The genetic diversity of the world’s largest cat is down to 14 animals say scientists. Although there are approximately 500 Amur Tigers surviving in the wild most of them are related and should not breed because of the risk of passing on genetic disorders. This means that any vulnerability to disease or genetic disorders could be passed on to the next generation. These results paint a grim picture for the Tiger’s chances of survival.
Having no Space programme of our own here in the UK, we have watched with envious eyes at the American’s exploration over the years. I even remember seeing the Apollo flights in the late 1960s and we have all been followers of the exploration of Space over the years. However, today is a sad old day as the Space Shuttle Discovery is launched for the very last time.
Sometimes some of the best programmes on the telly are the adverts. The Bears have particularly been fond of the Morgan Freeman More Than adverts lately. The insurance company have been ripping off Morgan’s voiceovers from such films as Shawshank Redemption and have been getting a lot of attention for it recently.
For those of you who do not already know, our illustrious leader and keeper Davidd has been in hospital this past week after contracting Pneumonia. While seeking medical help for this it was discovered that he also has an abnormal heart rhythm. This is not life threatening in itself but needs to be repaired before any damage is done. Davidd has been placed on medication and, it is hoped, this will be enough to correct the abnormal heart rhythm on its own. If it is not then he will need mild electric shock treatment to coax the heart back into a regular rhythm.
We would like to apologise for the extended downtime of the blog but we are trying to get the level of service available to everyone up to the highest standard. We have been having trouble with our last host and now our current host telling us our site is too busy to be hosted on their normal hosting plans and that their servers cannot cope with the demand. With this in mind, we have decided to get our own server and set it up in its own data centre down in London!
We have hit problems again with our Blog. During the last few days, it has slowed to a crawl. It is proving very frustrating to find the cause of the slow-down, which is annoying. Normally if WordPress slows down it is the fault of a recently installed plugin otherwise, it can be some database corruption. We have repaired the database and removed all the plugins one at a time and the problem persists – but only at certain times of the day.