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  • 'Sister Clones' Of Dolly The Sheep Are Alive And Kicking

    07/26/2016 8:07:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    npr.org ^ | July 26, 201611:04 AM ET | Rae Ellen Bichell
    About four years ago, Kevin Sinclair inherited an army of clones. Very fluffy clones. "Daisy, Debbie, Denise and Diana," says Sinclair, a developmental biologist at the University of Nottingham in England. The sheep are just four of 13 clones that Sinclair shepherds, but they're the most famous because of their relation to Dolly, the sheep that made headlines two decades ago as the first successfully cloned mammal. " 'Sister clones' probably best describes them," Sinclair says. "They actually come from the exactly the same batch of cells that Dolly came from." Recently, Sinclair and his colleagues celebrated the sister clones'...
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dolittle! Couple with SEVEN rescue animals - four dogs, two ducks, and a cat ...

    07/26/2016 3:55:19 PM PDT · by Cecily · 8 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 26, 2016 | Valerie Siebert
    A couple with a menagerie of pets have gained tens of thousands of followers on Instagram for their adorable photos of their furry family. Kasey and Blake Boggs of Defiance, Missouri, are the happy owners of Roxy, Edith, Mia, Rose, Jake, Gertrude and Donald - a family of four dogs a cat and two ducklings. According to the owners, who have been rescuing animals for more than a decade, the strange group are surprisingly, utterly inseparable.
  • 14 American Kennel Club Show Dogs Die in Hot Truck Tragedy

    07/26/2016 3:20:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Weather.com ^ | Jul 26 2016 | Eric Chaney
    More than a dozen American Kennel Club registered dogs died in a hot truck last week on their way to a show in St. Joseph County, Indiana. All but one of the dogs were golden retrievers, the South Bend Tribune reported, and they were being transported to an AKC dog show at the county fairgrounds by Cortney Corral-Morris of Lakesyde Kennels in Wellington, Ohio. Corral-Morris parked the transport truck, which was equipped with air conditioning in the cargo area where the dogs were kept, outside a local motel Friday afternoon, the report added. She plugged an extension cord into the...
  • Man Died Trying To Rescue Dog From Raging Sand Fire, Neighbor Says

    07/26/2016 10:24:50 AM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 29 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 07/25/2016 | Unattributed
    Homeowners returned to a Sand Canyon neighborhood Monday night, days after the raging Sand Fire tore through the area. For some like John Kim, returning to the area meant picking through the remains of his home. Kim’s neighbor died in his car trying to outrun the flames. The victim was a man in his 60’s. He lived on the property with a woman, who was too distraught to speak. Their home also burned to the ground. Kim says the man who died went back to rescue his dog.
  • Cool Cat: The Nine Lives of Christopher Walken, Movie Star and Feline Fan

    07/26/2016 9:53:54 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 64 replies
    Parade ^ | July 22, 2016 | Neil Pond
    Christopher Walken likes to watch. If that gives you the willies, you’re probably thinking of the Oscar-winning actor’s more unsettling roles—he’s played sadists, murderers, madmen, mobsters, mercenaries, psychopaths, evil masterminds and extremely messed-up Vietnam vets in the course of a career that began in the early 1950s. “I have played a lot of villains,” he admits. But what Walken likes to watch is just outside the windows of his home in rural Connecticut, on the cusp of a nature preserve, where he’s lived with his wife, Georgianne, a Hollywood casting director, for nearly 40 years. “There were four deer in...
  • Hero dog saves toddler from snake

    07/25/2016 6:26:39 PM PDT · by Altariel · 43 replies
    SF Globe ^ | July 24, 2016
    Seventeen-month-old Charlotte Svillcic was playing in the family garden. The family dog, Khan, a Doberman Pinscher, had only been in the home for four days but had taken to the family after being rescued from starvation and abuse. Khan kept an eye on Charlotte while she was playing.
  • Regulators move to limit wildlife deaths from misuse of deadly fly killer

