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  • Liberals livid after deal to end shutdown

    01/22/2018 3:53:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 44 replies
    Pollutico ^ | January 22nd, 2018 | By ELANA SCHOR
    Liberal activists are furious with Democratic senators after most of them agreed to reopen the federal government without a firm path to shielding young immigrants from deportation. As the third day of the shutdown dawned, liberal advocates and immigration groups fired off a joint statement blasting as "unacceptable" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) offer to merely hold a vote on immigration — with no promises for action from the House or White House — in exchange for Democratic votes to reopen the government. But three hours later, Democratic senators agreed to just those terms — sparking anger on the...
  • Dog Escapes hHis Home in the Valleys and Catches a Train to Cardiff

    01/22/2018 1:38:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 22 JAN 2018
    Staffordshire bull terrier Clyde befriended some commuters along the way Enter your postcode to see news and information near you A dog who escaped from his Valleys home and caught a train to Cardiff has been reunited with his owners. Staffordshire bull terrier Clyde went missing from his home in Penpedairheol, near Ystrad Mynach , at 7am last Monday – marking the start of his 21-mile adventure. The four-year-old dog walked almost two miles to Hengoed railway station - where he managed to get on a train to Cardiff.Owner Joanne Davies, 43, said her son had let their dog...

    01/22/2018 8:19:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 11, 2018 | Tracy Lee
    Stray dogs are being killed across Russia’s cities that will host the 2018 World Cup this summer. "We have received many appeals from animal rights activists, and just caring citizens, saying mass shooting and euthanasia of stray animals is taking place in a number of World Cup-host cities," Vladimir Burmatov, head of the Russian lower house's environmental protection committee, told newspaper Parlamentskaya Gazeta.
  • Mystery of dog who travelled 113 MILES on train and even changed at Manchester

    01/22/2018 5:51:49 AM PST · by Michael.SF. · 20 replies
    Birmingham news via Drudge ^ | Jan 22, 2018 | Vickie Oliphant
    The Doberman was taken in after he was found wandering around Birmingham New Street station on his own. Believing he was a stray, the volunteers took him on a trip to the vets only to discover he had been microchipped, tracing him back to Huddersfield - a three-hour journey. But the chip had no contact number for the canine’s owners, so the now-homeless pooch has been taken in by Hilbrae Kennels in Telford, Shropshire. Volunteers at the kennels believe the clever dog must have somehow managed to swap trains at Manchester Piccadilly, which link Birmingham New Street with Huddersfield.
  • Headless Chickens Found In Connecticut Courtroom

    01/21/2018 4:40:10 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 31 replies ^ | 1/20/18 | Staff
    <p>BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Authorities in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two decapitated chickens inside a courtroom.</p> <p>Judicial marshals and maintenance staff investigating a putrid smell made the grisly discovery Wednesday morning in the public seating area of a courtroom in a state courthouse in Bridgeport.</p>
  • Coyote that charged hunter in Chiricahuas had rabies

    01/21/2018 4:02:28 AM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies
    WILLCOX — The coyote that charged a bow hunter in the Chiricahuas has tested positive for rabies. The attack occurred at 6 p.m., Jan. 13, on a trail in Green Canyon, according Mark Hart, with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “A hunter just down from a tree stand was charged by a coyote with teeth bared,” he told the Range News. “He struck it with his bow to fend off the attack, then shot the coyote with an arrow when it was down.” Just prior to the attack, the coyote may have attacked a calf, “but was then rushed...
  • Dog Flu Diagnosed in Many Dogs in South Bay

    Humans aren't the only ones suffering from the flu this year. Canine influenza, better known as "dog flu," has been diagnosed in a number of dogs in the South Bay recently, veterinarians said. United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital in Campbell has seen about 70 dogs with symptoms and/or known exposure to the flu, according to Stephanie LaPlume, a veterinarian with the hospital. Other South Bay hospitals, including Los Gatos Dog & Cat Hospital, also report seeing dogs with flu. The virus can't be passed on to humans, but is highly contagious among dogs, a veterinarian said. Dog owners are...
  • Talented mother-of-two, 35, makes amazing cake replicas of domestic pets

