Tuesday, April 08, 2008
This Little Piggie...
A tiger at a California zoo gave birth to a rare set of triplet cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the tiny cubs were born prematurely and died shortly after birth. The mother tiger, after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tiger to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tiger could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve.
After checking with other zoos all over the country, it turned out that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. Thus, the veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes, a mother of one species will take on the care of babies of a different species, and that's what they decided to try.
Alas, the only orphans that could be found quickly were a litter of weaning pigs. As crazy as it sounds, the zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or ... pork chops?
Well... The proof is in the photos. *Caveat: I haven't checked this through Snopes, so it may or may not be true. I thought the photos were adorable, though. Bona fide porcine pigs are cute. Some people are pigs. They're not cute.
I have a new job! The interview went very well last evening and I got everything I had hoped for -- without having to ask for a thing. This means more money and more flexibility. I figured I'd probably have to forgo a private office but, no, I'm getting one. She'd like for me to start at the soonest possible time, which I'm guessing will probably be next week. I'm very happy.
These Words Gone Wild rounded up by TWISTED LINGUISTICS seem very happy, too, though I can't for the life of me figure out why. Or what on earth they mean. But I'll try.
expecially - Formerly pretty cool, now not so much.
cubbard - A Shakespeare-quoting infant of the Ursidae family.
chicken thies - I think it used to be stealers of poultry -- until somebody stole the f. Or maybe it used to be a chicken part, until somebody stole the gh and left an inferior e.
heart attach - What a surgeon must be sure to do during cardiac surgery.
priscription - Instructions for divas and other girly-girls.
pollops - People who run surveys and elections.
skin adema - A hideous dermatological condition.