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.
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 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.
The Bears would like to wish all the Friends of The Bears a very Happy Valentine’s Day. We make this wish every year but this time we thought we would look at how Saint Valentine’s Day, the name by which it first started, came into being. There are numerous early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The Valentines honoured on 14th February are Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni. Valentine of Rome was a priest in Rome who was martyred in about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome. Valentine of Terni became Bishop of Interamna in about AD 197 and is thought to have been martyred during the persecution under Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia.
We have decided that there really are some cheeky little bastards in this world! Some little chancer by the name of Peter Van Lee has placed a Renault Bear up for sale on eBay and instead of charging the usual couple of quid, has instead placed a price of £15 on the poor Bear’s freedom, because – get this… there is a fan club! By fan club, he means us here at The Bear Sanctuary