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  • Bees Take Over Bike in Times Square

    08/04/2015 2:50:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NY1 ^ | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Times Square is usually buzzing with activity, but Tuesday, a different kind of buzz drew a lot of attention. A swarm of bees decided to visit, and take over a parked bicycle near 7th Avenue and 56th Street. The NYPD called in their beekeeper, who then rounded up the flying insects by vacuuming them. Officials say there are no reports of anyone being stung in the area. They believe the bees migrated because their hive was too full
  • Salt River wild horses to be removed, could face death

    08/04/2015 7:19:42 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 42 replies
    NBC 12 news, Phoenix ^ | 8/3/15 | Monique Griego
    If you're lucky enough, you'll catch a glimpse of them while traveling along the Salt River or visiting Saguaro Lake. The Salt River wild horses offer visitors an awe inspiring view, one that's in danger of being erased. The beloved Salt River wild horses are being removed from the place they have called home for decades and may even face death, according to a notice from the Tonto National Forest. The forest service says it will begin removal of the more than 100 horses on Aug. 7, stating they are "unauthorized livestock" and therefore cannot be there. The removal will...
  • Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics | Smarter Every Day (58)

    08/03/2015 7:55:18 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 28 replies
    Smarter Every Day via You Tube ^ | August 8, 2012 | Destn Sandlin
    High Speed video. Cats. Physics. Weightlessness. GiGi was not hurt during the making of this video. We took great care to make sure she would be safe. Next I'll explain how the physics involved in flipping cats allow us to operate Space Telescopes (Seriously). So as simple of a question as this is, it turns out to be a MAJOR POINT OF STUDY in Physics, Robotics, Space Satellite Control, Weapons Development, Biomedical Engineering, etc. It's stumped scientists and engineers since Newton's day. Here's something interesting. The cat isn't twisting his back.. he's actually BENDING it. The next video will go...
  • Italian police: The head of the Sicilian Mafia used 'sheep code' to communicate

    08/03/2015 12:37:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    www.businessinsider.com ^ | Aug. 3, 2015, 9:43 AM | Barbara Tasch
    The head of the Sicilian Mafia, on the run for over 20 year, has been using "sheep code" to communicate with allies, the BBC reports. Eleven men associated with mob boss Matteo Messina Denaro were arrested recently, and according to the Italian police, Denaro communicated with them by leaving bits of papers under a rock in a field near a farm in western Sicily. The communication method called "pizzini" includes writing the messages in a secret code, according to AFP. Among the men arrested during raids across Sicily on Monday, two were over 70 years old, one of them, Vito...
  • Cecil the Lion's death has probably already resulted in all of his cubs being killed by rival Lion

    08/03/2015 11:40:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Traveller 24 ^ | 07/30/2015
    Cape Town - As if the death of Cecil the Lion wasn't bad enough, at least 12 of his cubs are now in danger of being killed by his rivals. NBC News reports that conservation experts who had been tracking Cecil for seven years said that the patriarch's death would no doubt result in a catastrophic cascade of effects, as a new leader of another pride will move in to take over his pride. Johnny Rodrigues from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force told The Guardian that Jericho, the next lion in the hierarchy, will most likely kill all of Cecil's...
  • Caterpillar chemical turns ants into bodyguards

    08/03/2015 10:38:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 3, 2015 | Bob Yirka
    Arhopala japonica. Credit: Wikipedia A trio of researchers with Kobe University in Japan has found that lycaenid butterfly caterpillars of the Japanese oakblue variety, have dorsal nectary organ secretions that cause ants that eat the material to abandon their fellow ants to instead hang out with and defend the caterpillar against enemies. In their paper published in the journal Current Biology, Masaru Hojo, Naomi Pierce and Kazuki Tsuji describe their research into the relationship between the two creatures and why they believe the nature of that relationship needs to be reclassified. Scientists have studied Japanese oakblue butterflies before, noting that...
  • A hungry Brit wants cat arrested for eating his bacon

    08/01/2015 10:57:59 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 47 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Ashley Lewis
    It was just a catty complaint. A hungry Brit called the West Yorkshire police seeking to rat out his girlfriend — and their pet feline — for devouring his precious bacon. “Me girlfriend has let the cat eat my bacon,” the man could be heard telling a dispatcher in an audio clip of the call released by police. “I want to press charges.” The bizarre complaint did not rattle the operator. She asked the man if he wanted to press charges against the cat or his girlfriend. Both of them, he said.
  • 'Extinct' fly spotted in Devon 150 years after last sighting

