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  • Post-apocalyptic 'beaver' thrived after dinosaurs died

    10/05/2015 2:36:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 10-05-2015 | By By Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world had been wrecked. An asteroid impact in Mexico compounded by colossal volcanism in India 66 million years ago had killed about three-quarters of Earth's species including the dinosaurs. But relatively soon afterward, a plucky critter that looked like a beaver was thriving, exemplifying the resilience of the mammals that would arise from the margins of the animal kingdom to become Earth's dominant land creatures. Scientists on Monday announced the discovery in northwestern New Mexico's badlands of the fossil remains of Kimbetopsalis simmonsae, a plant-eating, rodent-like mammal boasting buck-toothed incisors like a beaver that lived just...
  • Weird animal with 'body of buffalo and head of crocodile' baffles everyone [Thailand?]

    10/05/2015 8:01:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | Updated 15:25, 5 Oct 2015 | By Kirstie McCrum
    Confusing genetic creations happen all the time, but this is one of the most unusual animals seen in a long time Images have been shared of a most unusual creature spotted in a remote village - and it's the stuff of sci-fi movies. The strange animal appears to have the scaly, rough head and skin of a reptile such as a crocodile. However, on closer inspection, it's also got the body, limbs and hooves of a mammal such as a calf.
  • Stink raised over horse manure in LaGrange County (Indiana)

    10/05/2015 6:56:36 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Goshen News ^ | DENISE FEDOROW
    That petition states in part, “We the taxpayers of LaGrange County respectfully request the county require the Amish community to attach manure bags to buggies and to clean up hitching rack areas after use.”
  • The Artists Who Paint Dinosaurs

    10/05/2015 6:42:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 5, 2015 | Ross Anderson
    I have a theory about why kids love dinosaurs. You might think it’s their size, their ferocity, the number and sharpness of their teeth. It is all of these things, but it is something else, too. Dinosaurs are remote from us in time. They belong to an alien realm. They ruled this planet for more than 150 million years, the longest such reign ever achieved by Earth’s megafauna. We know this because their bones froze into stone, and became fossils. But the dinosaurs left only a few of these remains, and they are, after all, mostly skeletal.
  • California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

    10/04/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2015 5:13 PM EDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state’s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns. Supporters said California is a major market for ivory, and the ban would help dry up demand. …
  • Drunk Squirrel Thrown out of Bar after Causing £300 of Damage

    10/04/2015 8:59:41 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 33 replies
    Neatorama ^ | 4OCT2015 | John Farrier
    <p>Yesterday the branch secretary of the club said the rodent had caused around £300 worth of damage.</p> <p>He added: "When I opened the door it was absolutely ransacked.</p> <p>"There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar's pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey's tap .</p>
  • I just apologized to my dog

    10/03/2015 5:18:26 PM PDT · by keat · 52 replies
    3 October 2015 | self
    I just apologized to my dog for having to live part of his life under the Obama regime. No dog should have to do that. A dog should love his country. I just hope he lives long enough to see this cretin out of office but, pushing 14, he may not.
  • Video captures owl trying to snatch fisherman's bait

    10/03/2015 3:16:56 AM PDT · by eastforker · 15 replies
    click2houston ^ | 10/01/2015 | NBC News Affiliate
    Garry Olson Jr., the man who recorded the video was fishing at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas early Saturday morning when the owl swooped down and snatched his lure out of the water, which then caught on to its talon causing it to fall into the water.
  • Up close and personal with a HUGE brown bear under a guys back deck!

    10/02/2015 8:59:17 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 45 replies
    You Tube ^ | September 21, 2015 | Deep Bush Survival
    Published on 21 Sep 2015 A guys gets up close and personal with a HUGE brown bear under his buddys back deck. Kudos to him for handling the situation without having to put the bear down!
  • Watch woman thank Alaska bear for not breaking her kayak moments before it breaks her kayak

    10/01/2015 5:45:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    National Post ^ | October 1, 2015 | Aileen Donnelly
    A woman who recorded the terrifying moment she encountered a black bear outside a cabin in Alaska has garnered international attention because of the way she begged and pleaded with the large mammal to please, please leave her kayak alone. Mary Maley was on a solo kayaking trip from Ketchikan to Petersburg, Alaska, when she decided to stop at a U.S. Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay. Before she could head out on a four-mile hike, she met her nemesis, the bear. Maley posted a video .. “I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the...
  • Victim of Kalispell Bear Attack Dies ( Inside her home: Montana )

