Friday January 26, 2007

Three Links - Two Cute and one Big Awwwwwww

Escaped Chimp Gets Snack, Cleans Bathroom — Little Rock, Ark — Wednesday, January 17, 2007

An escaped chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo raided a kitchen cupboard and did a little cleaning with a toilet brush before sedatives knocked her out on top of a refrigerator.

As keepers tried to woo Judy back into her cage, she rummaged through a refrigerator where chimp snacks are stored. She opened kitchen cupboards, pulled out juice and soft drinks and took a swig from bottles she managed to open.

Keeper Ann Rademacher says Judy went into the bathroom, picked up a toilet brush and cleaned the toilet. Rademacher says the 37-year-old Judy was a house pet before the zoo acquired her in 1988, so she may have been familiar with housekeeping chores. Judy wrung out a sponge and scrubbed down the fridge.

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Scientists Can't Get Sloth to Move — Jena, Germany —Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Scientists in the eastern German city of Jena said Wednesday they have finally given up after three years of failed attempts to entice a sloth into budging as part of an experiment in animal movement.

The sloth, named Mats, was remanded to a zoo after consistently refusing to climb up and then back down a pole, as part of an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Jena's Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology.

On one visit to the National Zoo, I watched a sloth taking his daily constitutional. He walked out a branch, turned around, and came back, all underneath the branch, of course It took about 20 minutes and he went perhaps 15 feet.The best part was, another sloth was snoozing about 2/3 of the way along the branch, so the sloth "out for a walk" had to go unnnddeeerr his friend in both directions.


Two Freshwater Otter Pups Born Behind the Scenes — Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

On November 3, two curious and energetic African spotted-necked otter pups were born behind the scenes. Both female pups are in good health, have big appetites and are keeping their mom busy.

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Be sure to watch the video on the site. They squeak! And chirp and whistle. They are sooooooo cute. And fuzzy. A friend of mine, who told me about the otters, said he watched the video through twice –"little baby otter swim swim swim climb THUMP".

Rich says I can't have a pet otter... our house is too dry. :-) I don't suppose they'd like living in the bathtub anyway, and they'd probably make a mess.

The two pups-plus four other African spotted-necked otters and four Asian small-clawed otters-are living behind the scenes now, but visitors can see them all when Wild About Otters opens [at the Aquarium] on March 31. The special exhibition marks the first time [the Aquarium] will exhibit freshwater mammals and other freshwater animals-nearly 35 species of African and Asian reptiles, fishes and plants.
We'll try to go down one day in April.

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