    07/31/2015 1:09:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    www.ibtimes.co.uk ^ | July 31, 2015 14:22 BST | By Sean Martin
    Raphium pectinatum fly was last seen 150 years ago in Surrey(Rob Wolton / Devon Wildlife Trust) ====================================================================================================================== A fly that was thought to have been extinct for more than 150 years has been spotted in Devon. The Raphium pectinatum fly was last officially noted 150 years back in Surrey on 19 July 1868. The green metallic-looking species was thought to have died out shortly after this but naturalist Rob Wolton, a member of the Devon Fly Group and the Dipterists Forum, said he spotted one alive and well in the Devon Wildlife Old Sludge Beds, a wetland reserve on the...
  • Python Eats Porcupine, Regrets It Later (Here's Why)

    07/31/2015 1:02:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    www.livescience.com ^ | June 26, 2015 02:33pm ET | Elizabeth Palermo, Associate Editor
    Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine? Well, wonder no more. One of these giant snakes — which kill prey by suffocating it and then consuming it whole — recently dined on a porcupine and didn't live to brag about it. On June 14, a cyclist riding along one of the mountain bike trails at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, spotted a very engorged snake. The cyclist snapped a few photos of the gluttonous python and posted them to social media, where they quickly attracted the attention of locals who wanted to...
  • 2000-Year-Old Cat Paw Prints Discovered on Tile

    07/31/2015 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 01:26 PM ET | by Rossella Lorenzi
    The cat paw print on the Roman roof tile. David Rice ================================================================================================================== Paw prints made by a cat 2,000 years ago have been found on a Roman roof tile kept at a museum in south west England. Dug up in Gloucester in 1969, the tile fragment had long lain unnoticed at Gloucester City Museum. Only recently, a researcher spotted the cat’s paw on the tile while going through the finds from the 1969 archaeological excavation. “At that time the archaeologists seem to have been more interested in digging things up than looking at what they found,” David Rice, curator at...
  • Everglades Python May Be Second-Largest Ever in Florida

    07/31/2015 12:40:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 30, 2015 12:25 PM ET | Staff via CBS Miami
    This python, captured in Shark Valley, in Everglades National Park, may be the second-largest python ever caught in Florida. USGS ======================================================================================================================== A python researcher working in Everglades National Park has captured what may be the second-largest Burmese python in the state of Florida, CBS Miami reports. The snake was captured on July 9 in the park's Shark Valley and was documented at 18 feet 3 inches long. It's just 4 inches shy of the state's record 18 foot 7 inch python caught in Miami-Dade, CBS notes. Whether it's indeed the second-largest, officially, remains unclear, due to differences in record-keeping in...
  • Snail as Big as a Tennis Shoe Running Amok in Florida

    07/31/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 31, 2015 09:30 AM ET | by Kerry Sheridan
    The giant African land snail is causing problems for Floridians. Wikimedia Commons/Sonel.SA ========================================================================================================================= Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe. Play Video 8 Animals That Can Regrow Their Body Parts While humans are working on robotic arms and new limb technology, some animals can regrow their limbs on their own. How do they do this? DCI In the four years since Giant African Snails were discovered in Miami, they have slowly but surely spread to new territory,...
  • Would Libs Be So Upset About Cecil the Lion If . . .

    07/31/2015 8:06:37 AM PDT · by Oratam · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 31, 2015 | Vanity
    . . . They knew he was named after Cecil Rhodes, a man libs despise as an apparent racist and imperialist?'Cecil was first identified in 2008 or 2009, spotted with his brother. The pair were seen at a "pan" or watering hole called Magisihole Pan, on the southern boundary of Hwange park. Magisihole Pan translates as "White Man's watering hole" and so the siblings were named after famous white men: Cecil, after Cecil Rhodes, and Leander – named after Leander Starr Jameson, a pioneer in southern Africa and colleague of Rhodes.'I wonder if they'd see this venerable lion's death as...
  • Saudi sheep purportedly born with 'Muhammad' written on its body

