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  • Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

    07/11/2014 5:52:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Dr. Vint Virga likes to arrive at a zoo several hours before it opens, when the sun is still in the trees and the lanes are quiet and the trash cans empty. Many of the animals haven’t yet slipped into their afternoon ma­laise, when they retreat, appearing to wait out the heat and the visitors and not do much of anything. Virga likes to creep to the edge of their enclosures and watch. He chooses a spot and tries not to vary it, he says, “to give the animals a sense of control.” Sometimes he watches an animal for hours,...
  • New species found: walking catfish, Beelzebub bat and two-legged lizard

    07/11/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 07-10-2014 | Staff
    From a devilish-looking bat to a frog that sings like a bird, scientists have identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong area, the WWF said in a new report detailing discoveries in 2011. But threats to the region's biodiversity mean many of the new species are already struggling to survive, the conservation group warned. "The good news is new discoveries. The bad news is that it is getting harder and harder in the world of conservation and environmental sustainability," Nick Cox, manager of WWF-Greater Mekong's Species Programme, said.
  • 800 Degree Heat From Solar Mirrors Frying Birds Mid Air

    07/10/2014 4:28:08 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 21 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11/07/2014 | Andy Tully
    There is growing evidence that birds flying in the vicinity of a solar thermal power project in California’s Mojave Desert are being injured and even killed either by the solar heat that’s focused with mirrors on its three energy-collecting towers, or by colliding with the mirrors themselves. Yet a task force set up to investigate the problem at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) has brushed aside several recommendations by the forensics laboratory of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), according to the minutes of a meeting on the subject obtained by the Los Angeles public television station...
  • Sheep Sold for Dh750,000 in Saudi ($US205K)

    07/10/2014 3:16:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, July 10, 2014
    A sheep was sold for SR750,000 (Dh750,000) in Saudi Arabia and dealers said it was one of the rarest rams in the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi businessman Fahd Al Widinani bought the sheep after more than a week of negotiations with its owner in the western Saudi town of Makkah. “The sheep is called Hadad and its one of the rarest breeds in the region,” the Arabic language daily Sabq said.
  • Incredible sight of the elephant that cried:... held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years...

    07/09/2014 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 05:08 EST, 7 July 2014 | By Emma Glanfield
    FULL TITLE: Incredible sight of the elephant that cried: Raju was held in chains, beaten and abused for fifty years and on the day he was released tears rolled down his face Raju was held in chains for more than 50 years after being poached in India The animal bled from spiked shackles and lived on hand-outs from tourists Team from North London charity Wildlife SOS travelled to India to free animal Raju cried tears of joy after being freed from suffering on American Independence Day Five-and-a-half tonne animal driven 350 miles away to safe conservation area These incredible pictures...
  • 4-Year-Old Boy Recovering From Pit Bull Attack

    07/08/2014 5:27:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 8, 2014 3:49 PM
    FONTANA (CBSLA.com) — A 4-year-old boy is recovering Tuesday after being mauled by his family pit bull Monday afternoon, officials said. According to Fontana Police, around 3:30 p.m. Monday, officers were sent to the 7600 block of Honeysuckle Street for reports of shots fired, and a dog had been shot after attacking a child. Around the same time, police reported two off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers who live in the area responded to the home to assist the mother. One officer shot and killed the dog as it was biting the child’s head and face, police said. Fontana officers...
  • Study: Fossil soaring bird had huge wingspan

    07/08/2014 8:57:10 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 3:12 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    A fossil found in South Carolina has revealed a gigantic bird that apparently snatched fish while soaring over the ocean some 25 million to 28 million years ago. Its estimated wingspan of around 21 feet is bigger than the height of a giraffe. …
  • 18-Month-Old Saudi Baby Catches Snake, Thinking it's a Toy

    07/08/2014 6:41:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 08, 2014
    An 18-month-old Saudi boy who was playing in the back garden of his house in the Gulf kingdom went back in carrying a snake which he wanted to show to his mother. The boy looked delighted by what he thought a toy he had found before his mother hit him on the hand, sending the snake crawling away. “The mother chased the snake with a stick and killed it. She said her son thought it was a toy and he was very happy with it,” Sabq Arabic language daily said in a report from the southern Dhamad town.
  • Abused elephant rescued by Wildlife S.O.S.