    07/25/2016 6:15:31 PM PDT · by bkopto · 22 replies
    Science ^ | Feb 18, 2016 | Nala Rogers
    The fly bait companies opposed that solution, however, and instead reached a compromise with EPA in April 2015. By early 2017, the agreement calls for the companies to stop distributing methomyl fly baits to general retailers such as hardware stores, and to stop making small containers. Farm supply stores will still be able to sell larger 4.5- and 18-kilogram containers, which will come with new warning labels and explanatory pamphlets. The companies and EPA plan to monitor reports of misuse through 2020, and further restrict use to licensed applicators if incidents aren’t “significantly reduced.” The maker of one of the...
  • New Zealand vows to kill every weasel, rat and feral cat on its soil

    07/25/2016 11:45:17 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 58 replies
    W post ^ | 25 July 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    New Zealand is a nation that takes its birds seriously, and it’s got very special ones. The country’s currency is adorned with images of winged species found nowhere else, including the yellow-eyed penguin and the black-masked kokako. The logo of the national air force is stamped with the famed kiwi — a chicken-sized puff of feathers that cannot fly.... “For the first time, technology is starting to make feasible what previously seemed like an unattainable dream,” ... In 2013, environmental activist Gareth Morgan suggested hunting down and killing every feral cat in New Zealand (a proposal that, Morgan told The...
  • VIDEO | Woman attacked by tiger at Beijing animal park

    07/25/2016 8:15:08 AM PDT · by orchestra · 35 replies
    CBS12 ^ | 7/25/2016 | Sinclair Broadcast Group
    Surveillance video from a Beijing animal park shows a woman getting out of a car in a Siberian tiger enclosure, where she was attacked by one of the animals. Her mother and husband are seen going after her. According to The New York Times, the woman exited the vehicle because of an argument with her husband. Other news outlets claimed friends denied they were fighting. The woman survived, but her mother died trying to save her. The husband was not hurt. Her child, who remained in the car, was uninjured.
  • Rare wolverine turns up again near Truckee, same as one spotted in 2008

    07/24/2016 9:09:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Sierra Sun ^ | Kaleb M. Roedel
    Back in January, the Sagehen Creek Field Station sent the California Department of Fish and Wildlife a photo of peculiar-looking animal tracks imprinted in the snow in the Tahoe National Forest. Chris Stermer, a wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, instantly recognized the rarely seen paw prints. “They were definitely wolverine tracks,” said Stermer, whose assurance was later confirmed when remote cameras he placed in the area captured the small predator on film. Indeed, it appears the male wolverine first spotted north of Truckee in 2008 is alive and well. The wolverine detected eight years ago...
  • Scientists capture rare images of wolverine in Sierra Nevada

    07/24/2016 2:46:09 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    telegram.com ^ | 14 July 2016
    They believe the wolverine is the same one that eight years ago became the first documented in the area since the 1920s.... "When you see them on video, a wolverine is a pretty exciting species to have in California," Stermer said. "With the population we have in California, thinking that we can have a wild wolverine amongst us is pretty amazing. It really begins to restore our larger carnivores back in California."...
  • Bryan Lewis "I Think My Dog's A Democrat"

    07/24/2016 12:52:29 PM PDT · by demkicker · 32 replies
    You Tube ^ | March 8, 2016 | Bryan Lewis
    Well, I think my dog's a democrat and it breaks my heart to say - to think an ugly thing like that, but there's a big old pile of evidence that points to the fact that my dog might be a democrat....
  • Portland researchers are trying to rebuild Massachusetts’ loon population

    07/24/2016 12:10:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    “All we need to do is establish one pair,” Evers said. “Once that one pair is established and once that pair produces young, and those young come back, and they start to establish territories, then you’ve got some brooding that can start from that little seed.” However, common loons can be slow to recover because they don’t breed until they are several years old. “Loons depend on high-quality habitat without certain types of disturbance,” said Danielle D’Auria, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • Prince the Pigeon: Her Beak Was Broken But Not Her Spirit

