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  • Lethal Violence in Chimps Occurs Naturally, Study Suggests

    09/17/2014 8:09:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept. 17, 2014 | JAMES GORMAN
    Are chimpanzees naturally violent to one another, or has the intrusion of humans into their environment made them aggressive? A study published Wednesday in Nature is setting off a new round of debate on the issue.
  • Golf ball thief

    09/17/2014 7:46:42 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | September 17, 2014 | Roger Evans
    Roger Evans of Fairbanks sent in this photo. He writes, "This fox has stolen an approach shot, and is waiting on the green for golfers to chip on so he can make off with another, which he did. He chose a pretty orange one next. This is the fourth ball thieving fox to steal hundreds of balls at North Star Golf Club on Old Steese Highway. He has the black legs of his most recent predecessor from a few years ago. What they do with them is anyone's guess, but we hope they don't think they are storing food for...
  • Cats vs Kittens - An Epic Cat Tree Battle

    09/17/2014 3:01:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Cats vs Kittens - An Epic Cat Tree Battle
  • Dog that went missing in New York found 2 years later in Florida

    09/17/2014 2:18:12 PM PDT · by ru4liberty · 24 replies
    Yahoo/CBS ^ | Sept. 17, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    A dog that went missing in New York more than two years ago turned up alive and well this week — in Florida. According to Giuseppe DiBella, his 6-month-old toy fox terrier, Nika, vanished from the backyard of his Newburgh, New York, home in May 2012. “It was one of the most horrible days of my life,” DiBella told New York's CBS 2. DiBella spent a year searching...
  • Cow Born with 3 Eyes in Tamil Nadu Worshipped as Shiva's Incarnation

    09/17/2014 9:26:52 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 37 replies
    ibtimes ^ | September 16, 2014 | Mangala Dilip
    Animals, especially cows, have been traditionally considered sacred in the Hindu culture and have symbolic significance as the vehicle of gods. They are believed to have great connection with the gods and occupy great importance in Indian myths, with some temples devoted just for their worship. Cows have always remained at the top of the holy animal hierarchy and are respected as "Go matha" or mother cow, who fulfills all the needs of her children; a gift of the gods. 'Gopujas' are also performed in various parts of India during festival seasons to worship cows. Recently, with an additional eye...
  • Angola Prison Rodeo tickets on sale for 50th year; opens every Sunday in October

    09/16/2014 4:27:46 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/16/14 | Chelsea Brasted
    Tickets are now on sale for the return of the Angola Prison Rodeo, which celebrates 50 years of sending its prisoners out into an arena spotlight to ride bulls, play "convict poker" and tame bucking broncos. Only the most well-behaved inmates have the opportunity to either attend or take part in the biannual rodeo, which is open to the public every April and October.
  • Lorna Weafer, bear attack victim, aspired to be a psychologist ( Canada )

    09/16/2014 10:38:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 76 replies
    CBC News ^ | May 09, 2014
    Lorna Weafer, the 36-year-old Suncor instrument technician who was mauled and killed by a black bear ... Weafer was on her way back to work from a washroom when she was attacked by a large, male black bear while working at a Suncor oilsands site north of Fort McMurray, Alta., around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. She was declared dead on the scene. ... Mike Ewald, an investigator with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, said Weafer’s co-workers tried to scare the bear off using fire extinguishers, a water cannon and air horn — “all general things that should scare it off,” Ewald...
  • One in 88 Minnesota drivers will hit deer this year

    09/16/2014 10:32:02 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 47 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Sept 16, 2014 | John Myers
    Minnesota drivers will face a 1-in-88 chance of hitting a deer on the state’s highways this year, according to a report released Monday by the nation’s largest auto insurance company. State Farm’s annual report estimates that Minnesota drivers will collide with 37,549 deer in 2014. Minnesota drivers have the 8th highest odds of hitting a deer among the 50 states, according to the report, down from 6th highest in last year’s report.
  • Bear attack in Wyoming kills Utah man