    07/08/2014 12:20:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Grind TV ^ | 7/8/14 | David Strege
    A year after learning of Raju’s plight, Wildlife S.O.S. last week led a team of 10 veterinarians and wildlife officials, 20 forestry department officers and six policemen, and seized the abused elephant from the Uttar Pradesh area of India, after receiving a court order. “The team [was] astounded to see tears roll down his face during the rescue,” Pooja Binepal, a spokesman for Wildlife S.O.S., told the MailOnline. “It was so incredibly emotional for all of us. We knew in our hearts he realized he was being freed. “Elephants are not only majestic, but they are highly intelligent animals, who...
  • UPDATE: Police Confirm Bear Hit and Killed in South Charleston Area W.Va.

    07/08/2014 9:20:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Anna Baxter
    KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bear was hit and killed Monday by a vehicle in Kanawha County, according to Kanawha County Sheriff's dispatchers. There was no word exactly where it happened or if the bear was possibly one of the two black bears spotted earlier in the South Charleston area. Those two bears made their first appearance Monday morning along Interstate 64 near the Montrose exit. South Charleston Police, who investigated the case of the bear hit and killed, confirmed it happened but had no immediate information where or when.
  • Curious Elk Breaks Into House in Sweden

    07/07/2014 6:19:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 07 Jul 2014
    A walkabout elk wandered into a family house in southern Sweden, but after making itself at home the animal had to be put down due to grisly injuries sustained during the break-in. The elk was spotted walking around in a residential area of Helsingborg on Monday morning. It then proceeded to jump through a window and smash its way into a house, setting of an alarm in the process. Luckily nobody was home, as the family was away on holiday. Police were quickly on the scene and encountered the elk exploring the living room. A hunter was then dispatched as...
  • Palmer farm looks to learn lessons from milking musk oxen

    07/07/2014 2:48:35 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 12 replies
    Alaska Daily News ^ | SUZANNA CALDWELL
    It's rich and fatty and not the least bit offensive in flavor, at least according to taste tests by managers at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. Last week, cows started to wean their babies, and for the first time in two decades managers decided to try milking the musk oxen.
  • 'Vampire' Squirrel Has World's Fluffiest Tail

    07/07/2014 12:16:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Science ^ | 30 June 2014 | Erik Stokstad
    Few scientists have ever seen the rare tufted ground squirrel (Rheithrosciurus macrotis), which hides in the hilly forests of Borneo, but it is an odd beast. It’s twice the size of most tree squirrels, and it reputedly has a taste for blood. Now, motion-controlled cameras have revealed another curious fact. The 35-centimeter-long rodent has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size. "The species is really quite bizarre," says Erik Meijaard, a conservation scientist with People and Nature Consulting International in Jakarta. Meijaard and his wife, Rona Dennis, an independent remote sensing scientist, gathered a collection of...
  • Police Take Horrific Action 'Every 98 Minutes' [Dog Killings]

    07/06/2014 4:37:18 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 23 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 7, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    A rash of animal shootings by police officers nationwide has law-enforcement agencies running for cover amid growing public outrage that could force state legislatures to require greater accountability from men and women in uniform. Police in Utah shot a family’s dog while searching for a lost boy, prompting hundreds of pet owners to protest June 28 in front of the Salt Lake City Police Department headquarters. They carried signs demanding “justice for Geist,” a 110-pound Weimaraner shot by a city cop within the dog’s fenced-in back yard. The “missing” boy was later found sleeping in his home. State police in...
  • Lovebird crafts new paper tail feathers for herself...