    07/23/2016 6:36:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 7/23 | Noreen O'Donnell
    The now thriving pigeon is ready for a home along with 100 other birdsThe baby pigeon with a broken beak was found in April, barely 3 weeks old and about to be euthanized. Instead the vet technician got in touch with Elizabeth Young at Palomacy, a rescue organization for pigeons and doves in San Francisco. It had somehow survived after being attacked by an animal, though its wounds were infected and its beak was split. It had been living on the ground at a gas station, fed by its parents despite its injuries. Today the pigeon is thriving though with...
  • Cute English bulldog plays dead as owner drags him across the grass towards hose

    07/22/2016 9:43:08 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 9 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 22 July 2016 | Gaby Bissett For Mailonline
    This hefty hound really did not want to have a bath - so his owner had to drag him across the grass to get him to the hose. The English bulldog, named Doughnut, was not expecting a wash at his home in Orange County, California. He spotted the coils of the hose from afar and decided to resist - by playing dead.
  • Wild Black Bear Found In Southwest Miami-Dade Woods After Calls From Nearby Business

    07/22/2016 1:25:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Crews from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation were able to capture a wild black bear that was seen in Cutler Bay. Officials were notified to the animal’s location near SW 86th Court and 207th Avenue on Friday after a nearby business said they saw the bear on their surveillance camera from the night before. The bear was eventually captured after a search of the area. FWC determined that it was a wild bear after checking with nearby facilities that house similar animals to see if they had reported any bears missing. The animal was taken to Zoo Miami, where FWC...
  • Could This Bizarre Winged Creature Be A Fairy, An Alien Or A Locust From The Book Of Revelation?

    07/21/2016 5:48:04 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 45 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 21 July 2016 | Michale Snyder
    I wasn’t going to write about this. I was trained as an attorney and I am skeptical by nature, and so I generally don’t like to write about things that I can’t prove. But in the case of this bizarre winged creature, a couple of factors changed my mind. First of all, we actually have physical evidence which has been scientifically tested. When it comes to things like this, people are always crying out for some real physical evidence, and now we have some. Of course the existence of evidence does not mean that we can necessarily find answers to...
  • Abusive Babysitter Exposed by Family Dog

    07/21/2016 2:25:48 PM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 100 replies
    Pet MD ^ | Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell
    Two parents in South Carolina knew something wasn’t right when their normally mild mannered and playful dog started acting strange toward the babysitter they hired to watch their infant son. Their dog’s behavior eventually led to the babysitter being convicted of abusing that same child.
  • [First posted Friday, January 4, 2002] Clintons' canine companion killed in car accident (historical

    07/19/2016 7:36:22 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    Washington Times (FreeRepublic Archive Thread) ^ | Friday, January 4 2002 | Jennifer Harper
    Alas, poor Buddy Clinton. We knew him well, both as presidential companion and political metaphor. The former first dog was killed by a car shortly after noon Wednesday, struck on a busy road near his master's home in Chappaqua, N.Y. Local police released the information yesterday. (Note date)
  • Troopers: Mountain goat harassed by people drowns near downtown Seward

    07/19/2016 3:56:50 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    Alaska News ^ | 18 July 2016 | Chris Klint
    A mountain goat that entered Resurrection Bay in Seward and drowned Saturday was crowded into the water by people following it through the downtown area, troopers said... "It is imperative that wildlife is given adequate space to be able to leave a congested area like downtown Seward," troopers wrote. "(P)eople not giving the animal space and getting close to take photos resulted in a wild animal dying for no cause."
  • Scared the wiggies out of me!

    07/19/2016 2:01:09 AM PDT · by djf · 59 replies
    self
    OK, so I'm sitting here listening to C2C and I hear this kind of brushing or slamming on my front porch. I know whatever it is, it's pretty big, might be human, might be bigfoot! So I get ready (meaning well armed), turn on my front light and look - there doesn't seem to be anything there... then a black lab that kinda hangs around the neighborhood jumps on me, I almost blow her to bits! Well I gave her some chicken bones and dog biscuits I have tied her up, now she's whining a bit and I might have...
  • I Got A New Kitteh!

