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Monday, 17 February 2014

Toxoplasma Gondii

14% of Beluga Whales in the Western Arctic are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma Gondii. The surprising thing about this statistic is that Toxoplasma Gondii is a parasite most commonly found in cats. So how did this happen? I accept the fact that flooding has brought species together that would not usually share the same environment. Worcestershire, for example, now has a seal called Keith enjoying a winter break in the flood waters of the river Severn. However, I don't think it has been getting  jiggy with the local animal life.
Perhaps scientists have spotted an opening for new designer pets more suited to are climatic changes. I'm not a big fan of tampering with nature, but a can see an obvious advantage. Whenever a new popular product comes on the market, there is always someone trying to make a quick buck by producing a cheaper version. Our Chav population could soon be thinned out by crayon eating window lickers trying to cross pitbulls with crocodiles. However, on the negative side, nobody beats the Nazis when it comes to mad eugenics. Who knows what they would come up with?
Going back to the subject in hand, Toxoplasma Gondii has been known to cause blindness in the host, according to the BBC. Wouldn't blind whales be a danger to shipping?


21 comments:

  1. OMG! That goldfish thing is freaking me out.

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  2. I reckon the majority of our politicians are a mixture of human and animal genetics... or are they the aliens among us?

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    1. Mad Boris certainly isn't human

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    2. Boris is a cross between a muppet and a koala with special needs.

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  3. All edible animals should be crossed with snails. That way they would be easier to catch.

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    1. I'm not sure they would taste so good if they were crossed with snails

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    2. The French would like them

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  4. I don't think it has come from animals mating, rather animals fighting. Cock fighting and dog fighting are banned. Perhaps inter species animal fighting is the new sport of scum.

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    1. Bull v Badger. Who is your money on?

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    2. Depends if they are armed

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  5. I'm lost for words. A bit too much madness for me to get my head around.

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  6. Believe me, you shit your togs when a whale comes near your boat.

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  7. Interestingly, people who are infected with toxoplasma gondii are twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident.

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  8. The pictures alone have got me in fits of giggles

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