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  • Is your baby allergic to cow’s milk? This camel’s milk formula could be the answer

    02/23/2018 11:14:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb 20, 2018
    The milk primarily targets infants allergic to cow’s milk. Camel milk for centuries was a staple for Bedouin peoples across the Gulf, who continue to include the vitamin-rich milk in their modern-day diets. A UAE-based company has unveiled what it calls the world’s first camel-based baby formula, an instant powder mix aimed mainly at infants allergic to cow’s milk. The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products, or “Camelicious”, on Monday unveiled the product at Gulfood 2018, an international food and beverage trade event which runs from February 18 to 22 in Dubai. The milk, which it says is suitable...
  • Local groups hoof it to Tucson Rodeo Parade

    02/23/2018 5:49:33 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — More than 200,000 spectators are expected to line today’s 93rd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade route, with folks arriving early for prime viewing spots. Two local high schools — with very different entries — will be represented in this year’s parade lineup. The Buena Marching Colts, directed by Duane Chun, will have about 125 students in the parade, while the Tombstone High School JROTC Mounted Color Guard will be represented with five horseback riders, along with additional support members on foot. “We participate in this parade about every five or six years,” Chun said. “The Buena Marching Colts...
  • Sad day at Berry: One of the two latest eaglets fell from the edge of the nest and did not survive.

    02/23/2018 5:31:59 AM PST · by Prov1322 · 20 replies
    Hometown Headlines ^ | February 23, 2018 | john druckenmiller
    Sad day at Berry: One of the two latest eaglets fell from the edge of the nest and did not survive. Posted on February 23, 2018 by hometownheadlines One of the key things we’ve heard from Berry College since the eagle cams went live on the nest behind Krannert Center was that we were seeing nature as it happens. In recent years, we’ve watched the parent eagles scrap with invaders and other drama. But sometime later Thursday, the first of the 11 eaglets to hatch in the nest perished. B10 or B11 was poking around the edge of the nest...
  • Autopsy: 22-year-old was mauled to death by her own dogs

    02/23/2018 3:29:05 AM PST · by BBell · 59 replies
    GOOCHLAND, Va. (AP) - The autopsy of a Virginia woman found dead in a wooded area says she was mauled to death by her dogs. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Goochland Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday it's closing the investigation into 22-year-old Bethany Lynn Stephens' death in light of the results. Stephens was found last December near her father's home in Goochland, about 35 miles from Richmond.
  • Yard Goats cancel monkey rodeo show after complaints made

    02/21/2018 7:19:52 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 26 replies ^ | Feb 19, 2018 | Courtney Zieller
    HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A type of rodeo event coming to the Yard Goats stadium was quickly canceled after it turned into a firestorm on social media. The event was called The Cowboy- Rodeo Monkey Show, which showcases monkeys acting as cowboys riding dogs. The Yard Goats posted the event on Facebook about a week ago and since then hundreds of people have been sounding off urging them to cancel the event. On Monday, they canceled it. “People in Connecticut love animals, they care about animal welfare and this is not the type of entertainment that our state appreciates,” said...
  • Clever Dog Narrowly Escapes From Hunting Wolf Pack

    02/21/2018 4:20:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/20
    An Italian man captured video of a dog's lucky escape when a pack of wolves appeared and attempted to make it into a meal. Paolo Forconi posted a video to Facebook showing the scene he witnessed in Aubruzzo, Italy, when a wolf pack showed up in the area and started chasing a small dog. The video shows the wolves surround and chase the dog, managing to bite it two times, but the smaller canine makes a narrow escape by jumping through an opening in a nearby fence. The opening proves to small for the wolves to follow. Forconi said wolf...
  • The cat with two faces: British short hair has a flawless split of grey and black facial fur [tr]

    02/21/2018 8:36:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    This adorable cat was born with a flawless split of grey and black fur divided almost perfectly down the middle of her face. The rare markings on the British short hair, pictured at her home in France, are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together. She has both light grey and black fur on her face, separated evenly in a remarkably straight line.
  • Dog Rescued After Falling 150ft Down Devon Cliff

    02/20/2018 10:25:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 16 FEB 2018 | Zoe Stevens
    The dog was reunited with its owners after rescue teams winched him back up to the top of the cliffA dog has been rescued after falling over 150ft down a cliff in Torquay. Torbay Coastguard were called by the dog’s worried owner after the animal had run over the edge of the cliff at Daddlyhole Plain. A crew member was winched down the cliff to retrieve the dog, who was described as ‘bruised and battered’, but once reunited with its grateful owners was in much higher spirits. Crews said that the owner did the right thing by calling them and...
  • Man Falls From Cliff, Dies While Trying to Rescue Dog in Daly City

    02/20/2018 10:04:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    AABC7 ^ | Monday, February 19, 2018 | Laura vAnthony
    It was an idyllic but cold holiday morning near Daly City's Thornton Beach, the kind of morning that draws families and dog walkers to the coast. But just after 11:30 a.m., one man's attempt to save his dog cost him his life. The National Park Service confirms the 67-year-old man was trying to get to his stranded dog, which had made its way part way down a cliff, just west of Skyline Drive. But then he slipped and fell as many as 500 feet to his death. Firefighters had to race to beat the high tide to get to the...
  • Monkey angels watching over us?