    07/17/2016 9:00:41 AM PDT · by Celtic Conservative · 83 replies
    A farm in Meeshigan | 07/17/16 | The Proud Father
    Greeting, Kitteh lovers everywhere. I just got a new Furbaby! I Lost my dear Suzie Q about 7 weeks ago. I was just heartbroken. Of all the cats, she was "my" cat. While departing the vet with an empty Cat carrier (a truly crappy experience) I noticed a sign up advertising kittens. Despite my sadness something said "take the number" , so I did. I exchanged texts and photos with the mama cats owner and picked one out. I just got home with her. She is a grayish brown "dilute" tortoiseshell with a facial "blaze" on her right cheek which...
  • Great cancer update, oh and we got a dog!

    07/17/2016 6:15:00 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 24 replies
    My birthday is Tuesday. Last year I got cancer for it! This year, the eighth anniversary of my 29th birthday, is much better! After a long family vacation in paradise, we came home and I went to the surgical oncologist that performed my radical resection in March. This is the first time that we were able to talk about long term prognosis. His thoughts: I'll have no further problems with this issue! I had a PET/CT last week and there is no evidence of regrowth or metastis! God is good!
  • Muslims DEMAND Locals Don’t Walk Dogs In Public – Violation Of Sharia And “DISRESPECTS” Them

    07/16/2016 12:25:41 PM PDT · by EBH · 138 replies
    US Herald ^ | 7/14/16 | Mike Honcho
    In Manchester, pamphlets have been distribute by a group called Public Purity have demanded that Brits do not take their dogs out in public as dogs are considered impure in the Islamic faith. The groups message is that British citizens must do certain things that may be considered uncomfortable in order to make its Muslim citizens feel more at home. Why exactly this type of whiny, ultimatum inducing behavior would make citizens of a non-Islamic nation care how its Muslim residents feel is unclear. What is clear, however, is that this type of intrusive behavior from Muslim immigrants helps to...
  • Cat becomes social media hero during coup in Turkey

    07/16/2016 6:24:40 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 34 replies
    Twitchy Who Said What ^ | 07/15/2016 | Greg P./Twitchy
    Follow Jim Roberts ✔ ‎@nycjim Cat seems unfazed by attempted military coup in #Turkey. https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/754120156960460801 … 8:14 PM - 15 Jul 2016 Now we’ve seen everything: But whose side is it on?
  • Officials: Several Augusta city workers moved due to bedbugs ( Maine )

    07/15/2016 8:59:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    WMTW ^ | Jul 14, 2016
    AUGUSTA, Maine —Officials in Maine's capital city say bedbugs were found in three city offices. ... A bedbug-detecting dog confirmed there were bedbugs in that office and in the offices of community services ... Bedbugs had been reported at two privately owned boarding houses in May. City councilors adopted an emergency law requiring tenants to alert landlords of bed bugs. Landlords must also give the city a decontamination plan.
  • Disney Firefighters Were Asked to Stop Feeding Gators Before Deadly Attack

    07/15/2016 12:43:07 PM PDT · by Rio · 8 replies
    Good Housekeeping ^ | July 14, 2016 | Caroline Picard
    Two months before an alligator killed a toddler at Walt Disney World, local firefighters were illegally feeding the predators, according to new evidence obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. Officials warned the employees about the dangerous consequences in a series of newly-released emails.Firefighters of Reed Creek Emergency Services, which protects the theme parks, reportedly gave food to two gators living less than a mile away from where 2-year-old Lane Graves died. The illegal feedings caused station employees to worry about their safety because it causes the animals to lose their natural fear of humans. Most Popular In the first email, Reedy...
  • Lost My Cat

