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  • Stephens County Deputy Fired After K9 Officer Died While in His Care

    08/25/2016 11:37:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 25, 2016 | JOLEEN CHANEY
    A Stephens County deputy was fired after his K9 officer died while in his care. The incident came to light August and, since then, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an investigation and terminated Matthew Peck. The investigation has been turned over to the district attorney to decide if felony animal cruelty charges with be formally filed. "We were shocked, and we're saddened,” said Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney. “This is a loss of one of our deputies or K9 deputies." K9 Deputy Bak was just 2 years old when he joined the force, but his name will be...
  • Dog adopts opossum babies

    08/25/2016 2:22:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 6 replies
    After a dog killed the mother opossum, the babies were adopted by another dog...
  • Raw: Russian Cat Adopts Baby Monkey As Its Own (video)

    08/25/2016 2:12:44 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 4 replies
    Good: Monkey learns to purr. Bad: Cat learns to throw poo.
  • Misty is Feeling Knead-y (cat video)

    08/25/2016 12:33:06 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 42 replies
    Me, via YouTube ^ | 8/25/16 | Me, as "Hopalong Ginsberg"
    Misty and Deimos really do love each other.
  • Straphangers Go Berserk After Woman Tosses Bugs in Subway Car

    08/25/2016 11:29:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 25, 2016 | Danielle Furfaro and Melkorka Licea
    An crazed woman trying to sell crickets and worms on a D train suddenly threw them all over the crowded car, sending it into chaos during the evening commute. The women walked into the train car at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday and and made a pitch to passengers to try to get them to buy the chirping insects and wrigglers. A group of teenagers pushed her, prompting her to freak out and toss the box of pests into the air, said witnesses.
  • 10 Surprisingly Brutal Facts About Dragonflies

    08/24/2016 5:01:41 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 35 replies
    LISTVERSE.COM ^ | 18 APRIL 2013 | ANDREW HANDLEY
    If somebody asked you to list all the insects you liked, you could probably give an honest answer in the same breath it takes you to violently exhale after being asked such a ridiculous question. Because unless you’re an entomologist, the answer is always the same: butterflies, dragonflies, and ladybugs—pretty and harmless, and infinitely unlikely to burrow under your skin while you sleep. But give a dragonfly a chance to grow three feet long, and suddenly they don’t seem quite so harmless. In fact, if the Meganeura, or giant dragonflies, of prehistory were still around, they might be in charge...
  • Children found in Brevard home with feet 'caked' in dog feces

    08/24/2016 10:18:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.clickorlando.com ^ | Updated: 11:56 AM, August 24, 2016 | Staff
    PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. - A Central Florida woman has been charged after authorities say she kept her two children and 24 Chihuahuas in a home filled with dog feces, trash and bugs. Officials said the Port St. John home had dried, caked feces and urine, roaches and trash inside it, describing that the environment was in "no way safe for the animals, let alone the children who also were in the residence." Investigators said two children, who weren't enrolled in school, had dog feces "caked" to the bottom of their bare feet. The Department of Children and Families removed...
  • Family raises $15K to help dog born with backward legs

    08/23/2016 10:22:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    KFOR ^ | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI | AUGUST 23, 2016
    A California family is not giving up on an adorable dog with an unusual condition. The 9-month-old golden retriever doesn’t have use of her front legs. Her name is Rexi, like a T-Rex. “She can stand up and use her back legs fully, and then she scoots around on her chest kind of like a snail,” her owner James Cassidy told ABC News. Rexi with backward legs (Via GoFundMe) But, after several doctors visits, Cassidy and his wife, Rachel Woertink, still don’t have any answers as to why the dog’s legs are backwards. “They all did X-rays and whatnot, and...
  • Magnificent Creatures (Hummingbirds filmed on GoPro by my brother - short video)

    08/23/2016 4:44:33 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies
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  • Is Florida About to Be Swamped With Capybara?

