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  • “Child-Free” Millennials Choose Pets Over Kids: “Who Needs Children When We Can Cuddle Our Pets”

    02/20/2017 7:32:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 20, 2017 | Brad Mattes
    According to government statistics, an increasing number of women from the millennial generation are opting out when it comes to having babies. Instead, it appears they’re finding an alternative more to their liking. Why the trend for young couples becoming “child-free”? And what have they found to fill the void? There’s an important distinction to be made between a “childless” couple that has no control whether or not they hear the pitter patter of little feet in their home, versus others who refer to themselves “child-free.” The latter is an intentional lifestyle choice not to have children. There is a...

    02/20/2017 6:37:56 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2/20/17 | Staff
    SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Police in a Connecticut town are reminding people to not open their doors to "any unfamiliar cattle" after a pair of cows escaped from their pen and were found near the front door of a home a couple of houses away.Sgt. Geoffrey Miner tells WGGB/WSHM a driver reported seeing the cows walking on the side of a road and in yards in Suffield on Sunday morning
  • Edmonton police issue ticket for wearing a ferret while driving

    02/20/2017 6:27:02 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 23 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | MICHELLE LEPAGE
    A 24-hour traffic enforcement event by Edmonton police resulted in 2,442 violations, including a distracted driving ticket for a motorist wearing a live ferret around their neck while cruising along Whyte Avenue.
  • Experiments Suggest Dogs and Monkeys Have a Human-Like Sense of Morality

    02/18/2017 2:08:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies ^ | February 15, 2017 | Bob Yirka
    A team of researchers from Kyoto University has found that dogs and capuchin monkeys watch how humans interact with one another and react less positively to those that are less willing to help or share. In their paper published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, the team describes a series of experiments they carried out with several dogs and capuchin monkeys and what they discovered about both species social preferences. Common sense suggests that most people prefer to deal with other people who are fair and in some cases, helpful. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn...
  • Is Bee Venom the Secret Ingredient to Fighting Wrinkles?

    02/17/2017 4:12:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    KEYE TV ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Bettie Cross
    Bees are becoming buzz-worthy when it comes to smoothing out wrinkles. Bee venom in creams and lotions promises to fool the skin into thinking it’s been stung. The jury is still out on whether bee venom works, but using it could be dangerous for the two million Americans allergic to insect stings. Tanya Phillips takes great pains not to feel the pain of getting stung by her honey bees. "Bees don't like smoke, so this keeps them away from us," said Phillips as she squeezed a handheld smoker. Deep in southern Travis County the master beekeeper knows if she stays...
  • A Horrifying List of Creatures That Can Crawl Into Your Body

    02/17/2017 4:08:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Nationak Geographic ^ | FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | Erika Engelhaupt
    First, let’s clear something up about recent reports of a live cockroach pulled from a woman’s skull. It was technically in her skull, between her eyes—but if you stick your little finger in your ear, that’s technically in your skull too. More precisely, the roach had crawled into her sinuses. In a video that has gone viral, the roach is seen wriggling through pink flesh and eventually being pulled live from the Indian woman’s sinuses, after entering her nose while she slept. M.N. Shankar of Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, India, confirmed to National Geographic in an email that...
  • Snake Venom Can Be Used for Pain Treatment

    02/17/2017 3:50:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KGNS ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Jamie Guirola
    A cobra's deadly venom is being used to heal chronic aches and pains. Tom's handling a Southeast Asian Cobra he raised at his farm. Twice a month, he milks the venom that's used to help people and pets with chronic pain. (Photo Courtesy: NBC) It's a toxin turned treatment that can be used by both pets and people. They are not the friendliest creatures. And they can be intimidating... "Right now I'm removing a cobra from its cage," says herpetologist and venom supplier Tom Crutchfield. "This is the cobras' keep for the venom line for the pharmaceutical company Nutria Pharma."...
  • Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin’s Son Is Just Like His Dad on ‘Tonight Show’

    02/17/2017 9:56:24 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | February 17, 2017
    Steve Irwin’s son, Robert, stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and if you closed your eyes, it was almost like the original Crocodile Hunter was back on the show. Steve died back in 2006 when Robert was only 2 years old, and while we don’t know if Robert can dance like his sister, Bindi, he definitely has the same infectious enthusiasm that runs in the whole family. The first animal Robert brought out was an African dwarf crocodile named Beetlejuice, and when Jimmy was worried about petting little Beetlejuice, Robert put him at ease by saying, “My dad...
  • Agents confiscate 13 pounds of horse genitals at airport

