Issue #457 (27)
THE CONTACT On the mend
The orphaned orangutan who needed life-saving surgery after gnawing off his own arm to break free of trap
An orphaned orangutan who was forced to gnaw off its own hand to escape from a snare is now on the mend after life-saving surgery. The determined primate, named Pelangsi, lived off nothing but rainwater for ten days before chewing off his own hand in a desperate bid to escape in the depths of an Indonesian forest. Thankfully the orphan was eventually rescued by the team at International Animal Rescue in Indonesia. The future now looks bright for Pelangsi who could be released back into the wild in just a few months after a five-hour operation to amputate his damaged hand and arm. Karmele Llano Sanchez, Veterinary Director at International Animal Rescue Indonesia, said Pelangsi was looking alert and eating. He said: 'Pelangsi was clearly young and fit before getting trapped in the snare. 'While it is a tragedy that he has lost his limb this is far better than him losing his life through septicaemia. 'There is
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Set your alarm clocks, fellas! There's a time and a place
WOMEN'S SEXUAL APPETITE PEAKS AT 11PM ON SATURDAY NIGHT, SAYS STUDY
no reason why he shouldn't return to the wild and fend for himself again. 'He's a wild orangutan so finds it quite stressful to be in captivity, he tries to hide under the foliage in his cage whenever we approach him with darts and the blowpipe to sedate him.' Alan Knight, the charity's chief executive, said Pelangsi's story reflected the plight of many orangutans in Borneo. He said: 'He was driven from the
A case for the special branch?
NEIGHBOURS STICK BOY RACER'S CAR ON TOP OF TREE BECAUSE THEY WERE SO FED-UP WITH HIS BAD DRIVING
forest when it was destroyed to make room for a palm oil plantation. 'He was forced into an area where wildlife and humans are competing for space and food. 'Unfortunately we came too late to save his damaged hand but we certainly saved his life.' The team are now looking for a potential release site for Pelangsi so he can be released into a safe area of forest which is free from man- made threats.
for sex, and latest research suggests for women their desire peaks at 11pm on a Saturday night - the venue TBC. The finding is just of the statistics to emerge from a nationwide study investigating the truth behind female libido. Despite more than than three quarters of the UK being satisfied with their sex lives, a large proportion blamed hectic work schedules and lack of free time for dampening the mood. Scots and women from the South West were revealed to be the most satisfied in the bedroom (82 per cent) while Irish women were found to be the least (30 per cent).
However the Irish are having the most sex, with 42 per cent indulging more than three times a week, followed by Londoners and the Welsh with 33 per cent and 29 per cent respectively.
although the UK is not known for its balmy weather, 40 per cent of Brits shunned the traditional prudish image to enjoy regular al fresco sex. A
spokesperson from Women's Health magazine, which commissioned the survey of 1,000 women, said: 'It is great to see that the majority of British women are satisfied between the sheets, or outside, as our Women's Health sex survey reveals.' Last year the London School of Economics reported that Thursday morning is the best day for couples to have sex. According to researchers this is the time when natural cortisol energy levels, which stimulate sex hormones, are at their peak. Also levels of the sex hormones testosterone in men and oestrogen in women were found to be up to five times higher at the beginning of the day.
Want to lose weight, guys? TRY SLIMMING WITHOUT GIRLS AS YOU WILL LOSE TWICE AS MUCH
Fed up with their neighbour's antics, people who have been driven round the bend by a boy racer's inconsiderate driving have taken matters into their own hands.
They hoisted 24-year-old Zbigniew Filo's car into a willow tree in Lubczyna, Poland, shaming into promising to change the way he drives.
Locals are keeping tight- lipped over who put the Ford Escort into the tree, but have admitted that one of the villager's mobile cranes was borrowed to carry out the mission under the cover of darkness.
Police spokesman Marta Pierko said: 'We received a
call from a man saying his car was stuck in a tree, and that his neighbours had put it there.
'After inspecting the site we instructed him to remove it from the tree,' she added. One local added:
'Whoever, or whatever it was, it's probably a good thing as he was a dangerous driver and could have killed someone. 'Perhaps he'll think twice about his hair-raising driving and about getting a licence or who knows where his next car might end up?'
Now shamefaced Filo has promised to change his driving style.
'I get the message, but I think it was a bit harsh,' he said.
Men who go to slimming classes lose twice as much weight when there are no women around, a study found. They put their success down to the 'blokey banter' and lack of 'awkward moments' at the men-only sessions. Those who followed an all-male course lost almost a stone on average, taking in those who missed some of the 12 weekly meetings. In comparison, men who attend traditional slimming club meetings dominated by women lose on average just over half a stone. Counting only those who completed the all-male course, weight loss rose to nearly one and a half stone and waistlines were reduced by almost two inches on average. The European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France, heard it was
likely that some of the men were bashful about discussing their 'chubby' bodies in front of women. However, they felt more secure in an all-male environment and their competitive spirit came to the fore. For the study, 62 overweight men from the West Midlands attended weekly Weight Watchers meetings without any women. Around two-thirds of the
men completed the course and 77 per cent of these lost at least 5 per cent of their body weight. Many shed more than 10 per cent. Researcher Professor Steven Robertson, of Leeds Metropolitan University, attributed the results to a sense of camaraderie, blokey banter and the feeling of being part of a team. Zoe Hellman, head of public health at Weight Watchers, which funded the research and may start running men-only meetings around the country, said: 'A lot of the men did say that they felt a very female-dominated meeting might put them off contributing or talking about things that were important to them.' Statistics show that men are more likely to be overweight, although not obese, than women.
Japanese robot vacuum cleaner that chats to you as it cleans the carpet
A new Japanese robot promises to keep your carpets clean and tidy - while also chatting about its day and sending you pictures as it carries out its chores. Cocorobo speaks three languages, including English, and comes with more than 30 phrases to keep you updated. And - proving that there really is an app for everything - Cocorobo comes with an iPhone app to allow you to directly interact with your robot friend, from controlling its movements, to live-streaming the view from the carpet. It will even
send you pictures as it trundles around the home - and, naturally, it will be cleaning up as it goes along. The robotic circular cleaner, created by manufacturing giant Sharp, is the latest twist to the automatic vacuum cleaner. It follows on from iRobot's Roomba, a very popular cleaner which is available in the UK. Cocorobo says 36 phrases, including 'Long time no see' and 'Hello', in Japanese, English and Chinese. It also speaks the Kansai dialect of southwestern Japan, which is widely viewed as more comical
AND EVEN TEXTS YOU PICTURES OF YOUR HOME
and witty than standard Japanese. You can ask it questions, such as 'How's it going?', and get back answers such as 'I'm cool and feeling good'. The cleaner sells for around £990 - an expensive toy compared to something like the Henry Hoover, which retails for around £100, but Sharp is gambling the personality and unique video-streaming gives this enough value to robot enthusiasts who value their cleanliness.
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