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  • Stillwater Cove Shark Attack (Pebble Beach)

    11/24/2017 6:38:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A shark attacked a spear fisherman Friday afternoon in Stillwater Cove near The Lodge at Pebble Beach. It happened approximately 1:45 pm . One witness tells us that the victim suffered a significant bite to his right leg, but he is in stable condition at Natividad Hospital's trauma center in Salinas. Two off-duty sheriff's deputies were on the beach when the attack took place, helped pull the victim from the water and stabilized him until emergency responders arrived. Advertisement The name of the victim, his age and where he lives have yet to be released by investigators. CHP and the...
  • Dog owners post photos of their shame-faced animals after they ruin Thanksgiving dinner

    11/23/2017 4:16:36 PM PST · by mairdie · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 November 2017 | Sophie Inge
    It's that time of the year again. That's right - it's time to hide your Thanksgiving turkey before your four-legged friend finds it first. Despairing dog owners in the US have been shaming their greedy pooches on social media with signs detailing their crimes. In one photo, a hungry Rottweiler is shamed after taking a sizeable chunk out of a turkey while it was being roasted over a fire. In another, a brazen mutt called Scotty is seen cowering beneath a blanket next to a sign reading: 'I ate all the leftover turkey, peed on the bathroom mat and pooped...
  • Why exactly are these turkeys circling a dead cat?

    11/23/2017 2:18:17 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 51 replies
    theverge ^ | Mar 2, 2017 | Alessandra Potenza and Rachel Becker
    This morning, a bizarre video went viral on Twitter: it showed over a dozen turkeys endlessly circling a dead cat in the middle of the road. “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” says the guy who posted the video, @TheReal_JDavis, who’s from Boston. Why in the world are the birds doing this? They might be performing what’s called a “predator inspection,” says Alan Krakauer, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, who studies the behavioral ecology of birds, in an email to The Verge. Sometimes, animals lower down in the food chain approach predators — a behavior...
  • Is Kris Kristofferson's wedding-planning dog drama already the worst movie of 2018?

    11/22/2017 12:45:36 PM PST · by Simon Green · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/22/17 | Stuart Heritage
    Best Friend From Heaven sees Kristofferson voice a dead pooch sent back to earth to arrange his owner’s nuptials. It’s a new low for the ‘talking animals’ genre You would think that, by now, people would have stopped making films about talking animals. You would think that, after witnessing the monstrosities that were Andy the Talking Hedgehog, A Talking Cat!?! and Kevin Spacey’s Nine Lives, producers would run a giddy mile from such a flat-out dismal genre. And yet. Not only is there a new contender in town, but it might be the most inexplicable of them all. The...
  • Family records close encounter with deer during hunting trip

    11/22/2017 8:26:43 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies
    WCMH ^ | November 20, 2017
    COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A Central Ohio family had an up-close encounter during their first hunting trip out in the woods in Franklin County. Gary Simons says he was squirrel hunting with his two boys in the Little Pennsylvania Cemetery last week when a curious young buck meandered by. Video recorded by Simons shows the deer licking the boys’ guns, Simons’ pants, and even the phone before wandering back into the woods. Simons said “words can’t explain” how excited his boys were after the close encounter with the deer. video
  • Pet owner, 61, is killed by a train after trying to save his beloved dog (tr)

    11/22/2017 5:44:11 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 21, 2017 | DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
    Scott Wulff, 61, from Jacksonville, Florida, chased after his dog Astrid - but tragically both of them were struck by an Amtrak train Sunday. Witnesses say Astrid became spooked by the locomotive's lights and sounds as the train was approaching and ended up running directly towards the busy tracks. Wulff ran after her in a desperate attempt to capture his dog and pull her to safety. 'I heard the train speeding by, then a loud breaking sound,' Isaiah Boone told People. 'So, I go outside and I see everybody drop down on the ground in tears.' Boone who works as...
  • Shuwaymis (oldest leashed dog carvings) (Seems to be origin of large number of new articles)

