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  • A Man Contracted a Rare, Fatal Disease From Eating Squirrel Brains

    10/18/2018 7:38:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 17, 2018 | Avery Thompson
    According to a recently-uncovered medical case from 2015, one man may have died after eating one too many squirrels. His penchant for squirrel meat seems to have inadvertently exposed him to an incredibly rare fatal brain disorder, the first time this disorder was ever contracted in the United States. Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is a rare brain disorder caused by misfolding brain proteins called prions. Prion proteins are unique in that when one is misfolded, it causes other prion proteins to misfold too. These misfolded proteins are unable to function properly, and the result is that the victim suffers from memory loss,...
  • Roasted Pig Head Sniffed Out By Customs Beagle At Airport

    10/17/2018 9:09:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    cbs2la ^ | October 17, 2018 at 7:02 am
    Hardy is a highly-trained U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Detector dog and he sniffed out the roasted pig’s head in the luggage of a passenger traveling from Ecuador at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. [P]ork and pork products from other continents are not allowed into the United States in an effort to avoid introducing foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and other animal diseases. CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis hailed Hardy’s work as illustrating “the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.” Hardy has worked at Atlanta’s airport since 2015,...
  • Rabid raccoon attacks 3 people in Northwest DC

    10/16/2018 11:32:39 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    WTOP ^ | 16 Oct 2018 | Alejandro Alvarez
    A rabid raccoon ran rampant in Northwest D.C. on Sunday morning, attacking three people and two pets who now require preventive treatment for the dangerous viral infection.
  • Oklahoma’s Choctaw horses connect to Mississippi [Spanish Explorer's Horses Descendants]

    10/16/2018 11:31:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 10/16/2018 | By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    <p>POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Six foals sired by a cream-colored stallion called DeSoto scamper across a pasture in southwest Mississippi — the first new blood in a century for a line of horses brought to America by Spanish conquistadors and bred by Choctaw Indians who were later forced out of their ancestral homelands.</p>
  • Two Runners Encounter Black Bear While Hiking In Canada

    Two Canadian runners encountered a black bear while on a nature jog and didn’t know what to do. Terrifying moment a fearsome black bear stalked two runners who were out for a jog in a forest.
  • San Bernardino County Deputies Use Doritos to Round Up Wayward Pig

    10/14/2018 4:36:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    ktla ^ | October 14, 2018 | Brian Day,
    “Deputy Ponce and Deputy Berg found him and, due to previous calls, knew where he lived,” according to the statement. The deputies hatched a plan. “They lured him back home with Doritos one of our deputies had in her lunch bag,” the statement said. “They made a trail and he followed.” “We were able to put him back in and secure the gate,” Deputy Ponce said. “It was fun!”
  • Kangaroo attacks Australian wildlife caretaker who was attempting to save husband

    10/14/2018 6:20:51 AM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Oct 14, 2018 | Katherine Lam | Fox News
    An Australian wildlife caretaker feeding dozens of animals was attacked Saturday by a kangaroo while she was attempting to save her husband from the 6-foot marsupial. Linda Smith, 64, was hospitalized for a collapsed lung, broken ribs and other injuries after she and her husband, Jim, were attacked on their Cypress Gardens property in Queensland, Australia, news.com.au reported.-snip- “We feed them [the animals] a mix of grain and chaff, as with the drought there’s nothing out there,” Smith said. “This one kangaroo came in and I thought it was Golly Gosh, one of the kangaroos we have raised. He was...
  • Fish and Game commissioner hunts ‘family of baboons’ in Africa, faces calls to resign

    10/13/2018 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 33 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 10/12/18 | Chase Cripe
    Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer shared photos of his guided hunting trip in Africa with friends and colleagues when he returned last month, expecting they’d appreciate his success. Instead, several former Fish and Game commissioners are pushing for his resignation — with a photo of a “family of baboons” that Fischer shot with a recurve bow prompting most of the outrage. Fred Trevey, who was a Fish and Game commissioner from 2007 to 2015, wrote Fischer an email asking him to resign “to shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management...
  • Emotional Support Squirrel Lady Is Suing Frontier

    10/13/2018 9:45:44 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    Passenger Cindy Torok relies on her emotional squirrel, Daisy, to deal with her anxiety. She`ll fit in the palm of my hand. I can cover her up with my other hand. She gives you kisses. She shares that when flight attendants discovered her squirrel, they asked her to exit the plane immediately. When she refused, they warned they would just de-board everyone else instead. Torok responded: OK deboard them! But I am taking my squirrel with me…You will not take my baby from me! If you’re wondering how she got through security in the first place, she claims the TSA...
  • Who Did That?! | Guilty Dogs Video Compilation

    10/12/2018 10:14:24 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 10 replies
    The Pet Collective/Youtube ^ | 2017 | The Pet Collective
    WHO DID THAT? Most dogs have a hard time hiding their adorable guilty faces and these pups are no different! Watch as these dog owners catch their dogs red pawed
  • Woman Thrown Off Plane For “Emotional Support Squirrel

