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  • Pit Bull Plays Hero in Antioch Hostage Situation

    05/27/2015 8:11:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/27 | Kim Yokenaka
    An unlikely hero emerged during Wednesday’s hostage situation in Antioch: Two witnesses tell NBC Bay Area, if it wasn't for their dog, Cash, things may have turned out differently. The two women said they came face to face with the suspect. They say he tried to carjack them, but their 7-year-old pit bull scared him away. “It was surreal,” Tammy Jones said. ”We were on our knees, praying, crying and saying 'this is really happening right now.'" Jones said she and a friend were at the ARCO gas station on Contra Loma Boulevard about noon, when they saw a car...
  • Fire ants invade North Texas with heavy rains

    05/27/2015 1:58:36 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 113 replies
    WFAA.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Philip Townsend
    The ants take turns walking on one another to stay out of the water and survive. They eventually build dense circles like the one Nathan captured on his phone. "I was floored when I saw them," said Nathan's dad, Dwayne. "I had never seen anything like that."
  • Alligator Strikes Decisive Victory in Fight Against Truck

    05/25/2015 8:36:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    "Messing with a gator and he won!" the video's description reads.A motorist filming while taunting an alligator with his truck learned a valuable lesson when the reptile ripped into the front of the vehicle. The "Gator vs. Truck" video, posted to YouTube by user keet246, shows the truck approach the alligator, which slowly backs away with bared jaws, and the driver can be heard saying, "Hey, watch my truck," when the gator gives a warning bump to the vehicle's front bumper. The truck continues to slowly roll toward the gator, which responds by ferociously tearing off a portion of the...
  • Alligator attacks man's truck, tears off bumper

    05/25/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 20 replies
    News 96.5 ^ | 5-25-2015 | Samantha Jordan
    News 96.5 - Orlando AVOYELLES, LOUISIANA — This video gives a whole new meaning to 'tailgater.' A man driving his truck tries to warn an alligator hanging out in some high grass that he's coming and the gator best get out of the way. But the alligator was not backing down and decided to defend his turf. As the truck inches closer, the annoyed gator can be seen on video lashing out before finally grabbing the front bumper in its mouth and tearing it off in a matter of seconds!
  • New Mexico investigator explains chupacabra sightings with climate change

    05/24/2015 3:40:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    mySanAntonio ^ | Joshua Fechter
    An investigative author from New Mexico with a history of scientifically debunking the chupacabra myth says he can explain sightings of the mythical creature. "When you do DNA testing on these alleged chupacabras, they're known animals," Benjamin Radford, who authored the 2011 book "Tracking the Chupacabra," told New Mexico television station KOB. "They are coyotes or dogs. In some cases, they're raccoons. The hairlessness can be explained by a disease called sarcoptic mange, which is caused by skin mites." Animals with advanced mange often die when exposed to cold, but because of warmer temperatures brought on by climate change, those...
  • Wag, On-Demand Dog Walking App, Launches in San Francisco

    05/24/2015 1:12:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, May 22, 2015 | Ian Cull
    It seems like there's an on-demand app for everything these days. What about dog walking? There’s now an app for that. A Los Angeles based company recently launched its Wag app in San Francisco. Through Wag, you can request a dog walker within 30 minutes and even schedule regular walks. The app is free to download, but a walk will cost $20 for 30 minutes and $30 for an hour. The walker can pick up and drop off your dog up from your home. Wag says it runs background checks on every employee, and insures them.
  • Homeless Kittens Find a Rescue Dog to Be Their New Mom!

