Tag Archive for animals

Turns out it was those giraffes making the noises!

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UPDATED (2-Oct 2015) See below. The world is full of strange sounds. Back in August 2014, I linked to a news blip in the Strange Remains, about residents near a zoo in the UK who petitioned the Paignton zoo to soundproof the giraffe area. They complained about a humming or droning noise that kept them…

Lion in China may have been kept for TCM “cures”

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This is a tragic end for an animal that was kept out of its element. It may have been destined to have its parts used for Traditional Chinese (or Asian) Medicine. Officers reportedly fired 20 shots at animal, which is thought to have jumped out of a lorry that was transporting it. Source: Chinese police…

Rare sea creature spotted for the first time in 30 years

Allonautilus scrobiculatus

Today’s creature we bet you never heard of is… allonautilus. One of the “rarest creatures in the world” has been spotted for only the third time ever off the coast of Papua New Guinea by a US biologist. Source: Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World’s ‘rarest’ creature spotted for only the third time ever – World Peter Ward,…

Popular polar bear had autoimmune inflamation of the brain

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Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011, was found to have anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis which experts believe was the likely cause of his untimely death. Source: Knut polar bear death riddle solved – BBC News A new investigation has shown that he had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain…

Kentucky mountain lion appears to be wild; officials not convinced

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Well, this is an interesting development! No agreement on if the mountain lion found in Kentucky in 2014 was wild or a former captive. A wildlife research organization that studies the expanding range of cougars in North America has come to a different conclusion from the one offered by state authorities on how an ill-fated mountain lion…

Alaskan whales mass mortality event

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News snippet: Mystery Surrounds ‘Unusual’ Death of 30 Large Whales in Alaska Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, now deemed an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The historical average for this time-frame is eight deaths, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA…

Everyone loves oarfish

Photo: Annie MacAulay

Every time one washes ashore, it makes the news. A dead oarfish with a belly full of krill washed up on Santa Catalina Island this week, marking a rare sighting of the deep-sea creature and the largest to appear on the island in years, experts say. Source: Biggest oarfish seen at Catalina Island in years…

Hamas nabs spy dolphin, but where’s the evidence?

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“Sources” say that naval guards of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas captured a dolphin off the shores of the Gaza Strip a few days ago equipped with special features. They claimed it was a spy for Israel. The sources said Hamas naval commandos had noticed the dolphin making “suspicious movements.” When they followed the mammal, they discovered…

Your weird but real creature of the day: Stygiomedusa gigantea

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It’s rather a weird quirk of internet sites, even news media, that post these videos calling creatures “alien” or “monster” when exactly what they are, even down to species level, is clearly described in the original source material. It was a surprising find but it’s no alien. Perhaps people should learn some zoology before claiming…

Mutilated cat discovered in Louisiana

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A disturbing and sad case of probable animal abuse. Authorities do not know what happened. The Humane Society of Louisiana said it is investigating a gruesome case of a cat that was found cut in half last week on the Northshore. Officials with the HSL said the cat was discovered the morning of Aug. 5…

There are stranger things…

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In our effort to supply the masses with information about the real world, here is a new video from the SERPENT project. This is a Rhizophysid Siphonophore possibly Bathyphysa sp. observed off Angola in 1325m deep water. Taken 15 June 2015. So, now you know these things are really real. When someone posts this video…

Frog not listed in ingredients of spinach package

News snippet: I doubt he really wanted to be there, though. Inspect your produce throughly. “On the day this product was processed, this particular line had one laser that was not properly functioning,” Valdes wrote. “It is possible that while the product passed the laser the frog was covered behind a piece of spinach not…

Beware of big cat buildup in Beloit

Sign posted in Big Hill Park

The hype is spreading. Pretty soon EVERYONE will be seeing big cats because they been scared by the all the media coverage that something really is out there. The city of Beloit is cautioning the public after two city employees spotted a cougar in Big Hill Park earlier this week. Source: Beloit warns of possible…

Another doubtful armor-dillo story

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Doubtful indeed. A man in Texas claimed he shot an armadillo on a highway at 3AM and the bullet ricocheted off the animal and hit him. He was treated at a hospital and released. From KTRE.com, Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas He obviously had seen THIS story that states a man in Georgia used a 9…

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…

Centipede-in-ear story has many problems (UPDATE)

Centipede presented as the one from Grant's ear.

Here’s a story not for the squeamish. A Saline County teenager woke up Tuesday morning with excruciating pain in one of his ears. Grant Botti, 14, says he felt something strange in his ear and decided to grab hold of it. It was a quite-large centipede. So he says. Source: Arkansas teen finds 4-inch centipede…

Raccoon realizes this is not a rock or log (UPDATE: Is this a hoax?)

Photo: Richard Jones

See UPDATE below. Originally published 14-June 2015 15:23 ET We’ve seen a few of this strange animal pictures in the past year and feature them in our “Strange remains” leftovers for the day. Remember the VERY up close encounter with a great white? And the weasel on a woodpecker? Both real. This one appears to be real too.…

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…