Tag Archives: Baby

Cold Stethoscope

A newborn gorilla at the Melbourne Zoo gets a medical checkup and expresses surprise at the cold stethoscope.

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Vintage Cellophane Ad

Cellophane sure was marketed differently when it was novel.

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Bats in Blankets

Some of the victims of the recent flooding in Queensland:

It’s not only humans who are suffering due to the recent floods in Australia. Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre director Trish Wimberley and her carers have helped save 130 orphaned bats on the Gold Coast in past weeks. They saved 350 young bats during the 2008 storm season but this year think there’s more going on than just wild weather. Carers have visited several bat ‘camps’ on the coast in recent weeks to find four-week-old babies on the ground covered in maggots and fly eggs. Trish said: “They’re coming down to feed on the ground. That makes them vulnerable. It’s not a natural occurrence and shows there is trouble in the environment. “Bats are a barometer to what is going on in the environment. They’re our canaries down the coal mine”. The surviving youngsters will be bottle fed and kept either hanging on clothes lines or in special intensive care units until they are ready to fly again in about four weeks.

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Kangaroos at the Beach

Ever wonder what baby kangaroos do at the beach? Now you know.

[via The Daily What]

Man With the Golden Arm

James Harrison is an Australian man who’s been donating his extremely rare blood every few weeks since he was 18 years old, for a total of 984 donations. His plasma contains a rare antibody which prevents babies from dying of Rhesus disease. It’s been estimated that his blood has saved 2.2 million babies so far. (2.2 million!!!)

He said: ‘I’ve never thought about stopping. Never.’ He made a pledge to be a donor aged 14 after undergoing major chest surgery in which he needed 13 litres of blood.

‘I was in hospital for three months,’ he said. ‘The blood I received saved my life so I made a pledge to give blood when I was 18.’

Just after he started donating he was found to have the rare and life-saving antibody in his blood.

At the timy, thousands of babies in Australia were dying each year of Rhesus disease. Other newborns suffered permanent brain damage because of the condition.

The disease creates an incompatibility between the mother’s blood and her unborn baby’s blood. It stems from one having Rh-positive blood and the other Rh-negative.

‘Man With the Golden Arm’ James Harrison Saves 2 Million Babies in Half a Century of Donating Blood [DailyMail]

Mother Causes Fury Dressing Daughter as Hitler

Danish-Norwegian artist Nina Maria Kleivan made a series of tiny uniforms of famous tyrants throughout history, which she then photographed her year-old daughter in. Her daugher is shown above dressed as Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin. She intended to show that life begins the same for everyone as we all have the possibility for evil within us, saying “Even my daughter could end up ruling Denmark with an iron fist. The possibility is still there. You never know.” (Side note: the phrase “ruling Denmark with an iron fist” ranks as one of the most absurd-sounding phrases I have ever read, although I kind of see her point.)

Bennie Farber, of the Canadian Jewish Congress, questioned the display, saying, “Surely there’s a better way to explore evil than to throw a swastika on a baby.”

Mother Causes Fury Dressing Daughter Up as Hitler [The Telegraph]

Toy Meerkat Becomes Mother to Orphans

Above, five baby meerkats who sadly lost their mother after they were born to the trauma of giving birth. Their owner has given them the above doll with a hot water bottle inside and they can’t seem to tell the difference.

“The babies are a month old now and they lost their mum just two days after they were born,” Mr Rowlands said. “We bought the toy to try and lessen the trauma for them and try and make things as natural as possible.

“We put it in with them and they just snuggled up to it like it was their mother. To recreate the warmth that Anika would have given off we also found a small hot water bottle we got the right temperature.

“They now assume that the toy is their mum and they acting completely normally around it. Of course every hour we have to feed them milk ourselves, but use miniature little bottles which recreate how they would get it from mum.

“We even give it to them near the toy so they can’t tell the difference between it and their mother – it’s a really good result.”

Toy Meerkat Becomes Mother to Orphans [The Telegraph]