    07/15/2016 7:07:29 AM PDT · by Aggie65 · 87 replies
    Today, I had to have my 16 yr old cat put to sleep. She was not eating, or drinking, and could not climb kitty steps. She could not control her bladder. Last night is the first night she has not gotten on my chest when I went to sleep. She had hidden herself, and my wife could not find her to bring her to me. At the Vet office to day, she could not raise up on my chest even when I laid back at a 45 degree angle. I told her that she would be able to play with...
  • He's a scaredy cat! Ginger feline cowers in fear as two GIANT rats have vicious fight in Thai [tr]

    07/14/2016 6:26:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2016 | Harriett Mallinson
    This cat may need to work on its hunting skills. The alarmed moggy was spotted keeping its distance as it watched a fight between two huge rats that were almost as big as him. Vile footage from what is believed to be a kitchen in Thailand shows the wary cat remaining apathetic as the rodents tussle furiously on the floor in front of him.
  • Pet owner arrested after Chihuahua tests positive for meth

    07/12/2016 6:09:35 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    The State ^ | 7-11-2016
    FONTANA, CALIF. A 21-year-old Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after his pet Chihuahua tested positive for methamphetamine, police said Monday. Isaiah Nathaniel Sais of Fontana brought his Chihuahua, named Jack Sparrow, to an emergency center in Upland on July 5, telling the veterinarians the dog had ingested the drug after finding it in his house. On arrival, the dog was in danger of dying, suffering from convulsions, seizures and an irregular heartbeat, veterinarian Dr. Allison Pope said
  • Fontana man arrested after pet Chihuahua overdoses on meth

    07/11/2016 9:02:12 PM PDT · by Bullish · 15 replies
    FONTANA >> Jack Sparrow is recovering from methamphetamine overdose, but he’s not the fictional pirate of the Caribbean. He’s a small Chihuahua from Fontana. On July 5, Jack’s owner brought him to the Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center in Upland, police said in a news release Monday. Jack’s owner, identified by police as 21-year-old Isaiah Nathaniel Sais, from Fontana, allegedly told doctors he believed Jack may have ingested methamphetamine. And according to test results, he was right. Jack tested positive for the street drug known as “Crank”, according to the news release. But Sais left the vet’s office...
  • Now hold still and don't be a scaredy cat! Extraordinary moment cub pulls a (Shortened)

    07/11/2016 9:47:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | July 11, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    This is the remarkable moment a young lion cub tries to save his companion from being tranquilised by attempting to pull a dart out of her body.
  • Spanish bullfighter gored to death on live TV

    A top professional Spanish bullfighter was gored to death during a live television event over the weekend.
  • Please pray for our very sick kitty [Update 368]

    07/09/2016 7:40:46 PM PDT · by Yaelle · 421 replies
    Our home ^ | 07/09/16 | Self
    If you love pets and animals and sometimes pray for them, I'm asking if you could say a little prayer for our kitty Ciel. She is only five years old, a sweet, smart Balinese. She was perfectly healthy and active until two days ago, when she started vomiting foam and stopped eating. Today we took her in to the vet and she has acute renal failure and diabetes. He gave her IV fluids, some meds to fight nausea etc, and a little insulin. We are to give her sub q fluids and try to get her to eat. He...
  • Most dogs found over holiday reunited with owners

    07/09/2016 9:17:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — All but one of the loose dogs recovered by local police or animal control officers and sent to the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center around the 4th of July holiday have been reunited with their owners. The local animal shelter saw a significant uptick in the number of dogs brought into the shelter around the holiday, most likely due to becoming scared and panicked by the detonation of fireworks, said Arleen Garcia, animal control supervisor for Sierra Vista. By Wednesday, four of the 10 dogs had already been reunited with their owners, who were easily notified...
  • Occasional birdy thread (Dedicated to the memory of Swampsniper)

    07/08/2016 3:58:15 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 54 replies
    Photos | July 8, 2016 | FReepers
    Enjoy a respite from the sad goings on of the day. Please post and share your pics of birds, nature, anything the Good Lord has created. Remembering Swampsniper....may you rest easy, good man. -------------- Mr Limpkin shared a sun rise with me. There's got to a snail here somewhere! Who are all these strangers invading my territory? Oh deer!
  • Hamptons Mansion Defiled By A Thousand Condom-Flinging Airbnb Guests, Hedge Funder Fired

