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  • Tulane scientists say tiny 'pocket shark' reveals secrets in depths of Gulf of Mexico

    04/24/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 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 ½-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 · 81 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 · 130 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 · 62 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%....
  • Goat Rentals Take Off In Seattle On First Day Of Amazon Home Services

    04/10/2015 8:23:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    KUOW.org ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jeannie Yandel & Hannah Burn
    When Amazon launched its Amazon Home Services this week, the stars of the new initiative were …Goats.Seattle goats, specifically, ready to trim back your pesky shrubbery. “We bring the goats and unload him,” said Tammy Dunakin, head goat wrangler and owner of Rent-A-Ruminant LLC. “The second they hit the ground, they’re eating. It’s incredible to watch. It’s kind of like watching marbles scatter when you drop them on the pavement. And the goats start eating everything in sight."And it sounds like ... Dunakin's goats do work for the city – you may have seen them munching on hills alongside Interstate...
  • 8-foot-long carnivorous cat-eating lizards are invading Florida

    04/10/2015 7:06:52 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 87 replies
    Business Insider via Yahoo News ^ | 4/10/15 | Kevin Loria
    Wildlife officials armed with shotguns will be increasing patrols of Palm Beach County canals from once a month to four to six times a month to try to hunt the reptiles down, according to the Sun Sentinel. The plan is to catch or shoot the lizards on sight — they've got 20 in Palm Beach since July.
  • Cat's Bricked-in Ordeal Ends After 27 Days

    Simba, from Meckenheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, was freed by firefighters after a neighbour heard a scratching sound in her newly-renovated bathroom. “It's a miracle, a gift,” owner Helga Henkel, who lost track of Simba after the night of March 8th, told the Bonn General-Anzeiger. “We looked everywhere for Simba, hung up notices, watched out for cats' eyes with a torch at night,” she said. Professor Reto Neiger of the Small Animals Clinic in Gießen said that cats could survive for a long time on very little water, as they were formerly desert-dwelling animals. Although four weeks is a long time to...
  • Stolen: $70k in Bull Semen (ed)

    04/09/2015 2:02:42 PM PDT · by dware · 35 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 04.09.2015 | AP via Fox News
    LEROY, Minn. – Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower (MOH'-ur) County Sheriff Terese Amazi (AM'-uh-zye) says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn.
  • Des Moines Man Reports Stolen Dog Poop (ed)

    04/09/2015 12:37:10 PM PDT · by dware · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04.09.2015 | AP via Fox News
    FULL TITLE: Des Moines man reports person tried to steal truck, instead took bag of dog poop, police say DES MOINES, Iowa – Police say someone who attempted to steal a truck parked outside a Des Moines home instead took a bag of dog poop. The Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of an attempted burglary around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, a man told police someone broke into the driver's side door of his truck sometime last month.
  • Bobcat Drags Shark Out of Florida Surf

    04/09/2015 6:06:44 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 67 replies
    Nat Geo ^ | 4/8/15 | Brian Clark Howard
    Dramatic photograph appears to be real, experts say. Many species of cats are great fishers, and bobcats are no exception. But one bobcat created an extraordinary fish tale when it pulled a shark out of the surf. The dramatic moment was caught on camera by John Bailey in Vero Beach, Florida, Monday night, when he was walking along Sebastian Inlet State Park. Bailey has not yet responded to a request for comment but he told local media that he saw the cat fishing in the surf. Suddenly, the cat leaped and dragged a shark three to four feet long (one...
  • World's Longest Rabbit Darius Celebrates 5th Birthday Today

    04/08/2015 1:56:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | 4-8-15 | AVIANNE TAN
    This bunny, who holds the Guinness World Record for world's longest rabbit, is partying like an animal today because... it's his birthday! Darius, a 4-feet-long continental rabbit, turns 5 today, his owner Annette Edwards, 63, of England, told ABC News today. "I'm probably going to let him have extra nice carrot treats," Edwards said. "He just loves the carrots with the yummy green tops." Edwards also takes care of Darius' son named Jeff. He's only a year old, but he's already 3-feet-8-inches long, and Edwards thinks Jeff could outgrow Darius. "I spend over 5,000 euros for the both of them...
  • Brontosaurus Finally Validated as a Distinct Dinosaur

