COVID-19 cases in 92131
The County of San Diego reported cases of coronavirus in the 92131 ZIP Code area of Scripps Ranch is now at 15. Cases in Mira Mesa are up to 83. Poway now has 35 cases. San Diego County reports the cases, broken down by residence listed for each patient.

Another Wolff concert on Saturday
Scripps Ranch musician Steve Wolff will perform another another perfectly safe socially distanced “1 Man Rock Band” live-stream for about 1.5 hours starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. Here is the link:

Crime declines in San Diego
Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Police Chief David Nisleit announced Friday that overall crime declined by 1.3 percent citywide last year. Overall crime in 2019 for the City of San Diego decreased by 1.3% compared to 2018. 

  • Approximately four people out of 1,000 were the victim of a violent crime.
  • Murders increased from 35 in 2018 to 50 in 2019 and is the only category to see an increase.
  • 12 of the murders were associated with gang activity.
  • 18 were associated with family/domestic violence, with two tragic incidents accounting for eight of the victims.
  • Rape, robbery and aggravated assaults all saw significant decreases

Pygmy Hippo born at zoo
Mabel, a 4-year-old pygmy hippopotamus at the San Diego Zoo, gave birth to her first calf. This is the first successful pygmy hippo birth at the zoo in more than 30 years. Mabel gave birth to the calf in an indoor habitat for pygmy hippos, located in the Lost Forest area of the Zoo.

Typically, a pygmy hippo calf is tucked into a safe place before it begins to walk and follow its mother. Wildlife care specialists report that the calf, which has not been named, stood, walked and followed Mabel around within just a few hours of being born. Mom and calf are doing very well, they said, and the calf is nursing and getting lots of attention from the first-time mother.

The pygmy hippo calf is meeting and surpassing the milestones that wildlife care specialists watch for in a young pygmy hippo, including the ability to go underwater. To prepare the calf for exploring in the water, wildlife care specialists placed a small, shallow tub in the indoor habitat. When mom and her calf were given access to the outdoor maternity habitat, staff added a fence to prevent the calf from venturing into too-deep water. The calf demonstrated the natural adaptations and instincts of pygmy hippos—to close their nostrils and to hold their breath under water—and today, both Mabel and the calf have full access to the pool in the maternity yard.

It will be approximately a month before Mabel and her calf, who now weighs 25 pounds, will have access to the main habitat. When this happens, wildlife care specialists will rotate mom and calf with the 13-year-old male pygmy hippo, Elgon. The calf will not be introduced to his father because pygmy hippos do not live in family groups, and males do not play a role in the rearing of offspring.

May 17-23, 2020. Here is a little about the week:
Sunday, May 17 is National Pack Rat Day, National Cherry Cobbler Day, National Graduation Tassel Day, National Walnut Day and Take Your Parents To The Playground Day.
Monday, May 18 is National No Dirty Dishes Day and National Cheese Soufflé Day.
Tuesday, May 19 is National Devil’s Food Cake Day.
Wednesday, May 20 is National Be a Millionaire Day, National Pick Strawberries Day, National Rescue Dog Day, National Quiche Lorraine Day, Emergency Medical Services for Children Day and National Juice Slush Day.
Thursday, May 21 is National American Red Cross Founder’s Day, National Waitstaff Day, National Strawberries and Cream Day, and National Memo Day.
Friday, May 22 is National Craft Distillery Day, National Maritime Day, National Solitaire Day, National Buy a Musical Instrument Day, National Vanilla Pudding Day, National Don’t Fry Day, National Road Trip Day and National Cooler Day.
Saturday, May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day and National Taffy Day.

May 22-25 is Memorial Day Weekend.

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