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  • Australian Man Jailed for Beating 9 Puppies to Death in a Meth-Induced Frenzy

    05/04/2015 11:41:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Time ^ | May 4, 2015 | Sabrina Toppa
    The court was told that the culprit had not slept for three days A 25-year-old Australian man, Nathan Thompson — who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth — has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern state of New South Wales. Thompson will serve at least a year of his sentence, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports. He is also banned for life from owning animals.
  • Cops Raid Illegal Dog Fight in Car Wash and Rescue 3 Pit Bulls - Including One in Critical Condition

    05/04/2015 5:38:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Officials rescued three abused pit bulls in the middle of an illegal dog fight this weekend taking place in a car wash in Paterson, New Jersey. One of the dogs, which was found bleeding and severely injured, has been given a 50/50 chance of living after being whisked away from the fighting pen on Friday. Four men have been arrested after the fight, including the ringleader and landlord who rented out the building. Officials rescued three abused pit bulls in the middle of an illegal dog fight this weekend taking place in a car wash in Paterson, New Jersey. One...
  • Kitty War II

    05/03/2015 11:08:20 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 5/3/15 | Me (and Deimos and Misty)
    Two of my kitties had a squabble. I got it on video. It's a slow night. Have fun.
  • A peanut for your thoughts.. Caption Jean Claude sKerry

    05/03/2015 4:16:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5/3/15
    Don't give hillary any ideas..
  • Dog Owner Has Trained Dog to Bark Softly!

    05/03/2015 12:21:44 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 19 replies
    Faith Tap ^ | May 3 2015 | Faithtap
    This is too funny, a dog owner has trained her dog to lower the level of noise when it barks. http://faithtap.com/2870/dog-barks-softly/?v=1&m=1
  • KENTUCKY DERBY: Things to watch at Churchill Downs

    05/02/2015 4:14:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    AP Sports ^ | 5-2-15 | Beth Harris
    Link only -- AP article.
  • Huachuca Canyon reopened after bear put down

    05/01/2015 7:28:48 AM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — A week after an aggressive bear resulted in the closure of Huachuca Canyon on Fort Huachuca, the popular recreation area has reopened after the animal was put down by authorities. Last Thursday, April 23, a brown bear followed and charged hikers in the canyon and later approached cyclists. Initially, fort officials opted to close the canyon to vehicles, hikers and other visitors in the hope that the bear would move on, as other problem bears have done in the past. However, the ongoing aggressive nature and lack of fear of humans necessitated the bear be put down...
  • Elusive new bird International discovered in China

    05/01/2015 7:07:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05/01/2015 | Provided by Michigan State University
    A Michigan State University professor was part of an international team of scientists that has discovered a new bird in China. The new bird, the Sichuan bush warbler, resides in five mountainous provinces in central China. The discovery, shared in the current issue of Avian Research, notes that the bird shunned the limelight by hiding in grassy, scrubby vegetation over the years. However, its distinctive song eventually gave it away, said Pamela Rasmussen, MSU integrative biologist, assistant curator at the MSU Museum and co-author on the paper. "The Sichuan bush warbler is exceedingly secretive and difficult to spot as its...
  • Lost Dog and Owner Living Over 1,000 Miles Apart Reunited After 2 Years

    04/30/2015 9:58:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A lost dog and her owner -- who have been living over 1,000 miles apart -- are reuniting after two years thanks to the animal's microchip. Animal rescuers received a call Monday about a dog living in an abandoned house on Long Island. When rescuers arrived at the Medford home, they found the dog living among urine and feces, apparently abused and mistreated. The dog was brought to Save-A-Pet animal rescue center and her story was posted on Facebook. A day later, a woman called and said the dog, named Jessie, was hers and that she had been searching for...
  • Sea Lion Pup Wanders Streets of San Francisco, Fear of "New Normal" For Warming Ocea

    04/30/2015 9:34:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    A stranded sea lion pup nicknamed “Rubbish” was walking along a San Francisco sidewalk Thursday morning in what marine mammal rescuers fear could be the “new normal” of a warming Pacific Ocean. The pup was seen waddling about in the Marina District along Divisadero Street before someone spotted the unusual sight and called it in about 7 a.m., according to Laura Sherr, a spokeswoman for the center. Sherr said the male pup was captured by net, put into a doggie-style crate and was whisked off for follow-up care at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Rubbish is one of 1,800...
  • Calif. Man Says He Punched A Trespassing Bear on Snout

