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  • Mysterious Deep-Sea Animal Rediscovered after 116 Years

    12/07/2016 5:41:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    SCI NEWS ^ | Dec 6, 2016 | Natali Anderson
    Bathochordaeus charon — an extremely rare species of giant larvacean — has been rediscovered, more than a century after the only previous known specimens of the species were found. Larvaceans are solitary, free-swimming tunicates, animals with a primitive spinal cord but no real backbone. These fragile animals are usually less than 0.4 inches (1 cm) in length, but some giant larvaceans in the deep sea grow up to 3.5 inches (9 cm) long. In 1900, German marine biologist Carl Chun identified the first giant larvacean, Bathochordaeus charon. Scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) were next to document...
  • Deimos Knievel! [cat video]

    12/07/2016 1:30:18 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 104 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 12/7/16 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Daredevil Deimos attempts to jump Kitchen Counter Canyon! No net! No parachute! No health insurance! Will he make it?!?? Will he be hurt?!!! Will you stop asking silly questions and watch the video already?!
  • Meet LiLou, San Francisco airport's first therapy pig for stressed fliers

    12/07/2016 7:31:56 AM PST · by ThomasThomas · 30 replies
    Meet LiLou, San Francisco airport's first therapy pig for stressed fliers
  • Disabled Air Force Veteran, His Service Dog Hired by Lowe’s Store in Texas

    12/06/2016 8:56:27 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 34 replies
    KTLA ^ | 6 Dec 2016
    “We were interviewing people for his position. And he was one of the applicants. And so he showed up for the interview and he had Charlotte with him,” Jay Fellers, a human resource manager at Lowes, told CNN affiliate KRBC. Fellers said Charlotte — who wears her own Lowe’s vest while on duty — has been a hit with customers.
  • Pizza-Pulling Reindeer Didn’t Work Out for Domino’s (Watch)

    12/05/2016 7:44:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Think it would be cool to get your pizza delivered by an actual reindeer? You’re not alone. In fact, Domino’s recently tried to make this very thing happen in Japan. For the holiday season, the pizza chain announced that it would have reindeer pulling sleds with pizza deliveries on them. Then customers could track their pizzas by GPS just like with regular deliveries. However, the idea didn’t exactly work out. As it turns out, it’s much more difficult to train reindeer than those old Christmas stories make it out to be. Or maybe they only listen to Santa. Either way,...
  • Beaver Caught Christmas 'Shopping' at Dollar General Store in Maryland

    12/05/2016 11:58:00 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | Dec 1, 2016, | AVIANNE TAN
    Looks like this beaver was quite eager to do some holiday "shopping." The rodent was found looking at Christmas trees at a Dollar General store in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, this past Monday, according to Jennifer Stone, public information officer for the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office. "The beaver just walked right in through the front door," Stone told ABC News today.
  • Kangaroo grabs a dog in a headlock before the pooch's owner comes to his rescue by PUNCHING [tr]

    12/04/2016 6:08:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2016 | Josh Hanrahan
    They're meant to be best friends, but not every man and his dog shares this kind of bond. Incredible footage has emerged of a man fighting a large kangaroo in the Australian Outback in an effort to protect his pet pooch from the aggressive animal's clinches. The moment the man stood toe-to-toe and traded punches with the marsupial to save his dog 'Max' was captured on camera by a friend, who videoed the fight from the safety of his vehicle. The video was taken on what appeared to be a hunting trip in rural bushland.
  • Albino Deer Blamed for Serious Motorcycle Wreck

    12/03/2016 11:02:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KFOR ^ | DECEMBER 2, 2016 | LANCE WEST
    Witnesses say the accident looked so bad, they thought the motorcycle had been crushed by a car. The rider lost control of his bike on the bridge at 5th and Oklahoma Thursday night. It wasn't a car, but it was an albino deer that caused the accident. "I wouldn't want to hit a squirrel on a motorcycle, let alone a deer," Game Warden Wade Farrar said. Wildlife officials say deer are on the move right now looking for food and a mate. "So they have been covering a lot of ground. The male looking for a girlfriend, basically," Farrar said....
  • When a Dog Became a Mother to Bengal Tiger Cubs in Germany