    09/16/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Sep 15 2014 01 | Brett Prettyman
    Officials from Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department confirmed late Monday that a 31-year-old Utah man had been killed by a bear. ... A release from the Wyoming wildlife agency said Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan "indicated the pathologist’s preliminary report stated the individual suffered blunt force trauma from a probable bear bite." Evidence collected at the site is being analyzed to try to determine if the bear that attacked Stewart was a grizzly or a black bear. ... Hunter said there are high densities of grizzly and black bears in the drainage where the body was found and there were...
  • Dog Hit By Car Gets A Second Chance Hours Before He’s Scheduled To Be Put Down

    09/15/2014 8:12:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 15, 2014 6:07 PM
    TUSTIN (CBSLA.com) — A stray dog scheduled to be put down after being hit by a car is now getting a second chance at life. Volunteers from the Bichon Rescue Brigade picked up Maverick from an Orange County shelter after a July 3 collision left him with multiple fractures. Dr. Sam Park, a local veterinarian known to discount his services for animals in need, offered to help. He operated on Maverick at Anaheim Animal Care in July, giving him bone plates and pins. It was a three-hour surgery which required more than 50 sutures. The operation came not a moment...
  • Greyhounds: Ownership or Cult?

    09/15/2014 6:39:15 PM PDT · by aomagrat · 38 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 15 September 2014 | Linda Weber
    In a cult, you have a group of people with the single purpose of furthering an agenda or purpose. An exclusive club so to speak. That got me thinking. Having rescued many different breeds of dogs in my life, I thought I was pretty savvy on dog ownership. But when I adopted an ex-racing Greyhound, I found things to be very different and life-changing. When you adopt an ex-racing Greyhound, it opens up a whole new world of dog ownership that most people never experience. You gladly give your life over to your Greyhound, but who really owns who?
  • ‘There was blood everywhere': Axe-wielding man saves Edmonton woman from vicious pack of dogs

    09/15/2014 6:35:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | Cailynn Klingbeil
    Police are praising a brave man who intervened and saved a woman being viciously attacked by four dogs Sunday morning. The 54-year-old woman was walking her dog in an alley in the central Edmonton neighbourhood of Spruce Avenue, when she was surrounded by a pack of several medium to large-sized dogs. She was seriously injured and taken to hospital with multiple bite wounds to her legs, back and arms. Animal Care and Control seized the four dogs believed to have attacked the woman. Three Akita cross breeds and a Great Pyrenees will be held until the investigation is complete. Depending...
  • Everything is different now

    09/15/2014 6:25:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    medium.com ^ | by Ethan Siegel
    Many of you have been along on this journey with me for years now. And one of the great joys in my life that I got to share with you — at least a little bit — was that of my dog, Cordelia. [snip]
  • Opening Up Allie Limbaugh's World

    09/15/2014 11:03:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: A year ago, a little over a year ago now, the beloved Punkin the cat passed away. After 14 years, kidney failure, which resulted in her refusing to eat because she knew -- the vet told us, anyway -- that eating would poison her. Instinct told her so she wasn't eating anything, just withering away, and there was nothing to be done. So we put her to sleep and waited a couple of months and went out and got a new Punkin, an Abyssinian, different color. Punkin was a ruddy. This one is a tawny. It's a...
  • Lemon Fighter (Cat v a slice of lemon)-

    09/14/2014 2:35:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Lemon Fighter (Cat v a slice of lemon)
  • War Horses -- The KFPS Royal Friesian Horses

    09/13/2014 8:05:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    You Tube ^ | 9-13-14
    These horses were originally bred as "war horses" in the days of knights and armour. As armour got heavier, bigger horses were needed and the Friesian almost became extinct. They are back and are one of the most beautiful horses in stature as well as gait. What gorgeous animals. Just watching them becomes an emotional experience. Can you imagine what it would be like to ride one? Their manes and tails are the longest that I have seen and I noticed that when performing on grass, their hoofs do not kick up a divot, as they land flat footed. Creatures...
  • Cats v Sloths: The most important battle on the internet rages on [photos]