    07/31/2015 5:25:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    upi ^ | July 30, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    JIZAN, Saudi Arabia,- A Saudi farmer who claims his "miracle" sheep was born with the name "Muhammad" on its body in Arabic says he was offered $400,000 for the animal. Mohammed bin Yehya Al Addawi, a farmer in the village of Jizan, said his black-and-white sheep was born with the Muslim prophet's name written on its body in Arabic letters. A video of Al Addawi holding the sheep was posted to YouTube. The farmer said he was offered $400,000 for the sheep, but decided to retain ownership of the "heavenly miracle." "Many people come to see it and all of...
  • Oklahoma Woman Receives Nearly $200,000 Hospital Bill After Being Bitten by Snake

    07/30/2015 9:26:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 139 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 30, 2015 | Chellie Mills
    A metro woman was shocked when she received a $200,000 hospital bill after being bitten by a snake. Diane Nelson says she was wearing rubber gloves and working in her yard when she came across a Copperhead with a short temper. Diane had been pulling grass from around her bushes when she felt a sting. “When I pulled my glove off, I had two marks on my finger,” she said. It was a bite from a Copperhead snake. Within hours, Nelson’s entire arm was swollen and she was rushed to the ICU in need of anti-venom. “I was in ICU...
  • Python Tries to Bite Off More Than It Can Chew by Eating a Whole PORCUPINE - Spikes Puncture Insides

    07/30/2015 4:11:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Simon Tomlinson
    This giant snake died after swallowing a 30lb porcupine – which punctured its insides with its razor-sharp quills. The four-metre African rock python was found beneath a rocky ledge at Lake Eland Game Reserve in South Africa. Its innards had been lacerated by dozens of quills from the porcupine while trying to digest its meal. Reserve general manager Jennifer Fuller said: 'The exact reasons for the snake's death are not clear.
  • 'Golden jackals' of East Africa are actually 'golden wolves'

    07/30/2015 10:32:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07-30-2015 | Provided by: Cell Press
    A golden jackal (Canis anthus) from Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Based on genomic results, the researchers suggest this animal be referred to as the African golden wolf, which is distinct from the Eurasian golden jackal (Canis aureus). Credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson ======================================================================================================================= Despite their remarkably similar appearance, the "golden jackals" of East Africa and Eurasia are actually two entirely different species. The discovery, based on DNA evidence and reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 30, increases the overall biodiversity of the Canidae—the group including dogs, wolves, foxes, and jackals—from 35 living species to 36. "This...
  • Missing Southwest Florida Dog Turns Up in Atlanta

    07/30/2015 9:13:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    A southwest Florida family has been reunited with their dog after she turned up several weeks later in Atlanta, more than 500 miles away. Michael Epstein told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that his family's 3-year-old miniature Australian shepherd, Abby, was lost on July 3. She ran away from the family's yard when fireworks frightened her. Family members spent the next three weeks putting up signs around Sarasota and even created a website, findabby.com. Epstein says the family finally got a call this past Saturday from Fulton Animal Services in Atlanta. Workers there said Abby had been found several days earlier, and...
  • Move over Grumpy Cat, grumpy dog named Earl goes viral

    07/30/2015 3:36:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 20 replies
    WXYZ.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | unknown
    (WXYZ) - Move over, Grumpy Cat! A grumpy-looking dog named Earl is going viral. His owner posted pictures of the puppy on Reddit and the rest is history. The owner also wrote him and his girlfriend would like to get Earl and Grumpy Cat together.
  • Hedgehogs 'Kicked Like Footballs' in Sweden

    07/29/2015 10:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 Jul 2015
    Shocking reports from a rescue centre in western Sweden about cruel abuse of hedgehogs have put the Nordic country's reputation as an animal-friendly nation in a different light. “We are getting hedgehogs brought to us that have been hurt by children or adults,” Conny Jonasson, who works at the Kottecentralen rescue centre in Lilla Edet, told The Local. “In some cases, they've been kicked around like a football or poked with sticks.” The centre suspects that at least ten of the 118 hedgehogs it has cared for so far this year have been deliberately injured by humans. However, staff say...
  • Python Over 18 Feet Long Caught in Everglades National Park