    05/22/2015 7:14:34 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    Two homeless kittens were taken in by a rescue dog who became the mother they never had. Ms. Jackson is a rescue dog who has a big heart, especially for little foster kittens. She was adopted to a family that brings in foster kittens. When they brought back a pair of homeless kittens from the shelter, her motherly instinct kicked in and started cleaning and caring for them like a mother would. The kittens fell in love and began to nurse on their surrogate mom.
  • Shear-ly Not? Debate Arises Over Whether SHEEP Can Be Offended by Swear Words

    05/22/2015 4:15:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, May 22, 2015 | Levi Winchester
    A COMPLAINT over alleged animal abuse has sparked a completely BAAH-MY debate - over whether SHEEP can be offended by BAD LANGUAGE.The bizarre topic arose when the RSPCA in New South Wales, Australia, were approached about the alleged mistreatment of sheep - including verbal abuse - at a nearby farm. The complaint was launched by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after one of their volunteers worked undercover at the Boorungie Station ranch and had apparently obtained footage from the alleged abuse incidents. Ken Turner, who operates the shearing facility, said the allegation seemed to suggest that the...
  • Lubbock Women Attacked by Mosquito Swarm

    05/22/2015 3:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    KCBD ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ashlyn Tubbs
    A hike at Ransom Canyon turned serious for two Lubbock women on Monday when they were attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes. Carrie Shores and Megan Raden are Texas Tech students who just wanted to enjoy the outdoors with their friends when mosquitoes that "looked like flies" began to bite them. The mosquitoes continued to bite them even as they were running; including bites on their faces. They were still a distance away from their vehicles, and both said the mosquitoes did not stop chasing them until they reached a residential area where officials spray repellent. Once Shores and Raden...
  • Oakland Cat Town Cafe Lowers Feline Euthanasia Rate

    05/21/2015 11:58:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Oakland's Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center is purring along nicely. According to Inside Scoop SF, the combination coffee spot and kitty fostering hangout has succeeded in adopting out 184 cats since it opened in October, which has brought the euthanasia rate at partner organization Oakland Animal Services down from 41 to 21 percent. Those statistics may or may not take into account the most recent foster animal, Griffin, an orange and white cat who was one of the cafe's longest residents; he got fostered on Monday. Cat Town Cafe's Saving Pets crowdfunding campaign has currently raised $29,232 to continue...
  • False Alarm of the Day:Someone called 911 after seeing a stuffed tiger on roof of car.

    05/21/2015 10:47:06 PM PDT · by Gefn · 17 replies
    I Can Haz Cheezeburger ^ | 05/20/2015 | I Csn Haz Cheezeburger
    A man finds the body of a stuffed tiger on the road in Washington.
  • Family Tree of Dogs and Wolves Is Found to Split Earlier Than Thought

    05/21/2015 10:13:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 21, 2015 | JAMES GORMAN
    The ancestors of modern wolves and dogs split into different evolutionary lineages 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, much earlier than some other research has suggested, scientists reported Thursday. The new finding is based on a bone fragment found on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia several years ago. When scientists studied the bone and reconstructed its genome — the first time that had been done for an ancient wolf, or any kind of ancient carnivore — they found it was a new species that lived 35,000 years ago. Based on the differences between the genome of the new species, called the...
  • Farmer Delays Harvesting Crops to Save Baby Blackbirds, Earning Flock of Praise

    05/21/2015 9:38:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests. The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that Frank Mendonsa, owner of a dairy farm south of Tulare, California, was recognized Wednesday by Audubon California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. About 15,000 tricolored blackbirds are temporarily nesting in fields of triticale silage that Mendonsa is growing for cow feed, the newspaper reported.
  • Woman Hospitalized After Being Stung More Than 200 Times in "Killer Bee" Attack in Lake Elsinore

    05/21/2015 5:18:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Michael Larkin
    The hiker was walking with a friend when the swarm attacked herA hiker was stung more than 200 times after being attacked by "killer bees" while trekking at Mount Elsinore levee. The woman was walking with a friend when the swarm attacked her just after 9 a.m, and she was rushed to a local hospital for treatment afterwards. She has since been released. The area around the levee was closed so exterminator George McDonough of Robbins Pest Management could be called. He located six hives in the area where the woman was stung, and determined they were Africanized bees, which...
  • Dogs have been man's best friend 'for 40,000 years'

