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  • Owner devastated to find 3m-long python swallowing pet dog outside Holland Link condo

    01/22/2021 11:44:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 22, 2021
    She called for her dog several times on Monday (Jan 18), but when the Pomeranian failed to respond, a woman called her husband to see if he had brought their dog, Mia, to the office. When he said no, the 39-year-old Australian national felt a sinking feeling in her stomach. She stepped out of her apartment in Eleven@Holland and circled around the back of the complex when she came across a blood-chilling sight — a three-metre-long python wrapped around Mia, swallowing the dog's head. In an interview with Lianhe Wanbao, the woman said she was so shocked by what she...
  • Oklahoma Lawmaker Proposes 'Bigfoot' Hunting Season

    01/22/2021 2:34:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    KOB4 ^ | January 22, 2021
    A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma. A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot hunting season. Rep. Justin Humphrey's district includes the heavily forested Ouachita Mountains in southeast Oklahoma, where a Bigfoot festival is held each year. He says issuing a state hunting license and tag could help boost tourism. "Establishing an actual hunting season and issuing licenses for people who want to hunt Bigfoot will just draw more people to our already beautiful part of the...
  • Loyal dog waits for six days outside hospital for her sick owner

    01/22/2021 1:16:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | January 22, 2021 | Niamh Kennedy and Sara Spary,
    They say a dog is a man’s best friend — and that was definitely the case for one patient of a hospital in northeastern Turkey, whose loyal pet waited by the entrance for six days until he was discharged. When Cemal Senturk was transferred by ambulance to Medical Park Hospital in Trabzon on January 14, his dog, Boncuk, escaped from their apartment and followed him to the facility, where she waited patiently each day. Hospital staff informed Senturk’s family about the whereabouts of his canine friend. But after Boncuk was brought back home, she managed to escape again — and...
  • Toronto woman finds knife-wielding squirrel in back yard

    01/22/2021 12:45:33 PM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 21, 2021 / 4:48 PM | By Ben Hooper
    Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Toronto woman captured video when she looked into her backyard and was confronted with a bizarre sight: a squirrel holding a knife. VIDEO AT LINK....................... Andrea Diamond, who lives in the Rosedale area of Toronto, said squirrels are a common sight in her back yard, but Wednesday morning she spotted a squirrel that had picked up a paring knife she had left near a tent outside her home. "So apparently knife wielding squirrels are a thing now," Diamond tweeted along with footage of the squirrel. She said the rodent gnawed on the knife handle for...
  • “Spectacular” New Species of Bat Discovered in African “Sky Island”

    01/22/2021 11:15:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | By AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY | JANUARY 20, 2021
    Myotis nimbaensis, shown here, is a new species of bat named for the mountain range in which it is found, the Nimba Mountains in West Africa. Credit: © Bat Conservation International ====================================================== A group of scientists led by the American Museum of Natural History and Bat Conservation International have discovered a new species of a striking orange and black bat in a mountain range in West Africa. The species, which the researchers expect is likely critically endangered, underscores the importance of sub-Saharan “sky islands” to bat diversity. The species is described today in the journal American Museum Novitates. “In an...
  • That's bananas! University of York academics 'cancel' the three wise monkeys after deciding the centuries-old characters are an oppressive racial stereotype

    01/21/2021 6:05:35 PM PST · by blueplum · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 21 Jan 2021 | Helena Kelly
    They're a cultural trope that have been used to symbolise the proverbial 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil'. But it appears the three wise monkeys have been cancelled after academics at the University of York decided they are an oppressive racial stereotype. Organisers of a forthcoming art history conference for the university have apologised for using a picture of the monkeys in promotional material and have pulled the image from their website to avoid offence.... ...The image was used on a call for submissions page for the online conference Sensorial Fixations: Orality, Aurality , Opticality and Hapticity....
  • Macaque monkeys at a Bali temple can spot expensive items to steal and ransom for food

