Would You Keep A Giant Cockroach As A Pet?

huge cockrocheeeeeee

He’s a contender. This giant burrowing cockroach made the news for (potentially) being the world’s heaviest insect. Related to, but not the same as the roaches we see stateside, these creatures can range from 1 to 1.5 ounces

While it’s not yet certain if Heathcliff measures up to the title, I’m torn between wanting to look away . . . and not being able to! As it turns out, in Australia, these popularish pets can cost up to 100 Australian dollars (about $85 in US) for two! They give birth to live young, care for babes in a burrow, and dine on easily attained fresh leaves — would you wish for one as a pampered pal, too?



Orangutan Gets Crafty In Borneo!

Martha Stewart ain’t the only gal who likes to get her DIY on.

Wildlife documentarian Sir David Attenborough introduces us to this “old lady” orangutan in the BBC Earth documentary “Life of Mammals”. The Borneo primate, who was rescued from captivity and returned to the wild, has been bit by the home improvement bug, proudly demonstrating her penchant for wood, nails, and hammers.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but if it is indeed broke, then we just found ourselves the cutest handyprimate this side of…well, Borneo.


Lions Invade Hotel Guest’s Perfect Picnic

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Most people worry about ants spoiling their picnic, but for one group of tourists in South Africa, it was a pride of lions that ruined their meal! While preparing to dine at the Tuningi Safari Lodge over the weekend, the guests received a rude awakening as several lions closed in on their food. The diners fled to a safe location and watched as the big cats indulged in their snacks — and booze! “We like our guests to get up close and personal with the animals,” game ranger Grant Marcus reportedly said. “But this was ridiculous!” Luckily, no one was harmed by the lions, but the tourists were probably a little hungry!


The Cat Without A Face

no face cat

Melissa Smith’s 4-year-old cat loves to eat, likes to groom animal and human friends alike, and is as curious as they come. But Chase, named for the vet clinic that saved her life, is definitely not like most felines: She’s missing most of her face.

In 2005, Smith was working as a veterinary assistant at the Chevy Chase Animal Clinic in Lexington, Ky., when a man brought in an injured kitten that had likely been hit by a car. The kitten’s face was crushed, and a back leg was so damaged it had to be amputated. The clinic helped with some surgeries – via visits to the University of Tennessee — but there was no replacing the cat’s eyelids. Tissue on the cat’s face also “sloughed off” due to the trauma, leaving Chase looking much like a burn victim.

But the resilient cat went home with Smith at nights and weekends, and roamed the clinic during the day. About two years ago, when Smith married and moved to Omaha, Neb., she took Chase along. “I wanted to,” she says. “She was my cat.” The 28-year-old has kept well-wishers — who sent letters and donations Chase’s way while she was recovering — updated on the cat’s progress via Facebook (she has more than 750 fans) and a blog with pictures that are at once ordinary and arresting.

Smith, who’s married to an Air Force captain, has a 3-month-old son and lives with two Italian greyhounds and another cat who’s “good friends” with Chase. Smith keeps Chase inside, and administers regular drops to keep her exposed eyes moist. Even so, “she has really good vision.” Chase is missing a face, but little else: “She’s just the sweetest cat,” says Smith. Chase was jealous of the baby at first, but now “wants to snuggle,” says Smith. “I think he’s growing on her.”