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  • Terrorists Are Building Drones. France Is Destroying Them With Eagles.

    02/25/2017 2:43:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Avi Selk
    Under French military supervision, four golden eagle chicks hatched last year atop drones - born into a world of terror and machines they would be bred to destroy. The eagles - named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis - grew up with their nemeses. They chased drones through green grass that summer, pecking futilely at composite shells as seen in Sky News footage. They were rewarded with meat, which they ate off the backs of the drones. When the eagles were ready - this month - d'Artagnan launched screeching from a military control tower across a field, Agence France-Presse reported. The...
  • WATCH: In The War Between Tigers And Drone, Chalk One Up For Tigers

    02/25/2017 2:19:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | February 23, 2017
    Never underestimate a tiger, no matter how fat. It's an enduring truth we'd all do well to remember — and one that attendants at a tiger enclosure at the Siberian Tiger Park in China's Heilongjiang province have learned all over again. They scrambled a flying drone to catch the attention of some of the, let's say, bigger big cats and get them some exercise. Trouble is, the tigers managed to track down the drone and bat it out of the air. Then, naturally, the Siberian tigers tried to eat it. Number Of Wild Tigers Increases For First Time In 100...
  • Australian Teen 'Snake Boy' Grabs Snake From Under SUV

    02/25/2017 2:07:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 25, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A daring teenage boy in Australia earned the nickname "snake boy" after pulling a large snake from the undercarriage of an SUV. Video uploaded to Facebook by Yogi McDougall from Queensland shows the teen Oli Wardrop pulling the lengthy snake from underneath the vehicle before leaving for school. The teen wrestles with to grab the snake by the head as it begins to slither its way up and into the vehicle while his father lay on the ground holding a hook and grabbing the snake by the tail. "I've got the head," Wardrop eventually proclaims. He then proceeded to pull...
  • 'Wolf-Like' Dog Captured by Maryland Police

    02/25/2017 2:02:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 24, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    Animal control officers in Maryland tracked down and captured a loose dog many residents believed to be a wolf. Prince George's County police shared photos which concerned several citizens due to its large size and wolf-like appearance. Police managed to track down and capture the animal at about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and confirmed that it was a large dog. "It seems to be a mixed malamute/husky-type dog," Prince George's animal management Chief Rodney Taylor told WUSA. "He's definitely a dog." The dog was found without any kind of identification such as a chip or a collar and will be...
  • Mako shark makes a 5,000-mile sprint to South Florida in just 142 days

    02/25/2017 8:09:00 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 31 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 24 Feb 2017 | JENNY STALETOVICH
    After researchers tagged the 6.5-foot-long male shark off the Maryland coast in the fall, Hypower circled offshore between New York and New Jersey, took a few loops around the North Atlantic, then made a beeline down the East Coast. The shark then trekked close to shore in North and Central Florida before heading to South Florida, where it swam down to the Keys and back toward the mainland. Nicknamed the “cheetahs of the seas,” makos can swim up to 60 mph. The sharks are known for making remarkably long treks — a young female named JiffyLube2 (for her sponsor) covered...
  • Judge tells compensation claimant she was obese, drunk and careless in high heels

    02/24/2017 8:45:06 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 24 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 2/24/17 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson for
    A woman who tried to claim compensation from Ronnie Scott’s after she fell down the stairs has lost her case. A judge told Eren Hussein, 52, that her weight, drunken state and carelesness in wearing high heels contributed to the fall. She was at the world-famous club in Soho in 2012 when she fell down a flight of stairs, round a corner and down a second flight breaking her wrist and elbow. Ms Hussein tried to claim thousands in damages, but the club was found not to have been responsible.
  • Snuggie-Clad Goats found Wandering Idaho Neighborhood

