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  • The Mystery Of The Biggest Mammalian Land Carnivore To Ever Live

    02/19/2024 8:37:13 PM PST · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    The Archeologist ^ | February 20, 2024 | Staff
    This video delves into the intriguing tale of Andrew Sarkus Mongali Enus, the largest land predator ever unearthed. Its discovery, nearly a century past, during an expedition in Mongolia, unveiled a creature of formidable proportions. Initially pegged as a member of the Mesonychids, a diverse group of mammals spanning small to large sizes, further scrutiny four decades later revealed Andrew Sarkus's true kinship with the Uintatheres, colloquially dubbed "hell pigs." The enigmatic nature of Andrew Sarkus is compounded by its solitary status within the Andrew Sids group, making it a challenge to reconstruct its full anatomical profile. Clad in fur...
  • Scientists Resurrecting The Woolly Mammoth Are Crazy, Not ‘Cool’

    02/19/2024 7:02:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 02/19/2024 | Nathan Stone
    Ask why, exactly, we need to bring woolly mammoths back to life after 4,000 years, and the answers become numerous and hideously predictable.To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum in “Jurassic Park,” just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should — even if that something is “cool.”Ben Lamm and Eriona Hysolli recently took to Newsweek to announce that they and their team at Colossal Biosciences are bringing the woolly mammoth back to life. This is not a pie-in-the-sky pseudo-sci fi dream that might happen at some undefined future date. “Our first mammoth calves will be born in 2028,” they declare.The plan...
  • Nebraska zoo extracts 70 coins from white alligator's stomach

    02/19/2024 6:59:23 PM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 February 2024 | By Chloe Kim, BBC News, New York
    Thibodaux. a 36-year-old white alligator, had 70 coins removed from his stomach An alligator at a US zoo had to undergo surgery after veterinarians discovered 70 coins in the animal's stomach. The coins were found in a rare, 36-year-old leucistic alligator, which has translucent white skin and blue eyes. Veterinarians identified "metal foreign objects in the stomach of an iconic resident" - Thibodaux. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska said patrons threw coins into the enclosure, which were eaten by the animal between cleanings. He has recovered from the procedure and is back in his habitat. The...
  • Raccoons Swipe Florida Woman's DoorDash Taco Order From Her Porch

    02/19/2024 6:25:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2024 | Stepheny Price
    The masked bandits gobbled up all of the woman's tacos except the tortillasA Florida woman was startled to find that her late night DoorDash order had been stolen by a group of masked thieves, but they weren't human bandits, but instead a pack of raccoons. Around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Caterina Sevares told Fox 35 she had just jumped out of the shower and went to open the front door of her West Palm Beach apartment expecting to find her DoorDash order from Talkin' Tacos, but what she got instead was a shocking meeting with a pack of raccoons who...
  • Her Parents Adopted A Raccoon And Named Him “Little Rick” After He Kept Showing Up On Her Their Porch For Food Every Day

    02/19/2024 4:50:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Chipchick ^ | 2/12 | Abby Connolly
    I have always loved stories of people who rescued or cared for wounded animals and ended up making them a permanent part of their family; this story is no exception. Stacy J Rost (@StacyRost), a Seattle sports radio host, has captured millions of hearts after posting about her parents’ experiences caring for and spiritually adopting a little raccoon named ‘Little Rick’ on X. “My parents had to put their dog down two years ago, and it’s been really hard on them,” wrote Stacy in her most viral post about Little Rick. “Unfortunately, my stepdad, Rick, has found the worst way...
  • ‘Could have killed him’: 150 live bugs reportedly pulled from man’s nose

    02/19/2024 12:03:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 67 replies
    FOX 8 ^ | February 18, 2024 | Laura Morrison
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WJW) — A Florida man is reportedly healing after a horrific amount of bugs were pulled from his nasal and sinus passages earlier this month. “Over a couple hours my face just started swelling, my lips swelled, I could hardly talk,” the patient told WTLV in Florida. “My whole face felt like it was on fire.” The patient, who was not identified, went to a nearby hospital for constant nose bleeds and pain, according to the TV station. What the ear nose and throat doctor on call found by looking inside the man’s nose, was like something out...
  • Frog sprouts mushroom, stumps the science world