    05/21/2015 10:15:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 63 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    Dogs have been man's best friend for up to 40,000 years, suggests new research. The study shows dogs' special relationship with humans might date back 27,000 to 40,000 years. The findings, published in the journal Current Biology, come from genomic analysis of an ancient Taimyr wolf bone.
  • Swedish man shows people the right way to escape a bear attack

    05/21/2015 8:43:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2015 | AMEENA SCHELLING
    To thwart a bear attack, make yourself look bigger and scarier.This is how you escape from a bear attack. Ralph Perrson was walking with his wife and dog in the woods when he noticed his dog was barking differently, the Swedish outlet The Local reported. Suddenly a large Eurasian brown bear ran out of the woods and charged at him.Fortunately for Perrson, he knew bears are much more scared of us than we are of them. Standing his ground, he raised his arms and let out a primal yell. The very startled bear spun right around and ran back into...
  • Brave bird fights off double tiger attack to emerge victorious at China zoo

    05/21/2015 8:12:24 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    itv ^ | 20 May 2015
    In a bird-vs-tiger death match, the winner might seem obvious - but one courageous crane managed to fight off his attackers after accidentally getting trapped in the big cat enclosure at a zoo in China. The red-crowned crane was blown into the tiger garden by a sudden, strong wind during a public display at the Fuyang Wildlife Park in Zhejiang Province. Two of the resident cats immediately took an interest in the possibility of an afternoon snack, and began chasing the bird down. Not to be defeated, however, the crane squared up to the predators and began chasing them instead....
  • Dogdance Freestyle

    If you ever think that dog cannot compete with humans in dancing, you’re wrong because this video will show you an amazing performance of a dog together with its partner.
  • Hancock deputy beaten, cut during traffic stop

    05/20/2015 7:46:55 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 43 replies
    The Clarion ledger ^ | May 19, 2015 | Therese Apel
    ...The deputy suffered a two-and-a-half-inch cut to his forehead and multiple bodily injuries. The doctor told the deputy it looked like the cut was made by a box cutter. "They roughed him up, but the officer was able to press a button and release his K-9 from the backseat," Adam said. The dog bit at least one of the suspects, potentially saving the officer's life, Adam said. That was more than good equipment and a good dog, Adam said. "We have four K-9 units here, but only two of our vehicles are equipped with the pop mechanism," he said. But...
  • Clever fish around the coast of Mallorca Island

    05/20/2015 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB)
    To avoid overfishing and aid in sustainable exploitation, the status of the fish stocks has to be monitored regularly. In many cases stock assessment is based on fishery-dependent data generated from fish markets or creel surveys. The assumption is: the lower the catches in a certain unit of time, the smaller the stock of fish should be. The scientists Dr. Josep Alós and Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus from the German Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have now shown that some fish species show enhanced gear-avoidance behaviour in regions with high angling intensity compared...
  • Swedish man's roar scares off charging bear

    05/20/2015 8:07:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 26 replies
    upi. ^ | May 18, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    JAMTLAND, Sweden,- A Swedish man out training his new hunting dog was caught on camera warding off a charging bear with a scream emulating a ferocious roar. Ralph Persson of Jamtland said his dog's bark indicated there was danger nearby during a training session with the hunter and his wife, Lena, and the couple soon saw a large Scandinavian brown bear run out of the woods. The bear ran straight toward Persson, who responded by trying to intimidate the predator. "I screamed as much as I could and made myself very big," Persson told the Hela Halsingland newspaper. The bear,...
  • Matt Saincome Investigates the Airline Industry's Woeful Record of Protecting Pets in Flight

    05/19/2015 11:04:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Matt Saincome
    It's 11:45 a.m. and a dog is falling from the sky. Moments earlier Nala, a rescue animal, was taking care of her five puppies who were on their way by small aircraft from Lexington, Ky., to Canada to be trained as service animals. Now the helpless pooch is in total freefall, quickly spiraling toward the earth. Nala was being transported with her five puppies in a private four-seat plane on Friday, May 1, when the cargo door burst open at about 200 feet, ejecting the canine from the aircraft. Within seconds, the fall — and Nala's life — is over....
  • Two Rotting Whales in Pacifica Torn Apart, Buried After Neighbors Complain of Stench

