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  • Coyote spends afternoon hanging out on roof of L.I.C. Bar in Queens

    03/31/2015 6:46:39 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 40 replies
    NYDN ^ | March 30, 2015 | Doyle Murphy
    Maybe it was thirsty. A coyote scampered back and forth across the roof of a Long Island City bar on Monday, as stunned locals gawked at their wild neighbor. “He didn’t pay his bar tab, so he ran out onto the rooftop,” quipped L.I.C. Bar owner Brian Porter.
  • Pack of Stray Dogs Stand Guard at Animal Lover's Funeral

    03/31/2015 3:47:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 3/30/15 | MEGHAN KENEALLY and ELARA MOSQUERA
    A woman who spent her life caring for stray dogs received an unexpected -- and surprising -- tribute from the animals when she died. At the funeral for Margarita Suárez in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico, there was a pack of stray dogs who came inside the funeral home to stand guard. Suárez's daughter Patricia Urrutia told ABC News that they were shocked, but delighted by the appearance of the canine celebrants.
  • Nobody can resist petting a litter of wriggly puppies... not even this MONKEY

    03/30/2015 10:44:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The only thing cuter than a litter of puppies may be a little monkey going gaga over a bunch of newborn pups. A video of a capuchin monkey after its introduced to a gaggle of black and white puppies that have yet to even open their eyes proves it. Like any human pet lover, the monkey immediately goes in for a big hug. He then pets the pups just like a kid who's just gotten his first dog. Minus a brief moment where the monkey appears to search one of the dog's fur for parasites, its reaction is indiscernible from...
  • K9 Bites Officer During Pursuit

    03/29/2015 6:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Mar 29, 2015 | Samantha Tatro
    A police dog bit an officer during a pursuit early Sunday morning. Shortly after 2:30 a.m., a police officer tried to pull over a driver for a traffic violation, San Diego Police said. The driver took off and lead officers on a short chase before jumping out of the car and running off near the intersection of Fairmont Avenue at Camino Del Rio North in Kensington. When the officer ran after him, he was bitten on the hand by his own K9 dog, police said. The officer was treated and will be okay. The suspect in the pursuit was arrested.
  • Colorado Dog, a Quadruple Amputee, Able to Get Around With Prosthetic Limbs

    03/29/2015 4:09:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    He started walking with them in September 2014, when he was outfitted with the rear prosthetics. The front devices came 6 to 8 weeks later. It hasn’t always been an easy road. Foster mom Laura Aquilina takes Brutus for a walk around the block, which ordinarily wouldn’t sound like a challenge. “He just has these little peg legs to get around on and he does a pretty good job inside the home,” says Aquilina. But outside–he’s adjusting to wearing prosthetics on each leg.
  • War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog

    03/28/2015 11:12:59 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies
    War veteran Sarbi dies a hero dog: Army explosive detection warrior gets highest canine military honour DECORATED canine war hero Sarbi died yesterday after a short battle with brain cancer. The army explosive detection dog was awarded the highest military honour for canine warriors, the War Dog Operational Medal, as well as the prestigious Purple Cross by the RSPCA for her war-time services. The 12-year-old newfoundland-labrador retriever cross suffered several seizures in recent weeks and scans detected a tumour in her brain. Sarbi had spent the past five years as a pet of her army handler Warrant Officer David Simpson...
  • Jerk Cats Stealing Pizza Because Nothing Is Safe

    03/27/2015 7:13:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Everyone has a friend who says they don't want any pizza when everyone is pitching in for an order, but is "famished all of a sudden and will only eat a slice" as soon as the boxes full of delicious, cheesy magic arrive. Cats are always that friend. You give them a home, buy them food you can't even eat and then they get their paws all over your dinner. The worst part is cats are amazing, and they are extra cute trying to be stealthy stealing pizza. It's a horrible tradition and it should never stop. Check out the...
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service approve Dallas [Safari] club's rhino import permit

    03/27/2015 7:04:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 27, 2015 | staff reporter
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it would allow a Texas man to import the trophy of an endangered black rhinoceros should he kill one on an African safari trip he won as part of a conservation fundraiser.
  • Sea Lion Pup "Glicker" Rescued From Mountain View

