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  • Squirrels Stealing Chocolate Bars Driving Toronto Store Owner Nuts

    01/05/2017 8:34:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Thu., Jan. 5, 2017
    Video shows one rodent waiting for coast to be all clear before pouncing on candy and scurrying away. A group of squirrels is driving the owners of one Toronto convenience store nuts, after the rodents have been caught on video stealing chocolate bars from their east-end shop. “I always see them sneaking outside the door, looking in my store, and even right at me!” said Paul Kim, owner of Luke’s Grocery near Gerrard St. E. and Logan Ave. “They come in and take Crunchies, Crispy Crunch, Wonderbar . . . ” And those who are really bold “try to take...
  • Red squirrels carrying medieval strain of human leprosy as people warned to stay away

    11/11/2016 8:16:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10 November 2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Red squirrels are carrying human leprosy and people have been warned to stay away from the animals to minimise the risk of catching the disease. One of the strains – which is affecting squirrels on Brownsea Island, off the south coast of Dorset – shares close similarities with that responsible for outbreaks of the disease in medieval Europe. Researchers tested 25 samples from red squirrels on the island and found that all were infected with the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae, though not all showed signs of the disease. Those that did had swelling and hair loss on the ears, muzzle and...
  • Second Squirrel Attack At Central Florida Retirement Community

    11/07/2016 6:49:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    A squirrel is dead after the bloodthirsty animal targeted an elderly woman at a central Florida senior community. Initial reports indicate the attack happened Monday at the Sterling Court Gracious Retirement Living in Deltona. One week ago, at least three seniors were attacked by a squirrel at the same complex. The victim in the second attack suffered bites, scratches and a broken wrist after she fell while trying to defend herself from the squirrel, witnesses said. A staff member shot and killed the squirrel with a BB gun. Health officials are testing the animal for rabies.
  • Man shooting at squirrels puts Farmington schools on lockdown

    09/19/2016 2:40:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Echo Press ^ | Deanna Weniger
    FARMINGTON, Minn.—A man shooting at squirrels with a pellet gun on his property caused confusion Monday morning in Farmington as authorities requested some of the city's schools to go into lockdown after a gunfire report. "The initial call was that there was a man outside with a rifle shooting off rounds," said Sgt. Bob Sauter of the Farmington Police Department. Authorities treated the report with an active shooter response. The caller was ambiguous on the exact location, guessing the 400 block of Oak Street, and the department, having had some previous responses in that area, weren't taking any chances, Sauter...
  • Donald Trump Launches Blatantly Anti-Semitic Attack Against Hillary Clinton

    07/02/2016 4:04:14 PM PDT · by Bratch · 266 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 2, 2016 | Sam Levine and Sam Stern
    Donald Trump tweeted a blatantly anti-Semitic image Saturday morning, causing an immediate backlash online and further confirming the Republican nominee is willing to sink to depths well beyond usual, acceptable bounds of politics. The tweet, posted at roughly 8:30 a.m., featured a picture of Hillary Clinton pasted over a backdrop of $100 bills with a six-pointed star — the Jewish Star of David — next to her face. “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” the star read. THE HUFFINGTON POST This is not a dog whistle. It’s not subtle. It is anti-Semitic imagery aimed at a candidate who isn’t even Jewish.    
  • Deadly new squirrel virus may have killed 3 men

    07/09/2015 9:47:06 AM PDT · by dware · 15 replies
    Newser via Fox News ^ | 07.09.2015 | Rob Quinn
    Squirrel breeding is a real job—and apparently a very dangerous one if you're dealing with the wrong kind of squirrel. After the mysterious deaths of three German men who all worked as breeders of variegated squirrels—a kind of squirrel native to Central America that's sometimes kept as an exotic pet—researchers have identified a new virus that had apparently jumped from the squirrels to the men, LiveScience reports. The men, who were in their 60s and regularly socialized together, died between 2011 and 2013 from inflammation of the brain, and researchers say at least two of them had been scratched or...
  • Human Flesh-Craving Squirrels Are Attacking MTA Workers

    05/30/2015 7:30:43 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 88 replies ^ | 29MAY2015 | Staff Writer
    Earlier this month, a squirrel in the Bronx bit an MTA worker's finger, sending her to the hospital. Now, it appears squirrels have developed a taste for salty, delectable people flesh—a second MTA worker has been attacked by a squirrel, this time in the train car of a Coney Island-bound Q train. It's unclear whether the same squirrel was coming back for seconds, or if the city's squirrel population has teamed up with the coyotes to rid the city of all non-littering humans. This week's squirrel-sourced aggression occurred at around 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, near the Cortelyou Road Q station....
  • Jurassic Squirrels?