    04/30/2015 9:11:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    A Northern California man says he sucker-punched a trespassing bear on the snout to send the bruin fleeing from his property. Carl Moore tells the Auburn Journal he acted on his boxer instincts when the bear rose up on two legs and turned toward him and his two dogs outside his Meadow Vista home. The 75-year-old says he boxed competitively in his youth
  • Couple to give away their $350,000 Alabama goat cheese farm

    04/30/2015 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 97 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 30, 2015 | Lydia Warren
    If you've ever dreamed of owning your own patch of land and a successful home-grown business then a 200-word essay and $150 is all is could take for it to become a reality. Paul and Leslie Spell, of Humble Heart Farms in Elkmont, Alabama, are giving away their goat cheese farm - complete with their house, 20 acres of land, 56 goats, cheese-making equipment, recipes and even a dog - to the person who writes the best essay about why they should run it. It will cost entrants just $150 to apply and, with an expected 2,500 applications, the couple...
  • People love chickens that are “vegetarian fed.” But chickens are not vegetarians.

    04/30/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 29, 2015 | Peter Whoriskey
    Many of the largest U.S. sellers of organic eggs boast that their hens are vegetarian, and for an increasingly food-curious public, this may be great advertising. A carton of Eggland’s Best advertises that the company uses “vegetarian fed hens.” Horizon promises that their eggs “come from hens that are fed a 100% organic, vegetarian diet.” Land O Lakes hens have a diet with no animal fat or by-products. Yet for the chickens, who are natural omnivores that readily devour bugs and small animals when they’re available, the forced vegetarianism can be a disaster.
  • Ancient megadrought entombed dodos in poisonous fecal cocktail

    04/30/2015 7:13:19 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 55 replies
    AAAS ^ | 28 April 2015 5:15 pm | David Shultz
    Nine hundred kilometers off the east coast of Madagascar lies the tiny island paradise of Mauritius. The waters are pristine, the beaches bright white, and the average temperature hovers between 22°C and 28°C (72°F to 82°F) year-round. But conditions there may not have always been so idyllic. A new study suggests that about 4000 years ago, a prolonged drought on the island left many of the native species, such as dodo birds and giant tortoises, dead in a soup of poisonous algae and their own feces. The die-off happened in an area known as Mare aux Songes, which once held...
  • Long-lost Yorkie jets home from Cedar Rapids

    04/30/2015 2:08:09 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 30, 2015 | Nicole Agee
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — After four years away from his family in New Orleans, a little Yorkie named Sam is home. In 2011, the Lambert family said he disappeared from his yard there. Almost two weeks ago, Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control got a call about a loose dog on the city’s northeast side. A scan of his microchip revealed his family’s contact information in Louisiana. Donielle Lambert said the phone call came as a shock to the family. “We thought he was gone,” she said. She cried when Michelle Johnson of Animal Care and Control called her to...
  • Stray Dog Saves Police Officers From Gang Attack

    04/29/2015 2:32:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    Life With Dogs ^ | 4/28/15 | Katherine
    In La Paz, El Salvador, a stray dog named Oso who lives around the Santa Maria Ostuma police station, saved all on-duty officers from a gang attack, when the dog fought off gang members forcing them to flee.
  • Doberman recovering after eating 3 wrist watches

    04/27/2015 9:01:47 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 54 replies
    whdh ^ | April 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Noreika
    BOSTON (WHDH) - A dog who ingested nearly three wrist watches is recovering after undergoing a procedure to remove the pieces at the MSPCA's Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Mocha, a 5-year-old Isabella Doberman, was taken to the facility after her owners found pieces of watches on the floor of their home. "She had somehow managed to open a drawer, go inside and pull out three watches and some assorted pieces of leather jewelry and she ate them," said her owner, Jeff Courcelle, who rushed her to the hospital. "They took an X-Ray and she looked mechanical inside. There...
  • NH Officials Mulling Options to curb Black Bear Population

