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  • Meet the 'water bear,' the world’s toughest animal

    11/28/2015 7:54:46 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 27 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Nov. 26, 2015 | Cathy Gulli
    Everything about tardigrades sounds like a riddle: What creature can survive both freezing and boiling temperatures; you can't see it, but it's everywhere; it can survive outer space; and after being dried up for years, it can reanimate in water within a few minutes? The answer is just as puzzling: tardigrades, which are also called "water bears" or "moss piglets," are aquatic, microscopic invertebrates that have recently captivated evolutionary biologists and science enthusiasts alike for their unique ability to withstand extreme conditions. There is photographic evidence too that tardigrades are adorable. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina at...
  • Two people, dog saved from rushing waters in McKinney

    11/27/2015 3:45:57 PM PST · by Amntn · 4 replies
    McKinney Courier Gazette ^ | 11/27/15 | Chris Beattie
    Two residents and a dog were saved from potentially dangerous rushing water situations early Friday morning in McKinney. Shortly after 3 a.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to find a man trapped in a tree off Eldorado Parkway near College Street. Rushing water had swept up the man, whom authorities did not identify, and his dog. The man called 911 from the tree, unsure of his exact location but relaying to dispatchers that he was scared the water would overtake him and he'd lose service to his phone, according to Stacie Durham, spokeswoman for the McKinney Fire Department.
  • The Cruel Secret Behind Tennessee's Walking Horses [Big Lick Only-17min video]

    11/26/2015 2:40:07 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    SPS Dateline [YouTube-Journeyman] ^ | September 2014 | Ashley Hamer (research)
    Walk of Shame: How Tennessee's famous high-stepping horse became the latest animal-cruelty scandal
  • The invincible tardigrade — already a weird animal — is full of DNA stolen from bacteria

    11/25/2015 9:32:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    wapo ^ | November 25 at 10:39 AM | Rachel Feltman
    The tiny animals - otherwise known as water bears - are famous for surviving in the vacuum of space, among other impossibly hostile environments. But they just got even weirder: According to research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tardigrades get a massive chunk of their DNA from other organisms. "Foreign" DNA is not a foreign concept to scientists. Through a process called horizontal gene transfer, any organism can theoretically swap genes with another. It happens among bacteria all the time, which is how antibiotic resistance spreads so quickly. But it's less common in more...
  • Would Trump Pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey as President.

    11/25/2015 12:48:09 PM PST · by ThomasThomas · 39 replies
    Vanity | Today | Thomas
    If Trump is elected president do you think he will pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey. It has a recent practice among presidents to pardon a for Thanksgiving. But even as I child I was sure they still ate Thanksgiving day. Would Putin hold such a tradition if Russia had one. Do you think Trump would hold on to this tradition? It is said to date back to Truman but was really tradition till about Kennedy. Anyone have a better history?
  • Blame Gut Bacteria If You Can't Stop Eating: Suggests Microbes Influence Your Hunger Center

    11/25/2015 8:05:36 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 30 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 25 nov 2015 | Rhodi Lee
    The findings of the study show the microbes have a crucial role in the physiology of appetite and may even help people who suffer from eating disorders. "These data show that bacterial proteins produced after nutrient-induced E. coli growth may signal meal termination," the researchers wrote. "Continuous exposure to E. coli proteins may influence long-term meal pattern."
  • Is this woman the most annoying 'Jeopardy!' contestant ever?

    11/25/2015 4:21:07 AM PST · by Travis T. OJustice · 38 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Published November 24, 2015·
    Holy carp, was she ever annoying. Three shows worth, too.
  • Teenage gang fed Chunky the chihuahua drugs, set him on fire and broke his neck before dumping him o

    11/25/2015 12:17:51 AM PST · by beaversmom · 30 replies
    Dail Mail ^ | November 24, 2015 | Brendan Cole
    A tiny chihuahua called Chunky who had his neck broken and was set on fire by a group of drugged- up teenagers miraculously managed to survive the ordeal. The four youths stole the puppy from his home in Margate, Kent and when they had finished torturing him, left him at a rubbish dump after they mistakenly thought he was dead. RSPCA inspector Caroline Doe said: 'This was the most disturbing case I have ever dealt with - by an absolute mile. ***** The four youths responsible have all been banned from keeping animals for five years. Of the gang, two...
  • Biologists induce flatworms to grow heads and brains of other species