    01/20/2018 7:59:43 AM PST · by mairdie · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 January 2018 | Dianne Apen-sadler
    These super cute animals are good enough to eat thanks to a talented mother-of-two who creates incredibly lifelike cake replicas of people's pets. Hannah Edwards, from London, uses photographs of her clients beloved pets to make the remarkable sponge sculptures which are entirely edible. The 35-year-old started baking as a way of making money after being made redundant while looking after her two young children and soon discovered her talent for realistic replicas. Hannah, who runs her own business called The Cake Illusionist, now also travels the world teaching cake sculpting.
  • Deadly Fight Between Python and Alligator Filmed on Golf Course

    01/20/2018 12:21:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, January 19, 2018
    A deadly fight between an alligator and a python has been filmed while the two reptiles fought to the death on a golf course. The giant reptiles were photographed by Dr Richard Nadler while they fought to the death on the 10th hole, the Mirror Online reports. He captioned the footage on Facebook: "Wild day on the 10th hole today! That's a an alligator and a Burmese python entwined. The alligator seems to have the upper hand. (sic)" "As far as I know the gator won. There was no evidence of either animal the next day. We all assume that...
  • Massive Monitor Lizard Freed From Metal Bar Predicament

    01/19/2018 9:20:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 19, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    Animal rescuers were summoned to a Thailand fence where a massive monitor lizard attempted to squeeze between metal bars and found itself stuck. A video recorded Monday in Chachoengsao shows the 5-foot lizard stuck around its middle between the metal bars of a fence that it apparently attempted to pass through while hunting near its pond. The Chachoengsao Rescue Team was summoned to the scene and the video shows them using hydraulic pliers to separate the bars and free the chubby lizard. The monitor, apparently uninjured, runs quickly into its pond after being freed. The rescuers said they plan to...
  • The Weird Tale of a Larger-Than-Life Wolf That Outran the Law, Almost (The Custer Wolf)

    01/19/2018 2:40:40 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | 01/19/2018 | Mindy Weisberger
    For nearly a decade during the dawn of the 20th century, a lone — and furry — figure cut a criminal swath across South Dakota's badlands, evading government officials as well as seasoned trackers and bounty hunters. At the peak of his infamy, the price on his head totaled $500 — the equivalent of about $6,000 today. He was the Custer Wolf, a North American gray wolf (Canis lupus) so-named for the nearby town of Custer, South Dakota. The four-legged outlaw that preyed on livestock was widely reviled as a scourge of farmers and ranchers, but was also a source...
  • Dream job: Ireland vet clinic looking for a ‘cat cuddler’

    01/19/2018 11:47:16 AM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    kxan ^ | Jan. 19, 2018 | Kate Winkle
    A company is looking to hire someone to shower little kittens with love and snuggles. The Just Cats Veterinary Clinic & Cattery in Dublin, Ireland is looking for a cat cuddler. The job description reads: “The ideal candidate must have gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time. They need to be softly spoke and capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients. An ability to understand different types of purring is a distinct added advantage in helping you secure this position with us.”
  • Senate panel wants to ban pets from restaurants, grocery stores

    01/19/2018 5:04:42 AM PST · by SandRat · 22 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    Facebook Twitter Email Print Save PHOENIX — A Senate panel voted Wednesday to make it illegal for people to bring their pets into restaurants and grocery stores under claims they are "service animals.'' SB 1040 would allow a judge to impose a $250 fine on errant owners. But even Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, who crafted the legislation, acknowledged the measure has no real teeth, given the restrictions of what business owners can ask patrons under federal disability laws. He said those who want to break the law are likely to ignore the signs that business owners might erect informing...
  • IN PICS: Horses 'purified' with fire in controversial Spanish ritual

