Category Archives: Animals
- A Pennsylvania farm have named a calf Baby Ben after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback because the cow has a No. 7 on his head
- After photos of the calf were posted on the vale Wood Farms Facebook page, almost 2,000 fans liked the posting
- Vale Wood Farms has been around since 1933 and while it processes its own milk and dairy, it doesn’t use any meat from the cows.
Moooove over, Ben Roethlisberger. There’s a new No. 7 in western Pennsylvania.
The folks at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto have named a calf Baby Ben after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback because the cow has a marking that looks like a Number 7 on its head.
The farm has posted the calf’s picture on its Facebook page, and WJAC-TV visited the farm about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh to see what all the fuss is about.
Since being posted on Facebook the photos got over 1,100 likes and over 100 comments.
Carissa Itle-Westrick, the director of business development for the family-owned food-and-grocery farm, is hoping Roethlisberger won’t mind.
She says, ‘Baby Ben is awfully cute, so hopefully Big Ben won’t mind sharing his namesake.’
The farm plans to display the calf when it opens its pumpkin patch for business next month.
Itle-Westrick told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that she’s seen a variety of cow patterns over the years such as a state, a continent, and once even a Nike’s swoosh.
She said that when she saw Baby Ben for the first time she immediately thought of the Steelers.
‘He turned to face me, and I said, “Wow, it’s a perfect little 7,” ‘ Ms. Itle-Westrick said. Taking the quarterback’s namesake
‘was kind of a natural for us. We’re out here in Steelers country.’
Even Ben Roethlisberger’s website Bigben7.com acknowledged the furry doppelganger in a blog post.
The post said that if you visit the farm, ‘don’t forget to say hello to Baby Ben while you’re there (who is probably gonna milk this new-found fame for all it’s worth!)’
The Post gazette reports that Baby Ben will be on display during the farm’s pumpkin patch event October 1-19.
Vale Wood Farms has been around since 1933 and while it processes its own milk and dairy, it doesn’t use any meat from the cows.
Head in the game: Even Ben Roethlisberger’s website acknowledged the furry doppelganger and he wrote in his blog of visiting the farm, ‘don’t forget to say hello to Baby Ben while you’re there’
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A giant carnivorous dinosaur apparently possessed an enormous power to heal its broken bones, thanks to new findings revealed by powerful X-rays, researchers say.
The new findings suggest this ancient predator could shrug off massive trauma, revealing the dinosaur healed well like reptiles do than more poorly like birds do, which dinosaurs are more closely related to, scientists added.
Dinosaur bones sometimes include evidence they cracked and mended while the reptiles lived. Such findings can yield insights into how much violence dinosaurs experienced, and whether they healed differently than other animals.
Analyzing fossils for signs of healed fractures often involves slicing through them, damaging these rarities. Now scientists have used intense X-rays with beams brighter than 10 billion suns to illuminate breaks hidden within the bones of a 150-million-year-old predatory dinosaur.
The researchers examined a toe bone from a giant carnivorous dinosaur,Allosaurus fragilis, excavated from Utah. They bombarded the fossil with X-rays from the Diamond Light Source in England and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource in California. Both light sources are synchrotrons, or particle accelerators that can generate powerful beams of light, which the investigators used to analyze the chemical nature of samples down to a resolution of 2 microns, or 1/50th the average diameter of a human hair.
There are subtle chemical differences between normal and healed bone tissue. The scientists discovered they could detect the “chemical ghosts” of ancient breaks.
“This is beyond recognizing a healed injury this is mapping the biological processes that enable that healing,” said study author Phillip Manning, a paleontologist and director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Ancient Life at the University of Manchester in England. “The ability to map the biological processes of healing allows great insight to the physiology and metabolism of animals. To extend this into the fossil record might provide new insight on many groups of vertebrates, not just dinosaurs.”
The researchers found this dinosaur could apparently shake off massive trauma, healing from injuries that would prove fatal to humans if not treated. Curiously, this fact suggests dinosaurs healed more effectively like reptiles such as crocodilians than less effectively like close dinosaur relatives such as birds, Manning told Live Science. One might speculate these differences are due in part to how birds typically possess hollow bones to lighten them for flight.
“This is the starting point in a new line of research that has a long way to go when comparing the chemistry of bone between species, both modern and extinct,” Manning said. “We are already looking at new techniques that might further expand our understanding of the growth, trauma and healing of bones in vertebrates.”
Manning and his colleagues detailed their findings online today (May 7) in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish media reports say Turkish scientists will examine a two-headed dolphin that washed up on a beach in western Turkey.
The private Dogan news agency said the remains of conjoined dolphin calf were discovered on a beach in Dikili, near the Aegean city of Izmir last week by a vacationing gym teacher.
Marine biologists at Akdeniz University will study the dolphin.
Cute dogs to cheer up the start of your work week.