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  • How Some Rescue Dogs Come From Breeders At Commercial Auctions

    04/23/2018 6:22:06 PM PDT · by Norski · 14 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | April 18, 2018 | Kim Kaven
    Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that today sees some rescuers, fueled by Internet fundraising, paying breeders $5,000 or more for a single dog. The result is a river of rescue donations flowing from avowed dog saviors to the breeders, two groups that have long disparaged each other. The rescuers call many breeders heartless operators of inhumane “puppy mills” and work to ban the sale of...
  • Deaf and partially blind dog stayed by side of 3-year-old girl lost in bush

    04/21/2018 1:37:45 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 55 replies
    SBS News ^ | 21 April 2018 | Kelly Benston/AAP
    SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX! He stayed with his 3-year-old human who was lost near Warwick last night while we frantically searched for her. A deaf and partially blind old blue heeler named Max kept a three-year-old girl safe while she spent the night lost in Queensland bushland. Aurora was reported missing after she wandered away from her family property at Cherry Gully, south of Warwick at about 3pm on Friday. Max, 17, followed Aurora and stayed by her side as she slept overnight in bushland while temperatures dropped to 15 degrees Celcius. About 100 police, State Emergency Services workers...
  • Mysterious Squid With Horns Spotted In The Gulf Of Mexico

    04/21/2018 12:18:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The strange squid was captured on April 17 by the crew of NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer during a scientific voyage studying an ocean area never explored before. The mission has been conducting both scientific research and capturing images of deep-sea habitats in the western Gulf of Mexico that likely found nowhere else. “Dive 04 targeted an unnamed mound in East Breaks (EB) 1009, an area of the Gulf of Mexico that had never before been explored using deep-sea submersibles. The closest historical dive to the site was a single 2009 survey that autonomous underwater vehicle Sentry conducted over 12 kilometers...
  • A swarming, exotic tick species is now living year round in N.J.

    04/21/2018 8:13:24 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 50 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | 21 Apr 2018 | Chris Sheldon
    ...Last summer, a farmer walked into the Hunterdon County health office covered in thousands of the ticks after she was shearing a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep named Hannah. Experts were called in to identify the tick which was not previously known to exist in the United States.... The sheep has never traveled internationally and has rarely left Hunterdon County, ... tests performed on the ticks and the farm animals were negative for diseases...
  • CatGenie Self-Flushing Cat Box

    04/20/2018 12:12:23 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    CatGenie ^ | 20 April 2018
    CatGenie automatically scoops, liquefies, and flushes cat waste out of the home. [LOL moment for cat lovers. Includes a "G" rated video, with background music!]
  • Killer Cat

    04/20/2018 6:19:39 PM PDT · by eastforker · 93 replies
    me ^ | 4/20/18 | eastforker
    Folks I have a killer cat that has killed more birds, mice and squirrels than you can imagine. She has a pet door that allows her to come and go as she pleases. She just brought me, unharmed, a baby rabbit. The animal kingdom is hard to understand at times.
  • Kangaroo Dies After Visitors At Chinese Zoo Hurl Rocks To Force Her To Jump

    04/20/2018 4:45:08 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Hufinton Post ^ | 041/20/2018 | Dominique Mosbergen
    One kangaroo was killed and another injured at a zoo in southeast China after visitors to their enclosure pelted the animals with rocks and other objects in an apparent attempt to get the kangaroos to hop around. The abuse has sparked fury online and prompted renewed scrutiny into the mistreatment of animals at Chinese zoos, several of which have gained notoriety in recent years for cramped and cruel conditions. Zookeepers at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian Province told the Haixia Metropolis News this week that at least one visitor threw “multiple” sharp-edged rocks at a 12-year-old female kangaroo in March...
  • National treasures: how the rest of the world fell in love with Japan’s famous Akita dogs

    04/20/2018 6:18:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | April 20, 2018 | Staff
    Hollywood actor Richard Gere, French film star Alain Delon and Russia’s figure skating sensation Alina Zagitova have one thing in common: They adore Japan’s Akita dogs. And they’re not alone. In recent years, foreign ownership of one of Japan’s most famous indigenous breeds has skyrocketed, outstripping domestic demand for the fluffy, perky-eared pooches. Earlier this year, the trend hit the headlines when Zagitova proclaimed her love for Akitas after spotting them while training in Japan, and local officials pledged to get one to her. Her affection for the cute canines comes as no surprise to veteran breeder Osamu Yamaguchi, 64,...
  • Fairbanks Man Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Dog Being Walked By Two Girls

    04/19/2018 11:37:51 PM PDT · by Norski · 130 replies
    Fairbanks Daily Newsminer ^ | 4/19/18 | Dorothy Chomicz
    FAIRBANKS—A Fairbanks man critically shot a pit bull in Aurora Subdivision on Wednesday evening after it attacked another dog being walked by two girls. The pit bull was shot twice in the head and later euthanized by a veterinarian, according to Fairbanks police officer Doug Welborn. The 12- and 16-year-old girls were walking their rat terrier on the 2000 block of Bridgewater Drive when the attack happened. The girls were not injured, but the pit bull's owner was bitten while trying to stop the attack, according to Welborn. Vern Woods, 80, told the Daily News-Miner he was home watching TV...
  • Tortoise found covered in red paint, concrete along Florida road

