Day Of The Animals: Tales Of Man Vs Beast (And Man Suffers)

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I was off out stalking at 0500 a couple of weeks ago. On a straight, dry, well-lit road with no other traffic about, and in broad daylight with my dipped-beam headlights on, an effing muntjac burst out of the hedge on the offside and ran right across the road in my path. I was unable to brake and swerve enough, and I just clipped the brute's left rear leg. It ran off, apparently little the worse for the encounter.

I examined the damage and thought, "I've got away with this!" One body panel had sprung loose from its clip, and I managed to push it back into place with a reassuring clack. The FNS sidelight had gone walkies as a unit, but I thought I'd got off lightly.

I continued to my permission where, to add to my good mood, I barely even saw a deer, much less got a shot.

I sent pics to my insurance company, thinking that at worst I'd have to have one body panel replaced. Seriously, unless you got to arm's length and looked closely, the car appeared undamaged.

The result? An estimate of over £1,500 for repairs! Luckily I have good insurance, but I can kiss goodbye to my excess, though my No Claims Discount is protected.

Believe me, the irony of the incident is not lost on me. I would, however, point out that before costing me a large amount of money, any animal species would do well to establish that:

a) It wasn't delicious.

b) It wasn't an unpopular pest to agriculture, and;

c) The person whom it discommodes doesn't have the necessary permission, inclination and equipment to shoot it.

Grrr...

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Eagle kills drone and stalls aerial mapping project.
Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan.

The attack happened July 21, when the drone was mapping shoreline erosion ...

Environmental quality analyst and drone pilot Hunter King said he had completed about seven minutes of the mapping flight when satellite reception became spotty. ...

King pressed a button to return the $950 drone to him and was viewing his video screen when the drone began to twirl.

“It was like a really bad roller coaster ride,” said King, who looked up and saw the eagle flying away, apparently unhurt by its confrontation with technology.

Two birdwatchers who were nearby saw the bird attack something but told officials they didn’t realize it was a drone.

The drone sent 27 warning notifications in the 3.5 seconds that it took to spiral to the water, including one noting that a propeller was missing. A search of the shoreline failed to find the drone. Data later revealed that it landed in 4 feet of water about 150 feet offshore.

EGLE’s drone team is considering what it can do to reduce the possibility of a repeat attack, including possibly using “skins” or other designs on the aircraft to make them look less like seagulls, the agency said.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/d1d82d7519063f09911b7cde3cd8465a
 

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Turkey becomes aggressive enough to force closure of the park where he was a well-liked resident, and authorities are having trouble catching and evicting him.
California city hunting aggressive turkey that forced park closure

Officials in a California said they are attempting to capture and relocate a wild turkey that was a longtime beloved resident before becoming so aggressive he forced the closure of a local park.

Residents of the Grand Lake neighborhood of Oakland said Gerald the turkey has been a longtime resident of the area and was beloved by locals before he started becoming territorial and aggressive toward humans earlier in the summer -- about the time turkey mating season began. ...

Gerald's behavior became so aggressive that city officials ordered the closing of the neighborhood's Morcom Rose Garden.

"He's still there," Ann Dunn, director of Oakland Animal Services, told the East Bay Times. "A Department of Fish and Wildlife officer tried to trap him and couldn't, so he gave up."

Officials said efforts are underway to capture and relocate the turkey. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...urkey-that-forced-park-closure/4581597348184/
 

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Fearsome flying fish flattens fisherman.

Fish launches into boat off Darwin, killing 56-year-old man, NT Police say
By Sowaibah Hanifie and Steve Vivian
Posted 7hhours ago, updated 2hhours ago

A 56-year-old man has died in Darwin after being struck in his chest by a fish while on a fishing boat.

Key points:
  • Police say the fish hit the man while he was inside the fishing boat
  • The man was rushed to Cullen Bay jetty where he passed away
  • Police say the man was fishing with family and friends
Northern Territory Police say the man had been fishing with family and friends on Darwin Harbour on Friday when he was "struck in his chest by a large fish which launched itself into the boat".

A local fisherman said he understood the fish was an 18-kilogram mackerel.

"From reports, it was like an 18-kilo mackerel, so it would have been a big fish that speared right into this guy and caused major blunt [force] trauma," James Crane said. ...

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08...t-off-darwin-killing-56-year-old-man/12562100
 

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Cur Cuts Cops' Cable Connection Causing Considerable Cost; Culprit's Capture Confounds Constabulary ...
Bad boy! Dog costs Mississippi officials more than $7,000

A curious dog got hold of a fiber optic cable that ran between county buildings in Mississippi, chewing it to pieces and costing county officials thousands of dollars in an attempt to get it fixed.

The cable connected a courthouse and a nearby Justice Court building in Amite County ...

The culprit was not caught in the act, but officials saw “his running mate” through the security camera ...

The sheriff has a suspect in mind but lacks evidence to hold up his charge. If officials knew who the troublemaker was, the county could seek damages, which amounts to more than $7,000, from the owner ...

Amite County Justice Court Judge Roger Arnold said it’s his first time hearing a case like this.

“I did hear the suspect was still at large,” he quipped.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/9bab5a8ffb148bb3fab38e18b45fb032
 

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Don't wrestle with lions.

