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A hoodwinker sunfish in sunny California.
A rare fish thought to live in the southern hemisphere has washed up in Santa Barbara, California.
The appearance of the seven-foot (2.1m) hoodwinker sunfish has baffled scientists, who question how the fish made it so far from its home waters.
Mola Tecta was only 'discovered' (presumably as in discovered to be distinct from the regular ocean sunfish) in 2014. Therefore its distribution might not be fully understood yet.
Actually, it has visited the northern hemisphere before ...
This online article describes how more specimens of Mola Tecta / hoodwinker sunfish have turned up, the crowd-based efforts to identify their actual range, and suggestions why their known range seems to have shifted so dramatically (if at all?).
How a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists

A woman in Denmark has a chunk of a massive creature in her freezer, next to her peas. In New Zealand, a fisherman has pieces of the giant in a bottle of vodka. And in Alaska, a bush pilot hops in his seaplane to hunt down samples of the colossus, known to some as an enormous 4,000-pound floating head.

No, it's not the Loch Ness monster. And yes, it's safe to say that the behemoth that washed up on a beach in Southern California a year ago has created a worldwide furor. Scientists were shocked to find the weird fish – known as a "hoodwinker," or Mola tecta – in North America. When photos broke of the California find, fascination mounted around the globe.

"There’s this 'mola militia' that lives underground," said Patrick Webster, social media content creator for Monterey Bay Aquarium. "But every time something goes viral with a mola, people say, 'that’s my favorite animal!'"

Now, citizen scientists from South Africa to Japan are helping researchers find out why the weird fish ended up thousands of miles from home.

People in four corners of the Earth are hooked – the hoodwinker is reeling them in. ...
FULL STORY: https://news.yahoo.com/bizarre-monster-fish-hoodwinked-researchers-120006781.html
 
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This poor python had been treated badly.

A three-foot long python has been found dead inside a bag on a Scottish beach.

The adult snake was emaciated and suffering from malnutrition when it was discovered by a passer-by on Musselburgh beach in East Lothian on 27 February.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted and the charity believes the reptile may have been dead before it was left in the bag.

They are now appealing for any information about the incident.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-51737256
 

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Shetland Pony Visits Pub Every Day For A Guinness

Owner Kirk Petrakis decided to bring Patrick to the Drum Inn, Cockington, Devon so he would become desensitised to loud sounds before he starts work with children.

"The daily visit is part of his routine & is a highlight. He likes a sip of Guiness & a carrot".

Patrick has become so popular at the pub that a party will be thrown on March 17 to celebrate his second birthday.
 

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Goats on roofs in the Rhondda

A goat called Trouble has been living up to her name - along with companion Mabel - at their home in the south Wales valleys.

The pair escaped from their pen and were found on the roof of a neighbour's home.

Fay Wilson-Yeates said it's not the first time the goats have wandered. They have even tried to get on a bus.

"They tend to get out of wherever they are," said Ms Wilson-Yeates, who lives in the village of Blaencwm, in Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Trouble belongs to her best friend, and she cares for Mabel.

"They just go wandering around the village. They literally go wherever they want. They try to get on buses; they are really naughty.

Trouble got her name on the first day the two goats arrived in the village, after escaping and fleeing up the nearby hillside.

"She did a runner right up the mountain. It took us about three hours to get her back, on a boiling hot day."

Mrs Wilson-Yeates said the name has stuck ever since, but she thinks it is really Mabel who is the ring leader.

"I think she is the real trouble-maker and the other one just follows her," she said.

"There's never a dull day with these goats. They are so naughty and wicked and the things that they get up to you wouldn't believe."
 

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Texas authorities executing a search warrant relating to drugs discover and recover a veritable menagerie.
Tiger among animals officials find in search of Texas home

Authorities seized animals including a white Bengal tiger, bobcat, kinkajou, porcupines, llamas, emus and deer after finding them at a South Texas residence while executing a search warrant last week.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Sammy Parks said Friday that the search warrant served on March 25 at the home on 5 acres in Mercedes, a city of about 17,000, was related to a narcotics investigation.

He said the narcotics investigation is ongoing but there were no arrests or charges related to the search warrant.

