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  • The cat with two faces: British short hair has a flawless split of grey and black facial fur [tr]

    02/21/2018 8:36:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    This adorable cat was born with a flawless split of grey and black fur divided almost perfectly down the middle of her face. The rare markings on the British short hair, pictured at her home in France, are thought to be the result of two embryos fusing together. She has both light grey and black fur on her face, separated evenly in a remarkably straight line.
  • Dog Rescued After Falling 150ft Down Devon Cliff

    02/20/2018 10:25:30 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 16 FEB 2018 | Zoe Stevens
    The dog was reunited with its owners after rescue teams winched him back up to the top of the cliffA dog has been rescued after falling over 150ft down a cliff in Torquay. Torbay Coastguard were called by the dog’s worried owner after the animal had run over the edge of the cliff at Daddlyhole Plain. A crew member was winched down the cliff to retrieve the dog, who was described as ‘bruised and battered’, but once reunited with its grateful owners was in much higher spirits. Crews said that the owner did the right thing by calling them and...
  • Man Falls From Cliff, Dies While Trying to Rescue Dog in Daly City

    02/20/2018 10:04:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    AABC7 ^ | Monday, February 19, 2018 | Laura vAnthony
    It was an idyllic but cold holiday morning near Daly City's Thornton Beach, the kind of morning that draws families and dog walkers to the coast. But just after 11:30 a.m., one man's attempt to save his dog cost him his life. The National Park Service confirms the 67-year-old man was trying to get to his stranded dog, which had made its way part way down a cliff, just west of Skyline Drive. But then he slipped and fell as many as 500 feet to his death. Firefighters had to race to beat the high tide to get to the...
  • Monkey angels watching over us?

    02/19/2018 6:12:41 PM PST · by Norski · 7 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | February 19, 2048 | Merritt Clfton
    Monkey sentinels form our first line of defense against yellow fever & other diseases that have killed millions RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil; SINGHUDURG, India––Panic-driven monkey massacres are contributing to human illness and death, and perhaps could help to spark global epidemics, warn Brazilian health officials. A related “monkey fever” meanwhile raging in parts of India has recently jumped into new and very different habitat, also showing potential to spread far and wide. At issue is simian susceptibility to Flaviviridae viruses, carried by mosquitoes and ticks. Killing upward of 5,000 people per year, worldwide, flaviviruses are as deadly to South American...
  • Your Birdfeeder Is a Battleground, But the Bigger Birds Don't Always Win

    02/18/2018 10:07:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    WCAI ^ | FEB 7, 2018 | MARK FAHERTY
    Have you heard of “bird feeder fight club”? If not, that’s probably because I just made it up. But it totally could be a real thing, according to scientists using Cornell’s vast Project FeederWatch data set. Feeder Watch is one of several bird related citizen science projects managed by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, which also include eBird and Nest Watch. More on those projects another time, but I will say that if you are not using eBird yet, you should be. The brilliance of these projects is that they harness the collective observational power of hundreds of thousands of...
  • Drakes Estero Shark Bite Was Likely Investigative

    02/16/2018 10:28:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Point Reyes Lighthouse ^ | 01/18/2018 | Anna Guth
    Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet upwards, kicking away from biting teeth. The shark surfaced then, rising above the water to reveal an eye, a belly, a fin. Then it disappeared. Natalie Jones, an Oakland resident and former reporter for the Light, suffered bites to both of her feet from a juvenile or subadult—likely 10 to...
  • WATCH: Bat Rays Found in Monterey Bay

    02/16/2018 10:18:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Did someone send out a bat signal? Graceful bat rays have been spotted by divers all along Monterey's coast recently. The Monterey Bay Aquarium writes, "Bat rays swim gracefully by flapping their batlike wings (pectoral fins) bird style. They are found in muddy and sandy bottom bays, kelp forests and close to coral reefs. If disturbed while resting on the seafloor, bat rays raise themselves up on the tips of their pectoral fins with their backs arched, ready to swim away if a diver approaches too closely. Rays are known for their ability to jump out of the water and...
  • Sheriff: Woman tossed dog from moving car because she was 'frustrated' with it

    02/16/2018 9:49:14 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 29 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 16 FEBRUARY 2018 | WFAA.COM
    PARKER COUNTY - It's been a tumultuous 24 hours for a young Chihuahua mix named Pumpkin. "She would like to take a nap," said Parker County Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler, whose arms Pumpkin was nuzzling into. The tiny pup was found Thursday, roaming a lot in rural Weatherford. A woman named Vanessa was the one who discovered her. "It was very skittish at first," Vanessa said of the dog. "It didn't want [to go] anywhere near me." Vanessa's family has had trouble with people illegally dumping on their property, so they set up game cameras. She went to check...
  • UK is under threat from a 'super RAT invasion' as experts warn mutant rodents [tr]

    02/16/2018 5:40:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 15, 2018 | Rod Ardehali
    British households could be set for an invasion of super rats that are resistant to poison thanks to a genetic mutation dubbed L120Q. The mutation means toxins used to kill the rodents are ineffective and could potentially lead rats plaguing homes across the UK, with some scientists even fearing a population spike thanks to their immunity to poison.
  • Culture Shock: Italians Aghast as Immigrants Barbecue Dog at Welcome Center

    02/16/2018 5:30:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 16, 2018 | Thomas D. Williams
    Animal rights activists are up in arms over attempts to barbecue a dog at an immigrant welcome center in southern Italy, with migrants insisting the practice is normal where they come from. Members of the Carabinieri, an Italian military police force, intervened immediately after receiving a call from an employee of the center who had witnessed the scene of a 29-year-old Nigerian man intent on roasting a dog at the center in Vibo Valentia, in the Italian region of Calabria.
  • Watch aggressive wild turkey take on traffic in Sacramento neighborhood

    02/15/2018 6:42:01 PM PST · by Mariner · 54 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 15th, 2018 | Unattributed
    This wild turkey wasn’t too pleased with traffic on Riverside Boulevard in Sacramento’s Land Park neighborhood on Thursday, Feb. 15th.
  • He's a big teddy bear! The incredible moment animal sanctuary owner cuddles up to 1,400-pound...