    01/21/2021 5:28:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The paper, published in a Royal Society science journal, studied monkeys at Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia, who frequently steal items from humans -- such as bags, hats, sunglasses, tablets and phones -- and hold them to ransom in exchange for offerings of food. It found adult wild long-tailed macaque monkeys were intelligent enough to comprehend which items had the highest value to the visitors, such as an electronic item, and would only release it after receiving food they perceived to be of corresponding value. The authors said the behavior displayed "unprecedented economic decision-making processes" among the monkeys observed as...
  • Monarch Butterflies Could Be Near Extinction

    01/21/2021 12:15:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    KSBW ^ | Jan 20, 2021 | Joel Stauffer
    The Central Coast has seen a near 100% drop of the butterflies since the 1980s.
  • Catch me if you can: Dog runs amok at busy traffic junction in Choa Chu Kang

    01/20/2021 5:19:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 20, 2021 | KIMBERLY ANNE LIM
    A busy traffic junction probably isn't the best place for a game of cat and mouse. But it seems like one mischievous pupper did not get the memo. Motorists at the junction of Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 and Choa Chu Kang Way witnessed a scene straight out of a slapstick comedy yesterday evening (Jan 19) when a dog darted among traffic, evading the capture of a hapless woman and several passers-by. Read the condensed version of this story, and other top stories with NewsLite. In dashcam footage uploaded by one eyewitness, The critter whizzed around the junction, appearing oblivious...
  • Elephant freed from fishing net in reservoir in India

    01/19/2021 6:31:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 19 | Ben Hooper
    Wildlife rescuers responded to a reservoir in India where an elephant became stranded in the water with its legs tangled in a fishing net. The Forest Department said rescue crews responded to the Nugu reservoir, near Bandipur, when an elephant was seen standing in place in the water for more than three hours, sparking suspicions that the animal's legs were tangled in an illegal fishing net. The crews confirmed the elephant was caught in a net, but they couldn't get close enough to help because the animal would splash at boats that approached. The elephant finally allowed the rescue boats...
  • Rare video of Highland cows frolicking together in snow goes viral

    01/19/2021 5:24:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 15 JAN 2021 | Kirsty Feerick
    They usually have to stay inside to avoid damaging the ground during wet winters.A rare video of Highland cows frolicking together in the snow has gone viral. The animals - Morag, Flora and Hamish - were seen playing as they enjoyed the cold weather conditions at Almond Valley Heritage Centre this week. Footage captured by a member of staff at the Livingston facility saw three of the cows running around the field basking in the snow. They usually have to stay inside to avoid damaging the ground during wet winters, but the frozen ground this week has meant they could...
  • Scientists Just Discovered 3 New Kinds of Carnivorous Sponge in The Deep Ocean

    01/18/2021 6:57:34 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | JACINTA BOWLER | 18 JANUARY 2021
    Lycopodina hystrix. (Ekins et al., Zootaxa, 2020) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Even though we know the deep sea is weird, 'carnivorous sea sponges' still sound like something from a sci-fi movie. And yet, researchers just announced the discovery of three new such species off the coast of Australia. Go a few hundred metres deep into the ocean, and it starts to look like you're in a whole new world: From a creature that looks like a sea star crossed with an octopus, to shark-devouring fish, to carnivorous sponges we've never seen before. "It just goes to show how much of our deep oceans...
  • Elephant raids Thailand camping ground, flings man to his death

    01/16/2021 10:49:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | JANUARY 14, 2021
    Campers in Khao Yai were shocked out of their sleep on Friday morning when a wild elephant invaded the camping ground and killed an old man sleeping in his tent. The elephant ran into the Pha Kluai Mai camping ground at around 2am and entered the tent of Prayod Chitboon, 80. It then grabbed the man with its trunk and flung him against a tree, killing him immediately. The rest of the campers ran to safety. Khao Yai officials said later that the dead man’s car was filled with pomelos and the animal was possibly lured by the load. Officials...
  • Scot warns 'Covid is making haggis braver' after spotting 'beast' near Glasgow