    10/01/2015 5:32:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Tristan Scott
    Barbara Paschke, 85, died as the result of injuries she suffered during a black bear attack inside her home ... from injuries she suffered during a black bear attack inside her Ashley Lake home last Sunday afternoon. The woman, Barbara Paschke, died at 10:30 a.m. while she was hospitalized at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She died due to injuries from the attack ... The attack occurred inside Paschke’s home between Batavia Lane and Ashley Lake Road; although it’s not clear how the bear got inside Paschke’s home, it exited through a window, investigators said. The attack was severe, officials said,...
  • Black Bear Gnaws on Delta 15s Seakayak in Berg Bay, Alaska

    09/30/2015 11:43:21 PM PDT · by 21twelve · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 29, 2015 | Mary Maley
    During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alask, a bear attacked my kayak. This incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska.
  • $140,000 Per Year for One Dog's Care? The Insane Battle Over a 'Simpsons' Co-Creator's Will

    09/30/2015 2:07:06 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 5 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 9/30/2015 | Gary Baum
    "Columbo, come on, boy, come on, let's go!" The 125-pound, 5-year-old Cane Corso, its obsidian folds of fur arranged in curled repose, just won't rise from the floor. "Come on, boy, come on, come on!" Arduously, Columbo finally obeys his owner, right hind leg limping as he lopes forward. "See how he's dragging that leg? Watch his hips, too. This is the behavior of a 12-year-old dog, not a 5-year-old."Columbo's owner, cheerleading captain and injury analyst Tyson Kilmer, also is one of the go-to canine-aggression trainers for the entertainment industry (his clients have ranged from Tom Freston and Mike Tyson...
  • Workers Jump Into Water to Escape Bees in Pembroke Pines

    09/30/2015 1:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fire rescue officials say half a dozen workers were spraying a marshy area Wednesday near Southwest 7th Street and 184th Terrace when they encountered the bees. Officials one of the workers was stung and was hospitalized. His condition is not known. Rescuers were initially concerned because the workers were separated when they jumped into the water, but officials said they were eventually all accounted for. Officials said the workers were on a boat spraying pest repellent when they encountered the bees.
  • Weird blobfish-looking sofa shark discovered in Scottish waters for first time

    09/30/2015 8:19:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | September 29, 2015 12:44 BST | By Hannah Osborne
    The sofa shark had never been found in Scottish waters before - Scottish Shark Tagging Programme ====================================================================================================================== A species of shark that looks like a massive blobfish has been discovered off the coast of Scotland for the first time. The false catfish (also known as a sofa shark) was found by scientists conducting a deep sea survey with Marine Scotland. Pseudotrakias microdon live at depths of between 500m and 1,400m. For this reason, they are rarely encountered but have been caught in locations around the world, including the western Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. They normally swim close to the...
  • How climate change is making Antarctica royally crabby (+video)

    09/30/2015 6:37:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9-29-2015 | Eva Botkin-Kowacki
    Warming waters on the Antarctic continental shelf could be inviting to King crabs, a predator that has been unable to live in those chilly waters for tens of millions of years. Ocean waters are getting hotter, and that could make Antarctica crabby.  Warming global temperatures are prompting many animals to shift their ranges. One of those animals, the King crab, could be moving into shallower waters off the Western coast of Antarctica, where it hasn't been found for tens of millions of years.  The royal crustaceans, Lithodidae, now live on the continental slope off the western Antarctic Peninsula, a surprise...
  • Police: Dog Rescued After Driving Owner's Pickup Into Lake

    09/29/2015 2:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 29, 2015 | Ben Hoope
    Police in Maine said a small dog was to blame for driving its owners pickup truck into a lake by knocking the vehicle out of gear. The Ellsworth Police Department said the Yorkie's owner had been walking the dog around Branch Lake Saturday afternoon and he put the canine back into his pickup truck while it was idling. Lt. Harold Page told the Ellsworth American the dog "knocked the truck out of gear and it rolled down the parking lot into the lake." The Ellsworth Police Department said in a Facebook post the dog was rescued from the submerged pickup...
  • ‘Killer Bees’ Found in the Bay Area for the First Time

