Tuesday, February 21, 2012
On Sunday, February 19th, two full grown gorillas named Ntondo and Mbundi found that the door to their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo had been left open, allowing them to escape and wander around freely for a short period of time. When it was discovered that the gorillas had escaped from their enclosure, zoo officials and staff rushed zoo patrons into a safe area temporarily while the gorillas were gathered and "guided" back to their enclosure with the use of water hoses. While no one was threatened or injured, news of the gorillas escape sent shock waves throughout the zoo and it's staff and patrons on Sunday.
Randy Wisthoff, director of The Kansas City Zoo said that disciplinary measures would be taken once they find out who was responsible for leaving the door open to the gorilla enclosure. An investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture and the American Zoo and Aquarium association will be held as a matter of standard procedure. Since no one was injured or threatened, and the gorillas were quickly contained, the zoo will most likely continue to operate as normal.
Ah, there's nothing like a small taste of freedom, and I'm sure that the gorillas Ntondo and Mbundi had a great time for the few minutes that they were out and about at the zoo. I would imagine that it would have been much harder to capture and contain a tiger or a lion, so since it was only 2 full grown and well trained gorillas that escaped on Sunday everyone should consider themselves fortunate in this case. Since most animals in the zoo are very well taken care of and fed, most probably would not even pose much of a threat to humans, unless of course they were provoked, which we at Kansas City News would certainly not attempt!
The two gorillas that escaped from The Kansas City Zoo were estimated to have weighed about 400 pounds each.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012
The E. Coli has been linked to the clover sprouts served at Jimmy Johns. The sandwich chain switched last year from alfalfa sprouts to clover sprouts to try to deter the spread of salmonella, but this year the new clover sprouts caused an outbreak of E. Coli instead. The problem with these sprouts, both alfalfa and clover, is that they are grown, stored, and shipped in a moldy, moist and warm environment, adding to the likelyhood of producing the salmonella and E. Coli virus infections. Despite popular belief, sprouts of any kind are actually VERY low in nutrients, almost as worthless nutritionally as lettuce, so if you think that you are being healthy by eating lettuce or sprouts, you are wrong. You are basically eating water. So at least for awhile, we here at Kansas City News would recommend staying clear of any kind of sprouts until this E. Coli virus outbreak is contained.
WebMD reports the specifics of the E. Coli virus as follows:
There are many conditions with symptoms similar to those of E. coli infection. Diagnosis of E. coli infection can be complicated by the fact that most bacterial infections that cause diarrhea are accompanied by a high fever. If you have no fever or only a mild fever, your doctor may suspect that something other than bacteria is causing your symptoms.
Bloody diarrhea is common in confirmed cases of E. coli infection, but the bacteria also should be considered a possible cause of non-bloody diarrhea. For more information on when to call a doctor about non-bloody diarrhea, see the topic Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older or Diarrhea, Age 11 and Younger.
Symptoms of E. coli infection usually end in about a week with no further problems. But severe blood and kidney problems may occur within 2 weeks after the onset of diarrhea. These problems can cause kidney failure and sometimes long-term disability or death in some children and older adults.You do not have to sign up to comment! If you have any trouble publishing your comment, try hitting the "Preview" button to publish from there. Thanks you from Kansas City News!