    10/03/2014 8:05:03 AM PDT · by fishtank · 16 replies
    Ins ^ | 10-3-14 | Brian Thomas
    Jurassic Squirrels? by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Jurassic mammals made headlines recently, as Chinese paleontologists described in the journal Nature six tiny skeletons comprising three new species.1 The squirrel-like fossils break with the long-held idea that most so-called "dinosaur-era" mammals resembled shrews. These newfound mammals look like they lived in trees—not underground like shrews. Do the new fossils help evolutionists clarify their story for the origin of mammals, or do they crank more twists into evolution's troubled saga? An American Museum of Natural History press release reads, "The animals, which researchers have placed in a new group, or clade, called...
  • When squirrels attack! There’s a medical code for that. (New ICD-10 coding system)

    02/15/2014 9:22:20 AM PST · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Sarah Kliff
    Reolubin is one of the country’s 186,000 medical coders who work in the back offices of hospitals. It’s her job to translate doctors’ scribbles into diagnosis codes. Those are sent to insurance companies, which use them to determine how much to pay hospitals for care. With 14,000 codes, ICD-9 seems puny by comparison. The new manual explodes that code set to 68,000 much more granular and detailed terms to define — very exactly and specifically — what ails us. There are different numbers for getting struck or bitten by a turkey (W61.42 or W61.43). There are codes for injuries caused...
  • SC woman stabs husband with ceramic squirrel over lack of beer, police say

    12/30/2013 6:20:46 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 36 replies
    WCBD News 13 ^ | December 27, 2013 | Staff
    NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - A North Charleston woman is in jail after police say she stabbed her husband with a ceramic squirrel. According to the police report, Helen Ann Williams attacked her husband on Christmas Day after he failed to bring beer back to the house. Police said they were dispatched to the home and found the victim with a large amount of blood on his face. When police asked Williams what happened to her husband, she first said that he fell and cut himself, but then told officers more. Williams said her common-law spouse went to a store to...
  • Salute to Anthony Weiner Headlines Squirrels' Scandal Night ($1 hot dogs at game)

    07/29/2013 5:59:54 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 20 replies
    RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, have announced their plans for Salute to Scandal Night on Thursday, August 1st. Headlining the night will be $1 hot dogs available at all of the Flying Squirrels concession stands. Related Content Promo Preview "Scandal night is meant to be a fun, tongue in cheek night and what hotter of a scandal right now than Anthony Weiner," said Flying Squirrels Vice President and COO Todd "Parney" Parnell. "His scandal just couldn't have come at a better time in regards to the Flying...
  • Fly And Slide Squirrel

    12/31/2012 5:20:03 AM PST · by navysealdad · 12 replies
    The squirrel has to slide on the line to the bird feeder because he can't walk on it.
  • A squirrel mascot named Zipper is out to pitch Necco candy lines to young consumers

    07/26/2012 5:32:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Chris Reidy
    Local geezers could go on at great length about Necco Wafers, a candy invented hereabouts in the mid 1800s. Now the candy’s maker, the New England Confectionary Co. of Revere, wants its sweets to be equally esteemed by young consumers. So, following an ad agency review, the company selected the Noonan Creative Group of Framingham to design a website that might beguile a younger demographic of candy lovers and to alert them that Necco doesn’t just make its eponymous Wafers, but that its candy line-up also includes such classics as the vintage peanut-butter chew known as the Mary Jane, not...
  • Squirrels Eat Historic Home

    07/16/2012 3:28:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    WLOX ^ | Jun 25, 2012
    A sign outside the historic Lamar House in Oxford tells visitors where to enter, but a bunch squirrels are finding their own way in."I think if you look at the damage, it wasn't just one squirrel. It was several out here kind of going to town," said Mary-Kathryn Herrington with the Oxford Convention and Visitor's Bureau. Normally, the critters snack on seeds, nuts, and bark. For several years, Herrington says they've been chomping away at the wood of the historic house trying to get inside. Now the animals are ripping through the screening in the attic. "I think we are...
  • NJ Man Allegedly Shot Squirrels With BB Gun & Hung Bodies On Backyard Fence

