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  • California's 20-pound invasive nutria problem could be worse than previously imagined

    08/17/2018 1:49:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 103 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Updated 4:00 am PDT, Friday, August 17, 2018 | By Eric Ting
    For the small six-person team tasked with combating California's nutria infestation, a typical day consists of working in 100-degree weather, wading through marshes and avoiding traps built to catch 20-pound rodents, targeting about 2 million acres. Nutria, a destructive rat-like mammal, is currently burrowing into central California's wetlands. In the spring, the Department of Fish and Wildlife began to warn the public about the dangers of the animal, which devastate agricultural infrastructure by burrowing into levees, roadbeds and canal beds. But in the past few months, only 200 nutria have been exterminated, 100 of which were found in a pond...
  • Southwest Airlines Sets New Limits On Travelers’ Pets–Only Dogs, Cats And Horses

    08/17/2018 10:14:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    Like many airlines, Southwest has been working on new policies to rein in passenger abuse of generous “emotional support” animal guidelines. Customers have successfully flown with support spiders, snakes, possums, raccoons and, of course, cats and dogs, even large slobbering ones shedding fur. We wrote here in April about airlines’ varied struggles with developing standard policies that meet the needs and desires of passengers paying a small fortune to fly cross-country without being eaten and passengers who feel the need to have their little baby Bailey nearby at all times.
  • Meet Dallas, the pit bull saved from a Canadian dogfighting ring to get K-9 training

    08/16/2018 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Norski · 17 replies
    MetroUSA ^ | august 13, 2018 | Sam Newhouse
    'Ontario 21' pit bull saved from fighting will get training for K-9 work in Philly area with the Throw Away Dogs Project. By Sam Newhouse Dallas, a pit bull rescued from an Ontario dog-fighting ring, was facing euthanasia but now is entering training as a K-9. A pit bull who has led a precarious life for years – discovered in a massive Canadian dogfighting ring, scheduled for execution by animal welfare authorities and then freed by court order – is now on the way to a very unexpected second act: K-9 police dog training in the Philly area through the...
  • Dogs attack 79-year-old woman in Cartersville

    08/16/2018 9:59:13 PM PDT · by Norski · 42 replies
    Fox5Atlanta ^ | August 14, 2018 | Alexa Liacko
    Posted: Aug 14 2018 09:35PM EDT Video Posted: Aug 14 2018 10:53PM EDT Updated: Aug 15 2018 08:27PM EDT CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - Neighbors are on edge in Cartersville after they say three dogs attacked a 79-year-old woman. The neighbors tell FOX 5 the woman was outside her home in her front yard when the three pit bull mix dogs approached her and began biting her. The woman fell and suffered a fractured spine in addition to the bite marks. I She is now at the hospital in Cartersville recovering. Neighbors say these dogs have gotten out before and have harassed...
  • Woman indicted on three charges of aggravated assault after pit bull attack, gun threats

    08/16/2018 9:55:40 PM PDT · by Norski · 10 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | august 15, 2018 | Emily Hilley-Sierzchula
    A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Killeen woman on three felony charges after police said she threatened three people with a gun and let her pit bulls attack a man. Lashai Jean-Baptist, 22, of Killeen, was indicted on three charges of aggravated assault threaten bodily injury with a deadly weapon. Jean-Baptist was not listed in the Bell County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records. Bell County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a home in the 1300 block of Briggs Road in Killeen on May 26 regarding a domestic disturbance with weapons, according to the...
  • Funny Dog Video

    08/16/2018 8:09:41 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/16/2018 | unknown
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube+dogs+who+took+the+cookie+off+the+counter&&view=detail&mid=9E3467D42CF858BF8D2D9E3467D42CF858BF8D2D&rvsmid=12EDCCD074514DA2266E12EDCCD074514DA2266E&FORM=VDQVAP
  • New Mexico man explains how he survived a bear attack

