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  • South Florida man accused of biting off head of pet python during domestic dispute

    01/31/2023 6:51:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    CBS News Miami ^ | January 31, 2023 | CBS Miami Team
    MIAMI - A Cutler Bay man is accused of biting the head off of a woman's pet snake during a domestic dispute. According to Miami-Dade police, officers were sent to the Saga Bay apartment complex on SW 210th Street on Monday to check out reports of a couple arguing. When they arrived they could hear the fight between a man and woman going on inside #108. They knocked on the door several times and made loud verbal commands to open the door. The fight continued as the door remained closed and at one point the officers heard the woman scream...
  • Rats! Battery Park City uses dry ice to kill vermin. ( New York )

    01/31/2023 8:31:11 AM PST · by george76 · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 29, 2023 | Valentina Jaramillo and Carl Campanile
    They’re icing out rats in Battery Park City. Local maintenance crews are dumping dry ice in the pesky rodents’ burrows in the trendy Lower Manhattan neighborhood so that when it melts, it leaves behind carbon dioxide, which suffocates them. “Here in Battery Park City, we’re no stranger to having rodents, and so we wanted to make sure that we were able to manage them while keeping everything chemical-free,” Ryan Torres, vice president of parks operations at the Battery Park City Authority, recently told The Post. In addition to effectively killing rats, dry ice is hailed as an environmentally sound way...
  • Fish spends owner's money, reveals credit card info on YouTube stream

    01/30/2023 7:14:28 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 27, 2023 / 4:14 PM | By Ben Hooper
    VIDEO AT LINK................... Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Japanese YouTuber created a custom setup to allow his pet fish to play Pokémon on his Nintendo Switch, but a malfunction led to the fish spending money at the eShop and revealing its owner's credit card information on live stream. YouTuber Mutekimaru, aka Maurice, runs a channel on the video sharing site where his fish plays various games in the Pokémon franchise. The betta fish controls the game by swimming to different areas of its tank, which have been outfitted with sensors that simulate pushing the buttons on Maurice's Nintendo Switch. Maurice...
  • The Cool Chick Who Keeps Poultry as Pets in Singapore | Video

    01/28/2023 2:37:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 29 Jan 2023
    Would you keep a chicken as a pet? Meet Jayce Ho, the cool chick who keeps six Polish chickens and two Cochin chickens in her backyard. See video at link.
  • Bigfoot Mystery as Massive Ape-Like Creature Seen Walking on Google Earth

    01/28/2023 12:30:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Thu, Jan 26, 2023 | Christopher Sharp
    Conspiracy theorists believe the shape on Google Earth could be of the mythical creature Big Foot.Conspiracy theorists have gone into overdrive after spotting a creature they believe to be Big Foot on Google Earth. The shape was spotted in western Colorado at coordinates 38°16'24" N. 108°08'32. Big Foot is a mythical bear-like creature believed by some to live in the woods of North America. The screengrab was posted in a Reddit community dedicated to sightings of the creature. The caption of the screeshot stated: "Is it a bear? A puddle? A hiker without gear? Impossible to say for certain...
  • Astronomers Just Discovered a 'Bear' on Mars

    01/27/2023 6:48:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 27 January 2023 | By NANCY ATKINSON, UNIVERSE TODAY
    Scratchy circle on cratered Mars surface with what look like two eyes and a snout A bear on Mars? (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UArizona) Bear Faced Crater On Mars A view of the area on Mars with the bear-like crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UArizona) Facial pareidolia is the human tendency or illusion of seeing facial structures in an everyday objects – such as seeing the "man in the Moon," or the face of Jesus on a piece of toast. But here's a newly found crater on Mars that might be a case of 'bear-adoilia.' There's no denying, the crater looks like a bear's face. We've seen...
  • These Ants Were Trained to Sniff Out Cancer

    01/26/2023 12:31:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | January 25, 2023 | Will Sullivan
    In just ten minutes, an ant could learn to identify urine from mice with cancerous tumors, a new study findsScientists want to train insects to test humans for cancer. In a new study, published Wednesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, ants could differentiate between the smell of urine from healthy mice and from mice with cancerous tumors. The research serves as a proof of concept demonstrating that ants could someday be used as a fast, inexpensive and noninvasive tool for detecting cancer, the authors write. “This is an exciting direction,” Debajit Saha, a biomedical engineer at Michigan State...
  • A Chinese zoo had a ceremony to transition from the "Year of the Tiger" to the "Year of the Rabbit" and the results were ... not shocking

