WOLF FAMILIES CARING FOR ELDERS
TGB reader Mary sent this news article about a book, The Wisdom Of Wolves, by Elli H. Radinger and published in England last Wednesday. (Kindle only available so far on Amazon.)
I've purchased the Kindle edition but have not read it yet so I'm working on the quite excellent BBC excerpts. It's all fascinating but of course, I honed in on the information about the elders in wolf families. Some quotations to whet your appetite:
”The pups are the beloved and protected treasure of the pack. The whole family looks after them, including aunts, uncles and older brothers and sisters. Old and wounded family members are brought food and never abandoned.
”Elderly or sick wolves, too, are cared for by the pack. Old wolves are invaluable. A pack with just one elderly member has a 150 per cent better chance of winning in battles because of their experience – they will avoid a conflict they don’t think they can win.
“In a pack known as Silver in Yellowstone, a young whippersnapper had become leader but treated the old deposed head with great respect – because the old gentleman was a master in the difficult art of bison-killing.
“When they die, there is genuine grief. Cinderella, one of the females from the park’s ‘Druid’ pack, died during a hunting trip. Her partner retreated into the den where they had raised their pups and howled for the next three days.
“Six months later, his skeleton was found in an area where he had spent many months with his partner. How he’d died remained a mystery. Could it have been a broken heart?”
Of course the article and the book are about wolves of all ages and the article can be found at the Daily Mail website.
Reader Jack Handley sent this video of 97-year-old Herbert Fingarette, a U.S. philosopher who once published a book about death. As the video page notes, in that book
”Fingarette contemplated mortality, bringing him to a conclusion that echoed the Epicureans: in non-existence, there is nothing to fear.
“But as Being 97 makes evident, grappling with death can be quite different when the thoughts are personal rather than theoretical. Filmed during some of the final months of Fingarette’s life, the elegiac short documentary profiles the late philosopher as he reflects on life, loss, the many challenges of old age, and those lingering questions that might just be unanswerable.”
Fingrette died in 2018.
TIGGY WINKLES WILD ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Maybe I'm including this today only because the name of the place grabbed me. Note that this is a place for WILD animals. From the YouTube page:
Sprained paw? Broken wing? Tiggywinkles will get you back to roaring health. With over 10,000 animals coming through the door each year, Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital is the busiest (and cutest) in all of Europe.”
The hospital is named after the beloved Beatrix Potter children’s book character> The hospital employs around-the-clock doctors and nurses who treat injured and sick wild animals that are then released back into the wild.
50 PEOPLE TELL US THE WORST THINGS ABOUT THEIR STATES
Weather is a big topic:
AMERICANS WHO'VE NEVER MET A PERSON OF ANOTHER RACE OR RELIGION
The Atlantic reports on this phenomenon (emphasis is mine).
”In general, the proportion of Americans who seem to live in fully homogeneous communities is small: In terms of identities such as race, religion, and partisan affiliation, only one-fifth to one-quarter of people usually said they seldom or never encounter people unlike themselves.:
I'd say that's a fairly high number in a nation that likes (well, until recently) to tout its diversity. (Statue of Liberty, anyone?) According to The Atlantic report,
”They seldom or never meet people of another race. They dislike interacting with people who don’t share their political beliefs. And when they imagine the life they want for their children, they prize sameness, not difference. Education and geography seemed to make a big difference in how people think about these issues, and in some cases, so did age.”
More on the divide at The Atlantic.
MAKING SOAP THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY
In Nablus, West Bank. It looks to me to be back-breaking work. But it's interesting to watch. Take a look:
SECRET TO LONG LIFE
John Gear sent this tweet and as various conditions of elderhood pile up (it's not the conditions themselves so much as the number of them that accumulate and need to be dealt with), I can't say I disagree.
My grandmother lived to be 102.— Viktor Winetrout (@Cpin42) February 16, 2019
When I asked her what her secret was, she said, “God’s punishing me.”
STRAY CAT COMMUTER MONITOR
Laughing Squid tells us:
”An observant, stray calico cat who fit perfectly into a curved ticket gate at a station in Tel Aviv, Israel, watched intently as commuters attempted to scan their train passes to get through.
“Surprisingly, not many people paid attention to the cat nor did they even notice that she was there.”
KITBUL – FROM PIXAR
A charming, little animated story. From YouTube page:
”Kitbull...reveals an unlikely connection that sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time.”
Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.
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