    07/07/2016 2:20:53 PM PDT · by Oratam · 86 replies
    Gothamis ^ | July 7, 2016 | Miranda Katz
    Manhattan hedge fund bro Brett Barna allegedly took it upon himself to trash a $20 million mansion with his annual, unfortunately-dubbed #Sprayathon party. There were 1,000 guests in attendance. There were "scores of bikini-clad women and costumed gun-toting midgets," according to the NY Post. Barna apparently name-dropped his boss, billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon, when booking the Airbnb, and implied the event would have something to do with the Robin Hood Foundation. Regardless of what charity the party was purportedly supporting, the property owner said that "the only animals there were the people, a thousand of them." He told...
  • Comey is a genius

    07/06/2016 5:45:01 AM PDT · by Travis T. OJustice · 144 replies
    If Comey had recommended prosecution, they may have gone ahead and had a trial and cleared her, thereby making it impossible she could ever be tried again due to double jeopardy. As it is now, the next administration could come along and prosecute, as the statute of limitations would not have run out.
  • Ocelot Steals My Socks!

    07/05/2016 11:20:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 15 replies
    uuu-tuuumdbe! ^ | Jun 24, 2016 | "Brave Wilderness"
    On this special Breaking Trail Outtake, Coyote's new friend the Ocelot steals his socks! In an attempt to recover his last dry pair of Wigwams, a classic tug-of-war ensues with this feisty jungle cat. Who will win the battle? Well you’ll just have to watch to find out! Get ready Coyote, an Ocelot just stole your socks! Ocelot’s have a wide range stretching from Argentina to Texas and while they have fairly healthy populations in the topics they are extremely elusive and rarely seen by humans. There has never been another video like this and we feel so extremely fortunate...
  • Warming pulses in ancient climate record link volcanoes, asteroid impact and dinosaur-killing...

    07/05/2016 12:04:27 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    phys.org ^ | July 5, 2016 | Provided by: University of Michigan
    Four specimens analyzed in this study, showing the range of sizes of different mollusc species (quarter for scale). Clockwise from the top shell: Lahillia larseni,Cucullaea antarctica, Eselaevitrigonia regina, and Cucullaea ellioti. Credit: Sierra Petersen. ================================================================================================ A new reconstruction of Antarctic ocean temperatures around the time the dinosaurs disappeared 66 million years ago supports the idea that one of the planet's biggest mass extinctions was due to the combined effects of volcanic eruptions and an asteroid impact. Two University of Michigan researchers and a Florida colleague found two abrupt warming spikes in ocean temperatures that coincide with two previously documented extinction...
  • I am Smiling!

    07/04/2016 2:03:40 PM PDT · by VRW Conspirator · 12 replies
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  • Horse herpes outbreak forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies

    07/02/2016 10:48:37 AM PDT · by sparklite2 · 54 replies
    ksl.com ^ | May 26th, 2011 | Nadine Wimmer and Wendy Leonard.
    FARMINGTON -- While the state has yet to officially cancel any events involving horses that might have been exposed to a local recent equine herpes outbreak, owners and arenas are taking precautions. Because of the outbreak, contestants at the Davis County Sheriff's Mounted Posse Junior Queen Contest had to cowgirl up Thursday night without their mares. Instead of competing on horses, as is typically the case, contestants were asked to trot around the arena with stick horses as their show ponies.
  • This bird species can fly for months at a time without landing

    07/02/2016 9:36:55 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 41 replies
    mashable.com ^ | 2 JULY 2016 | ANDREW FREEDMAN
    A new study shows that frigatebirds routinely fly for months at a time without landing, skimming the sea surface only occasionally to catch floating prey. Previously, scientists thought these birds and another bird species, known as swift birds, only remained aloft for many days at a time... To stay aloft for so long, the study found, these birds use some of the same techniques that glider pilots do. They take advantage of upward-moving air underneath tropical cumulus clouds — the clouds that often look like popping popcorn kernels in the sky.
  • This adorable dog got his head stuck in a jar. But, don’t worry, he’s free now

