Tag Archive for animals

Who’s a VERY NAUGHTY BEAR, then?

You can almost hear the gears turning in this bear's head. From the Minnesota Zoo.

Bear attacks are rare and escapes even rarer. But we wonder what was going through the mind of this grizzly. A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley picked up a basketball-sized rock with both front paws Monday morning and repeatedly slammed it into a pane of glass, shattering the barrier as startled patrons…

China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

Dette er utslaget jordskjelvet gjorde på målestasjonen på Blussuvoll i Trondheim. FOTO: UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

It’s an idea rejected by many in the modern seismology world but there may be something to it. Nanjing city in East China’s Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks. Source: Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting…

Did it rain lampreys in Alaska? Not really

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When sea creatures appear on your lawn, you might wonder how the heck they got there. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says they are falling from the mouths of gulls. FAIRBANKS—Adult Arctic lampreys have fallen from the sky four times this week in Fairbanks, including at the Value Village parking lot, according to…

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

Masses of dead vellella on the beach. It happens.

Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

Did the parrot cry for help?

Rescued bird given oxygen

Who’s a pretty smart girl? Parrot’s Cries of ‘Help, Fire’ Bring Firefighters to Burning House in Idaho Emergency crews responding to a house fire in Idaho Friday night expected to find an elderly woman inside the home when they heard cries of “help” and “fire.” “Once the captain did his walk-around, he could hear something…

Amazingly spectacular, perfectly natural: Frilled shark caught

Specimen captured in Australia recently.

Stupid media click-bait headlines piss me off. It’s not ‘horrific’, grotesque, something from “Alien” or even a silly “living fossil”. It’s a cool animal. Learn about the real world, it’s amazing. A rare specimen of a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) was brought up by a fisherman in Australia. Trawler skipper David Guillot caught the 1.5 meter specimen while…

White tiger dies from cobra bite in Indian zoo

Photo credit: Hindustan Times

It’s unclear how this happened but the death has prompted an outcry about the animal’s housing conditions, the breeding of white tigers, and the safety and security of zoo animals. Black cobra’s bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed. On Saturday morning, the zoo officials found the two-year-old tiger, Rajan, unconscious, bleeding from…

Mountain lion captured and killed in Kentucky

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This is extremely interesting news. If the animal was wild, it would be the first such confirmed mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War. Wildlife officer shoots and kills mountain lion in a tree in northern Bourbon County A state wildlife officer shot the mountain lion late Monday afternoon on Redmon Road in…

Discovery Channel programming is equivalent to what comes out the tail end of this poor snake (UPDATE)

Green anaconda - suspected to be the type on the loose in New Jersey

UPDATE (8-Dec-2014): This Discovery show has aired and was called a bait and switch. Are you surprised? I’m not. ‘Eaten Alive:’ Bait and, umm, switch – Newsday. “Eaten Alive!” the massively promoted Discovery Channel special that prompted PETA outrage, a thousand stories, possibly even some flyby viewing Sunday night, was a snake-bitten hoax. No one…

Dubious report of black panther in Queensland

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Claimed sightings of large black cats are widespread, but unless you live in an area where there are leopards or jaguars, you’re almost certainly mistaken. Farmer says he’s spotted black panther twice | Sunshine Coast Daily. JOHN Rourke didn’t always sleep with a cane knife next to his bed. But after seeing a black panther…

Two loosey gooseys?

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A two-fer in the UK. Is a penguin on the loose in Looe?. Looe tourist information centre wants to know if you have seen a penguin on the loose. It comes after someone told staff on Wednesday that he believed he had seen one on Hannafore Beach. Escaped emu on the loose causing problems for…

Out of place pufferfish found on UK beach

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Pufferfish, balloon fish, porcupine fish, are native to tropical waters. This was not a typical visitor to the UK shoreline. Poisonous Pufferfish found washed up on Chesil Beach. A POISONOUS tropical pufferfish has been found washed up on Chesil Beach. Richard Fabbri, who works at Weymouth Watersports, found the 12-inch oceanic pufferfish while on a…