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Born near Cardston, Alberta, Canada on this day September 15, 1907 as Vina Fay Wray.  Her family moved to California when she was young and her mother and father divorced which put hard times on her and her five wrayfay.jpgsiblings.  At the age of 16 Fay played her first part in the movie Gasoline Love in 1923.  She wouldn’t appear in her next movie, Coast Patrol, until almost two years later.  Wray made four more movies in 1926 and her career was starting to look promising.  In 1927 she did three more movies before she would get a lead role in the hit movie The Wedding March.  Moving from silent movies, Wray, having a pleasant voice was one of few who went on to make “talkie” movies.  In 1933 Fay appeared in eleven movies such as The Big Brain, Ann carvers Profession and the movie that is remembered to this day, King Kong where she played Ann Darrow, Kong’s love interest.  She was getting top movies offered to her and made eleven more films in 1934.  As more actresses started popping up she was being offered fewer jobs, she did make a big movie in 1942 named Not a Ladies Man but would not act in another movie until Treasure of the Golden Condor in 1953.  She appeared in a few films in the 1950’s but no big hits, her last movie, except for a couple documentaries, was Gideon’s Trumpet in 1980.  Fay died August 8, 2004, being remembered forever as King Kong’s first love.

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I went to National Geographic to see what was new and saw a video of some animal welfare workers releasing an abused lion ‘Koba’ that was kept in a cage as a pet, into a pride of lions on a protected range at “carnivore shelter.”  After seeing that, I thought I’d check out what was on youtube and found the video above.  It has been viewed by more than a million people already, so you may have seen it.  If not enjoy.  The one at National Geographic is pretty cool also, although it does not have lion bait in it.  Thanks to jama2007 for the video.

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I just received this in my e-mail and thought it was worth posting.  Pretty awesome creature!  I would show the polar bear attack I just received also but that would not be for the squeamish.

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they don’t like it. Hat Tip Theo Spark

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They are tamer, smaller and they have a mild temperament compared to other Asian elephants.  DNA tests confirm they are a new species, the Borneo “Pygmy Elephants.”  The Borneo pygmy elephant is slightly smaller than mainland Asian elephants, that stand 6.6 to 9.8 feet at the shoulder and weigh 2.25 to 5.5 tons, and African elephants stand 8.2 to 13 feet tall and weigh 2.5 to 7 tons.  September 3, 2003 WWF-Malaysia chairman Tengku Zainal Adlin congratulated the Sabah Wildlife Department on the discovery of the new variety.  Tengku Zainal said in a statement that the elephants were a distinct subspecies and had different characteristics from their cousins found on mainland Asia and Sumatra.  Read the rest of this entry »