    08/22/2016 6:54:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Motherboard ^ | August 20, 2016 | Sarah Emerson
    Capybara are real damn cute. Look at this bugger. In fact, capybara are so endearing, that some people may have been importing them to own as pets. This might explain why the 100-pound rodents, which are native to South America’s marshlands, have been showing up in places where they don’t belong. According to biologist Elizabeth Congdon, an assistant professor at Bethune-Cookman University, the state of Florida could have a serious capybara problem—and it might be the fault of exotic pet owners.
  • Fishing Report keeps anglers informed

    08/20/2016 12:28:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Looking for the latest info on where the best fishing spots are in southern Arizona and across the state? The Arizona Game and Fish Department has regular updates from anglers all over Arizona detailing what fish are hitting what baits and where as part of its weekly Fishing Report. Compiled from regular input from fishermen and women as well as Game and Fish officials, the report covers the fishing conditions at dozens of lakes and waterways, as well as stocking schedules, water levels and updates on which fish species are most active and when. “The idea is...
  • Beloved dog dies after saving baby from fire

    08/20/2016 10:15:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 19, 2016, 11:31 AM | christina capatides
    The lives of a Baltimore family were changed forever this week when a fire suddenly broke out in the home Erika Poremski shared with her eight-month-old daughter, Viviana, and her nearly six-year-old dog, Polo. Poremski says she had just stepped out to her car when she turned around and discovered her house in flames with Viviana and Polo still inside. ... That close bond may explain why the beloved canine made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the baby. And while Polo did not survive the blaze, Viviana is likely alive today because the dog remained with her. When firefighters finally...
  • Dog Dies After Protecting Baby From Fire

    08/19/2016 6:00:17 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 19 AUGUST 2016 | KTRK
    BALTIMORE, MD (KTRK) -- Firefighters say a dog gave his life protecting an 8-month-old from a fire late Sunday. The girl is alive today thanks to an act of heroism and a heart-breaking loss for her family. Erika Poremski, the child's mother, said she had quickly stepped out to her car when she turned around to find the house in flames and her daughter Viviana inside. "I just heard her crying and I couldn't get to her," Poremski said. "I tried really hard, everyone in the neighborhood tried. They were kicking the doors in and kicking the windows out. I...
  • Las Vegas: Friend's pit bull fatally mauls boy

    08/19/2016 4:33:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    KOLO ^ | Aug 18, 2016
    Police in Las Vegas say a dog that fatally mauled a 9-year-old boy was a family pet at a house the boy was visiting. ... Police Officer Jesse Roybal said .. animal control officers took custody of the dog, which was described as a pit bull.
  • Florida Officials to Vandals: Stop Painting Birds, Tortoises

    08/18/2016 2:07:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    KFOR ^ | AUGUST 18, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    If you want to paint your nails, furniture, house, whatever – knock yourself out. But, stop painting birds and turtles; they don’t need to be prettied-up. That’s the message from Florida officials, who rescued a painted white ibis bird this week, days after they found turtles and gopher tortoises illegally decorated in hues of blue and red. “Please keep your paint on the canvas and off of wildlife,” the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posted on Facebook. “Tortoises and turtles don’t need touch-ups!” While it may sound harmless, unleashing your inner artist on wildlife could land you in jail....
  • Satellite tagged Aberdeenshire raptor missing in Highlands

    08/18/2016 7:29:09 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 Aug 2016
    Last week, RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Moorland Group, whose members include landowners and gamekeepers, clashed over the loss of the eight golden eagles between 2011 and July this year. The wildlife charity believes they were killed illegally around grouse moors, and their satellite tracking tags destroyed. The transmitters being fitted to these birds are exceedingly reliable, and illegal persecution is therefore the most likely explanation of the disappearance of these birds of prey.
  • Green Party's Jill Stein tied with Harambe, losing to Deez Nuts in new poll

    08/16/2016 8:08:01 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 18 replies
    nydailynews ^ | 16 Aug 2016 | CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN
    A third-party presidential candidate is trying to make inroads with voters, but Texas residents monkeying around with pollsters may prefer a dead gorilla instead... “They call it gorilla glue because harambe was metaphorically the glue that held this nation together,”
  • Guy Builds Huge 10,000 Gallon Aquarium In His Living Room

    Eli's 10,000 Gallon reef tank - filtration and life support system He lives in Israel and he always wanted an aquarium inside of his living room. And he made one for himself!
  • Family of girl attacked by mountain lion: ‘She could have been gone’ ( Idaho)