    06/13/2012 5:32:24 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 90 replies
    CBS ^ | June 12, 2012
    LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Linden, N.J. man is accused of assassinating some annoying, pesky and nuisance-causing neighbors — a family of squirrels.
  • Squirrel Tests Positive For Plague At Campsite

    05/12/2012 6:06:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    10NEWS ^ | May 4, 2012
    Warning Signs Placed Around Cedar Grove Campground On Palomar Mtn.A ground squirrel trapped during routine monitoring at the Cedar Grove Campground on Palomar Mountain tested positive for plague, the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health reported Thursday. Plague is a bacterial disease carried by wild rodents that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of infected fleas, according to the DEH. The agency placed warning signs in the area so visitors could take precautions to avoid flea contact. "It is not unusual to find plague in our local mountains in the summer months, so campers should always avoid...
  • Fearless Squirrels Invade Qns. Co-Op

    04/24/2012 9:31:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 16, 2012 | DAN MACLEOD and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    They are marauding gangs of troublemakers who set fire to cars, cut electrical wires and cause power outages, evading capture by scaling walls and climbing trees. But while the Queens co-op residents being terrorized by the daredevil vandals say they know exactly who their tormentors are, they insist that they’re helpless in stopping the crime wave — because the suspects are sex-happy squirrels. “It’s like Occupy Wall Street here,” lamented Bob Friedrich, president of the under-siege co-op at Glen Oaks Village. “It’s gotten worse in the past six months. We’re getting calls that they are in people’s apartments.”
  • Huckabee worries Republicans will 'Balkanize themselves' (Huckabee smears Reagan)

    05/07/2011 11:21:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 110 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-05-06 | Shane D'Aprile
    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday he's "definitely undecided" on another run for the White House next year and is increasingly concerned Republicans will "Balkanize themselves" ahead of 2012. A day after the sparsely attended first debate of the GOP primary season, Huckabee said in an interview on Fox News that he had no regrets about missing the gathering and that he's still working toward a decision on 2012. "First of all, I've got to come to a place where I believe I should run, and I'm not there yet," Huckabee said. "My feeling is I'll be there by...
  • For Wildlife Rehabilitators, The Busiest Season Has Arrived (Squirrels saving squirrels)

    03/21/2011 7:06:48 AM PDT · by raybbr · 14 replies ^ | March 20, 2011 | KIM VELSEY
    SOMERS —— The first call came right at the beginning of March. A homeowner was removing old ceiling tiles from the attic when a litter of baby squirrels fell out. They were about 2 weeks old — tiny and pink with only the faintest traces of gray fur and eyes that still hadn't opened. The creatures could easily have been mistaken for mice, as they often are at that age. The homeowner said the mother was nowhere to be found, so wildlife rehabilitator Chris Clark of Somers agreed to take in the babies, beginning the spring season — by the...
  • It's nuts but I love you: One squirrel's bizarre obsession with a garden statue of a dog

    02/05/2011 11:53:37 AM PST · by Daffynition · 60 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5th February 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A squirrel's fascination with a statue of a dog has brought hours of light entertainment to a Russian suburb. The frisky rodent looked confused as to why the dog wasn't moving and cannot seem to get its head around the fact that it is an ornament and not real. The picture was taken by a photographer in the garden of his house just outside of Moscow. Read more:
  • Snakes on a plane Passenger manages to smuggle two parrots, a squirrel and 4 snakes on 8hr flight

    12/07/2010 4:33:42 PM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | 7th December 2010 | James White
    A passenger was arrested after security officials discovered he had carried snakes, birds and a squirrel in hand luggage on a long-haul flight. In a thankfully less-dramatic version of the 2006 thriller film Snakes On A Plane, fellow passengers were blissfully unaware of the man's box full of pets.
  • Braintree mayor vows to save Christmas from squirrels

    12/04/2010 8:42:00 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | December 4, 2010 | Renee Nadeau Algarin
    Grinch-like squirrels with hearts three sizes too small failed to steal Christmas from Braintree — but the furry little fiends did gum up the town’s tree-lighting festivities. The yuletide buzz-killers managed to chew through wires on lights strung on four of the eight trees on the town hall mall. But fear not, Braintree, said a defiant Mayor Joseph Sullivan: “We will have Christmas lights on the town hall mall, despite the squirrels’ desire to thwart Christmas lights in Braintree.”
  • Is squirrel the perfect austerity dish?

