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  • Lucky Escape for Swedes After 'Dead' Bear Attacks

    08/29/2015 10:52:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Aug 2015
    A Swedish man has spoken about his close brush with death when a bear he believed he had killed lunged up and launched a violent attack on himself and his hunting partner on the first day of Sweden's annual cull. Roles were reversed at the start of Sweden's annual bear hunt on Friday when two Swedish hunters had to be taken to hospital after they were attacked by their own prey. “I had had my eye on this bear for a week and a half, because it had been walking around eating oats in this area,” Per-Anders Wärme from Bollnäs...
  • Dog Rescued From Near Death in Detroit Turns Into Rising Star With Commercial Talent

    08/29/2015 3:42:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WXYZ ^ | 8/28 | Kim Craig
    When Denver was rescued in Detroit about a year ago, he was near death. But a man who had been assisted by Dog Aide, a community awareness group that supports pet owners, thought they might be able to save him. And they did. Katelin Thomas, who works with Dog Aide and owns K9 Turbo Training, says when they first saw Denver, they didn't think he could survive in his condition. His body was so stiff that his legs could not even be separated for them to be able to tell if he was male or female, so they simply called...
  • WATCH: Amazing Video of Woman Hiking With Bears

    08/29/2015 2:40:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    Patch ^ | http://cdn.patch.com/users/103650/stock/T800x600/20150855e0f1e898df4.png | Tim Jensen
    The trails have been closed indefinitely at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington after a bear approached a hiker. Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has closed hiking trails at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Burlington due to the apparent bold behavior of a black bear there that followed and approached a female hiker early Friday afternoon. DEEP’s Wildlife staff say the male bear – which is approximately 1 ½ years old and possibly weighs about 150 pounds – followed the woman for quite some time shortly after noon. It also approached and circled...
  • Eastern Mountain Lions May Be Extinct, but Locals Still See Them

    08/29/2015 8:23:32 AM PDT · by Theoria · 121 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 Aug 2015 | Jennifer Levitz
    Officials ponder changing cat’s status, causing roar of protest; sighting a ‘U.F.O.’ Diana Marchibroda insists she saw the beast near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in May. From the woods sauntered a “tall, very sleek” mountain lion, she says. Ms. Marchibroda, a dentist who is 62 years old, says she and her silver-haired miniature schnauzer, Sophie, “both watched in awe.” “My sighting is ABSOLUTE,” she wrote the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in July. “I know what I saw.” Dozens of similar missives have poured into the agency as it proposes removing the Eastern mountain lion from the list of...
  • German Cat Snuggles, Gently Strokes Snoring Pig

    08/28/2015 10:58:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 | Ben Hoope
    A German miniature pig owner shared video of one of her prized mini-hogs receiving a naptime snuggle and gentle stroking from the family cat. The video, posted to YouTube by user Nicolle von Eberkopf, shows miniature pig Moritz taking a snore-filled snooze while his feline buddy cuddles him and strokes his face. Nicolle said Moritz often looks after the other animals on their farm, so it was a change of pace to see him being cared for by the cat. "Good friends monitor your sleep!" she wrote in the video's title.
  • Firefighters Respond to Cow With Chair on its Head

    08/28/2015 10:48:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 28
    Firefighters in Britain said two crews responded to a report of a cow with its head stuck in a garden chair. Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue tweeted a picture showing the cow with its head trapped in a plastic lawn chair about 7:50 a.m. Thursday. The tweet said crews from Mounts and Wellingborough responded to the address in Boughton, England, to attempt to assist the boggled bovine. The fire department said the cow managed to "self-release" from its predicament, but not before firefighters snapped a picture of the cow wearing its unusual headgear.
  • #BEARLIVESMATTER: TWITTER COMEDY ERUPTS OVER LIVE ARVADA BEAR CAPTURE

