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  • Sarasota Police Department: RACCOON RESCUE: It’s the video you’ve been waiting for (maybe?)

    03/21/2019 12:21:07 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    Sarasota Police Dept Facebook ^ | 21 Mar 2019 | Sarasota Police Dept
    [video] Around 12:15pm, Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium was responding to an injured turtle & noticed a raccoon stranded on a channel marker! Our Marine Patrol, FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Mote Marine Laboratory & Longboat Key Police Marine Patrol worked together to capture (twice!) and release the furry friend!
  • Texas homeowner reports "a few" rattlesnakes under house. Removal company finds 45.

    03/20/2019 1:43:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 20, 2019 / 11:15 AM | Staff
    <p>Albany, Texas — A Texas homeowner who reported seeing "a few" snakes under his home actually had dozens of rattlesnakes living beneath his house. That's according to Big Country Snake Removal, whose workers pulled 45 rattlesnakes from underneath the home near Albany, about 150 miles west of Dallas.</p>
  • Mathematicians reveal secret to human sperm's swimming prowess

    03/20/2019 3:16:52 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 44 replies
    Psy.Org ^ | 19 Mar 2019
    Only around 15 out of the 55 million sperm that embark on the treacherous journey to fertilise the egg are able to make it through the reproductive tract where cervical mucus, which is one hundred times thicker than water, forms part of one of nature's toughest selective challenges. ...With no central nervous system to make decisions about how to move and when—what controls sperms movement remains a scientific mystery
  • Government scientists fed cat and dog parts to cats in sick experiments: report

    03/19/2019 7:14:20 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 19 Mar 2019 | Ruth Brown
    The US Department of Agriculture bought dozens of cats from Chinese meat markets, butchered the felines — and then fed their parts to healthy kittens at a Maryland lab for twisted experiments, according to a disturbing new watchdog report. The experiments, which took place as recently as 2015, were aimed at studying toxoplasmosis, a common parasitic infection that causes food-borne illness.
  • Armando the racing pigeon sells for record $1.4 million

    03/19/2019 11:14:25 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2019
    Brussels -- A star racing pigeon named Armando has fetched a record 1.25 million euros (about $1.4 million) in an online auction, Belgian media reported Sunday. The prized bird -- Belgian's best long-distance racer of all time according to those in the know -- was snapped up by a Chinese buyer for the princely sum that caused a flutter of excitement among fanciers. Armando had been expected to break the previous record of 376,000 euros ($425,000) paid for a pigeon called Nadine -- but not by such a wide margin. "Earlier this week it became clear that Armando would be...
  • Iditarod dog dies two days after finishing the race to Nome

    03/17/2019 10:25:49 AM PDT · by Viking2002 · 65 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | March 17, 2019 | Beth Bragg
    An Iditarod sled dog that crossed the finish line Thursday night in Nome died two days later at an Anchorage animal hospital, race officials reported Saturday night. The dog, a 5-year-old female named Oshi, was a member of rookie musher Richie Beattie’s team, which was the 21st team to finish. Beattie was the first rookie to reach Nome, but he has been withdrawn from the race and his finish is no longer reflected in the Iditarod standings. The death is the first of this year’s Iditarod, which started March 3 with 52 teams. Nine teams remained on the trail as...
  • Florida Man Calls 911 after Finding Iguana in Toilet

    03/16/2019 1:17:51 PM PDT · by bgill · 58 replies
    spectrum ^ | Mar. 15, 2019 | Ashley Carter
    A Fort Lauderdale man was in for a surprise when he went to use the bathroom Thursday. Man finds iguana in toilet, calls 911. Firefighters respond to the home, remove the lizard. Iguana was taken outside and released into the wild. The man found an iguana inside his toilet bowl and called 911. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responded to the man's home and removed the lizard from the toilet. Firefighters then took the iguana outside and released it. The fire department shared pictures of the iguana on social media. "Can you imagine lifting the toilet seat and finding this? Fort...
  • Veteran musher Jessie Royer takes 3rd in 2019 Iditarod

