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

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A Santa Cruz surfer came off his surfboard, which was immediately commandeered by an otter. The otter aggressively resisted the surfer's (and a friend's) attempts to retake the board.
'Like a scary movie': Sea otter takes surfer's board in Santa Cruz

A surfer off the coats of Santa Cruz was confronted by an otter while he was out catching some waves.

Nick Ericksen is usually the one riding his surfboard, but when he left it empty for a moment after catching a wave off Santa Cruz, a sea otter figured it ought to be the one riding it. ...

“It climbed on and made itself at home,” said Ericksen.

Ericksen’s tactics ranged from the puny, trying to splash the sea otter, to the brave, attempting to tow it towards shore. But every time he touched the board, the sea otter, possibly a pregnant sea otter, would lunge at him. ...

Finally, another surfer came to the rescue, managing to shove the board away from the otter. ...

The otter then chased the rescuer. Then changed its mind and started chasing Nick. ...
FULL STORY (With Video): https://www.ksbw.com/article/santa-cruz-sea-otter-takes-surfers-board/41300201
 

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A protected red squirrel has kept a Scottish bakery closed for two days while humans try to make the intruder leave.
Red squirrel shuts down Scottish bakery for two days

... The Greggs bakery in Pitlochry was closed Sunday after a red squirrel was found living in the roof the previous day, and the squirrel was photographed through a window wandering around the closed business.

The bakery remained closed Monday after initial attempts to safely extract the squirrel were unsuccessful.

The Scottish SPCA confirmed it was contacted ...

"As the squirrel was very high up in the rafters, we advised the member of the public to leave an exit for the squirrel in the hope the animal would come down of their own accord," a representative told the BBC.

"Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case ..."

Specialists are working to safely extract the squirrel, which is a protected species in Scotland. Greggs officials said the store will be thoroughly cleaned before reopening once the animal is safely outside.
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...ery-closed-due-to-red-squirrel/7471664226915/
 

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A protected red squirrel has kept a Scottish bakery closed for two days while humans try to make the intruder leave.

FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...ery-closed-due-to-red-squirrel/7471664226915/

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A protected red squirrel has kept a Scottish bakery closed for two days while humans try to make the intruder leave. ...

Update ... The squirrel was finally captured (and released into the wild) after keeping the bakery closed for 3 days. The bakery remains closed for cleaning until later this week.
Red squirrel captured after shutting down Scottish bakery for days

A protected red squirrel that shut down a Scottish bakery for three days was finally captured safely and relocated to a natural habitat.

The Greggs bakery in Pitlochry was closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday after a red squirrel was found to have taken up residence inside the building. ...

Initial attempts to safely capture the red squirrel, which is a protected species in Scotland, were unsuccessful, but the bakery chain confirmed on Twitter Wednesday that the animal had been ensnared in a humane trap. ...

"The Pitlochry shop is now closed for a deep clean and will reopen later this week, squirrel free," Greggs tweeted. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/09/28/scotland-Greggs-squirrel-captured-Pitlochry/3111664390174/
 

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A California high school had to postpone their homecoming dance because of bats in the belfry gymnasium.
California school dance postponed due to bats in gym

A California high school announced its homecoming dance will be rescheduled after bats were found living in the gymnasium.

The Davis Joint Unified School District said the dance at Davis Senior High School had been scheduled for Saturday, but will be instead be held at an undetermined date in the future due to the presence of bats in the gym. ...

After immediate consultation with Yolo County Animal Control and professionals who specialize in bat abatement, we learned we could not remove the bats from the gym in time for the dance," the district said in a Facebook post.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to identify another option that maintains the safety of our students and staff. We will reschedule the dance as soon as possible."

Corky Quirk, a researcher and educator with rescue group Northern California Bats, said the school's unwanted residents are likely Mexican free-tailed bats. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/09/28/school-dance-postponed-bats-gym/9801664376390/
 
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