    02/24/2017 12:17:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 24, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A pair of goats dressed in snuggies were found roaming around an Idaho town unattended. Nampa Police Department shared a photo of an Animal Control Officer holding the two escaped animals, each donning its own blue snuggie, in hopes of tracking down their owner. "Have you lost your goats? Or your Snuggies? If so, we found them near Lake Lowell and Midland Blvd.," police said. The goats were taken to West Valley Humane Society where the owners were instructed to pick up their missing animals. Officers managed to track down the owners within about three hours to reunite them with...
  • Reality TV show livestreaming kittens called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians becomes a hit [tr]

    02/24/2017 9:38:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 23, 2017 | Hannah Al-Othman
    A new fly-on-the-wall reality TV show called Keeping Up With The Kattarshians featuring a gang of adorable kittens has become a surprise hit in Iceland. The cats, from a local animal rescue shelter, live together in an over-sized dollhouse, which has been rigged with hidden cameras. The programme was created in partnership with the Icelandic Cat Protection Society.
  • Terrifying moment huge great white shark stalks a surfer and then charges at him at [tr]

    02/24/2017 6:24:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2017 | Brianne Tolj
    A drone has captured footage of a great white shark swimming less than a metre away from a surfer as he dangled his feet in the water, waiting for the next wave. The large shark was spotted making a beeline for the man and another surfer at notorious shark attack spot Lighthouse Beach, on the NSW north coast near Ballina. It appears to chase the second surfer as he catches a wave, before turning its attention to the man who is paddling nearby.
  • The Longest Night: Alwar Villagers Live in Shadow of ‘Man-Eater’ Leopard

    02/23/2017 8:29:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb 24, 2017 | Salik Ahmad
    The leopard has a rule, says Chhotelal Meena, sitting on his haunches beside a fire in his village house in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. “If you snatch its kill, it comes back to avenge it. This one will come back and kill one more, I tell you,” adds the 40-year-old farmer, his eyes, yellowed by years of exposure to wood smoke, reflecting his conviction in the rustic wisdom he just pronounced. Chhotelal’s argument has a reason. A leopard is suspected to have killed his father, 66-year-old Ram Kumar, on February 12 when the senior Meena went to relieve himself outside his...
  • Disabled Vet Beaten By Accused Turtle Abusers Given Car

    02/23/2017 11:54:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    <p>A disabled Navy veteran has a new ride a week after authorities said he was beaten by three men he confronted as they were torturing a turtle in Daytona Beach.</p> <p>Daytona Beach Kia-Mitsubishi gave Garry Blough, 45, keys to a 2012 Kia Forte after the incident was brought to their attention by another veteran, former Marine Paula Mongeon.</p>
  • Crews Working to Rescue Horses Stranded in San Jose Floodwaters

    02/23/2017 11:14:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    California authorities are expected to head to flooded ranches in San Jose to rescue 28 horses that have been standing in water for two days. The horses have been trapped since Tuesday, when flooding prompted the evacuation of 14,000 San Jose residents. Police and animal control crews have been waiting for water to recede in order to safely pull the horses out. "Our agency has spoken with large animal veterinarians and large animal rescue agencies, who have advised us that it is best for the horses to shelter in place, due to the possibility of obstacles under the water that...
  • I'm having a good day.Total vanity.

    02/23/2017 6:48:22 AM PST · by Farmer Dean · 40 replies
    I'm having a good day,one of my horses who has been sick for a week turned the corner on his illness last night and is on the mend.I thought I might have to put him down but he's going to be OK.
  • Giraffe stream flagged on YouTube for 'nudity & sexual content', park says

    02/23/2017 6:48:31 AM PST · by servo1969 · 24 replies ^ | 2-23-2017 | Fox5ny
    <p>Millions of people have been watching and waiting with anticipation to witness the birth of a baby giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY.</p> <p>The park set up a webcam in order to share the precious and educational moment with the world. Park officials in a little more than 12 hours they've seen between 20-30 million views.</p>
  • Hair-raising video shows stealthy coyote follow doctor into his office in South Carolina

