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Celphone cameras are good for something after all…

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The chef’s impressive presence of mind, prompted by the suspicion that his mates would never believe him, may have saved his life. Within minutes his hand had swelled to the size of a balloon. Later as doctors fought to save his life in hospital they were able to send the picture to experts at Bristol Zoo who identified his assailant as a Brazilian Wandering Spider, one of the deadliest arachnids in the world.” (Times.UK)

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"As a young birder, I used to dream of finding a lost colony of ivory-billed woodpeckers…

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It was just too miraculous to imagine. Gene Sparling was kayaking when he spotted a large black-and-white bird. It looked like an ivory-billed woodpecker, last spotted in North America 60 years ago. His eyes must be playing tricks, he thought. Maybe it was a common pileated woodpecker.” (Yahoo! News)

For those who can still celebrate small miracles — the ivory-billed woodpecker, thought extinct for sixty years, has been spotted in a secluded patch of Arkansas wetlands. And don’t try to tell me it doesn’t matter in the scheme of things…

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The Lord God Bird: “Here are the reasons to be impressed by the ivory-billed woodpecker, which has emerged like a feathered ghost from the Big Woods of eastern Arkansas more than a half-century after its presumed extinction.” (New York Times editorial)