Tag Archive for animals

UK police get calls for cats

Black leopard

17 reports in three counties in 3 years in an area that does not have [officially] large non-native cats. Calls to police reveal North East big cat epidemic…if you believe them – Chronicle Live. Freedom of Information requests showed officers have looked into 17 reports of big cats in Cleveland, Northumbria and County Durham since…

Stop eating and using pangolins

Pangolin

We’ve posted before on Doubtful News how the pangolin – scaly anteater – is killed and used for Traditional Chinese Medicine preparations and for consumption. A single animal may bring $7000 on the black market. It is facing extinction thanks to its unusual characteristics. BBC Nature – ‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed. Official records show…

Nile crocodile captured in the Everglades may have been an escapee

Nile-crocodile-captured

Well let’s hope they can trace this individual back to it’s origin instead of the alternative – that there are dangerous exotic crocs living in the wild in Florida. Nile crocodile captured in the Everglades|Action News – Jacksonville News, Weather & Sports – ActionNewsJax.com. The ante just went up on threats from exotic invaders in…

That’s not mold on the bananas; is a spider nest

spider nest

Another story that you all won’t appreciate but it’s good to keep this in mind. Deadly spider nest found in bananas bought in Staffordshire | Stoke Sentinel. A STAFFORDSHIRE family were forced to flee their home after finding hundreds of potentially deadly spiders in a bunch of bananas. Father-of-two Jamie Roberts, 31, spotted white patches…

Mutant lobsters of Maine

Double claw!

Continuing our ongoing coverage of bizarre lobster specimens, here is a smorgasbord: Mutant lobsters in Casco Bay | Fighting the Tides. Chris Shorr, who works a lobster boat, shares his fun finds that we CAN’T BLAME on FUKUSHIMA radiation. It’s just genetic misfires. They’re actually a lot more common than one might think, sometimes they…

Cats with jetpacks or something just as silly

Animal incendiary devices - cruel and unusual

Because if you strap something ON FIRE to a cat, he is obviously going to do what you anticipate… 16th-century manual shows ‘rocket cat’ weaponry. Fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare seem to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats and doves, with the German-language text helpfully advising…

Violence observed in dolphins is NOT rare

Photo courtesy of Deadline News

This is just one incident that needs further evaluation. But the consensus seems to be that such acts are very rare in the animal kingdom, but NOT for dolphins. Many such observations have been made. Dolphins kill two porpoises in game of ‘cat and mouse’ – Telegraph The moment two porpoises were attacked and killed…

Dog survives 12 mile trip trapped in car engine

puppy in car engine

Must have been a harrowing ride! Incredible photo: Puppy survives 12-mile car journey trapped in the engine A miracle dog has been welcomed home safe and well after somehow surviving a half-hour journey trapped inside a car engine. ‘Betty Boop’, a three-month-old Jack Russell, managed to climb up through the engine of a neighbour’s Audi…

You could even say it glows!

Photo: Anne Ollila

WOW. I LOVE THIS IDEA: Reflective reindeer. Reindeer referred to heijastinsprayn task to prevent traffic accidents | Yle News | yle.fi. The link is in Finnish but translated, it says that the Reindeer Herders’ Association in Finland sprayed reflective material on their own reindeers’ horns and fur. For this time of year, they are sticking…