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A Life Without Water

Published on the 24th of October, 2014NewsWilderness Journal A Life Without Water

What’s the longest you have ever gone without water?

This unique-looking antelope, called a gerenuk can survive its entire life without ever taking a drink of water.

Instead, the gerenuk derives water from the foliage that it eats. To better reach this foliage it has evolved a long, slender neck upon which is perched a disproportionately small head. Its eyes and ears, however, are proportional to the rest of its body giving it a comical, somewhat alien appearance.

The gerenuk’s large eyelashes and sensory hairs on its muzzle and ears allow it to carefully navigate through thorny bushes without getting scratched. In addition to having an extra long neck it is also able to stand on two legs and reach even further to the tops of shrubs and bushes. This is facilitated by stronger-than-normal lumbar vertebrae and powerful hind legs. This way they can reach tender shoots up to six and a half feet off the ground. The name Gerenuk is of Somali origin, meaning giraffe-necked. They are found in Somalia, but also in southern Djibouti and much of Kenya’s arid North as well as throughout Tsavo in the East. Aerial surveys have shown that their densities are higher in drier areas and especially in areas further from permanent water sources. This way they reduce competition with other browsers that are more water-dependant.

Gerenuks conserve water with uniquely adapted nasal passages, which prevent evaporative loss. They also have very highly concentrated urine, and aside from short, quick bursts to escape predators they are very sedentary animals, preferring to stand in place or browse.

They are somewhat social, but prefer to stay in small groups. In Tsavo, they are commonly seen alone, but will often form groups of up to five individuals. The largest herd of gerenuks reported in Tsavo is twelve, but it is very rare to see more than five together. In more arid areas and in Somalia, however, larger groups are more common, with 2-8 being frequently reported and as many as 25-30 individuals aggregating when foliage is flush.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescued an orphaned gerenuk named Nuk last year who has since rejoined the wild. He still comes to visit from time to time and in the mornings and evenings he is often sighted on the airstrip with a herd of impalas that he has taken a liking to. The Trust is holding on to hope that he will one day catch the scent of a wild female nearby and start a family of his own. There are indeed wild gerenuk nearby and it should be a matter of time before he finds a mate.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, known as Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, is a charity in Kenya, a registered charity in England

and Wales number 1103836, and is supported by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA, Inc. a 501(c)3 in the United States (EIN 30-0224549)

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Petition · SFPD Chief Bill Scott : Grant Concealed Carry Permits in San Francisco · Change.org

Cyan Banister started this petition to SFPD Chief Bill Scott

Dear Chief of Police – Mr Scott,

I, and other citizens of San Francisco would like our second amendment rights restored and want to know the process for getting our concealed carry permits. We believe the current environment is dangerous enough that we need to protect ourselves and that by being armed, it will also serve as a deterrent to crime, thus helping the police force. 

We currently have the right to defend our homes, but I want this to extend to our cars, our churches, our stores and our ability to walk freely. 

In addition to these rights, we need the ability to practice safely indoors. We ask that you help open an indoor range within city limits where law abiding citizens can train on how to use guns safely and effectively for self-protection, as well as how to safely store them. 

This petition requests that you publicly address this inquiry and give concrete steps on how we can get our 2A rights that are constitutionally granted to us by being citizens of the United States of America. 

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Pepe Le Pew Is Officially Canceled, Won't Return in Any New Looney Tunes Projects

Pepe Le Pew Is Officially Canceled, Won’t Return in Any New Looney Tunes Projects

Following reports that Pepe Le Pew was scrubbed from Space Jam 2, it has been revealed that there are no plans to bring him back in any other Looney Tunes projects.

It appears that Pepe Le Pew has officially been canceled, as the controversial cartoon skunk won’t be featured in any upcoming projects in the works at Warner Bros. TV. This week, it was reported that Pepe had been totally scrubbed from his planned scene in Space Jam: A New Legacy and wouldn’t even be making a cameo appearance in the sequel. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that there are no plans for Pepe to return in any other animated movies or TV shows either.

Pepe Le Pew Is Officially Canceled, Won't Return in Any New Looney Tunes Projects

In recent days, Pepe had come under fire in a New York Times opinion piece criticizing the skunk as a character who “normalized rape culture.” The op-ed was penned in the wake of another recent controversy with Dr. Seuss Enterprises pulling six books from publishing due to insensitive imagery. While the article put the spotlight back onto Pepe, word is the decision to “cancel” the skunk was made at Warner Bros. over a year ago.

There was supposed to be a big scene for Pepe in Space Jam 2 before the scene was mixed. Previous director Terence Nance had filmed a live-action scene with singer-actress Greice Santo that would have had the Jane the Virgin star putting Pepe in his place when he tried to hit on her. The scene would have also revealed that Penelope had filed a restraining order against Pepe and LeBron James telling the skunk that he “can’t grab other Tunes without their consent.” Santo is reportedly upset that the scene was axed, feeling that it sent a positive message with Pepe getting his comeuppance. RELATED: LeBron James Was a Big Reason Why Don Cheadle Said Yes to Space Jam 2 https://6262180dd76743eba1b5206a1a80e7f6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

Originally voiced by Mel Blanc, Pepe Le Pew first began appearing in cartoons back in 1945. His schtick typically involves trying to seduce Penelope Pussycat, a black feline who accidentally gives herself a white stripe, giving Pepe the impression she is also a skunk. In the classic cartoons, Pepe could be rather forceful with his advances, something that has faced heavy criticism in light of the #MeToo movement. Now, it seems that those in charge at Warner Bros. no longer want the controversial character representing the company in any capacity.

When new director Malcolm D. Lee replaced Nance on Space Jam 2, he saw it necessary to make some other changes beyond leaving Pepe Le Pew on the cutting room floor. Many fans have noticed that Lola Bunny has undergone a makeover to appear more family-friendly, which Lee says was necessary as a kids’ character doesn’t need to be “sexualized.” This decision also generated a lot of backlash online with fans.

Pepe Le Pew Is Officially Canceled, Won't Return in Any New Looney Tunes Projects

While Pepe Le Pew won’t be anywhere to be seen, Space Jam 2 will bring back Lola Bunny, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Tweety Bird, Sylvester Cat, Foghorn Leghorn, and many other Looney Tunes fan favorites. On the live-action side of the cast, LeBron James stars alongside Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Cedric Joe. The movie follows LeBron teaming up with the Tunes to make his way back home after the NBA legend and his son wind up trapped in a virtual space. https://6262180dd76743eba1b5206a1a80e7f6.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0

Pepe Le Pew Is Officially Canceled, Won't Return in Any New Looney Tunes Projects

Space Jam: A New Legacy will release in theaters and on HBO Max on July 16. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.

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