Parsnippets: News Briefs from Nature

Eating Up the Chardashians, a new reality series focused on the high nutritional value of the leafy green vegetable chard, premieres Friday on E! at 8:30 p.m., Eastern time, 7:30 p.m., Central time. Characters in the show are the famously buxom Rainbow Chardashian (who attributes her buxomness to a lifelong habit of snacking on chard), her husband Kanye Cress and their baby North-by-Northwest. In each episode, the show will seek a clever way to note that chard is packed with vitamins A, K and C while also rich in fiber, protein and minerals.

An unclothed elk in Idaho, circa 1974

An unclothed elk in Idaho, circa 1974

Photos of clothed wildlife, hacked from Apple’s iCloud, spread across the Internet over the weekend, triggering a stampede of viewers to the websites where the images appeared. The photos, many of them obscene, were taken at a private masquerade ball given by North American elk for moose, reindeer, white-tailed deer, and any other type of deer that wished to attend. The theft and leaking of photos depicting clothed animals raises issues of privacy and civil liberties yet to be addressed by wildlife.

A Minnesota leaf is in the hospital after falling from a tree on Sunday and breaking its stem. In what arborists are calling the first such incident in arboreal history, the oak leaf broke loose from its branch and fell toward the ground in the usual autumnal manner, but then, distracted by a motorist’s honk, the leaf hit the ground with its stem in an awkward position. Following two to three weeks in a botanical rehab center, the leaf will be returned to the grass beneath the tree from which it fell.