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Animals in Cartoons – Lady and the Tramp

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on June 22, 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The fifteenth animated feature in the Disney Animated Features Canon, it was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope Widescreen film process. The story, which was based upon a short story called Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene, centers on a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper middle-class family, and a male stray mutt called the Tramp.

A direct-to-video sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, was released in 2001.

Lady and the Tramp the story of two dogs

Happy Dan the Whistling Dog” was published in an early 1940s edition of the “Cosmopolitan magazine”.   In 1953 Disney published the first edition of “Lady and the Tramp, the story of two dogs” in hardcover, attributing the authorship to Ward Greene.  Currently one of these books is on eBay selling for at least $700.   A 1953 edition signed by Walt Disney himself, sold at Christies for over $3,000.   See links below, if you really want to.   If you won the Lotto, I suppose you could buy the book on eBay, if you wanted to.

Lady and the Tramp – story of Two Dogs – on eBay

Christies –  original Lady and the Tramp book sale

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Living in harmony with nature – International Day for Biological Diversity – 22 May 2012


Video Message from Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, on the occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity

Biological diversity – or biodiversity – is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms.  Read more by clicking here.

http://www.cbd.int/2010/biodiversity/

The Earth’s biological resources are vital to humanity’s economic and social development. As a result, there is a growing recognition that biological diversity is a global asset of tremendous value to present and future generations. At the same time, the threat to species and ecosystems has never been so great as it is today. Species extinction caused by human activities continues at an alarming rate.  You can read information about what the Convention on Biological Diversity is, at the web page below.

http://www.cbd.int/history/

The Convention parties are signatory to a number of international Protocols and are members of a number of Convention bodies. For example, the Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic annual meetings.
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Thylacine – Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus)

Thylacine   (Thylacinus cynocephalus)

Distribution:   Prehistorically, Australia and New Guinea; Historically, Tasmania.

Last Record:   Night of 7 September 1936.

thylacine

Source of picture and information:    The Rain Forest Info org   http://rainforestinfo.org.au

The thylacine was the largest marsupial predator to have survived into historic times. Before the introduction of the dingo to mainland Australia around four thousand years ago it was widespread on the mainland and in New Guinea. When first encountered by Europeans in the early nineteenth century it was restricted to the island of Tasmania. There, however, it occurred in a variety of habitats, but not apparently the dense rainforests of the southwest.

Thylacines were rather wolf-like in shape, males reaching around thirty-five and females twenty-five kilograms in weight. They seem to have hunted singly, in pairs and in family groups (male, female and one to three young), pursuing wallabies and other prey by scent, eventually running them to exhaustion or into ambush.

Lairs were often located among rocks, and young stayed with the female until they were well grown and able to hunt independently. The Tasmanian Aborigines occasionally hunted them, but would build a curious shelter over the bones, believing that if they were rained upon then very bad weather would follow.

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Animals connecting to Celine

Baby Woylie

Baby Woylie

Background to this following Article:

The following is a nice anecdote that my sister, Therese, wrote about my affinity with animals.

cat-divider

I hereby attest that the animals of this world have an affinity with my sister, Celine, as the following descriptions show.  I am recording the experiences that show a definite connection between creatures and Celine.  The animals respect Celine, treating her as a kindred spirit!

1.    Small dog puts both paws on Celine’s knees, ignores all other people.

At a family get together, Celine and I were standing apart from the others.  Celine was standing a fair way away from me.  A small dog was wandering around.  The dog and Celine espied each other and Celine indicated to the dog a little bit.  Without much ado, the dog went straight up to Celine and, without Celine’s bidding, put its paws squarely on Celine’s knee and looked up at Celine.  Whereupon, Celine patted the small dog and said some encouraging words.

Later on, the dog was seen by me wandering around.  I didn’t see it approach anyone else.  Although I looked at it and tried to communicate non-verbally to it to come to me, it completely ignored me.  The small dog only liked Celine, so it seemed!  It found a friend in Celine because it immediately went up to Celine and with no hesitation whatsoever put it’s paws trustingly on Celine’s knee.