    11/19/2017 6:19:12 AM PST · by mairdie · 26 replies
    Shuwaymis is an area about 370 km southwest of the city of Ha’il, near the town of al-Ha’it, in southern Ha’il province. The petroglyphs were known by local Bedouin for centuries, but only drawn to the attention of authorities by a local school headmaster, Mamdouh al Rasheedi, in 2001. Professor Saad Abdul Aziz al-Rashid, calls Shuwaymis “a unique and very important find.” The setting differs significantly from Jubbah in being surrounded by striking lava flows that impede travel, especially by camels and horses. Wadis are therefore important avenues for herders, and it is in these valleys that Neolithic and later...
  • Humpback Whale Spotted in NY Channel: Officials

    11/18/2017 8:29:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Nov 17, 2017
    The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is monitoring a humpback whale in Long Island waters that was first spotted on Nov. 10 by the Nature Conservancy. The AMCS and other Long Island volunteer organizations will begin herding the whale out of the area on Saturday morning. In an effort to limit stress to the animal, the AMCS said it will take its time to get the whale back out to the ocean. Humpback whales are not common in Reynolds Channel, according to the AMCS. However, sightings have grown over the last few years, possibly due to increased food presence in areas...
  • Why hunters are trading in traditional hunting rifles for the AR-15

    11/18/2017 6:57:29 AM PST · by Simon Green · 107 replies ^ | 11/17/17 | Jack Billings
    AR-15s have long been a symbol of the tactical world, but black rifles are slowly creeping their way past military and law enforcement applications and into the world of hunting. Touting more caliber options, efficiency and modularity, the versatile platform is transforming the way hunters down prey, but what’s causing hunters to ditch traditional rifle set-ups in favor of modern sporting rifles? The biggest benefit to the AR, or modern sporting rifle, platform has always been its modularity. Unlike traditional bolt-action setups, gun owners can easily swap between an almost endless sea of uppers and lowers. This ability to...
  • Avocado Rat Is the Millennial Version of Pizza Rat

    11/17/2017 8:22:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Mashable ^ | SHANNON CONNELLAN
    t's been two years since a rat struggled to drag a hefty slice of pizza along a few subway stairs in New York, and oh, how far we've come. American hero Pizza Rat now has a rather on-trend Brooklyn antithesis: Avocado Rat. Discovered hauling an avocado along the tracks at Greenpoint Avenue subway station in Brooklyn on Tuesday, this determined little rat truly embodies the undying millennial addiction to the coveted fruit. Documentary filmmaker Jessica Edwards managed to capture the little hero, posting an Instagram video of the little battler. Look, he even managed to get his avo off the...
  • Adopting a dog could lengthen your life, study says

    11/17/2017 5:24:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    CBS ^ | November 17, 2017, 10:54 AM | Robert Preidt HealthDay
    Here's to keeping your health on a tight leash: New research suggests that having a dog might boost a single person's life span. The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, for 12 years. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study. The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but its lead researcher said there...
  • ‘National Take a Hike Day’ Coming Up (Today)

    11/17/2017 11:09:59 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Lace up your hiking boots and dab a little Musher’s on your pup’s paws and let’s hit the trails! Nov. 17 is National Take a Hike Day. Hobo the Wonder Dog enjoys getting on a hiking trail and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the wilderness — and so do I. November is a perfect time to enjoy a hike with your dog. The mountains are calling and Hobo and I hear their call. Whether you head out on a tried and true hiking trail or search for a new path, your adventure is never the same. The thing...
  • Woman finds 20ft long python sleeping in her toilet

    11/17/2017 9:11:03 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 47 replies via Liveleak ^ | 11/17/17 |
    A horrified shopkeeper found a 20ft long python sleeping in her toilet. Chalida Thawephol, 37, spotted the snake's tail after her five-year-old son went to the bathroom and told her there was ‘’something strange’’ inside. The mother-of-two went to investigate - then ran out screaming at the hideous sight of the super-size serpent. She called rescuers who arrived and dragged the enormous reptile out of her milk shop into the road. They wrestled the beast into a canvas bag - before putting a penny in a set of digital scales outside a 7/11 store to weigh it. But the animal...
  • Adorable Baby Walruses Meet for First Time