    01/16/2021 1:06:14 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 16 JAN 2021 | Kirsty Feerick
    Kat Berrie from Stirling had been walking her dog near Mugdock Country Park in East Dumbartonshire when she spotted the 'beast'.A Scots jokester warned the public that Covid is 'making haggis braver' after stumbling across one near Glasgow. Kat Berrie from Glasgow had been walking her dog near Mugdock Country Park in East Dumbartonshire when she spotted the 'beast'. The 29-year-old jokester actually stumbled across abandoned faux fur but took the opportunity to prank Facebook users. She snapped pictures of the object and warned others to 'watch their step' after her sighting of the 'creature' Kat shared the hilarious pictures...
  • Yellowstone Wolverine Captured on Trail Camera for First Time

    01/15/2021 9:34:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 01.14.21 | Keenan Crow
    An animal not often seen around Yellowstone National Park was captured on film in a trail cam video last month, officials say. Video of the Yellowstone wolverine is very exciting for park biologists, who say this is the first video footage of the species since remote cameras have been deployed in the park. In a Facebook post, Yellowstone park officials said one of the ecosystem’s most elusive mammals triggered a remote trail camera outside the Mammoth Hot Springs area last month – the Browning trail camera footage shows the video was recorded on December 4, 2020 at 7:41 A.M. Pretty...
  • Dire Wolves Weren’t Actually Wolves, DNA Analysis Reveals

    01/15/2021 5:09:16 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 53 replies ^ | January 15, 2021 8:00AM | Alex Fox
    When researchers sequenced the extinct predator’s genome, they found it wasn’t a wolf at all but instead a distinct lineage that split off from the rest of the canines some 5.7 million years ago, reports James Gorman for the New York Times. To reveal the dire wolf’s true evolutionary identity, researchers extracted DNA from five fossils between 13,000 and 50,000 years old and sequenced their genomes. The team ultimately recovered around a quarter of the nuclear genome and a full complement of mitochondrial DNA from the samples... Though the bones of the dire wolf are so similar to today’s gray...
  • Fake US leg band gets pigeon a reprieve in Australia

    01/15/2021 3:16:26 PM PST · by McGruff · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 15, 2021 | ROD McGUIRK
    A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon, 13,000 kilometers (8,000 miles) away, two months earlier. On that basis, Australian authorities on Thursday said they considered the bird a disease risk and planned to kill it. But Deone Roberts, sport development manager for the Oklahoma-based American Racing Pigeon Union, said on Friday the band was fake.
  • Tower of London's 'Queen' raven feared dead as legend warns 'Kingdom will fall'

    01/14/2021 1:52:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Mirror (U.K.) ^ | 14 JAN 2021 | Harry Walker, Danya Bazaraa
    Merlina the raven is missing. Legend says that unless six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at all times, the kingdom of Britain will fall The Tower of London’s famous 'Queen' raven has been missing for several weeks and is now feared dead. In a statement on Twitter, Tower of London staff said Merlina's continued absence indicated she may have sadly passed away. Merlina, who joined the tower’s flock in 2007, was the "ruler of the roost" and will be missed, the statement said. Legend says that unless six ravens are kept at the Tower of London at...
  • California deputy kills mountain lion that stalked family in broad daylight

    01/14/2021 12:22:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/14 | Amy Graff
    A California sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a mountain lion Monday that was stalking a family of four on a bike trail in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Placerville, county officials said. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said it responded late Monday afternoon to a 911 call from a couple with two small children in a stroller and two small dogs. The adult mountain lion followed the family for 10 minutes and continued to track them even when they yelled, according to reports. When a deputy arrived on the scene, he watched the lion pacing back and forth...
  • Siegfried Fischbacher from 'Siegfried & Roy' magician duo has died

    01/14/2021 8:21:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.14.2021 | Stefan Dege
    Siegfried and Roy were a big number in the circus world. First in Hollywood and later in Las Vegas, their show bringing together felines, performers and magic was a visitors’ magnet. The “Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Resort and Casino” show, featuring white tigers, lions, acrobatics and glamour brought in millions of dollars to the two German magicians. That was until Roy Horn’s accident on October 3, 2003, when he was attacked by his tiger Montecore during a performance. Just the evening before, the duo had celebrated Horn’s 59th birthday and 43 years of a successful partnership. Siegfried Fischbacher...