    04/27/2015 6:46:10 AM PDT · by woodbutcher1963 · 11 replies
    WMUR ^ | April 27, 2015 | Paula Tracy
    CONCORD, N.H. —New Hampshire officials said the state has too many black bears and is mulling its options on how to curb the population. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the state has 5,700 black bears roaming its wilderness. But officials want to trim that number to 4,700. The Concord Monitor report the state could lengthen seasons for baiting, still hunting and hunting with hounds to help reach this goal. The department introduced a draft 10-year plan that will drive management decisions for deer, black bears, wild turkeys, moose and small game. The plan will not set the...
  • Watch the terrifying moment a HUGE great white shark attacks a film crew standing in a tiny [tr]

    04/27/2015 6:28:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 17 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 27, 2015 | Belinda Grant Geary
    Shocking footage has emerged of the terrifying moment two people stood in a tiny dinghy while a six metre great white shark charged them. A film crew shooting the documentary Lair of the Megashark were just off New Zealand's Steward Island when they attempted to put a camera on the dorsal fin of the massive ocean predator who decided to nudge the boat and bite at the thin rope that tethered the dinghy to the main boat. The two men that can be seen on the boat are shark experts Jeff Kurr and Andy Casagrande. They can be seen panicking...
  • Otay Ranch Man Deals With Dog Barking Problem

    04/26/2015 3:42:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Candice Nguyen
    Mike Landie says he doesn’t know what else to do. He reached out to NBC 7 after, he says, he’s had to live with constant dog barking coming from his neighbor’s home for years now. He says he’s reached out to police, animal services and his homeowner’s association but the problem is still ongoing. “At night, I’ve had the dogs wake me up at 11, 12, 3 and 5 a.m.,” said Landie, who lives in Otay Ranch. His neighbor lives up a grassy hill from his home and when our NBC 7 camera was there, two or three dogs could...
  • Another coyote caught in Manhattan as police track down critter in Battery Park City: officials

    04/25/2015 11:26:03 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 47 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 25, 2015 | CAITLIN NOLAN
    Police caught another not-so-wily coyote Saturday morning in lower Manhattan after a nearly hour-long pursuit, officials said. The critter was first spotted around 7:30 a.m. in Battery Park City, police said. Cops quickly responded, chasing after the fast-moving critter on foot and in police cruisers, authorities said. The coyote was eventually cornered near a cafe at North Cove Marina about an hour after being first spotted, cops said. Police shot the animal with tranquilizer darts, placed it in a cage and brought it to Animal Care & Control’s East Harlem facility. It is unclear if the coyote captured Saturday was...
  • Mattel Dumps "SeaWorld Trainer Barbie" Amid Animal Rights Backlash

    04/25/2015 10:42:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Apr 25, 2015
    “SeaWorld Trainer Barbie” is going to need to freshen up her resume. A Mattel spokesperson has confirmed that the company has ceased production of the doll and the rest of its SeaWorld-related merchandise. "We're not making the doll anymore," Alex Clark told NBC News. "Consumers may find it on retail shelves but we are not shipping and not producing the doll." Clark didn’t name a specific motivation behind the move. "A number of factors go into a decision like that," he said. "Their licensing deal expired and we've elected not to renew it." However, Mattel’s decision follows a growing backlash...
  • Tulane scientists say tiny 'pocket shark' reveals secrets in depths of Gulf of Mexico

    04/24/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    A rare, tiny "pocket shark" found about 190 miles off the Louisiana coast is only the second of its kind ever discovered, according to Tulane University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. The fish was caught five years ago during a Gulf of Mexico research expedition, frozen and then sent to Tulane researchers in 2013. They ultimately identified the species and compiled a study that was published this week in Zootaxa, the international journal of taxonomy. The 5 ˝-inch male juvenile is unique because of the twin pockets next to its front fins. Those pockets are believed to...
  • Mountain Lions Spotted Eating Deer in Portola Valley, Soquel

    04/24/2015 10:45:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Mountain lions have been spotted roaming around, even eating deer, prompting officials to warn people not to approach the wild animals, especially when they are feeding or with their offspring. On Friday, the San Mateo County Alert System notified residents that a mountain lion was located in a driveway on the 1100 block of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley. Authorities believed the deer was killed by a mountain lion. Earlier this week, a NBC Bay Area viewer captured a mountain lion eating a deer in Soquel on April 18, near the Santa Cruz mountains. Authorities offer a few tips on...
  • Whatever happened to Larry the Downing Street cat’s increased security?