    09/29/2015 10:31:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 28, 2015
    An Africanized breed of honeybees, sometimes known as “killer bees” because of its swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when its colony is threatened, has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say. The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but are likely attracted by the Bay Area’s warming...
  • Man Tries to Break K-9's Neck to Escape Arrest: SDSO

    09/27/2015 4:00:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Samantha Tatro
    A man who fled from the scene of a report fight in the Fallbrook area later tried to twist a K-9's neck in an effort to escape arrest, San Diego Sheriff's Lieutenant Dave Schaller said. The incident began early Sunday when deputies from Fallbrook responded to reports of a possible fight that may have been related to road rage. The caller told deputies a gun may have been fired and people were fighting. When Deputy Jeremy Banks arrived at the scene, he saw a silver Mitsubishi Galant driving away with its lights off. When he tried to stop the car,...
  • Mini Horses Are Making A Mighty Difference For Seniors and Kids

    09/27/2015 3:57:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Catherine Garcia
    A Ramona woman's non-profit brings comfort through the companionship of mini horsesOn a recent sweltering September afternoon, Melissa Sargent stood by her father's bedside. The back bedroom in Alex Morgan's Lakeside home resembled a hospital room and was filled with the low hum of several fans keeping him cool. As dad and daughter chatted, his hand rested on the mane of a gentle mini horse named Tori. The gray animal stood motionless, wearing a red and white polka dot bow on her head, and custom-made pink floral booties and a saddle blanket. "Should have brought her a biscuit," Morgan joked....
  • No One Loves Their Best Friend More Than This Cat [video]

    09/27/2015 11:14:52 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 54 replies
    Gee, and I thought that cats were supposed to be aloof.
  • Surveillance Camera Films Man Stealing San Jose Family's Cat

    09/27/2015 11:01:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 | Danielle Latimer and Raji Ramanathan
    A San Jose family was able to identify the man who stole their cat from surveillance camera footage, but they need help finding him. Miroslav Petro & Miriam Petrova were devastated when their 17-year-old cat “Gogo” was stolen from their front yard on Monday. Thanks to their surveillance camera, the family has footage of a thief capturing the cat. Due to the low quality of the video the owners have a very vague description of the thief. A police report was filed and the owners are asking the public to help find the cat and thief.
  • Breeding Sphynx Cats Is Animal Cruelty: Court

    09/26/2015 6:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Sep 2015
    A Berlin court has ordered a cat owner to have her hairless Sphynx cat castrated – because it would be animal cruelty to let the naked pet breed. Willi, a Canadian Sphynx, belongs to Berlin cat breeder Jacqueline Linke. True to his breed, Willi is almost completely hairless – a quality that makes Sphynx cats popular choices for those with pet allergies. Despite his questionable appearance, Willi emerged as champion in the 2013 Pedigree Cat Exhibition in Berlin, and has gone on to become a proud father to three naked kittens. However, Willi won't get to pass on his genes...
  • Swedish Man Sues in ‘Elk Murder Mystery’

    09/26/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    A man from southern Sweden, who was accused of murdering his wife, is suing for damages after it was established that his wife was killed by an elk.The man, a resident of Loftahammer in southern Sweden, is now demanding 621,000 kronor compensation for being falsely accused of murder. His lawyers are critical of the way in which prosecutors and the police handled the investigation after the 63-year-old woman was found seriously injured near the shore of a lake outside of Loftahammar in northeast Småland in September 2008. According to the man, investigators were too quick to assume that he had...
  • UPDATE: Ginger Kittens Saved by Fishermen from Warrior River (Story, pics, and video)

    09/26/2015 1:38:04 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    Love Meow ^ | September 19, 2015 | Amy
    Remember the two ginger kittens that swam their way to a fishermen’s boat to be rescued? We’ve got updates on the two kitties. The two brave ginger kittens rescued by fishermen Jason Frost and Brandon Key are doing great at their forever home where they have been named Warrior and River. “Warrior and River are doing good they have been to the vet, have had all the shots they need and both have been fixed,” their human wrote. (More on Facebook)
  • Suspected Burglar Who Fed Family Dog Broken Glass in Fremont Arrested

