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

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He looked quite penitent in the first picture, after he'd been captured.
 

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Man mauled by black leopard after he paid $150 to “play with it, rub its belly and take pictures.”

DAVIE, Fla. – A man who paid $150 for a “full-contact experience” with a black leopard says he had to undergo multiple surgeries after he was mauled by the fully-grown animal in an enclosure behind a Davie home.

https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/10/28/man-mauled-by-leopard-behind-davie-home/

Both parties are extraordinarily dumb. I hope the animal is removed from this jerk.
 

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What a whale of an appetite!
 

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A hungry dog started a kitchen blaze when it accidentally switched on an electric hob while jumping to reach its food.

The owners found their oven ablaze when they returned home from the school run. Firefighters arrived at James Road, Braintree, on Friday to find the family safely outside and put out the flames.

McGrath, of Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, said it could have been a "different outcome" if the family had been delayed coming home.

"They had got out, stayed out and called 999, which was absolutely the right thing to do," he said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-54944647
 

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Suicide saboteur squirrel knocks out power to the downtown area of South Carolina's capital.
Squirrelly situation: Critter causes South Carolina outages

A section of South Carolina’s capital city was without power Monday after a squirrel scurrying across equipment caused damage that led to a blackout.

Dominion Energy said the critter caused the outages in downtown Columbia.

“The squirrel came into contact with the protective device around the transformer,” company spokesman Matt Long said. “I don’t know that this is what happened, but usually, let’s say if an animal touches an energized part and a grounded part, that would create a current flow through the animal’s body and stop its heart from beating.”

Long could not say whether that was exactly what happened Monday but did say the transformer itself was not damaged during the “shocking” situation, just the device surrounding it. ...

Long confirmed the squirrel was killed while damaging the equipment. ...
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/article/matt-lon...uth-carolina-55e4941922ad8f3ca621e7abcad81b9e
 

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Maximus otter's worst nightmare ... Having a deer make off with his rifle ... .... And confronting a deer with nothing more destructive than a .22 Hornet ... :evillaugh:
Deer steals hunter's gun, flees into woods

A hunter in the Czech Republic was charged by a deer that snagged the man's gun on its antlers and fled into the woods with the weapon, police said.

Police in the South Bohemian Region said a hunter contacted authorities to recount the story of how he lost his gun while hunting near the village of Horni Plana. ...

The man said one of the hunting dogs in his group startled a stag in a wooded area, causing the panicked deer to run directly toward him.

The deer's antlers ripped the man's sleeve and ended up snagged on his .22 Hornet rifle, which had been slung over his left hand at the time.

The animal ran off into the woods with the hunter's unloaded gun still attached to its antlers, the man told police.

Police said another hunter reported spotting a deer with a rifle dangling from its antlers more than half a mile from the scene. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/11/25/Deer-steals-hunters-gun-flees-into-woods/3701606319899/
 

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Pitot tubes are used on aircraft to measure airspeed, and pitot blockages / failures have been blamed for multiple airplane crashes. Newly reported research in Australia confirms that certain wasps build nests inside the tubes, thus creating an aviation safety issue.
Keyhole Wasps May Threaten Aircraft Safety

Over a period of 39 months, invasive keyhole wasps (Pachodynerus nasidens) at the Brisbane Airport were responsible for 93 instances of fully blocked replica pitot probes — vital instruments that measure airspeed — according to a study [to be] published November 30 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Alan House of Eco Logical Australia and colleagues. As noted by the authors, the results underscore the importance of risk-mitigating strategies, such as covering pitot probes when aircraft arrive and setting up additional traps to intercept the wasps.

Interactions between aircraft and wildlife are frequent and can have serious financial and safety consequences. But the risk posed by wildlife when aircraft are on the ground is much less understood, and specific threats posed by insects have not been quantified before. In the new study, House and his colleagues investigated the possible role of keyhole wasps in obstructing pitot probes at Brisbane Airport. A total of 26 wasp-related issues were reported at the airport between November 2013 and April 2019, in conjunction with a series of serious safety incidents involving pitot probes. ...

The researchers used 3D-printing technology to construct a series of replica pitot probes, which they mounted at four locations at the airport. All nests in these probes were made by keyhole wasps, and peak nesting occurred in the summer months. ... According to the authors, P. nasidens poses a significant risk to aviation safety, and further work is warranted to develop strategies for controlling or eradicating persistent populations of this adaptable, inventive, and highly mobile species. ...
FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/keyhole-wasps-may-threaten-aircraft-safety/
 

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An accident? Thar's what they want you to believe.

US President-elect Joe Biden has fractured his foot while playing with one of his dogs, his doctor has said.

Mr Biden, 78, twisted his ankle on Saturday when he slipped while with Major, one of his two German shepherds. The Democrat visited an orthopaedist in Newark, Delaware, a day later "out of an abundance of caution".

His personal physician, Kevin O'Connor, said initial x-rays did not show an "obvious fracture", but ordered a more detailed CT scan. The subsequent scan found that Mr Biden had suffered "hairline fractures" of two small bones in the middle of his right foot, the doctor said.

"It is anticipated that he will likely require a walking boot for several weeks," Mr O'Connor said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-55127559
 

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More beavers released in Devon's River Otter
BBC Radio Devon
Posted at 11:17

More beavers have been released in East Devon as part of the five-year project to see if the animals can be reintroduced into the wild.
One adult female and one adult male beaver were released at a secret location on Monday evening, on private land close to the River Otter.

