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  • Angels of Death

    05/27/2017 9:59:47 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 May 2017 | Julie Zickefoose
    “Birds of Prey” is a beautifully executed reference work bursting with tack-sharp photos of raptors doing their dastardly worst... This is not a book for the faint of heart; rather, it celebrates every blinding stoop, lucky snag and talon-clench of the birds that kill to live.Describing a banking ferruginous hawk, all bunched talons, angled wings and flinty yellow glare, Mr. Dunne writes: “If ground squirrels have nightmares, this is what they look like.” The small, muscular falcons called merlins seem to be a favorite, to judge from the author’s descriptions of merlin flights near Cape May, N.J., during which “the...
  • Mother Elk Kicks Bear in the Face to Rescue Her Calf

    05/26/2017 3:24:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | May 26, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A mother elk and bear face off for the life of an elk calf. Screenshot: Shannon Seville/YouTube May 26 (UPI) -- A couple out observing nature in the Arizona mountains captured video of a mother elk kicking a bear in the face to rescue her calf. Shannon Seville of Flagstaff said she and her boyfriend, Joel Floyd, were cruising the Forest Service roads near the city in their new Toyota Land Cruiser earlier this week when they stopped to observe a bear. The video shows the bear menacing a crying creature concealed by a fallen branch, but is soon revealed...
  • Safe Boating Tips (FReepers are Lousy Boaters)

    05/26/2017 1:45:07 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 70 replies
    Discover Boating ^ | Non Given | Not Attributed
    Safe Boating Tips No matter how much experience you have, it’s always a good idea for everyone to review boating safety rules before departures. Below you will find 10 basic boating safety tips to help you stay safe: 1.Be Weather-Wise Always check local weather conditions before departure; TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. 2.Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist Proper boating safety includes being prepared for any possibility on the water. Following a pre-departure...
  • Monkey mafia steal your stuff, then sell it back for a cracker

    05/26/2017 10:58:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | 25 May 2017 | By Brian Owens
    Macaque with stolen goods I’m willing to trade Kylie McLaughlin/Getty ================================================================================================================================= Long-tailed macaques living near an Indonesian temple have figured out how to run a ransom racket on visiting tourists. The monkeys grab valuables, such as glasses, hats, cameras or, in one case, a wad of cash from the ticket booth, then wait for temple staff to offer them food before dropping their ill-gotten gains and dashing off with the tasty prize (see video below). Although this behaviour has been reported anecdotally at Uluwatu Temple on the island of Bali for years, it had never been studied scientifically in the...
  • Bear charges hunter in Canada backcountry

    05/25/2017 9:52:05 PM PDT · by kanawa · 19 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | May 24, 2017 | Richard Wesley
    A hunter in Northern Ontario, Canada got the scare of his life, and on his birthday no less, when a black bear charged and knocked him over on May 17, 2017. The man is a seasoned archery hunter and at the time was hunting on his land in Hearst, Ontario, Canada. The man stated to The Weather Network: ‘It is a true learning experience as to how unpredictable our wild black bears can be. I decided to share with everyone to show people on how fast a bear can charge attack an individual.’ The bear was not injured and the...
  • Bear tries to break into doughnut delivery vehicle in Steamboat Springs [CO]

    05/24/2017 12:39:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | May 23, 2017 | Scott Franz
    Todd and Kim Robertson are convinced their Ford Focus was targeted by a black bear because of the aroma of donuts that permeates inside. =============================================================================================================================== Doughnut delivery drivers in Steamboat Springs might want to start looking over their shoulders. Todd and Kim Robertson awoke early Monday to discover a black bear was so determined to break into their doughnut delivery vehicle, it ripped off the car's back bumper. The Robertsons had no doubt about the bear's motives. "It always reeks of doughnuts in there," Kim Robertson said. The bear left a paw print on the car and left the scene...
  • 'Deadly combination': 2 Alabama women die of electric shock drowning

    05/22/2017 5:21:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    MSN Today ^ | May 19, 2017
    The Saturday before Easter, two colleagues, Shelly Darling, 34, and Elizabeth Whipple, 41, visited Lake Tuscaloosa to soak up the sun on a family dock. A few hours later, family members discovered the women's possessions, but saw no sign of the Alabama sunbathers. They called the police and after a search, their bodies were found in the lake. When recovering them, a rescuer felt a jolt of electricity. According to, the autopsies revealed the two women died of electric shock drowning, a lesser known cause of drowning. Electric shock drowning happens when electricity from a dock, boat, pool, hot...
  • Mount Everest's Hillary Step collapses, mountaineers confirm

    05/21/2017 6:11:22 PM PDT · by blueplum · 67 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | 21 May 2017 5:30 PDT | staff writers
    A famous feature near the summit of Mount Everest, known as the Hillary Step, has collapsed, potentially making the world's highest peak even more dangerous for climbers. Last year, pictures appeared to show a change in shape to the 12-metre rocky outcrop, named after Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to scale the mountain. It is thought to have been destroyed in Nepal's 2015 earthquake, but snow coverage made the news hard to confirm. British mountaineer Tim Mosedale confirmed the collapse after he reached the summit this week. "It's official — The Hillary Step is no more," he said in...
  • God's Country; Autumn River

    05/20/2017 5:39:32 AM PDT · by Revski · 4 replies
    Revski Youtube video's ^ | 5/20/2017 | Revski
    A scenic river in Chepachet R.I., in Autumn, with live video, and animation, the voices of animated dear and rabbit are myself and grandson. I promise that this short 2 min. video is not boring but very informative.
  • Feeding Giant Piranhas

