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  • Watch This Backyard Squirrel Get a Little Tipsy on Fermented Pears

    01/12/2021 4:54:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    A Minnesota resident captured a video of the bushy-tailed rodent’s drunken smorgasbord A close-up photo of a squirrel sitting on a wooden rail while holding a nut to its mouth. The squirrel has speckled gray and brown fur, and its mouth is open as it goes in for a bite. The background is green and black. It may seem a little absurd, but wildlife getting drunk off of fermenting fruits isn't a rare occurrence. Bats, moose and birds are known to consume copious amounts of fermented fruits. (likeaduck via Flickr under CC BY 2.0) Last week, a wide-eyed, tipsy squirrel...
  • First wild animal in US tests positive for COVID-19

    12/15/2020 9:30:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    https://thehill.com ^ | By Joseph Guzman | Dec. 15, 2020
    Officials say a wild mink in Utah tested positive for the coronavirus. Story at a glance The USDA has been carrying out screenings of species around mink farms in Utah, Michigan and Wisconsin for several months over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic to determine if the virus has spread to nearby wildlife. A mink found in the immediate vicinity of one of the affected farms is the only wild animal caught in the area to test positive. “To our knowledge, this is the 1st free-ranging, native wild animal confirmed with SARS-CoV-2,” USDA officials wrote. The first known case of...
  • Zoonotic Disease Infects Thousands In China After Factory Leak

    09/19/2020 6:01:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    Plant Based News ^ | 09/19/2020 | Sarah Donnelly
    The outbreak was caused by a 2019 leak of contaminated waste gas at a pharmaceutical plant that manufactures animal vaccines. The firm was found to be using expired disinfectants, allowing residual bacteria to be released through exhaust gasses. It is thought the leak began in late July and continued until late August last year. In December, it was reported that 181 people at a nearby veterinary research facility had been infected, and in January, authorities revoked the plant’s vaccine production licence. The full scale of the outbreak has not been widely reported until now. In addition to the confirmed 3,245...
  • Wild Boars Shot Dead After Breaking Into Home, Leaping Onto Bed [Video]

    11/14/2020 6:39:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 11/06/20 | Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan
    Nobody wants to discover two wild animals barging into their home and jumping onto their bed. However, this is exactly what happened to a family in India. Two black wild boars broke into a home in a village in Kerala, a state in southern India, barged into the bedroom and began jumping on the bed. The incident, which happened last week, left residents terrified. The animals also reportedly destroyed the furniture in the room. The family immediately locked the bedroom, ran out of the home and managed to escape unhurt. A video of the break-in showed the two animals roaming...
  • Thousands of farmed minks have died from COVID-19 in Utah

    10/11/2020 5:32:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10-11-20 | ARIS FOLLEY
    Nearly 10,000 minks have died across several farms in Utah due to COVID-19 in a matter of weeks, a state official said. State veterinarian Dean Taylor told NBC News that the deaths have been spread across nine mink farms in Utah over just two weeks. While the official noted “research indicates there hasn’t been a spread from minks to humans,” he said that the minks suffered from respiratory issues, which have also been reported among humans. “Minks show open mouth breathing, discharge from their eyes and nose, and are not sick for several days before they pass away. They typically...
  • Some Fish Can Regenerate Their Eyes. Turns Out, Mammals Have Those Genes Too

    10/08/2020 7:10:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.sciencealert.com ^ | 8 OCTOBER 2020 | TESSA KOUMOUNDOUROS
    Damage to the retina is the leading cause of blindness in humans, affecting millions of people around the world. Unfortunately, the retina is one of the few tissues we humans can't grow back. Unlike us, other animals such as zebrafish are able to regenerate this tissue that's so crucial to our power of sight. We share 70 percent of our genes with these tiny little zebrafish, and scientists have just discovered some of the shared genes include the ones that grant zebrafish the ability to grow back their retinas. "Regeneration seems to be the default status, and the loss of...
  • Multiple coyote attacks on runners reported at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base in NC

