Spaz's barking.
She took him outside, but when she returned to her mobile home on Timber Village Road in Groveland, she saw flames coming from her living-room window.
"He must have heard the fire alarm, but she couldn't hear it because she didn't have her hearing aids in," said her mother, Eudora Miller. The fire spread, and the two were lucky to get out, Eudora Miller said.
Eudora Miller isn't sure how old Spaz is — he's getting a little grey around the whiskers but is still "as cute as can be," she said. But now he will have a special place in the Miller family's heart. "As far as I'm concerned, he saved her life," Eudora Miller said.

Fathers That Give Birth

Talk about a very special Father's Day!
Watch biologists search for the legendary Knysna seahorse, a species in which the males actually give birth to their young.

Crow adopts kitten

A friendship between a kitten and a crow who saved her life.

Toddler Has Same IQ Score as Stephen Hawking

She's 2. She plays with dolls and draws with chalk. And apparently, she's one of the smartest people in Britain.
Karina Oakley of Guildford, Surrey, near London, has an IQ of 160 — the same as physics professor Stephen Hawking and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
"She has a very good memory," her mother said. "She seems to be quite aware of her surroundings, what's going on around her, she's very observant, she talks all the time, asks questions all the time."
Intrigued by her daughter's exceptional language and memory abilities, Fraser had her tested after seeing a TV show about child prodigies.
"During the test it was noted that she gave imaginative responses to questions," When Prof. Joan Freeman, a child-psychology expert, administered the classic Stanford-Binet IQ test to the little girl, she noted imaginative responses.
"What do you use your eyes for?" brought the answer, "You close them when you go to sleep" and "You put your contact lenses in them."
IQ scores are derived by evaluating how well a subject does compared to others of his or her own age. A perfect age match would result in an "average" score of 100, while a 6-year-old who had the same results as an average 9-year-old would score 150, or "genius" level.
Freeman thinks Karina's IQ may only go up as she gets older, though Fraser says whatever happens, she'll always be her little girl.
"I just think of her as Karina," the mother said. "I don't have anyone to compare her to."