    07/29/2015 8:55:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    National Park Service officials say they captured a Burmese python over 18 feet long along a popular wildlife-watching trail in Everglades National Park. The 18-foot-3-inch python was caught July 9 along the tram road at Shark Valley in the park. The paved loop is used by cyclists and trams taking visitors on wildlife tours through the wetlands. Park officials tell WFOR-TV in Miami that a python researcher caught the female snake, which was euthanized. According to state wildlife officials, the longest python ever caught in Florida was 18 feet 8 inches long. Pythons are not native to Florida, where scientists...
  • WATCH: Shark Bites Kayak; Kayaker Bites Back

    07/29/2015 12:16:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 | Derek Togerson
    A local angler hooked a mako shark, who tried to eat his kayakFisherman love catching big fish. But when the catch is almost as long as the vessel you’re in and has extremely sharp teeth the day makes for one heck of a story. On Thursday, July 23, just before 7 a.m., Austin Lorber and his fishing partner David Le were on kayaks about a mile and a half off of La Jolla. David threw out a mackerel and felt something take the bait. “As soon as he hooked up we noticed a fish jump way out of the water,...
  • What animal lovers will hate about the new Dr. Seuss book

    07/28/2015 7:13:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 28, 2015 | Rene Lynch
    The new Dr. Seuss book "What Pet Should I Get?" is about two children who go to a pet store to buy a pet. That was a commonplace event back in the 1950s or early 1960s, when Dr. Seuss is believed to have written the long-lost book, but it's discouraged today. Which is why the new book comes with a remarkable addendum: A publisher's note urging children to walk on by the pet store and adopt from an animal shelter. But animal rights activist Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said it's not enough...
  • Safari tourist suspected in killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe

    07/28/2015 11:31:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 28 july 15 | Don Melvin, Khushbu Shah and Elaine Ly
    Cecil the lion is dead, killed illegally in Zimbabwe, authorities allege, by a foreign hunter or hunters who paid about $55,000 for the privilege.
  • Man Attempts Selfie with Rattlesnake

    07/27/2015 1:53:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    cbs ^ | Chris Matyszczyk |
    Recently, though, a San Diego man thought it might be an idea to take a selfie with a rattlesnake. Some might think this has all the sense of taking a boa constrictor clubbing. However, as KGTV in San Diego reported, Todd Fassler picked a rattlesnake out of the brush and thought he might memorialize the event. The snake had other ideas and bit him.....His medical expenses could be described as expensive. KGTV’s Dan Haggerty tweeted Fassler’s bill — for $153,161.25. Of this, more than $83,000 was for “pharmacy.” His case reportedly depleted the antivenom supplies at two local hospitals.
  • Landscaper gets year in jail for running over ducklings with lawnmower

    07/27/2015 12:05:04 PM PDT · by dennisw · 65 replies
    foxnews ^ | July 27, 2015
    Jason Falbo was sentenced to a year behind bars for killing nine ducklings with his lawnmower. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office) WELLINGTON, Fla. – A Florida landscaper who ran over a family of ducks with his riding lawnmower has been sentenced to a year in jail. A Palm Beach County judge sentenced 24-year-old Jason Scott Falbo II last week after he pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges. Authorities say Falbo mowed down the ducks May 2 at the home of a family caring for them in Wellington. Police say nine ducklings died, while their mother and two ducklings survived....
  • Fla. landscaper sentenced for mowing over ducklings

    07/27/2015 9:57:23 AM PDT · by McGruff · 72 replies
    CBS News ^ | July 27, 2015 | CRIMESIDER STAFF
    A Florida landscaper was sentenced to a year in jail on Friday after he intentionally ran over a family of ducks with a lawn mower in May, reports CBS affiliate WTSP. Jason Falbo, 24, pleaded guilty to nine counts of animal cruelty. Authorities say he mowed down 11 ducklings and their mother May 2 at the home of a family caring for them in Wellington. Police say nine ducklings died. The mother and two ducklings survived.
  • Cougar petter: “That was a very bad decision.” ( Ohio )