    From the fearsome piranha and vampire fish to the mighty anaconda, the crocodile and the ... Still, piranhas are important scavengers and predators in their native rivers.
  • Bear Perched In Tree Captivates Residents Of Wisconsin City For Hours

    05/15/2017 7:00:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Patch ^ | May 11, 2017 | Beth Dalbey
    Black bears are common in the state, but one perched in a tree in a small central Wisconsin city drew dozens of curiosity seekers. WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI — Several hours of curiosity quietly came to an end Wednesday night in a small central Wisconsin city when a big black bear climbed down a tree and ambled away. The errant bear, estimated to weigh somewhere between 200 and 300 pounds, had been perched in the large pine tree in Wisconsin Rapids since about 9 a.m. when, scared by semis and other traffic, it sought refuge 50 feet above the noisy action....
  • Clear Lake Silent Beauty

    05/14/2017 11:58:24 AM PDT · by DWar
    You Tube ^ | 5/10/17 | American Trekker
    Time for a break in your day? This peaceful moment is brought to you by Mother Nature.
  • Chasing Cats in Alabama (vanity)

    05/13/2017 6:30:28 PM PDT · by eastforker · 37 replies
    me | 5/13/17 | eastforker
    Catching catfish when living in Texas was always a passion of mine as you can see from my profile page. We retired in Alabama 2 years ago but last year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I never got to fish during recovery. Cancer is all in the past so this year we are back chasing cats. Brought this 40 pounder in this morning but still looking for old grandad, he's out there somewhere.
  • The number of eggs in this massive 16-foot python will shock you

    05/11/2017 4:26:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    A snake hunter caught a pregnant 16-foot python in south Florida.
  • Donald Trump targets the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt

    05/11/2017 9:58:32 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica
    The grapevines that line rolling hillsides and sweeping valleys in Northern California’s wine country have become iconic – a symbol of the region’s rustic charm that helped California earn its reputation as a world-class wine and food destination. But winegrapes have new competition: weed. California’s legalization of recreational marijuana has led to the beginning of a major transformation of wine country. It’s been just seven months, but already investors are snapping up property where wine was once produced. Vineyard operators are developing expertise in cannabis cultivation. New, specialty marijuana businesses are sprouting up in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. And farmers...
  • Black Bear Plays in Backyard Pool in Bradbury, Confronts Dog

    05/10/2017 7:21:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    A bear took a dip in a backyard pool in Bradbury and had a confrontation with a dog, video from Sky5 showed Tuesday. A black bear confronts a dog in a Bradbury backyard on May 9, 2017. (Credit: KTLA) The bear walked onto a property in the area of the 2100 block of Gardi Street around 2:40 p.m. The animal later moved toward the area of Oak Shade Road, a small cul-de-sac. Video from Sky5 showed the animal exploring the backyard before going for a swim in the pool and walking over to the basketball court. At one point, a...
  • Video Shows Hiker, Dog Found Alive After 6 Days Lost in Montana Wilderness

    05/10/2017 2:48:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A 23-year-old Illinois woman who had been missing in Montana for six days has been found safe. Madeline Connelly was last seen Thursday when she went for a hike and overnight camp-out with her dog in the Great Bear Wilderness area. The dog was also rescued. "She was found just a couple hours ago, and she's just fine," Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told the Chicago Tribune. "She's in good condition. She was pretty hungry and tired." The search began Saturday. Her car was found, and rescue teams discovered Connelly's footprints, her dog's paw prints and bear tracks. The oldest...
  • Woman, 77, can't beat fine for illegally sawing limb off neighbor's apple tree

    05/10/2017 12:12:44 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    PennLive ^ | May 9, 2017 | Matt Miller
    Darlene M. Gall told the judge she had no choice. A limb of her neighbor's apple tree was hanging over her property, blocking a right of way. Gall claimed she couldn't drive under it without scratching her truck, and she feared it might even prevent an ambulance from coming to her rescue. So, without talking to her neighbor, the 77-year-old Gall grabbed her electric chain saw, walked onto her neighbor's land and cut that sucker off.
  • Dog Hailed as Hero After Grizzly Encounter

    05/09/2017 8:55:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Momo is a good dog. Now, we know everyone says that about their pups (and they’re right), but this shepherd-husky-lab mix enters an elite group of really good dogs after saving her friends from a grizzly bear in a Canadian park. Kenzie Campbell said, on Sunday, he took Momo on a hike at Banff National Park in Alberta with his girlfriend and another friend. They didn’t get very far on the Cascade Ampitheatre Trail. “We just made it to the trailhead and walked around a corner, and the bear was maybe 20 feet away,” Campbell said. They backed slowly out...
  • Never Before Seen: Deer Spotted Eating Human Bones

    05/09/2017 2:34:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | May 7, 2017 | By Delaney Chambers
    Forensic scientists studying human decomposition spotted an unexpected animal chewing on the remains. Its attention caught, a deer found eating a human corpse looks up, a rib dangling from its mouth. Photograph courtesy Lauren A. Meckel/Academia ================================================================================================================================ In an unprecedented finding, researchers spotted a deer chewing on a human rib during a study aimed at examining how human remains decompose in the wild. Scavengers take advantage of opportunities to eat, and carcasses left in the wild often decay quickly because animals can make quick work of the remains–even human remains. Known as “body farms,” some research facilities study how human...