    02/17/2017 8:59:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    WEAR-TV3 Pensacola ^ | Thursday, February 16th 2017 | Staff
    STERLING, Va — Authorities at a Virginia airport encountered some unusual baggage when they confiscated 13 pounds of horse genitals and a total of 42 pounds of horsemeat from two women arriving from Mongolia Jan. 29. The two women landed at the Washington Dulles International Airport last month when authorities discovered the meat concealed inside juice boxes, a release from US Customs and Border Protection said. When the women landed, the release said the women were forwarded for a routine agriculture examination. During the examination, agriculture specialists found a combined 42 pounds of meat described as "horsemeat and other ruminant...
  • Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal

    02/16/2017 11:16:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | February 16, 2017 | Hannah Devlin
    The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the “de-extinction” effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.
  • Idaho man's pet squirrel goes nuts on burglar

    02/16/2017 8:23:08 AM PST · by Daffynition · 39 replies
    EastIdahoNews ^ | Feb. 15,2017 | Lacey Darrow
    MERIDIAN — Adam Pearl walked into his Meridian home Tuesday and realized something didn’t seem right. “I came in the front door and I saw snow prints out in the front driveway going to the back of the house, so I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard,” Pearl told KIVI. Pearl was immediately greeted by his pet squirrel Joey when he got home, but the he started noticing a few doors that would normally be closed were open.
  • Daytona veteran beaten up for trying to save turtle's life, police say

    02/16/2017 7:39:06 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 53 replies
    click orlando ^ | 16 Feb 2017 | Emilee Speck
    Victim attempted to stop men from beating turtle. "They started hitting the back of my head and started punching me. I was able to fend off a little bit but I mean three of them, got the better of me," he said. Blough told them he did not want to fight, one of the attackers said “I don’t give a f—and I don’t care if I go to jail,” according to the arrest report. The suspects continued to beat Blough until neighbors came out and the suspects ran away.
  • Video: Grizzly Bear Steals Jeremy Wade’s Salmon Right Off His Line

    02/15/2017 9:37:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    We’ve all tuned into the fishing show ‘River Monsters’ to see what Jeremy Wade is reeling in next. But in this video, Jeremy faces a “monster” he’s not dealt with before. While pursuing salmon in the Alaskan wilderness, you have to keep your head on a swivel. You never know when you might get a 400 pound spectator who’s looking for a quick meal. That’s what happened to Jeremy and his crew in this next video. Grizzly bears are notoriously good at fishing, they even show up Jeremy Wade for a while! Finally, Wade hooks a salmon which draws the...
  • Shocking Photos Show Obese Tigers At Animal Park

    02/15/2017 6:08:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Photos of fat Siberian tigers at a Chinese tiger park have recently been making the rounds on social media. The tigers don't just look a little pudgy — they look dangerously obese, Chris Draper, associate director of animal welfare and care at the Born Free Foundation, told The Dodo. Yet many media outlets are promoting the photos are funny or cute, when the situation is much more serious than that, according to Draper. "It was like they were almost being circulated for comedic effect, and it's only secondarily that people are starting to cotton on [to] what the actual problem...
  • Police dog Freya finds lost child in woods near Lacombe

    02/15/2017 3:28:41 PM PST · by BBell · 20 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/15/17 | Kim Chatelain, | The Times-Picayune
    While the German shepherd Rumor was being crowned the top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York Tuesday night (Feb. 14), police dog Freya was winning accolades of her own on the North Shore. The Bavarian mountain hound, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office canine that specializes in finding lost children, located a missing 14-year-old autistic child in the woods near Lacombe. Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence after the child went missing. The deputies canvassed the area but could not find the child, the Sheriff's Office said. Freya and her handler, deputy Ron Olivier,...
  • Westminster Dog Show 2017: Rumor the German Shepherd Wins Best in Show