    02/22/2017 7:27:59 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 38 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 21, 2017 | AVIANNE TAN
    A security camera recently captured the hair-raising moment a coyote stealthily followed a doctor into his office in South Carolina. The doctor -- Steven Poletti, an orthopedic surgeon -- said the harrowing incident happened early in the morning on Feb. 15 while he was walking into work at the Southeastern Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Poletti had no idea a coyote was behind him until they were both inside the building, he told ABC News today.
  • Radioactive boars are roaming Czech mountains after eating mushrooms contaminated [tr]

    02/22/2017 1:10:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 22, 2017 | Hannah Al-Othman
    Wild boar is a popular locally delicacy in the Czech Republic but fans of the meat have an unusual problem on their hands this winter - the boars are radioactive. The boars became contaminated by one of their most popular food sources - false truffles. A cold and snowy winter is forcing them to feed on false truffles, an underground mushroom common in the Sumava mountain region between the Czech Republic, Austria, and Germany - where wild boars roam free.
  • Deimos Grooms Himself to Metal [cat video]

    02/22/2017 1:05:28 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 2/22/17 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    I was listening to some metal, and Deimos started grooming himself. Song is "Caught in a Mosh," by Anthrax.
  • Vigil Planned Outside Queens Slaughterhouse Where Bull Escaped

    02/22/2017 12:30:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    NY1 ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    NEW YORK - Animal lovers will pay their respects to the bull that ran away from a Queens slaughterhouse and died Tuesday. A vigil is being held Wednesday night at the Aziz slaughterhouse on Beaver Road in Jamaica, where the bull escaped from. Bull Who Escaped from Queens Slaughterhouse Has Died Officers chased the bull through the streets for hours, shooting him with tranquilizers. He was eventually cornered at 158th street and 116th Avenue, nearly two miles away. The bull died while on its way to the Animal Care and Control Center in East New York, Brooklyn. The vigil begins...
  • Alligator Decides to Play Third Wheel During Valentine’s Day pPcnic

    02/22/2017 10:46:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Alligator ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Romy Ellenbogen
    A 3-to-4-foot gator approached a couple at UF, ate their food and took a cameraTwo Valentine’s Day picnics were crashed Tuesday by an uninvited guest: an alligator with an appetite. Tatiana Radulovic and her boyfriend, Chris Day, were eating a picnic dinner by the Baughman Center at Lake Alice on Tuesday when a 3-to-4-foot alligator began to approach at about 6:40 p.m. The pair, sitting near another couple, thought the alligator wouldn’t be an issue — until it went for their food. They said they had seen the alligator in the water while they were eating, but Radulovic, 19, told...
  • The terrifying bobbit worm has a huge ancient cousin

    02/22/2017 9:59:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Earth Touch News ^ | February 22, 2017 | David Moscato
    In the tropical oceans of the Indo-Pacific, buried beneath the seafloor, dwells a nightmare predator named the bobbit worm. Known to grow up to three metres long, these worms are famous for swinging their bear-trap jaws so forcefully that they sometimes cut fish clean in half. And it turns out the "terror worm" has a long family history. Fossil remains from Ontario, Canada reveal that a similarly huge snap-jawed relative of the bobbit worm, named Websteroprion armstrongi, lurked in prehistoric seas around 400 million years ago.
  • Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says

    02/22/2017 9:41:16 AM PST · by fruser1 · 62 replies
    Fox News ^ | 22 Feb 2017 | Fox News
    Owning a cat won't make you mentally ill, study says Although you may hold suspicions about your neighbor who feeds the local stray cats, new research has found no link between owning a feline and exhibiting psychotic symptoms. The University College London findings cast doubt on previous research, which suggested that people who grew up with cats are at a higher risk of mental illness. “The message for cat owners is clear: there is no evidence that cats pose a risk to children’s mental health,” Dr. Francesca Solmi, the study’s lead author, said in a news release. “In our study,...
  • MNfusion: Tullibee Chef Crowned Prince Of Pigs At Cochon555