    11/27/2010 7:04:06 AM PST · by decimon · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | November 27, 2010 | Katie Connolly
    Grey squirrels are ubiquitous in North America - scurrying across our lawns and up our trees, burying nuts and taunting our tantalised dogs.Bright-eyed and bushy tailed, squirrels are cute, furry and, apparently, very edible. The notion of stewed squirrel may not tempt everybody's taste buds, but in an age of tightening belts and financial severity, the humble abundance of the squirrel is causing some to reconsider its epicurean virtue. American hunter William Hovey Smith, a self-described outdoor enthusiast, loves a spot of squirrel stew, made of course from critters he hunts himself. "It is certainly a very American dish. We've...
  • Freehold Attorney Fined $2,500 for Trapping, Drowning Squirrels (Wife Turned Him In)

    11/21/2010 10:08:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NOVEMBER 19, 2010 | Charles Webster
    Freehold Attorney Fined $2,500 for Trapping, Drowning Squirrels
  • Monkeypox Risk Mapped

    11/26/2010 4:56:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emerging Health Threats ^ | Wednesday 17 November 2010
    Hunting rope squirrels for food could be fuelling cases of monkeypox in the Congo basinResearchers probing risk factors for human cases of monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a ‘hotspot’ of the disease, found that people living near dense forests favoured by rope squirrels are more likely to contract the virus. “Our finding... is consistent with the fact that rope squirrels are the only natural host that have been demonstrated to transmit the monkeypox virus directly to humans in Africa,” write Trevon Fuller and colleagues this month in EcoHealth. The study suggests that the scant resources available for...
  • Squirrel Teaches Socialists Lesson by Completing Obstacle Course To Feed Himself (Video)

    11/15/2010 9:27:04 AM PST · by OneVike · 21 replies
    This is a video of a squirrel that has to go through an obstacle course in order to get to the food. While not absolutely amazing, it is quite interesting to see how determined an animal can be to find food. Now if we can just teach this attitude to humans. They say that if you teach a man to fish you have given him a gift that will allow him to feed himself for a lifetime. However, we live in a society that would rather give them a fish and thus enslave them for a lifetime. Maybe a...
  • Got a Fat squirrel?

    10/13/2010 11:50:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    The Jamestown Press ^ | 2010-10-14 | Roger Marshall
    Have you seen any fat squirrels lately? Probably not – most of them live in the trees around my place, where they’ve raided the nut trees and taken all the walnuts, most of the chestnuts, a lot of the blueberries, a ton of acorns and even tried out the corn. I know that when old man winter comes, they’ll be at the bird feeder. So how do you control wildlife in your garden? Your first job is to understand how wild animals eat and what they like to eat. For example, squirrels love nuts, but hate hot peppers; thus, spraying...
  • Nut? What Nut? The Squirrel Outwits to Survive

    07/07/2010 1:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | NATALIE ANGIER
    I was walking through the neighborhood one afternoon when, on turning a corner, I nearly tripped over a gray squirrel that was sitting in the middle of the sidewalk, eating a nut. Startled by my sudden appearance, the squirrel dashed out to the road — right in front of an oncoming car. Before I had time to scream, the squirrel had gotten caught in the car’s front hubcap, had spun around once like a cartoon character in a clothes dryer, and was spat back off. When the car drove away, the squirrel picked itself up, wobbled for a moment or...
  • Arizona Gives Taxpayers A Break and Cancels $1.25M Bridge for 250 Squirrels

