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Newspaper Kids, Intl, All-Animal Special Edition: Bats and Dolphins

posted by Newspaper Boys @ 16:11 PM
April 24, 2012

 HURRY!  HURRY! HURRY!  Get the latest news from us, the Newspaper Boys and Girls Association, Intl (NBGI).  We, the triumphant younger kids are reporting today.  We’ve finished our ‘punishment’ course ‘bout not complaining so, from here on out, we just gonna report the latest news about animals. 
 
 Chucky:  OK you guys.  I’m in charge. OK?  Beckie one, you go first.

 Beckie:  Well sir, this is not a complaint, I don’t think, but:  these ‘stupid’ adult people are allowing all the bats in this part of the world to die with some strange new disease called White-nose Syndrome or WNS.  Almost seven million bats are dead and these chuck-heads––‘cuse me Chucky––done nothing to stop it.

 Dr. DeeAnn Reeder from Bucknell University––yea you bet, a girl doc––told our reporters:  “This is like bringing small pox to the New World. It is surely an unprecedented wildlife disaster for North America.  We can’t stop this thing. It’s marching across the country and we’re going to see some extinction.”

 Why’d I call ‘em stupid?  Cause we needed those bats to eat all the insects gonna be attacking us this summer!! That’s why!!  The smarties say that one million dead bats means that 692 tons of insects––like mosquitoes, locusts, gnats, ants, etc.––will live.  So whadda ya think that seven million dead bats means?

 Chucky:  Wow!  Beckie.  This means bugs could eat us up this summer.  Awful.  I’m stocking up on bug sprays now!  Andy, what you got?

 Andy:  Well, let’s see, killer bees have made it to Tennessee where they’s attacking farmers, ‘en almost 900 dolphins have washed up dead in Peru.  China is killing porpoises to extinction.  En, oh yeah, and stray dog packs have started attacking people in Bulgaria.  Wadda ya want first?

 Chucky:  My goodness.  It all sounds awful.  Start with the dolphins I guess.

 Andy:  Well, globalanimal.org cries out that dolphins are dying around the world, lately in Cape Cod, The Gulf of Mexico  and Brazil and now in Peru.  But, accept for Peru, some of the others were able to swim away.  Our kid reporters down in Peru told Marilia Brocchetto of CNN that they heard these great fish mammals are dying from Morbillivirus or Brucella bacteria.

 She quotes Peruvian Deputy Environment Minister Gabriel Quijandria who says:  “Right now, the most probable hypothesis is that it’s a virus outbreak.”  They think that the animals’ bodies were “in an advanced state of decomposition” before they washed on shore.  Ugh!  They were dying while living.  And like Beckie says, them adults don’t seem to care enough to do something about it.

 Chucky:  Double wow! We’ll have to get your other reports tomorrow.  Remember to do our assignments on patience and submission, and study our Bible verse cards.  And let’s pray that adults will get some smarts and save these animals:  “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5: 16b).”

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