    04/08/2015 4:11:18 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 7, 2015, 10:43 AM ET | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    On the edge of the solar system, the dwarf planet Pluto, which knows what it feels like to be banished from an exclusive club, may be cheering for the brontosaurus. While the long-necked dinosaur's name may be known by legions of fans and even made it on to a postage stamp in the 1980s, most paleontologists would be quick to correct people that the brontosaurus is not a dinosaur. But the iconic dinosaur name may finally be reinstated more than a century after researchers found the long-necked brontosaurus and apatosaurus likely belonged to the same genus, according to an analysis...
  • Florida Targets October For Bear Hunt

    04/07/2015 8:01:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | April 6, 2015
    The state this October would open its first black-bear hunting season in two decades, under a set of rules that will be reviewed next week. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has proposed that about 275 black bears be killed in mid-October as part of a two-pronged effort to control the woodland creatures and reduce the risk of dangerous interactions between bears and the state’s growing population. Along with the proposal about reducing the bear population through a one-bear-per-hunter hunt, the commission during an April 14 meeting at Florida A&M University also will consider rules about the proper maintenance...
  • Shark Attack Victim Can’t Wait To Get Back In The Water

    04/07/2015 7:56:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | April 7, 2015
    It’s not every day that someone gets bitten in the head by a shark and lives to tell about it. But that’s what happened to 70-year old Rick Neuman, 200 stitches later. Neumann said he was spearfishing in about 40-feet of water off the coast of Jupiter on Friday when a bull shark came out of nowhere. “I think the shark got confused and just lashed out and hit me like a freight train,” said Neumann. “It’s not the shark’s fault, he got confused, the water was dirty, and things can happen. Neumann said he has no hard feelings against...
  • Bobcat Catches Shark At Popular Florida Beach And Becomes Dinner

    04/07/2015 6:42:06 PM PDT · by seantruet · 90 replies
    albasun ^ | 08.04.2015 | Sean Truett
    CAT-FISHED! Something you don't see every day... I don't know who is more shocked, Us or the Shark!? Read more at http://www.albasun.com/2015/04/shark-attacked-by-bobcat-at-florida-beach.html
  • Endangered Tortoises Feasting on Invasive Plants

    04/07/2015 12:19:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    discovery ^ | Richard Farrell
    On an earlier project, Blake had outfitted tortoises on the island with GPS units. He noted something strange in their movements: The tortoises would migrate between lowlands -- only flush with vegetation in the wet season -- and highland meadows, which had plentiful vegetation year-round. Blake knew a Galapagos tortoise could survive up to a year with no food or drink. "Why," he wondered in a release, "would a 500-pound animal that can fast for a year and that carries a heavy shell haul itself up and down a volcano in search of food? Couldn't it just wait out the...
  • Goldfish Are Threatening a Whole Colorado Lake Ecosystem (truncated)

    04/07/2015 11:33:21 AM PDT · by dware · 51 replies
    GMA via Yahoo! ^ | 04.07.2015 | AVIANNE TAN
    Colorado wildlife officials say they believe someone dumped four to five pet goldfish in a Boulder lake about two years ago, and they have now multiplied to over 3,000 to 4,000 fish.
  • Brazilian Dog 'Surrenders' Under Police Orders After Owners Busted For Drugs (Photo)

    04/07/2015 7:47:15 AM PDT · by rhoda_penmark · 1 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | Tue, April 7, 2015 | Emily Smith
    A dog belonging to a Brazilian drug gang "surrendered" alongside his companions when police busted the gang’s hideout.
  • Bumblebees!!!