    02/18/2024 5:22:35 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    New Atlas ^ | February 15, 2024 | By Bronwyn Thompson
    A healthy frog has been spotted with a tiny mushroom sprouting from the side of its body, the first time such a growth on live animal tissue has been observed. Naturally, it completely stunned scientists. While fungi invasions are fairly common in the small-animal world, this growth appeared to be very different to the zombie parasitic types that spell bad news for their hijacked hosts. The fungus-accessorizing Rao's Intermediate Golden-backed Frog (Hylarana inter-media) was discovered by scientists out on a nature walk at the foothills of the Kudremukh Range in India's Western Ghats mountains. Despite this species being on the...
  • Mystery Dog Disease Sweeping the US - the Latest on the Illness, States, and Symptoms

    02/18/2024 11:49:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/17/24 | Fionnuala Boyle
    A mystery dog disease which began to sweep the US last summer is still being investigated. Vet labs in many states are looking into a new, unusual disease that's been threatening the pet population and worrying animal health professionals, who are working tirelessly to determine the cause of the mysterious disease and work on cures. Described as a respiratory disease and pneumonia that doesn't respond to antibiotics, the symptoms of the new disease include coughing, sneezing, discharge from the eyes or nose and general fatigue. The illness is progressing quickly in some dogs, researchers say, with a few falling severely...
  • Weird Pink "Worm Lizard" Spotted Out Of Hiding For First Time In 90 Years...Maybe it’s just shy?

    02/17/2024 11:40:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    IFL Science ^ | HOLLY LARGE
    We present to you, the rare pointy long boi Somali sharp-snouted worm lizard. Image courtesy of Mark Spicer ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Being elusive might seem exclusively the realm of spies and space stuff, but animals are pretty good at it too, and one that takes the trait to heart is the Somali sharp-snouted worm lizard. Having not been officially seen in over 90 years, the odd-looking creature has now made a reappearance. The Somali sharp-snouted worm lizard (Ancylocranium somalicum) was first reported back in 1931, when scientists discovered a subspecies of the reptile in what’s now the unrecognized state of Somaliland. It...
  • Raccoons steal Florida woman's DoorDash tacos

    02/17/2024 10:36:59 PM PST · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | FEB. 15, 2024 / 5:19 PM | By Ben Hooper
    VIDEO AT LINK.......................... Feb. 15 (UPI) -- A Florida woman took out her phone and started recording when a trio of masked bandits stole her DoorDash taco order from in front of her door. Caterina Sevares said she opened the front door of her West Palm Beach apartment to retrieve her DoorDash order from Talkin' Tacos, but she instead came face to face with three raccoons who were enjoying her late-night meal. "My jaw dropped," Sevares told WOFL-TV. Sevardes took out her phone and recorded video of the scene, which she posted to TikTok. "Once they started hissing, I shut...
  • Wind and Solar Slaughtering India’s Iconic Bird

    02/17/2024 10:20:26 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | February 14, 2024 | By Vijay Jayaraj
    By commissioning expensive and inefficient wind and solar electric generating facilities, India may have dug the grave of its own efforts to save the critically endangered great Indian bustard. Erected to avert a faux climate crisis, the so-called renewable machines and their attendant transmission lines are helping to drive one of Earth’s largest flying birds to the brink of extinction. Avian aficionados such as myself have long bemoaned prioritizing wind and solar technologies at the expense of endangered species. Yet, the relentless push for needless climate solutions seems to ignore this as “green energy” installations and avian fatalities increase in...
  • Maid 'Rescues' Family After Bird Flies Into House, Sending Everyone Running for Cover

    02/17/2024 6:02:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2024 | Ching Shi Jie
    Is she a bird whisperer? When an unexpected 'visitor' wreaked havoc in a house late at night, one maid went beyond the call of duty to save the day. A video shared by TikTok user Pakalupap1t00 on Thursday (Feb 15) showed his family ducking for cover as a bird flew around their flat. While his dad "hid inside a room" and his mother, sister and brother screamed in fear, their domestic helper appeared to be unfazed. "It's just a bird," she quipped as she tried to catch the bird. After 'exploring' various areas of the flat, the bird took a...
  • Mystery solved: the oldest fossil reptile from the alps is an historical forgery

    02/16/2024 10:34:30 AM PST · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    University College Cork ^ | 16 Feb 2024 | Staff
    Dr Valentina Rossi of University College Cork, Ireland, who led the research team which discovered that a 280-million-year-old lizard fossil is, in part, a forgery. (Image credit: Zixiao Yang) A 280-million-year-old fossil that has baffled researchers for decades has been shown to be, in part, a forgery following new examination of the remnants. The discovery has led the team led by Dr Valentina Rossi of University College Cork, Ireland (UCC) to urge caution in how the fossil is used in future research. Tridentinosaurus antiquus was discovered in the Italian alps in 1931 and was thought to be an important specimen...
  • Coyote That Officials Think Bit 3 Kids at Texas Park Will Be Euthanized