    01/18/2018 10:21:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Thick smoke fills the cobbled streets of San Bartolome de Pinares as the clip-clop of galloping hooves edges ever closer to a bonfire crackling nearby.Suddenly a horse and its rider burst through the flames as the mysterious age-old festival of Las Luminarias kicks off in this village nestled deep in snow-capped mountains near Madrid. Some 130 horses follow suit, ridden by young and old alike, with couples, parents and children taking part in the annual ritual village historians say is unique in Spain. The event may have originated as a pagan ritual practised by the Celts who lived in this...
  • Concerns Grow That Infections From 'Zombie Deer' Meat Can Jump To Humans

    01/18/2018 7:54:31 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | January 17, 20181:25 PM ET | Sam Brasch
    Would you eat venison if there was a chance it could slowly eat away at your brain? If there's a slight possibility, it doesn't bother Patrick States. On the menu this evening for his wife and two daughters at their Northglenn, Colo., home are pan-seared venison steaks with mashed potatoes and a whiskey cream sauce. "We each have our specialty, actually," says States as the steak sizzles. "The girls made elk tamales this morning, but we use [venison or elk] in spaghetti, chili, soup, whatever." The States take pride in skipping the butcher counter at the grocery store. The red...
  • Alligator fights python in front of shocked golfers

    01/18/2018 4:19:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 18, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded battle to the death as a crowd watched in shock at a golf course in Naples, Fla., last week. Richard Nadler spotted the gator entwined with the large snake just outside the 10th hole at The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek. Both creatures were perfectly still, but it appeared the gator had the head of the snake in its mouth.
  • Coyote Tracker: San Francisco’s Uneasy Embrace of a Predator’s Return

    01/17/2018 10:29:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Bay Nature ^ | January 02, 2018 | Kim Todd
    One night a little more than a year ago coyote 02M took off into the dark. He’d been born in the Presidio, San Francisco, likely a year and a half before, in an earth den dug under a log and hidden by English ivy or in the pit left by a windfall cypress. For months he wriggled in a mass of brothers and sisters, playing and fighting, waiting for his parents to show up with a nice dead rat. Then, a bit older, he scampered through the landscape of palm trees and cream-colored buildings with red-tile roofs, the smells of...
  • Pet Translator: Scientist Developing Device To Convert Dog Barks Into English Language

    01/17/2018 5:11:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 99 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 15 January 2018 | Allan Adamson Tech Times Russian Army unveils secret weapon: puppie
    The idea of humans being able to talk to and understand animals may soon become a reality. A researcher is working on a device that may be used as a pet language translator in the future. Using artificial intelligence, scientists learn how to translate vocalizations and facial expressions of animals into something that humans can understand. Animal behavior expert Con Slobodchikoff is one of these researchers whose work may allow pets and their owners to effectively converse with each other using a pet translator in less than ten years. Slobodchikoff, from Northern Arizona University, has studied footage of dogs engaged...
  • 200,000 Honey Bees Killed in Prunedale

    01/17/2018 12:44:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 17, 2018 | Sierra Starks
    A bee killer toppled 100 beehives in Prunedale and sprayed hundreds of thousands of honey bees with gasoline over the weekend. The honey bees were being kept on Mike Hickenbottom's Prunedale property along Eacho Valley Road during the winter. The bees are owned by a man who lives in the Central Valley, where it's too cold during winter months, and they like feeding from eucalyptus trees that flower on the Central Coast during this time of year. Advertisement Hickenbottom believes his neighbors were behind the incident, partially because they had complained to him three times. The bees are allowed to...
  • Bonkers Booker Photoshop Thread!

    01/17/2018 7:38:17 AM PST · by Nateman · 92 replies
    Free Republic ^ | Nateman
    Michelle Malkin has started a #CoryBookerCaptionContest thread on Twitter. Since Twitter shadow bans people and FreeRepublic does not I figured a photoshop contest here would work out better. It's been too long since we've had a photoshop thread anyways! (For those of you who don't know the story behind this, click here)