A South African lion keeper died after a game of wrestling with two lionesses he had raised as cubs “got a bit rough”.

West Mathewson, 68, was playing with Demi and Tanner when “instincts got the better of one of them” and he was seriously injured.

He died on the way to hospital after the incident at Lion Tree Top Lodge outside Hoedspruit, near the Kruger National Park yesterday. A spokeswoman at the lodge told The Times the white lions would “definitely not be put down”.

She added: “West loved those cats as much as his children and spent much of the day with them every day. They didn’t mean him any harm and it was just a tragic accident. They will continue to be loved and protected until the day they leave this earth.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...-rough-wrestling-bout-with-his-pets-5dbtpxmfk
 

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Seal lured away from Norfolk Broads after climbing on kayaks

A seal had to be lured away from a section of the Norfolk Broads after becoming overly friendly with people in the area.

The seal appeared in Ludham for about five days, jumping on to people's kayaks and paddleboards.

A shopkeeper in the area, along with the East Winch Wildlife Centre and Seal and Shore Watch, decided it was best to move her on for her own safety.

"The best way was just to lure her out with fish alongside our boat," said shopkeeper David Benbow.
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A Georgia cop was serving civil papers at someone's home when a goat got into the cop's car, began eating her papers, refused to get out the car, & then head-butted the cop to the ground when it finally did get out the car. https://t.co/CtuQGA9voX
 

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Orcas attack sailing boats in the Straits of Gibraltar
'I've never seen or heard of attacks': scientists baffled by orcas harassing boats
The Observer
Whales

Reports of orcas striking sailing boats in the Straits of Gibraltar have left sailors and scientists confused. Just what is causing such unusually aggressive behaviour?
Susan Smillie
Sun 13 Sep 2020 10.00 BSTLast modified on Sun 13 Sep 2020 15.42 BST

When nine killer whales surrounded the 46ft boat that Victoria Morris was crewing in Spain on the afternoon of 29 July, she was elated. The biology graduate taught sailing in New Zealand and is used to friendly orca encounters. But the atmosphere quickly changed when they started ramming the hull, spinning the boat 180 degrees, disabling the autohelm and engine. The 23-year-old watched broken bits of the rudder float off, leaving the four-person crew without steering, drifting into the Gibraltar Straits shipping lane between Cape Trafalgar and the small town of Barbate.
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https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/13/the-tale-of-the-killer-whales
 

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My husband is getting notifications from his place of employment that, in the 6 months since anyone has gone into the office, RATTLESNAKES have taken up residence. And they're happily multiplying.

ok some context, I guess there have ALWAYS been rattlesnakes in the area around the complex. it's the getting inside and setting up shop that's interesting or horrifying, depending on how you feel about snakes.

 

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This bird's not a sport fan ...
Apparently neither is this one ...
Parrot interrupts Croatian soccer game by landing on player

A soccer game in Croatia was interrupted when an escaped parrot celebrated a team's goal by swooping down onto the field and landing on a {player's} back.

A video of the game between Cibalia and Bijelo Brdo shows Karlo Isasegi, a full back for Cibalia, being surprised after a teammate's goal when a parrot lands on his back. ...
SOURCE:
https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...ccer-game-by-landing-on-player/9231601392229/

ADDITIONAL SOURCE (With Video):
https://www.planetfootball.com/vide...ayers-back-during-croatian-second-tier-match/
 

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Gavin the seal

The grey seal, named Gavin by locals, is well known in the seaside town of Littlehampton, West Sussex, and is often spotted near the harbour and along the River Arun.

Local man John Mitchell, who recorded footage of Gavin lounging on his board was happy for the company. The video, recorded on Mr Mitchell’s phone, shows the seal resting on the end of the paddleboard, dipping his head in the water and taking in his surroundings.

At one point the seal swam away so Mr Mitchell took his cue to leave – but as he did, Gavin caught sight of the paddleboarder and zoomed back “like a torpedo”, he says.

The seal, who has approached paddleboarders before and has become something of a local celebrity is named after a local RNLI lifeboatman and harbour attendant.
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My friend in California sent me this this photo in the summer. He spotted it hiding in a tree.
 

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Watch this.

Cougar stalk: Utah jogger on six-minute encounter with a mountain lion

Kyle Burgess' jog on his local trail in Utah turned into a life-or-death situation when he came across a cougar.
He was pursued by the mountain lion for a full six minutes - and he captured it all on his phone.
Recalling the encounter, Kyle says: "If she wanted to take me down, she totally could have."

Video by Joaquim Salles

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-54548467
 

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Watch this.

Cougar stalk: Utah jogger on six-minute encounter with a mountain lion

Kyle Burgess' jog on his local trail in Utah turned into a life-or-death situation when he came across a cougar.
He was pursued by the mountain lion for a full six minutes - and he captured it all on his phone.
Recalling the encounter, Kyle says: "If she wanted to take me down, she totally could have."

Video by Joaquim Salles

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-54548467
Downplayed in this story everywhere is the fact that she was protecting her cubs. They can be seen in the first part of the video. Anyone half knowledgeable about wild animals will realize they are in a bad situation if an animal is in protection mode. Yet, instead of hightailing it out of there, he took a goddamned video!? And then is getting attention for it. This guy seems like kind of a jerk.
 
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