    01/26/2023 9:10:27 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Not The Bee ^ | Jan 23, 2023 | Staff
    Well this doesn't bode well for the new lunar year. A zoo in China organizes a “handover ceremony” for going from the year of the tiger to the year of the rabbit ahead of the Chinese New Year. The results can't have been entirely unexpected The way they screamed! Yeesh! This is reportedly real: The Linfen Zoo in Shanxi decided to do a cute, fun little ceremony with both the animals to celebrate the end of the Year of the Tiger (2022) and the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit (2023). They brought out a cute little bunny with...
  • Crocodile Carries Body of Child Back to Family a Mile From Where He Drowned

    01/26/2023 7:53:32 AM PST · by anthropocene_x · 45 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 1/24/23 | Pandora Dewan
    An Indonesian family have been reunited with their drowned son after his body was carried to the surface of the Mahakam River by a crocodile. In footage shared to social media, the crocodile can be seen carrying the body of the 4-year old boy to a boat of rescuers, who retrieved him from the water and brought him back to his family. The boy, who was later identified as Muhammad Ziyad Wijaya, had gone missing two days before near the Jawa Estuary. Members of the East Kalimantan Basarnas Search and Rescue Agency had been searching for the boy. "Around seven...
  • Police K-9 mugshot goes viral after accusations he stole officer’s lunch

    01/26/2023 4:03:19 AM PST · by blueplum · 31 replies
    Fox 31 kdvr Denver ^ | 25 Jan 2023 | : Dylan Abad
    TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A police K-9 in Michigan recently had himself a “ruff” day after he was accused of stealing his owner’s lunch. The Wyandotte Police Department shared a mugshot of K-9 Ice, who was accused of eating an officer’s half-eaten lunch in the breakroom during a call to assist with an emergency. When the officer returned to the breakroom, they found Ice “leisurely strolling out of the room licking his chops,” the department said in a social media post.... ...“Dozens of attorneys have offered to defend Ofc. Ice ‘pro-bone-o!'” the department said. “Plus the overall public just doesn’t...
  • Maryland 9-year-old finds 15 million-year-old megalodon tooth

    01/25/2023 1:21:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 24, 2023 / 4:21 PM | By Ben Hooper
    VIDEO AT LINK................... Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A Maryland 9-year-old searching for shark teeth on a beach made her largest discovery to date -- a 15 million-year-old megalodon tooth. Molly Sampson was out searching for shark teeth on Calvert County Cliffs on Christmas Day when she found a megalodon tooth the size of her hand. "I couldn't believe it, it was so exciting," Sampson told WJLA-TV. "I usually find little ones, I never thought I would find a big one like that." Sampson took her discovery to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon's Island, where experts confirmed it was an...
  • Japan Whaling Firm Pins Hopes on Vending Machines to Revive Sales

    01/25/2023 11:31:26 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 25 Jan 2023
    A Japanese whaling firm unveiled vending machines offering whale sashimi, whale steak and whale bacon in Yokohama on Tuesday (Jan 24) in hopes of reviving sales of a food long in decline and shunned by many supermarkets. Wearing a whale-shaped hat, Kyodo Senpaku President Hideki Tokoro greeted prospective customers at the firm's latest unmanned store - a trio of vending machines in Motomachi, an upmarket shopping district home to fashion boutiques and artisan bakeries. The firm has recently set up two similar outlets in Tokyo, plans to open a fourth in the western city of Osaka next month, and hopes...
  • Officials confirm pets killed by mountain lion attacks in Kremmling and Grand Lake. ( Colorado )

    01/25/2023 8:40:57 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Sky-Hi News ^ | 1/25/2023 | Meg Soyars
    Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials encourage safety precautions as lions remain in the area ... This story has been updated with information about the fate of the mountain lion involved in the second mountain lion attack in Grand Lake. A rash of recent mountain lion attacks have resulted in the deaths of at least one dog and 15 cats, and Grand County residents remain on edge because lions are still in this area. The first attacks on cats began in Kremmling, at the home of Sami and Shawn Lechman during the week of Jan. 15. On Jan. 19., a mountain...
  • Need help with contractors and snd adjuster for house fire

