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2 Rare Sumatran Tiger Cubs Born At The National Zoo:

The keepers knew that their Sumatran tigers had last mated in April. They knew the gestation period for tigers was just over 100 days. And they had been glued to the tiger webcam to see if they could catch the birth live.

On Friday, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s female Sumatran tiger, Damai, started to show signs of discomfort. Her appetite declined. On Sunday, she refused all food.

On Monday evening, keeper Kristen Clark Beatty summoned curator Craig Saffoe to the video feed in her office, saying, “You need to be watching the camera. There’s something really happening.”

There was. At 6:08 p.m., as the keepers watched, Damai delivered her first cub, followed at 8:24 by a second.

“It was a pretty powerful scene to watch,” Saffoe said. Sumatran tigers are listed as critically endangered: Only 400 to 500 exist in the wild. And there are only 65 in accredited zoos in North America.

Big baby kittehs!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 9, 2013, 03:18 PM (4 replies)

Putin puts on his special shades:


@darth creates some great posters and other images.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 9, 2013, 02:06 PM (1 replies)

Brian Banks Finally Plays In NFL Game. (YES!)

Brian Banks has reached another level in the realization of his dream.

After signing earlier in the offseason with the Falcons, the man whose football career was derailed more than a decade ago by false accusations of rape has played in an NFL preseason game.

Banks entered the Bengals-Falcons contest in the fourth quarter at middle linebacker.

A recruit at USC before his legal troubles arose, Banks’ life was put on hold from 2002 until the victim recanted her claims last year. But it’s not the first time he has played football since high school. Last year, Banks signed with the now-defunct UFL’s Las Vegas Locomotives. He made it to the field before the league pulled the plug.

The next goal will be to make it to the 53-man roster. That may be too much to expect, but there’s a chance Banks will get a chance to continue developing his skills on the Atlanta practice squad.

I hope he makes it further in some capacity even if it's the practice squad.
All the best to him! Hope his other plans come true!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Aug 9, 2013, 05:07 AM (0 replies)

North Shore Animal League America- Puppy and Kitten Cam (Thurs, 11am-2pm)


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 12:55 PM (0 replies)

Cop Saves Sea Turtle Hatchlings At Florida Resort

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A Florida police officer saved nearly 100 baby sea turtles when he gathered the newly hatched creatures from a hotel parking lot and street and released them into the Gulf of Mexico.

Sarasota Officer Derek Conley was on patrol at 1 a.m. Saturday when he saw sea turtle hatchlings crawling toward the front door of the Lido Beach Resort. A passerby also told Conley that several dozen other baby turtles were walking around the hotel's parking lot.

Conley, along with some resort guests, scooped up the hatchlings in a box and released them into the water.

"I began collecting hatchlings from the street and stopped traffic several times to do so," wrote Conley in a report.

Good on him!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 06:12 AM (2 replies)

Pentagon doctors claim military suicides not related to combat

Military medical researchers on Tuesday published a paper that claims mental disorders such as depression and alcohol abuse are to blame for military suicides – not combat. Record numbers of US service members killed themselves last year, with 350 taking their own lives. From 2011 to 2012, the military suicide rate increased by nearly 16 per cent. Anti-suicide organizations fear the number could increase because troops withdrawn from Afghanistan are “not effectively integrated into suicide-prevention efforts,” Kristina Kaufmann, executive director of Code of Support Foundation, told NBC after the figures were released in January.
The researchers said they tracked 150,000 soldiers between 2001 and 2008, and found that those who killed themselves were usually heavy drinkers, suffering from depression, or had been diagnosed with manic depression. It remains unclear whether their deployments or combat exposure prompted their mental conditions – an important fact that could shed further light on the military’s effect on its members. A 2011 study published by the Journal of Psychiatry Research concluded that deployment increases the likelihood of self-destructive behavior and psychiatric problems. The report also showed an increase in mental illness among those in active duty service since 2005.

But this week’s study found that those who were deployed for longer than a year had a lower risk of suicide. As a result, the researchers suggested that rather than seek an early discharge, depressed soldiers should remain in the military and seek mental health care – a procedure that could put soldiers’ careers on the line, but that Col. Charles Engel of the Army Medical Corps believes would be more effective than an early discharge.

But the sharpest increase in the suicide rate occurred after 2008 – a period which the military study failed to examine. Critics claim that because the analysis ended at the time the suicide level dramatically spiked, it might underestimate the impact that multiple deployments and traumatic brain injuries may have on military service members.

“Why would the authors repeatedly insist that there is no association between combat and suicide?” Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis, a psychiatrist and retired Army brigadier general, said to The New York Times. “The careful analysis of bad data generates poor evidence.”

They have no shame. Apparently they took the wrong oath-The Hypocritical Oath.
Yeah, longer deployments. That's the ticket.
Immoral morans.....
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 05:34 AM (7 replies)

Barack Obama IS divisive!


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 04:48 AM (0 replies)

This would really wake you up!


Cat shaming really doesn't work. They could care less.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Thu Aug 8, 2013, 04:08 AM (0 replies)

Ah yes. Private contractors at work:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 7, 2013, 02:22 PM (7 replies)

The best billboard you will ever see:

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Aug 7, 2013, 02:16 PM (23 replies)
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