    11/16/2017 11:00:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies ^ | Nov 15, 2017
    Late last week, two baby walruses met for the first time, and the moment was more than anyone expected. The SeaWorld Orlando Animal Care Team introduced Aku, a rescued walrus calf from Alaska, and Ginger, a walrus calf born at the park. As the team watched on, the two began inspecting one another curiously. After their first bottle feeding together, Aku and Ginger were soon following each other around the habitat and playing. Actress Alyssa Milano shares a special moment with Mickey Mouse at Magic Kingdom Park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where Halloween has already begun. The actress took...
  • Wild Boar on Leash Surrendered to Animal Control in SF

    11/16/2017 10:44:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    San Francisco residents surrendered a wild boar to Animal Care and Control officials this week in what officials are describing as a definite first for the agency. The residents apparently found Spirit, a young wild boar, when he was a baby three months ago in an area near Mount Shasta. They brought him home to keep as a pet, but developed doubts about keeping him as he got bigger, according to Deb Campbell, a spokeswoman for Animal Care and Control. Campbell said Spirit walked into the animal shelter on a harness and leash. Animal Care and Control is now looking...
  • Blue Whale Invasion in Monterey Bay

    11/16/2017 8:25:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KSBW ^ | 11/16 | Caitlin Conrad
    The largest animal on planet Earth, blue whales, and the second-largest animal, fin whales, are swimming in the Monterey Bay in large numbers. Beginning Monday, up to 50 blue whales have been sighted off the coast of Monterey. Advertisement Professional photographer Slater Moore shot mesmerizing video of the gentle giants from a Discovery Whale Watch boat Nov. 13. Watch it above or click here to watch. “In the past eight years, I have never seen that happen in the month of November,” said Keith Stemler with Chris’ Fishing and Whale Watching. There are also many humpbacks in the bay. VIDEO:...
  • Drunk Michigan man found covered in blood, screaming, waving deer meat in parking lot

    11/15/2017 9:30:22 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 44 replies
    click on detroit ^ | 11/15/17 | Ken Haddad
    MASON COUNTY, Mich. - A man was arrested Monday afternoon after police found him acting "extremely bizarre" in a parking lot in Northern Michigan. WPBN reports police were called to an BP Gas Station in Scottville (just East of Ludington), Michigan, for a man walking around the parking lot covered in blood and sitting in a car that did not belong to him. Police arrived and found the man in the car. When they approached, the 62-year-old man rushed at them, screaming and began trying to attack the deputies. The man, identified as Roy Purple, was arrested for the attempted...
  • Surfer Punches Shark in Nose to Escape Attack in Australian Waters

    11/15/2017 7:43:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Global News ^ | November 15, 2017 | Rod McGuirk
    A novice surfer mastered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws. The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm. A British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said Tuesday he had recently watched a video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark during a surfing competition in 2015.
  • Missouri Hunter Bags 39-Point Buck on Last Day of Season

    11/15/2017 7:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2017 | K. QUERRY
    For the past four years, Tim Phillips has been searching for a massive buck in the Saint Paul area of Missouri. The deer had been seen by several people over the years, but no one had been able to set it in their sights. “I knew he was out there, but had to wait for the right time,” Phillips told KSDK. On the last day of the season, Phillips shot the 39-point buck, which was estimated to be about 8-years-old. Phillips tells KSDK that he is donating the meat to Share the Harvest, a program that feeds those in need.
  • Beloved Cat Saves Long Island Family From Fast-Moving House Fire

    11/15/2017 9:56:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | November 14, 2017 6:51 PM | Staff
    MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A family on Long Island says they survived a fire thanks to their beloved pet. Their Massapequa home went up in flames overnight, but they all got out safely after they were alerted by their cat. On Tuesday, workers boarded up what’s left of the home on Gloucester Road. Neighbor David Dash says just after 1 a.m., he realized the home next door was burning. “I started to hear some popping, I started to hear some banging, and then some yelling,” he said. Dash took a photo of the flames on his cell phone, showing how...