Surprise Photos Show Rare Gorilla Babies
Cross River gorillas are in danger of dying out. The gorillas are only found in the forests of the mountains near the border between Cameroon and Nigeria. Experts believe there may be only 300 of the gorillas left, making them the most rare great ape in the world.
Recently, there’s been some good news for the Cross River gorillas. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has taken pictures of a group of the gorillas with several young gorillas of different ages.
The group says it’s the first proof that the numbers of the gorillas may be going up. The pictures were taken by a “camera trap”, which took the pictures automatically as the gorillas passed through the area.
In the past, the gorillas have been the target of hunters. Much of the forest that the apes depend upon has been lost to farmland. But in recent years, groups like WCS have worked hard to protect the gorillas.
“I am very happy to see these wonderful pictures of the Cross River gorillas with many babies in our forest,” said Gabriel Ocha, the leader of a nearby village.
New Records Set at Hot Dog Eating Contest
Every year, a restaurant called Nathan’s Famous has a hot dog eating contest in Brooklyn, New York. The challenge is to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. The contest was held last Saturday and new records were set, but the winners weren’t exactly a surprise.
Since 2007, Joey Chestnut has won the men’s contest every year except one. This year, he set a new record, finishing off 75 hot dogs in 10 minutes. “I knew I was fast in the beginning,” Mr. Chestnut said. But he said that midway through the contest, he started to slow down because he missed the crowd.
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This year’s contest was carried live on TV, but because of the coronavirus, it was held indoors without a crowd. The eaters were separated by plastic panels, and the people who supplied the hot dogs wore masks.
Miki Sudo, who has won the women’s contest every year since 2014, also won again. This year, Ms. Sudo set a new women’s record by eating 48 1/2 hot dogs.
Japanese Amusement Park: No Screaming!
The Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park near Tokyo, Japan has reopened. But because of the coronavirus, it now has some new rules. One rule is especially unusual: “No screaming on the rollercoasters”.
That’s meant to limit the droplets in the air, which can spread the virus. After several visitors complained that the park’s suggestion wasn’t possible, Fuji-Q put out a video showing how it’s done.
In the video, two of the company’s leaders, dressed in business clothes and wearing masks, sit side by side in a rollercoaster car. Both look ahead very seriously. As the two men are spun up and down and around on the rollercoaster, they never yell or change the serious looks on their faces.
So what are people supposed to do if they can’t yell? At the end of the video, a message is shown, saying “Please scream inside your heart.”
Did You Know…?
The amusement park has started a contest offering free passes to visitors who are the best at keeping their faces completely serious while riding the park’s rollercoasters.