    09/25/2020 1:58:32 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 48 replies
    AMN ^ | 9/24/20 | Mark Price - Charlotte Observer
    Cape Lejeune Marine Corps Base on the North Carolina coast has issued a safety alert after multiple people reported being attacked at the military facility by coyotes. At least four attacks have occurred recently on the eastern side of the base, near the Wallace Creek area, officials said in a Facebook post. Investigators did not give details of the injuries, but noted all victims “were running after dark in the vicinity.” The latest attack occurred at 4 a.m. Sept. 23. All the victims reported being near offices of the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group Command when attacked, officials said....
  • Clearwater Man Claims Dolphin Attacked Him Off of Sand Key

    09/22/2020 3:14:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    WFLA ^ | Sep 22, 2020 | Chip Osowski
    Eddie Lynch couldn’t believe it. He’s lived off of Clearwater Beach for more than 35-years and has never had an issue in the water, until Saturday. It was shortly before noon when he went out for a swim when he noticed a large dolphin swimming next to him and then he stopped. So did the dolphin. For a moment the two were face to face. Eddie Lynch speaks from the balcony of his residence. “And, uh, I said I gotta get out of here,” said Lynch. “And I started turning my body this way and he caught my hand and...
  • Orwell's nightmare? Facial recognition for animals promises a farmyard revolution

    08/24/2020 10:32:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    www.greenwichtime.com ^ | Published 8:56 am EDT, Monday, August 24, 2020 | Anna Fifield
    YECHANG, China - There are many challenges to applying facial recognition technology to animals: Pigs don't have distinguishing features and cows often want to lick the cameras. But there is an advantage: Farmyard inhabitants tend not to complain about impingements on their civil liberties. Having mastered facial recognition for humans to an alarmingly precise degree, even picking out wanted criminals from huge crowds, Chinese tech whizzes are turning their attention to furrier faces. "We've been using it for sheep, pigs and cows," said Zhao Jinshi, who studied at Cornell University and founded Beijing Unitrace Tech, a company developing software for...
  • LIVE COVERAGE: Widespread damage reported in downtown Chicago after night of looting

    08/10/2020 5:00:01 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 193 replies
    WGN Chicago ^ | 8-10-2020
    LIVE COVERAGE: Widespread damage reported in downtown Chicago after night of looting Chicago News / 35 mins ago CHICAGO — Widespread damage is reported in downtown Chicago after looting and rioting began around midnight. Witnesses report hundreds of people smashing their way into stores throughout Michigan Avenue, areas in the South Loop and the near North Side. WGN’s Judy Wang was on the scene early and reported seeing people filling trash bags with merchandise. She also saw crowd trashing the streets outside the stores and turning over garbage cans. 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins told WGN he witnessed people driving...
  • Muslims slaughter cattle, camels and sheep in bloody sacrifice to celebrate Eid al-Adha during scaled back festivities because of the coronavirus crisis [Graphic]

    08/02/2020 4:47:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2020 | Alice Cachia
    Muslims around the world continue to celebrate Eid al-Adha as they slaughter livestock amid scaled back festivities because of the coronavirus pandemic. Today marks the second of the four-day Feast of the Sacrifice, which coincides with the last days of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha commemorates Muslims' belief that prophet Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God, before God replaced his son with a ram to be sacrificed instead. Many Muslims who can afford it sacrifice cattle as part of the celebrations, as well as camels, goats, sheep or rams.
  • Australian bar forced to ban famed emus for stealing food and drinks

    07/28/2020 5:28:52 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 28 July 2020 | Aaron Feis
    An outback Australia watering hole has barred the big birds from the premises following a series of flaps, according to reports. ...But as they grew older, they began climbing the steps into the pub and wreaking more havoc than any over-served patron by stealing customers’ food, drinks and car keys — and relieving themselves inside. The solution was to erect ropes in front of the joint’s doors, along with signs reading, “Emus have been banned from this establishment for bad behaviour. Please let yourself in through the emu barrier and then reconnect please!”
  • Michelle Malkin Attacked by Antifa and Black Lives Matter Thugs at Denver Back the Blue Rally; Sends Law and Order SOS to President Trump

    07/21/2020 3:07:27 AM PDT · by EBH · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/19/2020 | Kristen Taylor
    Leading conservative activist and entrepreneur Michelle Malkin was attacked by Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs Sunday at a “Back the Blue” rally in support of police at the Civic Center amphitheater in Denver. Ironically, the Denver police on the scene did not intervene at first, apparently under orders by police Chief Paul Pazen who marched with BLM protesters last month. Malkin says she was not hurt in the attack in which Antifa and BLM thugs rushed and took over the stage, though video shows her being roughed up. The attack was recorded on Malkin’s livestream Periscope video. After about...
  • Canine Dementia — Signs, Symptoms, Treatments