    02/15/2017 12:32:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 31 replies
    ny times ^ | Feb. 15, 2017 | KELLY WHITESIDE, ANDREW DAS and SARAH LYALLUPDATED
    As Rumor, a German shepherd, took long, elegant strides around the ring at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, she seemed to cover every inch of the green carpet. It was as if there were no other dogs in the room, and soon that was indeed true as Rumor stood alone, earning best-in-show honors on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. “The German shepherd standard talks about quality and nobility,” said Thomas Bradley, the best-in-show judge. “She is just magnificent.” Last year, Rumor, named after the Adele song “Rumor Has It,” was favored to win it all, but she...
  • Redback v snake: Extraordinary moment a spider takes on a brown serpent caught in its web [tr]

    02/15/2017 10:57:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2017 | Nelson Groom
    It is nature’s David versus Goliath battle – a redback spider squaring off with a much larger brown snake. Extraordinary footage has surfaced of the moment the spider won a duel to the death with a reptile who slithered too close to its web. The vision of the two deadly creatures has made a splash on social media, where commenters voiced their astonishment at the underdog victory.
  • Woman's insurance cancelled over Facebook pictures

    02/15/2017 10:21:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 82 replies ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Diane Wilson
    TIMBERLAKE, North Carolina -- Do you put pictures of your kids, pets, or adventures on social media? If you do, be careful as you never know who is watching. Melina Efthimiadis along with her husband wanted to add personal umbrella liability insurance to their Nationwide homeowner's policy. She says they have been low risk clients so she didn't think it would be a problem. In the application process for Nationwide, Melina says they had to write down the number of dogs they owned and their breeds, which are Shih Tzu/ Yorkie, a Hound and Hound/Lab mix.
  • Insurance Company Cancels Policy Over Facebook Photo

    02/15/2017 10:17:12 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    KFOR ^ | 2/15
    A North Carolina woman says her insurance was canceled because of a picture of her dog on Facebook. Melina Efthimiadis and her husband say they are low risk clients. However, when they tried to add personal umbrella liability to their homeowner's insurance, Nationwide canceled their policy, according to WTVD. Efthimiadis said she had included the family's three dogs – a Shih Tzu, a hound and a Lab/hound mix – on the application, but the company claimed they had failed to disclose that they owned a Rottweiler mix, considered a dangerous breed. The mix-up apparently came from Efthimiadis' own Facebook photo...
  • New Zealand Beach Closed Amid Fears of Hundreds of "Exploding Whales"

    02/14/2017 8:07:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 13 FEB 2017
    "It's not very nice getting a 'gut bomb' on your face." The devastating mass stranding event that saw more than 650 pilot whales beach themselves in New Zealand over the weekend is finally over, with 17 survivors making it back to a large pod of more than 200 individuals seen 6 km (3.7 miles) offshore. But things are just getting started for the clean-up crew, because hundreds of carcasses are now strewn across Farewell Spit beach, and the public has been banned due to fears of spontaneous whale explosions caused by gas build-up. "These things explode from the stomach, and...
  • Recalling Alaska's most notorious drunken moose, the street-smart Buzzwinkle

    02/14/2017 7:00:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Every autumn in recent years our boreal neighbors in Sweden and Norway have regaled the rest of the world with tales of drunken moose. In most of the stories, the moose have gotten smashed eating fermented apples, the active ingredient in applejack. Recently, near Stockholm, a "mob of boozed-up moose" threatened a homeowner, daring him to step into his own garden. The online magazine Slate called the news brief issued by Radio Sweden "the best thing on the Internet today." Sweden and Norway have lots of moose and loads of apple trees. Alaska has fewer moose and a paucity of...
  • Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

    02/14/2017 5:45:22 PM PST · by mojo114 · 56 replies
    Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show live from Madison Square Garden, NYC. Check your cable for station.
  • Researchers Capture Amazing Video of Rattlesnake Striking Prey

    02/14/2017 11:41:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Researchers at the Higham Lab at the University of California, Riverside set up a high-speed camera to capture something rarely seen on camera: a rattlesnake attacking its prey. You can see in the video above, a Mohave rattlesnake quickly moves to strike a kangaroo rat as it hops by. In this case, the rat was able to detect the snake's movement in time to jump out of the way and escape. The lab says the animals in this video are free-ranging, so they had to set up cameras to capture the moment. They tracked the snakes' movement and set up...
  • Second eaglet pecks its way out; two hatchlings now in the eagles’ nest at Berry College.

