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  • Fisherman land gargantuan 12-foot oarfish

    05/26/2018 11:10:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    upi ^ | May 25, 2018 | Ben Hooper
    A group of Vietnamese fishermen said they were surprised when their nets snared a massive oarfish measuring more than 12 feet long. Xuan Quy and Thanh Hoa said they were out fishing with a friend Tuesday off the coast of Thanh Hoa Province when they pulled in their nets and discovered they had ensnared an oarfish measuring about 12 feet, 9 inches long. The fishermen said it was the first time they have caught an oarfish. They said it is rare to encounter oarfish because they generally live in deeper waters than their fishing nets can reach.
  • Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound

    05/25/2018 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/25/2018 | Staff
    Scientists at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have found that mussels in Seattle's waters are testing positive for opioids. The finding suggests "a lot of people" are taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound, researchers say. Scientists used mussels as a way to test pollution in Seattle's waters and discovered high enough oxycodone levels for the shellfish to test positive. Mussels do not metabolise opioids, but some fish can become addicted. Mussels are filter-feeders, which means they filter water for nutrients to nourish themselves. In the process, they end up storing pollutants in their tissues, which makes them...
  • Police: Pit bull attacks Jehovah's Witnesses at front door

    05/25/2018 12:19:01 PM PDT · by BBell · 78 replies
    Just five hours after four people were injured in a dog attack in the North Sound, the animal was euthanized. It happened around 12:30 p.m., off Cemetery Road in Arlington. Police say four Jehovah’s Witnesses parked in front of a house and as soon as one of them - a 70-year-old woman - got out of the vehicle, a pit bull attacked her. “I just heard the screaming - I heard some screaming and I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I was on my phone and I just thought it was kids. It sounded like a little girl...
  • Local 6 yr old boy killed by dog

    05/25/2018 8:52:19 AM PDT · by Norski · 39 replies
    WTAJ ^ | May 25, 2018 | John Clay
    Lakemont, Blair County, Pa. - The Blair County Coroner tells WTAJ at 6:18 Thursday night, a 6 year old boy in Lakemont, Blair County was killed by the family Pit Bull. Logan Township Police are investigating. The boy was killed by blunt force trauma at the home along Gesser Avenue. The boy went to Baker Elementary School. Counselors there have been called in to help students and staff Friday. WTAJ is currently withholding the name of the child out of respect for the family's wishes. Coroner Patty Ross wanted to thank the staff at UPMC for their compassion during this...
  • Dog attacks its family of four in Florissant, sending three to hospital (Missouri)

    05/24/2018 8:41:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | May 23, 2018 | Christine Byers
    A pit bull-bulldog mix... attacked its own family of four Monday, sending three people to the hospital to be treated for their wounds. One adult and two teens, ages 16 and 13, were taken to the hospital to be treated ... Family identified the animal to police as a pit bull. Animal control called it a pit bull-American bulldog mix. ... Another adult in the home also was attacked, but was not taken to a hospital, he said. The dog is now in the custody of the St. Louis County Health Department... Florissant had an ordinance banning pit bulls, but...
  • Meet Big Jake and Thumbelina: The tallest and smallest horses in the world

    05/24/2018 7:28:44 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 12 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | MAY 24, 2018 | CNN WIRE SERVICE,
    NEW YORK — Horses come in all shapes, colors and sizes. From the Falabella miniature horse, to the tall British Shire. And just like horses that hold records for being the fastest, there’s also a record set for the tallest and the shortest horse. Big Jake became famous in 2012 after he was crowned the tallest in the world by the Guinness World Records. While he’s not a Shire, he comes from a breed that’s admired as one of the strongest and heaviest among draft horses: the Belgian.[snip] And then there’s Thumbelina, the world’s smallest horse — a miniature sorrel...
  • Shelter Cat Gives Everyone Hugs and Won't Take No for an Answer

    05/24/2018 4:59:49 AM PDT · by vannrox · 37 replies
    Lovemeow ^ | May 23 18 | Amy Bojo
    Zorro the stray cat was eager to be loved but when he was brought to a shelter in Philadelphia, he could barely tolerate being touched. When staff found out what was bothering him, they soon discovered a cute little quirk that he does to everyone he meets. Pennsylvania SPCAZorro came to the Pennsylvania SPCA four months ago for a chance at a better life. "He was being fed by a Good Samaritan for some period of time, and he was so friendly that she was trying to find him a permanent home," Gillian Kocher Director of Public Relations of...
  • Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

    05/23/2018 1:13:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.reuters.com ^ | 05/23/2018 | (Reporting by Ana de Liz; editing by Stephen Addison
    LONDON (Reuters) - A global team of scientists plans to scour the icy depths of Loch Ness next month using environmental DNA (eDNA) in an experiment that may discover whether Scotland’s fabled monster really does, or did, exist. The use of eDNA sampling is already well established as a tool for monitoring marine life like whales and sharks. Whenever a creature moves through its environment, it leaves behind tiny fragments of DNA from skin, scales, feathers, fur, faeces and urine. “This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large...
  • Giant predatory worms are invading France — and nobody noticed for almost 2 decades

    05/23/2018 11:54:49 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 47 replies
    business insider ^ | 23 May 2018 | Jeremy Berke
    When an amateur naturalist kept digging up strange, flat-headed worms in his garden outside of Paris, he knew something was amiss... These worms, native to tropical Asia, were invading France — and nobody had noticed... The worms are part of a group of predatory species known as hammerhead flatworms, which grow to over a foot long. They prey on earthworms in the soil and produce a potent cocktail of chemicals to immobilize their prey.
  • Curious Cat Hangs on to Van at 60 mph