    06/20/2010 2:33:28 PM PDT · by Askwhy5times · 12 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | June 20, 2010 | Bluegrass Pundit
    The cost of this bridge would have been $5000 a squirrel. It would have saved an estimated 5 squirrels a year from becoming roadkill. Amortized over a ten year period, the cost per 'squirrel death saved' would have been $25,000 per squirrel. The cancellation came after news reports brought the project to the public's attention. Taxpayers have had a very small part of their faith in government sanity restored. So far, the squirrels have failed to comment. ABC News reported: Arizona abruptly canceled plans today to spend $1.25 million to build bridges for a colony of 250 squirrels so they...
  • Arizona Cancels $1.25M Bridge for 250 Squirrels

    06/19/2010 7:08:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies · 1,037+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 18, 2010 | John Wetenhall
    Arizona abruptly canceled plans today to spend $1.25 million to build bridges for a colony of 250 squirrels so they would not have to cross a rural road and could avoid becoming road kill. John Halikowski, director of Arizona's Department of Transportation, halted the bridge project that was being paid for with federal highway funds. "ADOT will not spend funds simply because they are available," he said in a statement. "Protection of the red squirrel may be an appropriate effort," Halikowski said, "but not with transportation funding." The money was being spent, officials said, because cars kill about five of...
  • Arizona Spends $1.25M to Save 250 Squirrels

    06/17/2010 11:58:26 AM PDT · by HospiceNurse · 37 replies · 584+ views
    ABC "News" ^ | June 17, 2010 | JOHN WETENHALL
    Arizona is spending $1.25 million to build bridges for 250 rare red squirrels so they won't get hit by cars crossing the rural road. The expenditure is expected to save the lives of five squirrels a year.
  • Crouching tufty, hidden dragon: The amazing Kung Fu squirrels

    08/25/2009 6:11:52 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies · 1,355+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10th December 2008 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Their mean and moody expressions suggest: Go on, punk, make my day. And when any rival is foolish enough to stray on to their territory, the result is terrifying. In scenes more like a violent Quentin Tarantino movie than a wildlife shoot, one Cape ground squirrel delivers a ferocious attack on an interloper. Enlarge   Reservoir squirrels: The fur flies as the battle rages Enlarge  Ka-pow: The fighters hit the ground With its opponent on the floor, it does not hesitate to put the furry boot in as it protects its particular part of a camp site in Etosha, Namibia....
  • Grey vs. Red in UK; Prince Charles Calls For Squirel Extermination

    06/04/2009 8:39:56 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies · 1,627+ views
    All Headline News ^ | June 4, 2009 | Staff Writer
    London, UK (BANG) - Britain's Prince Charles wants grey squirrels exterminated. The future king - a keen environmentalist - has claimed it is essential to eliminate the animal, introduced from North America in the 19th century, because of the threat they pose to native red squirrels. In a letter to the Country Land and Business Association, Charles - patron of the Red Squirrel Survival Trust said: "In order to be able to save the red squirrels and ensure their future in this country, it is absolutely crucial to eliminate the greys which, as you know, are an alien species to...
  • (Vanity) Chiefly on Squirrels, or, Darwin meets The Michelin Man

    05/09/2009 10:07:23 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 22 replies · 2,714+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 05-09-2009 | grey_whiskers
    While driving into work recently, I had a near encounter with a squirrel. I'm sure most of you have had one too. What generally seems to happen is this. The squirrel goes to the edge of the road, and looks around. Then, just when your car gets within range, the squirrel darts in front of you, seemingly trying to see how close it can get to being squished, without actually dying. As an added bonus, sometimes, just as you break, or swerve the other way, it will change course. If you are really lucky, sometimes the critter will zigzag three...
  • Colony of rare red squirrels discovered in remote Welsh forest

    04/20/2009 12:18:27 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1,399+ views ^ | April 20, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A remote part of Wales is home to the last remaining colony of rare red squirrels, conservationists have discovered. Since the introduction of the American grey squirrel in the 19th century, numbers of reds have declined after their colonies were forced to retreat. But new evidence suggests that the red squirrels of the Tywi Valley in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales are among the purest left in Britain, thanks to a unique genetic code. Dr Lizzie Wilberforce of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales said: 'Visually they are no different to any other red squirrels. 'But their...
  • Spokane parks to blow up squirrels