    04/24/2015 7:15:08 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    Spectator [UK] ^ | 30 March 2015 | Camilla Swift
    When reports emerged that a dog had allegedly been poisoned at Crufts, David Cameron appeared to be extremely worried that a similar fate might befall the Downing Street cat, Larry. Talking to Heart FM, the Prime Minister promised to ‘double the security around him and make sure he’s ok’. But this morning Larry looked far from ‘ok’ when police sniffer dog Bailey turned up on his doorstep. Perhaps the PM has more important things to think about – or perhaps police security is what Cameron had in mind to waylay any attempts on his cat’s life. But needless to say,...
  • Coyote That Has Made The Big Apple Its Home Still On The Run

    04/23/2015 2:46:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS New York ^ | April 23, 2015
    Another Coyote Also Reported In Norwood, New JerseyCoyotes remained on the run Thursday in both the suburbs and city, and residents remained on edge as they were warned of possible danger. As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, at least one coyote has been spotted more than once now by CBS2 cameras running around Riverside Drive. CBS2 cameras captured the coyote at 4:45 a.m. at Riverside Drive and 96th Street, and then again around 5:38 a.m., CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported. The second time, the coyote sprinted in front of Mobile 2 and scampered across the street toward Grant’s Tomb in Morningside Heights....
  • Dead Pacifica Whale Tagged With "East Bay Rats Motorcycle Club" Graffiti

    04/23/2015 2:34:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    The carcass of a dead sperm whale that washed up on a beach in Pacifica was tagged with graffiti bearing the name of a local Bay Area gang. The graffiti, which spelled out "East Bay Rats Motorcycle Club" in what appeared to be white spray paint, was erased by Wednesday's high tide along the Sharp Park State Beach south of San Francisco. But photos posted online showed the graffiti scrawled across the whale's body. Several visitors to the beach told NBC Bay Area they deplored the action, with one visitor saying the whale's body should have been left to rest...
  • 'Superhero' Dog Saves Army Partner's Life in Afghanistan -- and He Stands by Her

    04/22/2015 9:35:37 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 20 replies
    GMA vai Yahoo News ^ | 4/22/15 | AMANDA KEEGAN
    For U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, Layka, the 4-year-old Belgian Malinois with a missing paw, isn’t just a canine companion. She’s a hero. McDonald, 29, said Layka saved his life on an overseas deployment in Afghanistan in 2012.
  • Florida man hospitalized after attempt to kiss venomous snake

    04/22/2015 5:08:38 PM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 90 replies
    Odd_News/ ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    WIMAUMA, Fla., A Florida man is recovering from a cottonmouth snake bite to his lip after he allegedly tried to smooch the serpent on the mouth. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said Austin Hatfield, 18, captured the 4-foot cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin, while swimming last week and kept it in a pillowcase at his girlfriend's house, where he was bitten on the lip. Friends told investigators Hatfield was trying to kiss the snake when it struck him. Hatfield was initially hospitalized in critical condition, but his status was upgraded to good condition and officials said he is expected...
  • Sea Lion Kidnapped From Los Angeles Beach: Witness

    04/21/2015 2:32:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC ^ | Monday, Apr 20, 2015
    A sea lion pup was kidnapped on a Los Angeles beach Sunday morning, a witness told police officers. Now, an investigation is underway to find the missing pup and its kidnappers. Two pups that made their way onto Dockweiler State Beach were being harassed by a group of people at about 3:30 a.m., the witness said, according to Los Angeles Police Department officers. Reports stated that the group was throwing things at the sea lions, including cinder blocks. They took a blanket out of a car, wrapped up one of the sea lions and took off with the animal in...
  • Deadly canine flu strikes Ohio: What you need to do to protect your pet

    04/21/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by EBH · 18 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 4/14/2015
    A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine says the virus has sickened at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, and some veterinarians worry it could easily spread to other areas of the country. Recent tests from the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory have identified the strain as H3N2. Clinical assistant professor Keith Poulsen says it's not yet known how effective current vaccines are against this strain, which is believed...
  • Problems Multiply for Vet Who Bragged of Cat-Killing

    04/21/2015 12:50:28 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | Rob Quinn
    The problems are multiplying for the Texas veterinarian... "Current interests: Living my days to the fullest, finding the meaning of happiness, killing things or trying to kill things (animals, a full glass of whiskey, hangovers, etc)..."
  • Why Cops Shoot Dogs

