This picture comes from The Irish Independent today. Dublin Zoo’s newest arrival, a one-month old giraffe, took her first steps into the limelight yesterday as she made a steady entrance into the African Savanna section of the zoo. The public has been invited to name the calf, based on her African origins, by sending suggestions to Dublin Zoo by post, email or on their facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/DublinZoo). A quick glance at the facebook page showed some interesting and hilarious suggestion- definately worth a look!
Today’s ‘pic of the day’ can be seen on the back page of the Irish Independent and features just one panda despite initial glances. A four-month-old panda cub is picked up for a physical exam by a researcher dressed as a giant panda at the Wolong Panda Reserve in China. Scientists at the reserve wear the costume when handling all pandas born in captivity so that they do not get used to the human form before they are released into the wild. This cub is among the first captive-bred pandas to be prepared for life in the bamboo forests of Sichuan’s mountains. Picture: AP
The Irish Independent features a story today concerning Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions problem. The story leads with the headline “Bovine Belching to blame for high methane output“ as the blame is being laid at the feet (or hoofs as the case may be) of our countries cows. Methane gas from cow’s burps and breathing may accounts for the single largest source of greenhouse gas in the agricultural sector. Today’s picture shows cows at Teagasc‘s Moorepark research centre in Fermoy, Co. Cork who have been kitted out with special equipment to measure the gas. Ireland is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
Our ‘pic of the day’ comes from today’s Irish Independent. The All Blacks got some new moves for their notorious haka from Irish dancers at Johnnie Fox’s pub in the Dublin Mountains yesterday. Neemia Tialata, Jerome Kaino and Alby Mathewson proved light on their feet as they hopped one, two, three with dancers Orla Cathy, Lori Hall and Ciara Doyle. Let’s hope the Irish team have some new moves to dance rings around them this Saturday in the Aviva Stadium… Picture: Ken O’Halloran
Pictured in the Irish Independent today are five year old twins Amy and Eva Campbell with the ‘Mystical Storyteller’ , Pat Kinevane, in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street yesterday for the unveiling of the Christmas window. Picture: Frank McGrath
The best and brightest of the literary world gathered last night for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Shortlist. The pic of the day comes from The Irish Independent which features top authors from Paul Howard (aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly) to Amy Huberman. Also announced last night was that queen of fiction, Maeve Binchy will be awarded a lifetime achievment award at the Irish Book Awards. I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of the honour!
Pictured in the Irish Independent today is the arrival of a very large fruit, namely a pumpkin, ahead of this weekend’s Virginia Pumpkin Festival. This Cinderella-coach contender is the first pumpkin to cross the Atlantic and it weighs in at more than 680kgs. Reportedly 15 giant pumpkins will take part in this weekend’s weigh-in with finalists from the UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Finalnd, Germany, Austria, the US and Ireland and more than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event. It is definately going to be a bank holiday weekend to remember in Virginia, Cavan!
Photographer John Rafferty spent hours staking out Lough Allen in Co. Donegal for a glimpse of this elusive otter. His patience finally paid off when he captured a series of rare pictures of this native mammal. Featured in The Irish Independent today, the otter is pictured searching for food with an eel in his mouth.
Pictured in The Irish Independent, trapped miner Yonni Barrios Rojas is greeted by his girlfriend Susana Valenzuela after reaching the surface yesterday. His wife, Marta Salinas only became aware of the existence of the other woman while her husband was trapped underground. All miners have been rescued safely, making this one of the best feel good stories the world has seen, but I doubt that’s any consolation to Mrs. Salinas…
Today’s pic from the Irish Independent caught my eye as it wonderfully captures the essence of October. These gorgeous kids were photographed at the launch of the Virginia Pumpkin Festival which takes place from October 22-25 in Co. Cavan. Imelda May will headline this event which boasts Ireland’s largest fancy dress party. This event is one to pencil into the diary I think… Ciara