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  • Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Water Monitor Lizards From Philippines

    02/01/2020 11:15:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    A Florida man turned lizard smuggler pleaded guilty this week in federal court to trafficking live water monitor lizards from the Philippines. Akbar Akram, of Holiday, Florida, near Tampa, admitted to illegally importing more than 20 live water monitor lizards in 2016, according to the plea documents. The documents say Akram stuffed the lizards into socks and sealed them with tape, before hiding them inside electronic equipment which was shipped under a false label.
  • Large bird attacks and kills its fallen owner in Florida

    04/14/2019 6:12:44 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 86 replies
    MSN,CBS,AP ^ | 4/14/2019 | not shown
    ALACHUA, Fla. (AP) ó A large, flightless bird native to Australia and New Guinea attacked and killed its owner when the man fell on his property in Florida, authorities said Saturday. The Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun that a cassowary killed the man Friday on the property near Gainesville, likely using its long claws. The victim, whose name was not released, was apparently breeding the birds, state wildlife officials said.
  • Watch Out Crocs, New Python Heading To Everglades

    02/05/2006 9:15:21 AM PST · by Tyche · 4 replies · 823+ views
    KUTV ^ | 3 Feb 2006 | KUTV
    A 13-foot Burmese python is headed to the Florida Everglades, except this one's every move will now be tracked. To better understand the presence of pythons in the Everglades, scientists at Davidson College in North Carolina inserted a tracking device inside the animal. Everglades Park research technicians will follow the snake's movement and study how the reptile adapts to its new environment. Pythons, elusive creatures which are difficult to find and capture, are rapidly becoming the new predators of the swamp. Just last year, a 13-foot python was found with a six-foot alligator halfway down its body. So far, scientists...
  • Animal rescuer links finger to leopard bite - "leopard was using it as a toy"

    04/14/2005 2:07:10 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 1,818+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2005 | JOHN W. GONZALEZ, Houston Chronicle San Antonio Bureau
    SAN ANTONIO - The human finger retrieved from a bowl of Wendy's chili in California may have come from a Nevada woman who had a digit bitten off by a pet leopard there in February, an animal rescuer asserted Wednesday. Wild Animal Orphanage Director Carol Asvestas said she witnessed the biting while on a rescue mission in Pahrump, Nev., and provided Wendy's with photographs she took before and after the Feb. 23 incident. Police in San Jose, Calif., where a lawsuit was filed against a Wendy's franchise and later withdrawn, are following up on the information Asvestas provided, according to...
  • Roy of Siegfried and Roy Mauled by Tiger!

    10/03/2003 9:31:02 PM PDT · by ambrose · 323 replies · 1,384+ views
  • SARS: Growing number of diseases jump from exotic animals to humans

    06/10/2003 10:48:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies · 435+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | Monday, June 09, 2003 | LAURAN NEERGAARD Canadian Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The monkeypox outbreak illustrates a growing problem: Exotic animals give exotic diseases to people who get too close, a trend that some medical specialists call a serious public health threat. Such diseases can become a threat not just to the people who buy and sell exotic pets, but to the general public if they spread to native animals and become established in the United States. Federal health officials are working frantically to ensure doesn't happen with monkeypox. "This is a harbinger of things to come," warns Michael Osterholm of the University of Minnesota, who advises the government...