Gori the hungry young hippo struggled while trying to get to grips with his underwater birthday cake. The young hippo was celebrating his 2nd birthday at Valencia Bioparc in Spain on May 25 when keepers cooked up a special treat for him. Video footage released by the zoo shows how a cake full of Gori's favorite treats was prepared and then sunk into his pool for him to find. He made short work of the fruit and veggie birthday snack with just a few bites from his massive jaws. The common hippopotamus ( Hippopotamus amphibius ) is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list and its main threat is habitat loss. Bioparc actively participates in its conservation through the European breeding program. Bioparc says it also concentrates on environmental enrichment which aims to improve the quality of life of animals by enhancing their instincts. For the park team, Gori's birthday was also an emotional moment, with memories that Gori … [Read more...] about Hip hip hooray: Hungry hippo’s underwater birthday cake
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Anyone who has ever chucked a tennis ball in the general vicinity of a border collie knows that some animals take play very seriously—the intense stare, the tremble of anticipation, the apparent joy with every bounce, all in pursuit of inedible prey that tastes like the backyard. Dogs are far from the only animals that devote considerable time and energy to play. Juvenile wasps wrestle with hive mates, otters toss rocks between their paws, and human children around the world go to great lengths to avoid make-believe lava on the living-room floor. When a dog chases a ball or a child adjudicates relationship disputes in doll-land, something important and meaningful is clearly happening in their minds, says Laura Schulz, a cognitive scientist at MIT. “Play has a lot of peculiar and fascinating properties,” she says. “It’s totally fundamental to learning and human intelligence.” Scientists take play seriously too. For decades, psychologists, evolutionary biologists, and animal … [Read more...] about So What’s the Point of Playtime?
Disturbing new details emerged on Saturday about the FBI’s investigation into allegations that Dr. Larry Nassar was sexually molesting girls while the bureau was led by former FBI director James Comey. The FBI reportedly dragged its feet in the investigation, moving with “little evident urgency,” which led to dozens of additional victims who claim they were sexually molested by Nassar during the FBI’s investigation. The New York Times reports: The New York Times has identified at least 40 girls and women who say that Dr. Nassar molested them between July 2015, when he first fell under F.B.I. scrutiny, and September 2016, when he was exposed by an Indianapolis Star investigation. Some are among the youngest of the now-convicted predator’s many accusers — 265, and counting. The three alleged victims then at the center of the F.B.I.’s inquiry were world-class athletes; two were Olympic gold medalists. Nearly a year passed before agents interviewed two of the young women. “I … [Read more...] about REPORT: 40 Girls Sexually Molested By Dr. Nassar While Comey’s FBI Dragged Its Feet | The Daily Wire
The office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a damning report charging that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) covered up its lassitude in pursuing allegations against former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar after he had been accused of sexual abuse of girls on the team. The OIG reports that FBI headquarters drafted “a white paper (relying on Indianapolis Field Office information) that was intended to summarize the FBI’s handling of the Nassar allegations but omitted information about the FBI’s failure to timely interview the victim gymnasts.” Nassar worked as an Osteopathic Physician and Associate Professor at Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Family and Community Medicine, where for most of that time, he was employed as the USA Gymnastics National Medical Coordinator and a treating physician for gymnasts. The OIG details how in July 2015, following a USA Gymnastics internal investigation into … [Read more...] about FBI Covered Up Slow Response To Sexual Assault Allegations Against USA Gymnastics Doctor | The Daily Wire