    05/19/2015 10:22:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | May 19, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez and Stephanie Chuang
    After some haggling over which jurisdiction was responsible for two dead whales washed up in Pacifica, crews on Tuesday began ripping up mammal flesh and burying the weighty beasts after neighbors complained of their rotting stench. An excavator dug into the whale flesh, tearing skin and muscle, before getting ready to sink the pieces of blubber and bone deep into the sand. Pacifica's Interim Chief of Police Dan Steidle said that after more than a month of discussion, it's been determined that the area where the whales washed up on April 14 and May 5 belong to the San Francisco...
  • 36 Golden Retrievers Rescued From Inevitable Dog Genocide In Turkey

    05/19/2015 7:43:19 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 16 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Shoebat Foundation
    [Warning: photos at link are graphic.] Abandoned and abused, 36 Golden Retrievers were rescued from the streets of Turkey before authorities could poison them, shoot them or bury them alive. They are now in America, awaiting adoption. Sadly, these Turkish dogs were not so lucky: Hurriyet Daily News - Fifteen dogs were found dead, cast out in the depths of Istanbul’s Beykoz forests with poison frothing from their mouths in what has been yet another stray dog massacre. A dog genocide took place in the Kepez, Konyaalti and Muratpasa areas of Antalya in Turkey It was so appalling that animal...
  • Blue Buffalo Admits To Lying About Ingredients

    05/19/2015 7:40:39 PM PDT · by Altariel · 35 replies
    As it often happens, a competition between companies had benefitted the consumer. Purina was bent on catching Blue Buffalo in an advertising lie – they claimed they never used poultry by-product meal in their foods. However, Purina did some testing of Blue Buffalo product and found that was not the case and sued them for False Advertising. Just last week, a year after the case was filed, Blue Buffalo admitted to using by product meal in “a ‘substantial’ and ‘material’ portion of their pet food.” (www.petfoodhonesty.com) Blue Buffalo asked the Court for additional time to file an Amended Complaint in...
  • Monster fish pulls anglers' boat mile down Mississippi before being landed

    05/19/2015 4:59:23 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-15-15 | Dave Orrick
    Taco flavored Doritos And my orange life vest Dad caught a hundred pound sturgeon On twenty-pound test -- Primus, "Fish On (Fisherman's Chronicles, Part II)" Yerhart has caught only one sturgeon in his life. But it was the sturgeon of a lifetime. On Friday night, Yerhart, a 34-year-old truck technician from Brownsdale, Minn., found himself in a Hemingway-esque struggle with a prehistoric monster: a lake sturgeon as long as he is tall, and perhaps twice his age and 10 times the weight for which his rod and reel were designed. Once nearly wiped out by overfishing (caviar is sturgeon...
  • First In Fish: 'Fully Warm-Blooded' Moonfish Prowls The Deep Seas

    05/18/2015 12:38:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 05-15-2015 | Bill Chappell
    Over decades of studying the oceans' fishes, some species have been found to have partial warm-bloodedness. But scientists say the opah, or moonfish, circulates heated blood — and puts it to a competitive advantage. "Nature has a way of surprising us with clever strategies where you least expect them," according to NOAA Fisheries biologist Nicholas Wegner, who works in the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, Calif. In a news release about the finding, Wegner said, "It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out." The opah is not a...
  • New species of marine roly poly pillbug discovered near Port of Los Angeles

    05/18/2015 9:05:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 05/18/2015 | Staff
    A new research paper published in the open access journal ZooKeys reports on a discovery made during a Los Angeles class fieldtrip—a new species of marine pillbug (Crustacea: Isopoda). While documenting that new species, a second new species of pillbug originally collected 142 years ago by biologists on a wooden sailing ship in Alaska was discovered in a collection room at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) by researchers Adam Wall and Dr. Regina Wetzer. The Los Angeles discovery was made during a Loyola Marymount University field trip for an invertebrate zoology lab course taught by NHM...
  • Bison Gores Taiwanese Teen in Yellowstone

