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  • Japan grappling with invasive raccoon population

    05/19/2024 1:06:26 PM PDT · by Cecily · 54 replies
    Fox 5 Atlanta ^ | May 19, 2024 | Christine Rousselle
    Japan's raccoon infestation has gotten considerably worse over the last decade, multiple Japanese news sources are reporting. Nearly 1,300 raccoons were captured during the 2022 fiscal year, said Tokyo's government. This is about five times the number that were captured 10 years ago, reported Kyodo News, a Japanese news agency. In 2013, the Japanese government reiterated the need to combat raccoons as an invasive species. Raccoons are not native to Japan, but were brought to the country in the 1970s following the popularity of the 1977 anime "Rascal the Raccoon."
  • Sick “Queer Animals” Propaganda From NBC Seeks to “Prove” Homosexuality is Natural

    05/17/2024 1:13:04 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 58 replies
    DISNTR ^ | May 17, 2024 | Staff
    When I saw this, I literally couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I mean, homosexuals have always argued that homosexuality is normal and natural because, well, there are animals that do it. But I always thought the argument was so dumb that no serious person would ever give it a second thought. And it really is that dumb. I mean, dumb to the point of complete and total absurdity. In fact, the Bible has a phrase for such stupidity: “Claiming to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:22). But it absolutely blows my mind that these people want to broadcast...
  • 308-Million-Year-Old Fossil Arachnid Is An 8-Legged Evolutionary Puzzle

    05/17/2024 12:14:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    IFL Science ^ | May 17, 2024 | LAURA SIMMONS
    Not quite a spider, not a scorpion either – where does Douglassarachne acanthopoda fit in? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Douglassarachne acanthopoda was a more experimental version of a modern harvestman, with distinctive armored legs. Image credit: Paul Selden ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This leggy, spiny fella is Douglassarachne acanthopoda, whom we’ll call Doug for short (only kidding). You might look at this fossilized specimen and confidently declare, “That there’s a spider.” But wait! While D. acanthopoda certainly shares many of the characteristics of modern arachnids, it has enough unique features to give palaentologists a headache when it comes to classifying it. Spiders and their ancestors have...
  • Baby gator beats the heat in Florida fountain

    05/16/2024 8:43:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    UPI ^ | May 14, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    May 14 (UPI) -- A Florida woman out for her morning run came across an unexpected scene: a baby alligator beating the summer heat with a dip in a public fountain. Lauren Shrage said she and her dog were out for their morning run in Palm Beach Gardens when she spotted something in the water in the fountain next to the Mirabella community's entrance gate. She recorded video when she realized the object was actually a small alligator taking a dip in the cool water. "Are you having a good day?" Shrage asks the gator in the video. Shrage said...
  • Gladis the killer whale strikes again! Sailing vessel off Gibraltar becomes the first this year to be sunk by orcas that have been targeting boats in the area since 2020

    05/15/2024 1:31:03 PM PDT · by Twotone · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 14, 2024 | Miriam Kuepper
    A sailing vessel off Gibraltar has become the first this year to be sunk by orcas that have been targeting boats in the area since 2020. Crew members of the Alboran Cognac boat called rescue services for help around 9am on Sunday, saying that their ship had been damaged by orcas 14 miles from Cape Spartel, at the southern entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, in Moroccan waters. The sailors said they had felt hits on the hull, before their rudder was damaged and they noticed a leak threatening to sink their 50ft boat, local outlet El Pais reports. They...
  • The Comedy Pet Photography Awards

    05/13/2024 5:48:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 11 May 2024 | Kevin Fraser Park
    Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam set up the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards a few years ago and were amazed at the success. This spurred them on to launch the Comedy Pet Photography Awards with a cash prize of £500 for the best overall photo. There are 30 finalists in the 2024 competition and you can vote for your favourite, click on your favourite image at this link: leave your email address, and that’s it. You will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £100 and the overall winner will be announced on June 6. Our readers prefer cash;...
  • Kentucky angler nabs a 200-pound prehistoric alligator snapping turtle before going on to reel in monster gar - which stands to break his OWN record

    05/13/2024 8:20:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 13, 2024 | MITCHELL GOODBAR
    Art Weston reeled in a fearsome, 200lbs. prehistoric alligator snapping turtle Weston was trying to catch a record-breaking alligator gar when it happened The prehistoric beast had its mouth open and was ready to bite and claw them ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Montana man, 63, who has no family spends his life traveling back and forth across US on horse-drawn carriage at 3mph and has just started his fifth trip