    11/24/2015 12:49:31 PM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 24, 2015 | Provided by: Tufts University
    Tufts biologists induced one species of flatworm -- G. dorotocephala, top left -- to grow heads and brains characteristic of other species of flatworm, top row, without altering genomic sequence. Examples of the outcomes can be seen in the bottom row of the image. Credit: Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University. ============================================================================================================ Biologists at Tufts University have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological circuits as a new kind of epigenetics - information existing...
  • Oliver the Goldendoodle attracts an army of followers on Instagram in his fancy dress poses

    11/24/2015 10:58:28 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 11-24-15 | Sara Malm
    A dog has amassed an army of fans online after his owners began photographing him dressed up in funny outfits Go to link to see these clever pictures of a VERY PATIENT dog.
  • The Greatest Giblet Gravy Recipe (Mine).....

    11/23/2015 11:20:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 80 replies
    Myself | 11/23/2015 | Red Badger
    Red Badger's Great Giblet Gravy 1 pkg giblets from the turkey (Liver, Neck, Gizzard and Heart) 1 16oz pkg chicken livers 1 16oz pkg chicken gizzards 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 2 cubes chicken bouillon 2 stalks celery, diced 2 medium yellow onions, diced 1 quart hot water (to begin) 2 cans chicken broth OR 1 can and 1 1/2 cups turkey drippings 6 hard-boiled eggs, diced 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup COLD milk Directions: In a large pot, 4qt or similar, boil ALL the giblets, salt, pepper, bouillon, celery, onion and water for 1...
  • Winnie-the-Pooh's skull on display at London museum

    11/22/2015 7:30:34 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 4 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Daniel Uria
    LONDON, - The skull of the bear that inspired popular children's book character Winnie-the-Pooh was put on display for the first time at a museum in London. The Royal College of Surgeons placed the skull on display at the Hunterian Museum to allow patrons to learn about the real life bear that inspired author A.A. Milne's classic series of children's stories. "Her story and presence in our collection are a reminder of how learning about animal health can enhance our understanding and care for species around the world," said Director of Museums and Archives Sam Alberti. Alberti went on to...
  • Affluent family's purebred shepherd ignored after arrival of new baby

    11/21/2015 11:41:07 PM PST · by Altariel · 43 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 16, 2015 | Penny Eims
    A seven-year-old German shepherd named "Louie," bears the painful evidence of neglect on his once regal body. Louie used to live in an affluent neighborhood with a family which was described as "well off." For a time, the purebred shepherd, who had been purchased for thousands of dollars, was a beloved part of his family's life...everything changed when he was banished to live his life outside after the family welcomed a new baby. Louie's life of being a pampered pet vanished and as he endured life outside, his health began to deteriorate. Of little matter was his fine pedigree or...
  • Arizona family wins the right to keep "comfort pig"

    11/21/2015 5:36:59 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 54 replies
    upi ^ | Nov. 20, 2015 | Daniel Uria
    CHANDLER, Ariz., - After three months of litigation, an Arizona family was allowed to keep a pot-bellied pig on the grounds that it helps their 9-year-old son, who has Asperger's. In August the Gil family was told that they would have to get rid of Maggie, their 3-year-old Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, because their home was not properly zoned to house livestock. On Nov. 17 a court granted the family special permission to keep Maggie as a pet because the pig provides aid to their son Julian, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. The City of Chandler stated that Maggie's...
  • Giant, glowing *Slow Down Cat* directs traffic in Sebastopol

    11/21/2015 2:53:48 AM PST · by Daffynition · 40 replies
    SFGate ^ | November 20, 2015 | Beth Spotswood
    [snip] Meet *Slow Down Cat*, the work of artist Patrick Amiot. *Slow Down Cat* is 12-feet tall and lives atop a kelly green Caltrans trailer that is parked along mostly residential streets where speeding tends to be an issue. *Slow Down Cat* is lit by solar panels and holds a sign that purrs, *Slow Down.* Naturally, *Slow Down Cat* is rapidly becoming Sebastopol*s most popular resident.
  • Russia sends France service puppy after police dog dies in Paris attacks

    11/20/2015 4:15:34 PM PST · by McGruff · 95 replies
    Daily News ^ | November 20, 2015 | Melanie Dostis
    Russian authorities have gifted France with an adorable police dog in a show of support following the massive terror attack that killed 130 people and a shepherd named Diesel that was blown to pieces by a suicide bomber. Diesel, a Belgian Malinois, died in a hail of gunfire by female suicide bomber, Hansa Aitboulahcen, during an anti-terror raid in suburban Saint-Denis on Wednesday, according to France's National Police. Now, the Russian government is sending over Dobrynia, a furry new companion named after a Russian folklore hero to help "in the fight against terrorism," Russian government officials said.
  • People need to stop scaring cats with cucumbers, say animal behaviorists

