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Is Bayer responsible for bee deaths?

Accused of Harming Bees, Bayer Researches a Different Culprit

Japanese Wolf Reintroduction

Bill Gates Food Fetish

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Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga - World's Oldest Animal Manga?

Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga ( 鳥獣人物戯画 ? , lit. "Animal-person Caricatures") , commonly shortened to Chōjū-giga ( 鳥獣戯画 ? , lit. "Animal Caricatures") is a famous set of four picture scrolls , or emakimono , belonging to Kōzan-ji temple in Kyoto , Japan . The Chōjū-giga scrolls are also referred to as Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Scrolls of Frolicking Animals and Humans in English. Some think that Toba Sōjō created the scrolls; however, it is hard to verify this. The right-to-left reading direction of Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is still a standard method seen in modern manga and novels in Japan. Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga is also credited as the oldest work of manga. The scrolls are now entrusted to the Kyoto National Museum and Tokyo National Museum . As opened, the first scroll illustrates anthropomorphic rabbits and monkeys bathing and getting ready for a ceremony, a monkey thief runs from animals with sticks and knocks over a frog from the lively ceremony. Furthe

Book: Japan’s animal spirits

BONES OF CONTENTION: Animals and Religion inContemporary Japan, by Barbara R. Ambros. University of Hawaii Press, 2012, 255 pp., $29 (paperback) Bumping into a Japanese acquaintance on the street recently, I inquired where he was going on his day off dressed in a formal business suit. A worker at a major pharmaceutical company, he explained that he was participating in a ceremony honoring the spirits of all the animals that had suffered during experiments in their laboratories. A Buddhist priest would be conducting the rites. In Barbara R. Ambros’ “Bones of Contention,” the writer includes a similar example of a restaurant at the foot of a pet cemetery, which holds an annual memorial service for fish, birds and mammals, in a spirit of gratitude for sentient creatures that are “martyrs for the sake of the nation’s progress and prosperity.” Obliged to kill hundreds of thousands of chickens after avian flu struck in 2004, the Japan Poultry and Egg Farmer Association, we learn

Sea turtle that lost her front legs has been given artificial flippers

KOBE — A sea turtle that lost her front legs to a shark attack was bidding to match “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, as she donned the latest in artificial flipper technology in Japan. Yu, an approximately 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle, was test-driving her 27th pair of artificial front legs around her home aquarium near Kobe, where she proves a draw for the crowds. The rubber limbs are attached to a vest slipped over her head, said the aquarium’s curator, Naoki Kamezaki. “We have worked hard to design the vest in a way that prevents the turtle from taking it off unwittingly,” he told AFP. “It can flutter the limbs as the vest is soft.” The creature, which weighs 96 kilograms and has a shell 82 centimeters long, was pulled out of a fisherman’s net and sent to the Suma Aqualife Park in mid-2008. One third of the right limb and half of the left limb were gone, in what Kamezaki believes must have been a shark attack. The aquarium started developing artificial limbs for t