    02/15/2018 3:46:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 23 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Stephanie Haney For
    FULL TITLE: He's a big teddy bear! The incredible moment animal sanctuary owner cuddles up to 1,400-pound, 10-foot tall beast who just needed cheering up A tender moment captured on video between a 1,400-pound bear and his caretaker caught the internet's attention over the last week. Jim Kowalczik, who owns the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, is seen in the clip sweetly cuddling and petting Jimbo, the Kodiak bear. 'I’m sure you all do the same for your bears when they have had a hard day,' the caption reads. The video, titled 'When your bear had a hard...
  • Scientists discover the secrets behind the cuttlefish's 3-D 'invisibility cloak'

    02/15/2018 12:51:58 PM PST · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | February 15, 2018 | University of Cambridge
    A young European cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) trying to escape predation by expressing dermal papillae in 3-D and a mottled pattern, both of which disrupt the body contour and allow the cuttlefish to fool predators by avoiding recognition. As reported by Gonzalez-Bellido et al., these muscular structures contain a mix of muscle types that allow the animal to express and flatten the papillae quickly, and to maintain papillae expression for extensive periods without the need for neural input. The circuit that controls them appears homologous to the squid skin iridescence circuit. Credit: P Gonzalez-Bellido. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ An international team of scientists has...
  • Shepherd in troubles

    02/14/2018 6:11:34 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 12 replies
    Liveleak ^ | 2/14/18 | Liveleak
    It's been a tough day. Here's a 17 second video diversion.Video Here
  • A Westminster wow: Bichon frise becomes America's top dog

    02/14/2018 2:01:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    AP ^ | February 14, 2018 | Staff
    Flynn the bichon frise won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night, a choice that seemed to surprise almost everyone in the crowd at Madison Square Garden. Fans who had been loudly shouting for their favorites fell into stunned silence when judge Betty-Anne Stenmark announced her decision.
  • Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under 'STRAIN’ - experts find magma chamber pressure

    02/13/2018 7:32:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 112 replies ^ | UPDATED: 14:09, Tue, Feb 13, 2018 | By Sean Martin
    YELLOWSTONE is “under strain” according to a group of seismologists who are monitoring the potentially catastrophic volcano, prompting fears an eruption is imminent. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Yellowstone ERUPTION: Supervolcano under 'STRAIN’ - experts find magma chamber pressure ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A process known as deformation, where subsurface rocks subtly change shapes, is occurring beneath the surface of Yellowstone which alerts experts. Researchers state deformation occurs when there is a change in the amount of pressure in the magma chamber and experts are keeping an eye on the development. Seismologists from UNAVCO, a nonprofit university-governed consortium, are using “Global Positioning System, borehole tiltmeters, and borehole...
  • People Are Going Hog Wild Over A Monstrous Wild Boar Dubbed 'Pigzilla'

    02/13/2018 3:59:55 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 13, 2018 | Ed Mazza
    The internet has its newest cult hero. A massive wild boar dubbed “Pigzilla” was caught on video in Hong Kong going through some trash near a school, according to CBS News. The network reports that boars as big as 450 pounds are commonly seen in the hills around Hong Kong, and some come into the city looking for food.
  • Pit bull credited with saving woman's life in Gwinnett County

    02/12/2018 4:53:37 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 19 replies
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Bruce would not stop whining and scratching at the door Tuesday. The urgency of the noises drew Abby Leathers over to let out her pit bull out the front door, which was strange, since he usually goes out back. Bruce, who is named after Batman’s alter ego, ran outside and directly to a pond where a half-naked woman was standing in the water trembling, confused and scared, Leathers said. TRENDING STORIES:
  • WHOA! Live Baby Tiger Rescued from Box at Airport

    02/12/2018 2:25:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Feb 12, 2018 | Kari Van Horn
    Mexican inspectors opened a plastic container and discovered a sedated Bengal tiger cub someone attempted to express-mail. Police K9s looking for contraband found the cub and tipped off their handlers. The cub was mailed in the state of Jalisco to an address in the state of Queretaro. Despite being medicated, the cub was found in good health.
  • Black Cowboy Museum Reveals Hidden Heritage in Rosenberg

    02/11/2018 1:39:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KHOU11 ^ | February 7, 2018 | Larry Seward
    Years after the former rodeo roper turned country singer lost his voice, LarryCallies stumbled into his past. Records from plantation days revealed connections between his slave ancestors and a white east Texas minister who had kids with slaves, uncovering hidden history became his passion.Larry Callies owns history with a collection of boots, buckles, stirrups, photos and more on display at the Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenberg. “I just don’t like to lose my heritage,” he said. “I don’t like to lose things that we used to have. I brought a lot of stuff from me just picking stuff up.” Years...