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Read the Letter Trump's Immigrant Grandpa Wrote Begging Not to Be Deported
In November, a German tabloid unearthed a*1905 letter*from Donald Trump's grandfather,*Friedrich Trump, in which he*begged*German authorities not to deport him. The handwritten letter—originally in German—has now been translated and published in the latest issue of Harper's.
The elder Trump first emigrated to the US from the Bavarian town of*Kallstadt in the German Empire*in 1885 at the age of 16, illegally skipping out on mandatory military service (sounds familiar). That move lost him his citizenship, and he later became a US citizen where he made his fortune*running brothels and bars during the Yukon gold rush.
Trump returned to his homeland in the early 1900s, but he was scheduled to be deported because of his draft-dodging history. The newly*translated letter is a plea to*Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, who ruled over the Kallstadt at the time, not to deport Trump back to the US.
"Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family," Trump writes. "What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree—not to mention the great material losses it would incur."
Apparently the letter didn't do enough to convince the prince, since history has it that Trump wound up in the United*States again, churning out a lineage of children*that would someday wind up in the White House.*Would the 2017 political climate be a different place if a well-bearded Bavarian royal did Friedrich Trump a solid in 1905? Let's not dwell on that one too much.
You can go read the whole thing over at*Harper's.
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While on safari at the Masai Mara National Park, an unsuspecting tourist got the surprise of his life when a curious wild cheetah jumped into the same vehicle where he was waiting inside. Luckily, the tourist remained calm and the big cat carried on without incident.
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New Spider-Like, Tree-Climbing Crab Species Found
A striking new species of crab has been found living in tree-holes high above the ground. The animal, which fits in the palm of a human hand, has a deep bluish black body that stands out against the tree bark that it prowls for worms and seeds to eat.
Scientists discovered the crab—named Kani maranjandu—in the lush forests of the Western Ghats in south India. It’s an entirely new genus and species named after the Kani, the tribal community that noticed the crabs, and maranjandu, the local colloquial term for tree crab.
The forest-dwelling Kani first reported sightings of “long-legged crabs” on trees in 2014. A. Biju Kumar, a professor of aquatic biology at the University of Kerala, was at that time leading a project to survey the Western Ghats of Kerala for freshwater crabs. After months of tracking the tree crabs with the help of the tribesmen, Kumar and his student Smrithy Raj recently managed to catch a couple of these elusive crabs.
In the Journal of Crustacean Biology, the scientists describe Kani maranjandu as having a distinct hard outer shell or carapace that is broad, swollen, and convex. Most conspicuously, the legs are extremely long, with slender, curved, sharp ends that help them get a good grip on the tree, making them effective climbers.
The crabs live in water-filled hollows of tall evergreen and deciduous trees. The Kani tribesmen detect their presence by looking for air bubbles coming out of the hollows. Outside the hollows, the crabs move rapidly on tree trunks, using their pincer-bearing thick front legs to propel themselves.
The crabs are shy creatures, retreating deep inside the hollows when approached. The younger ones take shelter in the canopy of the trees, up to about 30 feet. That’s unusual for crabs, which don’t normally climb more than a few feet into trees.
“This lifestyle of tree living indicates that, since they cannot disperse widely through the sea, their range tends to be limited to a very narrow area,” says Tohru Naruse, an expert on crab biodiversity at Japan’s University of the Ryukyus. He not involved in the discovery.
This geographical restriction could mean that any impact on their habitat could put the species at greater risk.
Biju Kumar also stresses the importance of the crab’s habitat: the large trees and forest ecosystem of the Western Ghats. The crabs’ existence hinges on rainwater collected in tree hollows, and the crabs have been observed to change trees if the hollows dry up. The broad, swollen carapace is an adaptation that helps them hold water in their gill chambers.
“It also suggests that the tree-climbing behavior and morphology of Kani maranjandu, and possibly other related, undiscovered species, has evolved where they are distributed,” adds Naruse.
For Peter K.L. Ng, a National University of Singapore biologist who helped classify Kani maranjandu, the species’ most alluring feature is how it illustrates crab evolution. “The exciting thing for me is that these crabs, regardless of where they have been found, and how they are related (or unrelated) to each other, they have nevertheless evolved to use specialized habitats to enhance their survival—in this case, tree-holes and climbing,” he says.