    09/24/2015 10:46:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sep 23, 2015
    Fremont police have made an arrest in a high profile burglary and animal abuse case. Police on Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Valdo Diaz of Oakland. Diaz is believed to be one of two men who burglarized a Fremont home in late August. Surveillance video shows the suspects throwing food and dog treats onto broken glass. The family's dog, Marlie, ended up cutting up her mouth and throat while eating it. The dog has since recovered. Police said they are still searching for the second suspect. Diaz faces charges of residential burglary, felony animal cruelty and parole violation, according to police. His...
  • Cats vs Zombies (LoL - caution: some phony blood & gore)

    09/24/2015 8:24:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    You tube ^ | Sept. 10, 2015
    Video - Cats vs Zombies
  • Awesome footage of rare white whale off the coast of Australia

    09/24/2015 1:53:45 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Aug 10, 2015 | Mashable
    A rare white humpback whale has been spotted off the coast of Queensland on Monday, and whale watchers are hoping it is Australia's famous whale Migaloo.
  • Giant killer lizard fossil shines new light on early Australians

    09/23/2015 12:42:47 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 9/23/2015 | Gilbert J. Price, et al
    As if life wasn't hard enough during the last Ice Age, a new study has found Australia's first human inhabitants had to contend with giant killer lizards. Researchers working in Central Queensland were amazed when they unearthed the first evidence that Australia's early human inhabitants and giant apex predator lizards had overlapped
  • Peta Sues To Give Copyright For 'Monkey Selfies' To Macaque Who Snapped Them

    09/22/2015 6:27:25 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | September 22, 2015
    Peta Sues To Give Copyright For 'Monkey Selfies' To Macaque Who Snapped Them Animal rights group contends six-year-old Naruto should receive all proceeds from photos for the benefit of crested macaques living in reserve in Indonesia A macaque monkey who took now-famous selfie photographs should be declared the copyright owner of the photos, rather than the nature photographer who positioned the camera, animal-rights activists contend in a novel lawsuit filed Tuesday. The suit was filed in federal court in San Francisco by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). It seeks a court order allowing Peta to administer all...
  • Rex The K-9 Is Retiring, And Police Department Weighs His Fate

    09/22/2015 12:12:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | 9/22/15 | Bill Chappel
    A 9-year-old police dog named Rex is ready to retire from the force. That presents a quandary for the Albuquerque, N.M., police department: what to do with a devoted and capable dog whose law enforcement training makes it a challenge to find him a new home? In announcing Rex's retirement Monday, the department also outlined a sad story. The dog's handler recently retired from the force — and though the two have emotionally bonded, the officer couldn't take his work partner home because he has a small child.
  • Hunter stabs black bear in self-defense in Michigan

    09/22/2015 11:23:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 37 replies
    MLive ^ | September 19, 2015 | Brad Devereaux
    GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI — A 46-year-old man was injured in what the Michigan Department of Natural Resources suspects was a black bear attack. ... a black bear came from behind, knocked him over and attacked him. "Using his hunting knife, the man stabbed the bear, which scared it off. The bear is thought to be injured," the DNR said in a news release. "The DNR was informed about 45 minutes later." Sgt. Jon Wood spoke with the hunter and advised him to seek medical attention. The DNR's Law Enforcement Division is continuing to investigate the incident. The DNR plans to...
  • Former Olympian Saves 8-Year-Old Boy From Pit Bull Attack

    09/21/2015 6:38:53 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    cbslocal ^ | 21 Sept 2015 | Vince Gerasole
    U.S. on the 1992 Olympic boxing team; “Every time he’d reach, I’d counter,” he said. “He had my hand in his mouth.” At one point, Nicholson said he was down on one knee, choking the dog. Nicholson suffered bites to his legs, stomach, and hands. “He was strong as hell,” Nicholson said.
  • Cats versus Zombies, it’s a thing now (VIDEO)

    09/21/2015 3:19:39 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 13 replies ^ | 9/16/15 | Chris Eger
    With the zombie genre seemingly incapable of staying dead, we give you a Russian short film telling the story of two cats who elect to save their little buddy from the walking dead.Sure, ever since Bela Lugosi uttered those lines in nearly-forgotten zombie film in the 1930s, these shambling creatures have been put through the ringer and are still going strong.And this two-minute film has everything:-Dual wielding? Check. -Domestic short hair cats rocking subguns? Check. -A Venture Brothers-quality Wilhelm scream thrown in the background? Check. -Explosive Mix Tape? Check (in Dolby). -A zombie in a trilby getting smoked? YES! Bring...
  • Zookeeper killed by Sumatran male tiger in New Zealand: officials

