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Nature’s most loyal lovers: Magellanic penguins always return to same mate after solo journeys totaling 200,000 miles
● Penguin couple stayed together for 16 years, smashing all previous records
● New research shows incredible loyalty in spite of the epic distances travelled by the bird
As the UK divorce rate continues to soar, a new study has today shown how marital harmony is thriving in the penguin world.
Research has revealed a pair of Magellanic penguins as among the most faithful in the animal kingdom.
The couple have remained loyal to each other over a 16-year period, in spite of spending thousands of miles apart during their winter trips.
The findings come after a 30-year study of the breed where researchers placed metal identity bands on the flippers of 50,000 birds on the southern coast of Argentina.
Previously penguin relationships were believed to span a maximum of just 10 years, with many cut short by the unexpected death of birds during migration.
‘Divorce’ is also a possibility as couples who fail to hatch chicks will split up and find new mates.
But according to The Sunday Telegraph, biologists have been surprised by the longevity of the relationship between a particular couple.
‘The bond they have is incredible really,’ lead researcher Dr Pablo Garcia Borboroglu, of the National Research Council of Argentina, told the newspaper.
‘It is unbelievable how far Magellanic penguins swim – and each breeding season they come back to the same nest and to the same partner.’
The research was revealed during a lecture to the Whitley Fund for Nature in London, and Dr Borboroglu will set out his findings in a book to be published next year called Penguins: Natural History and Conservation.
Magellanic penguins can only be found around the Falkland Islands and South America.
Argentina has the highest population, with 900,000 breeding pairs in Argentina, while there are 800,000 couples in Chile.
But their numbers have dropped dramatically since the turn of the century due to oil pollution and falling fish numbers and there are thought to be around 1.2 million left in the world.
Dr Borboroglu’s project also used satellite tracking to identify the movements of the birds, showing the enormous journeys they travel each winter to the warmer waters of Brazil.
Every year, the penguins arrive at their summer nests in the southern hemisphere and find their partners using a distinctive call.
After reuniting and mating, the female usually lay two eggs, which each partner takes turns guarding while the other goes out to sea.
After they hatch, the parents spend a month caring for their young before heading off to their wintering area.
The penguins join a roll call of other animals that undertake loyal relationships, including the albatross, French angelfish and black vultures.
[source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2234755/Magellanic-penguins-return-mate-solo-journeys-totalling-200-000-miles.html]
A murderous seagull that gobbled up a duckling got more than it bargained for when it returned for another helping.
It swooped on the ducklings as they swam with their parents in Herbert Park, Dublin, last week.
But the mother duck, who initially had eleven ducklings in tow, finally forced the gull away by aggressively flapping her wings.
Photographer Paul Hughes said: ‘I was taking pictures in the park and saw this gull watching the young family.
‘This is the time of year ducks raise their young, so predatory birds like gulls are always on the look out for an easy meal.
‘The gull was waiting for one of the ducklings to stray from the group and when it finally spotted one it swooped in for the kill.
‘The gull was able to grab hold of a duckling in its beak.
‘But when it came back for a second helping mum was ready and fought the gull away until it had to turn tail and fly off.
‘The chick ducked under the water. There was a lot of quacking and squawking going on.
‘It was a stressful moment for the mother, but in the end she saved her family.’
因为在怀孕状態下不能接受癌症治疗，如果以妈妈的治疗为优先，就必须让你早產，这代表你无法像普通的小宝一样出生的可能性很高……然后，妈妈向爸爸保证，一定会带给他一个健康小宝贝。妈妈问爸爸：“Do you really want this baby？”爸爸哭著说：“Yes，对不起，I want both。”
A woman declared dead after she suffered a massive heart attack astonished doctors and her grieving family when she suddenly came back to life.
Relatives of Lorna Baillie were devastated when a team of medics withdrew treatment after spending three hours trying to revive her.
The family gathered around her hospital bed to say their goodbyes after doctors told them the 49-year-old grandmother was ‘technically dead’, being kept artificially alive only by a combination of adrenaline, electric shocks and CPR.
It was then, 45 minutes later, that Mrs Baillie’s disabled husband John, 58, whispered ‘I love you’ to his wife.
As John, his son and three daughters sat beside Mrs Baillie, they were surprised to see her colour gradually improve.
A nurse present in the room assured them this was a normal side effect of prolonged emergency treatment.
And when Mrs Baillie’s eyelids flickered and she appeared to squeeze her eldest daughter Leanne’s hand, the nurse again assured the family that ‘involuntary movements’ were to be expected.
Unconvinced, the family demanded the nurse call in a doctor, who found a pulse and rushed Mrs Baillie to intensive care.
Daughter Leanne Porteous, 31, said: ‘I asked the nurse if it was normal that she squeezed my hand and that she had opened her eyes and she said it was.
‘We are so close as a family and we are not the kind of people to just give up. We were telling my mum to be strong. I kept saying to her, “Come back, Mum, come back”.’
‘At one point my dad said, “Lorna come back, I love you,” and then –just like that – she was there again.’
Two weeks later, the former auxiliary nurse from Prestonpans, East Lothian, has even managed some ‘high-fives’ after sitting up in bed and communicating with her family.
Mrs Baillie, a keen gardener and dog walker, collapsed at her home at 4.30pm on February 10.
Paramedics battled to resuscitate her before taking her to Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary where, at 8.45pm, a doctor told the family she had died.
Leanne said: ‘His words were that she was technically dead, but they had to wait until she had stopped breathing before they could pronounce her medically dead.’
Mrs Baillie’s miraculous signs of recovery followed, but medics warned that her chances of survival remained slim because her kidneys had failed and she was in a coma.
The family were still so worried that her daughter Charlene, 23, asked the hospital chaplain to obtain a special licence to allow her to get married by her mother’s bedside.
But Mrs Baillie’s condition continued to improve and last week she was moved from intensive care to a medical ward.
An MRI scan yesterday revealed no obvious brain damage.
The family are now seeking an explanation from NHS Lothian and senior doctors have assured them staff will receive ‘extra training’ as a result of the incident.
Dr David Farquharson, medical director of NHS Lothian, said: ‘Mrs Baillie’s family were told to prepare for the worst but when she was checked again her vital signs had returned.
‘This type of recovery is extremely rare and she is continuing to make progress.’
Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, the tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.
His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop.
Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk her life to save the youngster – motherly love.
Slowly, agonisingly, the big cat edges her way down towards her terrified son, using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.
One slip from her and both animals could end up dead at the bottom of the ravine.
Just as the exhausted cub seems about to fall, his mother circles beneath him and he is snatched up in her jaws.
She then begins the equally perilous journey back to the top. Minutes later, they arrive and she gives the frightened creature a consoling lick on the head.
The dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographer Jean-Francois Largot, was played out in Kenya’s Masai Mara game reserve.
Despite the presence of wardens to deter poachers, day-to-day life for the lions is not without its dangers … as the cub learned the hard way.