    02/13/2017 8:41:52 AM PST · by Prov1322 · 10 replies ^ | 02.13.2017 | Jack Druckenmiller
    Second eaglet pecks its way out; two hatchlings now in the eagles’ nest at Berry College. From Berry College Eagles’ Facebook page: “B9 is finally here! The little eaglet hatched sometime in the wee hours of the morning and is currently snuggled close together with B8! Great screencap by Deanna George.” Earlier photo: That’s eaglet B8 next to the now “pipped” shell of its sibling as B9 is taking steps to exit its shell. From Berry County Eagles’ Facebook page: “This great screencap taken by Rebecca Ahmad shows off our little B8 and the confirmed pip in egg #2!
  • New Zealand Beach Closed Amid Fears of Hundreds of "Exploding Whales"

    02/13/2017 5:08:05 AM PST · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 2/13/2017
    The devastating mass stranding event that saw more than 650 pilot whales beach themselves in New Zealand over the weekend is finally over, with 17 survivors making it back to a large pod of more than 200 individuals seen 6 km (3.7 miles) offshore. But things are just getting started for the clean-up crew, because hundreds of carcasses are now strewn across Farewell Spit beach, and the public has been banned due to fears of spontaneous whale explosions caused by gas build-up. "These things explode from the stomach, and if you're standing right there, it's not very nice getting a...
  • Golfer uses putter to fight gator at Magnolia Landing

    02/12/2017 6:05:56 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    wink news ^ | 9 Feb 2017
    Every golfer needs a putter he can rely on — especially when an alligator decides to play through. “As I was walking about 5 to 6 feet away from the water I heard a splash, and as soon as I heard that splash I knew it was an alligator, and he got me,” Aarts said. The gator grabbed Aarts by his right ankle. He wound up on his back and rolled into the nearby water hazard as they struggled. “I remember having a club in my hand, and as soon as he had me in the water up to my...
  • Famous drag queen poses with Angela Merkel at ceremony to choose Germany's new president (Tr.)

    02/12/2017 5:26:22 PM PST · by brucedickinson · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-12-2017 | Thomas Burrows
    A 6ft 5in drag queen with a shock of bright orange hair stole the show at the ceremony to choose Germany's new president in Berlin. Olivia Jones, real name Oliver Knobel, posed for photos with Chancellor Angela Merkel and brought a touch of glamour to the occasion. The 47-year-old was invited to be among the 1,260 voting delegates by the Green Party. They chose the Social Democrats' Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 61, who described President Donald Trump as a 'hate preacher' during last year's US election, as the new president in Germany. She is famous in Germany for her guided tours of...
  • With one shot, Kansas game warden frees two deer

    02/11/2017 10:04:56 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 19 replies
    kansas ^ | February 7, 2017 | Michael Pearce
    Like most members of law enforcement, Lynn Koch dreads the day he has to draw his service weapon. Even if to protect his own life, it can mean death to another person. But on a cold winter day Koch, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks game warden, drew his .45 Glock to save the lives of two animals, and ensure the safety of another game warden and his own. “I have a lariat in my pickup, but knew there was no way to use it without one of us maybe getting hurt,” Koch said of when he and fellow...
  • 'Puff, puff, pass': How WA's dolphins are using blowfish to get high [Australia]

    02/10/2017 2:48:11 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | February 8 2017 | Staff
    In what can only be described as a youngster doing the 'puff, puff, pass', West Australian dolphins may be using blowfish - or 'blowies' - to get high, scientists have found. Murdoch University researcher Krista Nicholson, who monitors dolphins occupying the Peel-Harvey coastal waters off Mandurah, said there were several records of them interacting with blowfish in estuaries and coastal waters around the world. The young dolphin Huubster tosses a blowfish in the air. Photo: Mandurah Dolphin Research Project ============================================================================================================================== She said that in Australia, scientists had seen juveniles mouthing blowies in the Leschenault estuary in WA's South West and...
  • Parrish Man Grabs Bald Eagle From Alligator’s Grip