    11/20/2015 12:56:05 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 87 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 20, 2015 | Michael Harthorne
    The new viral craze is apparently scaring cats with cucumbers, because the Internet is a weird place and humans enjoy low-grade animal cruelty as long as it's adorable. But National Geographic reports that we should all maybe not be scaring our cats with cucumbers. According to Upvoted, the first cat-scared-by-cucumber video appears to have been uploaded in May and went viral by July or so. Countless others followed, to the point where Reddit has an entire Cucumbers Scaring Cats community. The idea behind these videos is that if you put a cucumber behind a cat, it'll freak out when it...
  • On the move now, deer can be a danger to motorists

    11/20/2015 9:37:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 12, 2015 | David Boyce
    One day in the first week of November, Pete Pringle and his brother, Luke, were talking about car accidents involving deer. Pete and Luke work at Pringle Auto Body, 2720 S. 34th St., Kansas City, Kan. It is a family business started by their grandfather in 1968 and now is run by their mother. It was natural for them to have a conversation on deer accidents this time of year. It’s when a higher percentage of collisions involving deer occur because it’s the breeding season for deer. “We are getting into that season,” Pete Pringle said. Bucks and does will...
  • Yellowstone National Park proposes killing 1,000 bison to curb winter migration into Montana

    11/19/2015 2:00:26 PM PST · by Daffynition · 107 replies
    StarTrib ^ | November 18, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN
    BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter — mostly calves and females — as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana. Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other federal agencies to decide on the plan. It marks the continuation of a controversial agreement reached in 2000 between Montana and the federal government that was meant to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis from bison to livestock. Almost 5,000 bison roamed the park this summer. A harsh winter could...
  • Is a Robotic Cat the Purr-fect Gift for Your Favorite Elder?

    11/19/2015 1:57:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    NBC News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Reem Nasr
    If a real cat isn't an option for you, this could be a way around that. Toy company Hasbro is offering a new adult toy, Companion Pets, targeted specifically for seniors. The "Joy for All" pets are robotic cats that "look, feel and sound like real cats," Hasbro says. There are three different-colored cats to choose from on the website. All are priced at $99.99.
  • Animal lover killed by dog he had adopted just hours earlier

    11/19/2015 8:36:55 AM PST · by Perseverando · 83 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | November 19, 2015 | Mark Molloy
    Dog lover Anthony Riggs was killed by a Rottweiler he had adopted from an animal control centre Anthony Riggs had adopted the dog Photo: Jackson Madison County Rabies Control Tributes have been paid to a Tennessee man who was 'mauled to death' by a stray dog he had adopted on the day he died. Anthony Riggs was attacked by a five-year-old male Rottweiler that had been taken in by a county-run animal control facility. "He never hesitated to be with dogs. Sometimes I thought he related to dogs better than to people," his ex-wife Adrienne Riggs told the Jackson Sun....
  • Experts Say Viral Cucumber Prank Can Be Harmful To Cats

    11/19/2015 4:08:58 AM PST · by Biggirl · 90 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | November 19, 2015 | Breitbart News
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) — A viral trend involving placing cucumbers behind cats has been deemed cruel and harmful behavior by some experts.
  • Kitten Wants A Piggy Back [video]

    11/19/2015 1:03:01 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 17, 2015 | America's Funniest Home Videos
    Some dogs' fur gets matted. This dog's fur gets catted.
  • Bizarre sea creature washes ashore on a Gold Coast beach [Australia]

    11/18/2015 7:02:36 AM PST · by ETL · 42 replies
    GrindTV.com ^ | November 16, 2015 | David Strege
    Some say it's like something out of a science fiction movie, others say it's from another world. But the bizarre and dangerous sea creature a woman discovered washed ashore at Broadbeach along the Gold Coast of Australia is actually a blue dragon. Lucinda Fry came across the creepy, electric-blue sea slug in Queensland and captured video of the little sea creature, which Daily Mail Australia posted: [video at link] The nudibranch is not that big, measuring 1.2 inches at maturity, but it packs a punch. "I have handled them before and wasn't stung, but I would not recommend anyone pick...
  • Hero police dog Diesel killed by woman suicide bomber in Paris siege

