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  • Pit bull attack leaves multiple people injured in the Bronx

    06/18/2018 5:20:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/18/18 | By Tina Moore and Stephanie Pagones
    Five people were injured — including four teenagers — when they were attacked by pit bulls in the Bronx, police said. The dog handlers, both 36, were walking the animals just before 10 p.m. Sunday near Pelham Parkway and Lurting Avenue in Morris Park when the dogs got loose, police sources said. The pit bulls then went after a nearby group of eight people, attacking five of them. The victims — all females, ages 12, 15, 16, 17 and 45 — suffered bites and cuts. They were taken to Jacobi Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The dogs were...
  • Bobcat sighted by bicycle riders as it perched on saguaro

    06/18/2018 5:02:32 PM PDT · by donna · 51 replies ^ | Jun 18, 2018 | Hayley Brand
    BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A bobcat climbed to new heights Monday morning, as it was spotted perched on top of a large saguaro along a hiking trail in Buckeye. Two bikers saw the cat while biking along the Verrado Lost Creek Trail around 8 a.m. Monday.
  • Human activity making mammals more nocturnal, study finds

    06/18/2018 12:09:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    Research involving 62 species found mammals spent relatively less time being active during the day when humans were nearbyHuman disturbance is turning mammals into night owls, with species becoming more nocturnal when people are around, research has revealed. The study, encompassing 62 species from around the globe, found that when humans were nearby, mammals spent relatively less time being active during the day and were more active at night - even among those already classed as nocturnal. Experts say such a shift might not only affect particular animals themselves – for example impacting their ability to navigate or find food...
  • Goats help clear brush to reduce wildfire fuel

    06/17/2018 8:25:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Dozens of four legged friends have been brought to Deer Canyon preserve to eat as much as they can. "We have an environmental land manager that's under contract here, we have about 180 boar, spanish and nubian goats that are out here, that are assisting with brush clearance." The goats are part of the city's plan to clear thick, dangerous fuels that could ignite. Anaheim fire says this two month process is much more efficient using these animals. "It would take a long time, we would have to rotate crews repeatedly because of the terrain and how hot it is,...
  • Yorkie stays with missing toddler all night, alerts search party with 'weak bark'

    06/17/2018 9:57:32 AM PDT · by BBell · 33 replies ^ | 6/16/18 | M.L. NESTEL
    A loyal Yorkshire terrier stayed with a missing 3-year-old girl in a dense cornfield in Missouri all night -- and heroically led a search party to them with a "weak bark," authorities said. Remy Merritt and her dog, Fat Heath, had gone missing Thursday night in Qulin, triggering a desperate search that brought in some 150 volunteers, authorities said. But it wasn't until Fat Heath responded to barks from one of the search dogs that rescuers ended the 12-hour ordeal and found Remy and her trusty companion. "One of the dogs barked and a weaker bark was returned," Clark Parrott,...
  • 'Delta Hill Riders': African-American cowboy culture in the Mississippi Delta

    06/16/2018 11:45:00 AM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies
    Rory Doyle’s ongoing personal project shares the story of African-American cowboy culture in the rural Mississippi Delta, challenging the Hollywood portrayal of the American cowboy. The work highlights the black cowboys and cowgirls in the Delta as a proud group existing beyond the movie image of the American West. The project began in early 2017 when Doyle attended a rodeo celebrating black cowboy heritage in the region. Over the past year, he’s documented this band of horse riders in a place not typically known for its cowboys. A recent article from Smithsonian magazine estimated that one in four cowboys was...
  • Man discovers black widow spider in broccoli at Ohio Kroger

    06/16/2018 4:42:16 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 45 replies
    WIS TV ^ | June 15th 2018 | Victoria Dugger
    Sometimes you might find a stray bug or worm in your produce, but a dangerous black widow spider? Believe it. That was the case for Jacob Vaughn, who bought a bunch of fresh broccoli at Kroger in Maumee, only to find a large arachnid alive and acting feisty on the vegetables. The South Toledo man said he discovered the spider while washing off the broccoli before cooking it when "the spider came out and started waving his hands. It was pretty obvious he was alive since he was throwing his hands in every direction. He did not seem pleased." Vaughn...
  • Two rescues respond to pit bull attack on 4-year-old, woman shortly after 8 p.m.