    02/16/2024 12:05:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb. 15, 2024 | Rebecca Cohen
    The animal will also be tested for rabies after the incidents at an Arlington park. A coyote that Texas officials think bit three children at a park is set to be "humanely euthanized," leaders in Arlington said Thursday. Arlington Animal Services captured the coyote Thursday morning after the bites at Parkway Central Park in north Arlington, a city between Dallas and Fort Worth. The animal will be tested for rabies at the Texas Health and Human Services in Austin, the city said on X. An animal control officer and a police officer were at the park because of “aggressive coyote...
  • Call to Triple-0 Would Have Saved Jarrad Antonovich's Life, Coroner Tells Kambo Frog Poison Inquest

    02/15/2024 10:33:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 2/15 | Hannah Ross
    The coroner overseeing an inquest into the death of a man at a retreat involving kambo frog poison ceremonies says she hopes the message "getting through" is the importance of calling triple-0. The inquest in Byron Bay is examining the death of Jarrad Antonovich at the Dreaming Arts Festival held at Collins Creek near Kyogle in October 2021. Mr Antonovich used kambo and the psychedelic substance ayahuasca while at the retreat, the court has heard, although the cause of death was a perforated oesophagus. The inquest is examining whether the excessive vomiting often associated with ayahuasca and kambo ceremonies caused...
  • Dog survives vicious mountain lion attack

    02/14/2024 9:30:31 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 13, 2024
    Shocking video shows a pet dog named Holly Jolly getting attacked by a mountain lion in his California yard — then fighting back to somehow live another day. The 3-year-old schnauzer is seen on Ring camera footage casually stepping out for a bathroom break in La Verne, CA around 9 p.m. Feb. 10 when the cougar suddenly appears.
  • Mutant wolves roaming Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have developed cancer-resilient abilities: study

    02/13/2024 3:54:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 8, 2024 | Allie Griffin
    Mutant wolves that roam the human-free Chernobyl Exclusion Zone have developed cancer-resilient genomes that could be key to helping humans fight the deadly disease, according to a study. The wild animals have managed to adapt and survive the high levels of radiation that have plagued the area after a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl power plant exploded in 1986, becoming the world’s worst nuclear accident. Humans abandoned the area after the explosion leaked cancer-causing radiation into the environment, and a 1,000-square-mile zone was roped off to prevent further human exposure. But in the nearly 38 years since the nuclear disaster,...
  • California Wolves Have Killed 18 Animals Since August, State Confirms

    02/13/2024 3:30:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies ^ | Feb 12, 2024 | Victoria Meza
    California wolves have killed 18 livestock since August 2023, according to wolf depredation reports posted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). These reports were posted as part of CDFW’s evaluation of the Wolf-Livestock Compensation Pilot Program. According to, depredation is when wolves or other predators kill or maim domestic animals. This endangered species was found in Tulare County According to the CDFW, the depredation reports confirm 16 wolf depredations – totaling a loss of 18 livestock. State officials say there is a program in place to compensate livestock producers for livestock being lost. According to the...
  • 12,940-Year-Old Rare Artifact is the Oldest of its Kind Ever Discovered in the Americas

    02/13/2024 11:42:03 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    The Debrief ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2024 | MICAH HANKS
    A rare artifact has been discovered by archaeologists at an ancient mammoth kill site near Douglas, Wyoming, which they say is the oldest of its kind ever found in the Americas. The discovery, a tube-shaped piece of bone, is likely to have been a bead dating to around 12,940 years old, potentially making it the oldest known instance of American perforated jewelry. The discovery was made by University of Wyoming archaeology Professor Todd Surovell and his team at the La Prele Mammoth site, a location first revealed to archaeologists in 1986 when mammoth remains were found eroding out of a...
  • First case of deadly bubonic plague in eight years found in US - and it came from a cat

    02/12/2024 7:16:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Daily Express ^ | Mon, Feb 12, 2024 | Karl Holbrook
    The first case of a deadly bubonic plague in eight years in the US state of Oregon is believed to have come from a cat. According to health officer Richard Fawcett, the patient got "very sick" after catching the disease from her pet. The illness starts as something that seems like the flu with symptoms such as tiredness and a headache, but in this case, it led to an unusual abscess known as a "bubo". The good news is that antibiotics can successfully treat the bubonic plague if caught early enough. The woman is now believed to be in recovery...