    12/03/2016 12:06:43 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    A dog in northern Germany is once again taking on the role of surrogate parent to a big cat, this time helping rear a pair of rejected Bengal tiger cubs. Leon, a six-year old pointer mix, is helping his owner, zoo keeper Jeannette Wurms, raise one-month old Peach and Pearl at home after the cubs were rejected by their mother at Safaripark Stukenbrock near the town of Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock. “What’s exceptional about (Leon) is that he is a male with such motherly instincts which are very marked,” Wurms, who hand feeds the cubs, said on Monday. “He also acts as...
  • National Day Camel Marathon to take place in Dubai on Saturday

    12/03/2016 12:00:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, December 02, 2016
    The National Day Camel Marathon in the UAE, organised by the Hamdan bin Mohammed Heritage Centre, HHC, in cooperation with Dubai Camel Racing Club, will take place on Saturday, 3rd December, at Dubai International Endurance City, Saih Al Salam. The Camel Marathon is part of the on-going 45th National Day celebrations. Speaking on the occasion, Souad Ibrahim Darwish, Director of Championships at HHC, said, "Camel racing is one of the most enduring and centuries-old traditional sports in the UAE. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, we have renamed the race as the National Day Camel Marathon since...
  • General Mills Joins $4 Million Pollinator Initiative

    12/02/2016 9:11:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KSTP ^ | December 01, 2016
    Minnesota-based General Mills will be part of a partnership that will plant more than 100,000 acres of pollinator habitat over the next five years, the company announced Thursday. General Mills, the Xerces Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are teaming up on the $4 million project to support farmers across the United States by offering technical assistance to plant and protect habitat like native wildflower field edges and flowering hedgerows. The habitats will serve bumble bees, squash bees, honey bees and butterflies as well as the crops they pollinate. The funding will also support six biologists who will offer...
  • North Carolina Man Hooks Massive 112-Pound Catfish While Fishing

    12/02/2016 8:47:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 2, 2016 | JENNIFER EARL
    It was hook, line and sinker — literally — for a man who went out fishing over Thanksgiving. Equipped with only a small rod, Wilmington, North Carolina, resident Riahn Brewington struggled as he tried to pull out a fish from Cape Fear River last week. He caught a catfish, but not just any catfish: a giant catfish that weighed more than 112 pounds. The bloated fish was bigger than the top half of Brewington’s body. Brewington couldn’t believe his eyes, and neither could his friends when the fisherman posted his prized catch on Facebook. “Holy Catfish!!!” one Facebook user exclaimed....
  • Beaver walks into Md. store, finds only artificial Christmas trees, and proceeds to trash it

    12/01/2016 6:27:33 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 48 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1 Dec 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    Cpl. Yingling had a unique call for service when the suspect, pictured, was witnessed causing prop. Destruction at a store in Char. Hall. The “suspect attempted to flee the area,” as the sheriff’s office put it in a statement, but it was apprehended by animal control and released to an animal rehabilitator — hopefully not just to be released into the wild, but to be taught basic shopping etiquette.
  • Oregon Jailbird, 38, Posed For Mug Shot With Jail Bird, 4

    12/01/2016 10:54:43 AM PST · by stars & stripes forever · 15 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 12/1/2016 | Staff
    An Oregon man arrested Monday posed for a mug shot with his pet parrot on his shoulder. Following a court hearing, a Washington County judge ordered Craig Buckner, 38, jailed for violating release terms in connection with multiple misdemeanor theft cases. Buckner, not expecting to land behind bars, arrived at the courthouse with his four-year-old red parrot, which he placed in a tree before heading inside the building...
  • The Great Scandinavian Musk Ox War

    11/30/2016 9:56:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | Cara Giaimo
    For decades, Sweden and Norway have been arguing over musk oxen citizenship. Last month, a lonely musk ox named Brutus wandered far from his herd in Sweden and stole the country’s heart. Brutus was hoping to find a mate, but his roaming took him so far afield that there were no females within miles. Local and national news organizations covered his plight. Myskoxe.se, a Swedish website dedicated to musk oxen, is keeping detailed track of his journey, posting brief updates and paparazzi-style photos. “Brutus is out hiking,” they wrote on September 12. “What he has in mind—it is not known.”...
  • Video: Lion Preys on His Coach at a Circus in Egypt

