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  1. M

    Fossil Fish

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4498049.stm Fossils illuminate fish evolution Fossils of an ancient fish - dating back 450 million years, when the creatures had neither bones nor teeth - have been found in South Africa. The finds, which are 50 million years older than any other...
  2. A

    Unexplained Cat Sounds

    When I was 15/16 years old and still leaving at home I had some strange experiances with noise's. My mum would pop down the local tennents association 3 nights a week to play bingo leaving me alone in our flat with our 3 cats.My cats have this annoying habit of getting in the litter tray which...
  3. M

    Bioluminescent (Light-Producing) Organisms

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  4. D

    Hybrid Animals

    How often do animals in the wild cross breed? I know lions, tigers and leopards have crossed in captivity but has it ever happened in the wild? Can Chimps and Bonobos (pygimy chimps) cross? Anyone know of any other combinations that have occurred in the wild?
  5. M

    The Hoop Snake

  6. ramonmercado

    Remarkable Mice

    No Blind Mice, Thanks To UF Scientists 07 Jan 2005 University of Florida stem cell scientists reported today (Jan. 3) that they have prevented blindness in mice afflicted with a condition similar to one that robs thousands of diabetic Americans of their eyesight each year. Writing in...
  7. M

    The Crocodile Thread

    Well if Alexius had said Sufi's ha mystic crocs I'd probably have signed up on the spot!!!! Source
  8. M

    Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?

    [edit: I thought this deserved its won thread - it was split off from "Earthquake Prediction Advances": www.forteantimes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12689 Link is obsolete. The current link is: https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/earthquake-prediction-advances.12689/ where you can...
  9. C

    Pine Martens

    Martens Not extinct Source
  10. P

    Strange Fish(?) That Wash Ashore

    Big fish A sunfish that washed up near the base of Farewell Spit is a monster with a strange sense of timing, a marine expert says. The 3m sunfish was discovered at Taupata Creek near Puponga by passers-by on Sunday. Department of Conservation worker and Pakawau resident Heather Gunn...
  11. M

    New Zealand's Bizarre Birds

    Bizarre birds I've dated a few and it seems NZ is chock full of them: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/09/0921_040921_newzealand_birds.html
  12. ramonmercado

    Animal Rescue

    Landlord's kiss saves spin kitten [Emp edit: A general thread for animals being rescued in strange and unusual ways as opposed to Animals to the Rescue: http://www.forteantimes.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=13612 where the animals do the rescuing.] Landlord's kiss saves spin...
  13. W

    'Drop Bears'

    time to confess about our australian "drop bears" According to legend, Drop Bears are dangerous creatures that hide in gum trees. You can tell if one of them is hiding in a tree by lying on your back beneath the tree and spitting upwards. If the Drop Bear is up there, it'll spit back...
  14. A

    Black Dogs

    It's occured to me with all this discussion of urban myths and folklore that it appears no one has raised the subject of ghostly black dogs. Personally I find the idea that one ghost coud appear in so many areas and have so many common features. So what are peoples thoughts? (Nice little link...
  15. M

    Whale Beachings

    I know there have been lots of theories about this (including ley lines, contintental drift, etc.) but perhaps we are getting closer to answer. http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1149829.htm Emps
  16. E

    The Cat Speaks English

    We "adopted" two kittens in October, 2003: one gray and white (but not striped) about 9 weeks old and the other a Siamese-looking, blue-eyed sweetie who is probably of mixed heritage who was about 10 weeks old at the time. Right from the first day at our house, the Siamese, named Ursula...
  17. escargot

    Attacks By Seagulls

    This was on R4 just now. One woman interviewed won't leave her house without carrying a broom to beat off aggressive seagulls and newspaper deliveries have ceased as the kids are too scared of being pecked as they ride along. Residents of the seaside town of Monkseaton have become terrified...
  18. gyrtrash

    Werewolf Sightings In North Yorkshire

    Can anyone furnish me with any information, links, books etc. that describe the purported activities of a werewolf in East Yorkshire? I believe the beast could be found around the village of Flixton... Cheers Dave:)
  19. M