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Poll – Which 3 Aquarium fishes do you like best?

Banded Rainbowfish -  Melanotaenia trifasciata

Banded Rainbowfish

Picture Source – Free Wallpapers

The “My Aquarium Critterz” blog, run by Johno, has now got a Poll where you can choose your top 3 favourite aquarium fishes.  Johno’s blog also has pages on the fishes that are listed in his poll, so you can look at the pictures and information on his blog (or google them) to help make your choices.   (I chose Guppies, Featherfin Catfish and Glass Catfish, if you must know).

Click on the link below to enter the poll.

Poll – click here

You can get some great fish pictures and other animal pictures for your PC Desktop at the “Picture Source – Free Wallpapers” link above, if you like.  Enjoy !

Skeletal System – Skeletons, Joints & Bones – part one


human skeleton

Click on the “thumbnail” picture above to view it in larger size

Did you know there are 206 bones in the average human being?  Bones support and protect the various organs of the body, produce red and white blood cells and store minerals.  Bone tissue is a type of dense connective tissue. Bones have a complex internal and external structure making them lightweight, yet strong and hard.

The cranium or skull and some other groups of bones contain a number of duplicate bones.  You can find the numbers of each type of bone in the human body by scrolling down the following linked page. For example there are 26 individual vertebrae bones in the human being, and there are 24 ribs (or 12 pairs).   Ossicle bones are the bones of the ear.  The hyoid bone is the one and only bone of the throat.  It is a horseshoe-shaped bone that serves as an anchoring structure for the tongue.  The clavicle is called the collar-bone, and the scapula called the shoulder-blade.

http://www.howmanyarethere.org/how-many-organs-are-in-the-human-body/

The skeleton is an animal’s internal support frame. This bony structure helps to protect the organs and aids in movement. Some animals, including human beings, have an internal skeleton called an endoskeleton. Other animals have a skeleton on the outside of their body called an exoskeleton.

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Skeletal System – Skeletons, Joints & Bones – part two

THIS IS PART TWO.

YOU CAN READ PART ONE AT THE POST PUBLISHED BEFORE THIS ONE.   PART ONE INCLUDES BONE INTERNAL STRUCTURE & BONE TISSUE

A joint is the point where two or more bones meet. There are three main types of joints – Fibrous (immoveable & held together by a ligament), cartilaginous (partly moveable, held together by cartilage) and the Synovial (freely moveable) joint. Synovial joints consist of a synovial capsule (collagenous structure) surrounding the entire joint, a synovial membrane (the inner layer of the capsule) which secretes synovial fluid (a lubricating liquid) and cartilage known as hyaline cartilage (a flexible connective tissue) which pads the ends of the articulating bones.  An example of a Fibrous joint is where the teeth are attached to their bony sockets. The vertebrae have cartilaginous joints between them.

Examples of Synovial Joints follow.

A hinge joint allows movement in a certain spot to take place. This joint is similar to the opening and closing of a door. Some examples of hinge joints are the elbow, knee, ankle and joints between the fingers. Hinge joints allow the body parts to bend and straighten.

Ball and socket joints allow twisting and turning movements. In a ball and socket joint, one of the bones has a rounded head which is the ball. The other bone has a cup-like area that is known as the socket. Some of these joints are the shoulder and the hip. The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the entire body. It allows movement in any direction.

There are other types of joints in the body. Gliding joints allow two flat bones to slide over each other like in the bones of the foot and wrist. A condyloid joint allows the head to nod and the fingers to bend. The thumbs have a saddle joint that allows enough flexibility for the thumb to touch any other finger.

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Mowzer The Mousehole Cat – Tom Bawcock – Cornwall – Stargazy Pie

Mousehole cat

Illustration © Nicola Bayley

http://www.puppetcraft.co.uk/mousehole.html

Mousehole (pronounced ‘Mowzel’) is a small fishing village in West Cornwall about three miles South of Penzance. Every Christmas Mousehole’s pretty harbour is decorated with a spectacular display of lights. As well as the harbour, the surrounding pubs, shops and houses are decorated and the illuminations extend up the road leading out of Mousehole to the South.

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