    04/14/2009 10:14:21 AM PDT · by llevrok · 60 replies · 4,796+ views
    KING 5 TV Seattle ^ | 4/13/09 | Carl Spackler
    SPOKANE - Spokane is having a problem with too many ground squirrels at the Finch Arboretum So the Parks and Recreation department is going to use a special machine to detonate some of the 100 to 150 rodents that are tearing up the grounds. The machine is called the Rodenator Pro. It pumps propane and oxygen into the tunnels of squirrels, then sends an electric spark that causes an explosion. The shock waves kill the squirrels and collapse their tunnels. The parks department says the Rodenator is a humane way to kill the squirrels. But it warns area residents that...
  • Spokane parks to detonate squirrels

    04/13/2009 2:33:14 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 99 replies · 1,879+ views ^ | Apr 13, 2009 | staff reporter
    <p>So the Parks and Recreation department is going to use a special machine to detonate some of the 100 to 150 rodents that are tearing up the grounds.</p> <p>The machine is called the Rodenator Pro. It pumps propane and oxygen into the tunnels of squirrels, then sends an electric spark that causes an explosion. The shock waves kill the squirrels and collapse their tunnels.</p>
  • Mites causing local squirrels to lose their hair

    03/28/2009 6:56:32 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 19 replies · 1,512+ views ^ | 03/28/09 | BECCY TANNER
    WICHITA - You may have noticed them tiptoeing in branches of trees, along high lines or scampering across streets in front of cars: squirrels with receding hairlines. Increasing numbers of balding squirrels. In Wichita. And Salina. And wherever there are large populations of squirrels. The hairlines are the start of the classic symptoms of notoedric mange, said Charlie Cope, wildlife biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks in Wichita. The animal first experiences hair loss over the chest and shoulders, Cope said. The mange then eventually spreads over the entire body, causing the animal to become nearly bald....
  • Great squirrel cull launches in Scotland

    02/10/2009 5:56:55 AM PST · by Abathar · 16 replies · 713+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | 02/10/09
    LONDON (AFP) – They may be cute and cuddly but that won't be enough to save grey squirrels in northern Scotland after the launch on Monday of Britain's largest ever culling campaign of a mammal. Naturalists and landowners are joining forces to rid northern Scotland of the squirrels, arguing they carry a deadly pox virus and threaten the smaller native red squirrel. Scotland is one of the few safe havens left for the red squirrel whose numbers have been in slow decline throughout Britain since the arrival of its stronger, disease-carrying cousin from North America in the 1870s. "The red...
  • Saving a Squirrel by Eating One

    01/08/2009 1:19:30 PM PST · by presidio9 · 35 replies · 939+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 6, 2009 | MARLENA SPIELER
    RARE roast beef splashed with meaty jus, pork enrobed in luscious crackling fat, perhaps a juicy, plump chicken ... these are feasts that come to mind when one thinks of quintessential British food. Lately, however, a new meat is gracing the British table: squirrel. Gamekeepers like David Wiggins, and others in England, hunt more gray squirrels to save the reds. Though squirrel has appeared occasionally in British cookery, history doesn’t deem it a dining favorite. Even during World War II and the period of austerity that followed, the Ministry of Food valiantly promoted the joys of squirrel soup and pie....
  • Crouching tufty, hidden dragon: The amazing Kung Fu squirrels

    12/10/2008 10:08:43 AM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,561+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 Dec 2008 | Sara Nelson
    These incredible pictures of squirrels locked in battle on an African campsite reveal fur as well as punches flying. This furious pair of Cape Ground Squirrels were snapped taking part in a ferocious squabble in Etosha, Namibia. The images are so vivid that they almost appear to be staged. But they were taken on December 5 this year by award-winning British photographer David J. Slater. In scenes reminiscent of the freeze-frame Kung Fu moves performed by Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in The Matrix, Slater captured the rodents in a series of battle poses. The squirrels seem almost elegant as...
  • Iran: Cleric 'calls all feminists whores and foreign spies'

    05/29/2008 12:39:52 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 18 replies · 140+ views
    AKI - Adnkronos International ^ | 27 May, 2008 | staff
    Tehran, 27 May (AKI) - A top Iranian cleric from the northeast, Ayatollah Ahmad Elmalhoda, has reportedly called feminists "whores and foreign spies". "These whores, clutching a piece of paper in their hands to gather signatures, are working for foreign powers and want to destabilise the Islamic Republic," said Elmalhoda. He is the highly influential prayer leader in the northeastern holy Shia city of Mashad. Elmalhoda has called on the government to "intervene decisively against these whores, because it is improper to leave them to act with impunity." A few weeks ago, Elmalhoda said women who do not wear the...
  • Mechanical squirrels, robot lizards jump into research