    08/28/2015 9:55:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Westword ^ | FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015 | MICHAEL ROBERTS
    Twitter brings people together — and so did a certain bear whose run through Arvada yesterday briefly captivated all of Colorado. By the time the ursine star was captured and taken away, humorous tweets about the situation, and the live coverage of it by multiple Denver TV stations, had been unleashed by members of the police, the media, just plain folks and an actual professional comedian. The first official words about the bear came courtesy of the Arvada Police Department.... ...which promptly shared a Twitpic of the fugitive snapped by Kristin Fox, who also sent the shot to 9News. In...
  • Los Angeles Man Chronicles Removal of 50,000 Bees

    08/28/2015 6:46:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/28/15 | Ben Hooper
    A Los Angeles area man who discovered about 50,000 bees were living in his walls shared video online of how the insects were removed from his home. "I looked out my window and one day I noticed a bunch of bees flying around," Larry Chen said in the video he posted to YouTube. Chen said he called in an expert, Mike "The Bee Guy," who determined the bees had been living in the walls of Chen's home for 6 to 8 months. The video shows how Mike used smoke to draw out the insects and then collected them with a...
  • Rehabilitated Eagle Returns to the Wild

    08/28/2015 5:05:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    WNEP ^ | A bald eagle is returning to its home in Bradford County after going through months of rehabilitatio
    A bald eagle is returning to its home in Bradford County after going through months of rehabilitation. Conservations officers found an eagle back in June, unable to fly. After more than two months of therapy with the Pocono Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, the bird was released back into the wild Friday. “That release was probably one of the nicest things an eagle lover could see,” said Mike Henrich of Sayre. Conservation officers say the bald eagle most likely got injured after getting into a fight with another bald eagle. They add that is a good problem to have. “The...
  • Four-legged Loyalty

    08/28/2015 1:26:13 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 53 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 8/28/2015 | blueunicorn6
    I have seen some nice statues. I have seen the Abraham Lincoln statue in Washington, D.C. I have seen the "Follow Me!" statue at Fort Benning, Georgia. My favorite statue of all is much smaller than these two statues. My favorite statue is "Old Shep" at Fort Benton, Montana. It is a bronze statue of a dog. Old Shep wasn't a champion show dog. I guess you could call him a "Heinz 57" breed. He was a bigger dog as was common for a shepherd's dog on the high-plains desert of Montana in the 1930s. His job was helping his...
  • Adopt a pitbull, they are so misunderstood. (Vanity)

    08/28/2015 10:41:30 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 238 replies
    Pit Bull Rescue Central ^ | 8/28/15 | Dallasbiff
    I know some on FR have a bias against Pit Bulls, but they are the nicest animals on Earth, IMO. Also I will probably get banned for stating this, but the crazy liberal Huffington Post should be congratulated for their advocacy of pit bulls. I am a Trump/Cruz leaning conservative, but don't understand the hatred against this breed.
  • COCOA'S JOURNEY: BLIND, DEAF DOG REUNITED WITH FAMILY

    08/27/2015 11:25:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    6ABC ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | Stephanie Lopez
    Cocoa, an almost 16-year-old blind, deaf toy poodle, was reunited with her family Tuesday after good Samaritans on social media helped track down the lost dog. She made it all the way to Belchertown, M.A. from Concord, N.C. Clayton Animal Control said a couple from Massachusetts found her without a dog tag while traveling through North Carolina. They gave the dog to a shelter in Massachusetts. Animal control officers in Belchertown posted about Cocoa online, trying to find the owner. Clayton Animal Control officer, Angie Lee, connected the dots after seeing a post on "North Carolina Lost & Found Pets"...
  • Bear Injures Doberman After Scrap in Lake Neighborhood

    08/27/2015 8:43:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | AUGUST 15, 2015 | Christal Hayes
    A dog is recovering after receiving deep scratches and lacerations on its body and neck during a scuffle with a bear in a residential neighborhood in between Leesburg and Eustis. Kim Givens said she had let her Doberman named Bo out in the backyard of her home in the Wedgewood subdivision before they went to bed late Aug. 8. She said about 11:30 p.m. she saw Bo bolt from her backyard and go down the hill her home sits on. She opened the sliding-glass door and heard loud growling and "horrible mauling sounds." Kim Givens' Doberman named Bo happily playing...
  • Yellowstone visitor asks for bears to be trained for tourists