    02/10/2017 2:27:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Bradenton Herald ^ | 2/10 | Hannah Morse
    In a battle between America’s symbolic bird of prey and Florida man’s nemesis, a Parrish man said not on his watch. A male bald eagle sat at the edge of a pond behind his home in the Copperstone subdivision when the alligator clamped its jaws on the bird Wednesday. “It’s our bald eagle. It’s our treasure,” Anderson, who is also going through chemotherapy, told Fox 13. “It stands for who we are and what we are.” A neighbor called Justin Matthews of Matthews Wildlife Rescue and he arrived clad in a cowboy hat and camouflage cargo shorts. The eagle’s legs...
  • Orange Alligator Dubbed 'Trump-a-Gator' by South Carolina Neighbors

    02/10/2017 1:48:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    An alligator in a South Carolina neighborhood has been nicknamed "Rusty" and the "Trump-a-gator" due to its unusual orange color. The alligator, estimated at 4-5 feet long, has become famous on social media after local residents photographed it swimming in the retention ponds at Tanner Plantation in Hanahan. Herpetologist Josh Zalabak offered one possible explanation for the unusual coloring of the reptile. "Algae -- maybe some pollutant in the water, but it's hard to say unless the water is tested," Zalabak told WCBD-TV. Jay Butfiloski, the state Department of Natural Resources' Alligator Program coordinator, said the color is likely tied...
  • Can fleas survive and reproduce on human blood?

    02/10/2017 4:25:17 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 28 replies
    FleaScience ^ | December 28, 2016 | Staff (?)
    Photo credit: Denni ScnappFleaScienceSummary Cat fleas can survive and reproduce on a diet of human blood alone. However, in normal settings they don’t live or breed on humans. Females must feed freely for many hours to be able reproduce on humans. This doesn’t happen outside of laboratories.Survival Cat fleas can survive solely on a diet of human blood. They’re capable of living for 139 to 185 days if fed on human arms for 15 minutes each day.2 10 minute feeding intervals can keep females alive for up to 30 days, and males for 17 days.1 In a recent study,...
  • Snake catcher live-streams python eating possum in driveway

    02/10/2017 12:16:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 9, 2017 | Ben Hooper
    A snake catcher called to remove a huge python from an Australian home's driveway live-streamed video of the serpent eating a possum. The video, posted to Facebook by Snake Catchers Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan & Gold Coast, shows the scene snake catcher Lana Field was greeted with when she arrived Thursday at the home in the Chapel Hill area of Brisbane, Queensland. Field arrived to find the python in the midst of eating a possum, which it had about halfway into its mouth. "As you can see it's already got the front shoulders down and we're already half-way down the body,...
  • Terrified Hiker Captures the Moment He Totally Freaked Out After Spotting Yeti-Like Creature

    02/10/2017 12:07:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Sun ^ | 8th February 2017 | Danny Collins
    Terrified hiker captures the moment he totally freaked out after spotting Yeti-like creature wandering through the woods – but is all as it seems?Man cowers behind a tree as the mysterious figure FOOTAGE of a terrified Ukrainian man cowering behind a tree as a figure he believes to be a Yeti walks past him has resurfaced. The petrified hiker trains his camera on the ape-like figure as it bounds through the forest. A terrified man caught footage of what he believed to be a Yeti-like figure in a Crimean forest But unable to hold his nerve, the whimpering cameraman drops...
  • Vegan’s Protest Leads Town Hall to Ban Kids' Song About Fox Being Shot

    02/09/2017 10:55:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    A small town in Hesse has removed a children's song about a fox stealing a goose from its repertoire of town hall bell melodies, after a vegan resident became quite upset. The storybook town of Limburg an der Lahn in Hesse enjoys serenading its residents with melodies played by its town hall glockenspiel - an instrument made up of chimes, also called a carillon. The tunes included the classic 19th century children’s song Fuchs, Du hast die Gans gestohlen - “Fox, you stole the Goose”. That is, it included the folk tune until a vegan woman complained. The song describes...
  • McDonald’s Experiments With Crab Sandwich at 4 South Bay Locations

    02/09/2017 9:46:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Colleen Nowell
    Four McDonald's restaurants in the South Bay are testing out a new sandwich on their menu. It's called the McDonald’s Crab Sandwich. McDonald’s wanted to continue experimenting with local Bay Area flavors just like the garlic fries they introduced back in May. The Crab Sandwich will have snow crab meat on a sliced sourdough bun. When asked why McDonald's is using snow crab and not local Dungeness, McDonald's said: "The McDonald’s sourcing team had to weigh a variety of different factors when they approached how and where they were sourcing crab." The sandwich also comes with celery and seasoned mayo...
  • Dog refuses to leave abandoned buddy behind when help arrives