    09/20/2015 6:07:22 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 20 Sept 2015 | THOMAS TRACY , NICOLE HENSLE
    A beloved zoo curator in Hamilton, New Zealand was killed Saturday when a Sumatran tiger lunged at her, police officials said.
  • This Photo of a Starving Polar Bear Might Not Be All it Seems

    09/19/2015 12:03:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Monday 14 Sep 2015 | Nicholas Reilly
    Pictures of a horribly thin polar bear have emerged, sparking a debate over global warming. Many have said it is a sign of how global warming is destroying the planet while others suggest it could actually be an old or sick bear. The picture was posted by Kerstin Langenberger who spotted the bear on the Norwegian archipelago Svalbard. She said: ‘Yes, I have seen bears in good shape – but I have also seen dead and starving polar bears. Bears walking on the shores, looking for food, bears trying to hunt reindeer, eating bird’s eggs, moss and seaweed. ‘Many times...
  • Man Used Phone to Call 911 After Bear Mauled Him in Alaska

    09/19/2015 10:34:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | Rachel D'oro
    A 62-year-old man used his cellphone to call 911 after he was mauled by a bear while walking a neighbor's dog in Alaska woods, authorities said Monday. Danny High of Funny River, Alaska, was in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said his family doesn't want details released about his injuries. High didn't have a gun or bear spray when he was attacked Sunday, authorities said. "He called 911 to report that he'd been injured in a bear mauling," Central Emergency Services Capt. Terry Bookey said. Alaska State Troopers described High's injuries as major...
  • Lost dog found keeping watch over trapped friend

    09/19/2015 6:36:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 18, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    PARADISE VALLEY, Wash., - A Washington state animal rescue group said a pair of lost dogs were found with one of the canines keeping watch over its friend trapped in a cistern. The nonprofit Vashon Island Pet Protectors group said it posted pictures of lost dogs Tillie, a setter, and Phoebe, a basset hound, to the group's Facebook page and received a tip Sept. 14 that a "reddish" dog matching Tillie's description had approached a person on their property several times before heading back into a ravine. A follow-up Facebook post said VIPP volunteers searched the ravine and heard Tillie...
  • 'You Made It!' Reporter Reunites Dog,Evacuated Owner in Aftermath of Devastating California Wildfire

    09/19/2015 1:19:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/19 | Brian Skoloff
    "He looked up in a daze. I barely had the back door open when Thumper pushed her way out and ran towardhim..."Lawrence Ross looked beat, his head hanging and his eyes bloodshot five days after fleeing his home in the path of a wall of flames. Ross showed up at a high school in the small Northern California town of Lower Lake, where authorities were escorting residents briefly into the evacuation zone to inspect their homes and check on pets and livestock. They had not let residents return since the fire erupted Saturday about 100 miles north of San Francisco,...
  • Dogs From 'Meat Farm' in South Korea Arrive in San Diego for Adoption (Over 100)

    09/18/2015 4:10:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    enty-nine dogs that were once part of a "meat farm" in South Korea arrived Thursday in San Diego for possible adoption, part of a Humane Society program that hopes to end the Korean tradition of eating dog meat. "The dog meat trade is one of the most horrific forms of cruelty," said Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society. The Humane Society International has taken possession of more than 100 dogs from a South Korean farmer in recent months, paying the farmer to transition to other crops, according to news coverage in Korea. The dogs have...
  • Depressed Cat is Depressed

    09/18/2015 12:54:41 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 47 replies
    IMGUR ^ | September 17, 2015 | iamkarlkingofducks
    Depressive Cat:
  • Bizarre images of wild pig with BLUE insides go viral

    09/18/2015 11:34:57 AM PDT · by SteveH · 32 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 9th September 2015 | Harry Kemble
    BIZARRE images of the insides of a wild pig – which has FLUORESCENT blue fat – have emerged online leaving people scratching their heads. Blue pigmentation is often caused by copper poisoning – but the land where the animal was shot only has mercury mine shafts. The post's author – GlendilTEK – on imgur website wrote how none of the pigs shot by his in-laws on the Californian ranch had blue fat. He wrote how the rest of the pig was "normal" – the meat, the blood, and the hide.
  • Loyal dog guards trapped friend for 7 days until pair were rescued