    11/30/2016 8:22:47 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Wednesday, 30 November 2016
    An Egyptian lion trainer was killed by one of the lions during a circus show in Alexandria, northern Egypt. A security source told Al Arabiya.net that Shaheen Islam was a 35-year-old who worked as a trainer for lions in the Lion village in Alexandria and died due to injuries as a result of an attack by the lion during the show. He added that the trainer was giving a presentation for students when the lion attacked him, injuring him seriously, leading to his led to his death days after he entered the Andalusian Salam hospital's intensive care in the Smouha...
  • Platypus (And Echidna) Venom Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes, Adelaide Researchers Find

    11/30/2016 8:15:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/30
    A longer-lasting form of a hormone found in platypus venom could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans, according to researchers at the University of Adelaide. Key points: A longer lasting version of GLP-1 has been found in the gut and venom of the platypus GLP-1 stimulates the release of insulin to lower blood glucose Researchers hope the venom could be used to treat type 2 diabetes in humans The team found both the platypus and echidna produce a long-lasting form of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). GLP-1 is normally secreted in the gut of...
  • Study explains evolution phenomenon that puzzled Darwin

    11/30/2016 7:28:24 PM PST · by JimSEA · 51 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/30/2016 | Sara M. Clifton, et al
    Why do some animals have extravagant, showy ornaments -- think elk and deer antlers, peacock feathers and horns on dung beetles -- that can be a liability to survival? Charles Darwin couldn't figure it out, but now a Northwestern University research team has a possible explanation for this puzzling phenomenon of evolution. The researchers developed a mathematical model that made a surprising prediction: In animals with ornamentation, males will evolve out of the tension between natural selection and sexual selection into two distinct subspecies, one with flashy, "costly" ornaments for attracting mates and one with subdued, "low-cost" ornaments. "Ornamentation does...
  • [With Pics] World's Wildest Dinner Party? This Town Hosts A Special Feast Just For Its Monkeys

    11/30/2016 3:28:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Malaysian Digest ^ | Monday, 28 November
    The monkeys have proved that they can be rowdy Tables covered in red tablecloth and piled high with fruits, sticky rice and nuts is a feast fit for humans but the honoured guests in this case are monkeys. This Thai town hosts the annual Lopburi Monkey Festival at the end of November in a gesture to thank the town's famous inhabitants for 'blessing' the town with plentiful tourists. Lopburi, also known as Monkey Province, threw the party for the primates on Sunday (27 November) to thank them for all that they do for the Thai economy, IB Times reports. The...
  • Brevard bicyclist killed in crash with turtle

    11/30/2016 12:28:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 67 replies
    News 6 ^ | November 30, 2016
    The fatal accident was reported about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Royal Palm Avenue and Sail Drive in Indian Harbour Beach. Brevard County Fire Rescue crews and investigators were called to the beachside town after the body of David Kervin, 51, was found in the roadway near the motorized bike. “He apparently suffered a head injury and was already deceased when we arrived,” said Don Walker, spokesman for Brevard County Fire Rescue. “It appeared he hit the turtle. He may have also been hit by another vehicle while lying injured." Brevard deputies later said there was no evidence...
  • ‘Thousands’ of mysterious, ‘squishy’ creatures wash up along California beach

    11/30/2016 9:06:09 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    wqad 8 ^ | 30 Nov 2016 | KATRINA LAMANSKY
    One Facebook user, Ryan Rustan, wrote that he was walking on the Huntington Beach shoreline Monday night when he felt "little water balloons popping under my feet, super squishy."... "Couldn't tell if they were jellyfish or eggs but there are thousands up and down the beach," ...invertebrate expert says they are sea cucumbers.
  • This woman realised her £560 hairless sphynx cat was just a regular cat when it grew back its fur

    11/30/2016 6:56:04 AM PST · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Metro.Co.UK ^ | 29 Nov 2016
    But, as one woman found out, scammers are trying to sell people fake hairless sphynx kittens by cruelly shaving regular kittens and pulling out their whiskers. JoAnna Dyck, from Alberta, Canada, bought what she thought was a sphynx online. She paid £560 for the cat, which was delivered to her home after the breeder refused to let her come and pick him up. ‘He was like a little tiny kitten, no more than eight weeks old, and he was naked. Completely hairless,’ she tells CBC. Vlad, as he was then named, ‘looked like a sphynx because he was very, very...
  • JiLL STeiN FoR CaT LiTTeR...