    03/27/2015 6:45:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/27/15
    An unexpected sight in Mountain View — a sea lion pup nicknamed "Glicker" was found stranded on a popular trail Wednesday, Mountain View police said. Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority's Officer Morris rescued the pup from the Stevens Creek Trail with help from the Marine Mammal Center. Officials say sometimes marine mammals make their way deep into the San Francisco Bay, and then into creeks. A few years ago a porpoise was rescued from the San Tomas Aquino Creek in Santa Clara. Hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups are washing up on California beaches, and scientists say they...
  • "She who always smiles" (Happy Ending Photo Essay of Kitty)

    03/23/2015 11:26:56 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 12 replies
    IMGUR ^ | March 23, 2015 | Imactuallyabear0520
  • Cat Owner Instant Karma (video)

    03/23/2015 1:22:50 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 15, 2015 | LiveLeak
    Cat Owner Instant Karma
  • Madagascar marvel: Divers find fossils of extinct giant lemurs

    03/23/2015 10:27:01 AM PDT · by McGruff · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2015 | Daisy Carrington
    Around 5,000 years ago, the island of Madagascar would have resembled a Sci-Fi novel. Strange, prickly forests, gorilla-sized lemurs, pygmy hippopotamuses, horned crocodile and elephant birds whose eggs were 180 times the size of what you'd find in your fridge today, all called the African island home -- that was until the humans arrived.
  • Mountain Lion Makes Rare, Successful Crossing of 101 Freeway

    03/22/2015 8:54:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    A mountain lion part of an isolated group in the Santa Monica Mountains has successfully crossed the 101 Freeway, a rare feat only known to have happened once prior. The 16-month-old female mountain lion, known as P-33, was caught on a tracking device making her way across the eight-lane freeway in the Camarillo area, at the farthest western end of the mountains, the National Park Service stated in a news release Friday. Her exact path was unclear, but she’s believed to have crossed the Conejo Grade area, heading north, sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. on Monday, March 9. “It’s...
  • Moment of Neti-zen: ‘Wolf Dad’ Refuses to let Baby Boy Wear Clothes

    03/22/2015 7:08:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Global Times ^ | 3-18-2015
    'Wolf Dad' refuses to let baby boy wear clothesA man in Chengdu, Sichuan Province has been dubbed "Wolf Dad" by media for insisting that his 15-month-old son remain naked all year round in order to toughen him up. Tan Juncheng, 41, said he has not dressed his son in a shred of clothing since he was six months old following an accident that scalded the boy's skin. The tough dad gives his son two baths in cold water a day to "boost the boy's health," West China Metropolis Daily reported on Tuesday. Tan and his wife, both sanitation workers, nicknamed...
  • A Dog Singing Whitney Houston Makes For An Interesting Talent Show

    03/22/2015 7:29:27 AM PDT · by Twotone · 16 replies ^ | Unknown | NA
    On the season premiere of "Belgium's Got Talent," on March 6, there was one act that certainly gained some attention. There have been several dog acts on the series, but Lady Xena's performance stands out. She may have just found her big break.
  • Horse Therapy Helps Local Kids With Special Needs

    03/22/2015 12:46:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    WGEM ^ | Mar 21, 2015 | Valeree Dunn
    The local chapter of Horses with Wings is helping area kids with special needs develop their skills while having some fun. The program is kicking off its third year here in the Tri-States, and local organizers received training with the Spirit Horse International Therapeutic Riding Center in Texas. Horses with Wings President Terri Houser says they learned that riding horses helps build neuropathways, helping kids with physical or mental disabilities do things they can't ordinarily do. She says kids who aren't able to walk have seen improvement through the horse therapy program and one boy was even able to overcome...
  • Loch Ness Monster Sighting By Tourist 'Caught' On Camera: Real Or Fake?

    03/22/2015 12:04:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    Tech Times ^ | March 18 | Rhodi Lee
    Consuela Ross simply wanted to take some photos of the scenery while walking on the banks of the Loch Ness with her daughter and granddaughter, but the 50-year-old took home more than just images that day. Ross now claims to have witnessed the Loch Ness monster, fabled to dwell in the depths of the water, as it emerged to the surface to get some air. When a black hump emerged from Britain's biggest loch, however, Ross and her daughter were so mesmerized that despite having a camera on hand, they were only able to record the moment after the mythical...
  • Alaskans Team Up to Prevent Walrus Stampedes