    08/14/2016 9:23:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | August 13th, 2016 | Nate Eaton
    The four-year-old had scratches on her stomach and arm after the mountain lion picked her up. REXBURG — A four-year-old girl who was snatched up by a mountain lion Friday night is recovering from the scary encounter, according to her grandfather. ... The child was camping with her mother, siblings and cousins near Green Canyon Hot Springs east of Rexburg on Aug. 12. Sevy said as the family was eating dinner, the girl’s mother thought she spotted a big cat out of the corner of her eye. “Nobody else thought much of it and, a short time later, her mom...
  • NY Officer Names K-9 After Five Assassinated Dallas Officers

    08/14/2016 5:26:46 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 14, 2016 | Lana Shadwick
    A law enforcement officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York has named a police K-9 after the five police officers who were assassinated in Dallas. The officers were murdered, and seven other officers were wounded, during a Black Lives Matter protest in July. The one-year-old German Shepherd has been named “Dallas V” by his partner Officer Kenneth Michaels.
  • 5 wounded in Joplin shootings; police say apparently random

    08/13/2016 7:50:15 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    appeal-democrat ^ | 13 Aug 2016 | AP
    Police said the driver of that vehicle fired shots at the church van, which was stopped at a traffic light. Two people in the van were taken to a hospital, with one in critical condition and the other in serious but stable condition. One was released. Also, two comfort dogs, which provide assistance to people, were injured, Glaskey told the newspaper. One was released, and one was still getting medical care Saturday afternoon.
  • Hot and humid weekend could have cockroaches flying, experts say

    08/13/2016 5:04:01 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    cnbc ^ | 13 Aug 2016 | Erik Ortiz
    Entomologists and bug experts say conditions are ripe for the domesticated versions of the brown-colored bugs to get active, including taking to the air. It's an activity they rarely do, said Srini Kambhampati, a professor and chair of the biology department at the University of Texas at Tyler. "Because of the extreme heat, they may be trying to find a more comfortable place in which to live," Kambhampati said. "That is, they are on the move to find a better, cooler place. High temperature cause insects to use up a lot of energy."
  • Squirrel Steals GoPro, Makes Greatest Film of Our Time

    08/13/2016 4:06:28 PM PDT · by stylecouncilor · 49 replies
    Good Housekeeping ^ | Aug. 12, 2016 | Traci Newman
    Some rodents are more than scurrying little mammals. Some rodents are auteurs. This brazen little squirrel director steals a GoPro camera and makes a video shot entirely from its point of view, giving us a private tour of the trees from up above. After snatching the camera off the ground, it takes off running and scales the tree, showing us a day in the life of the intrepid little explorer. Thankfully, the squirrel also had excellent manners, and made sure to drop the camera back down where the owner could easily grab it and share this visionary masterpiece.
  • My Dog is Dying - Lymphoma

    08/13/2016 10:40:43 AM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 182 replies
    A couple weeks ago, I noticed my dog (border collie mix) was losing her appetite and acting quite lethargic around the house. Noticed a big bulge in the neck and took her to the vet. After a blood test, was told last Saturday that she had Lymphoma, which is basically a blood cancer and was given 1-2 months to live. She's been a good dog to me. Rescued her from a creek in Alabama on my parent's land back in the summer of 2006. Just a puppy then, covered in ticks and obviously abandoned. But I took her back to...
  • Maine Coon Cats/Vanity for the cat folks

    http://www.boredpanda.com/maine-coon-cat-photography-robert-sijka/ Just got this photo layout on Maine Coon Cats. Majestic is an understatement! Kitty Freepers enjoy,,,,others too
  • Eric Clapton Lands the Biggest Salmon of the Summer (Iceland)

    08/11/2016 10:55:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    IceNews ^ | August 6, 2016 | K. Jóhannsson
    UK musician Eric Clapton has been enjoying the salmon rivers in Iceland and yesterday he managed to set the record for hauling the biggest salmon of the summer in the Vatnsdalsá river so far, guide Sturla Birgisson informed Morgunblaðið. Clapton had to run a good kilometre down river with the salmon before he was finally able to draw it ashore, the salmon was hooked and after an exciting hunt came ashore just over an half hour later, measuring 108 cm and weighing 28 pounds, making it the biggest to come ashore from Vatsdalsá river this summer. Vatnsdalsá river is one...
  • Dressage Horse is Forced to Withdraw from the Olympics after 'Mosquito Bite' left it with a ...