    The Hippopotamus / Hippo Thread

  20. M

    Parasites, Insects, Etc., Infesting The Human Body

    Insect infestation For when insects and other creepy crawlies get under your skin (literally). WARNING: May contain unpleasant stories: From the front page: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/05/15/1084571007555.html Emps
  21. MrRING

    The Frog Menace

    African Frogs Threaten San Francisco Area By MIELIKKI ORG, Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO - California biologists are alarmed over the latest invasive species to take up residence in this city: African clawed frogs, which eat just about anything and tend to breed like crazy. Even...
  22. M

    Amazing Animals

    Jut a general thread for when the animals aren't attacking people or helping them or undergoing long journeys or suckiling the young of different species or......... http://cbs4boston.com/water/watercooler_story_105142853.html Not flushing?? Why do I bother. Mark this puddy down as 'Must...
  23. Yithian

    World's Oldest Pets, Livestock & Other Captive Animals

    World's Oldest Horse, Badger Can't find it anywhere, correct me if i'm wrong, must've been reported while i was offline:
  24. M

    Animal Intelligence

    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/02/20/1077072840069.html Book details: http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-306-47727-0 Sounds very interesting - order it for your local library now. Emps
  25. M

    Turtles: Oddities & Forteana (General; Miscellaneous)

    (Copied from the FT 181 thread) I thought you might like to see a picture of the stuffed Hanoi Turtle mentioned in this issue. Unfortunatly I didn't see the live creature. Apparently there was an image posted in or with this post, and it's gone MIA. Here is a substitute photo of the preserved...
  26. M

    When Dogs Attack

    Dog rapes man: Man rapes dog (or at least tries to) and gets mauled: http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,8579692^13762,00.html I think for the betterment of mankind the dog should hve bitten his nuts off ;) Emps
  27. gattino

    Are Robins Symbols Of Dead Loved Ones?

    I am increasingly aware of what appears to me to be a "new" folklore in the making. A phenomena that is coming into being, but not yet commented on. My own account has been told by me several times and I won't take up space in my first posting by giving the full story. But the bones of it...
  28. M

    What's Killing The Animals? The Mysteries Of Mass Deaths

    Whats poisoning the animals? Frying pan fumes:
  29. M

    The Alligator Thread

  30. M

    Animals Formally Arrested / Prosecuted / Executed For Crimes

    There are numerous cases of animals being put in th dock (I think one of the Books of Lists has a list of a number of cases) but surly tht wouldn't happen in this modern day and age? http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=816&ncid=816&e=10&u=/ap/20040127/ap_on_fe_st/cow_cleared...
  31. A

    Animal Sleeping Behavior (& Do They Dream?)

    Any ornithologists out there?... i read recently that "swifts sleep on the wing" How do 'they' know that?.... can you think of a way of finding it out?
  32. A

    Animal Escapes

    AUCKLAND (Reuters) -An elephant briefly escaped from New Zealand's Auckland zoo on Friday after dropping a log....... .........on an electrified fence and crashing through a gate.Twenty-year-old Burma, one of two elephants at the zoo, was free for about half an hour, forcing some road closures...
  33. OneWingedBird

    Penguins (Compendium; Miscellaneous)

    Ah, I've been looking all over the 'net for an amusing article that I saw on Penguins and then I find it again in this week's New Scientist: Poop Shooters of the Antarctic "Penguins are talented birds. They not only survive extreme temperatures, waddle vast distances and dive to...
  34. M

    Cetacean Culture

    It has been pretty much proved that chimps have what can be strictly defined as a culture is it going to be the whales turn next? [edit: ooops no link - its here: http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?language=english&type=article&article_id=218392150 ] The article has quite a few...
  35. T

    Wild Boar

    The FT search engine didn't provide me with any links to threads relating to wild boars UK or elsewhere, so I'm hoping that this thread could become devoted to any sightings or news links etc.. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/gloucestershire/3375611.stm 07/01/04 Wild boar spotted in...
  36. escargot