    03/21/2015 2:14:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SitNews ^ | March 05, 2015 | ANDREA MEDEIROS
    Last fall, much of the world was riveted by the image of 30,000-plus Pacific walruses hauled out on the Arctic coast near the Alaskan village of Point Lay. Such scenes have become increasingly familiar as climate conditions shift and the walruses, one of the world’s largest pinnipeds, find that the summer sea ice on which they depend is disappearing. It’s a shift with potentially dire consequences, especially for young walruses. With the loss of summer sea ice, walruses that would normally rest on floating patches of ice in small groups are hauling out on land in large congregations. When these...
  • Hank Williams Jr. Gives Boost to Alabama Deer Hunting Bill

    03/21/2015 12:42:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies ^ | 3/18 | Mike Cason
    A bill to repeal the state law restricting the use of corn or other bait as an aid in deer hunting passed a Senate committee today with an endorsement from country music legend Hank Williams Jr. Williams, an avid hunter known for singing about the outdoors and rural life, said there are times when it's good to have the option to use bait, such as when a hunter takes along a child, a disabled person or an injured veteran and wants to make sure they have a chance to kill a deer. Williams said many other states have no restrictions...
  • Sea Lion Pup Climbs on Board, Rides With Surfer in Cardiff

    03/21/2015 12:28:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 3/21 | Laura McVicker
    Dan Murphy was surfing Cardiff By-the-Sea when a wiggly little creature jumped on his board and crawled up his back. At first, the Cardiff resident thought he was being attacked. But as he turned around, he saw a sea lion pup hugging him, as if the animal were scared. Murphy, a longtime surfer, was amazed. On that Sunday morning off the shore of San Elijo Campground, a friendship was formed, he said. “You see a lot of wildlife. You see those pups around this time of year,” he said. “I’ve never seen them interact with people like that.” Murphy said...
  • Leopard Kills A Baboon, Discovers Her Baby And Then Protects It! Very Emotional!!!

    03/21/2015 8:05:31 AM PDT · by seantruet · 23 replies
    albasun ^ | seantruet
    Mercy in Nature, but no Mercy in Humanity, Somethings wrong...
  • San Jose Woman Fined for Illegal Collection of Stuffed Wildlife

    03/20/2015 9:27:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015
    A San Jose woman will have to pay $3,000 for her illegal collection of stuffed wildlife. In addition to the fine, Dora Zepeda's must serve 300 hours of community service for possessing illegal birds of prey in her apartment. Authorities caught Zepeda after she bought a stuffed French barn owl on eBay. That bird is a protected species.
  • Rare quadruplet calves born in DeKalb (TX)

    03/20/2015 5:11:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    KSLA News 12 ^ | 3-18-15 | Carolyn Roy
    DEKALB, TX (KSLA) - Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moo: A DeKalb, TX cow has managed the extremely rare feat of giving birth to 4 live calves. The black calves, 3 bulls and a heifer, were born to the cow owned by Dora Rumsey-Barling and her husband, Jimmy. The cow, described by Dora as "just a run of the mill red cow," had been bred to an Angus bull, so all 4 of the calves are black. “We didn't think she was due, even for one calf,” Dora says. Buzzards spotted circling over their 100-acre property in the Hubbard community south of...
  • Pregnant Stingray May Be Largest Freshwater Fish Ever Caugh

    03/20/2015 5:01:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KTLA ^ | MARCH 17, 2015 | Kennedy Ryan
    A massive stingray, measuring 8 feet across and 14 feet long, could be the largest freshwater fish ever found. Scientists working on Jeff Corwin’s show “Ocean Mysteries” SNIP According to National Geographic, the stingray was pregnant with two fetuses, the Huffington Post reported. SNIP
  • Mother Dog Saves Puppies From Forest Fire In Chile By Digging Hole And Placing Them Inside

    03/20/2015 4:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS12 ^ | Friday, March 20 2015,
    A mother dog saved her nine puppies from burning alive in a forest fire in Chile by digging a deep hole and placing her babies inside where they were later found untouched by the flames, according to rescuers. SNIP They were reunited with their mother and are all expected to be OK.
  • Slidell's famous 'abandoned' dog found safe and sound

    03/20/2015 2:44:05 PM PDT · by BBell · 17 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/20/15 | James Varney
    After an exhaustive search, America's most famous allegedly abandoned pooch, Butterbean of Slidell, has been found. But the story in some ways remains unfinished. On Thursday (March 19), the Humane Society of Louisiana tracked Butterbean down. Butterbean, a 6- or 7-year-old German shepherd mix, gained notoriety this week when she sprinted after a pickup truck owner who appeared to ditch her deliberately at a gas station near U.S. 11. The image of Butterbean desperately racing after what seemed a cruel and heartless owner captured the hearts of many. Even now, people as far away as Palm Springs, Calif., have offered...
  • Fisherman Gets a Sneak Attack from Behind By Something You May Not Expect [VIDEO]