    05/12/2024 3:50:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/12/24 | Alexa Cimino
    Since 2009, Lee Crafton, or Lee Horselogger as he prefers to be called, has been traveling across the country in a horse-drawn carriage, and now he's on his fifth trip. His journey started in 2006 when he lost his ranch in East Glacier, Montana after 27 years and dropped out of his Ph.D. program. Lee took his life savings of $75 and a couple of horses and decided to explore the nation, traveling at just three miles an hour. Needless to say, Lee is not your typical 63-year-old. But one year prior to his career change, Lee was diagnosed with...
  • ‘Panda Dog’: China Zoo Paints Chow Chow Dogs to Look Like Pandas, Fools Thousands of Visitors

    05/10/2024 3:24:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | May 09, 2024 | Vrinda Jain
    A zoo in China has come under fire after it was revealed that they painted chow chow dogs to look like pandas. The zoo, located in Jiangsu Province, showcased the "panda dog" on Labor Day holidays from May 1 to May 5. While thousands of people came to see supposed pandas, a few thought that their behaviour was strange as they shook their heads like dogs. Nevertheless, many people believe that they are real pandas, as per reports. Visitors' clips seemed to depict the puppies as having black limbs, ears, and eye rings, but their doglike characteristics were still clearly...
  • Texas officer gets bit in the hand by gigantic alligator

    05/10/2024 12:47:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.chron.com ^ | May 10, 2024 | ARIANA GARCIA
    The officer had to undergo surgery and is on the road to recovery. A Texas police officer suffered a bite from an alligator after attempting to remove it from the road. Cleveland, TX Police Department An officer with the Cleveland Police Department is recovering after suffering a nasty bite from a huge alligator he was helping to corral. Sgt. David Edwards was helping officers and Liberty County sheriff's deputies remove the 10-feet-long alligator from the middle of the roadway on State Highway 105 bypass near U.S. 59 around midnight on Wednesday. As Edwards helped other officers attempting to place a...
  • Small alligator found in Beaver County creek [PA]

    05/10/2024 9:38:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    WPXI-TV 11 ^ | May 9, 2024 | Jillian Hartmann, WPXI-TV
    FREEDOM, Pa. — It’s not every day you come across an alligator in our area. On Wednesday, a small gator was discovered in a creek in Freedom. Beaver Valley Regional Police got a call from someone who spotted the gator and officers safely captured it. For now, the two-and-a-half-foot reptile is being cared for at Off The Hook Exotic Pet Shop in Ambridge. The owner believes the gator was someone’s pet. “I don’t think someone dumped him in the creek on purpose. sometimes people take them out for some sunshine then they don’t realize they can climb a fence and...
  • Woman Mauled By Bear After Rolling Down Her Window To Take A Selfie — ‘I Thought He Wanted To Be Friends’

    05/09/2024 1:44:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    YourTango ^ | Apr 26, 2024 | Mary-Faith Martinez
    Her experience brings new meaning to the "bear vs. man" question.While social media users debate if they’d rather be left alone in the woods with a bear or a man, one woman is considering herself “lucky” after surviving a real bear attack. A Scottish tourist was mauled by a bear in Romania. Friends Moira Gallacher and Charmian Widdowson were visiting the Carpathian Mountains when they encountered a group of bears, according to Scottish news outlet STV. Widdowson said, “We saw these bears — a mummy bear and a baby — they were gorgeous.” What the women didn’t know was that...
  • Firefighters eject alligator from Starbucks drive-through

    05/09/2024 11:01:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    UPI ^ | May 8, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    May 8 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Florida were called to a Starbucks cafe to eject an unruly customer from the drive-through: an alligator. North Port Fire Rescue said on social media that it was "just another day on the job" when crews were called to a local Starbucks. The post said firefighters "had quite the surprise" when they discovered the cause of the commotion was a coffee-craving crocodilian at the drive-through. "After coordinating with our friends at North Port Police Department, we safely relocated our scaly friend to a nearby pond," Fire Rescue officials wrote. "Who knew our mornings could...
  • New rock art discoveries in Eastern Sudan reaffirm catastrophic climate change