    07/06/2014 4:05:16 PM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    Bibi the lovebird decides she needs some new tail feathers and goes about expertly shredding paper to add them to her rump. Actually, this is typical nesting behavior and she's saving those pieces for a potential nest. Either way, it's fun to watch.
  • It’s a Mystery! Missing Cat Turns up 200 Miles Away From Home Nine Weeks Later

    07/06/2014 2:44:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Metro UK ^ | 6 Jul 2014
    How did this cat travel 200 miles away from home by himself?A cat that had been missing for nine weeks has been found more than 200 miles away from his home. The brilliantly named Obi Wan Catobi was found by builders in a unfinished hotel near Euston train station on Thursday. After the RSPCA caught the wayward moggie they discovered his microchip, which revealed he had travelled all the way from Leeds. When they got in touch with owner Adam Williams, 32, he told them that Obi went missing in April after he moved house within the Leeds area. Speaking...
  • Inseparable Rescue Dog and Baby Make an Adorable BFF Pair (with lots of great pix)

    07/06/2014 12:00:49 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    Mashable ^ | July 6, 2014 | Dennis Green
    Little Carter has what everyone wishes they had as a kid: a real-life teddy bear in the form of an extremely affectionate and loving pup. Toby, a rescue dog, is sweet and affectionate to the toddler. The pair are undoubtedly best friends and have been pretty much inseparable since before they ever even met.
  • Man Allegedly Punches Girlfriend's Pet Rabbit After Argument About Women's Rights

    07/05/2014 5:12:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    UPI ^ | July 2, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    A Florida man was arrested after allegedly attacking his girlfriend's pet rabbit following an argument about women's rights. According to a Boyton Beach Police report, James Wertz became enraged when his girlfriend told him that she wanted to end their relationship after he refused to stop arguing and screaming. The 28-year-old suspect then allegedly began "punching and squeezing" the woman's pet rabbit, according to Boynton Beach Police media representative Stephanie Slater. The woman intervened and Wertz apologized, but when she tried to call 911, Wertz physically threw the woman across the room, according to the Palm Beach Post. The rabbit...
  • Boca Man Alleged to Have Shipped Spiny Lobster Illegally to China

    07/05/2014 4:44:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    A 60-year-old Boca Raton man is facing federal charges of helping to pack, mark and ship Florida spiny lobster illegally to Hong Kong, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Eric Burman pleaded not guilty last week to the charges. If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release, as well as a criminal fine of up to $250,000. Through a Pompano Beach business he owns, Burman “was engaged in the wholesale commercial seafood industry, including the export of live Florida spiny lobster to the seafood market in China,” the U.S....
  • Yes, unicorn horns for cats are an actual thing you can buy. [Title shortened.]

    07/05/2014 12:28:22 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 78 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 1 Jul 2014 | Caroline Westbrook
    So just what do you get for the cat who has everything? Well, how about one of these – an actual inflatable unicorn horn designed specifically for the feline in your life. The item – yours for a mere Ł6.40 on Amazon – will not only look very fetching on your kitty but may also help you realise your dream of turning your pet into a mythical, magical creature. Alternatively, it may just make them look like a cat with a large inflatable object strapped to their head. But nonetheless we are assured from the box that ‘cats love it’...
  • Diamond Dog Returns Missing Wedding Ring (Missing Wedding Ring in bDog for 5 Years)

    07/04/2014 4:07:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    WAOW ^ | Jun 29, 2014 | Rose Heaphy
    A Stevens Point woman found a special surprise in an unlikely place. Five years ago, Lois Matykowski lost her wedding ring. Matykowski had given up all hope finding it, until her dog, Tucker, led her to a shocking discovery. Tucker is your typical mutt. He likes playing with his frisbee and rolling on the grass on a hot summer day. "You wouldn't think he's ten years old by the way he acts," said Matykowski. Like every pup, he likes getting into trouble. "He's known in the family to be the food burglar," said Matykowski. It's because of that nickname, a...
  • Saudi Establishes Camel Milk Firm in California