    03/20/2015 10:28:26 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies ^ | 03/16/15 | Brad Smith
    Just image a nice relaxing day out on the pond catching bluegills for dinner, when all of a sudden a sneak attack from behind takes your fish.
  • Pythons wipe out rabbits—and probably much more—in Everglades

    03/20/2015 8:16:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 101 replies
    Science Mag ^ | March 18, 2015 | Erik Stokstad
    Everglades National Park, a world-renowned wetland in southern Florida, once abounded with rabbits, raccoons, muskrats, and other small mammals. But roughly 15 years ago, these species started to become scarce. About the same time, biologists noticed a boom in the population of a predator that had invaded the 64,238-hectare park: the Burmese python. Now, an experiment adds to the evidence that the pythons, which grow up to 5 meters long, are to blame for the collapse of the mammals' populations. “There’s no question that this is an environmental disaster,” says J. D. Willson of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, who...
  • Unbelievably Cute Mammal With Teddy Bear Face Rediscovered

    03/20/2015 8:14:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 19, 2015 | Carrie Arnold
    You could call it one of the world's longest games of hide and seek. For more than 20 years, the Ili pika (Ochotona iliensis), a type of tiny, mountain-dwelling mammal with a teddy bear face, had eluded scientists in the Tianshan Mountains (map) of northwestern China.
  • That's mine! Great white shark stuns fisherman when it leaps from sea to steal his catch

    03/20/2015 6:56:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jake Polden
    A fisherman got the fright of his life when the catch he was reeling in was attacked and stolen by a great white shark. Filmed in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand a man can be seen fishing from the side of a boat – his rod bent under the pressure. Struggling to reel in the seemingly huge fish, the man states ‘he’s not happy about coming over here anyway.’
  • Dog That Was Thrown From Vehicle, Refused to Leave Side of Her Dead Puppy is Adopted

    03/19/2015 2:17:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Dog That Was Thrown From Vehicle, Refused to Leave Side of Her Dead Puppy Near Santa Cruz County Dump is AdoptedA dog that stayed at the side of its dead puppy after they were thrown from a moving vehicle into a dump in unincorporated Watsonville Feb. 20 was adopted on Sunday, according to an animal advocacy group. The dog, a tan and white Miniature Pinscher and Chihuahua mix named Beverly, was taken in by a family in the Santa Cruz area, according to representatives of the Center for Animal Protection and Education in Scotts Valley. Drug Bust Leads to Discovery...
  • Coroner: Rat raised to feed family's snakes fatally bit baby [ Pennsylvania ]

    03/19/2015 1:07:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 19, 2015
    CARLISLE, Pa. — Authorities say a rat being raised to feed a Pennsylvania family's pet snakes ended up biting a 6-month-old boy, killing him. Cumberland County Coroner Charlie Hall said Thursday that the baby died from meningitis and myocarditis transmitted through the bite. The family lives in Dillsburg. The coroner didn't identify the boy or his family.
  • Tourist in Svalbard during solar eclipse mauled by polar bear

    03/19/2015 10:39:34 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies ^ | 19 Mar 2015 | Our Foreign Staff
    A tourist visiting Svalbard in Norway's Arctic during the solar eclipse has been mauled by a polar bear, said police. The Czech man, who has not been identified, suffered minor injuries when a bear attacked the tent he was sleeping in on the remote archipelago. Some 3,000 polar bears live in the region, outnumbering the 2,500 inhabitants.
  • Bizarre-looking deep water Mola Mola fish ventures to the surface [tr] [ed]

    03/19/2015 7:53:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 19, 2015 | Lydia Willgress
    One of the world's weirdest fish has been captured making a rare appearance above the water. With its bulbous eyes, flat body and tiny fins, the Mola Mola is an unusual sight in the blue waters of California. But short of shying away from the camera the fish appeared to strike a pose. The photographs of the bizarre-looking ocean sunfish were taken by experienced diver Daniel Botelho.
  • Nevada Bill Would Allow Sick Pets to Use Medical Marijuana

    03/18/2015 10:16:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    <p>CARSON CITY, Nev. — Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.</p>
  • Dog germs may be good for you