    11/29/2016 3:55:53 PM PST · by upchuck · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Nov 29, 2016 | williambanzai7
    Only the force of government keeps these often abusive entities alive.
  • A Japanese theme park thought it was a good idea to freeze 5,000 dead fish in a skating rink

    11/28/2016 8:23:34 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 35 replies
    washington post ^ | 28 Nov 2016 | Amy B Wang
    An amusement park in southwestern Japan has closed its ice-skating rink after public outrage over the rink's key feature: 5,000 dead fish frozen into the ice itself.... “We had intended to give the feel of the ocean to this ice skating rink, with the image of fish swimming in the ocean,” Space World general manager Toshimi Takeda told the newspaper. “And we intended to make visitors have fun and learn more about fish.”... “We sincerely apologize to everyone who was upset by the 'Ice Aquarium,' " the theme park tweeted.
  • ‘I felt eternal hell’: These crabs can lift 60 pounds, and put a hurting on a hand

    11/28/2016 1:43:02 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 56 replies
    the new stribune.com ^ | 28 Nov 2016 | BEN GUARINO
    The truth is coconut crabs are immense - up to 18 inches long and 9 pounds - and their oddities do not end with bodily superlatives... In practice, however, Oka’s research was a brief sojourn into the world of arthropod-inflicted pain. Crab pincers snagged the fleshy part of his palm during the study. Twice. “When I was pinched, I couldn’t do anything until they unfastened their claws,” Oka said. “Although it was a few minutes, I felt eternal hell.” Despite the threat of a few minutes of hellish pain, Oka and his colleagues remained undeterred. “We are going to continue...
  • A Japanese Skating Rink Froze 5,000 Dead Fish in the Ice. People Were Not Happy

    11/28/2016 7:59:28 AM PST · by dayglored · 80 replies
    TIME ^ | Nov 28, 2016 | Tara John
    A Japanese amusement park faced a deluge of criticism after opening an ice skating rink featuring thousands of dead fish suspended in ice.Space World, in the southwestern city of Kitakyushu, closed the aquarium-themed skating rink on Nov. 17 after an online campaign called the attraction, “immoral,” “cruel” and “disrespectful of life,” reports the Guardian.The outcry began after a local TV report on the rink, which featured about 5,000 dead mackerel and other fish embedded in ice. Some of the frozen fish were positioned to spell out “hello,” while others formed arrows to guide skaters in the correct direction around the...
  • Rescue goat suffering from Anxiety Only Calms Down in Her Duck Outfit

    11/27/2016 2:24:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 94 replies
    News4 San Antonio ^ | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH 2016 | Victoria Price
    Meet Polly, an adorable rescue goat who is blind and suffers from severe anxiety. Her owner Leanne Lauricella rescued the baby goat and says Polly suffers from neurological problems. Leanne said the baby goat would often run around and cry if she couldn't find her. Her owner purchased the costume from a store for Halloween, not expecting it to have such a profound effect on her. The duck costume helped Polly the goat go from anxious and stressed to all zen and chill. There’s something about that duck costume that calms her. As soon as I put it on her,...
  • President Trump works as a Waiter at his own Hotel (Aired on Oprah 2011)

    11/27/2016 12:18:32 PM PST · by beaversmom · 10 replies
    Oprah via You Tube ^ | Nov 25, 2016 | This Information
    Published on Nov 25, 2016 Donald Trump spending a day in the shoes of his employees at Trump Tower Chicago. Aired on the Oprah Winfrey show, 2011
  • Deimos and Misty Grooving to Some Hendrix. [cat video]

    11/27/2016 10:53:53 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 16 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 11/27/16 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Not particularly exciting, but hey, it's a cat video!
  • Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think

