Day Of The Animals: Tales Of Man Vs Beast

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19 January 2015 Last updated at 18:59
Biscuit, the longest-serving Battersea dog, rehomed


The two-year-old spent 689 days at the charity's Old Windsor centre

A dog which became Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's longest-serving resident has found a new home.
Biscuit, the two-year-old mongrel, spent a total of 689 days at the charity's Old Windsor centre in Berkshire, after arriving there in February 2013.

He is now living with Gemma and Darren Hunt in Aldershot, Hampshire.
Mrs Hunt described Biscuit, who the couple have now renamed Blake, as "a joy to be around".
'Unbreakable bond'
She said they decided to adopt him after losing their previous rescue dog.
"Now he's very much a part of our family and we love him to bits."
She added he was "clever, loving and willing to learn", and said they had an "unbreakable bond".

Biscuit held the title for longest-serving resident across all three Battersea centres in London, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch.
There is no time limit on how long a dog or cat can spend looking for a new home at Battersea, but Biscuit had been at the centre 22 times longer than the average stay for a dog, the charity said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30886528
 
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Some time in the late 1940s, a very patient, elderly beaver called Geronimo was put in a box, flown to an altitude of between 150 and 200 metres, and tossed out the side of an aeroplane. Over and over and over again. He didn’t know it at the time – because beavers – but each time Geronimo survived the trip back down to that little flying field in Idaho, he was bringing one of the nuttiest solutions to wildlife relocation ever dreamed up closer to reality.

It was 1948, so just after the end of World War II, and people were beginning to seek out new homes in the town of McCall and around Payette Lake in Idaho, “and in the process, kind of moved into where these beavers had been doing their things for decades – centuries – and beavers became a problem,” Steve Liebenthal from the Idaho Fish and Game Department told Samantha Wright at Boise State Public Radio.

The clash between the beavers, in their abundance, and the new locals resulted in a whole lot of damage to irrigation systems, orchards, and other kinds of farming efforts, so the Fish and Game Department staff were tasked with transplanting the beavers to a more suitable habitat. Which was cool, because past experience had shown that transplanted beavers were great at setting up new colonies, multiplying, and providing valuable environmental services such as storing water, reducing the risk of flash floods and erosion, and improving the habitats of other mammals, fish, waterfowl, and plants in the area. The only problem was the actual transplanting process. ...

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com...to-skydive-into-the-idaho-wilderness-in-1948/
 

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This is where I'd want to live were I a cat.
The man who turned his house into a feline’s fantasy: Builder creates utopia for his 14 cats, complete with ledges, tunnels and soothing music
  • House builder Peter Cohen takes care of 14 cats in Goleta, California home
  • He has spent $40,000-$50,000 on catwalks so kitties can scamper around
  • Litter box closets are ventilated, and fur picked up by five Roomba robots
A California builder has transformed part of his home into a fantasy feline adventure land.

Peter Cohen, co-founder of Trillium Enterprises, lives in a 3000-square-foot cat castle in Santa Barbara, and has built 150 feet of catwalks, spiral staircases, tunnels, perches and all manner of cool kitty accessories to accommodate his cat companions.

Mr Cohen, who grew up as a dog-lover, turned into a cat fan after he purchased the Goleta, California house in 1988.

Pics, vid, cool story.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...s-complete-ledges-tunnels-soothing-music.html
 

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That's the kind of decor that you can often find at cat cafes, of which there are a number throughout the world. There's one in Vienna which looks very similar to Mr Cohen's house!
 
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A dog in the US is recovering after surgery to remove parts of a pair of calf-high leather boots the animal had eaten. The Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Centre in Philadelphia said the four-year-old mixed breed named Vince ate parts of both boots.

Vets said the volume consumed was so large that the dog’s stomach was unable to pass the material into the small intestines, so the pet underwent surgery. Specialists say surgery or endoscopy is often needed when dogs eat something they should not, since it can obstruct the digestive tract and perforate the intestines

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/surgery-for-dog-who-ate-boots-310649.html
 
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More than half of all pet rabbits could be lonely, according to a new survey by the RSPCA and University of Bristol. The poll found that 60% of rabbits were housed without a companion, which could lead to suffering as they naturally live in groups. A large proportion of rabbits — 58% — were thought to be fearful of loud noises and 61% were reported as stressed when handled by their owner. ...

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/...un-but-presenter-remains-icy-cool-310575.html
 
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A dog abandoned at a railway station with a suitcase full of his belongings has been given a new home.