    08/27/2015 11:31:58 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 62 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo., - A disappointed visitor to Yellowstone National Park left a note on a feedback form asking rangers to train bears to hang out where they can be seen. The note, shared on Reddit by a person who purported to be a friend of an employee at a Yellowstone lodge, was written on the bottom of a feedback form for trouble with maintenance and housekeeping. The note reads: "Our visit was wonderful but we never saw any bears. Please train your bears to be where guests can see them. This was an expensive trip to not get...
  • ‘Dispatch’ staff dogs celebrate National Dog Day

    08/26/2015 8:37:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    There are a lot of "dog people" at The Columbus Dispatch, so to celebrate National Dog Day (August 26), we're sharing photos of our canine friends.
  • Hilarious video shows grizzly bear rolling down hill at Denali National Park

    08/25/2015 10:31:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 25, 2015
    Video at link. The video shows a close up of the bear as he stumbles then realizes that rolling down the hill was way more fun. (NPS) Chances of spotting bears in Alaska’s Denali National Park are not impossible, but pretty rare. So, what’s the chance you’d see a bear barrel rolling down a hill? A fun-loving grizzly playing up to the camera was captured on video enjoying himself in Denali National Park. In the background, tourists can be heard laughing amid the clicks of digital cameras. The video begins with a close up of the bear as he stumbles...
  • Lion Kills Safari Guide in Same Zimbabwe Park Where Cecil Lived

    08/25/2015 10:09:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Quinn Swales was taking a group of tourists on a walking safari in Hwange National Park on Monday morning when a lion suddenly charged, the company he was working for said. “Quinn did everything he could to successfully protect his guests and ensure their safety,” the company, Camp Hwange, said on its Facebook page, adding that no other members of the group were hurt. Swales, 40, died the morning of the attack from the injuries he suffered, it said.
  • Hey Seattleites, Stop Trying to "Save" Seal Pups

    08/24/2015 2:12:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Stranger ^ | 8/19 | Sydney Brownstone
    Every Year, Misguided Good Samaritans Snatch the Animals from West Seattle Beaches (It Usually Doesn't End So Well)If a human stumbles across a baby seal, one of the first things that person might notice about the baby seal is its eyes. "They're just these big, dark, limpid, black eyes holding yours," West Seattle resident Brenda Peterson tells me on a recent August evening. "You're just a goner, and people go, 'Oh, my god.'" We're at an undisclosed location near a West Seattle waterfront so Peterson, a well-published nature writer who has lived in the area for 23 years, can...
  • Giant alligator weighing 920 pounds gets pulled from lake

    08/24/2015 9:59:34 AM PDT · by McGruff · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 24, 2015
    EUFAULA, Ala. - Authorities say an alligator pulled from a lake in southeast Alabama weighs an estimated 920 pounds. AL.com reports that the 13-foot, 6-inch gator was captured in Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14.
  • Love in the Air as Mating Manatees Canoodle on Lauderdale Beach

    08/24/2015 2:27:01 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    An evening ritual for one Fort Lauderdale resident took a remarkable turn Friday. Bill Tudhunter, 57, was sitting on the back patio of his Fort Lauderdale home drinking a beer and enjoying the view of the Intracoastal Waterway, as he does every evening after work, when he noticed something odd in the water. A group of nine manatees had come ashore behind the home in the 2100 block of Southeast 21st Street. In what could only be described as a dogpile, they rocked with the wake, apparently mating as they floated in a few feet of water. A cluster of...
  • Newest Unknown Monkey 'Found' (Meet the 'Titis')