    08/11/2016 4:37:00 PM PDT · by Cecily · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 11, 2016 | Patrick Lion
    Dutch Olympic medalist Adelinde Cornelissen has been forced to withdraw her dressage horse from the Rio games after it contracted a toxic fever. Cornelissen said the problem with Parzival, a 19-year-old Jazz gelding who won individual silver and team bronze at London 2012, was believed to stem from a bite from a mosquito or a spider. She retired from the competition after just a handful of movements. Cornelissen said the fever started the day before the event began when the horse had a fever of over 40 degrees. 'When I came into the stable he had a swollen cheek, and...
  • Video: Eagles in Training to Take Out Drones

    08/09/2016 6:14:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 8/8/16
    Whether you are a fan of drones or not, one fact remains the same: the drone is here to stay. Considering the many positive things for which they can be used, it makes sense to welcome such possibilities. However, with pluses come minuses, and not every drone operator is going to have good intentions at heart. Due to the small percentage of people who enjoy behaving badly, it has become necessary to have plans in place to quickly and efficiently resolve drone-related issues. Although there are a few options for grounding a rogue drone, the Dutch National Police are taking...
  • Petition Asks That Bengals Change Their Name To Honor Slain Gorilla

    08/08/2016 12:37:02 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    lex18.com ^ | Aug. 8, 2016
    CINCINNATI (Cincy Jungle) - A Change.org petition has been created asking the Cincinnati Bengals to change their name to the Cincinnati "Harambes." Harambe was the gorilla who was shot and killed after a young boy climbed into his pen at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparking outrage.
  • Freeper help requested - opossum in the walls

    08/07/2016 10:33:41 AM PDT · by papineau · 121 replies
    8/07/2016 | papineau
    I've got an opossum who's hanging out in my ducts and walls. I was thinking of getting a trap and catching him (or her, I don't want little possums to raise!) and letting him out in a field far away from me. Anyone have any experience with possums in the house?
  • Cops Accused of Intentionally Mowing Down Groundhog in Golf Cart

    08/07/2016 8:09:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    NBC 4 Washington ^ | August 5, 2016 | Associated Press/NBC 4 Washington
    Two police officers in upstate New York have been suspended as authorities investigate claims the cops used a golf cart to run down and kill a groundhog during a police union's golf tournament. Witnesses reported seeing the two men chase a groundhog near one of the holes at the Frear Park Golf Course in the city of Troy last Friday afternoon, authorities said. The animal was killed when the cart ran over it.
  • Doggone rough train ride

    08/06/2016 12:20:59 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Aug. 6, 2016 | Christina Blizzard
    This is the story of a small, cute dog and a big railway Crown corporation — and what happened when the two collided. My son, Paul, and his wife, Aysha, recently made an emergency visit to London, Ont., when Aysha’s father suddenly became ill. The most sensible way to get to London was by Via Rail on a 6:45 a.m. train. The train was mostly empty, due to the early hour. As it was a hastily-arranged trip, they had no pet sitting arranged for their dog, a highly intelligent and very well behaved, non-allergenic bichon-poodle mix named Archie. They’ll admit,...
  • Kitten Summer Games

    08/05/2016 4:59:40 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 9 replies
    The Hallmark Channel | 8/05/16 | Me
    The Kitten Summer Games begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel
  • Runner Raises $14,000 to Adopt Dog that Followed Him during 155-mile Race

    08/05/2016 2:19:35 PM PDT · by Cecily · 45 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | August 4, 2016 | Kate Irby
    Dion Leonard was ready to run 155 miles across four deserts in China for seven days. He wasn’t ready for a puppy companion to join him along the way. The stray puppy, who has since been named Gobi, was nearby when the 2016 Gobi March 4 Deserts race started off on June 19. She decided to join in and lasted the full 22 miles of the first day, and Leonard said he noticed her hanging around the runners’ camp. “On day two, I was at the start line for the race stage and she was standing next to me looking...
  • How a Small Group of Devotees Are Saving Neopets From Extinction

    08/05/2016 11:41:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | August 4, 2016 | Lauren Young
    The 2013 update of Tyrannia, an ancient civilization listed as one of the 19 official lands in Neopia. [Photo: Screeshots from Neopets.com]If you visit the current website of the virtual pet game, Neopets, you’ll instantly recognize the vestiges of a late 1990s internet world. Its users almost certainly shared their thoughts on Xanga or LiveJournal, and were just beginning to discover other niche online communities through a year-old company called Google.Clicking through the Neopets world known as Neopia is like going back in an internet time machine. The bright Crayola yellow backdrop, the bubbly space font, and the cute cartoon pets are remnants of the early web—their cheerful style unfazed...
  • 19 Amazing Caterpillar Transformations