    11/24/2016 9:28:45 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 44 replies
    New York Times ^ | 23 Nov, 2016 | James Gorman
    Once again, science has confirmed the suspicions of dog-owners that their beloved pets know more than they are letting on. In this case, it has to do with memory, a favorite subject of researchers who study the mental abilities of other animals. No one doubts that dogs can be trained to remember commands and names of objects. They also remember people and places. But Claudia Fugazza and her colleagues at the Family Dog Project at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest set out to see whether dogs share a more complex kind of memory. In people it is called episodic memory,...
  • Domino's Wants to Deliver Pizza by Reindeer

    11/23/2016 2:49:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CNET ^ | 11/23
    Hungry customers in northern Japan may get their pies with a side of living reindeer.Domino's is never one to shy away from a weird pizza delivery marketing stunt. The restaurant chain's Japanese arm isn't pushing drones, though. It's thinking about strapping delivery containers onto trained reindeer. "Yes, seriously, this isn't a hoax," according to RocketNews24. Reindeer may by best known for their mythological role in helping Santa Claus deliver gifts all over the world on Christmas, but I think most adults would be much more thrilled with actual reindeer delivering real pizza. Domino's is attempting to train the reindeer in...
  • Archaeological excavation unearths evidence of turkey domestication 1,500 years ago

    11/23/2016 10:15:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: Field Museum
    Turkey eggshells and bones from an offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico. Credit: © Linda Nicholas, The Field Museum. ================================================================================================================================ The turkeys we'll be sitting down to eat on Thursday have a history that goes way back. Archaeologists have unearthed a clutch of domesticated turkey eggs used as a ritual offering 1,500 years ago in Oaxaca, Mexico—some of the earliest evidence of turkey domestication. "Our research tells us that turkeys had been domesticated by 400-500 AD," explains Field Museum archaeologist Gary Feinman, one of the paper's authors. "People have made guesses about turkey domestication based on the presence or...
  • Video: When turkeys explode

    11/23/2016 10:11:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: American Chemical Societ
    Credit: The American Chemical Society ============================================================================================================================ There are three times more cooking fires—the most common cause of house fires—on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. And the thousands of "turkey-fryer explosion" videos on YouTube are a testament to why frozen turkeys and hot oil are an especially dangerous mix. With the holiday coming up, Reactions teamed up with the District of Columbia Fire Department to explain the chemistry behind grease fires, how they happen and how to avoid them this Thanksgiving. Watch the video here: Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-video-turkeys.html#jCp
  • Researchers talk turkey: Native Americans raised classic holiday bird

    11/23/2016 10:02:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 21, 2016 | Provided by: Florida State University
    Credit: Yathin S Krishnappa ============================================================================================================================ Hundreds of years before the first Thanksgiving, Native Americans were raising and feasting on America's classic holiday meal. Florida State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Tanya Peres and graduate student Kelly Ledford write in a paper published today in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports that Native Americans as early as 1200 - 1400 A.D. were managing and raising turkeys. This is the first time scientists have suggested that turkeys were potentially domesticated by early Native Americans in the southeastern United States. "In the Americas, we have just a few domesticated animals," Peres said. "Researchers...
  • Female monkeys manipulate males into fighting by shunning those who don't get involved [tr]

    11/23/2016 7:02:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 23, 2016 | Ryan O'Hare
    When it comes to warring monkeys, females wield the real power. A study has found that female vervet monkeys manipulate males into fighting battles by lavishing attention on brave soldiers while giving other males the cold shoulder. After scraps with rival gangs, usually over food, females would groom males that had fought hardest, while snapping at those that abstained.
  • Dodo skeleton sells for £280,000 at auction

    11/22/2016 3:37:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    The bones of the extinct, flightless bird were sold at Summers Place Auctions, in Billingshurst, West Sussex, to a private collector. The remains were compiled by a dodo enthusiast over four decades until he had enough bones to create a 95% complete skeleton. ... The auction house said the total paid would be £346,300, ($430,662) which included its fee. It said there were only 12 similarly complete skeletons in existence and all were held by museums. ... The dodo was a flightless bird once found on Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. It was first seen by Portuguese sailors...
  • How Woman Who Pretended to Be French Nobility and Faked Own Death Was Exposed

