What you missed: Rare rabbits and big mouths!7 min readReading Time: 5 minutes
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This week on Missed Out?, we have giant pandas, a rare rabbit that made an appearance on Facebook and a new vaccine to fight the Covid spread in India. Read on to learn more!
There’s a new vaccine in town
Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine.India has granted Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) to the US drug maker.
“Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine is given approval for Emergency Use in India. Now India has 5 EUA vaccines. This will further boost our nation’s collective fight against COVID-19,” Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet.
So far, four vaccines have been given Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) in India – AstraZeneca’s Covishield, Covaxin, Sputnik V and Moderna.
The US drug major claims that its vaccine, in clinical trials, proved to be 85 per cent effective in preventing severe disease. The vaccine also showed protection against the Delta variant and other emerging strains.
Samantha Ramsdell became an internet sensation when she started posting wacky videos of what she can fit into her mouth.
The 31-year-old performer, with a million TikTok followers. Holds a Guiness World Record for the world’s biggest mouth for a female.
Her mouth measures 5.7 inches wide and 2.56 inches long! She has showed off her huge mouth in several videos she posted on social media.
How did they decide this unusual record? Samantha visited her local dentist where her gape was measured. A Guinness representative accompanied her, and the dentist used digital callipers to determine her mouth’s size.
Loaned panda gives hope to species
A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to female twin cubs earlier this week.
Their mother Huan Huan and father Yuan Zi are at Beauval Zoo on a 10-year loan from China. This panda-exchange is aimed at highlighting good ties with France. The twins are their second and third cubs after the first panda ever born in France, Yuan Meng, in 2017.
The cubs will not be named before 100 days. They will spend a few years in France before being sent to China, the zoo said.
There are about 1,800 pandas living in the wild in China and about 500 in captivity worldwide.
Owliver’s Obscure Observations
China has for decades gifted ‘friendly’ nations with its unofficial national mascot in what was known as ‘panda diplomacy’. However, more recently, the country has loaned pandas to zoos on commercial terms.
The oldest lion cub
Found frozen deep in the Siberian Arctic, lies a cave lion cub that looks like she’s asleep and one touch might awaken her. The cub’s golden fur is matted with mud. But here’s the thing – this almost alive looking lion cub has been dead for some 28,000 years! This mummified cub has teeth, skin, soft tissue and organs that are all intact. The cub, nicknamed Sparta, was preserved in permafrost.
Cave lions are extinct big cats that used to roam widely across the northern hemisphere. Two cubs were found in 2017 and 2018 by mammoth tusk hunters on the banks of the Semyuelyakh River in Russia. Initially, it was thought the two cubs were siblings, but a new study found that they differ in age by around 15,000 years. Boris, as the second cub is known, is 43,448 years old, according to radio carbon dating.
“Sparta is probably the best preserved Ice Age animal ever found, and is more or less undamaged apart from the fur being a bit ruffled. She even had the whiskers preserved. Boris is a bit more damaged, but still pretty good,” said Love Dalen, a professor of evolutionary genetics at the Centre for Palaeogenetics in Stockholm, Sweden.
Both cubs were just 1 or 2 months old when they perished, the study said.
World’s rarest rabbit found on Facebook!
Authorities from Kerinci Seblat National Park in Indonesia rescued a Sumatran Striped Rabbit, considered the rarest in the world, after it was seen in a Facebook post.
Non-profit conservation organisation Fauna & Flora International and park officials worked together to locate and retrieve the rabbit.
“It is understood that the rabbit was captured opportunistically by a local farmer who encountered it at the edge of the national park,” FFI said in a statement. Not much is known about this species as it rarely ever seen. The critically endangered species can be found in Dutch museums as it was hunted down a lot during the Colonial times.
While the rare rabbit’s habitat is under threat from development, a more obvious danger may be that it is highly sought-after by collectors.
What happened to this particular bunny, you ask? Don’t worry, he’s back home at the national park, and hopefully, safe!
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Videos by Malvika Dwarkadas