    04/19/2015 11:02:43 PM PDT · by jespasinthru · 42 replies
    Vanity | 4/20/2015 | jespasinthru
    It almost happened to me, and now I know why.
  • In pictures: David Cameron's cat - Larry, Chief Mouser of Downing Street

    04/19/2015 4:57:39 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 20 April 2015
    Photo essay; must go to link to view.
  • Clowns Brawl w/(Animal Rights) Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino

    04/19/2015 2:26:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 43 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | April 18, 2015 | Michael Larkin
    Clowns Brawl With Protesters Under Circus Big Top in San Bernardino • Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside Clowns brawled with animal rights protesters under a circus big top in San Bernardino Friday night, witnesses say. Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside after the Ramos Bros. Circus show began. Two protestors were arrested following the melee, while two circus employees were injured when the fight broke out at 8:08 p.m.,...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Rare Breed" (1966)

    04/19/2015 11:12:19 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1966 | Andrew V. McLagen
  • Texas veterinarian who shot cat with bow and arrow is facing police probe

    04/18/2015 1:39:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 131 replies
    nola.com ^ | William LaRue, National Desk
    Kristen Lindsey, 31, of Brenham posted a photo holding up what she described as a dead feral tomcat shot in Austin County, but there are reports since that it was a neighborhood family pet named Tiger. ... The photo has since been removed and her Facebook account canceled, although copies have widely circulated on the Internet. Her original post with the photo read: "My first bow kill, lol. The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head! Vet of the year award ... Gladly accepted," KWTX-TV reported. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said deputies were investigating...
  • Paratrooper takes fish on parachute jump

    04/17/2015 6:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 62 replies
    A paratrooper who was preparing to leave the US army decided that he would make his last parachute jump more memorable by taking along a fish. The day before his final jump on April 11, Spc. Matthew Tattersall went out and purchased a Siamese fighter, which he called 'Willy Makeit'. He placed the fish in a water bottle and poked a few holes into it to allow air to get in. Then he hid the bottle in his pocket as he knew he wouldn't be allowed to jump from the plane with the fish. "That's my pet fish named Willy...
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • Gentle Tasmanian devils may be key to species' survival, study shows

    04/16/2015 10:30:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    theguardian ^ | Tuesday 4 September 2012 06.41 EDT | Flora Malein
    Tasmanian devils must evolve to be less aggressive if they are to avoid becoming extinct, suggests new research. The study sheds new light on an infectious cancer threatening to wipe out the species' wild population, which only exists on the Australian island of Tasmania. The tumours caused by the devastating disease, known as devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), interfere with feeding and affected animals often starve to death. Rodrigo Hamede and his team at the University of Tasmania investigated the connection between the infection of DFTD, which is spread when one animal bites another, and the number of bites that...
  • A dog's life: study reveals people's hormonal link with tail-waggers

    04/16/2015 1:18:41 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 4/16/15 | Will Dunham
    Dogs are called "man's best friend" - women's, too - and scientists say the bond between people and their pooches may be deeper than you might think. Researchers in Japan said on Thursday oxytocin, a hormone that among other things helps reinforce bonds between parents and their babies, increases in humans and their dogs when they interact, particularly when looking into one another's eyes. They described a series of experiments that suggest that people and their canine companions have mutually developed this instinctual bonding mechanism in the thousands of years since dogs were first domesticated.
  • Female Chimpanzees Use Tools, Including Spears, More Often Than Males While Hunting, Study Reveals

    04/16/2015 7:46:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    techtimes.com ^ | | April 16, 10:13 AM | James Maynard
    Iowa State University researchers reported in 2007 that chimpanzees near Fongoli in Senegal were using tools, including spears, to hunt. The team also noted in that initial study that females of the species were the ones crafting most of the weapons. However, the small sample size of that initial study led some scientists to question the conclusions of the research. Over the last eight years, investigators have documented more than 300 hunts utilizing spears and other instruments for hunting. Males make up 60 percent of the chimpanzees in the study group, yet they undertook just 40 percent of the hunting...
  • 40-Pound Wolverine Nearly Escapes Carrier at Newark Airport