    06/15/2018 9:42:43 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    Herald News ^ | 6/15/18 | Michael Holtzman
    A 4-year-old and an adult woman suffered severe facial lacerations and were transported to the trauma hospitals in Providence after both were bitten by a pit bull in a South End yard where the dog was kept, police said. Police put down the dog “to stop the attack,” Lt. Barden Castro told The Herald News within an hour after the 8:13 p.m. incident in what he said became a chaotic neighborhood at Bay Street and Mount Hope Avenue. The child, whose gender he did not know, was transported by rescue to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the woman to Rhode Island...
  • Georgia woman strangles, kills rabid bobcat after it attacks her: 'It came for my face'

    06/15/2018 2:45:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 June 2018 | Madeline Farber
    DeDe Phillips, of Hart County, was taking a picture of a new bumper sticker that she placed on her truck when she heard the neighbor’s dog frantically begin to bark. When she looked around, she saw a bobcat just steps away. The feline then “took two steps and was on top of me. ... It came for my face,” Phillips, 46, told the Athens Banner-Herald. Officials told WJCL that the bobcat tested positive for rabies. Phillips has paid $10,000 for rabies vaccinations thus far. “Thank God I am not a little woman,“ she said.“Thank God it wasn’t my daughter-in-law or...
  • Hart County grandmother kills rabid bobcat with bare hands

    06/15/2018 2:37:02 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 40 replies
    Athens Banner-Herald ^ | 6/15/2018 | Wayne Ford
    A rabid bobcat recently attacked a Hart County grandmother in her yard, spurring a furious battle that ended with the cat’s strangulation death. “I thought, ‘Not today.’ There was no way I was going to die,” DeDe Phillips said Thursday as she recalled the attack that occurred June 7 at her home off Liberty Church Road. Phillips has begun a round of rabies shots at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. She also has a broken finger, and numerous bite and claw wounds to her hands, arms, chest and legs. “I’m very lucky,” the 46-year-old woman said. The unprovoked attack occurred about...
  • $4.25 million award for pit bull attack––and the victim may see some of the money

    06/15/2018 12:41:33 AM PDT · by Norski · 9 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | June 14, 2018 | Merritt Clifton
    Landlord’s failure to respond or defend puzzles observers ATLANTA, Georgia––A $4.25 million default judgment issued on June 1, 2018 against Atlanta landlord Jonathan Kent Hart, 61, for an August 26, 2016 pit bull attack may be the biggest yet in which the victim is believed to be likely to collect at least a substantial part of the money. But further litigation is expected, while defendant Hart’s lack of response to the case perplexes observers. Victim Nakisa Shavon Hiles, 40, formerly Nakisa Hiles Wilkerson, had just rented a room at 1572 Montreat Avenue SW, Atlanta, according to court filings, and “was...
  • Fairfield Woman Severely Mauled By Own Dog In Backyard Attack

    06/14/2018 11:33:48 PM PDT · by Norski · 51 replies
    CBSSanFranciscoBayArea ^ | June 14, 2018 | Staff
    FAIRFIELD (CBS SF) — A 29-year-old Fairfield woman was severely mauled in her backyard by her own dog early Thursday before police shot it dead, authorities said. Fairfield police said the attack took place in the woman’s backyard in the 1600 block of Kentucky St. A next-door neighbor called 911 to report they had heard the woman screaming and looked over the fence and saw a large dog attacking her. Arriving officers could see the woman lying face down and bleeding profusely from both arms with a large dog standing over her. The woman’s house has an unusually large yard,...
  • New Hampshire distillery's bourbon flavored with beaver secretions

    06/14/2018 11:35:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 61 replies
    upi ^ | June 13, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    A New Hampshire distillery is marketing a new craft bourbon containing an unusual flavoring ingredient -- beaver secretion. Tamworth Distilling and Mercantile announced the release of Eau De Musc, an 88-proof bourbon selling for $65 per 6.7-ounce bottle. The high-end spirit is flavored in part by scent oils from the castor sacs of beavers from New Hampshire. "It's aromatic, very distinct. It's leathery, rich, slightly fruity in a non-traditional sense. With the whiskey, it really works in quite well," Tamworth distiller Matt Power told the New Hampshire Union Leader. The scent oils, known as castoreum, are actually found in a...
  • Kitten Rescued After Running Across 60 Freeway, Getting Stuck in Engine Compartment of Car...

