The skinny

The skinny: Nearly extinct cichlid seeks female

Urgent match

Nearly extinct cichlid seeks Single female

The London Zoo is urgently seeking a female mate for the last-known males of a critically endangered fish species. Zoo officials say the Mangarahara cichlid is thought to be extinct in the wild and that two of the last known individuals — both male — are in the zoo's aquarium. A third is in the Berlin zoo. Officials say the species' habitat in Madagascar dried up due to dam construction.

Crunchy fare

U.N. says: Eat more insects

The latest weapon in the U.N.'s fight against hunger, global warming and pollution might be flying by you right now. Edible insects are being promoted as a low-fat, high-protein food for people, pets and livestock. According to the U.N., they come with appetizing side benefits: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and livestock pollution, creating jobs in developing countries and feeding the millions of hungry people in the world. Two billion people already eat them, especially beetles and caterpillars; and insects provide coloring in food and pills. Less appetizing use: A South African fly factory rears the insects en masse to transform blood, guts and manure into animal feed. The U.N. is buzzed, backing the factory's $100,000 innovation prize.

Pooch pops question

An engagement made in pet store

A Plantation man enlisted his Boston terrier to win over his beloved, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported. Charles "Chad" Moreau and Molly had been together for six years, but then Moreau met Tiffany Galpern three years ago. Moreau used Molly to pop the question to Galpern on his behalf. He said there's no jealousy. "They love each other." Molly proposed Saturday at Green Paws Pet Market in Plantation, where she had just been groomed for the groom-to-be. She wore a pink T-shirt that read, "Will you marry my Daddy?" Galpern barely had time to read the proposal on the T-shirt before Moreau sprang forward, dropped to one knee and presented her with the engagement ring. "Will you marry me and be Molly's mom forever?" he asked. Sniffing back tears, she said, "Of course I will."

Too itsy bitsy

Teacher fired for side modeling job

A Stuart teacher was fired on National Teacher Day after the principal learned about her second job as a bikini model. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Olivia Sprauer, a 26-year-old single mother of two, was fired April 29 from her job as a ninth-grade English teacher at Martin County High School in Stuart after the principal discovered she had modeled beachwear. "It was just a way to pay my rent in a safe part of town," Sprauer, also known as Victoria Valentine James, said of her side gig.

Compiled from wire services and other sources

The skinny: Nearly extinct cichlid seeks female 05/13/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:11am]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...