    08/04/2016 1:44:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Both butterflies and moths have four stages of life – they go from the initial egg to a caterpillar, then to a cocoon and finally to a butterfly or moth. We often think that whatever comes out of the cocoon is always more beautiful than the caterpillar that made it, but in some cases, this is not the case. In these 19 pictures, you’ll see the transformation, and decide for yourself if you prefer the caterpillar or the butterfly/moth… Click on any of the images to see the transformation!
  • Black lab whose fur is slowly turning white gets Photoshop battle

    08/02/2016 9:23:00 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 1, 2016 | Jonathan Keshishoglou
    If your dog looks like they're wearing a superhero mask, there's always someplace on the Internet more than happy to make them one. Reddit user eRadthorpe posted this photo of a 14-year-old dog (which is really just an old puppy) who has vitiligo, a condition where the skin loses its pigment. And in this case, the fur. Specifically, they posted the photo to the Photoshop Battles subreddit, which meant everyone was ready to give the dog their own.
  • Is your leather from China? It might be made of dog or cat skin

    08/01/2016 8:59:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 31, 2016 | Alanna Wiseman
    When American consumers shop for leather goods, it probably doesn’t enter their minds that their new belts, bags or shoes could be made not from cows or pigs but from cats and dogs. But not only is it a possibility, it’s hard for consumers to know what they have been sold. Almost all that dog or cat leather comes from China. Now changes in Chinese culture, more pressure from the US and an upcoming trade agreement are combining to undermine this contraband trade.
  • Dog crashes car into Walmart

    08/01/2016 7:41:05 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 41 replies
    wsaz ^ | 7/30 | wsaz
    Shoppers couldn't believe who was behind the wheel after a car crashed into the Wayne Walmart on Friday. A witness tells WSAZ she was standing in front of the store when she noticed a car started moving from its parking space at the front of the lot in her direction. The woman says the car slowly moved straight toward her, and she at first guessed the driver was someone she knew who was messing with her. That is until she noticed the face of the driver was a dog's. The woman got out of the way, and the car crashed...
  • Hero dog saves stricken owner by smashing window to summon help, cops say

    08/01/2016 7:34:09 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 7 replies
    nj.com ^ | 8/1 | attrino
    NORTHVALE – Police are crediting a dog with helping to save the life of its owner, a woman who suffered a medical emergency and lay unconscious inside the home for several days. Two women were walking near the home shortly before 8 p.m. Friday when they heard glass break and a dog barking loudly, according to Northvale Police Chief William Essmann. The women called police. "Our officers observed the broken pane of glass next to the front door with the dog inside the home," Essmann said in a statement. The officers called out for anyone inside the home to come...
  • It’s a real cat fight: Larry and Palmerston square off in Downing Street as their bitter [tr]

    08/01/2016 6:40:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 1, 2016 | Alex Matthews
    The feisty feline feud between the pets of Westminster continues to rage as the cats clashed in another violent showdown. Downing Street is no stranger to seeing egos battle it out for supremacy, but usually with a war of words than of claws and teeth. However, in recent weeks the epicentre of British politics has played host to running battles between Larry the Downing Street cat and his arch-nemesis Palmerston, who belongs to staff at the Foreign Office.
  • Beloved dog breed may disappear due to health problems

    07/29/2016 5:05:07 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 43 replies
    10 TV COLUMBUS OH ^ | 29 JULY 2016 | 10 TV
    The future of a favorite dog breed, the English bulldog, may be in jeopardy, a new genetic study suggests. Too much inbreeding has left bulldogs without the diversity needed in their gene pool, putting the health of future pups at risk, researchers from the University of California, Davis, reported in the journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. "The English Bulldog truly is a breed in trouble," they report. "Inbreeding ... has brought the breed to a crisis point." The scientists came to their conclusion after completing the first broad-based assessment of the breed's genetic diversity using DNA. The study's lead author...
  • Dog shot 26 times with BB gun survives