    05/08/2024 12:56:10 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 52 replies
    www.scimex.org ^ | May 7, 2024 | Macquarie University
    A rare cast of a red-painted cow in a rock shelter, accompanied by a man ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New archaeological findings from the hyper-arid Atbai Desert, in Eastern Sudan, indicate the Sahara Desert was once a lush and green environment. Dr Julien Cooper from the Department of History and Archaeology, led a team of archaeologists in 2018 and 2019 on the Atbai Survey Project, discovering 16 new rock art sites in Wadi Halfa, one of the most desolate and driest areas of the Sahara. Almost all of the newly discovered artwork, which dates back 4000 years, features the presence of cattle. “It...
  • Human body found in the mouth of 14-foot Florida alligator [2023]

    05/08/2024 5:38:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | September 23, 2023 | Evan Rosen
    Human remains were spotted in the mouth of a 13-foot, 8.5-inch alligator on Friday, in a canal just north of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The gator was extracted from the water and “humanely killed,” the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release, adding that a dive team had also “recovered the remains of a deceased adult from the waterway.” VIDEO AT LINK.............. So far, no details regarding the identity of the victim have been shared, as the investigation is still ongoing. It’s also unclear whether the alligator was directly responsible for the person’s death. One local...
  • Alligator visits bank drive-through, 'did not have an account'

    05/07/2024 1:08:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    UPI ^ | May 7, 2024 | Ben Hooper
    May 7 (UPI) -- An unusual transaction was caught on camera at a Florida credit union when an alligator wandered into the drive-through lanes. Addition Financial in Lake Mary shared a photo to social media showing the gator parked by the teller window at the credit union. "Just a normal day in Florida," the post said. "Can we even blame this little guy for wanting in on our 5 star service?" A video of the encounter features commentary from a teller. "Man, welcome to Florida where you go to work and casually see alligators just chillin' at your job," the...
  • NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY - May 7

    05/07/2024 12:37:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    National Day Calendar ^ | May 7, 2024 | Staff
    NATIONAL ROAST LEG OF LAMB DAY Each year on May 7th, National RoastLeg of Lamb Day makes a menu suggestion worthy of a celebration. The leg of lamb is a mild and tender cut of meat that, when roasted, is a unique and tasty dish to many. A typical preparation involves covering the leg of lamb with butter, rosemary sprigs pushed inside incisions cut in the leg, and rosemary leaves sprinkled on top. The lamb is then roasted for two hours at 360 degrees. #RoastLegOfLambDay Lamb is a lean red meat loaded with nutrition. Of course, it's going to deliver...
  • Bear dragged body of man killed in Massachusetts car wreck, police say

    05/06/2024 5:34:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 6, 2024
    Daniel Ducharme, 31, likely died immediately after losing control of car on I-91... A man who was dragged by a bear following a car crash was most likely dead at the time, Massachusetts State Police said. First responders found the man outside of the car in Hatfield on Sunday morning and saw a bear in the woods nearby... A preliminary investigation suggests that earlier that day, the driver, Daniel Ducharme, 31, of South Hadley, was traveling south on Route 91 when he lost control of the car, struck the guardrail multiple times, went down an embankment, and struck several trees...
  • ‘Little Joe’ the Saint Louis Zoo gorilla, dies from a heart attack

    05/06/2024 9:46:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | May 5, 2024 | Joe Millitzer
    ST. LOUIS — A gorilla died late Saturday night at the Saint Louis Zoo. Joe was around 26 years old. The Saint Louis Zoo posted this message to patrons on social media: “It is with incredible sadness we share that western lowland gorilla Little Joe, who had been in treatment for heart disease, died of a heart attack overnight May 4th. Joe’s wonderful personality and lovable grumpy face endeared him to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.” The gorilla was known for his intelligence. Signs at the Saint Louis Zoo call him Joe, The Professor, and he...
  • My Patient Thinks He’s a Werewolf: 10 Years as an NHS Psychiatrist

    05/05/2024 11:48:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 2 May 2024 | Dr Benji Waterhouse
    I spent a decade helping people with disorders considered messy, ugly or outright feared – but one patient was particularly memorable...SNIP ‘For those who don’t know, Femi is a 45-year-old man with psychosis who believes he’s a werewolf,’ Reggie, the nurse in charge, tells us. We’re on the hospital’s male psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU); because some minds need thorough care too. Hidden away in the bowels of the psychiatric hospital, it’s where florid mental illness at its most disturbed and dangerous is housed. Myself and members of the emergency response team are huddled inside the staff office, which is...