    11/18/2015 5:44:45 AM PST · by McGruff · 65 replies
    The Express ^ | November 18, 2015 | REBECCA PERRING
    The seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog, or Malinois, was "killed by terrorists" when French special forces raided an apartment building in Saint-Denis early on Wednesday morning. Police National tweeted:"Diesel, a seven-year-old Malinois, police dog for RAID [France's anti-terrorist police unit], was killed by terrorists in the ongoing operation." The police spokesman said that dogs such as Diesel who are trained to assist on operations where there is a risk of explosives were "indispensable" to the elite unit. The brave dog was reportedly the first to be sent into an apartment, which was used by at least six jihadis in the run...
  • The Craven Cry for ‘Civility’

    11/17/2015 11:27:39 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    The Hesburgh letter recognized “the validity of protest” but made clear that any group that “substituted force for rational persuasion, be it violent or nonviolent,” would be given 15 minutes to meditate. Students who persisted would have their IDs confiscated and be “suspended from this community.” On cue, Yale President Peter Salovey calls for civility and has repeated Yale’s commitment to free expression. But at a moment when people thirst for a university president who will back up his words, Mr. Salovey, like so many others, apologizes. “We have failed you,” he told protestors. Indeed they have failed. Just not...
  • Why dogs will eat anything, but cats are fussy: Study reveals felines are more sensitive to [tr]

    11/17/2015 5:54:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 16, 2015 | Cheyenne MacDonald
    Cats have long been notorious for their picky eating habits, but a new study now suggests that humans shouldn't be too quick to dismiss a cat's selective behaviour as finicky. The study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia found that pickiness may not be the cause of feline food aversions. Instead, the presence of bitter tastes may raise cautionary flags to these carnivores.
  • A penguin's best friend: guard dogs needed to save Middle Island colony from foxes

    11/16/2015 5:58:54 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 September 15 | Oliver Milman
    Two new guard dogs are being urgently sought to help protect one of the last colonies of little penguins on Australia’s coastline. ... The colony of little penguins on Middle Island, off the coastal town of Warrnambool in Victoria, was virtually wiped out by foxes in the 1990s and early 2000s. In one attack 360 of the diminutive birds were killed; the local newspaper described it as a “massacre”. The ongoing threat prompted a local chicken farmer to suggest using maremmas to guard the penguins. The working dogs, usually deployed to protect livestock, were sent to Middle Island in 2006....
  • Is This Pic Significant or Interesting?

    11/16/2015 12:10:48 PM PST · by CaptainPhilFan · 51 replies
    unknown | 11/16/15 | unknown
    So, found this snap on Facebook today. Erdogan petting Barry like a favorite and clever pet goat, and Goat Barry looks so pleased about it. Taken at G20 sometime between yesterday and today. Is this pic interesting or significant? I find it absolutely repulsive. Have been doing reading about Erdogan to support my revulsion but haven't found enough. Hope any interested FReepers can fill in the blanks. upload img
  • Dramatic ~ Eventful

    11/15/2015 9:05:11 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11-15-2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This animated video of a small wet kitten is inspiring and informative. Redone with a lesser sound so the animals will not be frightened when this video starts.
  • It's the 45th anniversary of the infamous exploding whale!

    It's the 45th anniversary of the infamous exploding whale. Here's the 1970 video with KATU's Paul Linnman:
  • Springfield man denies animal cruelty charge in fatal shooting of Chihuahua (Mass.)

    11/12/2015 3:11:12 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    The Republican (Springfield, MA) ^ | November 12, 2015 | Buffy Spencer
    SPRINGFIELD — Freddie Guy, 66, of Springfield, on Thursday denied a charge of animal cruelty in Springfield District Court in a case in which animal welfare authorities say his neighbor's Chihuahua suffered a fatal BB gun shot. Bail was set at $500 cash for Guy, of 370 Stapleton Road, by Judge John Payne. It is the same bail amount he posted after his arrest.
  • 'Great' Dane: 131-pound dog helps guide 11-year-old with rare genetic condition

    11/12/2015 11:40:45 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 2 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Nov. 12, 2015 | staff
    Running, riding bikes and even walking had always been a challenge for 11-year-old Bella Burton due to a rare genetic condition she was diagnosed with when she was 2 and a half. But ever since Bella began leaning on George, a 2-year-old Great Dane whom she met about a year ago through a local organization, she has ditched her wheelchair and crutches, and started to do all the things all the other healthy kids her age can with ease, WCVB reported.
  • Ant colony responds to predation simulation as a 'superorganism'