    08/14/2018 12:15:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    KRQE ^ | Aug 14, 2018 | Francesca Washington
    RATON, N.M. - A New Mexico man is sharing his story of survival after he was attacked by a bear while walking his dogs. He killed the bear while its jaw was clamped around his leg, and the jaw stayed that way for a while. ... When he saw me, he pinned his ears down and immediately made a big charge at me," said Petrini. That's when the struggle began. "Down the hill, we went again rolling and he had bit me a time or two but he was never able to get on my upper body, so my legs...
  • Animal shelter workers: We were forced to freeze kittens to death

    08/13/2018 9:20:45 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 52 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 13, 2018 | Chris Perez
    Indiana cops are investigating a disturbing case of animal abuse, in which shelter workers allegedly euthanized kittens by freezing them alive. Several ex-employees have come forward and claimed to have witnessed the cruel and inhumane procedure being performed at the Spencer County Animal Shelter on at least two different occasions.
  • Scarlet macaw DNA points to ancient breeding operation in Southwes

    08/13/2018 7:37:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 13, 2018, | Pennsylvania State University
    Historically, scarlet macaws lived from South America to eastern coastal Mexico and Guatemala, thousands of miles from the American Southwest. Previously, researchers thought that ancestral Puebloan people might have traveled to these natural breeding areas and brought birds back, but the logistics of transporting adolescent birds are difficult. None of the sites where these early macaw remains were found contained evidence of breeding—eggshells, pens or perches. "We were interested in the prehistoric scarlet macaw population history and the impacts of human direct management," said George. "Especially any evidence for directed breeding or changes in the genetic diversity that could co-occur...
  • 40,000-yo foal unearthed in Siberia’s ‘Gateway to the Underworld’ in perfect condition

    08/13/2018 1:53:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    RT ^ | Edited time: 13 Aug, 2018 17:45 | staff
    © North-Eastern Federal University ==================================================================== A three-month-old horse that lived up to 40,000 years ago has been discovered in the mysterious Batagai depression in Russia’s Yakutia region, nicknamed the ‘Gateway to the Underworld.’ The North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk published the first photo of the “unique” discovery, which was made together with scientists from Kindai University in Japan along with a crew from Fuji TV. The horse was unearthed in perfect condition with its mane, tail and hair well preserved, as it was trapped in the permafrost for 30,000-40,000 years, scientists say. The discovery can help scientists to learn...
  • Woman killed by neighborhood dogs [Guess]

    08/13/2018 1:25:49 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.montgomeryherald.com ^ | Posted: Friday, August 10, 2018 11:47 am | Updated: 11:48 am, Fri Aug 10, 2018. | Staff
    Montgomery County Sheriff Chris Watkins released this statement Friday, August 10. On Thursday, August 9, 2018, a resident of a Lake Tillery development on the western side of Montgomery County went missing while taking her daily walk. After several hours the 66 year old female did not return home. Her husband called neighbors and friends who searched the area. They were unable to locate her and call 911. Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue were sent to the scene. Within hours she was discovered deceased on the side of an unused road within the development. An investigation was conducted with...
  • Terrified horse was ‘skin and bones.’ Then a dog named Molly made friends, NC rescuer says

    08/13/2018 10:44:49 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    newsobserver.com ^ | Updated August 12, 2018 02:16 PM | By Abbie Bennett
    Sammy the mini horse was found wandering South Carolina streets severely neglected. His bones showed in stark relief beneath his coat and he had trouble walking. Sammy was just “skin and bones,” said Darlene Kindle of Carolina Equine Rescue and Assistance in Union County, where Sammy was transported earlier this month. Kindle said that because of severe neglect, she initially was told that Sammy should be euthanized. But Kindle, and her golden retriever Molly, weren’t ready to give up on him, she told The News & Observer on Aug. 12 . And Molly was determined to make friends. Kindle posted...
  • The Neon Tetra – a fish that changed the world

    08/12/2018 4:02:55 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 64 replies
    The Neon Tetra, Paracheirodon innesi, can be found in every aquarium store in the world. It enables thousands of people to earn a living, either because they breed it or because they sell it. It epitomizes much of what makes the aquarium hobby one of the finest pastimes in the world: it is colorful, peaceful, interesting, and reflects the lively nature of the underwater world. But commonplace though the Neon Tetra may be nowadays, it wasn’t always so by a long chalk… If you want to go to Iquitos in Peru nowadays, you simply get on a plane and are...
  • Greek cat sanctuary hiring caretaker to live on island, supervise 55 cats

