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23-02-2014, 06:58 AM
Longest hunger strike...
... ends on Valentine's Day.


"It was found in Baja California, in the water, scuttling about. It's an isopod — a many legged, many jointed, bottom-crawler, related to prawns and crabs and it happily eats dead things. Scavengers aren't that particular about what's for dinner. When they find it, they eat it.

This particular isopod was big, almost a foot long, weighing over 2 pounds. In 2007, it was taken from Mexican waters and brought to the Toba Aquarium on the east coast of Japan, where it was displayed as "Giant Isopod No. 1." At Toba, they don't name their animals Freddy or Hiroto. They give them scientific-ish numbers. No. 1 was the first of eight captive isopods, but it was about to become the most famous animal at the aquarium.

I should explain that giant isopods are unusually popular in Japan, not only because they look a little scary, being so big, but because they have a body shape that fits around an iPhone.

So, Giant Isopod No. 1 arrived in Japan, settled in, and at first everything was fine. It ate normally, did all the things one would hope a giant isopod would do (stay still, then scuttle, wave its front legs, stop, stay still) until one day, on January 2, 2009, something happened.

It was mealtime, and after nibbling lightly on some horse mackerel, No. 1 stopped eating and walked away from its food. It wouldn't finish.

What's Wrong?

No. 1's caretaker, Takeya Moritaki, couldn't figure out what was wrong. He tried pushing the food closer. No. 1 didn't care. He tried different foods. No. 1 wasn't interested. It would either push the food away, or walk away. He tried sticking No. 1's face into the food. Nothing. He even tried changing the temperature to make No. 1 hungrier, or more comfortable. Still nothing.

Months went by. Then years. No.1 didn't eat anything for all of 2010, then for all of 2011, then for all of 2012. By this time, word got out that a big crab was on some kind of hunger strike at Toba Aquarium, and people began showing up for its feedings, or rather, not-feedings, to see if it would finally break fast.

It didn't.

According to Rocket News, "Over time, the animal learned how to seem to appease its human keepers by moving its mouth and front legs around the food pretending to eat. In the end, it never actually took a bite. ... No. 1 would simply play with its food."

No.1 didn't eat for all of 2013. That's five years without a meal. No animal in captivity has refused food for that long, the Japanese press said. This was some kind of record. Why wouldn't the animal eat? Nobody knew.

Then, this month, on Valentine's Day, when Moritaki arrived with a new mackerel and lowered it into the tank, No. 1 stayed totally motionless. Moritaki leaned in, picked up the isopod, and it wasn't alive. A dissection was performed to see if there was some obvious reason, some blockage — some something — that would explain No. 1's stubborn behavior and, according to Rocket News, none was found. "The creature," Rocket News reported, "will be frozen for preservation. Research is underway on the remains of No. 1 to find out why it refused to eat."

Maybe it was sick. Maybe it was angry. Maybe it was stubborn. But whatever it was, it managed to say, "No, thank you," for 1,868 consecutive days. Then it keeled over. An isopod that determined deserves the name "giant."

Rest in peace, "No. 1.""

Well, I'm sorry, not really trying to be insensitive...

(Couldn't bring myself to watch the video though. There's only so much crawly creepiness I can take. Which is - none. And speaking of creepiness... no wait, I meant, of Valentine's Day (easy mistake to make ;-)), if this isn't the perfect gift, I don't know what is. Rolleyes )

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(And I'm so gonna be posting only news about animals from now on. Just you try and stop me!)

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23-02-2014, 11:36 PM
RE: Longest hunger strike...
Very strange, indeed Consider
Post all you like about animals (except the hooman kind Big Grin)

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24-02-2014, 05:24 AM
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Strange. Did it have body image disorder?Consider
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24-02-2014, 06:54 AM
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A possible diarrhea ?

In China a villiage claimed to have found a hot spring when they were ordinarily trying to drill a well. In a large around around that place, there had never been any precedent that a hot spring was ever found. Scientist came. Yes, it was hot water. No, there wasn't any hot spring around ever, and the geological structure of that place didn't suggest any possibility of having such a thing. Local officials got happy. They start to daydream about making money out of this abnormality, or a miracle that they would prefer. Then a journalist asked about the chance of an electricity leakage ... The foresaken electricity meter on the power line was found with a 2000 degrees unusually increase. The drilled was pulled out, and the well water gradually cooled ...

It is always puzzling before Eureka.

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24-02-2014, 08:35 AM
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(24-02-2014 05:24 AM)Juv Wrote:  Did it have body image disorder?
Ha! Maybe that's why I was drawn to that story. 'Cause I sorta do Rolleyes

No worries, Rora, the hooman news depresses me too much. And I don't want to be depressed no more dammit. Dodgy

So, February 15th was, apparently, World Pangolin's Day. And here's a video of one "cavorting" in the mud... Kinda appropriate 'cause the only time I've actually seen one, I was... Oh anyway... Drinking Beverage




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24-02-2014, 08:40 AM
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Thank you Vera, in my 46 years I have never heard of or seen a photo of a pangolin. I learned something new today-Thank you.


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24-02-2014, 10:04 AM
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Maybe the isopod discovered free will. Its thought process went something like this:

"Oh look, food, I haven't eaten for a while. If I don't eat I will die. But I am not driven to eat because I now longer feel hunger because I now have free will. Nor do I fear death so it doesn't matter to me if I die or not. Oh look, people. I wonder why wriggling my front legs and mouth around this food that I no longer feel the need to eat gets a reaction from them? Oh well, it doesn't matter to me if I find out or not. Hmmm ... now what? Don't know really. I don't find it boring just sitting here so don't feel compelled to do anything. I'm completely neutral about it all. Hmmm, oh look, food ..."
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