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A thread for entertaining stories, that don't seem to belong elsewhere.  Any fun, or interesting story will fit here.  I will start with two I have been hanging onto about animals, so here goes for your enjoyment.


Pair of Rare White Giraffes Captured on Video for First Time Ever

Sept. 16, 2017     Brian Thomas

"Two white giraffes were spotted in Kenya and conservationists took footage of the pair, something officials say has never happened before.

The giraffe and its calf were spotted near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy.  Abdullahi H. Ali, the conservancy’s founder, claims wild white giraffes have never before been captured on camera.

From Hirola’s website:


"Early june this year, reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported to us by the rangers who got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini conservancy. We hurriedly headed to the scene as soon as we got the news. And lo! There, right infront of us, was the so hyped ‘white giraffe’ of Ishaqbini conservancy! They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence.  The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards infront of us while signalling the baby Giraffe to hide behind the bushes – a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young.

While observing the magnificent long necked animal looking at us, I could not but help see the fading reticulates on their skin! It was evident that the coloration especially on the mother giraffe was not as conspicuous as the baby. The question that lingered in my mind was if the fading on the skin was something that happened at birth or thereafter in the adult giraffe life? This is because the baby giraffe, had very conspicuous reticulates but with a small tinge of the white coloration that seemed to continue fading away leaving the baby white as it approaches adulthood."

The mother giraffe was notably white, and its calf was pale, but retained some skin pigmentation.

The giraffe’s unusual paleness is a result of lueucism, which prevents pigmentation.  Lueucism differs from albinism, though. Leucism allows for darker pigments in soft tissue, and animals with luecism retain normal color in their eyes.

The animals were spotted in June by a local villager, who quickly contacted rangers at Hirola.



snip   video at link, check it out  Such beautiful, gentle, and graceful animals!


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Pet parrot uses voice-controlled gadget to place order with Amazon

Sept. 21, 2017       Stephen Moyes

"WHO’S a clever boy? Buddy, the parrot is! The African grey managed to place an order online by using an Amazon Echo smart speaker — aka Alexa.

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BUDDY the parrot showed he’s a pretty clever boy by mimicking his owner to go shopping via Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled system.
Shocked owner Corienne Pretorius could not work out how she had requested a $16 set of gift boxes until she realised her African grey had bought them.
The five-year-old pet had impersonated one of her conversations and placed the order while she was out.
Buddy activated her $250 Amazon Echo smart speaker, which connects to the internet shopping giant’s artificial intelligence hub.

Buddy shocked his owner Corienne Pretorius by shopping online via Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled system. Picture: SWNS/Mega

Buddy shocked his owner Corienne Pretorius by shopping online via Amazon’s Alexa voice-controlled system. Picture: SWNS/Mega  Source:Mega

Users can bark commands at it to control heating, order takeaway or access a host of other services.
It responds to the name “Alexa” and hilarious footage filmed by South Africa-born Corienne shows Buddy squawking “Alexa!” in her voice.
The bird adds in the film: “Oh, um, hang on! Alexa!” As Buddy shrieks, the top of the device on a shelf next to his cage can be seen lighting up blue — showing just how the shopping order was made.
Corienne, 39, of Greenwich, South East London, had ruled out civil engineer husband Jan, 45, and son Jaden, eight, before she worked out who was responsible for the order. She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I realised that Buddy had made an Amazon order.
“We’ve had the device for four months and I use it to play music or make ‘to do’ lists but I’ve never ordered anything online."



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