    08/23/2015 11:10:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 22, 2015
    An undated handout photo obtained on August 20, 2015 shows a Callicebus urubambensis or Urubamba brown titi monkey on the left bank of the Río Urubamba, near the Colonia Penal del Sepa, Peru. (AFP) For nearly a century the carcass of a small, reddish-brown monkey from South America gathered dust in a windowless backroom of the American Natural History Museum in New York City. Like a morgue corpse in a drawer with the wrong toe tag, it was a victim of mistaken identity. No one realised during all those years that it was, in fact, a specimen of an unknown...
  • 'I Am Francis. And I Am Still Alive…'

    08/23/2015 7:32:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 101 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, August 22, 2015 | Majorie van Leijen
    How an 11-month-old pup - left for dead in Fujairah - survivedAs told by Francis himself. “My name is Francis, a former happy pup. But after a recent event I have to find my life back. Let me tell you what happened… I was born in the UAE, a beautiful place. A bit hot though, but it could be worse. I am 11-months-old so don’t know much about the life, but I guess it hasn't been easy. It’s really hot outside and I am not really finding food or water. I think I have to learn to find that myself,...
  • Camel Caravan Stalls Chabad Rabbi at the Dead Sea

    08/23/2015 6:08:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Jewish Press ^ | August 22nd, 2015 | Hana Levi Julian
    Rabbi Shimon Elharar, director of Chabad of Dead Sea, was stopped in traffic by a force greater than his car.Traffic horror stories in Israel are famous, and driving on highways in the Holy Land is reserved only for the brave at heart. It is well known that Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries are among the bravest rabbis in the world, of course. Last week even Chabad of Dead Sea director Rabbi Shimon Elharar met his match, running into a massive “traffic jam” on the highway alongside the Dead Sea. “It’s not only in Tel Aviv that one has to worry about getting stuck,”...
  • It's Panda-Monium! National Zoo Says Mei Xiang Has Twins ( Awesome photos in thread!)

    08/22/2015 9:19:43 PM PDT · by BAW · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8-22-2015 | JESSICA GRESKO
    The National Zoo in Washington says its adult female panda has had twins. The first cub was born Saturday at 5:35 p.m. and the zoo said on Twitter that a second was born at 10:07 p.m. The zoo has said both cubs appear healthy. If the cubs survive, they would be the 17-year-old panda's third and fourth surviving offspring.
  • Firefighters Save Donkey From Wildfire And Now He Won't Leave Their Side

    08/22/2015 1:41:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Distractify ^ | 14 August 2015
    When firefighters battling a 7,000 acre wildfire in Arizona spotted a donkey emerging from the flames, they cooled off his singed body with their hose. Now, they can't get rid of him. It was unknown whether the donkey was tame or wild, but after the rescue, she followed her heroes around all day — refusing to leave their side. Thankfully, after being pried away from his new friends, George the donkey was reunited with his owners.
  • Denton County Couple Wants to Bring Pet Pig Home

    08/21/2015 8:46:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 8/21
    A Denton County couple is on a mission to bring their beloved pet back home, but Goose isn't the average house pet. He's an 8-month-old pig who recently got out of his backyard in Hickory Creek and wound up at animal control. His owners went to pick him up but say they couldn't take him home because an ordinance doesn't allow pigs in the city. The couple now plans to go before city council to request a change in the ordinance so they can bring Goose home. "We miss him, our animals miss him, our neighbors miss him. We just...
  • SEE IT:- Baby girl fawns over her new deer friend (Cuteness Over-Load!)

