Amazing Capture

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A lion grabs a car’s door handle in its teeth at a safari park near Johannesbrg, South Africa……and opens the back door. The driver sped off unharmed

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Micro Pigs And Their Not So Micro Problems

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Last month, EZQUARA reported on the latest fashionable pets: micro-pigs. Last week, it was widely reported that celebrity endorsement has given these unlikely pets another boost in popularity: Victoria Beckham has bought two micropigs for David for Christmas. To any of us working in the animal world, these new fads for pets just make us roll our eyes and groan. You can’t deny the “cuteness” of such pets, but the logic of keeping them as pets is hard to follow.

The people behind the excellent Science: [So what? So everything] website put me in touch with Kirsty Bayley, Pig Herd Manager at the Institute of Animal Health, who’s passed on a few useful tips about the truth behind micropigs. If you’re even half-considering a micro-pig in your living room, read her take on them before doing anything else:

How to make a micro-pig
Micro-pigs are the product of selective breeding between Miniature Pot Bellied and Gloucester Old Spot. This means they breed them generation by generation, selecting the smallest each time, until they’ve got down to small versions of the original. This often involves inbreeding, which has associated problems. For instance, as the pigs get smaller, they are less likely to be able to carry and produce, or even feed, further litters, so their fertility declines. There will also be increased deformities as a result of inbreeding.

Beyond the cute phase
If you are purchasing a Micro-pig, make sure it’s from a respectable breeder, as there have been a number of incidents when buyers have purchased a micro-pig in good faith, only for the runt’s growth spurt to kick in and it has grown to a full-sized pig
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Crocodile Attacked And Killed By Angry Hippos

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A wildlife photographer has captured the moment a crocodile was killed after getting trapped in a maze of angry hippos. Vaclav Silha, the Czech photographer, had set up his camera on the banks of the Nile in the Serengeti national park, Tanzania, to take snaps of 50 hippos bathing in the river.

But the peaceful scene was broken when the bathers were interrupted by a crocodile”Mutual respect between these animals means fights occur very rarely,” said Mr Vaclav, 45.”One of the only reasons you might see a conflict is if the hippos have young and they think the little ones are under threat. That’s exactly what happened here.”The incautious croc got too close to a female who had calves and the whole group gathered into a defensive circle around them. It was a strong message for the crook to clear off.

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