    03/18/2015 10:16:28 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies
    U-T ^ | March 17, 2015 | Bradley J. Fikes
    When Fido drags his saliva-drenched tongue across your face, man's best friend may be doing you a microbial favor as well as showing affection. People are being recruited for a study of whether living with a canine improves the human microbiome. The study is led by University of Arizona researchers along with other universities, including UC San Diego. "We essentially want to find out, is a dog acting like yogurt in having a probiotic effect?" said Kim Kelly, one of the study leaders, in a press release. Kelly is also a principal research specialist at the University of Arizona in...
  • Slidell dog 'Butterbean' not abandoned but still missing late Tuesday

    03/18/2015 5:18:09 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 3/17/15 | James Varney
    The case of the abandoned dog in Slidell has "morphed into a case of irresponsible ownership," according to Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson. The dog - "Butterbean" - remained missing late Tuesday (March 17). Dorson went to Slidell after a woman snapped a photo of a mixed German shepherd flat-out chasing a pickup truck supposedly driven by a man who had cruelly ditched the dog at a gas station. The incident drew national attention. Through interviews with locals, the Humane Society learned the pure abandonment narrative doesn't really apply to Butterbean, but it's not as if she has...
  • Kitchener closes Stauffer Drive for salamander safety

    03/18/2015 1:17:24 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 77 replies
    cbc ^ | Mar 17, 2015 | staff reporter
    The City of Kitchener has closed part of Stauffer Drive so that a colony of salamanders can cross safely from one side of the street to the other. Jefferson salamanders, which live in the forests on either side of the road, are protected under Ontario's Endangered Species Act because their populations are in decline across the province. In Kitchener, the salamanders that live in the Doon South area face one particular threat: traffic.
  • Where's My Suitcase of Frozen Moose Meat?

    03/18/2015 11:04:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CBC ^ | Mar 18, 2015
    Newfoundlander on the hunt for game-laden luggage that went AWOL in Toronto Losing luggage during a flight is always an inconvenience, but a man flying from Newfoundland to Ontario didn't just lose personal belongings when his suitcase disappeared. Liam English hasn't seen his suitcase full of moose meat in over three days, after it was lost during a flight from Newfoundland to Ontario on Sunday. (Liam English) Liam English lost some moose meat, and quite a bit of it. English, who was home in St. John's last week for a family funeral, decided to stock up on about 11 kilograms...
  • Chihuahuas from San Francisco to New York for Adoption

    03/17/2015 10:21:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Virgin America threw a St. Patrick's Day send-off this morning for a dozen Chihuahuas at San Francisco International Airport before airlifting the dogs to Newark Liberty International Airport, where they'll be put up for adoption in the New York area. Volunteers escorted the dogs onto the plane for its 8 a.m. departure and were posting live in-flight updates to the airline's Instagram and Twitter feeds until their anticipated arrival at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Dubbed #OperationChihuahua, the event is Virgin America's sixth such "airlift" in partnership with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since 2010. So far,...
  • Heading to the Beach? How to Avoid Getting Stung by a Stingray

    03/17/2015 9:05:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 3/17 | Noreen O'Donnell
    After the weekend’s hot weather drew crowds to the San Diego coastline — and a man stung by a stingray in Pacific Beach was hospitalized — lifeguards are reminding swimmers how to avoid injuries at the beach. “The best thing to do is shuffle your feet especially if you’re entering an area where there are not a lot of other people,” said Lt. John Sandmeyer of the San Diego Lifeguard Service. “Because it usually means that the stingrays have not been disturbed there.” Swimmers catching waves or running into the water and planting their feet in the sand are often...
  • Close Encounter With Javelina Leads to Lesson on Wildlife

    03/17/2015 3:30:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    KVOA ^ | 3/11 | Sean Mooney
    A big part of living in the southwest is the area's wildlife, but coexisting with Arizona's critters can be a little too "wild". Among them, many Tucsonans have close encounters with javelina. Karen Lansdale, who lives in the Tucson Foothills, was out for her daily walk with her dog Sonny, when she crossed paths with two very large javelina. "I noticed off in the distance two javelina," said Lansdale. "The next thing i knew they were bounding towards me." Not knowing what else to do, Lansdale said she then ran. When the javelina got on each side of her, she...
  • Scientists Take DNA Sample From Woolly Mammoth Leg for Cloning Project