Parks said that going in they had information that there were exotic animals at the residence, so they brought along game wardens.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said in a statement that game wardens had to euthanize the bobcat and two deer because they were being held illegally without permits and their origin was unknown. The statement said it wouldn’t have been safe to reintroduce them into the native population.

Parks said the other animals were taken to the Austin Zoo for medical evaluation and rehabilitation if needed.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/da9e5de4e54b740f2156f8b0e9da0d75
 

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Lots of wild life wandering about round here no doubt wondering were all the idiots
that they could scrounge a free feed off have gone.
 

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Like the Canadian Mounties who claim to "always get their man", it seems the Dutch police "always get their animal."
It may not be the animal they set out to apprehend, but still ...
Police investigating loose camel report find escaped emu instead

Police in the Netherlands said officers responding to reports of a loose camel ended up capturing an emu running wild through the city of Rotterdam.

Central Schieland Police said a call came in Friday morning reporting a camel with two humps was wandering loose in the Kiotoweg area of Rotterdam.

Responding officers could find no trace of a camel, but ended up capturing a loose emu.

"Small difference," police joked on Twitter.

Officials said they are still investigating whether its possible that a camel was also loose in the area.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...eport-find-escaped-emu-instead/1791588949672/
 

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Would roo believe it? Wallaby goes walkabout in Wales
Wall Street may have had its wolf but a town in Wales has its wallaby.
The animal of the sort more usually found in Australia was caught on camera hopping away from police in the dead of night.
When Duncan Lewis watched the footage he saw the creature cross his drive in Cadoxton, Neath.
"I've been up this morning looking for zebra, lion and wildebeest, but no sign of those," he said.
 
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Reminds me of the time a 9' croc escaped from a local zoo (apologies no link happened decades ago).. According to the news at the time they had a very difficult time reigning it in. The croc wasn't happy about going back in the reptile center. The article read "Nile Croc has zoo in a stew". love crocs but wouldn't want to be the one taking responsibility of an angry and non cooperative nile croc.
 

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Could it just be a croc of shit? I'm otterly confused.

Last month, Lee Collings, 46, told the Yorkshire Evening Post he believed he had spotted a four-foot long crocodile in the nature reserve. He said he had never seen anything similar in over 30 years as a wildlife photographer. Lee claimed to have spotted the crocodile/alligator in the Fairburn Ings nature reserve in West Yorkshire. ...

Now, the RSPB said they 'they suspect that the sighting could have been of an otter' - which have been seen on the site.
The RSPB called for people to stay alert for wildlife as lockdown restrictions begin to be lifted. The breeding season is now in full swing and wildlife is at its most vulnerable point of the year, the RSPB said.

Countryside birds, mammals and reptiles will normally avoid busier areas of human activity to ensure their nests and young are safe from accidental harm, steering clear of popular beaches, busy footpaths or dog walking hot spots.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/new...mXMXn6l6kJjPTWLGAadIXoD8B-JCJI863ChfbG3QjSIWg
 

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Castillan Croc.

Police and specialist wildlife officers are using boats and a drone to search a stretch of river in north-west Spain after three sightings of what is thought to be a Nile crocodile.

People in and around the towns of Simancas and Tordesillas in the Castilla y León region have been told to stay away from the banks of the Pisuerga River while the search continues.

Francisco Sánchez, a police officer in Simancas, saw the animal at 2pm on Saturday as he followed up earlier reports.

“It was a crocodile that measured between 1.5 metres and 2 metres,” he told the Guardian. “I saw it move through the water before it disappeared under the surface. I’ve never been that close to a crocodile before; it was kind of stomach-churning.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...iver-nile-crocodile-sightings-castilla-y-leon
 

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Young Lord Fairfax has been removed to his long-term residence ...

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Oh snap! Police capture 65-pound turtle from Virginia suburb

A 65-pound (29-kilogram) alligator snapping turtle with a face only its mother could love has found a new home at a Virginia zoo after freaking out residents in a northern Virginia suburb.

The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police. Not native to the area, the alligator snapping turtle is generally found in the wild farther south.

Animal control officers initially took Lord Fairfax to the county animal shelter, and then to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The fisheries folks say the turtle is just a juvenile and could eventually grow as big as 200 pounds (90 kilograms). They say the northern Virginia climate would have been too cold for him to live in the wild.

