Sunday, July 25, 2010

Good News and Cooperation

With thanks to the reporters of Good News

Israeli hippos (‘blue and white’) are being exported by the Ramat Gan Safari Park whose herd has taken to heart the commandment in the bible to be fruitful and multiply very seriously indeed. The latest member to travel abroad had to go just down the road to Kalkilya in the Palestinian Territory, about 1.8kms [1 mile] from Kfar Saba.

The last news was that X [she’s still waiting for her Arabic name] had settled down beautifully. The herald of a new dawn of cooperation? It would be nice to think so and obviously the hippo agrees.

Talking about hippos, and who wouldn’t, given half a chance, these behemoths are responsible for more fatal attacks on human beings than any other large animal including the big cats. But if you’re looking for public enemy #1 in this department – and we’re sure you aren’t – then it’s the lowly mosquito, arch spreader of terrible diseases of which malaria is but one, that wins out every time.

So where’s the Good News? Let's tell you. Researchers at the University of Haifa have discovered that these mini-monsters chemically detect the presence of insects that prey on mosquito eggs and these clever Haifa scientists have isolated the chemicals. So, spray the chemicals where it all happens and you have millions of pregnant mozzies flying around looking for a safe place to lay their eggs. Seeing as how they only live for about five days most of them will [hopefully] die in transit. We’re not quite there yet but we’re on the way

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