Pork Chops or Tiger Cubs?

Posted on April 22, 2011. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I got this in an e-mail and had to share it! Michelle Brubaker

In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs.

Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine.

The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression.

The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother’s cubs, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother.

The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment.

Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species.  The only orphans’ that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaning pigs.

The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger – would they become cubs or pork chops?

Now, please tell me one more time why can’t the rest of the world get along?

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The Storm and the Hummingbird

Posted on January 22, 2010. Filed under: 1. Daily Life | Tags: , , , , , |

I knew our week of San Diego storms brought plenty to worry about, from flooding to power outages and mud slides, but I have to admit, what I found myself the most worried about was the mama Hummingbird furiously hanging on to her little nest. Not much bigger then a thimble and stuck to the branch of a fairly flimsy palm tree, she did not waiver. The little bird can’t weigh more than a few ounces, but she did not fly away, she did not blow away, she did not abandon the nest and the tiny eggs inside. She rode out the back to back storms without budging once, not even while being pelted by marble sized hail. She was truly an amazing sight.

Now, this mama Hummingbird is no dummy, she knew exactly where she was building that nest two weeks ago. The small palm tree is tucked just under our front porch. Still, those 30, 40, 50 mile hour winds found their way to my door just the same. At one point during the peak of the storm, I grew so worried I even went out and held on to the branch to try and help keep her steady as the wind whipped over us and stray branches pounded over the nest. She held on. If that instinct to protect her unborn isn’t a testament to motherhood, I don’t know what is. The Hummingbird also reminded me about something else, storms in life will come and go, but we have to hold on and stay strong. Just about everyone I know is going through challenges, and everyone I don’t know too, like the people of Haiti.

Late last night, the intense lighting and wind started up again. I thought for sure that was it, and the nest and mama Hummingbird would be gone this morning, but no, there she was, as calm as could be, relieved as anyone the storm had passed.

-Nina Jimenez

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