    09/12/2014 10:08:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 50 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 12 Sep 2014 | Ross McG
    A war is happening on the web between cats and sloths. Whoever wins, we lose. Well, not really. Whoever wins, we get bombarded with pictures of the two cutest animals on the planet. Whether you’re a cat connoisseur or a sloth aficionado depends on your outlook on life. Love sitting on the couch? You’re a sloth fan. Like chasing mice? Then you’re a cat man. There’s only really one way to find out which animal is cutest… put a lot of pictures of them against each other and hope for the best:
  • Check Out These Clydesdales' Tribute to 9/11

    09/12/2014 3:54:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9-11-14 | Katherine Rodriguez
    If you're looking for a heartwarming advertisement about 9/11, look no further than this throwback ad from Budweiser in 2002. The ad shows several Clydesdale horses crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and other scenes before the horses kneel down before a scene of New York City. The ad was only shown once during the 2002 Super Bowl, but boy did it make an impact. Here's a little more background on the ad from the St. Louis-based company AB Global Creative: “We filmed in New York City. We had a helicopter going over the Brooklyn Bridge. Mayor Guiliani let us into the...
  • Vet accused of treating people pleads guilty

    09/12/2014 2:27:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 44 replies
    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) -- A Greeley, Colorado, veterinarian accused of treating people has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
  • Horse racing’s biggest star, California Chrome, to race at Philly track

    09/12/2014 12:58:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Philly.com ^ | Sam Wood
    Some are already calling it the biggest day in the history of Pennsylvania horse racing. California Chrome, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, will run Sept. 20 in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx in suburban Philadelphia. It’s the first time the Bensalem track has ever hosted a winner of the Kentucky Derby. And it’s the first race for the chiseled, chestnut-colored thoroughbred following his disappointing showing at Belmont Stakes, where he lost his bid to become the sport's 13th Triple Crown winner.
  • California Chrome Joins Top 5 in Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

    09/12/2014 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Moving up from seventh last month to fourth in the list this month is the three year old CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) [124] who justified favoritism in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) in impressive style. Always prominent he sprinted away from the field from the top of the stretch and was winning so convincingly that his rider could start to celebrate well before the finish. California Chrome thus becomes the highest rated three year old in the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings although he may have that position challenged as some of the major European Group 1 races...
  • Dog Enjoys a Warm Bath

    09/11/2014 11:39:19 PM PDT · by Company Man · 14 replies
    Chonday ^ | Sept. 7, 2014 | Vanity
    The title is an understatement.
  • This Kitten Named Seven Adopted By A Dog Will Be The Most Adorable Thing You See Today [2 videos]

    09/10/2014 8:46:28 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 15 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | September 10, 2014
    Pets have shown a remarkable ability to sense the vulnerability in fellow animals and humans too. These animals have a keen understanding of the underlying need to protect their fellow creatures that can’t defend themselves and may soon fall prey to cruel nature or some predator of higher order. So when Seven, a kitten who wobbles and stumbles frequently was introduced into a family of abandoned pets, Murkin the shelter dog immediately adopted her. Together, the duo is very happy and content in each other’s company. However, Seven has a rather heart-breaking condition due to which she falls and stumbles...
  • Jurassic Farm: Can we bring prehistoric bovines back from extinction?

    09/10/2014 1:40:01 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    modernfarmer.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | By Kristan Lawson
    The 21st-century back-to-the-farm movement stems from our yearning to escape the artificiality of modern urban life. Yet the domesticated plants and animals now found in most gardens and farms are themselves artificial, the results of extensive human meddling, cross-breeding and genetic manipulation. Mankind began engineering what we now call “farm animals,” including cattle, all the way back in the Neolithic period, between 10,000 and 5,000 B.C. Try as you might, you won’t find an untamed Jersey cow that originated naturally in the wild, because no such thing exists — just like there’s no such thing as a wild labradoodle. Cattle...
  • Ancient swamp creature had lips like Mick Jagger

    09/10/2014 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | Provided by Duke University
    Sir Mick Jagger has a new animal named after him. Scientists have named an extinct swamp-dwelling creature that lived 19 million years ago in Africa after the Rolling Stones frontman, in honor of a trait they both share—their supersized lips. "We gave it the scientific name Jaggermeryx naida, which translates to 'Jagger's water nymph,'" said study co-author Ellen Miller of Wake Forest University. The animal's fossilized jaw bones suggest it was roughly the size of a small deer and akin to a cross between a slender hippo and a long-legged pig. Researchers uncovered the fossils—consisting of multiple jawbone fragments—amid the...
  • A Blind Man, His Guide Dog and Lessons Learned On 9/11