    02/21/2017 6:48:44 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies ^ | 2/21/17 | Katie Fraser
    Where’s the beef? Well, it made way for the pork. On Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities foodies celebrated the pig in all of its glory at Cochon555. An event dedicated to all things pork, Cochon555 celebrates heritage pigs and sustainable farming of the animal. The competition featured five chefs, who compete head-to-head creating dishes using a whole heritage breed pig. The focus is on fine dining. Proceeds from the 14-city event go to Piggy Bank, a charity focusing on sanctuaries for heritage breed pigs and Open Access Agriculture.
  • French waitress drags huge lizard out of Australian restaurant

    02/21/2017 11:07:20 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Helena Horton
    This plucky waitress is evidently not scared of trespassing lizards so big they are mistaken for dogs. She has since been dubbed "goanna girl" - the reptile is thought to be a goanna - and has been widely commended for her bravery. The waitress, who is originally from Normandy, commented: "I wasn't scared, I like reptiles so was a bit excited."
  • Orange alligator garnering quizzical looks in Calabash, N.C. [2nd one!]

    02/21/2017 10:41:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies ^ | February 21, 2017 7:49 AM | By Todd Garvin
    “Donny” the orange alligator suns near a pond in Calabash, N.C. Nick Andrews ============================================================================================================================= An unusual gator dubbed “Donny” by residents is drawing attention in Calabash, N.C. The alligator is ready for Halloween, as it’s the color of a pumpkin ... a dull orange instead of the usual green color. Nick Andrews of Little River snapped some photos of the unusual reptile while visiting his father-in-law in Calabash Lakes Home Community. Another orange alligator was spotted earlier this month in Hanahan, S.C. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a USA Today report that...
  • French waitress drags huge lizard out of Australia

    02/21/2017 8:06:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | February 21, 2017 | Helena Horton
    This plucky waitress is evidently not scared of trespassing lizards so big they are mistaken for dogs. 25-year-old French waitress Samia Lila has made international headlines after grabbing the huge reptile by the tail and swinging it out of the restaurant in New South Wales.
  • “Child-Free” Millennials Choose Pets Over Kids: “Who Needs Children When We Can Cuddle Our Pets”

    02/20/2017 7:32:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 100 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 20, 2017 | Brad Mattes
    According to government statistics, an increasing number of women from the millennial generation are opting out when it comes to having babies. Instead, it appears they’re finding an alternative more to their liking. Why the trend for young couples becoming “child-free”? And what have they found to fill the void? There’s an important distinction to be made between a “childless” couple that has no control whether or not they hear the pitter patter of little feet in their home, versus others who refer to themselves “child-free.” The latter is an intentional lifestyle choice not to have children. There is a...

    02/20/2017 6:37:56 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 59 replies
    AP ^ | 2/20/17 | Staff
    SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and were found near the front door of a home a couple of houses away.Sgt. Geoffrey Miner tells WGGB/WSHM a driver reported seeing the cows walking on the side of a road and in yards in Suffield on Sunday morning
  • Edmonton police issue ticket for wearing a ferret while driving

    02/20/2017 6:27:02 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 36 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | MICHELLE LEPAGE
    A 24-hour traffic enforcement event by Edmonton police resulted in 2,442 violations, including a distracted driving ticket for a motorist wearing a live ferret around their neck while cruising along Whyte Avenue.
  • Experiments Suggest Dogs and Monkeys Have a Human-Like Sense of Morality

    02/18/2017 2:08:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies ^ | February 15, 2017 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers from Kyoto University has found that dogs and capuchin monkeys watch how humans interact with one another and react less positively to those that are less willing to help or share. In their paper published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, the team describes a series of experiments they carried out with several dogs and capuchin monkeys and what they discovered about both species social preferences. Common sense suggests that most people prefer to deal with other people who are fair and in some cases, helpful. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn...
  • Is Bee Venom the Secret Ingredient to Fighting Wrinkles?

