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Tuesday, February 04, 2003
Zoological happenings

Several interesting animal items have come our way today. The Indians are considering cloning Asiatic cheetahs. And the animal rights crowd will no doubt be dismayed that hunting with hounds may be the only feasible means of controlling problem mink populations. May their dismay be the greater when they reflect that (as Natalie Solent points out) problem mink populations in Britain are largely the result of 'liberation' efforts by animal rights activists.

And finally, a British man aspires to be shark food, although cooler heads observe that crayfish fodder will more likely be his destiny.

Update: And this is not to be missed. Pointed out by Dave Barry, the photo at the top should transform the debate over SUVs. The rest of the article contains things everyone should know about various critters' generative organs.