    09/10/2014 6:44:36 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 5 replies
    Ten years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was working at my desk on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I stood up to grab some letterhead from the supply cabinet when I heard a tremendous BOOM! It was 8:46 a.m. I was one of many thousands of people in the World Trade Center that day. I had a good job that allowed me and my wife Karen to pay the bills and have a good life. But unlike almost everyone else in the building that day, I am blind and use a guide...
  • Determined kitten tries to get Dalmatian's attention [video]

    09/09/2014 9:01:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 17 replies
    Rumble ^ | 9/7/14 | Jennypogue
    Squirt the kitten has known dalmatians Louie and Lady ever since her family fostered her for the humane society, and she loves nothing more than playtime with the family dogs! In this adorable clip, Squirt tries her best to get Lady's attention.
  • Santa Monica City Council To Vote On Ending Pony Rides At Farmers’ Market

    09/09/2014 11:39:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | September 9, 2014 10:35 AM
    SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Pony rides for children at a weekly Santa Monica Farmers’ Market may soon be coming to an end. A proposed measure on the Santa Monica City Council agenda Tuesday night would eliminate all “animal activities” – including Tawni’s Ponies & Petting Farm – at the open-air market held Sundays on Main Street. Under the proposal, the ponies would be replaced with a “non-animal activity” such as painting or cooking after the current contract expires on June 30, 2015. Activist Marcy Winograd, whose online petition to shut down the rides has gained about 1,380 signatures, told KNX...
  • My Cat Fell In Love With My Boyfriend, Look What He Does! I'm So Jealous!

    09/09/2014 7:13:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 46 replies
    Felines don’t exactly have the best reputation for being the most patient, tender creatures. This adorable kitty, however, certainly breaks the mold by being so cute and polite by softly tapping on his owner to get his attention.
  • More And More Cows Are Giving Milk (To Robots)

    09/04/2014 9:59:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Vermont Public Radio ^ | September 4, 2014 | Charlotte Albright
    Next time you pour a nice cold glass of milk, you could have a robot to thank. That's because automated milking machines are showing up at more and more dairy farms in Vermont and New Hampshire. The technology is cutting down on labor costs, increasing yield and teaching farmers more about the health and productivity of their herds. Just ask Nate Tullar, of Orford, New Hampshire. Cows have been giving milk at his family’s farm, Tullando, since 1956. That’s when his grandparents started the dairy business, and they have often been open to innovation over the years. There are now...
  • This Muslim Threw a Brick at Two German Shepherds… What Happened Next is Just Crazy

    09/08/2014 3:55:02 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    Long story short: shirtless Moroccan throws bricks at a foreign man walking two German Shepherds. The second man walks away, but the first keeps throwing bricks. Ultimately, the dogs are released.
  • Mountain Lion Attacks Boy on California Hiking Trail

    09/07/2014 10:43:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    nbc la ^ | Sep 7, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A 6-year-old boy is in the hospital after being attacked by a mountain lion Sunday afternoon on a hiking trail near a winery in Cupertino ... A game warden, Travis Jarrett, told NBC Bay Area the boy's parents had to fight off the mountain lion. "The cat did make contact with the boy, did end up taking him into a brushy area, his parents did fight the animal off," he said. "He suffered enough injuries to the point that he was needing immediate medical attention. He had to be immediately hospitalized."
  • Deer on Golden Gate Bridge Bring Rush Hour Traffic to a Halt (Video)

    09/07/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 6, 2014
    Call it "Bambi" on the bridge. Reports of a pair of deer hanging out on the Golden Gate Bridge Friday evening sent social media abuzz in the Bay Area. California Highway Patrol officers were called to the bridge, but the deer were already gone by the time they got there. Twitter users reported that traffic stopped moving momentarily, but was soon flowing normally again. "It was Deer on the Golden Gate Bridge! Hope they are safe! Kind of awesome!" tweeted out Twitter user Rydalia with a picture, which has since gone viral. This video shot by NBC Bay Area viewer...
  • Vintage PHOTO: Circa 1909 - Cat Photographer