    02/17/2017 4:12:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KEYE TV ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Bettie Cross
    Bees are becoming buzz-worthy when it comes to smoothing out wrinkles. Bee venom in creams and lotions promises to fool the skin into thinking it’s been stung. The jury is still out on whether bee venom works, but using it could be dangerous for the two million Americans allergic to insect stings. Tanya Phillips takes great pains not to feel the pain of getting stung by her honey bees. "Bees don't like smoke, so this keeps them away from us," said Phillips as she squeezed a handheld smoker. Deep in southern Travis County the master beekeeper knows if she stays...
  • A Horrifying List of Creatures That Can Crawl Into Your Body

    02/17/2017 4:08:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | Erika Engelhaupt
    First, let’s clear something up about recent reports of a live cockroach pulled from a woman’s skull. It was technically in her skull, between her eyes—but if you stick your little finger in your ear, that’s technically in your skull too. More precisely, the roach had crawled into her sinuses. In a video that has gone viral, the roach is seen wriggling through pink flesh and eventually being pulled live from the Indian woman’s sinuses, after entering her nose while she slept. M.N. Shankar of Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, India, confirmed to National Geographic in an email that...
  • Snake Venom Can Be Used for Pain Treatment

    02/17/2017 3:50:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KGNS ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Jamie Guirola
    A cobra's deadly venom is being used to heal chronic aches and pains. Tom's handling a Southeast Asian Cobra he raised at his farm. Twice a month, he milks the venom that's used to help people and pets with chronic pain. (Photo Courtesy: NBC) It's a toxin turned treatment that can be used by both pets and people. They are not the friendliest creatures. And they can be intimidating... "Right now I'm removing a cobra from its cage," says herpetologist and venom supplier Tom Crutchfield. "This is the cobras' keep for the venom line for the pharmaceutical company Nutria Pharma."...
  • Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s Son Is Just Like His Dad on ‘Tonight Show’

    02/17/2017 9:56:24 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 17, 2017
    Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and if you closed your eyes, it was almost like the original Crocodile Hunter was back on the show. Steve died back in 2006 when Robert was only 2 years old, and while we don’t know if Robert can dance like his sister, Bindi, he definitely has the same infectious enthusiasm that runs in the whole family. The first animal Robert brought out was an African dwarf crocodile named Beetlejuice, and when Jimmy was worried about petting little Beetlejuice, Robert put him at ease by saying, “My dad...
  • Agents confiscate 13 pounds of horse genitals at airport

    02/17/2017 8:59:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    WEAR-TV3 Pensacola ^ | Thursday, February 16th 2017 | Staff
    STERLING, Va — Authorities at a Virginia airport encountered some unusual baggage when they confiscated 13 pounds of horse genitals and a total of 42 pounds of horsemeat from two women arriving from Mongolia Jan. 29. The two women landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month when authorities discovered the meat concealed inside juice boxes, a release from US Customs and Border Protection said. When the women landed, the release said the women were forwarded for a routine agriculture examination. During the examination, agriculture specialists found a combined 42 pounds of meat described as "horsemeat and other ruminant...
  • Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal

    02/16/2017 11:16:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 16, 2017 | Hannah Devlin
    The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.
  • Idaho man's pet squirrel goes nuts on burglar

    02/16/2017 8:23:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    EastIdahoNews ^ | Feb. 15,2017 | Lacey Darrow
    MERIDIAN — Adam Pearl walked into his Meridian home Tuesday and realized something didn’t seem right. “I came in the front door and I saw snow prints out in the front driveway going to the back of the house, so I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard,” Pearl told KIVI. Pearl was immediately greeted by his pet squirrel Joey when he got home, but the he started noticing a few doors that would normally be closed were open.
  • Daytona veteran beaten up for trying to save turtle's life, police say