    03/17/2015 10:56:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 16, 2015 | Devin Coldewey
    A group of Russian and South Korean researchers has begun their attempt to clone a woolly mammoth, starting by extracting DNA from a spectacularly well-preserved specimen discovered in the Siberian permafrot in 2013. The project is led by Hwang Woo-Suk, a Korean cloning scientist who was the focus of a scandal in 2006 involving fraudulent research on human stem cells. Hwang has had success with animals, however, reportedly creating the world's first cloned dog and several cloned coyotes.
  • Classical music and cats-still a good thing

    03/16/2015 4:34:56 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    examiner ^ | March 13, 2015
    Classical music with its soothing melodic tones and harmonies is now more readily accepted in pet care as being a positive for the animals who get to listen but is it really? The answer may be “yes”, “no” and “it depends on what kind.” In addition to being able to observe a positive impact, it makes sense that the right sort of classical music needs to be played from the animal perspective to be effective. Soothing music may have a universal component for all species. Factors such as lower pitch and regular tempo are typically associated with more pleasant music...
  • Rattlesnake Bites Man at Ocean Beach

    03/15/2015 5:41:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Mar 14, 2015
    A man was bit by a rattlesnake at the Ocean Beach dog beach, the San Diego Fire Department said. The incident happened around 2:25 p.m. on Voltaire Street. The adult man was transported to the UC San Diego Medical Center. The condition of the victim is unknown. Last year, warmer weather at the start of the year resulted in more than triple the number of rattlesnake calls to the County's Department of Animal Services. Since Jan. 1, it had received 78 calls reporting rattlesnakes across San Diego County. That’s more than three times the number of rattlesnake calls during this...
  • Camera Captures Bald Eagle Nest

    To celebrate the state's thriving bald eagle population, the Pennsylvania Game Commission installed a live nest-cam late last year near Hanover. For those not watching, a pair of eagles worked together for weeks constructing the nest, taking breaks to swoop down on potential food, all in preparation for the arrival of their eggs. The first egg appeared on February 14, followed by a second three days later. After a month or so of incubation, the eggs are expected to hatch around March 21. All of the action can be viewed on the live-cam. One of the more eye-catching frames from...
  • Chupacabra: a Legend or Real-Life Monster?

    03/13/2015 11:28:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KOB ^ | ToM Joles
    If your ears perk up when you hear the word 'chupacabra', you're not alone. KOB sat down with a New Mexico researcher who claims to know why chupacabra sighting are on the rise and why more bodies than ever are being found. Ben Radford is that man – a local investigator and writer, and the author of 'Tracking the Chupacabra.' He's fascinated with the people's fascination with chupacabras and has spent years wondering if they are real. "When people say skeptics are debunkers – that's mean, evil and gloomy. I would love to find chupacabra; I would love to find...
  • After first lab-grown burger, test-tube chicken is next on menu

    03/12/2015 10:10:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:54am EDT | By Tova Cohen and Eric Auchard
    TEL AVIV/FRANKFURT, March 12 (Reuters) - Two years after scientists cooked up the first test tube beef hamburger, researchers in Israel are working on an even trickier recipe: the world's first lab-grown chicken. Professor Amit Gefen, a bioengineer at Tel Aviv University, has begun a year-long feasibility study into manufacturing chicken in a lab, funded by a non-profit group called the Modern Agriculture Foundation which hopes "cultured meat" will one day replace the raising of animals for slaughter. The foundation's co-founder Shir Friedman hopes to have produced "a recipe for how to culture chicken cells" by the end of the...
  • Giant 14ft, 800lb stingray is the biggest freshwater fish ever caught with a line and rod [tr]

    03/12/2015 8:05:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2015 | Lydia Willgress
    A stingray weighing nearly 800lb has become the largest freshwater fish ever caught by rod and line. The gigantic flat fish, which was 8ft wide and 14ft long, took nearly two hours to reel in. It was caught by American TV nature conservationist Jeff Corwin on the Mae Klong river in Thailand earlier this week.
  • Giant Ocean Arthropod Rivals Largest in History

    03/11/2015 12:36:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | March 11, 2015 | Ross Pomeroy
    A trio of paleontologists has announced the discovery of a fossil belonging to a new species of ancient arthropod that rivals the largest ever found. They detail their finding in Wednesday's publication of the journal Nature. Hundreds of millions of years ago, arthropods, which include modern-day spiders, insects, and crustaceans, were much larger, and we're not talking the size of a small dog. An extinct millipede called Arthropleura reached up to 8.5 feet in length, making it the largest land invertebrate ever known to exist. Jaekelopterus rhenaniae, which extended 8.2 feet, dwelled in the water (pictured right).