On Monday August 1, 2016, two juvenile Capybaras were observed roaming around within their enclosed area at the High Park Zoo (Toronto, Ontario) much to the delight of onlookers.   At the time of this observation, the lone adult Capybara held there was nowhere to be seen, probably resting within the sizable wooden structure occupied by all three Capybaras.   Both juvenile Capybaras observed here had recently become famous for escaping captivity, managing to stay on the lam and eluding Toronto Police officers, Municipal employees, and civilian volunteers for entire weeks before being recaptured in June 2016.   This Writer, acting as a civilian volunteer, embarked on eight personal missions through often remote areas of High Park while in search of either or both prehistoric survivors.   Fortunately, this true story had a happy conclusion after all.      (Freelance Writer B. E. Shibley)

Escaped Capybaras on the Lam in High Park


On Tuesday May 24, 2016, two Capybaras escaped captivity from the High Park Zoo located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.   Classified as both mammal and rodent, Capybaras are also prehistoric survivors indigenous to areas of Panama and northwestern South America.   Fully grown, the Capybara can weigh as much as 140 pounds and possesses twenty teeth within it’s mouth.   High Park is very large, much of it’s land area covered by dense vegetation which even large animals such as adult Capybaras can hide in.   There is also a sizeable lake ( Grenadier Pond ), as well as two smaller bodies of water which capybaras can enter and swim through.   Toronto Police officers and civilian volunteers have searched for both elusive animals, but as of this writing it is not known whether either or both have yet been located or captured.   Capybaras are herbivorous and are not known to be aggressive or dangerous.   We love Capybaras and pray for their safe rescue.  (Article by Freelance writer B.E. Shibley) (photo credit google and Cascade News)


Update on the Syrian Civil War

Syrian Civil War care of Google ImagesFrom late September and well into November 2015, Russian military aircraft were flown during combat sorties (air strikes) against anti-government insurgent positions in Syria, causing “powerful explosions” on the ground there.   As of this writing, this military intervention may very well have killed thousands of people.   On October 7, 2015, Russian warships launched 26 SS-N-27 Sizzler cruise missiles from within the waters of the Caspian Sea toward enemy ground targets in Syria.    Units of the Syrian Army, Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah then launched a major ground offensive against anti-government insurgent forces (ISIS, al-Nusra Front, Free Syrian Army).   Truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers were employed in significant numbers during this offensive.   By this time, Russian military forces had already deployed limited numbers of BM-30 Smerch multiple launch rocket systems and T-90 main battle tanks to war torn Syria.   On Friday November 13, 2015, a terrorist assault on Paris, the capital city of France, killed 129 people and wounded more than 350 others.   ISIS claimed responsibility for this attack soon afterwards.   In retaliation, French air strikes against ISIS positions in Syria intensified while an aircraft carrier of the French Navy was ordered to be deployed to within the waters of the (eastern) Mediterranean Sea, near the Syrian coast.   As of November 17, 2015, TU-160 Blackjack and TU-95 intercontinental bombers were being flown during combat sorties, from at least one military base in Russia, to effectively destroy high value ground targets in Syria.   Additional cruise missiles were launched by Russian naval forces from within the waters of both the (eastern) Mediterranean Sea and Caspian Sea.   This was in retaliation for the recent terrorist bombing of a Russian passenger jumbo jet over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, this historic atrocity having killed more than 220 people aboard this targeted civilian aircraft.   As of November 24, 2015, a Russian military aircraft had reportedly been intercepted and shot down within Turkish air space.   Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Soviet KGB Officer during the Cold War, then threatened “serious consequences” for this armed incident.    The ongoing Syrian Civil War ( 2011-2015-? ) may have killed as many as 300,000 people along with an undetermined number of animals, while under President Bashar Assad regime.  We hope and pray for a Peaceful resolution and a  final end to the Civil war in Syria not only for the Syrian people but for ALL of Humanity.  (Article by Freelance Writer B. E.  Shibley)

Movie Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

Expendables 3

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 The Expendables 3 Trailer (Trailer from Youtube).   The primary conflict in this action sequel is man versus man, as Sylvester Stallone again reprises his role as Barney Ross, leader of the mercenary team known as the Expendables.   Jason Statham also reprises his role as former British Army S.A.S. commando Lee Christmas, for a second time, while Dolph Lundgren again reprises his role as Gunnar Jensen. Randy Couture is also back, as “Toll Road”, while Terrence Crews is back as well, reprising his role as “Haile Caesar”. The story begins with  the first four above named characters rescuing another mercenary, a former Expendable played by Wesley Snipes, who has already been imprisoned in some fictitious overseas country for eight years.  As can be expected, the action is very intense as automatic weapons are fired from both sides. These five Expendables then join Haile Caesar for a covert mission in Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia.   There, they are to capture Conrad Stonebanks, a rogue former Expendable played by Mel Gibson, who is wanted by the International Court in the Hague, Netherlands, for war crimes.  This mission, sanctioned by a U.S. government official played by Harrison Ford, fails as Haile Caesar is shot and wounded during the ensuing fire fight and is effectively taken out of most of the story. What is of particular interest here is that Conrad Stonebanks is played with the exact same demeanour and ferocious intensity that Mel Gibson had achieved, with his character Martin Riggs, in all four Lethal Weapon movies.  Harrison Ford’s government agent in this movie is very identical to his role as Jack Ryan, the character he had played in the action movies Patriot Games (1992) and A Clear and Present Danger (1994).  Also, Antonio Banderas stars here as Gargo, a crazed individual troubled by his violent past.  Having served with the Spanish Foreign Legion in Croatia at some point during the 1990’s, he was to later serve in an ill-fated mercenary unit that got annihilated (wiped out) in the city of Benghazi during the 2011 Libyan Revolution .   Added to this cast is a list of newer and younger  Expendables, these played by Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey and Glen Powell.   These new combatants are recruited by both Barney Ross and “Bonaparte”, an agent played by Kelsey Grammer.  Audiences of this movie are also treated to a very intense battle scene involving the Expendables, both young and old, being subjected to a massed ground assault by enemy troops accompanied by what appear to be Russian-made T-80 main battle tanks, along with an aerial assault by armed helicopters, while confined within a massive fortress.  However, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger  and Jet Li arrive just in time to turn the tide of this battle, which is also fought in a fictitious country.  An all star cast and heroic action scenes make this a highly recommended movie for what is left of this summer.  (Article by Freelance Writer B. E. Shibley)