Apr
07
2008

More better stuff about gorilla deaths

Thor has once again beaten me to the punch on posting a story after I've already invested more than two hours into researching and writing. Well, dang it, I'll show him. I'm posting my story anyway. Here's what I have so far:

Headed for a heart attack?: Could it be his lousy (or licey) diet, or his rigorous exercise regimen as shown here.
Headed for a heart attack?: Could it be his lousy (or licey) diet, or his rigorous exercise regimen as shown here.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Zookeepers around the United States are becoming increasingly concerned about the rising rate of heart disease deaths among captive lowland gorillas.

The cause, an unexplained form of heart disease known as fibrosing cardiomyopathy, is a condition that converts a heart muscle into useless fibers. It’s been the main form of heart disease responsible for 41% of deaths of captive lowland gorillas living in the 52 zoos in North America. The rate of incident is even higher (70%) in male gorilla’s over 30, according to a study done in 1994.

Zookeepers are baffled. What’s causing it? Diet? Lack of exercise? Climate? Nobody knows at this point, but what is clear is that many of the 368 captive lowland gorillas could be at risk. Read a lot more about it here.

Well, there you have it. That's about as far as I got. I guess one upside of being a Johnny-Come-Lately, is that my post will top his (meaning it will appear on above his on the blogsite, and not necessarily be better than his - even though it probably is, particularly my clever photos). That will show him.

Really though, I assure you this doesn't bother me in the least. Many times, we who write for this blog will email each other to claim stories so there isn't any duplication, but that doesn't always happen, as is the case here. But really, I'm not at all upset.

Okay, I admit I sometimes get overly stressed from the "publish first or perish" mentality that's implicit working on this blogsite. My blood pressure rises, I get irritable, I start to despise the other bloggers, I neglect getting out for exercise, and I consume gallons of coffee and fast food, just so I can win and be the first to get a story up on the blogsite. But, I figure it's just part of the job.

Hey, you know what? That might make a for a good post. I think I recently read something in the paper about bloggers dying at their keyboards because of their sedentary lifestyle. I'm gonna I'll get right on that, and beat those other bloggers. Yeah!

Right after I get back from McDonalds.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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captain strange says:

Maybe bloggers can install the dragon software and just talk instead of typing and have a tredmill in front of their computers. That's what I would do. Get some exercise without leaving the computer.

posted on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 2:17am

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