    11/21/2016 4:45:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | EMILY WHIPP and ALEXA VALIENTE
    Genevieve de Montremare told the world she’d been born into the Rochechouart family, one of the oldest noble families in France that dates back to the 1800s. She said she was educated at some of the finest European schools, earning a medical degree and a doctorate in genetics. In the early 1990s, de Montremare made her presence known in Fresno, California. In 1991, she married Dr. Michael Weilert, a pathologist and managing partner of a medical lab in the area. The couple had a daughter and eventually settled on a 15-acre property, where they had a barn filled with a...
  • Woman ‘Entered By a Horse Spirit’ Gallops on All Fours and Makes Hooves From Pots (7 Years)

    11/21/2016 4:10:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | Thursday 17 Nov 201 | Nicole Morley
    This woman lived as a horse until the age of 13. Kate Havord would gallop around on all fours, wear a bridle and even eat grass. Between the ages of six and 13 the 47-year-old claims a ‘horse spirit’ entered her and eventually had 32 distinct horse personalities she could call upon at any given moment. Kate, who lives in Chippenham, Wilts, but grew up ‘roaming free’ on a farm in Scotland, would even try to eat her meals like a horse and fashioned some horse shoes from old cork. She said: ‘It was like the spirit of the horse...
  • Bronx deli worker saved after armed robbery suspect's gun jams(Video-Victim Prays to Allah for Help)

    11/20/2016 7:04:59 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11-14-2016 | News Hour
    Bronx deli worker saved after armed robbery suspect's gun jams.
  • Abandoned pit bull may become first to join New York police department

    11/19/2016 10:03:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    KFOR ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    Several communities across the country have enacted breed bans on pit bulls, but now a police department in New York is taking a closer look at the breed. In fact, the Poughkeepsie Police Department is hoping that one pit bull will change a negative stigma on the breed. “Unlike what I had heard in the past about the dogs, she is social. She’s smart. She’s agile and she was fairly easy to train,” said Deputy George Carlson, a K9 trainer for Ulster County Sheriff’s Department. According to CBS 2, Kiah was found at a Texas animal shelter after her owner...
  • 'Dog Noses Can Save Lives': Alabama Women Will Train Dogs to Smell Cancer

    11/19/2016 8:52:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    ABC3340 ^ | MELANIE YUILL
    We've heard countless stories of how dogs have sniffed out danger and saved lives. Now two Alabama women will train dogs to sniff out cancer. The two women, Cindy Roberts and Dr. Laurie Malone, recently spent time in California learning the necessary science and training methods. Roberts has a background in dog training and Dr. Malone in research. They believe their combined experience will be perfect for training dogs and adding to the evidence and research for the cancer detection field. ABC33/40 caught up with the women at the Barking at the Moon Festival in Fultondale Sunday. Dozens of dogs...
  • Doctor: Treatment Using Maggots Saves Lives, Limbs and Money

    11/19/2016 8:13:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    KHOU ^ | November 11, 2016 | Shern-Min Chow,
    Sometimes ancient remedies are the best, even if they make you a little squeamish. Maggots are being used again but in a new way: to save lives, limbs and money. Some doctors think the larvae could revolutionize wound care, which costs $10 to 15 billion a year in the U.S. It’s a problem that will grow, with our growing diabetes population. On the Ca-Hil farm out in the small town of Wild Peach in Brazoria County, it is another day. Owner Randy Harang is prepping the fields to bale hay, but for the 59-year-old, it is not just business as...
  • VIDEO: Cops On Whale Patrol Pull GWB Jumper From The Hudson

    11/19/2016 1:08:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Fort Lee Patch ^ | 11/19/2016 | Daniel Hubbard
    Detective C.J. Westbrook and Officer Wilberto Saez had been working with other marine units during the day to safeguard a humpback whale that had headed up the Hudson River, police said. ... The officers were keeping a visual watch and providing a safety zone around the whale so it would not be struck by another vessel as it headed back down the Hudson River. As Marine 2 approached the George Washington Bridge at 5:22 p.m., the two officers observed a man leap from the span and plummet to the river below. They located him quickly, pulling him aboard the patrol...
  • Polar bear killed sled dog where cute viral video was shot