    07/26/2015 5:32:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 100 replies
    WCMH ^ | July 26, 2015 | Nick Bechtel and Mike Bowersock
    WESTERVILLE — The 35-year-old man who crossed a fence to pet some cougars last week said he wishes he had never done it. “That was a very bad decision” said Josh Newell. “If I had to do it over I definitely would have stayed within the barrier boundaries. I was thinking I’m an animal lover. The cats were looking like they wanted some love and just jumped over and petted them.” Newell was pressed with criminal trespassing charges by the Columbus Zoo after video showed him jumping a barrier to pet two adult cougars .
  • Man accused of taping Caitlyn’s muzzle shut denied bond

    07/26/2015 2:07:38 PM PDT · by digger48 · 43 replies
    wishtv ^ | July 26, 2015 | Staff Reports
    CHARLESTON, SC – 41-year-old William Leonard Dodson was back in court on Friday, July 17 for a bond revocation hearing. The judge ruled Dodson will stay in prison because he is a flight risk. Dodson faces a felony charge of Ill Treatment of Animals for allegedly taping a female dog’s muzzle shut (Caitlyn) in North Charleston in May. Dodson is currently in jail, being held on a $50,000 bond. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
  • Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

    07/24/2015 10:12:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | July 23, 2015 | Provided by: University of Adelaide
    This image shows mammoth vertebrae in ice, Yukon Territory, Canada. Credit: Photo Kieren Mitchell, University of Adelaide ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth's past. Using advances in analysing ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and other geologic records an international team led by researchers from the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales (Australia) have revealed that short, rapid warming events, known as interstadials, recorded during the last ice age or Pleistocene...
  • Massive Swarm of Grasshoppers and Beetles Picked up by Radar, Headed to Oklahoma

    07/24/2015 12:01:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 22, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    A massive swarm of grasshoppers and beetles is making its way toward Oklahoma. Park rangers from Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah, Texas say the mob is so huge that its movement is being picked up on radar. They are reportedly headed northeast towards Oklahoma. We don’t know if they will reach us, but they are making impressive time. The National Weather Service says it is not unusual for the bugs to travel like this during the summer, but it is pretty incredible to watch it on radar. “It doesn’t take a whole lot of bugs to cause that on...
  • Calais officials say officer who shot dog was justified

    07/23/2015 8:48:21 AM PDT · by Altariel · 6 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | July 21, 2015 | Johanna Billings
    CALAIS, Maine — Calais officials say an officer who shot a dog Sunday night acted properly. Calais Police Chief David Randall said the department received a call at approximately 9:59 p.m. July 19 about two dogs that tried to attack a third dog at a home on South Street. People at the residence got their animal inside, then attempted to get the other two dogs out of their yard, according to the police chief. “The dogs attempted to bite them,” Randall said. When the officer located the dogs and tried to get them into the police car, one of the...
  • Yellowstone Park advises against selfies with bison

    07/23/2015 7:29:27 AM PDT · by McGruff · 61 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/23/2015
    A series of injuries at Yellowstone National Park has officials warning tourists that selfies and bison don't mix. A 43-year-old Mississippi woman was thrown into the air recently after she turned her back on a bison to take a photo of herself with it.
  • Bison attacks woman who was trying to take selfie with it in Yellowstone Park

    07/22/2015 10:42:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Wed July 22, 2015 | Jethro Mullen
    Visitors to Yellowstone Park seem to be having trouble taking in the message that it's not a good idea to get too close to the wild bison that roam the wilderness. The latest person to find out the hard way is a 43-year-old Mississippi woman who tried to take a selfie with one of the hairy beasts near a trail on Tuesday. She and her daughter turned their backs to the bison, which was about 6 yards away, to take a photo with it, according to the National Park Service. "They heard the bison's footsteps moving toward them and started...
  • Golfer bit twice by rattlesnake at Bully Pulpit in Medora

    07/22/2015 2:59:02 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 25 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | July 22, 2015` | Forum News Service
    A golfer was transported to the hospital Thursday evening after he was bit twice in the leg by a rattlesnake at Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora. The Billings County Sheriff's Department said an EMS vehicle transported the man to CHI St. Joseph's Health, where he was treated.
  • Dog shows off table tennis skills in viral video

    07/22/2015 8:57:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi ^ | July 21, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    WASHINGTON, - A multi-talented black collie with a knack for sports showed off his skills at table tennis for a video going viral online. The video, shared on YouTube by America's Funniest Home Videos, features the collie, named Auggie, holding a table tennis paddle in his mouth and using it to return his owner's serves. Auggie shows he can keep the game going by repeatedly returning the ball, occasionally needing to jump up onto the table to get a better reach toward the ball. "This dog would definitely beat you at a game of ping pong," AFV said in the...
  • Tourists queue up to be smothered on Rabbit Island [tr]