    05/04/2008 8:17:52 AM PDT · by skinkinthegrass · 10 replies · 148+ views
    Associated Press Writer ^ | Sat May 3, 7:26 AM ET | STEPHANIE REITZ
    AMHERST, Mass. - One gray squirrel, its bushy tail twitching, barked a warning as another scrounged for food nearby. It was an ordinary spring day at Hampshire College, except that the rodent issuing the warning was powered by amps, not acorns.
  • UK: Mutant black squirrels giving Cambridgeshire's grey population a taste of their own medicine

    04/25/2008 9:39:09 AM PDT · by Stoat · 48 replies · 4,039+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | April 24, 2008
    The pack of mutant black squirrels that are giving Cambridgeshire's grey population a taste of their own medicineLast updated at 15:13pm on 25th April 2008  Mutant 'testosterone-fuelled' Russian black squirrels in Cambridgeshire are giving their grey cousins a taste of their own medicine and driving them from their homes.  A Cambridge academic believes the unusual black squirrel now makes up half of the total squirrel population in the area from which they have originated. The upstarts are the genetic mutations of grey squirrels. And although nuts may be their food of choice there have been reports of their hungry...
  • Charges: Man Hunting Squirrels Shoots Bow Hunter

    11/20/2007 2:23:57 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies · 119+ views ^ | November 20, 2007 |
    Charges: Man Hunting Squirrels Shoots Bow Hunter November 20, 2007 STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) ― A 20-year-old Minneapolis man is charged with a felony after he allegedly fired a shotgun at what he thought was a squirrel and hit another hunter. Washington County prosecutors charged Neng Xiong with felony discharge of a firearm on Tuesday in the hunting accident that wounded a bow hunter in Bayport Wildlife Management Area on Oct. 25. The criminal complaint alleges that Xiong was hunting squirrels with a 20-gauge shotgun loaded with birdshot when he accidentally shot the other hunter, who was kneeling on the ground....
  • Squirrels Complete Insane Obstacle Course

    11/18/2007 9:55:52 AM PST · by Abathar · 16 replies · 93+ views
    Squirrels will do anything for their next meal - even figuring out complicated obstacle courses. This squirrel had no problem getting past this "Rube Goldberg like" track. But I like the squirrel at the end that figured out how to get free candy from the vending machine - maybe he can teach me that trick.
  • You Saw it Here First !!!

    10/30/2007 12:25:52 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 2 replies · 87+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 10/30/07 | vanity
    THIS JUST IN !!! Unbelievable photos !
  • Followup Report on the Suicide Bombing Squirrel Menace !!

    10/20/2007 6:01:10 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 62+ views
    Finneran Lane ^ | 10/20/07 | vanity
    Yesterday we warned of the suicide squirrel menace. Today's exclusive followup report gives us something or other-but I'm not sure exactly what. ( Our star reporter is a bit ditzy .)
  • Feeding your worst fears (don't read while eating)

    10/07/2007 8:57:07 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 394+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Feeding your worst fears By DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published March 29, 1998.) I have received some important information via a letter from Claire Nordstrum, 13, a student in Wisconsin (state motto: "Moo"). Claire states that her science teacher told the class that "it's a proven fact that on average a person eats six spiders in a year." Another science fact this teacher revealed, according to Claire, is that "wood ticks breathe through their butts." This sounds logical to me, since if a wood tick had its whole head burrowed into your body, it wouldn't...
  • Maths proves US won't attack: Iran leader

    09/03/2007 1:58:08 AM PDT · by familyop · 45 replies · 1,295+ views
    AFP by way of (Australia) ^ | 03SEP07 | Agence France-Presse
    From correspondents in Tehran PRESIDENT Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sought to justify his confidence the US will not attack Iran, saying the proof comes from his mathematical skills as an engineer and faith in God, the press reported today..."In some discussions I told them 'I am an engineer and I am examining the issue. They do not dare wage war against us and I base this on a double proof'," he said in the speech yesterday,...