    08/21/2015 5:00:06 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 08/21/2015 | ASHLEY LEWIS
    This baby girl from Nebraska can’t stop fawning over her new friend. The tot’s mom, identified only as Ann Maree by KETV 7 in Omaha, shared the completely en-deer-ing video of her daughter, Kate, sweetly chasing a young deer in their backyard on Sunday. “Our neighbor pointed out the fawn to us, it was in the backyard,” Ann Maree told the TV station. “My daughter who is 15 months, decided to walk toward it.”
  • Bitten by shark, US girl goes back in water to save friend

    08/21/2015 11:53:34 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    "She got bit on the right leg. She said she felt it and she turned around and she could see the shark and she could see the fin flailing around," Dave Szarmack told the station. The girl got out of the water and yelled to a friend to do the same, screaming about the shark. But that younger girl stayed put. "So she turned around and went back and got the 6-year-old and took her out of the water. She pulled the little girl back out of the water," the father sai
  • Tiger does the old disappearing and re-appearing trick

    08/20/2015 8:09:00 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    An elephant-riding wildlife guide gets the scare of his life when a tiger educates him in the fine arts of stealth and leaping right at you...
  • Humans are ‘unique super-predator’

    08/20/2015 12:47:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Jonathan Amos
    Humans’ status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine. The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey. It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that marine animals do themselves. And on land, we kill top carnivores, such as bears, wolves and lions, at nine times their own self-predation rate. But perhaps the most striking observation, say authors Chris Darimont and colleagues, is the way human beings focus so heavily on taking down adult...
  • Colorado soldier reunited with his bomb-sniffing dog he served with in Afghanistan

    08/20/2015 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 4 replies
    FOX 31 Denver KDVR ^ | 8/19/15 | Ashley Michels
    There was a sweet reunion Wednesday after a soldier was reunited with his war buddy, a bomb-sniffing dog named Donna. The two were deployed to Afghanistan in 2011. “She was excellent. You could unclip her from the leash and she could find something a mile away,” her handler, U.S. Army Specialist Tyler Roberts, said. When they got home, Roberts planned to adopt Donna. The only problem was he could not find her.
  • RIP my beloved cat Tabitha, 1996-2015.

    08/19/2015 4:03:41 PM PDT · by Catmom · 76 replies
    The greatest cat I ever owned passed on today just a few weeks shy of her 19th birthday. She was the oldest kitty I ever had but I'm afraid that's gonna make it harder to adjust to a world without her. I could tell endless stories about her (as she could about me!). Just wanted to post this to the Freeper community 'cause I get so much comfort here talking with like minded souls and could sure use an extra dose today. Thank you so much :(
  • Indian police question parrot accused of cursing at elderly woman

    08/19/2015 7:31:50 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 18, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    RAJURA, India, - Police in India said a parrot detained on allegations of shouting obscenities at an elderly woman refused to utter a single word for officers. Chandrapur district police said the parrot, Hariyal, was detained at the police station in Rajura, Maharashtra, after Janabai Sakharkar, 85, told investigators the parrot would shout obscene words and phrases at her whenever she would pass by the home of its owner, her stepson. Sakharkar told police she believes her stepson, Suresh, trained the parrot to shout obscenities at her because of an ongoing land dispute between the family members. Police said the...
  • Hamas arrests dolphin accused of being an Israeli spy

    08/19/2015 7:16:25 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 45 replies
    The Week ^ | 19 Aug 2015 | Jeva Lange
    ANIMAL ESPIONAGE Hamas arrests dolphin accused of being an Israeli spy Israel is so often accused of animal espionage that an entire "Israel-related animal conspiracy theories" Wikipedia page exists.
  • Hilarious Dog Hoards Tater Tots From His Human Like A Giant Squirrel

    08/19/2015 3:06:40 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 18 replies
    buzzfeed ^ | Aug. 18, 2015, | Ali Velez
    VIEW w/ earphones
  • West Nile Fogging Kills Hundreds of Bees in Palo Alto

    08/18/2015 10:14:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 8/18 | Michelle Roberts
    The negative side effects of pesticides sprayed during mosquito season to reduce the risk of West Nile virus appears to have made its way onto the Peninsula. A Palo Alto bee keeper said many of his bees died after spraying last month. Neighbor Upset About Noisy Preschool Puts 'Shut Up' Sign in Window Denise Bonilla from he Santa Clara County Vector Control said an extremely low dose of pesticides are used during fogging and are only sprayed when necessary. "We want to make sure we only fog the are where there is West Nile virus activity," Bonilla said. A mosquito...
  • Escaped tiger recaptured in old Detroit factory