    02/09/2017 2:11:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    KFOR ^ | 2/9 | K. QUERRY
    An Ohio truck driver is being credited for his warm heart and his ability to pay attention to things others may have overlooked. When Dan O’Grady passed a little dog on the side of the highway in Florida, he knew he had to do something. He pulled over on the next exit and walked back to find the little dog. The frantic Jack Russell terrier barked at O’Grady and continued to run away from him every time he got close. O’Grady refused to give up and followed the terrier into the woods by the highway. Underneath a bush, O’Grady saw...
  • Too much self-tanning lotion? Orange gator puzzles residents

    02/09/2017 1:04:25 PM PST · by Red Badger · 36 replies ^ | February 9, 2017 1:28 PM | Staff
    In a photo provided by Stephen Tatum, an orange alligator is seen near a pond in Hanahan, S.C. Photos show the 4- to 5-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood. Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe. Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon. Stephen Tatum HANAHAN, S.C. No one seems to know why there's an orange alligator in a pond near...
  • Photo of Dog Hugging Owner Goes Viral

    02/09/2017 1:03:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    The photo of a pit bull and his owner has been shared more than 46,000 timesA dog pictured hugging his owner has melted the hearts of people on social media. Jamie Holt posted the photos on Facebook on Feb. 6 and since then the post has been shared more than 46,000 times. In the pictures, a pit bull named Russ is seen hugging Holt’s niece. Holt, who volunteers at an animal shelter, says Russ was recently adopted by her niece in Philadelphia. The owner said she instantly fell in love with the pup and had to bring him home. Holt...
  • Revenge of the pigs: Animals rip apart a giant PYTHON after the snake killed one of the [tr]

    02/09/2017 5:51:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 9, 2017 | Hannah Al-othman
    A huge python was ripped to shreds by a pack of furious wild boars seeking revenge after the snake ate one of their young. At least eight of the wild beasts descended on the reptile after he slithered into their home and gobbled up a piglet.
  • To declaw cats or not? New Jersey could be first with ban

    02/08/2017 7:54:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 91 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 10:33 AM EST | Shawn Marsh
    Cats would keep their claws under a bill that would make New Jersey the first state to prohibit declawing. The measure, which cleared the lower house of the Legislature last month, bans onychectomies and flexor tendonectomies on a cat or any animal unless a veterinarian deems them medically necessary. A vote on the measure was delayed in a state Senate committee Monday, and it’s not clear when it will move forward. The practice, often undertaken to prevent cats from shredding furniture or injuring humans or other pets, is already banned in several California cities and in nearly 20 countries. …
  • Stick or Carrot? Giant Rabbit on Diet After Being Mistaken For a Dog

    02/07/2017 1:07:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    The owner of a rabbit which has been mistaken for a dog owing to its size is looking to get her pet back into shape. Zeus, thought to be a Californian breed, weighs in at 8.2kg - the same as a one-year-old child, pet charity PDSA said. His companion Nala, a Lionhead, is 900g overweight and owner Sharon Close, of Leicester, took in the pair after finding them abandoned five years ago. The 46-year-old is looking to help the rabbits shift the pounds as part of the PDSA Pet Fit Club competition. She said: "Both Zeus and Nala are very...
  • Bee Infestation Has Honey Dripping Down Walls of Texas Home

    02/06/2017 11:07:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A Texas homeowner found herself in a sticky situation after calling for help with what she thought was going to be a simple roof repair. When roofers went out to Latanja Levine's Houston-area house, they made a startling discovery, according to KIAH. "They discovered there was a bee problem, told me that (they) couldn't do anything on the roof until something was done with the bees," Levine said. Levine said professionals were able to remove much of the hive and close off the bees' access to the home, allowing the roofers to get back to work. But, when Levine returned...
  • Internet Goes Nuts for Arizona 'Demon' Photo — Are People Really This Stupid?