    07/29/2016 4:56:30 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 29 JULY 2016 | ABC 7 CHICAGO
    TAMPA, FL -- A pet dog nearly died Wednesday after someone shot her with a BB gun 26 times in Tampa, Fla. Hillsborough County Sheriff's investigators are now searching for the shooter, who faces animal cruelty charges. "She is an innocent animal," said Lola's owner, Noelle Perez. "She's been traumatized and I feel like every pellet is a reminder." The suspect shot 26 silver BB's at Lola, an 8-year-old pit bull/lab mix. The vet removed 15 Wednesday, but several are still underneath the surface. "She has a BB right in her head so I'm pretty sure that was at close...
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp

    07/29/2016 2:09:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 29, 2016 | by Tammy Webber
    In this July 6, 2016 photo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel struggle with carrying an adult alligator gar to a transportation tank at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, Miss. Alligator gar can weigh several hundred pounds and be over eight feet long. Several male and female adult alligator gar are captured in fresh water lakes and rivers and are brought to the facility so they can lay and fertilize the eggs as biologists and environmentalists are working to reintroduce the once-reviled alligator gar as a weapon against another huge species: invasive Asian carp. The gar...
  • Mounted Police Officer Visits Drive-thru While on Horse

    07/29/2016 12:44:32 PM PDT · by Cecily · 20 replies
    ARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — You could call this one tall order. A Saratoga Springs police officer on mounted patrol went through the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru while on his horse. The horse, named King Tut, reportedly earned a glazed munchkin while Officer John Sesselman ordered a cup of coffee. Whitney Shafter captured the amusing image, and it was posted on Teddy Foster’s Facebook page with the comment, “Only in Saratoga.”
  • Internet's Favorite Dogs Meet for Power Lunch at Facebook Headquarters

    07/29/2016 10:52:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Two social media powerhouses joined together for a business lunch at Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday, no doubt striking a few business deals, comparing notes on the best brands of dog food, and arguing over who really is the internet's favorite dog. The dress code was, ahem, collar optional. Beast Zuckerberg, sporting a professional top-knot (or is it a dogbun?), invited social media star Doug the Pug for a sit down chat. The meeting's minutes and agenda were not released to the public, so there's no way to know for sure what the pooches were plotting. However, a photograph...
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp [Alligator Gar]

    07/29/2016 7:24:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    AP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Staff
    It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago. Persecuted by anglers and deprived of places to spawn, the alligator gar — with a head that resembles an alligator and two rows of needlelike teeth — survived primarily in southern states in the tributaries of Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico after being declared extinct in several states farther north. To many, it was a freak, a "trash fish"...
  • Third cat in town: Now the Treasury recruits 'greedy' Gladstone to chase out the mice [tr]

    07/29/2016 5:56:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 29, 2016 | Matt Dathan
    A third cat has joined Whitehall's increasing team of mousers with the arrival of Gladstone at the Treasury. The 18-month black moggie - who wears a red ribbon around his neck - is described as 'greedy' and an animal with 'catitude' - stoking fears he will join the increasingly bitter turf war between No 10's Larry and Palmerston from the Foreign Office. Like his new neighbours, Gladstone was recruited from Battersea Cats and Dogs Home, where he was called Timmy.
  • Shetland pony broke into pub, got drunk and had to be coaxed out with bar snacks

    07/28/2016 6:17:36 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 16 replies
    UK Metro ^ | Thursday 28 Jul 2016 | Simon Rob
    A Shetland pony went into a bar, did a bit of a minesweep, got drunk, and had to be coaxed out using pub snacks. A four-legged opportunist named Mocha, snuck inside The Ascot Arms in Gravesend, Kent for a triple before the pub opened for business on Monday. Pub owner, Mihaly Herczeg, had to use crisps, pork scratchings and carrots to coax the pony back into the garden after finding him guzzling a few pints. The 53-year-old said although the pony usually drinks water, it would probably develop a taste for beer and apple cider given the chance. He said:...
  • Man's Pet Bearded Dragon Accidentally Sold by North Miami Pet Store, Won't Be Returned

    07/28/2016 5:51:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 7/28 | Amanda Placensia
    A simple trip to the pet store in North Miami ended with a messy transaction for one owner of a bearded dragon lizard. He claims they sold his pet reptile by mistake. For Brandon Cabrera, his beloved bearded dragon, Kenny, is more than just a pet. "He sleeps with me." said Cabrera. "I'll put him on the pillow next to me sometimes and then really I mean, it's like part of the family." But now he's without his scaly friend. Cabrera boarded up Kenny at a pet store when he was on vacation. But when he returned, he was faced...