    04/15/2015 11:44:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015, | Tina Moore
    Somebody call the X-Men. A 40-pound wolverine escaped from its metal carrier at Newark Airport and had to be shot with a tranquilizer dart, officials said Wednesday. The male European wolverine broke out of the carrier around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday inside a transport van. The wolverine was en route from Norway to Alaska through Newark, officials said. A veterinarian from the Bronx Zoo tranquilized the animal so he could be safely moved to a secure carrier. Wolverines are part of the weasel family. The wolverine is owed by the Alaska State Zoo, which had a representative traveling with the wolverine....
  • Chimps in Senegal found to fashion spears for hunting

    04/15/2015 10:59:08 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/15/15 | Bob Yirka
    (Phys.org)—Members of a troop of chimpanzees living at a site called Fongoli in southeastern Senegal have been observed by scientists fashioning tree branches into spears and using them to hunt and kill bushbabies. The researchers, a combined team with members from the U.S. the U.K. and Germany have published their observations and findings in Royal Society Open Science. In their seven year study of the chimps living at the site, the researchers spotted chimpanzees breaking off tree branches, tearing off smaller branches and leaves, removing the weak tips and sometimes gnawing on the ends to sharpen them. The spears (which...
  • Dog Owners Threatened With $750,000 Fine Over Missing Dog Posters

    04/12/2015 4:08:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Sunday, Apr 12, 2015 | Darcy Spencer
    Roger Horowitz was out Friday, ripping down fliers he posted about his missing dog, Ollie — not because the dog has been found, but because he's afraid of being hit with the huge fine. Horowitz and his wife, Annemarie, had recently adopted Ollie, a rescue dog that had been shot in Georgia. "He'd been abused by his previous owner and actually shot with a shotgun," Horowitz said. "So he has about 23 pellets still in his back." On March 30, Horowitz was walking Ollie near Georgia Avenue and Euclid Street NW when the dog broke loose. "A car just backfired,...
  • Sea Lion Wanders to Imperial Beach High School, Gets "Detained" by Deputies

    04/12/2015 4:00:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Sheriff’s deputies had an unusual suspect in the back of their patrol squad car this week in Imperial Beach, San Diego, California. Let’s just say fingerprinting him could be tough. A sea lion pup wandered away from the shoreline on Wednesday and waddled five blocks to Mar Vista High School. School staff called in San Diego County sheriff’s deputies to “investigate.” Deputies detained the little guy, or put him in the back of the patrol car. Animal Control officers and SeaWorld workers arrived soon after to tend to the pup. In a news release, sheriff’s deputies jokingly described attempting to...
  • Tryouts for San Diego Police K-9 Unit

    04/12/2015 3:17:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | May Tjoa
    The San Diego Police Department is expanding its K-9 unit, and will begin interviewing officers this week to fill at least 4 new handler positions. It's the first time in two years the department has offered tryouts for its officers. The candidates passed the challenging physical tests during an all-day tryout in March. That's when full time K-9 handlers and command staff evaluated the candidates' endurance and ability to follow instructions under pressure. "The big thing is leadership and the ability to multi-task. Each test in and of itself will not tell the full story. It's a combination of the...
  • Up or Down? Photo of Cat on Stairs Confuses the Internet

    04/12/2015 4:38:31 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | staff reporter
    Just as soon as the Internet got over whether "The Dress" is white and gold or blue and black, another viral debate has been sparked by a photograph of a cat. The photograph shows the cat halfway through climbing a staircase, prompting the question, is the cat going up or going down the stairs?
  • Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick VIDEO

    04/12/2015 3:19:03 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 04/12/15 | Michael Zhang
    Pro tip: Don’t fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick. That’s what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoo’s chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that “enough is enough”
  • Dog cancer detection '98% reliable'

    04/11/2015 4:00:36 PM PDT · by gorush · 30 replies
    Guernsey Press ^ | April 11, 2015 12:32 am | unknwn
    The Italian study backs up tests carried out by the charity Medical Detection Dogs, which is based in Buckinghamshire. Its co-founder Dr Claire Guest said its own research had found a 93% reliability rate when detecting bladder and prostate cancer, describing the new findings as "spectacular". The latest research, by the Department of Urology at the Humanitas Clinical and Research Centre in Milan, involved two German shepherds sniffing the urine of 900 men - 360 with prostate cancer and 540 without. Scientists found that dog one got it right in 98.7% of cases, while for dog two this was 97.6%....