    02/19/2018 6:12:41 PM PST · by Norski · 7 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | February 19, 2048 | Merritt Clfton
    Monkey sentinels form our first line of defense against yellow fever & other diseases that have killed millions RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil; SINGHUDURG, India––Panic-driven monkey massacres are contributing to human illness and death, and perhaps could help to spark global epidemics, warn Brazilian health officials. A related “monkey fever” meanwhile raging in parts of India has recently jumped into new and very different habitat, also showing potential to spread far and wide. At issue is simian susceptibility to Flaviviridae viruses, carried by mosquitoes and ticks. Killing upward of 5,000 people per year, worldwide, flaviviruses are as deadly to South American...
  • Your Birdfeeder Is a Battleground, But the Bigger Birds Don't Always Win

    02/18/2018 10:07:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    WCAI ^ | FEB 7, 2018 | MARK FAHERTY
    Have you heard of “bird feeder fight club”? If not, that’s probably because I just made it up. But it totally could be a real thing, according to scientists using Cornell’s vast Project FeederWatch data set. Feeder Watch is one of several bird related citizen science projects managed by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, which also include eBird and Nest Watch. More on those projects another time, but I will say that if you are not using eBird yet, you should be. The brilliance of these projects is that they harness the collective observational power of hundreds of thousands of...
  • Drakes Estero Shark Bite Was Likely Investigative

    02/16/2018 10:28:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Point Reyes Lighthouse ^ | 01/18/2018 | Anna Guth
    Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet upwards, kicking away from biting teeth. The shark surfaced then, rising above the water to reveal an eye, a belly, a fin. Then it disappeared. Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and former reporter for the Light, suffered bites to both of her feet from a juvenile or subadult—likely 10 to...
  • WATCH: Bat Rays Found in Monterey Bay

    02/16/2018 10:18:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Did someone send out a bat signal? Graceful bat rays have been spotted by divers all along Monterey's coast recently. The Monterey Bay Aquarium writes, "Bat rays swim gracefully by flapping their batlike wings (pectoral fins) bird style. They are found in muddy and sandy bottom bays, kelp forests and close to coral reefs. If disturbed while resting on the seafloor, bat rays raise themselves up on the tips of their pectoral fins with their backs arched, ready to swim away if a diver approaches too closely. Rays are known for their ability to jump out of the water and...
  • Sheriff: Woman tossed dog from moving car because she was 'frustrated' with it

    02/16/2018 9:49:14 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 29 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 16 FEBRUARY 2018 | WFAA.COM
    PARKER COUNTY - It's been a tumultuous 24 hours for a young Chihuahua mix named Pumpkin. "She would like to take a nap," said Parker County Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler, whose arms Pumpkin was nuzzling into. The tiny pup was found Thursday, roaming a lot in rural Weatherford. A woman named Vanessa was the one who discovered her. "It was very skittish at first," Vanessa said of the dog. "It didn't want [to go] anywhere near me." Vanessa's family has had trouble with people illegally dumping on their property, so they set up game cameras. She went to check...
  • UK is under threat from a 'super RAT invasion' as experts warn mutant rodents [tr]

    02/16/2018 5:40:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2018 | Rod Ardehali
    British households could be set for an invasion of super rats that are resistant to poison thanks to a genetic mutation dubbed L120Q. The mutation means toxins used to kill the rodents are ineffective and could potentially lead rats plaguing homes across the UK, with some scientists even fearing a population spike thanks to their immunity to poison.
  • Culture Shock: Italians Aghast as Immigrants Barbecue Dog at Welcome Center

    02/16/2018 5:30:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 16, 2018 | Thomas D. Williams
    Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from. Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria.
  • Watch aggressive wild turkey take on traffic in Sacramento neighborhood

    02/15/2018 6:42:01 PM PST · by Mariner · 54 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 15th, 2018 | Unattributed
    This wild turkey wasn’t too pleased with traffic on Riverside Boulevard in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 15th.
  • He's a big teddy bear! The incredible moment animal sanctuary owner cuddles up to 1,400-pound...

    02/15/2018 3:46:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Stephanie Haney For
    FULL TITLE: He's a big teddy bear! The incredible moment animal sanctuary owner cuddles up to 1,400-pound, 10-foot tall beast who just needed cheering up A tender moment captured on video between a 1,400-pound bear and his caretaker caught the internet's attention over the last week. Jim Kowalczik, who owns the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, is seen in the clip sweetly cuddling and petting Jimbo, the Kodiak bear. 'I’m sure you all do the same for your bears when they have had a hard day,' the caption reads. The video, titled 'When your bear had a hard...
  • Scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish's 3-D 'invisibility cloak'

    02/15/2018 12:51:58 PM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | February 15, 2018 | University of Cambridge
    A young European cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) trying to escape predation by expressing dermal papillae in 3-D and a mottled pattern, both of which disrupt the body contour and allow the cuttlefish to fool predators by avoiding recognition. As reported by Gonzalez-Bellido et al., these muscular structures contain a mix of muscle types that allow the animal to express and flatten the papillae quickly, and to maintain papillae expression for extensive periods without the need for neural input. The circuit that controls them appears homologous to the squid skin iridescence circuit. Credit: P Gonzalez-Bellido. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ An international team of scientists has...
  • Shepherd in troubles

    02/14/2018 6:11:34 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 12 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 2/14/18 | Liveleak
    It's been a tough day. Here's a 17 second video diversion.Video Here