    05/23/2018 10:50:55 AM PDT · by NEMDF · 29 replies
    KETV Newswatch 7 - Omaha, NE ^ | 5/22/2018 | Chinh Doan
    OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Humane Society said staff had never seen anything like this until KETV NewsWatch 7 showed them the video. Now, there’s a ‘cat chase’ for updates on the feline or someone who may know what happened. “My daughter says, ‘There's a cat on that van,’ and I was like, ‘Oh no, that's a raccoon,'” recalled Ronda Rankin. “When my husband pulls up closer, I'm like, ‘Oh my God, no, that's a cat.’”
  • The epic moment a massive centipede takes on a snake in an unusual battle to the death [tr]

    05/22/2018 5:36:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 22, 2018 | Greta Levy
    This is the moment a giant centipede takes on a large snake in a ultimate battle to the death. Posted on to Live Leak, the three-minute video shows the pair fighting on the ground in Vietnam. In the rare footage, the pair wrestle each other, attempting to bite, pin down and ultimately claim their momentary nemesis.
  • 'Miracles happen': Soldier reunites with stray dog she adopted in Iraq

    05/21/2018 7:29:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 11 replies
    stripes.com ^ | 5/21/18 | RICHARD TRIBOU
    Military reunion videos tug at the heartstrings, even more so when that reunion involves a dog. Throw in the fact that the dog was actually a rescue that a deployed soldier in Iraq managed to get back to Florida, and even the steeliest of dark hearts would be hard pressed to survive the sight of the tail-wagging, face-licking joy of one obviously happy canine. The soldier was pretty happy as well. That's the case with a video of U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Tracy McKithern, who took in a puppy that was wandering the streets near a base in northern Iraq...
  • Earth's Land Mammals By Weight

    05/21/2018 4:01:18 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 27 replies
    XKCD ^ | Randall Munroe
  • Police intervene when PIG follows man home from northeast Ohio train station

    05/21/2018 7:53:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    www.10tv.com ^ | Updated: 05/19/18 06:49 pm EDT | Staff
    NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Police in northeast Ohio said they received a call from a man walking home early Saturday morning claiming he was being followed by a pig. That's right. A pig. Police didn't believe it, either. The North Ridgeville Police Department said it responded to the “obviously drunk guy walking home from the bar at 5:26 in the morning” in Elyria. When police arrived, they found a man who was not drunk at all. And apparently, he was telling the truth. Police confessed the man was not walking from the bar named "Train Station" but rather from the actual...
  • Coyotes surround hiking woman, who climbs tree to escape

    05/21/2018 12:55:57 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 41 replies
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  • 1 dead, 1 injured after mountain lion attack on mountain bikers near North Bend

    05/19/2018 6:32:44 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 80 replies
    KOMO NEWS ^ | 19 Nay 2018
    A man is dead and another was taken to Harborview Medical Center on Saturday afternoon after a highly unusual fatal mountain lion attack near North Bend east of Seattle in the Cascades... The mountain lion was tracked and killed.
  • 1 Dead, 1 Injured In Cougar Attack In Washington State

    05/19/2018 5:12:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 142 replies
    KGW ^ | May 19, 2018 | Michael Crowe
    Two men were riding road bikes when the cougar attacked both of them. One person was killed and a second person injured in a cougar attack near North Bend Saturday. The attack happened in a very remote area northeast of Snoqualmie. According to the King County Sheriff's Office, two men were riding road bikes when the cougar attacked both of them. A 31-year-old man was taken to Harborview Medical Center for his injuries; he was alert and listed in serious condition. The second man fled into the woods to escape the cougar, but the animal chased after him. Search crews...
  • Pregnant woman and service dog punched in airplane scuffle in Orlando

    05/19/2018 12:57:51 PM PDT · by upchuck · 109 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 18, 2018 | Bianca Padró Ocasio
    59-year-old man punched a deaf pregnant woman and her service dog inside a Frontier jet upon landing in Orlando on Friday, Orlando Police said. According to a police report, Timothy Manley was travelling from Colorado Springs, Colo., along with his wife Petrini Manley, 56, and Joshua Manley, 27, all from Gainesville. Petrini Manley complained of being allergic to dogs as the plane descended and was being taxied to the gate at the Orlando International Airport. The service animal, a Great Dane, woke up and Timothy Manley told police the dog “took up more space than [he] felt it deserved.” Timothy...
  • “Pit bull roulette” killed 38,000 other animals in 2017

    05/18/2018 1:18:15 PM PDT · by Norski · 107 replies
    Animals24-7 ^ | January 17, 2018 | Merritt Clifton
    “Pit bull roulette” cost the lives of 38 humans, plus nearly 13,000 dogs, 5,000 cats, and more than 20,000 farmed animals in 2017––and, only two weeks into 2018, has already killed Happy Hound Hotel boarding kennel worker Laura Williams Ray, of Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, and three-year-old Rylee Marie Dodge, of Duncan, Oklahoma, along with many dozens of animals. Overall, pit bulls accounted for 68% of the human dog attack deaths in 2017, 88% of the human disfigurements, 92% of the dogs killed by other dogs, 94% of the dogs seriously injured by other dogs, 96% of the cats killed by...
  • How a wildlife expert rescued 6 baby squirrels in Elkhorn whose tails were knotted together

    05/18/2018 5:36:18 AM PDT · by Buttons12 · 16 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 5/17/18 | Michael O'Connor
    Laura Stastny has a skill few others share: untangling squirrel tails. And the local wildlife expert got a chance to use it last week. Six baby squirrels were found last week in Elkhorn with their tails tangled together, so much so that they became a six-headed animal cluster.