    07/22/2015 8:35:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    A Japanese outcrop is giving new meaning to the term island hopping, with tourists flocking there to be smothered by dozens of bouncing bunnies at once. An increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers, Rabbit Island is home to hundreds of wild but friendly bunnies who are known to approach tourists in large groups to scavenge for food. And visitors are more than willing to get on the ground and allow the rabbits to crawl all over them – even though the damp patches on their clothes suggest the adorable animals have wet feet and potentially answered the call of nature while...
  • 23-Pound, 95-Year-Old Lobster Becomes Local NY Celebrity

    07/22/2015 8:24:25 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 20 replies
    ABC news ^ | 7/17/15 | STEFANIE TUDER
    Home> Lifestyle 23-Pound, 95-Year-Old Lobster Becomes Local NY Celebrity Jul 17, 2015, 3:24 PM ET By STEFANIE TUDER STEFANIE TUDER More from STEFANIE » via Good Morning America Share 232 Share on email 18 Comments PHOTO: This 23-pound lobster is estimated to be 95 years old. This 23-pound lobster is estimated to be 95 years old. Jordan Lobster Farms Lobsterman Stephen Jordan got quite the surprise in his morning shellfish shipment this past Tuesday morning. A 23-pound surprise, to be exact. “One of our fishermen sent it down and said, ‘Oh, you gotta look, I have a surprise in one...
  • OMG! Cat Picks a Fight With the Wrong Squid

    07/21/2015 3:56:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    HLN ^ | 7/21
    While trying to get some dinner, a cat got its just desserts after picking on the wrong squid. In this crazy video, it first appears that the mischievous kitty has the upper hand on its prey. With feline claws and definitely a size advantage, it dips into a pool with the cephalopod. But surprise for the cat because the squid just attaches itself right onto its hunter, turning the tables of the food pyramid. Unable to see because of a face full of tentacles, the regretful cat stumbles backward and all around. And while the cat is eventually able to...
  • Could Your Hamburger be Killing Polar Bears?

    07/21/2015 2:31:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    One Green Planet ^ | Lauren Kearney
    The image of a polar bear floating on a single sheet of ice has become synonymous with the discussion of climate change. As the polar bear’s habitat literally melts before our eyes, we are starting to recognize the direct impact that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are having on the other species we share the world with. The polar bear’s Arctic habitat is quickly diminishing, in fact, an estimated 8.6 million acres of ice disappear a year and this rate is only expected to increase along with the temperature of the planet. With this in mind, many conservationists have begun to...
  • Police investigate report of lion on Milwaukee's north side

    07/21/2015 10:09:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-21-15 | Jesse Garza
    Milwaukee police late Monday were investigating a report from a woman who said she saw what she believed to be a lion on the city's north side. The woman reported seeing the animal shortly after 4 p.m. in the 200 block of E. Garfield Ave., according to a news release from the Milwaukee Police Department. Officers checked the area for several hours and contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, according to the release. The DNR asks that anyone who sees a wild cat should call authorities immediately and not attempt to capture it, police said.
  • Drunk squirrel thrown out of bar (caused $400 damage)

    07/21/2015 4:37:17 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | cbsnews.com
    A squirrel in the UK broke into a Worcestershire pub, July 12, 2015, and caused over $400 worth of damage. 62-year-old Sam Boulter, the owner of the Honeybourne Railyway Club, told the Western Daily Press that he originally thought his private members club might have been ransacked by burglars, when he discovered the damage.
  • WATCH: Man Barely Escapes Shark Attack, Surfing Competition Canceled

    07/19/2015 12:19:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    KFOR ^ | 7/18
    A surfing competition in South Africa was canceled Sunday after surfer Mick Fanning escaped a shark attack in the opening minutes of the final heat. Organizers of the J-Bay Open, the sixth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour, canceled the remainder of the competition after clearing the waters. Video of the incident appears to show two sharks circling the three-time World Surf League champion. The Water Safety Team pulled Fanning and fellow competitor Julian Wilson out of the waters. Fanning made it out of the water unharmed and with a severed leash on his surfboard....
  • Watch a Surfing Champion Fend Off a Shark By Punching It

