Friday, February 18, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: Parenting in the wild

 

COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Mr. Cheetah, I have this court order for cub support payments based on the paternity tests." --rxlawdude

 

Today we look at a cross-fostered cheetah cub and Josh Levs' narrative about delivering a baby that couldn't wait.

 

Cheetah cub thrives under foster mom

 

The little at-risk cheetah cub being cross-fostered by an unrelated female got commenters talking. The technique is rare, and many people empathized with the mother cat in different ways. Many thought like Burbank: "I feel sorry for the first mother cheetah that had her baby taken away. If they can't produce enough milk with only one cub no wonder they are endangered." IndInDallas said, "As a first-time mother, the odds are her cub would not have survived in the wild. Attrition rates are pretty bad for first-timers. Cheetahs are pretty solitary, but it has been seen where older female offspring of a mom hang around when she had her next litter. Not all moms will allow that though." The jokes we got illustrated a common thread among all these comments: People were imagining how they would feel if the same thing happened to humans like them. AnalystJay quipped, "This is definitely a case for the Maury [Povich] show." hostrauser said, "'Nkechi... you ARE the father.' He then proceeds to get upset and maul the audience."

 

Delivering my son: 'Breathe, baby, breathe!'

 

OTHER COMMENT OF THE DAY: "Why didn't the word 'love' appear anywhere within the article? Because one should not use the word that you are defining within the definition of that word! Thank you, Josh, for a beautiful definition of 'love.' " --HeadsOrTails

 

If you had to deliver a baby at home, on your own, what would you do? Readers opened up their hearts, poured out their memories and even debated home births. A lot of readers told us they really enjoyed the story, and that warmed our cantankerous journalistic hearts. spankie1 wrote, "I need stories like this to keep myself from ripping my heart out."

 

Some had tragedies in their families. fsulevine said, "At least he lived. My wife and I had our first child on January 5, 2011. Unfortunately, he was stillborn, with the umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck twice and it had a knot in it. He was a month early and everything was fine the previous week when we had ultrasound photos done. Then at the next appointment, he had no heartbeat. Labor was induced, and the rest is history. :( In memory of my little angel, John Evan Levine 1/5/2011."

 

Others could totally relate ... to the baby. agreen33 said, "Aww... I was born at home in an emergency situation, caught by my poor dad who could only follow his own 'briefcase' of knowledge while the paramedics continued to be lost in the snow. Between my mom giving birth and my dad stepping up to deliver, I feel like my parents really worked to get me into this world. Maybe that's why I got good grades in school." Some were uneasy about home births. MrsMichelle said, "My husband told me that if he had to deliver our twins on the floor of our bathroom all by himself with 911 on the phone, he would have assured that they were sending two ambulances before he hung up....one for me and one for him. He's a fool, but he is hilarious at times."

 

But reiter331, who identified himself as Matt, a soon-to-be father of four, wrote, "Birth is a natural event and in the small percentage of births that need medical attention, an ambulance is a phone call away. They should be empowered to know that they had everything they needed right there at home. Each other. Child birth is not a condition that needs to be cured by a doctor. The medical community and television have deceived us into believing that only hospitals can safely deliver our sons and daughters, at a hefty price of course." Hemyola said, "Clamping the cord just stops the wonder blood from flowing into the baby as it should. It is best to wait till the cord is not pulsating any longer. And why appreciation for doctors? Why not for women? For the amazing nature? No doctor ever delivers a baby: The mother does, or simply, as my 3 year old said at his brother's home birth: 'The baby came out.'"

 

Is the internet killing empathy?

 

Some people wonder if the fast paces of our lives are causing people to feel less empathy for one another. Others wonder if it wasn't really there to begin with. Maybe it's worth meditating on this comment, and the responses it got: imgnepc said, "Think back. People brought family picnic lunches to hangings in recent history. Is empathy really changing, or is it just as common now to laugh at other's pain as always?"

 

automagic responded, "I'm imagining this scenario in my head. A 'Leave it to Beaver' style family packing up the family station wagon. The dad is smoking a pipe and the family is singing songs. They get there, and unpack the picnic basket and red checkered cloth. Then they watch DEATH!" imgnepc replied, "That's a pretty accurate image, automagic."

 

Or maybe the bombardment of imagery through the "media" (cough) is problematic? Professor72 explored that idea: "Absolutely, you could definitely argue that we are, as a whole, losing our sense of empathy. When you're constantly battered with only bad news (that is popular news), we begin to lose sight on what is good and right."

 

Or, maybe Bob Saget helped invent the internet. xklusivguy said, "Don't blame the young teens for not being sympathetic. 'America's Funniest Home Videos' have been around for 21 years, so that makes mostly 40- to 60-year-olds the ones who actually watched and laughed at people getting hurt first..."

 

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

3 Comments
February 19, 2011
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all my many comments are available by googling my name adam rosenblatt and tht blogs in the himalayan times and patterico's pontifications. they are totally reality oriented without any bullshit just like your cnn reports in egypt. one update on representative gabrielle giffords rehab in  houston to dr gerard francisco. yes she has a rabi and an expert team but is she receiving state of the art stem cell pluripotential stem cell therapy to regrow new nerve cells and if not why not? sadly superman chris reeves was too late and stephen hawking is still waiting in the wings.

February 20, 2011
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Heaven help the middle class if collective bargaining is destroyed.  Bargaining is negotiating and no union ever got more out of this process than management was willing to give...and then all the gains for the workers flowed uphill to management (the reverse of the trickle-down theory).  Media, including CNN, hasn't really done their "journalism" by researching the facts in any depth.  They've been too busy hurrying to break the story.  Why not do a segment on the history and rise of unions and the reasons for that rise.  The workers need a voice and the country needs collective bargaining.  

May 10, 2012
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To Dr Rosenblatt9, why do you continue to flag your

'pontifications'? It is a sign of insecurity or just plain arrogance? (You were once a psychiatrist, or so say - you should know the answer!) Your words are like a rose leaf, wasted, floating away, into nothing. Your verboseness is only superceded by your tautology. (grin)

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