I found this poem the other day in a compendium of animal poems. I thought it had a really nice flow to it (although that could be due to the skill of the translator) and couldn’ beleive it had been written more than 1200 years ago, incredible!
I and Pangur Ban my cat,
'Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.
Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.
'Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.
Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.
'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.
When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!
So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.
Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.
-- Anon., (Irish, 8th century)
The killer tortoise
Some interesting animal behaviour here!
Originally uploaded by Deputy Dog.
Taken at Leek Show
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Twycross Zoo, originally uploaded by Deputy Dog.
Another eport from the BBC about a cow that has tested positive for TB on a small farm run by a Hindu community in Wales. Under animal health regulations animals which test positive for TB must be destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease.
Slaughter fight for ‘sacred’ bull
|Hindus have launched a last minute appeal to prevent the slaughter of a sacred bull which has tested positive for tuberculosis.
The bull, Shambo, lives in a shrine in Llanpumsaint, Carmarthenshire.
Officials at the Skanda Vale Temple and the Hindu Forum of Britain, say the killing of cows and bulls is against their religious principles.
But the Welsh assembly government said infected animals were slaughtered to “protect both human and animal health”.
Shambo tested positive in routine bovine TB screening and was placed in isolation.
Agriculture officials intend to start discussing whether to slaughter the six-year-old British Friesian on 14 May, but the temple is mounting a legal challenge and has begun an online petition to save Shambo.
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|Supernovae occur when huge, mature stars effectively run out of fuel and collapse in on themselves.
|A massive star about 150 times the size of the Sun exploded in what could be a long-sought new type of supernova, Nasa scientists have said.
SN 2006gy impression: The most powerful supernova yet recorded