Monday, March 29, 2010
The blue whale is the largest creature that has ever lived on earth. It tips the scales at a whopping 170 tons - that's the same as about 22 elephants. Its heart is the size of a small car, and its largest blood vessels are wide enough for an adult to swim through without much difficulty.
The largest land animal in the world is the Kodiak bear. It weighs about 862 kilograms, which is roughly the same as 14 male gymnasts.
Woodpeckers slam their heads into wood at a rate of 20 pecks per second. What protects them from injury is a spongy area that sits behind their beaks and acts as a shock absorber.
Approximately 50 percent of all orangutans have fractured bones, a result of falling off of trees on a regular basis.
Giraffes and humans have the same number of bones in their necks: seven.
When a lion wants to mate, he cannot be stopped. Copulation occurs every 15 minutes for one week straight. Luckily for lionesses, lions only want to mate once every two years.
All clams are born as males. A clam can change to become a female, but only once, and the change is irreversible.
The brain of a roach is located inside of its body. If a roach loses its head, it can live up to nine days. A decapitated roach dies not because it cannot think, but because it cannot eat.
The koala does not need to drink liquids; it can obtain all of its liquids from eucalyptus leaves which are 50 percent water.
African elephants produce approximately 100 kilograms of manure per day. Most of this manure is eaten up by beetles.
Friday, March 26, 2010
This is a local story, this happened in Rockville the other day........
A dog named Soli with expensive tastes swallowed a diamond worth 20-thousand US dollars, causing panic for the owners of a jewelry shop outside Washington DC.
A diamond dealer brought the big rock to the store but he dropped it as he got it out to show owners Robert Rosin and George Kaufmann, and in an instant, Soli had gobbled up the three-plus carat rock.
They called a vet who advised them to let the diamond follow nature's course, which meant Kaufmann had to track Silos' every movement.
"It was not that pleasant. I followed him. I had to pick up his stuff. I went through the things. I can understand what it was like in the old Gold Rush because I felt like I had just hit pay dirt," Kaufman said.
After three days, the gem appeared and the dealer got his diamond back.
As for Soli, he's getting plenty of traditional doggy snacks to keep him from making a dog's dinner of any more gems.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
FARMINGTON, N.M. - The patient was only slightly injured when he limped into a hospital in the northwest New Mexico city of Farmington.
The only problem was, he was a dog.
When the automatic doors at San Juan Regional Medical Center's emergency room slid open Saturday night, the pooch walked in, blood on his nose and paw, and a puncture hole in one leg
Animal control officer Robin Loev responded to a call from the hospital and suspects the puncture wound was from the bite of another dog.
Loev says the German shepherd mix appeared to be intelligent and calm — and knew enough to go to the right place.
The animal was taken to the Farmington Animal Shelter and claimed by its owner.
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Corey is our current student intern from Frederick High who also takes classes at Hood College. Corey will be using her scholarship from Hood College to attend the Honors program and major in Biology this fall. Welcome Corey!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. Our pets aren’t far behind. In fact, a 2005 study from Purina found that 60 percent of America’s pets are overweight.
Dog owners spent nearly $300 on food and treats last year, and cat owners spent more than $200, according to the 2007 American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.
Don’t let your pet become another statistic. Obesity is a top health concern for veterinarians—excessive weight causes the same problems in pets as it does in humans.
A fast-food cheeseburger might be lunch for you, but for some small dogs, it’s the equivalent of five day’s worth of calories. Dog or cat food should satisfy all of your pet’s dietary needs—without pouring on gravy or adding table scraps. Portion control is also important to maintain.
Here are the calorie counts for the most common treats and a list of low calorie healthy treats for your pets.
TREAT/ SIZE/ CALORIES
Lean Beef/ one ounce/ 64
Beggin' Strips/ one strip/ 34
Bonz/ one medium/ 67
Bonz/ one large/ 89
Cheese/ one ounce/ 106
Chicken, skinless/ one ounce/ 52
Egg/ one large/ 81
French Fry/ one fry/ 20
Hot Dog/ two ounces/ 170
Ice Cream/ 1/4 cup/ 66
Ice Milk/ 1/4 cup/ 50
Liver/ one ounce/ 46
Milk 2%/ 1/2 cup/ 72
Milkbone, Small/ one bone/ 20
Milkbone, Medium/ one bone/ 40
Milkbone, Large/ one bone/ 115
Milkbone, XL/ one bone/ 225
Milkbone Gravy, S/M/ one bone/ 35
Milkbone Gravy, LG/ one bone/ 80
Peanut Butter/ one TBSP/ 82
Tuna, in oil/ one ounce/ 56
Tuna, in water/ one ounce/ 36
Whisker Lickins/ six pieces/ 18
Apple/ 1/4 medium/ 20
Baby Carrots/ four carrots/ 24
CET Chews,Petite/ one chew/ 50
CET Chews, Large/ one chew/ 64
CET Chews, XL/ one chew/ 122
CET Feline Chews/ one chew/ 15
Green Beans/ one ounce/ 18
Greenies, Teenie/ one chew/ 25
Greenies, Petite/ one chew/ 54
Greenies, Regular/ one chew/ 90
Greenies, Large/ one chew/ 144
Greenies, Jumbo/ one chew/ 270
Greenies, Feline/ six pieces/ 11
Hill's T/D, Feline/ six pieces/ 10
Hill's T/D, Large/ two pieces/ 36
Hill's T/D, Small/ three pieces/ 26
Hill's Rx Treats/ one biscuit/ 15
Royal K9 Biscuits/ one biscuit/ 15