    01/25/2023 8:36:55 AM PST · by Salamander · 43 replies
    01/25/2023 | Self
    Need help getting this going because State Farm us doing nothing
  • Riverside County [CA] shelter battling ‘deadly’ disease outbreak; foster homes desperately needed

    01/24/2023 3:23:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    KTLA ^ | 01/24/2023 | Travis Schlepp
    The Department of Animal Services says at least 13 dogs at the Jurupa Valley shelter have tested positive for Streptococcus zooepidemicus, aka strep zoo, a bacterial respiratory infection. Since the beginning of the year, four dogs have died in their kennels, and a fifth died at the home of an adopter. Lab tests confirmed that the dogs were positive for strep zoo, with additional cases pending lab results. These are the first instances of strep zoo in that facility’s history, officials said. Erin Gettis, Riverside County Animal Services director, said other animal shelters in the area are dealing with their...
  • African serval captured after six months on the loose in Missouri

    01/24/2023 1:28:41 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 24, 2023 | Ben Hooper
    A wildlife refuge in Arkansas said an African serval cat on the loose in Missouri for at least six months has been safely captured on a farm and will have a new home at the refuge. Officials said the serval was likely an exotic pet that escaped or was abandoned by its owner. The cats are common as exotic pets and are used to breed Savannah cats, a hybrid of a serval and a domestic feline.
  • New York animal shelter seeks home for 'fire-breathing demon'

    01/24/2023 11:03:07 AM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    UPI ^ | JAN. 23, 2023 / 4:58 PM | By Ben Hooper
    The Niagara SPCA in New York said it is seeking a new home for Ralphie, a young dog compared to "a fire-breathing demon." Photo courtesy of the Niagara SPCA/Facebook Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An animal shelter in New York is seeking a home for a dog described as "a terror," "a fire-breathing demon" and a "whole jerk." The Niagara SPCA said 26-pound Ralphie has been adopted twice, but was returned twice due to his bad behavior. "At first glance, he's an adorable highly sought after, young dog. People should be banging down our doors for him. We promise you, that...
  • Dog fatally shoots Kansas hunter in freak accident

    01/24/2023 9:41:55 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | 01/23/2023 | Lee Brown
    A Kansas hunter was accidentally shot dead by a dog that stepped on a rifle in the back of the pickup they were in, according to officials. The victim — who has not been identified — was in the front passenger seat of the truck in Geuda Springs late Saturday with a dog in the back with the hunting gear, including a rifle. “The fired round struck the passenger who died of his injuries on scene.” It was not immediately clear if the dead man was the owner of the pickup or if someone else was with them in the...
  • Ancient Fossil Unearthed Near Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

    01/24/2023 5:58:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | KAY SMYTHE NEWS AND COMMENTARY WRITER January 23, 2023 12:35 PM ET
    Two men discovered an ancient bison skull while scavenging near downtown Kansas City, Missouri, in mid-January. Mike Ruth and Dave Jamerson were poking around the waterways of the Missouri River, looking for artifacts, fossils, cool stuff like that, when they found what they first thought might have been a piece of driftwood, according to KCTV5. As they lifted the piece from the silt, they realized they had “something really cool,” as Ruth told the outlet. “I immediately thought bison,” Jamerson commented. The fossil was covered in silt and zebra mussels as they unearthed it, but came out of the dirt...
  • Mountain Lions Kill 15 Dogs In 30 Days in Colorado Town

    01/23/2023 7:14:54 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Cowboy state daily ^ | January 6, 2023 | Mark Heinz
    Mountain lions chewed and clawed a bloody swath through the pet population of a small Colorado community last year, killing as many as 15 dogs in about a month. It’s not a scenario likely to be repeated in Wyoming, where mountain lions attacking dogs are rare, but not unheard of. A Cody couple in 2017 shot a mountain lion to death after it tried to get their dog. Residents around Nederland, a small community in rural Boulder County, Colorado, claim to have lost 23 dogs to mountain lions last year. They report the situation reached a horrific climax toward the...