Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Courageous Crayfish

I have been mulling over this Swiss law about boiling lobsters alive – kindly read my post "Lobsters Sense Pain" published June 01, 2018 – and I am beginning to acknowledge it is a good law. 

The case of a crayfish (Phylum: Arthropoda; Subphylum: Crustacea; Class: Malacostraca) that decided it didn’t want to be somebody’s dinner supports my view.

The crustacean had crawled out of a steaming Chinese hotpot (火锅 huǒguō /hwor-gwor/ 'fire-pot') in a restaurant in China – as can be seen from the 11-second video posted by a user named Jiuke on the Chinese social media site Weibo.

It wasn't ready to be cooked and eaten. I'm supposing it sensed pain and that triggered it to make an exit. It found courage to clamber out of a receptacle of piping hot spicy soup and in the process, amputated one of its claws.

A dramatic escape that makes the courageous crayfish an online hero. And the video has since gone viral. 

Many Weibo users had called for the never-say-die crayfish to be shown mercy. 

Not to worry because Jiuke had already decided to let the crustacean live. 

"I let him live, I already took him home and am raising him in an aquarium", he declared. 

And the escape artist will not have to live with only one claw for the rest of its life. Marine experts say crayfish are able to grow back limbs. 

In fact, UK’s The Mail reported in 2014 that a pregnant lobster which lost both claws and four legs had managed to grow all her limbs and even claws. 

In case you don't know, crayfish are freshwater cousins to the lobster, although smaller.

(Cooked) Crayfish in Tomato Sauce. Image credit: Webpage

Updates on the World Cup so far: 

On Thursday, in Group C, Denmark played to a 1-1 draw against Australia and France vanquished Peru 1-0. 

I was right not to consider Argentina as one of sixteen countries to progress to the next knockout stage – I reckon they are just not good enough, even with Lionel Messi in the team. I was right because they were squashed 0-3 by Croatia. 

On Friday, in Group E, Brazil managed to score two late goals against Costa Rica. 

(In fact, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino and former Liverpool player Philippe Coutinho were instrumental in giving Brazil their first goal). 

In Group D, Nigeria whipped Iceland 2-0 and which of these two countries will join Croatia – already guaranteed a place in the last 16 after winning their first two games – will depend on the remaining two games. 

Nigeria qualify if they beat Argentina but a draw would be enough if Iceland do not beat Croatia. On the other hand, Iceland must beat Croatia and hope Nigeria don't beat Argentina. 

In Group E, Switzerland overcame Serbia 2-1. That victory is the first game at the 2018 World Cup to see a side win from a losing position. 

And on Saturday, in Group G, Tunisia were walloped 2-5 by Belgium. And in Group F, Mexico triumphed 2-1 over South Korea and Germany did the same to Sweden by the same margin.

Germany sure love to live dangerously. This is the ninth consecutive occasion that the country had followed a defeat at the World Cup with a victory.

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