    08/18/2015 6:10:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies
    upi ^ | Aug. 17, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    DETROIT, - Police in Detroit confirmed a tiger was on the loose in a disused plant on the east side of the city and it has now been recaptured. Detroit police said the tiger escaped from a British film crew Monday while they were shooting footage inside the old Packard Plant and the crew was unable to recapture the big cat. Representatives of the plant's owners said the film crew had permission to shoot inside the building, but not to bring wild animals. They said the crew brought the tiger along with a bobcat and a wolf without informing officials....
  • Vietnam vet fights off bear in California

    08/16/2015 9:43:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    KGPE. - CNN ^ | Aug 16, 2015 | Andreas Preuss
    Larry Yepez credits Marine training. A California Vietnam veteran now has bear attack scars to go along with his battle wounds. Crediting his Marine Corps training, Larry Yepez, 66, says he fought off a 250-pound bear outside his Mariposa County home last week. I could feel his strength. I felt like a little rag doll underneath him ... the bear was about 10 feet away and despite his yelling "get away," the animal continued toward him, jumped on him and knocked him down. ... I could hear the crunching ... when he bit down (on my wrist). He ripped towards...
  • Home > U.S. Bear Pokes Its Head Through Cat Door in Latest Break-In at Idaho Home

    08/16/2015 6:43:06 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 101 replies
    ABCNews ^ | Aug 15, 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    Bears have become frequent uninvited guests at Doug Harder's Sandpoint, Idaho, home. In May, these three bears set up shop on the second-floor deck outside his condo. Harder found teeth marks in empty soda cans and scratches on the side of the building.
  • Man Brings Apparent Boa Constrictor Into Missouri Restaurant: ‘It’s My Service Animal’

    08/15/2015 10:35:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    Lisa Loeffelholz told CNN affiliate KYTV that she spotted a man and a woman holding the snake and “it started to slither down into the booth behind her.” Loeffelholz said she notified the restaurant manager — who said the couple insisted the snake was a service animal and the restaurant should allow it to stay. But just the sight of the woman apparently pulling the animal and then handing it over to the man at the table was enough to make Loeffelholz confront the snake handlers about their slippery excuse. “He said, ‘It’s my service animal. And I’m allowed to...
  • The man who tried to live as a GOAT: Researcher transforms himself with prosthetics to follow a herd

    08/14/2015 4:36:33 PM PDT · by dead · 80 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8/14/5 | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    In his quest for a simpler life, one man has transformed himself into a goat. Thomas Thwaites, a 34-year-old researcher from London, has spent the past year creating prosthetics that allow him to roam around on all fours. He’s studied their behaviour, learned their way of communicating and even attempted to create an artificial goat stomach to allow him to eat grass. His efforts, funded by the government, culminated in a three day trip to the Swiss Alps, where he lived as a goat, roaming the hills with a herd. Thwaites, who is interested in transhumanism, believes not everyone will...
  • Corduroy the Oregon house cat is named world's oldest at 26 (or 120 in cat years)

    08/14/2015 9:57:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | August 14, 2015 | DailyMail.com Reporter
    An Oregon house cat has been named the world's oldest at the ripe old age of 26. Corduroy, a long-haired tabby, has belonged to Ashley Reed Okura of Sisters, Oregon since he was just short of 7-years-old. "The secret has been allowing him to be a cat -- hunting and getting plenty of love!" Okura said in a release put out by Guinness World Records, who certified the record Thursday.
  • Genetically engineered pigs: Advance looks promising [For Transplants]