    04/06/2015 9:00:54 PM PDT · by djf · 78 replies
    4/6/2015 | djf
    Now I have (and have had it for a while) a birdhouse right next to my back door. Early in the spring, I checked it -but nothing seemed to be happening. There was an old nest inside from last year when I had the privilege of watching a pair of chickadees raise there young one. About two or three weeks ago, I stepped outside about 2 AM just to see the weather, etc., and I heard a sound - it was like a buzzing. I realized it was coming from the birdhouse, and thought it might be wasps which I...
  • Research findings back up Aboriginal legend on origin of Central Australian palm trees

    04/06/2015 10:26:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 13 replies
    ABC ^ | 03 April 2015 | ABC
    The scientific world is stunned by research which backs an Aboriginal legend about how palm trees got to Central Australia. Several years ago Tasmanian ecologist David Bowman did DNA tests on palm seeds from the outback and near Darwin. The results led him to conclude the seeds were carried to the Central Desert by humans up to 30,000 years ago. Professor Bowman read an Aboriginal legend recorded in 1894 by pioneering German anthropologist and missionary Carl Strehlow, which was only recently translated, describing the "gods from the north" bringing the seeds to Palm Valley. Professor Bowman said he was amazed....
  • Dogs Meet Their Kitten Siblings for the First Time [video]

    04/06/2015 4:28:08 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies
    Life With Dogs ^ | April 6, 2015 | Fred
    From the very first clip, one can clearly see that not all dogs don’t like cats. In fact, some of the dogs in this video seem to think maybe that’s just a very strange looking dog. No matter what they are thinking the at the first meeting, there’s always bound to be plenty of cuteness, and loads of silly fun for these dog and kitten siblings.
  • Bees cause pandemonium as Obama reads to kids

    04/06/2015 10:46:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    WND.com ^ | April 6, 2015 | Joe Kovacs
    It has happened yet again. President Barack Obama has been plagued by flying insects, and this time they interrupted the commander in chief as he was reading to children Monday morning at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. As the president was reciting lines from the famous book “Where the Wild Things Are,” bees began buzzing around the kids seated on the South Lawn at the White House. “Oh no, it’s a bee!” declared Obama when some children began to scream because of the insects. “It’s OK, guys.” Obama tried to assure the children everything would be fine, saying,...
  • Sea Lion Bites Man, Pulls Him Underwater at Mission Bay Marina

    04/06/2015 10:08:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 4/7 | Samantha Tatro
    A man is recovering after a sea lion bit his hand and pulled him off a boat and underwater, San Diego officials said. The man was holding a fish on a docked boat in the Hyatt Mission Bay Marina Sunday afternoon when the sea lion, apparently attempting to get the fish, bit the man's arm and pulled him into the water by his hand, said Lee Swanson, a spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. He was pulled under for about 20 seconds, though he did not take in any water. By the time rescue officials arrived, he was back...
  • Elephants help rescue stuck 18-wheeler in Louisiana

    04/06/2015 9:23:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    ABC 8 News (WRIC) ^ | March 25, 2015 | WRIC Newsroom
    A pair of elephants helped rescue the truck they were riding in when it got stuck in the mud on a trip from New Orleans to Dallas. It all happened on Tuesday around 7:03 a.m., when the tractor trailer transporting three elephants pulled over from Interstate 49 near the Powhatan exit in Louisiana and accidentally got stuck in some mud, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s office said in a statement. “When deputies arrived on scene, they were astounded to find two elephants keeping the eighteen wheeler from overturning,” the sheriff’s office said. The elephants on the truck were being transported to...
  • Move over Grumpy Cat! Frowning feline Pompous Albert becomes latest Instagram star thanks [tr]

    04/06/2015 5:56:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2015 | Maybelle Morgan
    Move over Grumpy Cat - the latest sourpuss to become an internet sensation is scowling feline Pompous Albert. The grey cat with tufty hair and a permanent frown, from Salt Lake City, has already racked up a remarkable 44.1K followers on Instagram. Albert, who's a Selkirk Rex cat, was also named after his famous lookalike - Albert Einstein, thanks to his wild locks, which are a trademark of his breed.
  • Listen I don't mean to make you all laugh but here goes

    04/05/2015 2:03:30 PM PDT · by Undecided 2012 · 50 replies
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    Why when I got a dog bowl out do dogs still drink from the potty?