    05/17/2015 11:52:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | May 17, 2015 | Andrew V. Pestano
    A 16-year-old Taiwanese foreign exchange student was gored by a bison as she posed for a picture in Yellowstone National Park Friday. The girl suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. She was visiting Yellowstone with her host family. They were hiking in a trail near the Old Faithful geyser in Wyoming when they stopped by a group of people who were watching bison grazing nearby. "The girl turned her back to the bison to have her picture taken when the bison lifted its head, took a couple steps and gored her," the National Park Service said in a statement. Park...
  • Neighbors hate this dog so much they’re leaving mean notes — and traps

    05/17/2015 10:53:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 17, 2015 | Gary Buiso
    They don’t love Lucy! Residents of a Queens co-op are battling a 10-month-old basset hound named Lucy in a bizarre dogfight that includes nasty notes, suspicious liquids and “booby traps” worthy of an Agatha Christie murder mystery. “Every time I open that door, I wonder, ‘What’s next?’ ” the beast’s besieged owner, Cory McPherson, told The Post from his Woodside apartment, where he and Lucy now live in fear.
  • Icelandic Public TV Network Airs 24 Hours of Sheep Birthing

    05/17/2015 10:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    UPI ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, ran the live feed from a Skagafjordur farm for 24 hours.An Icelandic public TV network aired 24 hours of live sheep birthing to give the country's residents "insight into the traditional farming life." RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, ran a live feed from a farm in Skagafjordur from noon Thursday until noon Friday to bring the lambing season to living rooms across the country. "The sheep birthing season is an unforgettable time for those able to see the little lambs being born into this world," RUV said on its website. The broadcaster also...
  • "His Body Was Not Able to Recover": Savagely Beaten Pit Bull Terrier Mix, Maximilian, Dies

    05/17/2015 8:49:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Maxmilian, the savagely beaten pitbull terrier mix who was found with missing footpads and cigarette burns in San Francisco last week, had to be euthanized Sunday morning after his kidneys failed, Animal Care And Control officers said. "He endured so much abuse that his body was not able to recover despite the vet staff's efforts," Animal Care And Control San Francisco said on its Facebook page. "There was nothing more to be done," volunteer Deb Campbell told NBC Bay Area. A $10,000 reward was offered by Maddie's Fund for information in the case after the pup was found at 6...
  • Geese Police patrol National Mall on four legs

    05/17/2015 8:37:24 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 53 replies
    bignewsnetwork ^ | 15th May, 2015
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. National Park Service officials fed up with goose droppings on the National Mall in Washington are calling for backup -- the four-legged enforcers known as the Geese Police. Parks officials announced Thursday the Geese Police -- who are not actual police but rather a group of border collies trained to ward off trespassing water fowl -- will be patrolling the National Mall to keep the geese from befouling National Mall landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial. The officials said just one goose can leave behind 2-3 pounds of feces in a single day and the unwanted excrement can...
  • Rescue Cat Mama Nursing Her 8 Kittens: 7 Calico Girls, 1 Boy [video]

    05/17/2015 1:06:28 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    LoveMeow ^ | Apr 06, 2015
    This rescue momma cat is nursing her 8 kittens: 7 calico girls and 1 boy. “The mother was grey and all the babies came out calico colored! The only boy in the litter is the black and white one with the goatee,” said Rachel, the foster mom. “She was found outside feral with a litter of kittens she could not take care of,” Rachel said. The cat mama was having a hard time caring for all 8 kittens and needed some help to raise her babies. “All kittens in the litter survived!” she added.
  • Is mural of girl feeding beaver at adult bookstore taboo?