    03/16/2019 12:53:28 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    KTVA.COM ^ | MARCH 13, 2019 | Elizabeth Roman
    Jessie Royer, the 42-year-old veteran musher from Idaho, checked in to Nome at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday, taking third place in the 2019 Iditarod. Royer arrived at the burled arch with 11 dogs in harness. She finished the race in 9 days, 18 hours and 34 minutes. Her average speed was 4.21 miles per hour, according to standings on Coming in first was another veteran musher, Peter Kaiser, who crossed the finish line six hours earlier, outrunning defending champion Joar Leifseth Ulsom by just 12 minutes. At the finish line, Royer said for the last 50 miles of the race...
  • Iditarod Day 14: Nine remaining mushers closing in on Nome

    03/16/2019 12:30:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    KTUU. COM ^ | MARCH 16, 2019 | KTUU STAFF
    ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - As of 10 a.m. this morning, 32 mushers have completed their 2019 Iditarod runs. At this time, only nine mushers remain on the course, all sitting within the final three check points. Leading those teams is Sarah Stokey of Seward. She left the White Mountain checkpoint at 4:27 a.m. this morning.
  • LISTEN: Mackey makes it to Nome for 14th Iditarod finish

    03/16/2019 12:22:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    KTUU. COM ^ | MARCH 16, 2019 | Kortnie Horazdovsky
    ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey has reached the Burled Arch in Nome after sitting out two consecutive races, and scratching from his most recent attempt in 2016. Mackey’s 27th-place finish at 1:41:40 p.m. came just five seconds before Jessie Holmes, last year’s Rookie of the Year, at 1:41:45 p.m. KNOM radio station interviewed Mackey at the Burled Arch in Nome and has shared that audio with us. Hear Mackey address the crowd and respond to KNOM questions in particular at approximately 4 minutes and 10:30. Visit for the latest KNOM coverage. ***VIDEO ON LINK***
  • Meet The Lykoi AKA The Werewolf Cat

    03/15/2019 3:45:43 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 36 replies
    Certapet ^ | 10/25/2018 | N/A
    The Appearance of the Fierce Lykoi Kitty! Scary as they might be, their appearance is really just down to the breed not having an undercoat, and beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. Lykois have the roan pattern, which is an intermix of normal color hair with white hair, and the mandatory balding of the hair coat. Kittens appear quite normal at birth and only begin to lose their coats a week or two after birth when they start to look fluffy. At three to four month, the kitten will have the Lykoi appearance. Although the coat appears...
  • Cool Runnings. What does it take to mush 1,000 miles through the Alaskan wilderness?

    03/15/2019 1:17:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies ^ | MARCH 6, 2019 | Blair Braverman
    Share this story Growing up in California, I first fell in love with mushing through a picture book about Balto, the famous Siberian husky. The true story—which I turned to again and again—began in January 1925. Children in the village of Nome were dying of diphtheria, and with every attempt to deliver supplies of antitoxin in the thick of an Alaskan winter—by plane, by train—ending in failure, an epidemic seemed imminent. With the community growing increasingly desperate, the local trappers proposed a far-fetched solution: a sled dog relay to mush the medicine from camp to camp. And though many dogs—and...
  • WATCH: Peter Kaiser wins 2019 Iditarod

    03/15/2019 1:10:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    KTUU. COM ^ | MARCH 13, 2019 | Sean Maguire
    NOME, Alaska (KTUU) — Bethel musher Peter Kaiser has won the 2019 Iditarod early Wednesday morning, making him the first Yup'ik Iditarod champion. Kaiser arrived in Nome at 3:39 a.m., driving his dogs under the burled arch to fanfare and applause. He finished in 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and 6 seconds. According to Iditarod officials, Kaiser had eight dogs in harness when he crossed the finish line to win the Iditarod XLVII title. He will be awarded his prize money as well as a new 2019 Ram truck on March 17. Kaiser came in 12 minutes ahead of...
  • Iditarod Day 13: Finishers, first rookies, continue to reach Burled Arch

    03/15/2019 1:06:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    KTUU. COM ^ | MARCH 15, 2019 | Kortnie Horazdovsky
    ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Iditarod's first few rookies are among the finishers to reach Nome's Burled Arch Thursday night and Friday morning. Since yesterday's update, nine more mushers have finished The Last Great Race, including two rookies. Richie Beattie, the first rookie to cross the finish line, finished in 21st place at 10:01 p.m. Thursday evening. Ed Hopkins, an Iditarod rookie, but nine-time Yukon Quest finisher, was in 22nd place, finishing at 11:07 p.m. Here's who's crossed the finish line since our last update yesterday (updated at 10:44 a.m.): 18. Matthew Failor - Thursday 4:03 p.m. 19. Seth Barnes -...
  • Iditarod Day 12: Top 17 finishers of the 2019 Iditarod race