    07/04/2014 10:37:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A young Saudi has established a company selling camel's milk in the United States, despite the animals reportedly being the source of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus. According to a report in a Los Angeles newspaper, Walid Abdulwahab, 23, set up the company as part of his class project at the University of Southern California. The lighthearted slogan of his company, Desert Farms, is "Make every day a humpday." Supplied by seven small camel farms, most of them owned by Amish, the Santa Monica-based company recently sold camel milk of $100,000, as it spreads its claims of nutritional...
  • Albertville man shoots, kills black bear in yard (MN)

    07/03/2014 6:05:41 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/2/14 | Emma Nelson
    An Albertville man shot and killed a black bear that wandered into his yard Tuesday evening, according to the Wright County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office got a call about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday from a resident of the 10000 block of 64th Street NE. in the northwest metro community, saying that a bear had come up to the sliding-glass door in the resident’s back yard. A sheriff’s deputy spotted the bear near another residence a few blocks away, on the other side of a park and wooded area. Then a gunshot sounded, and the deputy saw the bear run into...
  • I almost hit a Deer last night. How are they surviving this drought?

    07/03/2014 4:32:07 PM PDT · by lee martell · 58 replies
    July, 3, 2014 | lee martell
    I was heading home after visiting friends in Emmeryville, a small industrial town near the Oakland/ Berkeley borders. It was a little after 11pm when I made a left turn off the freeway, onto my neighborhood block. The night fog had begun to gather, floating slightly above the cooling earth. I was approaching the first traffic stop at a four way intersection when I saw something spring up near the passenger side of my car. What I first thought was a very large Great Dane turned out to be a mature adult deer. Although I should have known no one...
  • One Hundred and Four Horses: A Memoir of Farm and Family, Africa and Exile

    07/03/2014 2:58:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Amazon/ ^ | October 2013 published | Mandy Retzlaff (book author)
    Amazon description: There is little in this world that a family cannot endure, if endure they must. For we all have it within us to lose everything, absolutely everything, and still find strength in the most simple, beautiful things. Pat and Mandy Retzlaff lived a hard but satisfying farming life in Zimbabwe. Working all hours of the day on their sprawling ranch and raising three boisterous children, they savored the beauty of the veld and the diverse wildlife that grazed the meadows outside their dining room window. After their children, the couple's true pride and joy were their horses. But...
  • Musk ox invasion keeps Nome wildlife managers busy

    07/03/2014 11:39:53 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 344 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | comJuly 2, 2014 | SEAN DOOGAN
    Nome is used to rowdy residents, but some relatively new transplants are making a real nuisance of themselves -- although unlike the colorful characters of the early 20th century gold rush days, these visitors have four legs, not two. Musk oxen are wandering into the city on the Seward Peninsula, and despite loud noises, water hoses and even a blow-up bear coated in ursine urine, they don't want to leave.
  • Norway Fjord Invaded by Monster Jellyfish

    07/01/2014 6:16:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Norway's Beitstadfjord has been so severely invaded by monster deep sea jellyfish that, just two years since their arrival, they have driven out all of the local fish. The innermost arm of the Trondheimsfjord now holds an estimated 40,000 tonnes of the helmet jellyfish, only a few years after the fiery red peril first appeared in its waters. According to Norway's VG newspaper, Jarle Mork, a researcher at NTNU in Trondheim, caught vast quantities of the slimy animal in a single trawl. "We took up 3.5 tons of monster jellyfish in under ten minutes," he said. "There was a tremendous...
  • Peeps The Special Kitty

    07/01/2014 4:14:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Meet Peeps the kitty. She may wobble a little bit when she walks, but it doesn’t stop her. Peeps weighed just 9 ounces when she was saved by a kind woman from a shelter that couldn’t keep her. “This is a kitten I rescued 4 weeks ago, she was 3 weeks old. She was at a shelter where they were going to put her down the day I got her. They said she was un-adoptable due to her birth defect. Her back legs aren’t straight, and they point outwards which made her walking very awkward, like a wobble,” said Samantha.
  • Humane Society pays multimillion-dollar settlement to Feld Entertainment

