It's described as the first-ever live lion hunt to be webcast. Here's a link to video footage of the event for your lunch time Internet browsing enjoyment.
Courtesy Aaron LoganI seem to be on a religious kick this week, but here's a link to a cool story and photo about an unusual occurance when Hurricane Ike struck Texas this past weekend. An evacuee driving in his truck passed an escaped lioness from the zoo and put it in the back of his truck. They ended up riding out the storm with a bunch of other people in a church. The locked the lion in the sanctuary (it slept on the altar area) while the humans took refuge in another part of the church. From all accounts, the lioness was very well behaved during her time in the church.
Scientists in Australia, using a computer and advanced engineering formulas, have studied the skull of the famous saber-toothed tiger and discovered it wasn’t as fierce as previously thought. Due to weaknesses in the skull, its bite was only one-third as strong as a lion’s of similar size.
Of course, one-third the strength of a lion is still pretty strong.
OTOH, the saber-toothed tiger has a massively powerful body. The researches speculate that, rather than biting its prey on the run as lions do, the big cat first wrestled its prey to the ground and then clamped down on its neck.
(Other scientists have tried to figure out why the saber-toothed tiger had such big teeth to begin with.)
(And yes, I know it’s not really a tiger, but like my grandmother always used to say, alliteration counts for a lot.)