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  • Husband blindfolds his wife.... and then chops off her fingers to stop her studying for a degree

    12/17/2011 8:58:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Daily mail ^ | 12-17-11 | staff
    A jealous husband is facing life in prison after chopping off his wife's fingers because she began studying for a degree without his permission. Rafiqul Islam, 30, blindfolded his wife Hawa Akhter, 21, and taped her mouth, telling her he was going to give her a surprise present. Instead he made her hold out her hand and cut off all five fingers. One of his relatives then threw Ms Akhter's fingers in the dustbin to ensure doctors could not reattach them. Mr Islam, who is a migrant worker in the United Arab Emirates, had warned his wife there would 'severe...
  • How animals predict earthquakes

    11/30/2011 6:08:59 PM PST · by Dysart · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-1-2011 | Victoria Gill
    Animals may sense chemical changes in groundwater that occur when an earthquake is about to strike. This, scientists say, could be the cause of bizarre earthquake-associated animal behaviour. Researchers began to investigate these chemical effects after seeing a colony of toads abandon its pond in L'Aquila, Italy in 2009 - days before a quake. They suggest that animal behaviour could be incorporated into earthquake forecasting. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote When you think of all of the many things that are happening to these rocks, it would be weird if the animals weren't affected in some way”...
  • Illegal Slaughterhouse Raided (Miami media outraged over butchered animals, silent on human babies)

    11/21/2011 6:11:45 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 18 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 11.19.11 | Lourdes Reigosa
    An illegal slaughterhouse in Hialeah was raided today, according to a report from the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office. The Hialeah Police Department arrested Rudesindo "Rudy" Acosta, the prime operator of the slaughterhouse. He is charged with three counts of animal cruelty, one count of using a firearm during the commission of a felony, 40 counts of animal confinement, and three counts of conspiracy to commit these felonies.
  • DNR warning hunters about cougar on the loose

    11/17/2011 5:31:11 AM PST · by SJackson · 48 replies
    TMJ4 ^ | 11-16-11 | Nick Montes
    MENOMONEE FALLS- A word of caution for hunters from the Department of Natural Resources. They say there's a cougar on the loose. And they want everyone to keep their eyes open. This is the latest trail snapshot of a cougar roaming around Rusk-Taylor County line - east of Hawkins. Evidence deer hunters aren't alone this hunting season. "Cougars you know are stalkers. They would size me up if they're interested in taking me down," Jim Fetters, a longtime hunter says. DNR officials say there are only 13 documented cougar attacks on humans in the last 100 years. But, they are...

    11/11/2011 1:09:23 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 137 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11-11-11 |
    A gigantic python snake in Florida ate a 76-pound adult deer. The 16 foot long Burmese python was one of the largest pythons discovered to date in the sunshine state. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s exotic species coordinator Scott Hardin, if these huge snakes aren’t killed, they could migrate northward. A government sanctioned shotgun blast stopped this snake from its potential journey to Atlanta or the Carolinas. And just how any inches around did the beast’s belly have to measure in order to covert a 76 pound Bambi into breakfast? 44 inches. Oh, and what is the average...
  • Albuquerque residents claim giant owls are eating their pets

    11/11/2011 1:40:31 AM PST · by Daffynition · 94 replies ^ | Nov 11,3011 | staff reporter
    Residents in the foothills of the US city of Albuquerque have claimed that giant owls have moved into the area and are snacking on their small cats and dogs.
  • Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) Bill to Outlaw Transportation of animals

    11/06/2011 3:10:21 PM PST · by railroader · 33 replies
    Feld Entertainment ^ | Nov. 2, 2011
    November 2, 2011 - - The baseless legislation introduced today by Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) discriminatorily targets traveling circuses, including Representative Moran’s own constituent Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the largest traveling circus in the United States. The bill is designed to censor entertainment and remove the right to let the American public choose for itself whether Ringling Bros. Circus, a 141-year old American institution, can continue to operate. In this day and age, when businesses are failing, the economy is struggling and families are worried, Congressman Moran is busying himself with legislation that immediately threatens to end...
  • Sunrise commissioner blocks Muslim ceremony

    11/02/2011 2:43:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | November 2, 2011 | Susannah Bryan
    SUNRISE— Disturbed by the prospect of lambs and goats being slaughtered in her city, Sunrise Commissioner Sheila Alu single-handedly blocked a Muslim religious ceremony set to take place on Sunday. "Yes, I was trying to stop it," Alu said on Wednesday. "It's shut down. I'm trying to protect innocent animals. This is not an appropriate setting for the slaughtering of animals in an open field in a city that's as populated as Sunrise. Usually these religious ceremonies take place in a rural area."
  • Rare White (Baby) Wombat Rescued in Australia (Video)

    10/26/2011 9:37:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 26 Oct 2011
    The Southern hairy-nosed wombat was found close to death, dehydrated and exhausted, by shearers working on a remote property. He was named Polar by the wildlife volunteer who nursed him back to health. "I've been looking after wombats for nearly 40 years, and he's the third white one that's come into my care. And, yes, he's very rare," said wildlife rescuer, Val Salmon. Ms Salmon also looks after another wombat and a baby kangaroo.
  • Researcher discovers male bottlenose dolphins using social network to secure a mate

    10/25/2011 1:24:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | 10-25-2011 | Provided by Macquarie University
    Marine biologist Jo Wiszniewski has observed a fascinating approach to mating among the Port Stephens Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. According to a recent research paper published by the Journal of Animal Ecology, groups of male dolphins who put aside their sexual competitiveness and form alliances with each other to seek out and reproduce with females have better reproductive success than males who go it alone. “These results are fascinating because it demonstrates that male bottlenose dolphins need to cooperate with each other to maximise their reproductive success,” says Wiszniewski. The alliances are usually made up of two to four males and...
  • Horror, resignation at killing of Ohio animals

