Photo Of The Day

Brasil, S?o Paulo, SP. 14/02/1958. Cr?dito:ARQUIVO/ESTAD?O CONTE?DO/AE/Codigo imagem:53554 The Honorable Ms. Rhino.

Brasil, S?o Paulo, SP. 14/02/1958. Cr?dito:ARQUIVO/ESTAD?O CONTE?DO/AE/Codigo imagem:53554
The Honorable Ms. Rhino.

The Honorable Ms. Rhino

Cacareco, a rhinoceros at the S?o Paulo zoo, was a candidate for the 1958 city council elections with the intention of protesting against political corruption.

The city council election in Sao Paulo, Brazil had a surprise winner ? Cacareco, a five-year-old female rhinoceros at the local zoo. Not only did she win, but she did so by a landslide, garnering 100,000 votes (15% of the total). This was one of the highest totals for a local candidate in Brazil’s history to that date.

Cacareco’s candidacy was traced back to a group of students who had printed up 200,000 ballots with her name on them, but the ballots were all legitimately cast by voters, one of whom commented: “Better to elect a rhino than an ass.”

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James Delingpole on feeding giraffe to lions

We wrote the other day about all the sooks crying a river of tears because some lions in Copenhagen Zoo got a tasty feed of Marius the giraffe.

James Delingpole writes about the issue in The Telegraph.

One of the giraffes at Copenhagen Zoo has been killed, publicly dissected then fed to the lions. Public outrage has been immense. ?How could they do such a cruel and terrible thing?? people are asking on Twitter and elsewhere. ?And what kind of a sick, weird parent would you have to be to take your children to watch a giraffe being cut up with a surgeon?s knife??

Let me have a stab at answering the second question first, because I?m one of those sick, weird parents. If I?d been anywhere near Denmark that day, I too would have eagerly dragged my kids along to the zoo?s operating theatre to witness the ghoulish but fascinating Inside Nature?s Giants-style spectacle.

Why? Well, partly for my entertainment and education, but mainly for the sake of my children. I know we all love to idealise our offspring as sensitive, bunny-hugging little moppets who wouldn?t hurt a flea. But the truth is that there are few things kids enjoy more than a nice, juicy carcase with its guts hanging out. Dead birds are good; dead badgers are better; a dead giraffe is all but unbeatable.

You first tend to notice this trait on family walks. Desperately, you?ll try to keep your reluctant toddler going by showing it lots of fascinating things. Sheep or tractors may do the job, just about. But not nearly as well, say, as a dead rabbit with its belly distended with putrefaction and flies crawling over its empty eye sockets. It?s your child?s introduction to a concept we all have to grapple with in the end: what Damien Hirst once called ?The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living?.

This, no doubt, is one of the reasons for the enduring popularity of Roald Dahl. Dahl?s brilliant insight is that children, au fond, are horrid little sickos who like nothing better than stories about giants who steal you from your bed in the night to murder you, and enormous crocodiles that gobble you all up. His is a natural world red in tooth and claw: Fantastic Mr Fox really does slaughter chickens ? because he?s a fox ? and when he gets his tail shot off you know, much as you might wish it otherwise, that it is never ever going to grow back.? Read more »

Lions get tasty feed of giraffe and people are outraged?

I shake my head in disbelief that people get outraged over such rubbish.

The Herald reports on the outrage.

Saying it needed to prevent inbreeding, the Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal.

Marius, a healthy male, was put down yesterday using a bolt pistol, said zoo spokesman Tobias Stenbaek Bro. Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was then skinned and fed to the lions.

Marius’ plight triggered a wave of online protests and renewed debate about the conditions of zoo animals. Before the giraffe was killed, an online petition to save it had received more than 20,000 signatures.

But the public feeding of Marius’ remains to the lions was popular at Copenhagen Zoo. Stenbaek Bro said it allowed parents to decide whether their children should watch what the zoo regards as an important display of scientific knowledge about animals.

“I’m actually proud because I think we have given children a huge understanding of the anatomy of a giraffe that they wouldn’t have had from watching a giraffe in a photo,” Stenbaek Bro said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.? Read more »


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Ham The AstroChimp Ham The AstroChimp After His Historic 1961 Suborbital Flight. Read more »


The elephant in the room

by Cyber Billy
How’s he going to write this one up on his gift list?

Prime Minister John key appears to have won over his Sri Lankan hosts during this weekend’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting and New Zealand is being rewarded – with an elephant.

Sources:  TVNZ, Tom Scott, additional work by Cyber Billy

Sources: TVNZ, Tom Scott, additional work by Cyber Billy


Exclusive footage from inside Fraser House?

Dotcon Media Moment

“I get bored easily zo I like to get out und about. ?Here I am at der Zoo”

Dotcon visits zoo

Kim Dotcon — supplied