    09/07/2014 11:54:21 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 73 replies
    Retronaut ^ | November 1909 | Retronaut
    Photograph taken in November, 1909 shows three members of the Payro family being “photographed” by their cat. Left to right: Edmund, age 12, Ernest, age 8, and Cecilia, age 5. Payro, J. (Joseph C.), 1862-1953
  • Man Boasts About Giving Dog a 'Bath' in Washing Machine

    09/07/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Asia One ^ | Saturday, Sep 06, 2014
    A man residing in Hong Kong has outraged animal lovers after he uploaded photos of a small dog being spun in a washing machine on his Facebook page. Believed to be a Chinese national, the user identified as Jacky Lo posted 11 photos of the small white dog with the caption: "How to give a dog a bath really quickly: First soaked, then washed, and spun dry. Done!". Those who saw his posts were shocked and further angered when he told a user that the dog was dead, and asked if she would like to see a photo of it....
  • The Hug of the Century

    09/07/2014 11:22:26 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 40 replies
    Vitality 101 ^ | 07/14/2014 | Unattributed
    A woman found a badly injured lion in the forest. She took it with her and nursed it back to health. When it was better, she made arrangements with a zoo to take the lion and give it a new and happy home. This video was taken when she returned to the zoo some time later to see how her lion was doing. Watch the lion's amazing reaction when he sees her!
  • This Great Dane Is Clearly Annoyed As Another Is Getting All The Attention

    09/07/2014 7:26:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    This Great Dane Is Clearly Annoyed As Another Is Getting All The Attention And Is Not Keeping It Secret… YouTube user Ron Cameron has shared an awesome video in which his two Great Danes are in diametrically different moods, and understandably so.
  • Wash. hunter chased up tree, bitten by black bear

    09/06/2014 9:00:32 PM PDT · by cutty · 77 replies
    Fox ^ | September 06, 2014
    A Washington state hunter is recovering after surviving an attack by an angry black bear that chased him up a tree, chomped down on his leg and clawed him with one of its big paws. Retiree Jerry House knows how lucky he is to have fended off the bear. He said he got the bear off him only after he kicked the animal in the nose as he hung onto a tree branch.
  • "Little Dude" the Obese Cat [Awaiting Adoption] Losing Weight

    09/06/2014 6:47:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    nbc ^ | Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 • Updated at 9:09 PM EDT | Willian Avila
    A morbidly obese rescue cat named Little Dude is eating healthy and working on his fitness in preparation of being put up for adoption, said shelter officials in Orange County. Handlers said the 10-year-old short-haired feline arrived to WAGS Pet Adoption in Westminster in August weighing a hulking 36 pounds - roughly three times what his normal weight should be. ... It could be weeks before he's ready to be put up for adoption. "He's fabulous," Dorney said. "He's very laid back and easy going - because of his size he doesn't have a choice. He's a lap cat. He...
  • Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega)- Prank

    09/06/2014 2:49:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 27 replies
    Mutant Giant Spider Dog (SA Wardega)
  • Simon's Cat is Washed Up

    09/06/2014 11:00:22 AM PDT · by Gefn · 37 replies
    Simon's cat discovers laundry day, with humorous consequences.
  • Giant Mutant Spider Dog Prank Is Brilliant and Incredibly Cruel

    09/06/2014 9:31:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 5 Sep 2014
    Pulling off a good prank is easy: You just find people’s worst nightmare and then shove it in their faces so you and your friends can have a bit of a laugh. Veteran prankster SA Wardega from Poland proved he has perfected the art when he dressed a little dog up to look like an oversized spider and let it lose on the general public. People scream seeing the pooch standing over a ‘dead body’ in a lift, but our hearts really go out to the poor guy who, when trying to escape the abomination, gets caught in a giant...
  • Albino Cobra Under Quarantine At LA Zoo