    09/18/2015 10:33:26 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    The Mirror ^ | September 18, 2015 | Simon Carr
    A loyal dog stayed by her pal's side for a WEEK after she got trapped in a ravine. Bassett hound Phoebe and setter mix Tillie went missing from their home in Washington State, US, on September 8. Appeals by the worried owners were unsuccessful until residents near some woodland saw a reddish dog approach them and then head off down to ravine to sit by the side of its fellow canine which was trapped on an old concrete cistern.
  • Dog stands guard, seeks help for nearly a week after canine friend gets trapped in cistern

    09/17/2015 7:01:31 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 27 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | September 17, 2015 | NINA GOLGOWSKI
    When it comes to loyalty, there are no bounds between Tillie and Phoebe. The pair of canines was recently reunited with their heartsick owner after one of them tumbled into an uncovered cistern and became trapped for nearly a week. But instead of abandoning her best friend, Tillie, a setter, is being credited with lovingly staying by Phoebe's side. The exception was "the few minutes of each day when she went for help," according to a local rescue group Vashon Island Pet Protectors which participated in their recovery. The animal group says it was a neighbor's report of a "reddish"...
  • Fisherman reels in SUPER-FISH off the coast of Japan near Fukushima plant

    09/17/2015 10:46:55 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Updated: 18:47 EST, 16 September 2015 | By Corey Charlton
    Visibly straining as he holds it aloft, a Japanese fisherman grimaces as he proudly displays a terrifyingly large fish caught in the waters off Japan. With a gaping mouth large enough to swallow a small child, this creature - believed to be a wolffish - would not look out of place in a science fiction film. The massive catch was reeled in by Hirasaka Hiroshi, a fisherman who has made a career of landing and then eating unusual fish. Normally growing to about 1.2m in length, the wolffish Hirasaka caught measured close to two metres
  • Have humans made dogs STUPID? Pets are 'lazy thinkers' compared to wild wolves

    09/16/2015 6:45:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 16 September 2015 | RICHARD GRAY
    They may be man's best friend, but dogs have little to thank humans for it seems. Research suggests the domesticated pets can't solve problems as well as their wild cousins because living with us has made them 'incapable of thinking for themselves.' In tests, experts presented a 'puzzle box' containing food to a group of dogs, and a group of wolves and while the wolves were capable of breaking inside, the dogs looked to humans for help.
  • Air Canada Pilot Diverts International Flight to Save Dog

    09/16/2015 2:49:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    A French bulldog named Simba is probably alive today because of the attentiveness of an Air Canada pilot. Simba was flying via Air Canada Flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Toronto when the pilot noticed a problem with the cargo area’s heating system, according to CNN Canadian affiliate City News. Simba’s owner, German Kontorovich, was in the cabin. “As soon as the crew became aware of the temperature issue, the captain grew rightfully concerned for the dog’s comfort and well-being,” Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick told CNN via email. “With the altitude it can become very uncomfortable, and possibly the...
  • Have humans made dogs STUPID? Pets are 'lazy thinkers' compared to wild wolves and [tr]

    09/16/2015 5:24:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 16, 2015 | Richard Gray
    They may be man's best friend, but dogs have little to thank humans for it seems. Research suggests the domesticated pets can't solve problems as well as their wild cousins because living with us has made them 'incapable of thinking for themselves.' In tests, experts presented a 'puzzle box' containing food to a group of dogs, and a group of wolves and while the wolves were capable of breaking inside, the dogs looked to humans for help.
  • Baby and her kitten waking up after a nap.

    09/15/2015 1:51:08 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 39 replies
    IMGUR ^ | September 15, 2015 | natsdorf
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  • Metairie man accused of grabbing deputy's genitals jailed for spitting at a judge(mug shot)

    09/12/2015 5:34:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 45 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/11/15 | Paul Purpura, | The Times-Picayune
    A Metairie man with "WHO DAT" tattooed across his forehead was sentenced to six months in jail this week after he spat at a New Orleans judge during his arraignment tied to a charge of grabbing a deputy's groin. Michael Edwards, 29, of 2818 Tugie Drive, who already faces a municipal charge tied to spitting on a deputy, missed Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman when he spat her on Wednesday. But his spit was found on the wood trim at her bench, court records show. For that, she held him in contempt and sentenced him to the maximum punishment...