The colony is said to be England's first licensed beaver re-introduction and monitoring project.

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Beaver buddies to increase genetic pool of wild family
Rachael Thorn
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Posted at 16:06

New beavers have been released into the River Otter to join England's to increase the genetic pool of England's only wild beaver family.
DNA analysis showed the wild beavers, first spotted in 2014 after centuries of extinction in England, were "quite closely related", Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife Trust said.

Mr Hussey said finding the right beavers, which included "making sure that they're captive UK bred UK animals" to reduce risks of disease, had taken "quite a lot of time".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-36345211

Now they're building dams in Exmoor. Maybe they'll drown the Beast of Exmoor.

Beavers have built a dam on Exmoor for the first time in more than 400 years.

The rodents were released into the wild in Somerset in January this year as part of a National Trust project to restore streams and reduce flooding. Beavers became extinct in the UK in the 16th Century due to hunting, but have been successfully reintroduced at a handful of sites in recent years. The trust said the dam "might look modest, but [it] is incredibly special" and had "created an instant wetland".

Wildlife camera footage shows the beavers gnawing trees and collecting vegetation to build the dam at the Holnicote Estate near Minehead.
Their construction can allow for deep pools of water which offer animals shelter from predators and a place to store food. They can also work as natural flood-defences, helping to reduce the risk of homes flooding downstream.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-somerset-55125932
 

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Headstrong sheep apparently wished to flout lockdown restrictions and shop downtown, breaking a shop's glass doors ...
Cracked glass doors blamed on wandering sheep

The mystery of a possible breaking and entering attempt at a Michigan business was solved when the culprit responsible for cracking glass doors was identified as a wandering sheep, police said.

The Walker Police Department said an officer dispatched to investigate the possible breaking and entering Monday at a business in the north district noticed there appeared to be some wool or fur on the glass. ...

Walker police and Animal Control officers were dispatched later in the day Monday when a sheep was spotted running loose in the same area.

"After running amok all morning, it took Animal Control, Walker PD, Walker Fire & some helpful citizens about an hour to corral this rascal," the police department said. ...
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/12/02/Cracked-glass-doors-blamed-on-wandering-sheep/3171606924662/
 

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Vultures are vandalizing a Pennsylvania town and bothering the residents.
‘This is the worst year’: Black vultures harass Pa. homes

Flocks of black vultures are roosting on roofs and in trees in one Pennsylvania town, causing damage to homes and property and generally harassing residents.

The birds, which can have wingspans up to 5 feet (1.5 meters), are protected under federal laws ...

Especially in the fall and winter, they roost together and prefer warm areas like dark roofs. The birds peck at the rubber on the roofs and target plastic things like porch furniture and garbage cans for destruction, the newspaper reported. ...

A homeowner in Marietta, which is located on the Susquehanna River outside of Lancaster, told the newspaper that he’s paid thousands of dollars to repair damage to his roof. ...

“This is the worst year,” John Enterline said. “There are many more of them.” ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/vultures-harass-pennsylvania-a8555bebd9d40c480fb378afc2b52262
 

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From the FT, but widely reported in the Summer:
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An alcoholic killer monkey killed one man and injured 250 others after its owner died and deprived him of booze. Although it sounds ridiculous, it all boils down to the cruelty of the owner, and now hundreds of others paid the price.

One odd thing: its rampage seems to have happened 3 years ago, and it's been in captivity at a zoo ever since - so why the report this year?
 

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A goat and its sheep accomplices lay siege to a Turkish city hall ... Their problem with the town's governance is still unknown.
Goat, sheep, three lambs besiege municipal building in Turkey

A goat, a sheep and three lambs paid a surprise visit to a Turkish city hall and trapped municipal workers inside the building.

Nevsehir Municipality tweeted a video showing the group of animals wandering around just outside the municipal building and chasing after security guards who attempted to leave. ...

"We have been captured by 1 sheep, 1 goat, 3 lambs," the tweet said.

Animal experts were summoned to the scene and rounded up the aggressive gang. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/1...e-municipal-building-in-Turkey/2541608220862/
 

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Vultures are vandalizing a Pennsylvania town and bothering the residents. ...
Update ... More than 2.5 weeks later, the vulture problem in Marietta, Pennsylvania, hasn't abated. If anything, it's getting worse.
‘The vultures are winning’: Small Lancaster County town besieged by giant birds

No one’s quite sure why the vultures, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, have chosen to converge on Marietta. Like their slightly larger turkey vulture cousins, black vultures are native to Pennsylvania, and residents said they’ve always been seen in summer months, soaring high above the river. What they lack in beauty, they make up for in resourcefulness, playing an important part in the ecosystem by eating carrion and roadkill. ...

In recent years, though, the vultures have moved inland once the frosts become consistent in late autumn. They roost in pine trees and line up on warm rooftops, spreading their wings — with spans of five feet — to soak up the sun. Residents say this year is worse than ever, an issue first reported by Lancaster Online this month. One homeowner who asked not to be identified said she’s spent several thousand dollars repairing damage the vultures have caused to her roof.

“My insurance company doesn’t cover ‘act of vulture,’ ” she said. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.mcall.com/news/pennsylv...0201221-zrsiw4qh3ncmpgxwvigpxlp4ym-story.html
 

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