Archive for August 2011
First Squirrels now FISH! Why do animals like KitKats so much?
A fish raised on Kit-Kats is being forced to give them a break after getting too big for his tank.
The fatso fish is named Gary, and he’s a 15.7-inch, 8.8-pound gourami, an exotic Asian freshwater fish that is considered a delicacy in Indonesia.
Gary was in the care of a private owner until he was donated to the SeaLife Aquarium in London after becoming too large, a common fate for many domesticated fish, according to center spokeswoman Rebecca Carter.
However, despite being supersized, Gary was not eating the normal aquarium fare he was being served. Officials were perplexed until they checked with the previous owners and discovered he had been raised strictly on a diet of Kit-Kat candybars.
“I have never heard of a fish being fed chocolate, let alone being brought up entirely on the stuff,” Carter said in a statement on the aquarium’s website. “Gouramis usually eat a diet of fruit but Gary doesn’t appear to have suffered any ill effects from his chocolate addiction. However, we would NOT recommend feeding fish confectionary of any kind!”
Aquarium employees tried to give Gary a taste of normal gourami food by stuffing Kit-Kat crumbles into grapes before shutting this chocoholic fish off cold turkey.
He’s not eating sweets anymore, but he is getting a taste of fame. The aquarium is now featuring Gary in an exhibit called “Tank Busters” that showcases a number of large fish that simply grew too big for their owners to manage.
ohn Costantino a aquarist based in Austin, Tex., says gouramis are notorious in the fish hobbyist world for getting too big for most owners.
“We call them ‘yo-yo fish’ and ‘boomerang fish’ because people will buy them and return them,” he told HuffPost Weird News.
Like Carter, he’s never heard of a fish who was sweet on chocolate.
“However, some people feed their fish cat food, baby mice or cockroaches just for kicks,” he said.
This is the terrifying moment a cloud threatened to develop into a full blown tornado over a row of family homes.
Brave snapper Pat Kavanagh took this shot of an explosive black storm from the roof of his house in Taber, Canada last month.
Expecting the sunny weather to take a turn for the worse he watched intently as the billows started spinning into a furious funnel.
The dad-of-three said: “It was a nice evening and the sun was shining when I suddenly heard claps of thunder which was strange.
“My wife went to look out the front door and saw the clouds blowing up from the south. I took one look and headed back into the house to get my camera.
“We watched the storm for a few minutes when I noticed that the cloud was starting to spin. I got my ladder and climbed up on my roof to get a better view.
“It never got the momentum to create a tornado, but it did look like it was going to happen before out eyes. We watched for 45 minutes as it slowly moved back into cloud formation.”
Tornadoes are very unusual in Taber so this picture taken on July 17 was a once in a lifetime sighting for the Human Resource manager.
He said: “Our area of the country seldom sees Tornadoes so this was a rare sight indeed and with the rainbow underneath it, made it even more special to see.”
Article from http://www.telegraph.co.uk