    11/12/2015 9:23:03 AM PST · by JimSEA · 40 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/11/2015 | PLOS
    Ants may respond to disturbances in their nest as one highly organized 'superorganism', according to a study published November 11, 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Thomas O'Shea-Wheller from the University of Bristol, England, and colleagues. Ant colonies are incredibly complex, and at the same time, intensely cooperative, which is why they are often referred to as single 'superorganisms.' The authors of this study, interested in the extent to which ants behave as a single entity, simulated different predator attacks on 30 migrating ant colonies. To observe the ants' responses to predation at different locations in and near...
  • Jungle Out There

    11/12/2015 7:43:57 AM PST · by Revski · 11 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11/12/2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This is an animation of the Perija Parakeet that is listed as critically endangered and is a threatened species is quoting biblical scriptures. The area of forest in Colombia were the bird was sighted in 2005 was declared an Important Bird Area. Also a roaring and resting tiger.
  • Is Wisconsin doing enough about CWD?

    11/11/2015 1:55:06 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-11-15 | Paul A. Smith
    As we remain passive, Michigan gets aggressive with deer disease When chronic wasting disease was discovered in Wisconsin's wild white-tailed deer herd in 2002, state wildlife officials expressed a goal of eradicating the disease. After several years of effort, including the use of sharpshooters and extended hunting seasons to reduce deer numbers in the affected area, the Department of Natural Resources backed off on its plans and abandoned the aggressive measures. The 2012 Deer Trustees Report helped drive a final stake in the ambitions of any state wildlife managers who hoped to control the disease. The report advised a "more...
  • Obit - Ruth Hartman, original member of All-American Girls Baseball League

    11/11/2015 6:21:40 AM PST · by pa_dweller
    Reading Eagle ^ | 11/11/15 | Dan Kelly
    Ruth A. Hartman, an accomplished local sheep breeder known locally and nationally as an original member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died in Reading Hospital of injuries suffered over the weekend after her SUV struck a deer in Oley Township. - See more at: http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/champion-sheep-breeder-from-limekiln-remains-critical-after-weekend-accident#sthash.ih8zyVSB.dpuf
  • Close Missouri University now

    11/10/2015 5:23:49 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 47 replies
    News | 10 August 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Leadership with backbone would immediately shut the university down and move in to clean out radical elements and restore order within two weeks. Staff members involved in this mess need to be terminated and any student not interested in getting back to studies expelled. The behavior exhibited in all of this is inexcusable. The president was not responsible for the behavioral idiocy of someone else. I truly have a solution for this problem at MU. If this stuff is not stopped, we're going to end up with a civil war in this nation. Leadership is at fault for allowing it...

    11/09/2015 10:42:12 AM PST · by bkopto · 25 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | Nov 9, 2015 | staff
    An 800-pound alligator has a new home - and a stylish new animal-print muzzle - after being captured outside a Texas hair salon. The alligator, which is blind in one eye, measures more than 12 feet long and is estimated to be 50 years old, was captured Saturday morning in a Sugar Land parking lot by Christy Krobroth, a full-time dental hygienist licensed as an alligator trapper by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. "I try to be sweet to these guys," Krobroth told KTRK-TV. "He wasn't too sweet to me but I'll forgive him for that." Video taken...

    11/08/2015 9:47:30 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 7 Nov 2015 | ALLEN G. BREED
    He was both gunman and hostage, and, as he told a friend who was trying desperately to make him surrender, it was time for him to be "put down." When he fired at the officers, they returned fire, striking him nine times. And so, this summer when he saw his master lying in the flag-draped casket, Honor pushed through the clutch of weeping family members, reared up, placed his paws on the edge and tried to climb in. Unable to comfort Baker, the lanky black dog in the camouflage-patterned vest curled up underneath.
  • Parrot Crying Like A Child

    Bird learned to mimic the babies in the daycare. Parrots are quick studies. They have a five-year-old’s intelligence and the emotional needs of a two-year-old.
  • Feds sold horses for slaughter to rancher with reported political ties

    11/05/2015 5:04:58 AM PST · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 26, 2015 | Adam Shaw
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wrongly sold hundreds of federally protected wild horses to a Colorado rancher who in turn sold most the animals to be slaughtered for horse meat, according to a new watchdog report.
  • Can you spot the accidental very rude word in mum's new leopard print pyjama trousers?

