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Cub cam: Aussie zoo offers behind-the-scenes glimpse at new lion cubs

October 11, 2021

Taronga Zoo Sydney in Australia is celebrating the safe arrival of five African lion cubs with the launch of a new behind-the-scenes live stream, The New Daily reports.

The cubs are the first of their species to be born at the zoo in more than 18 years and, in a sweet coincidence, they arrived on their dad’s fourth birthday.

Mum and dad, Maya and Ato, welcomed the two male and three female offspring in August. And the zoo said the baby big cats are “absolutely puuuurfect” at five weeks old.

Carnivore Unit Supervisor Louise Ginman said the youngsters are doing well and the new pride is a joy to behold. “Maya is a very attentive, nurturing and relaxed mother. Her labor went off without a hitch and we couldn’t be happier with the maternal behaviors that we are observing,” Ginman told The New Daily.

“Now weighing between 5 kilograms and 6 kilograms, compared to approximately 1.5 kilograms at birth, each cub is growing and developing—with mum Maya ensuring each cub is suckling and feeding well.”

Due to coronavirus lockdowns, the public are not able to visit the youngsters in person, but the zoo has come up with a solution. The cubs, which are part of a vulnerable species, have been monitored via CCTV cameras since their birth and live with their mum in a special maternity den.

And for those who wish they could get a glimpse inside, Taronga Conservation Society Australia CEO Cameron Kerr has some good news: “In a first for Taronga, we are giving our community access to meet these five precious cubs and bringing them along on the journey from the very beginning,” Kerr said.

“With a donation of just $7, you are supporting our work at Taronga’s two zoos and our on-the-ground work in Northern Kenya—one of six native homelands of the African Lion.” And in more good news, the donation is tax-deductible.

The zoo said their lions are “important ambassadors for their species,” and help to raise money and awareness for their wild cousins.

Research contact: @TheNewDailyAu

Hungry for approval: ‘Eating activism’ surfaces on Instagram

July 9, 2019

Honor your hunger,” proclaims one post on Instagram—and it represents only the leading edge of a new food movement powered by one of the only demographic groups that it still seems to be okay to mock.

 “I’m Katie, I’m fat, I love food and my life,” says the bio at the top of the Instagram account @fat.girl.eats.

And the images on the site are a testament to not only to her appetite—what 35-year-old office worker Katie Przybl describes as “Photos of me enjoying food while fat”—but also a cry for empathy and acceptance.

“My Instagram is all happy fat people living their lives,” Przybyl recently told The Daily Beast. 

And she has plenty of company, as a member of a growing online community of women who “are done fighting their weight.” Quite simply, they “are over” the whole shaming ethic and just want to live their lives authentically.

These armchair activists hope exposure to their pictures over time will do the quiet work of normalizing fat people. “If I manage to convince one fat person that they have a right to live a decent life, then I consider that a form of activism,” says Przybyl.

According to The Daily Beast, some 45 million Americans go on diets every year. Over half of those dieters are women—which is no surprise since research shows that many women have a relationship to food that is characterized by fear, loathing, and anxiety.

Just ask any fat woman about eating a burger in public and you’ll probably get a lengthy sigh. But in a world where we shop, date, and make friends virtually, what happens when fat women post pictures of themselves eating online?

Intuitive eating coach Alissa Rumsey created the Instagram hashtag #womeneatingfood along with fellow diet counselor Linda Tucker, The New Daily reports. The concept is simple. Women are invited to take photos of themselves eating and then post them online with the hashtag, which has grown from three pictures to over 1,100 in just three months.

On Instagram, where feeds are perpetually flooded with well-lit food tableaux and the pressure for perfection is immense, it’s rare to see ordinary, fat women eating food in all its caloric glory. Tucker says she regularly receives messages from people saying they want to post pictures but don’t feel ready.

The photos are sparking a discussion about who gets to eat in public, and why. Rumsey searched women eating food online and found a bounty of stock photos—all of thin, mostly white women delicately nibbling on salads. Rumsey searched “women eating food” and a couple of variations of that on Instagram and found a scant three photos. (#womeneatingbananas came up with hundreds of posts, though.)

“I wanted a place where you could see real women eating without apology, without talking about how good or bad they were being,” Rumsey told The Daily Beast.

And the movement has gone worldwide: The language of the captions changes from English to Finnish to Portuguese. Lots of the captions are long, with statements about who inspired them to post the pictures. One woman grins, a pile of ramen cascading from her mouth. #sorrynotsorry, her hashtag reads.

The comments often include applause emojis. The women are often thanked for posting. Lots of people write ‘yum!’ It’s surprisingly wholesome, with not a troll in sight.

“You guys! I ate a donut! And I don’t feel bad about it all!” posted one woman. “So happy for you,” responded another.

Research contact: @thedailybeast