    07/01/2016 10:57:29 PM PDT · by Bullish · 23 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 7-1-16 | John M. Blodgett
    HIGHLAND >> A Cal Fire firefighter in Highland Thursday found a new use for the trauma shear scissors. Panicked dog owners brought his dog to Cal Fire station, 26974 Base Line, after the pup got its head stuck in a jar. “This doggie ... got into the hard plastic jar to steal the trail mix inside and couldn’t get out,” said Cal Fire spokeswoman Liz Brown. The owners tried at home to get the jar off, but when they were unsuccessful, they brought the dog to the fire station, she said.
  • Army Veteran Rescues Eagle Stuck In Tree (MN)

    07/01/2016 9:43:09 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 19 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/1/16 | John Lauritsen
    It’s the Fourth of July weekend, so it’s fitting to hear a story about an eagle rescued by a veteran. Earlier this week, Jason Galvin and his neighbors noticed an eagle dangling from a tree near Rush City. Its leg was caught in a piece of rope that was wrapped around a branch, about 70 feet off the ground. “I thought it was dead at the time,” Jason said. “I took a closer look with binoculars and saw that the head was moving, and I knew it was very much alive.” Jason and his wife Jackie called the police, the...
  • New Mexico reports fourth Hantavirus death (Six cases, four deaths)

    07/01/2016 3:00:26 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 17 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 30, 2016 | ABQJournal News Staff
    Health officials have reported a fourth New Mexico death from Hantavirus this year, making 2016 among the deadliest since the viral illness first appeared here in 1993. A 20-year-old Torrance County woman has died of Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome – the state’s sixth reported case this year, the New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday. “The messaging is, (Hantavirus) is still here and you still have to take precautions,” said Dr. Paul Ettestad, the department’s public health veterinarian. Hantavirus infection is transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings or saliva. People can contract the disease when they breathe in aerosolized virus....
  • THE ETHICS OF WHY YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH SHARK WEEK

    06/30/2016 7:34:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    06.29.16 | NICK STOCKTON
    THE ETHICS OF WHY YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH SHARK WEEK (WIRED cannot be posted)
  • Dog Mistakenly Euthanized Likely Due to Clerical Error

    06/30/2016 7:22:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Elyce Kirchner
    Four-year-old Barbie wasn't the only dog to be put down. Another dog named Tommy was also euthanized on the same day.Contra Costa County Animal Services is investigating why two dogs were mistakenly euthanized after local rescue groups proposed saving at least one, a department spokesman said Thursday. A 4-year-old pit bull named Barbie should have been taken off the Martinez-based animal department's list of animals slated to be euthanized on June 18 but wasn't for still-undetermined reasons, spokesman Steve Burdo said. "Everyone here is heartbroken about it," Burdo said. "We're going to take this opportunity to learn and improve our...
  • Missing Cat Found Living Just Down the Block for Over 2 Years, But No Happy Reunion in Sight

    06/30/2016 1:40:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 62 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 30, 2016 | NADIA JUDITH ENCHASSI
    One cat. Two families. And, a whole lot of mystery about what happened over the past two and a half years. One woman said her cat went missing in September of 2013. Another woman said a cat was begging to come into her home at exactly the same time. She and her husband let it in and kept the cat for two and a half years, claiming they couldn’t locate the owner. Meanwhile, the original owner has been living three doors away from the cat and never knew it all this time Joey is the Himalayan cat at the center...
  • Sheriff: Grizzly kills person near Glacier National Park

    06/29/2016 7:51:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 29, 2016
    KALISPELL, Mont. – Montana authorities say a grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicyclist riding in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told The Associated Press the person was killed Wednesday afternoon about a mile from the West Glacier KOA campground.