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November 2008

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Ben the Beaver's Barrel of Laughs #6

Sat 29th November 2008 (0 comments)
Ben Beaver Upon entering the little country store, the stranger noticed a sign saying "DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG!" posted on the glass door.

Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor besides the cash register. He asked the store manager, "Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"

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The Cat with Long Teeth

Thu 27th November 2008 (1 comment)

A Sabre-Toothed Tiger
The sabre-toothed tiger (scientific name, Smilodon) is thought to have inhabited the Arctic regions of North America from 2.5 million years ago to around 10,000 BC. Despite the sabre-tooth's name, this powerful species of big cat is not thought to be related to the tiger, but more likely the modern lion.

Sabre-Toothed Tiger Skeleton
The sabre-toothed tiger is most famous for their exceptionally long top canine teeth that were generally around 17cm long. The slightly larger species of sabre-toothed tiger is known to have had teeth that were up to 28cm long and therefore would protrude past their lower jaw by 17cm! The sabre-toothed tiger was also thought to be able to open its mouth to an enormous angle of 120 degrees, to give you some perspective, a lion can open its mouth to an angle of 65 degrees! Despite this, the sabre-toothed tigers bite is thought to have actually been weaker than those less powerful species of big cat, as the sabre-tooth would of most likely used its long teeth for piercing its prey rather than holding onto it.

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Ben the Beaver's Barrel of Laughs #5

Tue 25th November 2008 (0 comments)
Ben Beaver Why do elephants paint their feet yellow?

To hide upside down in bowls of custard.

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The Elephant That Lived In The Snow

Mon 24th November 2008 (6 comments)

A Herd of Mammoth

Mammoth Skeleton
The woolly mammoth (scientific name, Mammuthus primigenius) is thought to have originated around 150,000 years ago, where they inhabited the harsh terrain of the Arctic Tundra. Woolly mammoth fossils have been found in both North America and Northern Eurasia, with the most pristinely preserved woolly mammoth fossils being found in Siberia.

The woolly mammoth adapted to the conditions of the Arctic Circle in a number of ways; the woolly mammoths hair was 90cm long to keep it warm; the woolly mammoths ears measured 1/5 size of an African elephants at only 30cm wide; woolly mammoths had a layer of fat under their skin that was around 8cm thick to keep them warm; the woolly mammoths curled tusks were up to 5m long and thought to be used for shovelling snow so the mammoths could find food that had been buried underneath it.

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10 Animal Facts You Might Not Know

Sat 22nd November 2008 (1 comment)

1. When a baby panda is first born, it only weighs about 100g which is about the same size as a mouse! An adult giant panda can get to 1.5m tall and weighs 150kg!

Adult Panda

2. An ant is said to be able to lift up to 50 times its own weight, and pull loads more than 30 times its own weight! That is the same as an average human adult lifting a fully grown African elephant!

An Ant

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Tigers and Tribes

Tue 18th November 2008 (4 comments)

Karen Tribe Woman

Karen Tribe Girl
The Padaung Hilltribes are a a sub-group of the Karen Hilltribes that inhabit Myanmar (Burma) and the mountainous regions of northern Thailand. The Karen people are best known for their tradition of beautifying the women of the tribe in very special ways. Among the most famous of these hilltribes, is the long-neck Karen tribe who are found close the the Myanmar-Thailand border.

The long-neck Karen women wear a spiral of heavy metal rings around their necks, which every year more rings are added to. The long-neck Karens believe that the more rings a women has around her neck, the more beautiful she is. The metal rings push down on the womens shoulders making their necks look naturally longer.

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Ben the Beaver's Barrel of Laughs #4

Tue 18th November 2008 (0 comments)
Ben Beaver A man was driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat. The police stop him and say that he can't drive around with the penguins in the car and should take them to the zoo. The man agrees and drives off.

The next day the same man is driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat again. He is stopped by the same police officer who says, "Hey! I though I told you to take those to the zoo."

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Ben the Beaver's Barrel of Laughs #3

Thu 13th November 2008 (0 comments)
Ben Beaver Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground.

After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground.

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Imagine sleeping for nearly 8 months!

Wed 12th November 2008 (1 comment)

A Brown Bear
As the autumn draws to a close and the majority of North Americas natural food supply has diminished, the brown bears of Canada and Alaska start to collect the last nutrients they need before going into hibernation for the winter.

Through the summer months the brown bears replenish their winter weight loss by being able to eat up to 40 kg (90lbs) of wild salmon per day. The Katmai National Park Reserve in Alaska, is one of the most popular places for the brown bear during the summer with around 1,500 brown bears thought to be living in the 4,000,000 acre national park.

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Ben the Beaver's Barrel of Laughs #2

Wed 12th November 2008 (2 comments)
Ben Beaver A man went to visit a friend and was amazed to find him playing chess with his dog.

He watched the game in astonishment for a while. "I can hardly believe my eyes!" he exclaimed. "That's the smartest dog I've ever seen."

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Turtle Conservation on Malaysia's east coast

Tue 11th November 2008 (0 comments)

Marine Turtle

Turtle Tracks
There are around 20 different species of turtle inhabiting both the Malaysian land and water. Sadly, nearly all of these species of turtle are now considered to be endangered species, mainly due to hunting of both the turtle and the turtle's eggs.

The majority of Malaysia's turtles inhabit the east coast and its many islands. Therefore, a great deal of the Malaysian turtle conservation happens here. There are numerous beaches set up all around the Terengganu (south east) area, including Juara beach on Tioman island, which has one of the newest protected beaches.

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Ben the Beaver's Barrel of Laughs #1

Tue 11th November 2008 (1 comment)
Ben Beaver Doctor: What's your problem?

Patient: I think I'm a chicken.

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Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

Tue 11th November 2008 (0 comments)

Borneo, Malaysia
Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre is located about 25 kilometers west of Sandakan, in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo, in south east Asia. It is one of three orang-utan sanctuaries in the world and does a valuable job in the looking after the well-being of the orang-utans.

Baby Orang-utan
The orang-utan rehabilitation centre was started in 1964 for the rescue and re-cooperation of orphaned baby orang-utans, whose homes had been destroyed by deforestation and hunting. The orang-utan rehabilitation centre trains the baby orang-utans to survive on their own again in the wild. The centre releases the orang-utans when they are ready to be on their own.

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What's New on A-Z?

Tue 11th November 2008 (0 comments)
Today has been a busy day for Kai and me, we're very pleased to announce the sub-species system is now in place - I have now added over 100 dog breeds and already have the cat sub-species well underway.

We're also very pleased to announce the opening of this blog which will keep you up-to-date with what's happening here and we hope will make you laugh along the way!

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