    05/16/2015 2:26:47 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 49 replies
    WTVR CBS News 6 ^ | 5/16/15 | Wayne Covil and Web Staff
    RICHMOND, Va. – Some viewers contacted WTVR CBS 6 News when they spotted a mural being painted on the side of an adult bookstore in Richmond. The vibrant, cartoonish work depicts a female feeding a purple beaver an apple. But some fear the colorful creation may attract children. Jason Sears has nothing but praise for the mural, but questions where it was installed. It’s just scary that a kid might come in and expect to see a children’s book store,” Sears said. The Taboo location on Midlothian Turnpike is one of three high-end adult stores owned by Alison Barber. “It...
  • Stray Dog Adopts Tiny Kitten After Losing Her Own Puppies [2 videos]

    05/16/2015 11:56:22 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 25 replies
    LoveMeow ^ | Apr 03, 2015
    A stray dog adopted an orphan kitten after losing her litter of puppies. They were discovered in a roadside ditch on March 17. The dog couldn’t let her baby out of her sight. The unlikely pair were rescued and taken to the Mercy Animal Clinic in Garland, Texas. The little baby kitten, less than 10 days old, has been nursing on the dog mama for milk. They named them Pittie and Kitty. [Scroll down for videos] “Each morning and when I go in to get Kitty for a feeding she is usually snuggled with Pittie,” said Dr. Rick Hamlin. “Every...
  • Maru the Box Cat Develops New Walking Style. Hana’s Reaction is Priceless!

    05/16/2015 9:04:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    lovemeow ^ | 05.16.15
    Maru thinks he can fit into virtually any boxes. This is him creating a new walking style with a tiny box… Just look at Hana’s reaction. It’s priceless!
  • Kids in Awe of Gator on Front Lawn in South Carolina

    05/16/2015 4:53:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | May 15, 2015 | Emily Shapiro
    Two young kids in Goose Creek, South Carolina, are captivated by their unusual new neighbor: a 10-foot alligator. The alligator first took up residence in Sonya Gilreath's bushes Thursday morning, she told ABC News today.
  • 8-month-old male cat nurtures 6 kittens abandoned on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island

    05/16/2015 4:27:29 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    AP via US News & World Report ^ | 5/15/15 | MARK THIESSEN
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Six abandoned kittens named after the kids in "The Brady Bunch" TV series are getting a nurturing boost from an unlikely source — a male cat with a slight neurological disorder. The 3-week-old kittens — named Jan, Marcia, Cindy, Greg, Peter and Bobby — have been adopted by Henry, an 8-month-old male cat in the southeast Alaska community of Ketchikan. "We have Henry playing Alice; it was the perfect match," said Heather Muench, comparing the cat's role to that of the lovable live-in housekeeper on the TV series.
  • Swedish man's roar Sees Off Charging Bear

    05/15/2015 9:48:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 May 2015
    Ralph Persson, a hunter in Jämtland, northern Sweden, scared off a charging bear by roaring at the animal as it attacked him, it has emerged. While out training a new hunting dog, Persson sensed a change in the animal's bark. Seconds later a brown bear came charging at him from the woods. “I screamed as much as I could and made myself very big,” Persson told Sundsvall Tidning newspaper, in an interview which has gone viral over the past week. The bear quickly veered off back into the trees, utterly surprised by Persson’s ferocity. Both Ralph and his wife Lena...
  • Don't let the slobber fool you, your dog could be a brainiac

    05/13/2015 11:27:20 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 5/13/15
    "I couldn't talk or yell. I had no phone to text a message. I thought I would be stranded until someone found us," said Brozman, who lives on her own in Santa Rosa, California, with a wheelchair and Caspin, who understands English and sign language. Caspin put his neck under her hand until she got a finger looped on his collar. "Then, very slowly, he started to pull me forward. He pushed the door open. Then he stayed by me until I could function enough to get into bed," she said.
  • Noisier than a washing machine, the cat with the loudest purr in the world: [tr]

    05/13/2015 6:50:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 12, 2015 | Paul Harris
    IT starts with a warble, a little like a creature calling out in the jungle. Then it turns to a rumble, like a train approaching from afar, or the sound of someone revving a single-cylinder motorbike in the distance. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Er… no. It’s Merlin, the world’s loudest moggy. With a growl that can drown out the noise of a dishwasher, he has just secured a Guinness World Record for the domestic cat with the highest decibel-rated purr. It officially peaked at an impressive 67.8dB – about the same as the sound of a...
  • Baltimore Cops Slit This Dog’s Throat—and One Got Away With It

