1. When a zoo has a non-human primate who is dealing with birth complications, they bring in a OB-GYN for humans

Birth complications are extremely rare, so it's often the first time the OB-GYN will have treated a non-human mom

First, a gorilla mom with pre-eclampsia in Bristol
2. OB-GYN Dr. Rebekah McCurdy has delivered hundreds of human babies.

She delivered her first baby gorilla when Kira, a gorilla at Philly Zoo, needed an emergency c-section

OB-GYNs with no experience treating wildlife can do this because our primate cousins are so similar to us
3. Daisy, a Sumatran orangutan at the Wichita Zoo, faced severe complications when she went into labor.

One of the zoo's vets called her personal OB-GYNs to come in and perform an emergency c-section.

Baby Lily was born happy and healthy.
4. And here are the three miracle babies with their moms.

- Baby orangutan Lily with her mom Daisy

- Baby gorilla Ajabu with his mom Kira

- Baby gorilla Afia with his mom Kera
5. In October 2020, Kiki, a gorilla at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, was diagnosed with placenta previa while in labor with her 5th child.

OB-GYNs who normally only treat humans came in from Brigham and Women’s hospital to help deliver her first baby boy.

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Remember when people would allow 12 and 13 year olds to babysit their small children?
2. Adding to this thread....

- Was not referring to 12 and 13 year olds who babysit their siblings or relatives

- So many people asking "have people stopped doing this?" I don't know, but lots of people say they are. Was just referring to my experience.
3. My issue was more about parents who could easily afford to have an adult babysit while they go out on a date but chose to have a 12 year old babysit a toddler.

When I was 13 our next door neighbor's babysitter got sick so they had me watch their two young kids until 1 AM????
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@TeamTrace & @NewYorker have obtained footage of the NRA's Wayne LaPierre and his wife Susan shooting and killing two elephants in Botswana.

@mikespiesnyc reports

2. Wayne LaPierre is a poor marksman.

He shot the elephant once from a distance and then three times from point-blank range.

In the footage in the tweet above you can hear the elephant breathing heavily and trying to do a low rumble vocalization.

3. Wayne LaPierre's wife Susan is a better marksman than her husband.

She got the bull elephant she killed in one shot and then went for one more just to be sure.

Upon killing it she cut the elephant's tail off and held it up in victory.

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1. Some of my friends (I love them) like to have different standards on text response time.

If they don't respond, they say they were busy or working, etc, & I better accept it.

If I don't respond within minutes/hours (despite having a very public cell #) I get texts like this:
2. All I want, and I think this is fair, is uniform standards. I have friends who aren't very good re responding to texts which I'm fine with because they don't complain when I don't respond quickly.

But a certain group of friends likes to have different standards...seems unfair
3. Often what I say to these friends who give me minutes to respond or say I'm ignoring them after a few hours or a day, is "you try having your cell phone number on your Twitter profile, and let's see how you handle it."

I think I'm pretty good about responding considering...
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The Republic of Zimbabwe is going to sell 500 licenses to hunt elephants this year. A license to hunt one elephant will go for as much as $70k

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But allowing for the hunting of elephants doesn't solve this problem in the long-term.
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The arguments Masterson makes in this filing are not only false but they're filled with Scientological projection.
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So much influence it took four years to get rape charges? Four years?

And the idea that she could convince four women to file for rape charges cause her ego was bruised?
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I've spoken to all four accusers & reviewed so much evidence for my reporting. The three women who accused Danny of rape who got charges all told people on record for years.

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1. This is the most ridiculous and irresponsible framing and just borrows from the nonsensical campaign Ariadna Jacob has been running to try and convince people she was canceled.

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But there's more, she's been accused by multiple former clients on record of worse
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