    11/18/2016 10:41:05 PM PST · by Daffynition · 55 replies
    EdmontonSun ^ | November 17, 2016 | staff reporter
    If it's too cute to be true, it probably is. The owner of a Manitoba dog sanctuary, whose dog was the subject of a heartwarming viral video with a polar bear, told CBC News that a bear has killed and eaten one of his dogs. The viral clip, which was posted online over the weekend, showed an enormous polar bear stroking a lounging dog on the head for several fascinating and adorable moments. While many were awed by the unlikely friendship, conservation officers were called to remove three polar bears from Mile 5 Dog Sanctuary in Churchill, Man., last week,...
  • Whale Makes Rare Appearance in New York Harbor by the Statue of Liberty

    11/18/2016 7:47:51 AM PST · by fungoking · 13 replies
    ABC news ^ | 11/17/16 | AVIANNE TAN
    Whale, whale, whale. What do we have here! A whale made a rare appearance in New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty this morning, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast Guard Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons said the whale was spotted around 8:00 a.m., reported ABC-owned station WABC in New York. Iannazzo-Simmons added that the Coast Guard put out a travel advisory to boaters cautioning them to avoid contact with the whale. The whale was likely a humpback, according to Howard Rosenbaum, ocean giants director at the Wildlife Conservation Society based in New York City. Rosenbaum told WABC that...
  • Heartwarming Video Shows Polar Bear Petting Eskimo Dog in Canada

    11/18/2016 7:36:34 AM PST · by Silentgypsy · 51 replies
    GMA Yahoo ^ | 11/17/2016 | AVIANNE TAN
    https://gma.yahoo.com/heartwarming-video-shows-polar-bear-petting-eskimo-dog-162204545--abc-news-topstories.html
  • No, I Did Not Marry a Snake, Says Firefighter

    11/17/2016 8:57:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday, 18 November, 2016 | Dina Murad
    Malaysian was mistaken as a Thai man who had married his pet in foreign news portalsMalaysian firefighter Abu Zarin Hussin received a rude shock last week when he found out that international news agencies claimed he had married his pet snake. Abu Zarin, 31, who is attached to the Temerloh fire station, was featured in Internet portals from around the world as well as British tabloids The Daily Mirror and The Daily Mail. The articles mistakenly identified him as a Thai man who had married his pet snake as he believed it was his dead girlfriend due to its...
  • Burglary Attempt Foiled by Homeowner's Beehives

    11/17/2016 8:39:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Fox13 ^ | 11/15 | Don Matics
    A group of young, would-be burglars jumped the fence at their intended victim's house, but apparently didn't account for what awaited them on the other side. Homeowner, Joann Mendenhall said someone breaking into her back yard would normally be no laughing matter, but she had a little chuckle seeing suspects run from her back yard. "They were gone like a streak of lightning," Mendenhall said.
  • Miami-Dade Fire Crews Rescue Puppies Trapped in Cemetery

    11/17/2016 7:16:58 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 11/17/16
    Firefighters came to the rescue of three puppies that were found trapped under a cement slab at a Miami-Dade cemetery Thursday afternoon. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were alerted to a faint sound coming from underneath the box which is used to house coffins at the cemetery at 1125 Northwest 137th Street. The crews moved around a couple of the slabs and found one puppy that was stuck in a tight spot. A small trench was dug around the puppy and the dog was freed. But crews quickly realized that two more puppies were trapped underneath the slabs, and worked to...
  • Alaska moose locked antlers in a fight, then froze together in a slough

    11/17/2016 5:14:24 PM PST · by Daffynition · 99 replies
    ADN via WaPo ^ | November 17, 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    The sight of hulking moose isn't uncommon around Unalakleet. But Brad Webster had never seen moose like this before. Webster, a social studies and science teacher, was showing a friend around the grounds of the Bible camp that he helps maintain. It was early November, cold enough that the slough at the site was covered in a sheet of ice thick enough to walk on and clear enough to see through.