    09/05/2014 2:07:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CBSLA.com/AP) ^ | September 5, 2014 11:33 AM
    The albino monocled cobra had been on the loose since at least Monday evening, when it confronted a dog in Thousand Oaks. The veterinarian who treated the animal said it appeared that the dog wasn’t bitten but was hurt while evading the snake. The cobra apparently escaped from captivity, although authorities have not found the owner. Los Angeles County spokesman Brandon Dowling said investigators were following leads on where the snake came from. ... On Friday, zoo staffers released a video showing a handler using the same tonglike tool to remove the snake from a narrow wooden box that resembles...
  • Spider-dog sends unsuspecting victims fleeing in absolute terror

    09/05/2014 10:56:49 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5 September 2014 | Annabel Grossman for MailOnline
    Being chased by a giant mutant spider is enough to send most people into a fit of terror. So it's not surprising that this pooch caused quite a stir when she was let loose disguised as a terrifying eight-legged beast. Chica the DogSpider is the work of Polish prankster Sylwester Wardega, who dressed up his pooch in the fur-covered costume before releasing her on an unsuspecting public. A hilarious video, which has had more than three million views on YouTube in just one day, shows the hairy creature lurking behind doorways, ready to pounce on its victims.
  • Giant ‘Vulgaris’ Cannibal Slugs From the EU Are Invading British Gardens

    09/04/2014 5:43:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Thursday 4 Sep 2014 | Thursday 4 Sep 2014
    Slugs of gigantium proportions are taking over Britain’s green spaces eating prize plants, small rodents and even excrement. The slimy gastropods – called ‘Arion vulgaris’ – can reach a huge six-inches and are believed to have been carried over in Spanish salad leaves. Worse, is that gardeners battling against this slippery armada are finding them resident to slug pellets leaving them powerless to protect their homegrown vegetables. (Picture: Flickr/) One sick person even put them into a bucket together. Yuck (Picture: Flickr/Signe Karin) Sightings have been reported in East Anglia, the West Midlands, the New Forest, the south coast and...
  • "Astoundingly huge" dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Argentina

    09/04/2014 11:29:26 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 69 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 4, 2014 | Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
    Scientists have unearthed the skeleton of a previously unknown, massive dinosaur species that may be the largest land animal ever found.The specimen named Dreadnoughtus schrani is exceptionally complete, with about 70 percent of its bones recovered. Scientists believe the creature, which lived about 77 million years ago, measured 85 feet (26 meters) long and weighed about 65 tons, heavier than a Boeing 737.
  • Albino cobra on the loose in Southern California

    09/04/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by Pelham · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Sept. 3, 2014 | DOUGLAS MORINO and MARTHA RAMIREZ
    The search for a rare white snake slithering through Thousand Oaks continued Wednesday, two days after the venomous and potentially lethal reptile bit a dog. Animal control officers spent the morning and late afternoon hunting for the monocled albino cobra, which was last seen in a yard in the 1300 block of Rancho Lane in the southern Ventura County suburb. “It’s a little unnerving,” said Thousand Oaks resident Arianne Deeder, 39, who lives in the neighborhood. “I’m keeping an eye out.” Deeder has chickens in a back yard coup and fish in a pond, along with a dog and a...
  • Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 1/2 socks

    09/04/2014 6:27:37 AM PDT · by workerbee · 89 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/4/14
    PORTLAND, Ore. – The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate! X-rays showed a stomach full of "a large quantity of foreign material." Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr. Ashley Magee had the answer -- the dog had consumed 43 1/2 socks. DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it's perhaps the strangest case in the hospital's history
  • Worldwide Rhino Horn Trade Continues Unabated

    09/03/2014 6:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine. Poachers from Mozambique's poorest villages sneak into South Africa, heavily armed under the cover of darkness. They are here to hunt rhinos. The money they make from just one rhino horn is enough to feed their families for months. It’s a payoff worth risking their lives for. Between 1990 and 2007 poachers killed on average 14 rhinos a year in South Africa. Last...
  • Welcome to Kitty City! Population: Adorable [video]

    09/03/2014 1:10:31 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 30 replies
    I Can Has Cheezburger? ^ | 9/3/14 | toni's kitty rescue
    The cats have built a city. Much cuteness resides therein.