I have always loved wolves! I think they are magnificently beautiful and majestic creatures. Just to show you how much I identify with wolves, back in the day when citizen’s band (CB) radios were the rage, my CD handle was “Timber Wolf”. To this day I have a couple email addresses that have “twolfgcd” (for “Timberwolf” and then my initials.) I expect to have those two email addresses until I kick the bucket = and maybe even beyond if it is available.
At Noah’s Ark (an exotic animal rescue sanctuary) last weekend I shot numerous photos of this wolf. It was the only wolf we saw (though there are others there) and it was beautiful. It was a large wolf and looked very healthy. At one point while we were there, the keepers came by to feed this wolf. They threw numerous pieces of chicken into the pen for it to eat. It was awesome to listen to the powerful jaws cracking the bones inside the chicken meat and to imagine how powerful those jaws are!
Then, someone asked: “Do the wolves eat the bones, too?” I immediately realized I was in the presence of an idiot. “No, in the wild when wolves catch a wild animal, they take their ginsu knives and de-bone their prey before they eat it.” What are people thinking? I mean, here was this marvelous creature happily crunching down the chicken – skin, meat and bones right before their very eyes!!!! If this is the product of our educational system, we are in big, big trouble!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1984, a huge explosion destroyed a shantytown in Brazil, killing at least 500 people, mostly young children. An investigation into the disaster later revealed that the true death count was impossible to know because so many bodies had in effect been cremated in the intense blaze.
The shantytown in Cubatao, 30 miles southeast of Sao Paulo, was known as the Vila Soco favela. Approximately 9,000 people had set up makeshift homes on land that was owned by Petrobas, the state-run oil monopoly. Gas pipelines operated by Petrobas ran next to the slum. When workers opened the wrong pipeline on February 24, highly combustible octane gas poured into the ditches of Vila Soco. Soon after midnight, an explosion was sparked, and a fireball ripped through the favela. Some homes were literally thrown hundreds of feet into the air; others were instantly incinerated. The temperature at the heart of the fireball was estimated at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.
A day later, only 86 bodies had been recovered. None of the remains were of children below the age of seven, though investigators later found that more than 300 children aged three to six had been enrolled in a local school prior to the explosion and that only 60 were known to be alive. Coroner Affonso Figueiredo reported, “Since whole families were killed, there was no one to report the children’s death or disappearance.” It is believed that more than 500 people in all were killed.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Some dogs (descendants of wolves, by the way!) can smell dead bodies under water, where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt. They can even detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person’s breath.