He will live instead at The Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...ijuana-delivered-to-wrong-home/8551592337122/
 

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A reported sighting (with blurry photos) has started a ruckus over whether there are out-of-place alligators in an Iowa lake.
Alligators in Council Bluffs' Big Lake? DNR says 'highly unlikely,' but investigating

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is skeptical of certain toothy creatures currently calling Big Lake home. But a Council Bluffs man is emphatic -- he saw an alligator at the park.

With reports of several alligators inhabiting the Council Bluffs body of water flooding social media feeds within the past day, Alex Murphy, director of communications for the Iowa DNR, told the Nonpareil Wednesday just before 1 p.m. through an email that the sighting hadn’t been confirmed. ...

“The conservation officer didn't locate an alligator, but did see some logs in the water that may look like the back of an alligator,” Murphy said. “There were also fish swimming close to the surface that may have given the appearance of what the reports were of baby alligators, as well.”

Andrew O’Dell, who said he saw “six or seven” total alligators -- including a bigger mother gator -- said it’s frustrating that many are doubting his story.

A Florida native, O’Dell firmly said he knows what an alligator looks like. There’s no way he was mistaken, he added.

“I was born and raised in Florida, and I wrestled gators my whole entire life when I was growing up,” he said. “Same with iguanas and all sorts of other exotic animals; black racers, rattlesnakes -- pretty much any kind of reptile I could get my hands on catchin’ ‘em.

“And there are logs out there, quite a few railroad ties and a whole bunch of other debris out there … But I know the difference between a turtle and a log and a gator and a frog and a fish.” ...

“And now everything is blowing up, and now they are saying it’s a hoax and that we saw a log and all this other crap,” he said.

The solution in O’Dell’s mind is simple: go back out to Big Lake and wrangle a small gator into his kayak. ...
FULL STORY: https://nonpareilonline.com/news/lo...cle_8a3ceeca-dcca-11ea-b334-774a283fa8bd.html
 

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Bearded vulture spotted in the Peak District

Only the second time the bird has been seen in the UK

Aka a Lammergier, it's flown from the Alps where the endangered species is being reintroduced, and may have been caught up in bad weather.

Around 2 years old & larger than a golden eagle, with wingspan of nearly 3m.

Bearded Vulture
Absolutely beautiful, those big birds of prey really are absolutely beautiful. But then again so are the smaller ones, I can watch a kestrel hunting for ages.
 

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I think he's misjudged the size, it looks like a Bengal cat.
Yes, this is a bengal breed house cat. And is probably worth several hundred pounds on the hoof and should not be let outdoors.
 

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A Boa at Barnes Bridge.

A large boa constrictor which was spotted slithering beside the Thames in south-west London has been captured.

The snake, which was about 5ft (1.5m) long, was caught by the RSCPA on Sunday after being seen in undergrowth near Barnes Bridge.

Jade Guthrie, who collected the reptile, said that due to its size, she believed it had been recently abandoned rather than it being a stray.

She said it was in a good condition and would be taken into specialist care.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-53803976
 

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Huge catfish removed from Diss Mere, Norfolk

The Environment Agency said it removed the catfish with specialist equipment and took it to an undisclosed location.

The non-native 122lb (55kg) catfish was "dropped in illegally" at Diss Mere about 10 years ago and was caught on Tuesday.

Ben Wilby, from Diss and District Angling Club, said angler Phil Spinks "unintentionally" caught it while carp fishing, five years after the last known catch.

"The Environment Agency made it clear that if it was caught again we had to let them know and they would remove it so that's what we've done," said Mr Wilby.

A post on the club's Facebook page congratulating Mr Spinks on catch, which was estimated to be more than 6ft (1.8m) in length, but said it was "unfortunately, not one which should be in the mere".
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Police in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany have been searching a river after three local men reported seeing a crocodile there on Friday. No pictures, but according to some sources they were able to give a detailed description of the animal. The search continues today, but so far there have been no further sightings or other updates.

Link to news article (German)
 

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Thank you Sharon, I searched under alien big cats and ABC and got the Star Trek thread.
(I try to find the RIP thread and get every thread with an r or an i or a p in it except for the RIP thread).
Maybe someone could do me a tutorial in a forum searching.
I think I’m correct in saying someone recently changed the title to add Rest in Piece to get around that problem.
 
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