    02/06/2017 9:19:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 53 replies
    A viral photo of a "demon" from Arizona has people around the world wondering about the mysteries of our universe. Are you freaking kidding? Reportedly, Phoenix resident Richard Christianson snapped the picture while in Tucson, then loaded it to his Facebook account on New Year's Day. "What the hell do you see in this picture for reals ??? Anybody," he wrote in the caption. He has since deleted the post. This is what passes for "for reals" news in an age when "fake news" gets so much attention. While people ponder whether or should be considered fake news...
  • Gene therapy restores hearing in deaf mice... down to a whisper

    02/06/2017 2:22:06 PM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | February 6, 2017 | Provided by: Children's Hospital Boston
    Unaffected mice, at left, have sensory hair bundles organized in 'V' formations with three rows of cilia (bottom left). This orderly structure falls apart in the mutant mice (middle column), but is dramatically restored after gene therapy treatment. Credit: Gwenaelle Géléoc and Artur Indzkykulian ======================================================================================================================= In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children's research team reports restoring a much higher level of hearing—down to 25 decibels, the equivalent of a whisper—using an improved gene therapy vector developed at...
  • The dead-bird detective

    02/06/2017 5:51:29 AM PST · by Daffynition · 25 replies
    theWeek ^ | Feb 5, 2017 | Chris Sweeney
    Pepper Trail is the first to admit he has an unusual skill set. Give him a single feather or a small fragment of a claw or a cooked hunk of breast meat, and he'll tell you the species of bird from which it came. As the world's leading criminal forensic ornithologist, Trail is asked day in and day out to perform these exact tasks. Over the past 18 years he has assisted with hundreds of investigations, testified in federal court 15 times, and handled more bird carcasses than anyone should. "All birders have life lists," Trail says. "I have a...
  • Miller Middle School mountain lion and cub caught, relocated [Colorado]

    02/05/2017 9:54:34 PM PST · by beaversmom · 19 replies
    The Durango Herald ^ | February 5, 2017 | Shane Benjamin
    Miller Middle School mountain lion and cub caught, relocated By Shane Benjamin Herald Staff Writer | Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 9:09 PM A mountain lion and her cub were caught Friday and Saturday near Miller Middle School. The mountain lion had killed deer on school grounds, prompting a warning to parents. The animals were relocated near the Utah line. Wildlife officials have captured a mountain lion suspected of killing deer at Miller Middle School in Durango.The mountain lion was caught Saturday and her cub was captured Friday night, said Joe Lewandowski, spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango.Both...
  • Sunnyvale Police Dog’s Nose Is a Valuable Tool in County Fire Investigations

    02/05/2017 8:51:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 5, 2017 | Victoria Kezra
    He patrols the streets, he searches for suspects, and he even investigates fires throughout Santa Clara County. But most of all, the city of Sunnyvale’s Kodiak just loves chewing on his ball. Sunnyvale’s Department of Public Safety has one of the only police dogs in the state cross-trained for regular patrol work as well as accelerant detection, according to Capt. Shawn Ahearn. Kodiak, along with his handler, public safety officer Bill Whitaker, investigated 16 possible arsons in the city last year alone. According to Ahearn, Kodiak is a resource for the county and beyond, having been called in to investigate...
  • Florida Fisherman Faces Life in Prison for $500K Catch

    02/05/2017 1:45:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    A commercial fisherman in Florida made a costly mistake that could land him in prison for life. Thomas Breeding, a 32-year-old boat captain, was out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico when he came across a mysterious package floating in the water. Inside the package was 45 pounds of cocaine. Breeding reportedly said he knew the right thing was to turn it over to the police, but Breeding decided to go a different route. Instead of doing what he knew was right, Breeding gave the package – worth $500,000 to $620,000 on the street, says – to four other...
  • Video: The Swedish Elk Rescue That Became a Viral Hit

    02/05/2017 1:27:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 4 February 2017
    A video of Swedish skaters rescuing an elk trapped in a hole in the ice has reached over 275,000 views in three days. The video, titled 'Älg i vak' (Elk in the ice-hole), was recorded by Sigrid Sjösteen and Viktor Johannessen. When the pair saw the animal fall through the ice at Bergö Fjord near Örnsköldsvik, they donned their skates and set about helping it out of the water. In the video, the Swedes can be seen using an axe to chop the ice, making a passage from the hole trapping the elk to the shore. Eventually, the elk staggers...