Saturday, November 20, 2010

Royal Wedding More Zoo than Circus

Gorilla keeper Dan Simmonds helps the vets as they fight to save a desperately ill gorilla while the head of reptiles and amphibians, Dr Ian Stephen, anxiously monitors the brutal mating of a pair of Komodo dragons. Officials at the ZSL London zoo reported that First-time mother Mjukuu gave birth to a healthy baby on the afternoon of 26 October 2010, following a straightforward labour, which was closely monitored by the Zoo’s vets and keepers. -(ZSL London Zoo website)

Oh, I’m sorry, I get confused sometimes…

I meant to say, Prince William, affectionately known as, His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, officially of the House of Windsor and Kate Middleton, of the Party Pieces Mail Order Firm family, are officially engaged to be married (actually though, I should note that The Windsor family changed its name in the early part of the 20th century from Saxe-Coburg Gotha because it was too German sounding… Whew… it makes me lose my breath…in more ways than one). The couple became engaged in October while on holiday in Kenya. The wedding is set for 2011, which happens to be the 30th anniversary of Charles and Diana’s wedding. Keep watching. It should be fascinating.

Of course the question then becomes whether or not Charles will pass up the throne after the death of the Queen and allow this handsome young couple to thrive in their new habitat, and then, what of children? It’s often difficult for couples to produce offspring in such an unnatural environment. But it can be done.

Ligers are the offspring of a male lion and female tiger. The offspring of a male tiger and female lion is called a tigon. Ligers tend towards gigantism and are generally larger than either of their parents, whilst tigons are generally smaller or at least no larger than their parents. Like most hybrids, both are usually sterile, but occasionally a female will be fertile and can be bred back to a male lion or tiger… Did I get lost again?

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