    04/19/2018 11:17:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Fox ^ | April 19, 2018 | Travis Fedschun | Fox News
    Authorities in Florida are asking for help after a gopher tortoise was found earlier this week covered in red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said in a news release on Wednesday that two people came across the tortoise on County Road 455 in the town of Montverde, located about 30 miles west of Orlando. The pair then took it to a wildlife rehabber. “It’s just very upsetting,” Kim Titterington, who runs Swamp Girl Adventures, told FOX35. Titterington said volunteers have been able to get the tortoise about 70 percent cleaned...
  • Human-mouse HYBRID: Scientists grow human brain in tiny rodent

    04/19/2018 10:37:13 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | 04/19/2018 | By Sean Martin
    SCIENTISTS have controversially yet successfully grown part of a human brain inside a mouse and the organ even managed to survive for months in a major scientific breakthrough. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For the first ever time miniature human brains have grown in a new species and scientists have suggested the breakthrough could help with stem cell research. Scientists created the pin-sized human brains from stem cells and then placed them inside the skulls of mice, where a piece of tissue had been removed to make room for the new organ. Of the test mice, roughly 80 percent survived the operation, and within...
  • New 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Has A Bonkers Surfing Scene

    04/19/2018 9:40:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 18, 2018 | Ron Dicker
    The final “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” trailer dropped on Wednesday (see below), and its mysterious surfing scene has us stoked. It’s on for just a moment, but it looks totally rad. A very large creature rides the wave beneath the surface, while a human catches the swell from above. This probably won’t end with high-fives and beers on the beach.
  • Mysterious Gatherings of Nearly 1,400 Sharks Spotted Off Northeast Coast

    04/17/2018 6:58:19 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 38 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | April 16, 2018 | Ada Carr
    Aerial photos have captured odd gatherings of almost 1,400 basking sharks and researchers aren't totally sure what it is the animals are up to. It’s not uncommon to see the sharks individually, but seeing them in large groups is rare. It’s still unclear why the animals are coming together, but researchers suggest they are likely gathering in the waters from Long Island to Nova Scotia to grab a bite, according to recent findings published in the Journal of Fish Biology. The scientists studied aerial photos taken between June 1980 and November 2013 and found 10 large groups of the sharks...
  • Dogs lived and died with humans 10,000 years ago in the Americas

    04/17/2018 5:40:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Science News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Bruce Bower
    A trio of dogs buried at two ancient human sites in Illinois lived around 10,000 years ago, making them the oldest known domesticated canines in the Americas. Radiocarbon dating of the dogs’ bones shows they were 1,500 years older than thought, zooarchaeologist Angela Perri said April 13 at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The previous age estimate was based on a radiocarbon analysis of burned wood found in one of the animals’ graves. Until now, nearly 9,300-year-old remains of dogs eaten by humans at a Texas site were the oldest physical evidence of American canines.
  • Dad calls toddler the ‘bravest, strongest human’ after a vicious attack by pit bulls

    04/16/2018 4:56:23 PM PDT · by Norski · 91 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Aprill 11, 2018 | Josh Magness
    Dustin Guess was working outside on a hog fence Thursday morning, he says, when two pit bulls began their attack. But the two adult dogs — one male and one female — weren’t going after the man from West Fork, Arkansas. Instead, they were targeting Guess’ 4-year-old son, Matthew, according to Fox6. The female pit bull sunk its teeth into Matthew’s legs and started to drag him, police say, while the male dog attacked the toddler’s face. Guess told KNWA that he started to sprint toward his son with the hopes of separating him from the two vicious dogs. It’s...
  • Cat watching a scary movie Hilarious kitty watching a scary movie.
  • Cat watching horror movie

    04/13/2018 5:19:18 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 30 replies
    This cat is watching Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic “Psycho” and it’s the funniest thing you will see on the internet today.
  • Tarantula burger special sold at North Carolina restaurant has legs.

    04/13/2018 12:34:57 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/13/2018 | By Jennifer Earl | Fox News
    Hungry customers began calling Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, last month in search of their famous tarantula burgers. The restaurant has been serving the eight-legged dish for the past three years in honor of exotic meat month -- and this year would be no different, though the establishment pushed the date back a month.
  • New Yorkers, Here's How to Tell the Difference Between a Tiger and a Raccoon

    04/12/2018 3:04:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 58 replies ^ | Apr 12 2018, 5:44pm | Drew Schwartz
    For whoever called the cops after they confused an innocent little trash panda for a killing machine. Early Thursday morning, a New York City neighborhood went on red alert after someone called the cops to report a tiger was roaming the streets of Washington Heights, NBC New York reports. A news chopper descended on the neighborhood frantically looking for the fanged beast, while reporters and police scrambled to track it down on the ground. Denizens scanned Citizen, a crime-reporting app, looking for any update on where the bloodthirsty creature might be. At the end of a harrowing 20 minutes, the...
  • Who killed pit bull victim Paris Adams, age 20 months?

    04/12/2018 10:44:14 AM PDT · by Norski · 12 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | April 12, 2018 | Merritt Clifton
    Grandmother pleaded guilty HARTWELL, Georgia––Receiving the stiffest sentence for a dog attack reported during Dog Bite Prevention Week 2018 so far, former Century 21 real estate agent Sandra Bowers Adams, 71, may spend the rest of her life in prison––but only if she violates probation––for the August 1, 2017 pit bull mauling death of her 20-month-old grandson Paris . . .