    07/01/2014 2:35:09 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 14 replies
    bizjournals.com ^ | May 16, 2014 | Jo-Lynn Brown
    The Humane Society of the United States, along with other lawsuit co-defendants, have paid $15.75 million to settle cases with Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The settlement is the final stage of a 14-year litigation between the parties. The lawsuit was originally filed over the treatment of 43 Asian elephants, according to the Bradenton Herald.
  • Liberians Flee Caterpillar Invasion

    07/01/2014 12:07:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    All Africa ^ | 23 JUNE 2014 | JENNIFER LAZUTA
    Thousands of people have fled their homes in northern Liberia following an invasion of caterpillars - which have overtaken houses and schools, destroyed crops and contaminated water sources. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says these attacks are becoming more frequent in Liberia and the government needs to put in place an early warning system to stop the invasions from reaching such catastrophic levels. Residents of at least 25 villages and towns in the forested areas of Lofa and Gbarpolu counties have been fleeing en masse since early June to escape the trail of excrement that the caterpillars...
  • Kardashian complains of 'racist' Vienna (Let's all move to Austria)

    06/30/2014 4:33:23 PM PDT · by equalator · 95 replies
    The Local ^ | 6-30-2014
    American reality TV star Kim Kardashian has called her trip to Vienna to attend the Opera Ball “a true nightmare,” adding that “it was so racist”. Scenes from the trip were shown on Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Kim told her sister that “it's like we're honestly in a time warp. Racial insensitivity, everything from this trip, has just been a true nightmare.”
  • This Terrifying Brazilian Island Has the Highest Concentration of Venomous Snakes Anywhere

    06/30/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | June 25, 2014 | Natasha Geiling
    Brazil's Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world's deadliest, and most endangered, snakesFrom Iguazu Falls to Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, there are some breathtakingly beautiful places in Brazil. Ilha da Queimada Grande, located about 90 miles off the São Paulo coast, seems like another one of those beautiful places—at first glance. Almost every Brazilian knows about the island, but most would never dream of going there—it's infested with between 2,000 and 4,000 golden lancehead vipers, one of the deadliest snakes in the entire world. These vipers' venom can kill a person in under an...
  • Pablo Escobar’s Hippos: A Growing Problem

    06/30/2014 10:15:53 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them. It was in 2007, 14 years after Escobar's death, that people in rural Antioquia, 200 miles north-west of Bogota, began phoning the Ministry of Environment to report sightings of a peculiar animal. "They found a creature in a river that they had never seen before, with small ears and a really big mouth," recalls Carlos Valderrama, from the charity Webconserva. He went to look, and found...
  • Woman 'Burns Down House' trying to kill Spider

    06/29/2014 5:58:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 109 replies
    A WOMAN has been arrested after burning down part of her home in an attempt to kill a spider, police say.Ginny Griffith, 34, used a cigarette lighter to set fire to some towels after seeing the arachnid in her bathroom. But as the blaze spread, five fire trucks were called to her apartment in Hutchinson, Kansas, US at around 1.36am (local time) on Friday morning to put out the inferno. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within a matter of minutes. Deputy Fire Chief Doug Hanen said in a statement that firefighters had found smoke coming from...
  • Woman Has 100,000 Cockroaches – Says They Are Her Family

    06/29/2014 4:31:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Most people hate cockroaches and would do just about anything to keep them out of their homes. But that is not the case for one woman. The South China Morning Post is reporting that Yuan Meixia in China shares her home with 100,000 cockroaches, which she considers her children. She breeds them and raises them so she can sell them to a pharmaceutical company, which uses them for medicine. She lives in separate home, but visits the breeding home everyday. She was inspired to start breeding them after she saw a program on television which talked about their potential healing...
  • WATCH: Atlanta Father, Son Catch 884-Pound Fish in Canada