    10/20/2011 11:24:27 AM PDT · by Enchante · 91 replies
    AP via YahooNews ^ | October 20, 2011 | ANDY BROWNFIELD and KANTELE FRANKO
    ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Amid expressions of horror and revulsion at the killing of dozens of wild animals in Ohio — and photographs of their bloody carcasses — animal rights advocates agreed there was little local authorities could have done to save the dangerous creatures once they began roaming the countryside after their owner released them before taking his own life. Sheriff's deputies shot 48 animals — including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions — after Terry Thompson, owner of the private Muskingum County Animal Farm near Zanesville, threw their cages open Tuesday and then committed suicide.
  • The awe-inspiring and breathtaking pictures of life and survival on our melting polar worlds

    10/15/2011 1:39:23 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 60 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 15th 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    These stunning images reveal a remarkable glimpse of life at the ends of the earth. Our melting polar worlds have been captured in breathtaking pictures by the BBC for this autumn's landmark natural history series Frozen Planet. It is the last chance to see the world's greatest wildernesses before they change forever, according to narrator Sir David Attenborough. 'The pictures captured behaviour and phenomena that had never before been recorded,' said Sir David, 85. 'Those pictures will become increasingly valuable as time passes. 'For this may well prove to be our last chance to record, in their full splendour, these...
  • Beetles Die During Sex With Beer Bottles [Graphic Warning]

    10/04/2011 8:29:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Mon Oct 3, 2011 08:51 AM ET | Analysis by Jennifer Viegas
    Besotted beetles are dying while trying to get it on with discarded brown beer bottles, according to research conducted by Darryl Gwynne, a University of Toronto Mississauga professor. It's a case of mistaken attraction, because the beer bottles happen to possess all of the features that drive male Australian jewel beetles wild. They're big and orangey brown in color, with a slightly dimpled surface near the bottom (designed to prevent the bottle from slipping out of one's grasp) that reflects light in much the same way as female wing covers. As a result, the beer bottles are irresistible to the...
  • Pandaaahs! Un-bear-ably cute cubs snuggle up in their nursery

    09/28/2011 4:33:29 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    They are a picture of cute that would make anyone say 'aah'. But these Giant Panda cubs, napping peacefully in their nursery, have a far more important role to play. They have been born and raised in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, China, which is attempting to preserve the notoriously sex-shy species.
  • Officials say beaver teeth are 7 million years old

    09/19/2011 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 09-19-2011 | Staff
    The Bureau of Land Management says a fossil found by employees on federal land represents the earliest record of living beavers in North America. The pair of teeth was found on BLM land in northeast Oregon. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports the teeth come from the Rattlesnake Formation and are 7 to 7.3 million years old. The BLM says the earliest beavers were found in Germany 10 to 12 million years ago and the animals spread across Asia, eventually crossing the Bering Land Bridge to North America. The previous earliest known records of living beavers in North America, from about 5...
  • Hero rabbit saves owners from house fire in Alaska

    09/17/2011 4:43:01 PM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 16, 2011 | Yereth Rosen. Editing by Dan Whitcomb
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A pet rabbit is being credited for saving its owners from a house fire in southeastern Alaska before it died of smoke inhalation, fire officials said on Friday. The rabbit woke up the homeowner early on Tuesday morning by scratching on her chest, the Ketchikan Fire Department said in a statement. The homeowner realized that the house was full of smoke, woke up her daughter and fled the house. > While there were no injuries to the mother or daughter, the rabbit was not so lucky. The animal succumbed to smoke inhalation and did not survive,...
  • Happy Feet penguin does U-turn for NZ

    09/05/2011 4:29:00 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies ^ | September 05, 2011 | staff reporter
    HAPPY Feet may miss New Zealand after all, according to a tracking device showing the wayward emperor penguin is swimming north. The penguin was liberated in sub-Antarctic waters south of Stewart Island yesterday more than two months after coming ashore on Pekapeka Beach near Wellington.
  • Sand sculptures used by sea park to combat the loneliness of its penguins

    09/01/2011 7:43:21 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Aug. 9, 2011
    Penguins may not be used to sand - after all, the icy conditions of the Antarctic are very far from sunny beaches. But this group is feeling right at home now that they have been given company in the form of sand-sculptures of their fellow penguins. The sculptures were created by an artist in order to console the birds after the departure of another group to whom they had become attached.
  • Glendale Rose Parade Float Upsets PETA (Fake Elephant Abused)

    08/31/2011 9:38:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 | Connie Tran and Cary Berglund
    The animal rights group PETA is upset over the City of Glendale's Rose Parade float that features an elephant.The city of Glendale will enter into the Tournament of Roses Parade this year for the 99th time. This year, their float features a circus elephant pulling a calliope. But, this year’s float is almost the float that wasn’t. Glendale was faced with tough financial choices earlier this year and decided a luxury like a parade float just wasn’t going to fly. The city told residents that if they wanted to continue their annual participation, they would have to pay. Hefty corporations...
  • Raccoon causes 10-acre grass fire in Salt Lake City

    08/26/2011 1:25:56 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 12:25 p.m. MDT, August 26, 2011 | Jared Preus
    SALT LAKE CITY— Investigators say a raccoon caused a 10-acre grass fire in a Salt Lake City industrial area Friday morning. The fire started at about 4:40 a.m. Friday near 1700 South and Frontage Road, which runs along State Route 201. Crews say the raccoon climbed up a power pole, touched the power line and caught fire. The raccoon then fell to the ground, catching the grass on fire. Crews say the fire was burning fast and threatened several businesses in the area. Salt Lake City Fire Capt. Mark Bednarik says the fire burned about 10 acres. He also says...