Day Of The Animals: Tales Of Man Vs Beast

PeteByrdie

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It's standard practice to install titanium replacement teeth on military guard dogs whose natural teeth have been damaged or lost in training or in the line of duty.
They should just give all military dogs a set of titanium gnashers. And fricking laser beams on their fricking heads.
 

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Why the titanium teeth? The article doesn't mention them.

Malinois dogs are amazingly athletic. Have a look on youtube for clips of their jumping/climbing abilities.
The Daily Telegraph (UK) on Saturday gave the picture of the titanium teeth but the article was restricted so I gave a link to The Standard instead which, as you say, doesn't mention them. Replacement teeth and titanium crowns on "bite dogs" used by the Police (US) and Services has been practice for at least 10 years. I initially wondered if the Telegraph was implying an irony in the PDSA giving a medal to a dog whose teeth had been forcibly upgraded. But since the vigorous denial of the popular meme that the Navy Seals hunting Osama Bin Laden had used dogs with titanium teeth, I guess Hurricane got his new teeth because his old ones were damaged biting all them hard Crims.

https://www.wired.com/2011/05/no-navy-seal-dogs-dont-have-titanium-teeth/

Malinois look very athletic in full flight.

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Nicely squirreled away in a car trunk rather than a tree trunk.

A couple in the US city of Pittsburgh found a surprise stash of hundreds of walnuts hidden under their car bonnet.

The nuts, along with a lot of grass, are believed to have been collected there by squirrels making preparations for winter. Chris Persic posted photos of the car on Facebook warning that "rodents and vehicles do not mix". Holly Persic only discovered the hoard when she was driving and noticed a burning smell and strange sound. After looking under the bonnet, she found the stash, which the couple attempted to clear out before taking the car to a mechanic.

"Was absolutely nuts... no pun intended," Mr Persic said in his Facebook post.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49991527
 

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An interesting URL on the largest bears to have existed. The South American Short nosed bear (Arctotherium angustidens) may have weighed in at nearly(3,500 to 4000) lps and stood erect > 11'. Some of these were real nightmares with the North American short nosed bear reaching upwards to 2500 lps and able to run down prey at (35 - 40) mhp and like polar bears not an omnivore.
https://zodab.com/interesting/the-short-nosed-bear

Scientific speculation that short nosed bear possible delayed mans expansion into the America's. The bears picked off potential ancient migrators at the bering straits.
https://www.outdoorhub.com/stories/2015/11/02/five-prehistoric-bear-species-mop-floor-modern-bears/
 
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Things aren't quite black and white here.

Animal cafes have been springing up all over the world for the last two decades as a place for animal lovers to enjoy a meal alongside their furry friends.

But a new "panda" cafe in Chengdu in southwestern China - internationally known for as the home of the giant panda - is raising eyebrows and a lot of concern.

According to the Chengdu Economic Daily, a cafe recently opened in Chengdu, seems at first glance to be home to six giant panda cubs.

But the 'panda' cafe is - in fact - all bark and no bite because on closer inspection, it can be seen that they are actually the Chow Chow breed of dogs, which have been dyed to look like China's national animal.

https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-50141841
 

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Rats Taught to Drive Tiny Cars

Just imagine the possibilities!


A team of researchers in Virginia recently managed to teach rats to drive tiny cars in order to obtain a food reward. The remarkable study was reportedly conducted by University of Richmond scientists curious about the limits of the creatures' cognitive ability. In a clever test, the group built electric-powered, rat-sized cars that became mobile when the animals entered the vehicle and could be steered using a bar contained in the proverbial driver's seat.
https://www.coasttocoastam.com/article/watch-rats-taught-to-drive-tiny-cars
 

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Man shoots deer, deer fights back.
Via Auntie Beeb...
"A hunter in the US state of Arkansas has died after being gored by a deer he had just tried to kill.

Thomas Alexander, 66, was hunting near the Ozark mountains when he shot the buck and watched it collapse.

Assuming the animal was dead, Mr Alexander went to check on the body - at which point the deer stood back up and attacked him."

Zero sympathy.
 
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Man shoots deer, deer fights back.
Via Auntie Beeb...
"A hunter in the US state of Arkansas has died after being gored by a deer he had just tried to kill.

Thomas Alexander, 66, was hunting near the Ozark mountains when he shot the buck and watched it collapse.

Assuming the animal was dead, Mr Alexander went to check on the body - at which point the deer stood back up and attacked him."

Zero sympathy.
Man shoots deer, deer fights back.
Via Auntie Beeb...
"A hunter in the US state of Arkansas has died after being gored by a deer he had just tried to kill.

Thomas Alexander, 66, was hunting near the Ozark mountains when he shot the buck and watched it collapse.

Assuming the animal was dead, Mr Alexander went to check on the body - at which point the deer stood back up and attacked him."

Zero sympathy.
If he intended using the meat then I have sympathy for him, if it was just for a trophy head then nah.

Careful @maximus otter !
 

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Taking wild animals has a distinctly dangerous element. I can't imagine trying to shoot a bear. (Or really anything for that matter but bears, especially.) It's a risk you choose to take by hunting. It's really not comparable to eating domestically-raised meat whose sole purpose of living is to feed people.
 

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How about a Crunchy Frog. instead?

(sorry for the quality)


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Migrating Russian eagles run up huge data roaming charges


Russian scientists tracking migrating eagles ran out of money after some of the birds flew to Iran and Pakistan and their SMS transmitters drew huge data roaming charges.
After learning of the team's dilemma, Russian mobile phone operator Megafon offered to cancel the debt and put the project on a special, cheaper tariff.
The team had started crowdfunding on social media to pay off the bills.
The birds left from southern Russia and Kazakhstan.
The journey of one steppe eagle, called Min, was particularly expensive, as it flew to Iran from Kazakhstan.
Min accumulated SMS messages to send during the summer in Kazakhstan, but it was out of range of the mobile network. Unexpectedly the eagle flew straight to Iran, where it sent the huge backlog of messages.
(c) BBC.'19
 

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The cleanest rat in the world.
How did it rinse off? Didn't the soap sting its eyes? . . . I looked for answers on YouTube and found:
. . . which explains that the "washing" motions were due to the creature's (not a rat) attempts to remove the irritating suds, and that the suds were possibly causing it pain.

After seeing rats driving little cars, it was easy to believe rats might learn to wash their "arm" pits, too.
 

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A Helpful Housekeeping Tip From Captain Obvious: Don't let your animals play with incendiary devices ...
Puppy chewing on lighter sets couch on fire

An Australian woman's home security camera captured the moment her 10-month-old puppy decided to use a lighter as a chew toy and ended up starting a fire.

Dee Borkowski shared security camera footage from her Melbourne home showing Archie, a French bulldog/Boston Terrier mix, chewing on a lighter on her living room couch.

After a few moments, the lighter ignites and the couch bursts into flames.

Borkowski said she saw the flames on CCTV when she checked on Archie and alerted the fire department to extinguish the blaze.

She said the fire didn't spread to any other apartments, but her unit sustained thousands of dollars worth of damage. ...
SOURCE (WITH VIDEO): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/1...ighter-sets-couch-on-fire/1031572284334/?sl=4
 
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