Kai attracted worldwide attention after he was dumped at Ayr station, South Ayrshire, Scotland, last month, prompting offers from dog lovers around the globe to take him in.

He was rescued by the Scottish SPCA, and the charity chose Ian Russell, 52, from a list of hundreds to give the shar pei-crossbeed a new start. Mr Russell, an hydraulic engineer from East Renfrewshire, recently lost his Dalmatian and said getting Kai was like a lotto win. ...

http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/happy-ending-for-abandoned-dog-kai-310835.html
 

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Dog's 'sixth sense saved' friends from Newquay landslide


About 100 tonnes of debris has fallen on to the road leading to the Great Western Beach in Newquay

Two friends who were a few feet away from a landslide say their pet dog's "sixth sense" saved their lives.
Amy Jones and Matt Smith were sitting above Great Western Beach in Newquay when their collie "sensed" danger and ran off, with the friends following.
Seconds later about 100 tonnes of debris fell from the cliff on to the access road.

No-one was injured, but the area has been sealed off and there is no access to the beach.
Ms Jones said: "She [Hazel the dog] was sniffing around the ground and then suddenly bolted off.
"Next there was a sound from the railings and they were wobbling, and then the ground collapsed and we ran and called the police."


Hazel 'sensed' danger seconds before the landslide, her own says

Mr Smith added: "If it wasn't for her we would have been left leaning against the railings.
"She definitely knew something was happening."

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-31147846
 

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If counting sheep sends you to sleep, better not watch this video!
VIDEO: Ewe won't believe the number of sheep being herded through village near Helston

First published Friday 6 February 2015in News

Imagine driving around the corner and being confronted with 140 sheep. This was the unusual sight facing anyone travelling between St Martin and Newtown yesterday.
Although the occasional escaped sheep or two is nothing unusual in Cornwall, particularly in rural areas such as on the Lizard Peninsula, the volume of ewes was still something of an eye opener.
They were being moved between fields by farmers Steven and Diana Worden, from Polkerth Farm, who last month made headlines when one of their ewes gave birth to quintuplet lambs – beating estimated odds of one in 10,000.
Posting the video on Facebook, Diana said: “The day we became true sheep farmers, walking 140 ewes through the village!”

The ewes were chaperoned by two quadbikes behind, directing them along the quiet road.
There was lots of support from people, with one writing: “The way it was done, lovely to see.”
Another person said: “This is the best thing I have seen in a very long time!” :)

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http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/new...g_herded_through_village_near_Helston/?ref=mr
 
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Sperm whale using Alaskan fishing boats as sushi bars

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Sperm whales, the ocean’s largest predators, have been targeting the boats of black cod fishermen and swiping their catch off their lines.

This giant animal’s deft trick was filmed for the first time by a group of scientists based in Alaska, US, and is shown in the BBC Two programme Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom.

It shows a sperm whale using its long jaw to create tension on the line, which in turn snaps fish off the hooks. This feeding behaviour is called depredation and experts think it is learned by the whales.
 

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Kent dog balances wine glass on head
7 February 2015 Last updated at 10:57 GMT

A dog that can balance on tin cans, hold a wine glass on his head and open the door for his owner is running out of tricks to learn, according to his Kent owner.
Sally Turner, from Wilmington near Dartford, said her border collie Brac understood over 100 words and commands when he was a puppy.
She told BBC reporter Juliette Parkin that her pet, now 11 years old, needed new ideas for more tricks.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-31195418
 

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Also in today's news, from The Telegraph this time,

''Woman stung by scorpion on Alaska Airlines flight
Cabin crew forced to kill scorpion that fell on a man's shoulder then stung a woman as a plane was preparing to take off from Los Angeles on Saturday night''

By Lizzie Porter
10:51AM GMT 16 Feb 2015
 
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Aaaarrgghghhhhhhh I bloody hate scorpions!

(Fair play to the bull, shouldn't have fucked with it.)

EDIT - I should point out, I may hate scorpions but I probably wouldn't have killed it. Unless it killed me first.
 

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Could we possibly use spoiler tags with the gnarly pictures? I've nowt against them but prefer to be in the right frame of mind when coming across them. Preferably not when I'm right in from work and munching fried halloumi.
 
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Aaaarrgghghhhhhhh I bloody hate scorpions!

(Fair play to the bull, shouldn't have fucked with it.)

EDIT - I should point out, I may hate scorpions but I probably wouldn't have killed it. Unless it killed me first.
Have to agree there. Bull baiting is a dangerous sport, easily avoided. I'm happier when matadors get gored though.
 
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