    06/14/2018 9:42:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    KTLA ^ | Updated at 12:55PM, June 13, 2018 | Tracy Bloom and Kacey Montoya,
    An off-duty sheriff's lieutenant, his wife and a good Samaritan helped rescue a kitten after he ran through traffic on the 60 Freeway in the Diamond Bar area and then got stuck in the engine compartment of a stopped vehicle, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. Lt. Min Dinh, a 31-year veteran of the department, and his wife, retired sheriff's Lt. Jenny Ha, were driving home from church on the westbound 60 near the Grand Avenue exit on Sunday when they saw a woman sitting on a blanket in the emergency lane. The couple pulled over to help...
  • Russia’s ‘psychic’ cat Achilles predicts the winner of the opening World Cup game

    06/14/2018 7:09:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | 14 June 2018 • 10:37am | Staff
    A Russian cat reputed to have psychic powers has predicted the result of the first game of the World Cup. Achilles, whose day job is catching mice at the St Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, plumped for his home nation of Russia, who play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the tournament today. The feline garnered a reputation as a psychic last summer by predicting a number of results correctly in the Confederations Cup, which was also held in Russia. Yesterday Achilles, who is deaf, was presented to the world’s media for his first prediction of the tournament. The cat was...
  • Enraged badger chases away a dog which bit its bottom and tried to steal its meaty meal [tr]

    06/14/2018 6:32:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2018 | Phoebe Southworth
    This is the moment an enraged badger chases away a hungry dog which bit its bottom and tried to pinch its food. Footage shows the incensed creature spin around and charge at the pooch when it made a move for the hunk of meat. Startled by the badger's quick reaction, the dog sprints away as fast as it can with the tenacious omnivore hot on its heels.
  • Bizarre fish with BIRD-HEAD shaped like PIGEON found

    It is believed to be a grass carp, a freshwater species found in many parts of Asia and America. But the reason for the creature's bizarre head-shape isn't known. Thankfully, the fisherman took pity on it and released the fish back into the water. It's far from the first bizarre creature to emerge from the water.
  • High-Climbing Raccoon Finally Reaches Top Of St. Paul Skyscraper And America Exhales

    06/13/2018 3:37:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | June 13, 2018 | Carla Baranauckas
    A raccoon who captured the nation’s attention by climbing 20 stories up the side of a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Tuesday reached the roof of the building overnight to the delight of the internet. Tim Nelson of Minnesota Public Radio, who has been covering the high-altitude drama, tweeted the news just after 3:45 a.m. Eastern time.
  • Putting animals in their best light—Researchers find some shades of LED lamps threaten wildlife

    06/12/2018 8:47:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | June 12, 2018 | USC
    A new generation of outdoor lights spreading across landscapes require greater scrutiny to reduce harm to wildlife, says a USC-led research group that developed a new tool to help fix the problem.
  • Social climber: Raccoon scales St. Paul skyscraper, captures internet

    06/12/2018 7:07:14 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 27 replies
    mpr news ^ | 12 June 2018 | Tim Nelson
    Forget Spider-Man. St. Paul has Spider-Raccoon. On Tuesday, a mottled brown raccoon, originally stranded on a downtown office building ledge on 7th Street, proceeded to escape to the roof of the two-story building, then climbed another 20 stories up the side of the nearby UBS tower, as people gathered on the street below The raccoon's quest became kind of a celebrity cause by late afternoon. Hollywood director James Gunn, whose movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" featured a hero raccoon, offered to donate $1,000 to charity in the name of "anyone who saves this raccoon. I can't handle this. Poor dude."