    10/10/2018 9:32:10 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 83 replies
    Miniature horses may be allowed, but squirrels? Not so fast. A wheelchair-bound woman in Orlando was thrown off a Frontier Airlines flight for refusing to part with her so-called “emotional support” squirrel. Frontier Airlines Flight 1612, bound for Cleveland, was set to depart Tuesday night when a “situation” developed onboard. A passenger had indicated that an emotional support pet would accompany her when booking her reservation, but never indicated what type of animal that would be. Turns out it was a squirrel. Squirrels, according to Frontier’s guidelines on emotional support animals, are not permitted onboard: We do not accept unusual...
  • Northern Ireland fox hunter shot Shetland pony dead thinking it was a fox

    10/10/2018 8:30:07 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 10/10/2018 | Nevin Farrell
    A hunter who shot dead a 10-year-old girl's "beautiful" pet Shetland pony - claiming he had mistaken it for a fox - has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 compensation to the owners. Samuel McLean of Greenville Avenue, Ballymoney, Co Antrim, was sentenced at Coleraine Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal damage at an earlier hearing. The court heard the 30-year-old was 'lamping' for foxes in the Castleroe area near Coleraine last August when the fatal shot was fired. He told police he'd shot at what he believed was a...
  • Revolting moment massive RAT bullies Brooklyn cat out of the way

    10/10/2018 6:08:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 9, 2018 | Snejana Farberov
    A Brooklyn bodega cat proved no match for a giant rat with a bad attitude. A revolting video courtesy of ViralHog has emerged capturing a tense standoff between a pair of four-legged foes on the mean streets of the Big Apple. The minute-long cellphone footage recorded on September 19 begins with a black cat leisurely reposing on the sidewalk beside a cardboard box at a Brooklyn fruit market when it is confronted by a massive gray rat.
  • Butch the Rooster

    10/10/2018 6:03:04 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 3 replies
    email from a friend | 10/10/2018 | unknown
    Sarah was in the fertilized egg business. She had several hundred young pullets and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. She kept records and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. This took a lot of time, so she bought some tiny bells and attached them to her roosters. Each bell had a different tone, so she could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now, she could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report just by listening to the bells. Sarah's favorite rooster, old Butch, was a fine specimen but...
  • Donald Trump Trains Dogs To SIT DOWN

    Donald Trump Trains Dogs To SIT DOWN, Dogs Obey Trump National Dog Day.
  • Flea-borne typhus spreads across Los Angeles area

    10/09/2018 7:23:45 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 27 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 10/8/18 | Jacqueline Howard
    Between July and September, the county identified nine cases of flea-borne typhus associated with downtown Los Angeles, and six of those cases were in people experiencing homelessness, according to the county. There are (now) 57 cases of flea-borne typhus in LA County, a health department spokesperson says. Typhus fever has reached "epidemic levels" in Pasadena and an outbreak has hit downtown LA. On Friday, one city in the county -- Pasadena -- reported epidemic levels of typhus fever. This year, 20 Pasadena residents have been confirmed to have typhus fever, up from the expected one to five cases per year,...
  • Texas K9 cop attacks handler, shot dead by officer in Waco

    10/08/2018 4:53:25 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | Oct 05, 2018 | Strm Gifford
    Police officers in Texas had a double dose of Friday drama when they arrived at a home to serve a search warrant and their accompanying K9 dog attacked a cop instead of the perp!
  • Dog Surrendered with Heartbreaking Note Before Owner's Suicide Now Has New Loving Home

    10/08/2018 3:17:08 PM PDT · by ETL · 17 replies
    People, via Yahoo News ^ | October 8, 2018 | Kelli Bender
    Last week, the small dog was surrendered at Stray Rescue of St. Louis with a heartbreaking note attached. The portion of the letter that Stray Rescue posted on Facebook reads: To Stray Rescue: I am writing you cause I need you to take my dog Shell. My mother adopted Shell from Stray Rescue around 2009-2010 … In 2012 she had a massive stroke and now has Alzheimers. So in 2012 Shell came to live with me. I’ve been fighting cancer for a few months and if you’re reading this I lost my battle. I need for my baby girl to...
  • Man Saves Squirrel With CPR

    10/08/2018 6:04:28 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    Keoland ^ | 10/5/2018
    Body cameras from a Twin Cities police department captured officers giving high-fives to a young driver after he appeared to successfully give CPR to a stunned squirrel. The video was posted Thursday afternoon to the Brooklyn Park Police Department Facebook page. In an hour of posting, it had already amassed thousands of views and hundreds of shares. Police say the officers were on routine patrol on Sept. 25 when they saw a young man bent down near the curb on the 6500 block of Hampshire Avenue. They stopped and got out of their squad car. As they approached, the officers...
  • Whitefield officials dealing with ‘huge’ feral cat problem

    10/07/2018 4:49:00 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 46 replies
    CENTRALMAINE.COM ^ | 07 OCTOBER 2018 | SAM SHEPHERD
    WHITEFIELD — A “huge feral cat problem” on Townhouse Road — to the tune of up to 100 such felines — could affect the health of domestic animals and people who come in contact with them, an animal control officer told selectmen last week. Ben Cook, a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department animal control officer assigned to Whitefield, discussed the issue at last week’s selectboard meeting, saying he’d noticed the problem about two weeks ago. A town resident, however, said it began more than a year ago.