    03/15/2019 1:04:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    KTUU. COM ^ | MARCH 14, 2019 | Leroy Polk
    ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Though a new champion has been crowned following Pete Kaiser's 3:39 a.m. Wednesday finish, more mushers are still running into Nome for their official finishing placement. According to the Iditarod website, 13 mushers have finished the 2019 Iditarod. Here are the top 10: 1. Peter Kaiser - Finished March 13 at 3:39 a.m. 2. Joar Leifseth Ulsom - March 13 - 3:51 a.m. 3. Jessie Royer - March 13 - 9:34 a.m. 4. Aliy Zirkle - March 13 - 5:26 p.m. 5. Travis Beals - March 13 - 6:37 p.m. 6. Matt Hall - March 13 -...
  • Giant wolf 'Yuki' dropped off at kill shelter rescued by wolf sanctuary

    03/13/2019 8:07:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    WFLA ^ | Updated: Mar 13, 2019 10:23 AM EDT | Staff
    TAMPA (WFLA) - A photo of a giant wolf rescued by a sanctuary in Naples is going viral on social media. "Yuki" was dropped off at a kill shelter at 8 months old, that's when the sanctuary stepped in to provide a home for the big guy and he has been with the shelter since 2008. Yuki is one of the highest content wolfdogs at the sanctuary where he is currently staying. “His DNA testing came back as 87.5 percent Gray Wolf, 8.6 percent Siberian Husky, and 3.9 percent German Shepherd.” The photo has attracted a lot of much-needed attention,...
  • Dinosaurs thrived before fatal asteroid impact

    03/13/2019 4:47:46 AM PDT · by vannrox · 37 replies
    earthSky ^ | 12MAR19 | By Paul Scott Anderson
    Scientists have debated whether the dinosaurs were already in decline before a massive asteroid impact finished them off 66 million years ago. New research shows they were thriving in their final days. Help EarthSky keep going! Please donate what you can to our annual crowd-funding campaign.Dinosaurs once reigned on Earth, until a cataclysmic event – now thought to have been a massive asteroid impact, or possibly intense volcanic activity – wiped them out about 66 million years ago during the Maastrichtian age at the end the Late Cretaceous epoch. This mass extinction event was sudden and brutal, powerful enough to...
  • Peeved pets: Iditarod lead lost as dogs quit

    03/12/2019 12:14:21 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 11, 2019 | Staff
    Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals. A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break on the way to the Bering Sea checkpoint of Koyuk. "I yelled at Joey, and everybody heard the yelling, and that doesn't happen,'' Petit told the Iditarod Insider website. "And then they wouldn't go anymore. Anywhere. So we camped here.''
  • Bear Attack in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2000 Story)

    03/12/2019 9:16:55 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies ^ | May 21, 2000 | Unattributed
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials report that the victim of the black bear attack on Sunday afternoon was Glenda Ann Bradley, 50, from Cosby, TN. Bradley was an elementary school teacher at Jones Cove Elementary. Her companion is her former husband, Ralph Hill, 52, also a resident of Cosby. The attack occurred between 2 p.m.-3 p.m. in the backcountry at the intersection of Little River and Goshen Prong Trails about 2.5 miles from the Little River trailhead where the couple parked their car. The couple entered the Park around noon. Hill left Bradley to fish on an island on...
  • Outdoor Writer Re-Thinks Pistols as a Defense Against Bears

    03/12/2019 8:30:01 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 69 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | March 11, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    U.S.A. –-( Many people have a difficult time changing their minds once they have formulated an opinion, especially once they have committed to the opinion on the record. I am happy to say fellow writer Wes Siler is of better material than that. In a June 2017 article, Wes was of the opinion that firearms, all firearms, were worthless as a defense against bears. He opined that statistically speaking, a person, when attacked by a bear, was as well off without a firearm as with one. He depended on research which had some problems with selection bias. Wes, quite generously,...