    11/04/2015 9:08:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 12:18, 4 Nov 2015 | By Rebecca Shepherd
    WARNING STRONG LANGUAGE: Maria Wright, 23, bought a pair of the new PJs unaware of the unfortunate mistake on the waistband above her backside A mum of three had an embarrassing shock when she noticed her brand new pyjama were emblazoned with a rude word. Maria Wright, 23, bought a pair of leopard print PJs from the budget clothes chain Peacocks. The £11 pants were meant to say ' animal ' - but due to a factory error had the word 'anal' on them in large print, just above her bottom. The trousers offer wearers the chance to "unleash their...
  • The long walk

    11/03/2015 12:36:29 PM PST · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Bennett Hall
    A lot of people like to plan something big to commemorate their 40th birthday. Pat Dysart decided to go for a walk. Across Australia. With 15 camels and a bunch of people she'd never met before.
  • Drunk woman is rushed to hospital after sneaking into a zoo and being bitten by a tiger on Halloween

    11/02/2015 5:40:25 AM PST · by dayglored · 44 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Nov 1, 2015 | Kelly McLaughlin
    Jacqueline Eide was taken to the hospital after being bitten on her left hand by a tiger at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday morning Eide had sneaked into the zoo to pet the tiger, but when she reached into the cage she was bitten A spokesman for the zoo said that the tiger believed to have been involved was an 18-year-old Malayan tiger named Mai The woman was cited by police at 7.20am for criminal trespass and remained in the hospital for treatment A 33-year-old woman suffered severe hand trauma after sneaking into a Nebraska zoo...
  • Cats Are Neurotic, and Yes, They Want to Kill You: Feline friends never lose their feral instincts

    11/01/2015 7:05:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/31/2015 | Rick Moran
    As I sit in my office writing this, my 2-year-old tabby Spooky is sitting on the edge of my desk eyeing me intently.He is looking right at me with a stare that probably froze the blood of our ancestors 25,000 years ago. Of course, Spooky’s ancestors were quite a bit larger. Still, I have often wondered what is going through a cat’s mind when it stares at you like that. Fifty million years of mammalian evolution, all packed into that tiny, predator brain. Just what is it Spooky is mulling over in his head?According to a new study, cats are...
  • Breeders Cup on NBC Now -American Pharoah's final race- 5 million Dollar Breeder's Cup Classic.

    10/31/2015 1:14:03 PM PDT · by Pajamajan · 43 replies
    American Pharoah will run in the Breeders Cup Classic. He will retire after the race. Should he prevail today - He will be the only horse ever to win the Triple Crown and the BC classic.
  • Cats ARE neurotic - and they're probably also trying to work out how to kill you, say researchers

    10/31/2015 8:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 31, 2015 | Tom Wyke
    They are well loved for their immaculate fluffy coats and unique personalities but new research suggests cats do have a much darker side. A study carried out between the University of Edinburgh and Bronx Zoo compared our beloved domestic cat with its wilder relatives. Compared with the snow leopard, the Scottish wildcat and the African lion, researchers found these larger predators shared similar characteristics of aggression and neurotic behaviour to domestic cats.
  • Surprise! Science Says Your Cat Wants To Kill You

    10/30/2015 7:21:09 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 159 replies
    Uproxx ^ | October 30, 2015 | ALYSSA FIKSE
    The ancient Egyptians and everyone on the internet may worship cats, but the feeling is less than mutual. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh worked with the Bronx Zoo on a study comparing the behavioral patterns of house cats with their much larger cousins. By rating them in the “Big Five” personality traits — Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion/Introversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism — researchers uncovered quite a bit about your “devoted” companions. With this feline Meyers Briggs test, they found that your fuzzy roommates had basically the same personalities as African lions, being dominant, impulsive and neurotic. Sure, they’re also...
  • Merkel to accept new pandas from China for Berlin Zoo

    10/30/2015 4:50:07 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies
    dw.com ^ | Oct. 29, 2015 | (AP, dpa)
    Berlin's Zoological Gardens looks set to get two new pandas to replace the much-loved Bao Bao, one of the world's oldest male giant pandas, who died in 2012 aged 32. Merkel announced on Thursday that both China and Germany had opened talks to bring two new black and white bears to Germany. She met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as part of her official visit to China. Describing the two countries fondness for the giant bears, she said: "This is a very special piece of China that will please a lot of people in Germany."