Tuesday, September 01, 2009
One of the Asian bitterlings has `pop eye disease`. This is treatable, and most fish eventually recover. We have treated the tank with fish tonic, and are awaiting further developments.
Rufus the Chinese crested mynah is also quite poorly. He has been a bit off colour for a few days, but now needs to go to the vet. I will keep you informed....
For the second year running, we will be broadcasting the Weird Weekend (almost) in its entirety here on CFZtv. There were a couple of glitches due to technical problems beyond our control, but on the whole everything went well, so 95% of the conference will be up in the next days....
"The Polish Yeti allegedly roaming the Tatra mountains has been spotted again already.
Earlier this week The Morningstarr* reported how 27 year old Piotr Kowalski from Warsaw spotted an ape-like creature hiding amongst rocks up in the Tatra mountains. Now 19 year old Justyna Folger has come forward with a video of her on a camping trip in the same area..."
I have to admit that I am not really any more impressed than I was by the first bit of footage
but the story is interesting, even though none of the footage presented so far is even approaching conclusive....
American alligators rarely exceed 10 feet these days. However, in Alabama a couple of huge ones have been recently killed. Matt Thornton killed a 13 foot, 5 inch 'gator in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, tipping the scales at 705 lbs. John Sutton killed a 12 foot, 10 inch specimen from the Tenshaw River. Though many crocodile species get vastly larger, 'gators of this size are now very uncommon.
Why people have to kill these magnificent beasts is beyond me. Is it to prove that they are men? If so they fail abysmally and prove only that they are juvenile cowards. By killing big male 'gators they are diluting the gene for large size and are robbing the world of spectacular animals.
I'm middle-aged and have a beer belly so the next story gives me hope. A plump, middle-aged Slovenian has just swum 3,274 miles down the Amazon, braving caiman, piranhas and the genital-burrowing candiru fish. The reason: it was there!
Apparently his doctor told him to give up drinking so he had a bottle of red wine, some whiskey and a beer. What a guy!
He put them into the Hong Kong community tank together with my Asian bitterlings, and we hope that this will inspire them to breed.
However, I am sure that the dear boy will spend the next few months telling everyone how I gazed myopically at the tank for nearly an hour before noticing the new arrivals.
He is already telling everyone how this is just another symptom of my approaching senility, and how if I am not actually prepared to go into the library with a bottle of port and a revolver, I should at least resign forthwith and let him be director of the CFZ in my stead.
Yo peeps, Atilla the Hen, your favourite poultry news fowl here. I don't get to do the news very often because Welsh-boy always hogs it, but he is away seeing his girlfriend in Plymouth for a few days, which gives me the chance to shine.
However, whilst on the subject of Oll's girlfriend, her father is ill in hospital at the moment, and we would like to take this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery.
But enough of such stuff - on with Yesterday's News Today:
White pedigree poodle has black puppies
Disease changes the way that frogs mate
Nessie sightings through the ages
An incredible journey
See? It's not that difficult. Now to think of a joke. Errrrm.
Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: To do the CFZ News blog of course!
See you tomorrows peeps.