    05/12/2015 8:15:28 PM PDT · by Altariel · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 12, 2015 | Michael Daly
    An unattended Shar Pei had its carotid artery severed, and one of the two officers eventually charged with felony animal cruelty was let off by Freddie Gray prosecutor Marilyn Mosby. Baltimore cops gave new meaning to dying like a dog last summer after they received a report of an unattended pooch biting a woman on the hand. The pooch in question was a 7-year-old Shar Pei named Nala that had gotten away from its owner but had both a collar and an ID tag. The woman said that Nala had only bitten her after she saw the dog standing in...
  • Man Busts Window to Help Dog, Gets Arrested Anyway

    05/12/2015 8:07:32 PM PDT · by Altariel · 11 replies
    Life With Dogs ^ | May 12, 2015 | Fred
    A man from Athens, Georgia saved a dog from overheating in a hot vehicle. Most of the time, when people try to help out a dog locked in a car, they’re seen as heroes. However this time, Michael Hammons isn’t facing a hero’s welcome, but is facing criminal charges for his efforts. According to Hammons, he decided to bust out the car window because, “I heard someone say there was a dog in distress in a hot car.” Hammons says he didn’t really think about it. When the Desert Storm vet heard someone needed help, he jumped to action almost...
  • Rescued brown bear cubs recover at Alaska Zoo

    05/12/2015 12:11:05 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 6 replies
    Alaska Dispatch ^ | May 11, 2015 | Bill Roth
    Three brown bear cubs rescued earlier this month on Kodiak Island are recuperating at the Alaska Zoo, and enjoying some sibling bonding time before being moved to an outdoor exhibit.
  • Dogs will become too expensive in the future and we’ll have to buy robo-pets

    05/12/2015 6:36:43 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 89 replies
    Metro. UK ^ | 12 May 2015 | Nicolas Reilly
    Here’s some seriously bad news for lovers of man’s best friend. A leading animal welfare researcher has claimed that the rise in global population will lead to real animals becoming the reserve of the extremely wealthy, meaning that the rest of us will turn to ‘robot dogs’ for companionship.
  • Sea Lion Bunks With Sleeping San Diego Sailor

    05/11/2015 8:56:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    A noisy stowaway woke Michael Duffy as he was docked at the San Diego Yacht Club on Saturday. The San Diego sailor woke in the middle of the night to sneezing, but didn’t think much of it and went back to sleep. He woke the next morning at 6 to a curious sea lion asleep on a bunk bed in his sailboat. In adorable video captured by Duffy, you can hear him urging the sea lion, “You gotta go, buddy” as he nudged the animal out of the boat. Once the two got to the dock, Duffy had to nudge...
  • Wild Boar Smashes Through Clothing Store Ceiling

    05/11/2015 1:42:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Talk about a consumer culture gone wild. A Hong Kong shopping mall received a visit from a ham-fisted customer on Sunday when a wild boar wandered in and got trapped inside a children’s clothing store. Video aired by local TV stations showed the boar, which had apparently climbed up a ladder in the shop’s back room, punching a hole through the showroom’s false ceiling with a hoof.
  • Woman With 650 Turtles in Her Bathroom Has No Clue What to Do With Them

    05/10/2015 8:44:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2015 | Laura Italiano
    Lorri Cramer’s Upper West Side bathroom is “shell” on earth. “I have no idea what I’m going to do with them,” Cramer said Saturday as 620 red-eared slider turtle hatchlings bobbed around in five big blue basins of water. Every one of the golf-ball-sized baby turtles is a skittering speck of contraband — members of a non-native species that’s illegal to sell or release in New York state.
  • Orangutan feeds baby tigers while acting as surrogate mother

    05/10/2015 7:07:53 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 19 replies
    The 30-second film captures the orangutan monkeying around with the cubs before sitting one on her knee and feeding it with a bottle of milk