    06/29/2014 4:27:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Talk about a big fish. An Atlanta man and his father last week caught an 884-pound sturgeon during a fishing trip to Canada. According to Great River Fishing Adventures, 19-year-old Paul Jarvis hooked the 11-foot-10 white sturgeon Thursday morning on the Fraser River. “In the first few minutes I had it on the line, I couldn’t believe the weight and power of the fish," said Jarvis, who battled the fish with the help of his father, Ron, for about an hour. "I am a big guy, and I could barely hold on to the rod let alone begin to reel...
  • Cat Gives Returning Soldier a Big Welcome Home

    06/29/2014 3:46:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    WFTV ^ | Friday, June 27, 2014
    The Internet is chock-full of the heartwarming reunions between soldiers and their beloved dogs. But a cat named Finn proves that felines can miss their owners just as much as their canine counterparts. In the adorable video, Finn, one very chatty Ragdoll, paces by the door and meows in anticipation. Finally the door opens and soldier Nick (only identified by his first name in the video) strides in to be enthusiastically greeted by Finn and Nick’s girlfriend, who is filming the reunion on her smartphone. Boo, the couple's Siamese cat, patiently awaits in the background. After Finn rubs on Nick’s...
  • Arlington Police Officer's Response to Pit Bull Call Goes Viral

    06/29/2014 12:09:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Friday, Jun 27, 2014 | Tim Ciesco
    An Arlington Police officer’s act of kindness towards a pit bull is going viral. Sergeant Gary Carter went out on a call from some people worried about a vicious dog, but when he arrived, he realized it was the dog that needed help. Arlington Police Sergeant Gary Carter has always been a big fan of dogs – which is why he now has a lot of fans himself. “I’m still kind of speechless on how this has turned out,” said Carter. “I never expected this at all.” On Thursday, he and another officer went out to the 400 block of...
  • How a feral cat helped a homeless man turn his life around

    06/29/2014 11:31:27 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tricia Romano
    Who says only cats get nine lives? With the help of his feline friend, James Bowen has been given a few extra chances of his own. Just a few years ago Bowen was down and out, selling copies of The Big Issue, a magazine sold by homeless people, on rainy London streets, when his fortune changed forever. He met a stray orange kitten with an outgoing demeanor that he named Bob. The cat had an abscess on his leg, and Bowen cobbled together money for antibiotics and nursed the little kitty back to health. “When his treatments were done and...
  • This Is The Single Most Hilarious Video Of A Dog Giving Lessons That I’ve Ever Seen. Just Watch…

    06/29/2014 8:43:32 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    This is simply beyond anything I could have imagined. I mean, I’ve seen plenty of dog / baby pal couples, so I am well aware how well they understand each other. But This?! That’s too much.
  • Arlington officer praised for helping pit bull

    06/28/2014 4:23:52 PM PDT · by EBH · 10 replies
    Fox Arlington ^ | 6/27/2014
    <p>ARLINGTON, Texas - An officer in Arlington is getting some praise for helping a lost pit bull that alarmed residents.</p> <p>A post about the incident on the Arlington Police Department's Facebook page has more than 2 million views and thousands of likes.</p>
  • South Carolina firefighters save cat from house fire (w video and pix)

    06/28/2014 3:37:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 27, 2014 | BY Nicole Hensley
    First responders found “Soldier” the cat passed out inside a burning home in Columbia on Wednesday and took it outside to save its life. The Columbia department and others across the nation equip their engines with the tiny oxygen kits for pets suffering from smoke inhalation.
  • Is Bigfoot traveling through Provo Canyon?