    Crocodile Attacks

    Croc attack :eek!!!!:
  37. T

    Gorilla Goings-On

    Gorillas making good babysitters? Gorilla to be left holding the baby TV presenter Donna Air and her zoo-owner boyfriend Damian Aspinall are planning to put their baby daughter in the hands of a 200lb gorilla. The couple are to place baby Freya in the gorilla enclosure at Howletts Zoo...
  38. C

    Bird Falls: Mysterious Deaths Of Birds En Masse

    Mass starling suicide baffles experts Wildlife experts in the German city of Stuttgart are baffled after a flock of starlings made a mass suicide attempt leaving dozens of birds dead. Pedestrians watched as hundreds of birds flew over the city before suddenly nose-diving to the ground from...
  39. C

    Extinct Or Just Missing? Rediscovered Animal Species

    Back from the brink... http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,7359855%255E1702,00.html
  40. phi23

    I Can Hear Bats Squeaking—Can You?

    Is it unusual that I can hear bats squeaking? I've always been able to hear them - and I know its bats because I only ever hear them when I see them flying around - in fact I hear them before I see them. I noticed bats squeaking last night while out walking between some country pubs and...
  41. OneWingedBird

    Egyptian Mummies (Animals)

    Thousands of mummified cats were quite famously ground up for fertiliser, which is one of the reasons very few of this type of mummy survive today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/alabaster/A641378 Link is dead. No alternative or archived version found. There's a cat mummy in the medical...
  42. A

    Rabbits (General; Miscellaneous)

    Rabits? remarkable animal... not native to Uk tho and on Time Team they said that in Saxon times they required speciel care to survive in the English winter ie warens... So whats thier normal range?... is say Denmark too cold? or is the weather so much warmer nowdays? I understand they...
  43. D

    Kangaroo Madness

    Sorry if somebody's posted this already (the search showed nothing and I checked Snopes as well) but I found this quite disturbing: In Victoria, Australia, kangaroos have come into the city because there's a drought, and the animals are starving and thirsty so are very unpredictable. A...
  44. A

    Cries In The Dark: Dingo Attacks

    Skull find could be missing Briton's I remember seeing the story of this disappearance in FT - maybe he just showed up: Police in Australia are trying to identify a human skull found on a popular tourist island amid speculation it could be the remains of a tourist from London who disappeared...
  45. P

    Meet The Corvids: Crows, Rooks, Jackdaws & Others (Misc.)

    Here's a heartwarming story, any ideas why a bird should act this way?
  46. A

    Animal Army (Animals Trained Or Exploited For Warfare)

    Here is a report on how the US Navy is using trained Sealions in the Gulf to spot potential saboteurs, then goes on to give other examples - Dolphins, kamikaze camels, bat bombs .etc. I remember the dead rat bombs reported in FT a few months ago, but are there any other good examples? And do...
  47. JamesWhitehead

    Badger Forteana

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uklatest/story/0,1271,-2460035,00.html Ron Davies says trips to gay haunt were to 'watch badgers' Ananova Thursday March 6, 2003 8:47 PM Former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies has admitted making repeated trips to a notorious gay cruising haunt - but only to watch...
  48. A

    Chickens (Miscellaneous; Compendium)

    it seems Holand is in the grip of a Chicken flue epidemic (remeber the one in Hong Kong during which all the chickens in HK were killed and 6 people died) It is transmisible to humans and its rather nasty.... and Portugease Chickens have just been found to contain banned antibiotics/growth...
  49. P

    The Octopus Thread

    CNN story. An octopus in a German zoo has learned to open jars of shrimp by watching zoo attendants perform the act underwater. Frida, a five-month-old female octopus, opens the jars by pressing her body on the lid and grasping the sides with the suckers on her eight tentacles. With a...
  50. P

    Day Of The Humans: Tales Of Beast Vs Man (And Man Prevails...)

    Man falls to his death: dog arrested Story here. Police in the Taiwanese county of Ilan arrested a dog on Sunday in connection with the death of an 85-year-old man, who died after falling off a hospital bed recently. The man, identified only as Lin, was treated for a bite wound on his...