    07/20/2020 12:55:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    The Bark ^ | By Susan and Michael Cain, October 2017, Updated February 2020
    Our boy Mic’s symptoms were so subtle and their onset so gradual that we didn’t initially see them. In fact, our other dogs noticed them first. Mic, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi then 12, had always embodied good dog manners. He’d never met a dog who didn’t like him. Suddenly, he was enraging his pack-mates. We sympathized: his nighttime barking was fraying our nerves. Though a number of vet visits and lab tests revealed nothing, Mic continued to decline. When his spatial perception deteriorated, we realized that he was acting like some elderly people we had known, and concluded, almost tongue-in-cheek,...
  • Supermarkets snub coconut goods picked by monkeys

    07/04/2020 8:29:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 81 replies
    BBC ^ | 3 July 2020
    The monkeys are snatched from the wild and trained to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) said The animal rights group said pigtailed macaques in Thailand were treated like "coconut-picking machines". In a statement, Waitrose said: "As part of our animal welfare policy, we have committed to never knowingly sell any products sourced from monkey labour. Male monkeys are able to pick up to 1,000 coconuts a day, Peta says. It's thought that a human can pick about 80. It said it also discovered "monkey schools", where the animals were trained...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil —June 25, 2020 [prayer]

    06/25/2020 4:31:36 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 38 replies
    FreeRepublic.com | June 25, 2020 | FR intercessors
    Join FReepers around the globe to pray for or nation—our President, Vice President, families, military and first responders, healthcare systems, schools, economy, communities and media. Threads marked [prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Pray with us!
  • Now That Teddy Roosevelt Is Under Attack, Here’s Why Animals Must Be Next

    06/24/2020 6:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 24, 2020 | Kylee Zempel
    Since the museum has already explicitly stated Roosevelt had 'troubling views on race,' its condemnation is not merely of the monument, but of the man. As the woke mob continues its crusade, pillaging cities and purging history, the next victim of the “tear it all down” impulse is Theodore Roosevelt, or at least a statue of him. But if Teddy is so problematic he must be canceled, mustn’t we also cleanse all the artifacts connected to his legacy, including thousands of animals?The desecraters never intended to stop at Confederate monuments, of course, and now the sculpture honoring the 26th president...
  • SHOCK: Rioters Stole Puppy & Abused It On Live TV. It’s Now Confirmed Dead–Strangled to Death

    It all started when Tina Marie Lythgoe noticed a man at a protest shaking a harmless puppy by the neck to get attention on live TV. She offered a $500 reward to the whereabouts of this puppy & the name of this man. In her quest to find the puppy, she was told the puppy was dead and strangled. She wanted to confirm if this was true or not.
  • Authorities use Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to Capture Bear

    05/28/2020 1:40:04 PM PDT · by SJackson · 58 replies
    WLSAM ^ | May 28, 2020
    Apparently, cops don’t love doughnuts just because they taste good; but also because they make effective tools in protecting the public. For proof of this, look no further than Fort Myers, Florida. That’s where animal control officers saved helpless citizens from a menacing bear with nothing more than a box of Krispy Kremes. After a young 250-pound bear was spotted wandering through the streets of Fort Myers Tuesday morning, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called out to tranquilize it, says Officer Adam Brown. However, because tranquilizers usually don’t take effect right away, they felt using...
  • Media Coverage of ‘Piglets Aborted’ During Coronavirus Reveals Double Standard

    05/02/2020 3:58:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2020 | Katie Yoder
    Members of the media are bemoaning the “baby pig” abortions that are happening because of the coronavirus’ impact on the meat industry – as they should. But in their coverage, they’re missing a broader point: If we can mourn animals aborted because they’re unwanted, how much more so should we mourn aborted human beings destroyed for the same reason? On April 27, Reuters published a story with the headline reading, “Piglets aborted, chickens gassed as pandemic slams meat sector.” Following their lead, other media, along with animal-rights activists, drew attention to the same issue. In their coverage, Reuters writers called the...