Undertoad Friday Oct 3 02:09 PM
10/3/2003: Albino gorilla has skin cancer
Jacque Strapp Friday Oct 3 02:28 PM
It looks to me like he is coming on to the picture taker. Maybe he is ready for kid #23.
MachineyBear Friday Oct 3 04:17 PM
He can't fool me.. He bleaches it.
quzah Friday Oct 3 04:34 PM
Re: 10/3/2003: Albino gorilla has skin cancer
daniwong Friday Oct 3 05:28 PM
gossard187 Friday Oct 3 09:57 PM
Re: Re: 10/3/2003: Albino gorilla has skin cancer
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Oct 4 12:22 AM
I agree he's been living large and I doubt he's been contemplating the meaning of life or his place in the grand sceme of things.
LUVBUGZ Saturday Oct 4 12:51 AM
Poor Snowflake . I'm not big on zoos (for reasons I won't get into here, mainly not to "start a huge thread"), but in Snowflake's case I have to pause and wonder if maybe he did do better in the zoo. If left in the wild I wonder what his longevity would have been, being an albino and all. Albinos in any species don't tend to do well in the wild.
LUVBUGZ Saturday Oct 4 12:54 AM
I wonder if they had taught him to use sunscreen if it would have reduced his chance of getting skin cancer or at least prolonged it?
OnyxCougar Monday Oct 6 05:29 PM
I thought Albinos of any species were already light-sensitive? Why'd they let him get so much sun???
xoxoxoBruce Monday Oct 6 07:24 PM
Because you can't sell tickets to a hidden gorilla.
OnyxCougar Monday Oct 6 07:28 PM
Can sell tickets to an INDOOR gorilla. Can't sell em to a dead one.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Oct 6 09:11 PM
Naw, the activists wouldn't stand for not letting out. They'd demand he be accorded his right to get cancer like every other albino gorilla.
Skunks Tuesday Oct 7 01:32 AM
So, I'm sitting here, phrasing a joke about eating him once he's dead while I wait for the page to load (I miss cable, as much as it sucked), and I'm struck with a question I'm too lazy to research for myself:
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Oct 7 05:35 AM
Interesting question, Skunks. I would suppose diseased animals in the wild are eaten when they die. Maybe it depends what they are eaten by. Scavengers tend to have stronger digestive systems.
Undertoad Tuesday Oct 7 09:02 AM
I'm gonna pull a guess out of my ass and say yes. You wouldn't "catch" cancer from eating cancer so the only question is whether the tumor is toxic or not. I think the body would break it down just like any other flesh.
juju Tuesday Oct 7 10:15 AM
From what I understand, cancer is just cells that start multiplying out of control. Some sort of trigger is missing, and they don't 'stop' when they're supposed to. So if that's true, then it wouldn't hurt you at all.
OnyxCougar Tuesday Oct 7 10:40 AM
Where's our resident biologist when we need her?
dave Tuesday Oct 7 12:09 PM
Swimming with dolp^H^H^H^Hsharks.
LUVBUGZ Tuesday Oct 7 12:12 PM
In response to other posts, yeah you can't sell tickets to a hidden gorilla or a dead gorilla, but like the SD zoo you can sell tickets to semi-hidden gorillas, or Pandas for that matter. Interestingly enough I went to the zoo yesterday. I basically avoid such places because I have very strong issues with zoos and "attractions" where animals are housed, but since it was FREE due to it being Founders Day, a friend dragged me down there, so I didn't financially support their "cause".
I must say it's good to go once in awhile just to reinforce my views and as usual I wasn't let down. Nothing has changed, neurotic beasts everywhere you look. All right, I'm going to stop here before I get to "emotionally involved" and piss off the Cellar regulars again.
Anyway, about eating cancerous meat. I have to admit that I'm not sure, but I guess I wouldn't advise it since apparently we still don't know all there is to know about it. It would seem on the surface to be OK to eat it because it is just a group of cells that has gone haywire and mass produced themselves and once these cells are "dead" it wouldn't seem that they could cause any further damage, but I don't know. Maybe the "trigger" (DNA sequence, particular gene, etc.) could someway incorporate itself into the DNA of the person eating cancerous meat and somehow cause cancer in that person, who knows.
Another way to look at it is we consume meat that supposedly contains cancer causing elements (hormones, steroids, chemicals, etc.) so it would seem that we would have probably the same chance of getting cancer from eating "non-cancerous" meat as we do from eating "cancerous" meat. Again, I don't know the answers, I'm just posing a thought.
Another thing I find interesting, although it's a bit off thread, is people who claim they can "smell" cancer. I worked for a lady who said she could and addressed a customer who she could "smell" cancer on and the person said "I don't have cancer", then a couple of months later that person came back and told her that she went to the doctor's and in fact she did have cancer. I have also heard the same thing from hospital nurses who also claim they can "smell" cancer. Anyone else heard of this?
OnyxCougar Tuesday Oct 7 12:39 PM
I have a friend who can "see" cancer. She says she can see auras of living things, and when someone has cancer, she can see where it is. I've seen her do it. She also see other types of sickness, but she says cancer is the most prominent.
juju Tuesday Oct 7 12:50 PM
Yeah, I've heard lots of stories saying that animals can smell cancer. Of course they have a hard time communicating it when they find it, but discoveries have been made by them, I'm told.
BrianR Tuesday Oct 7 05:48 PM
Beagles are especially good for this...Western medicine is investigating their use. It must be difficult to train a dog to smell this, but it appears that certain types of cancer do indeed have a characteristic 'scent'.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Oct 7 09:45 PM
Damn right, cancer stinks.
dave Monday Nov 24 01:52 PM
Whit Monday Nov 24 03:11 PM
xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 24 11:39 PM
I dunno, 22 screaming brats and three mothers- in- law.
Whit Tuesday Nov 25 01:11 AM
Nah, he acts like he intends to discipline the kids even once and they're shipped off to a different cage. Assuming that they were ever with him in the first place. Plus, they never said anything about marriage, just that he knocked some ape ladies up. They're moms probably weren't even at the same zoo anyway.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Nov 25 08:25 PM
Ooooh, I see. A gorilla Ron Jeremy. Except Ron has dark hair.
juju Tuesday Nov 25 09:54 PM
I had kind of envisioned "Conan the Barbarian", when he's in his cage full of lavish stuff, and they're giving him women.