    08/14/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | August 14, 2015 | by Nancy Owano
    A domestic pig on an organic farm in Solothurn, Switzerland. Image: Wikimedia Commons --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stories of people waiting for organ transplants that could save their lives are well known. The numbers, though, are not encouraging. The US Department of Health and Human Services has some data: 122,407 people need a lifesaving organ transplant (total waiting list of candidates). The agency said that the gap between supply and demand continues to widen. The total number of donors from January through May this year was 5,975. On average, 22 people die each day while waiting for a transplant. Here is another statistic:...
  • Fossils reveal felines drove 40 species of canines to extinction after arriving in North [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:14:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Jack Millner
    You may think your dog has an irrational hatred of cats, but their instinct to chase felines out of their territory might be more reasonable than you think. Fossils have revealed the two species have a rocky past after the introduction of cats to the Americas had a devastating effect on the continent's species of wild dogs. In fact, it is thought that competition from cats caused up to 40 species of dog to become extinct in the region millions of years ago.
  • Moment that desperate whale approached boat full of fishermen for help after getting a plastic [tr]

    08/13/2015 6:10:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Martha Azzi
    A group of young fishermen have captured an incredible selfie with a whale after it swam up and seemed to ask them for help removing plastic bags caught in its mouth. The friendly whale nudged their boat as it made a surprise appearance in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. The men soon noticed the whale, which circled the boat and swam underneath it, was asking for help and pulled out rubbish bags and fishing lines stuck in its mouth. Michael Riggio,17, took selfie snaps while his friend, Ivan Iskenderian, stretched over the boat to help the whale.
  • Australian eagle takes down drone with talon 'punch'

    08/13/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies
    upi. ^ | Aug. 12, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MELBOURNE, An Australian videographer shooting footage with an aerial drone recorded the moment the device was knocked out of the sky by a "punch" from an eagle. The video, uploaded to YouTube by Melbourne Aerial Video, features the drone shooting aerial footage in a wooded area when a wedge-tailed eagle quickly appears and knocks the drone out of the sky. The drone crashes to the ground while the camera remains functional, shooting dizzying footage of the plummet before resting on a tranquil scene of leaves on the ground. The video's description said the bird of prey was "fine" after using...
  • Video - Dopey bulldog loves his cardboard box. He can't see and bumps into everything.

    08/11/2015 8:33:49 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    August 7, 2015 | Isabel Santos
    Bulldog can't see with a cardboard box in his mouth. Bumps into everything.
  • No sex please: India 'shy' white tiger refuses to mate

    08/11/2015 11:03:00 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/11/15
    Officials at the Alipore zoo in the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) say their attempts to mate a young tiger have been unsuccessful with the big cat showing little interest in mating. Vishal, the 10-year-old white tiger, has so far spurned the advances of tigress Rupa, living in the adjoining enclosure, an official told the BBC. Libido enhancers have also failed to spur him into action, he said.
  • Need help identifying fish... Florida freshwater.

    08/10/2015 12:44:43 PM PDT · by paul544 · 75 replies
    Me | 8/15/2015 | Me
    I know Freepers are a big help in these hobby areas so I thought this would be a good place to ask. I've been fishing here in central Florida lately. Mostly in the smaller lakes and ponds that dot the landscape. I've been catching some decent fish but for the life of me can't figure out what I've caught. First I thought a small bass but the more I look online the less that seems to be the case. Is there anyone here I could email a couple of pictures to and get their input? I don't have anywhere online...
  • Why do kittens have vertical pupils?

    08/09/2015 9:31:55 PM PDT · by PROCON · 44 replies
    dailytimes.com.pk ^ | Aug. 10, 2015
    Pupils' shape and size can reveal whether your kitten is a hunter or the hunted, research shows, Zee News reports. The study also said that species with pupils that are vertical slits are more likely to be ambush predators that are active both day and night. "For species that are active both night and day, like domestic cats, slit pupils provide the dynamic range needed to help them see in dim light yet not get blinded by the midday sun," said lead researcher Martin Banks, professor of optometry at University of California-Berkeley. The vertical slits of domestic cats and...