    02/16/2017 7:39:06 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 53 replies
    click orlando ^ | 16 Feb 2017 | Emilee Speck
    Victim attempted to stop men from beating turtle. "They started hitting the back of my head and started punching me. I was able to fend off a little bit but I mean three of them, got the better of me," he said. Blough told them he did not want to fight, one of the attackers said “I don’t give a f—and I don’t care if I go to jail,” according to the arrest report. The suspects continued to beat Blough until neighbors came out and the suspects ran away.
  • Video: Grizzly Bear Steals Jeremy Wade’s Salmon Right Off His Line

    02/15/2017 9:37:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    We’ve all tuned into the fishing show ‘River Monsters’ to see what Jeremy Wade is reeling in next. But in this video, Jeremy faces a “monster” he’s not dealt with before. While pursuing salmon in the Alaskan wilderness, you have to keep your head on a swivel. You never know when you might get a 400 pound spectator who’s looking for a quick meal. That’s what happened to Jeremy and his crew in this next video. Grizzly bears are notoriously good at fishing, they even show up Jeremy Wade for a while! Finally, Wade hooks a salmon which draws the...
  • Shocking Photos Show Obese Tigers At Animal Park

    02/15/2017 6:08:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Photos of fat Siberian tigers at a Chinese tiger park have recently been making the rounds on social media. The tigers don't just look a little pudgy — they look dangerously obese, Chris Draper, associate director of animal welfare and care at the Born Free Foundation, told The Dodo. Yet many media outlets are promoting the photos are funny or cute, when the situation is much more serious than that, according to Draper. "It was like they were almost being circulated for comedic effect, and it's only secondarily that people are starting to cotton on [to] what the actual problem...
  • Police dog Freya finds lost child in woods near Lacombe

    02/15/2017 3:28:41 PM PST · by BBell · 20 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/15/17 | Kim Chatelain, | The Times-Picayune
    While the German shepherd Rumor was being crowned the top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York Tuesday night (Feb. 14), police dog Freya was winning accolades of her own on the North Shore. The Bavarian mountain hound, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office canine that specializes in finding lost children, located a missing 14-year-old autistic child in the woods near Lacombe. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence after the child went missing. The deputies canvassed the area but could not find the child, the Sheriff's Office said. Freya and her handler, deputy Ron Olivier,...
  • Westminster Dog Show 2017: Rumor the German Shepherd Wins Best in Show

    02/15/2017 12:32:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    ny times ^ | Feb. 15, 2017 | KELLY WHITESIDE, ANDREW DAS and SARAH LYALLUPDATED
    As Rumor, a German shepherd, took long, elegant strides around the ring at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, she seemed to cover every inch of the green carpet. It was as if there were no other dogs in the room, and soon that was indeed true as Rumor stood alone, earning best-in-show honors on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. “The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” said Thomas Bradley, the best-in-show judge. “She is just magnificent.” Last year, Rumor, named after the Adele song “Rumor Has It,” was favored to win it all, but she...
  • Redback v snake: Extraordinary moment a spider takes on a brown serpent caught in its web [tr]

    02/15/2017 10:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Nelson Groom
    It is nature’s David versus Goliath battle – a redback spider squaring off with a much larger brown snake. Extraordinary footage has surfaced of the moment the spider won a duel to the death with a reptile who slithered too close to its web. The vision of the two deadly creatures has made a splash on social media, where commenters voiced their astonishment at the underdog victory.
  • Woman's insurance cancelled over Facebook pictures

    02/15/2017 10:21:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 82 replies ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Diane Wilson
    TIMBERLAKE, North Carolina -- Do you put pictures of your kids, pets, or adventures on social media? If you do, be careful as you never know who is watching. Melina Efthimiadis along with her husband wanted to add personal umbrella liability insurance to their Nationwide homeowner's policy. She says they have been low risk clients so she didn't think it would be a problem. In the application process for Nationwide, Melina says they had to write down the number of dogs they owned and their breeds, which are Shih Tzu/ Yorkie, a Hound and Hound/Lab mix.
  • Insurance Company Cancels Policy Over Facebook Photo