    06/28/2014 6:48:43 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 31 replies
    Provo Herald ^ | June 27, 2014 | Barbara Christiansen
    PROVO -- On Sunday night, two people were driving on the Alpine Loop above Provo Canyon when suddenly they spotted a large object by the side of the road. They quickly did a U-turn and started recording their search. When they got their video uploaded to a computer, what they saw astounded them. It's not extremely clear, but it looks like a large, dark, figure. Bigfoot? Or something else? The Daily Herald made contact with one of the individuals involved in the recording. He refused to be identified, but said he and his cousin were going to a spot near...
  • The 7 Deadly Sins, as Demonstrated by Cat Videos

    06/28/2014 1:29:20 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 10 replies
    Catster ^ | Jun 27th 2014 | Angela Lutz
    It's the weekend, so it's officially time to eat too much and sleep all day -- and don't even think about feeling guilty. According to humans, these behaviors might fall under a subset known as "the seven deadly sins," but your cat just calls them "a nice little Saturday." The next 48 hours are yours. Go ahead and live a little -- but first, let the experienced cats in these videos show you how it's done.
  • These 8 Heroic Dogs Saved Lives on 9/11… See Where They Are Now, Over a Decade Later

    06/28/2014 12:22:06 AM PDT · by kingattax · 9 replies
    Awesometic ^ | 6-27-14
    There were many unsung heroes on 9/11 — and some of them were dogs. Over 300 search and rescue dogs were deployed to Ground Zero and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, to help find people trapped in the rubble. Now, over a decade later, not all of these canine heroes are still with us. As a way to preserve the memories and remind us about their service, photographer Charlotte Dumas tracked down some of the veteran animals in 2011. These amazing dogs came from all over the country to work together and save lives on 9/11 — and here...
  • WV State Troopers Kill Dog During Manhunt

    06/27/2014 11:48:00 AM PDT · by Altariel · 112 replies
    WCHS TV ^ | June 25, 2014 | Chris Williams
    Police spent much of Tuesday searching for a fugitive. During the search West Virginia State Troopers and the Mason County Sheriff's Department said they had to shoot and kill a woman's dog. Police spent almost 12 hours searching for Johnathon Jeffers, but with no luck. At one point during the search, police came out of the woods and onto Ginger Sweats’ property in Mason County. She has no ties to Jeffers, but was immediately caught up in the search when officers said they had to fire their guns. Accompanied by the dog she has left, Sweat was still trying to...
  • Craig Medred: Headphones prevent hiker from hearing wolf attack his dog

    06/27/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 32 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 26, 2014 | Craig Medred
    While little Mosca the Jack Russell terrier was being noisily killed by wolves earlier this month in Chugach State Park just above Anchorage, the dog's owner was hiking along a trail to Wolverine Peak unaware of what was going on because he was wearing headphones.
  • Porcupine puppy

    06/27/2014 5:27:50 AM PDT · by ABN 505 · 23 replies
    The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center adopts a five-year-old porcupine that someone had been keeping as a pet. Because of his gentle nature and love for human contact, everyone treats the porcupine like a prickly puppy dog.
  • Zoo kills neglected bear cub, will stuff it for children to learn 'nature can be cruel'

    06/26/2014 6:52:23 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | June 26, 2014 | Laura Smith-Spark and Ben Brumfield, CNN
    The Dahlholzli Zoo in the Swiss city of Bern has caused a public outcry by killing a healthy baby brown bear because it was being bullied by its father and neglected by its mother. The zoo has said it will stuff and display it to teach children that "nature can be cruel." Details of the fate of the baby brown bear, known only as Cub 4, come on the heels of outrage over the killing by Denmark's Copenhagen Zoo of a young male giraffe named Marius and four lions. But criticism of the zoo's actions has focused on the fact...
  • Cobra Bites, Critically Injures Florida Animal Sanctuary Worker

    06/26/2014 2:04:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014
    A spectacled cobra bit the hand of a worker at a Florida wildlife sanctuary when she was cleaning the snake cages Thursday morning, critically injuring her. The woman, 37, was transported to Palms West Hospital in critical condition, after emergency officials received a call from McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary in Loxahatchee at about 5:45 a.m.