    08/12/2018 2:26:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    The job posting seems normal enough until you learn that the sanctuary isn’t in some sad brick building lined with cages, but is instead located on the stunning Greek island of Syros, where all the cats run free. With the job, you’ll not only have the love of many cats, but you’ll also have a fully paid for, modern little house with its own garden that also has a view of the Aegean Sea, and a small salary to boot.
  • Hippo bite kills Chinese tourist in Kenya

    08/12/2018 2:15:21 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    Chang Ming Chuang, 66, was tracking the animal at a wildlife resort on Lake Naivasha, 90km (56 miles) north-west of the capital, Nairobi. A second Chinese tourist was injured in the attack. Six people have been killed by hippos in the area this year. High water levels have seen hippos - the world's deadliest large land mammal - stray on to resorts for pasture. Witnesses said the two tourists had come too close to the animal near the Sopa hotel.
  • Pit bull shot and killed after allegedly biting Suffolk woman

    08/11/2018 11:29:08 PM PDT · by familyop · 41 replies
    WTKR.com news, Tribune Broadcasting ^ | August 8, 2018 | Nick Boykin
    SUFFOLK, Va. — A man allegedly shot a pit bull while trying to help a woman who was attacked by the dog Wednesday around 12 p.m. The woman was in the 100 block of Chestnut Street when the dog reportedly latched onto her hand and would not let go. This is when the man, in an attempt to help the woman, shot the pit bull killing it, according to Suffolk Police. The woman was able to drive to the hospital for treatment. She has already been released from medical care. Police tell News 3 the incident remains under investigation.
  • Woman killed by neighborhood dogs(Dog of Love Update)

    08/11/2018 5:08:08 PM PDT · by Revel · 102 replies
    On Thursday, August 9, 2018, a resident of a Lake Tillery development on the western side of Montgomery County went missing while taking her daily walk. After several hours the 66 year old female did not return home. Her husband called neighbors and friends who searched the area. They were unable to locate her and call 911. Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue were sent to the scene. Within hours she was discovered deceased on the side of an unused road within the development. An investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s Office, NC Wildlife Resources Commission...
  • Mountain lion breaks into Boulder home, kills house cat

    08/12/2018 6:33:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Ch 2 news ^ | August 10, 2018
    A Boulder resident hosted a very unwelcome guest Thursday night when a mountain lion managed to find its way inside the home in the 400 block of Marine Street. Police tweeted a photo of the giant cat sitting between a couch and coffee table. The homeowner says the mountain lion entered the home through a screen window and police were called after a roommate returned to find the scary surprise. Last night, a mountain lion entered a home on Marine St through a screen door, No people were injured but a house cat was killed. Please keep ground level doors...
  • Woman killed by neighborhood dogs

    08/11/2018 4:50:56 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 81 replies
    Her husband called neighbors and friends who searched the area. They were unable to locate her and call 911. Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue were sent to the scene. Within hours she was discovered deceased on the side of an unused road within the development. An investigation was conducted with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s Office, NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Animal Control. The investigation revealed she had been attacked by dogs. Law enforcement searched the neighborhood and located two pit bull dogs with physical evidence reflecting the dog’s involvement.
  • Buy Stove Top Stuffing Mix or Own a Cat? You’re Probably White, According to a New Study

    08/10/2018 8:02:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 111 replies
    Slate ^ | 07-12-2018 | Rachelle Hampton
    If you’ve managed to make it this far in life without quite figuring out what demographic boxes to tick on the Census form, a recent working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research might have some clues for you. According to the Washington Post, University of Chicago economists Marianne Bertrand and Emir Kamenica “taught machines to guess a person’s income, political ideology, race, education, and gender based on either their media habits, their consumer behavior, their social and political beliefs, and even how they spent their time.” The results are, at times, surprisingly granular and seemingly nonsensical: Owning...