    02/15/2017 10:17:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KFOR ^ | 2/15
    A North Carolina woman says her insurance was canceled because of a picture of her dog on Facebook. Melina Efthimiadis and her husband say they are low risk clients. However, when they tried to add personal umbrella liability to their homeowner's insurance, Nationwide canceled their policy, according to WTVD. Efthimiadis said she had included the family's three dogs – a Shih Tzu, a hound and a Lab/hound mix – on the application, but the company claimed they had failed to disclose that they owned a Rottweiler mix, considered a dangerous breed. The mix-up apparently came from Efthimiadis' own Facebook photo...
  • New Zealand Beach Closed Amid Fears of Hundreds of "Exploding Whales"

    02/14/2017 8:07:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 13 FEB 2017
    "It's not very nice getting a 'gut bomb' on your face." The devastating mass stranding event that saw more than 650 pilot whales beach themselves in New Zealand over the weekend is finally over, with 17 survivors making it back to a large pod of more than 200 individuals seen 6 km (3.7 miles) offshore. But things are just getting started for the clean-up crew, because hundreds of carcasses are now strewn across Farewell Spit beach, and the public has been banned due to fears of spontaneous whale explosions caused by gas build-up. "These things explode from the stomach, and...
  • Recalling Alaska's most notorious drunken moose, the street-smart Buzzwinkle

    02/14/2017 7:00:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Every autumn in recent years our boreal neighbors in Sweden and Norway have regaled the rest of the world with tales of drunken moose. In most of the stories, the moose have gotten smashed eating fermented apples, the active ingredient in applejack. Recently, near Stockholm, a "mob of boozed-up moose" threatened a homeowner, daring him to step into his own garden. The online magazine Slate called the news brief issued by Radio Sweden "the best thing on the Internet today." Sweden and Norway have lots of moose and loads of apple trees. Alaska has fewer moose and a paucity of...
  • Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    02/14/2017 5:45:22 PM PST · by mojo114 · 56 replies
    Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show live from Madison Square Garden, NYC. Check your cable for station.
  • Researchers Capture Amazing Video of Rattlesnake Striking Prey

    02/14/2017 11:41:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Researchers at the Higham Lab at the University of California, Riverside set up a high-speed camera to capture something rarely seen on camera: a rattlesnake attacking its prey. You can see in the video above, a Mohave rattlesnake quickly moves to strike a kangaroo rat as it hops by. In this case, the rat was able to detect the snake's movement in time to jump out of the way and escape. The lab says the animals in this video are free-ranging, so they had to set up cameras to capture the moment. They tracked the snakes' movement and set up...
  • Second eaglet pecks its way out; two hatchlings now in the eagles’ nest at Berry College.

    02/13/2017 8:41:52 AM PST · by Prov1322 · 10 replies ^ | 02.13.2017 | Jack Druckenmiller
    Second eaglet pecks its way out; two hatchlings now in the eagles’ nest at Berry College. From Berry College Eagles’ Facebook page: “B9 is finally here! The little eaglet hatched sometime in the wee hours of the morning and is currently snuggled close together with B8! Great screencap by Deanna George.” Earlier photo: That’s eaglet B8 next to the now “pipped” shell of its sibling as B9 is taking steps to exit its shell. From Berry County Eagles’ Facebook page: “This great screencap taken by Rebecca Ahmad shows off our little B8 and the confirmed pip in egg #2!
  • New Zealand Beach Closed Amid Fears of Hundreds of "Exploding Whales"

    02/13/2017 5:08:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 2/13/2017
    The devastating mass stranding event that saw more than 650 pilot whales beach themselves in New Zealand over the weekend is finally over, with 17 survivors making it back to a large pod of more than 200 individuals seen 6 km (3.7 miles) offshore. But things are just getting started for the clean-up crew, because hundreds of carcasses are now strewn across Farewell Spit beach, and the public has been banned due to fears of spontaneous whale explosions caused by gas build-up. "These things explode from the stomach, and if you're standing right there, it's not very nice getting a...