    07/19/2015 10:11:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Time ^ | Justin Worland
    Fanning, who escaped the incident uninjured, was knocked off of his surfboard at the beginning of his heat when he realized a shark was attacking. Following expert guidance, Fanning punched the shark to scare it off. “It kept coming at my board and I was kicking and screaming. I just saw fins. I didn’t see teeth,” he said, according to a Australian news outlet. “I was waiting for the teeth to come at me. I punched it in the back.”
  • Squirrel 1, Dogs 0

    07/18/2015 1:32:35 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 37 replies
    Four Furry Fools | 7/18/2015 | blueunicorn6
    We have an apple tree in our back yard. It was here when we bought the house. I like trees as much as the next person, but, having been around this apple tree for several years, I can tell you that I would never plant one in my yard. They produce apples and apples have been the enemy of man since the serpent tempted eve with an apple. Apples wouldn't be so bad if they just stayed in the trees. Unfortunately, they drop like the stocks my Uncle Gene tells me to buy. Apples are also a favorite food of...
  • 'Hero Rats' sniffing out land mines in Cambodia

    07/18/2015 5:18:48 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 10 replies
    upi ^ | July 16, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, - A Belgian nonprofit said land mines in Cambodia are being cleared with help from some unusual experts -- "Hero Rats" trained to sniff out TNT. The nonprofit, APOPO, said the 15 African giant pouched rats in Cambodia to assist the Cambodian Mine Action Center were trained in Tanzania to sniff out TNT and signal their handlers by scratching the ground. "We believe the rats will increase the efficiency of our operations," Heng Rattana, director of the Cambodian Mine Action Center, told the Global Post. "We are currently verifying the quality of their work." James Pursey, a...
  • NOFD revives lifeless kitten with special oxygen mask

    07/17/2015 3:54:02 PM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A lifeless cat was pulled from a small kitchen fire in the Seventh Ward. He was quickly revived thanks to an oxygen mask specially designed for dogs and cats. “I guess he has eight more lives,” said Doug Cardinale with the New Orleans Fire Department. The fire broke out around noon Wednesday in the 1220 block of Columbus Street. The fire was small, according to the New Orleans Fire Department, but almost claimed the life of a house cat.
  • Old Man Kills 3 Wolves to Avenge Sheep (He chased them for hours before shooting them)

    07/17/2015 12:09:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    He chased them for hours before shooting themA Saudi farmer in his 70s got into his four-wheel car and chased three wolves for hours before shooting them with his machine gun after they killed his sheep. Mohammed Al Sandali chased the wolves into hills and valleys before spotting them resting after a raid on his sheep and nearby farms in the Western town of Raniyah. “He got out of his car, stalked the wolves and shot them…he then brought them dead to his village to show them to the farmers,” ‘Sabq’ daily said.
  • Austin police searching for cobra believed to have killed man (TX)

    07/16/2015 11:10:41 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | July 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    Police are searching for a cobra that is believed to have bitten an 18-year-old man who died Tuesday evening. Police believe Grant Thompson, 18, owned a monocled cobra and that it bit him in his car while at the parking lot of a Lowe’s at 13000 North Interstate 35. Thompson died after going into cardiac arrest, medics have said. Police said it is possible that the snake is still in the area and are asking anyone with information about the animal to call police at 512-974-5210. Police described the cobra as black with a distinctive circle on its back and...
  • The USDA Doesn’t Want Us to Eat Lungs [HAGGIS BAN]

    07/16/2015 10:02:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    munchies.vice.com ^ | July 3, 2014 / 10:22 am | By Baylen Linnekin
    Earlier this week, USDA secretary Tom Vilsack met in Washington with representatives from the British government. Atop the list of issues UK environment secretary Owen Paterson was to bring up in his meeting with Vilsack is the continuing US ban on the sale of authentic Scottish haggis. Haggis, Scotland’s national dish, has been unavailable in the United States since 1971, when the USDA issued a succinct rule: “Livestock lungs shall not be saved for use as human food.” But sheep lungs are a key ingredient in haggis. The reasoning behind the USDA’s ban on lungs is generally couched in terms...