It was like that when I got here.........honest!!!
- May 29, 2009
- Reaction score
- Welwyn Garden City (but oddly, not an actual city)
FULL STORY (With Photo): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2021/12/14/African-tortoise-Pennsylvania-road-911-calls/6091639513923/African tortoise walks down Pennsylvania road, prompts 911 calls
Wildlife officials in Pennsylvania said an escaped African tortoise went for a walk down the middle of a road, prompting 911 calls from concerned residents who feared the animal could be a snapping turtle.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission said 911 calls came in on Sunday reporting a large turtle walking down the middle of a street in Washington County. ...
"The original caller said it was a huge snapper and didn't know what to do with it, so he called 911," Waterways Conservation Officer Jon Stark wrote in a post on the commission's Facebook page. ...
"If it was as big as they said it was, that's a giant snapping turtle," he wrote.
Stark said he arrived to find the 100-pound creature was not dangerous at all -- it was an African tortoise.
"This big old turtle just wanted to go for a walk and be free. Still not sure where he got loose from, but now he has a new home and a large area to roam," Stark wrote.
Strange. I think it was last year we had the Egyptian vulture's closest relative, the bearded vulture, turn up in Lincolnshire.An interesting visitor.
An Egyptian vulture has been sighted in the south Roscommon area for what is believed to be a first for the county and second ever recorded in the country.
He was initially observed on the morning of New Year’s Eve by the National Parks and Wildlife Services warden for Lough Rea and the Mid-Shannon Callows in the area, Owen Murphy, who picked up on the unusual flight pattern of the bird and upon closer examination, identified him as an Egyptian vulture.
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/oddities...als-wildlife-3f285d77ca3d955131a04949f76bdc93Seal skips ocean, makes home 100 miles up Hudson River
A juvenile harbor seal has forgone life in the ocean, instead choosing a home nearly 100 miles up the Hudson River — behavior that wildlife officials called “unprecedented.”
The animal was likely abandoned as a pup by his mother in Maine, officials say. A Connecticut rescue center cared for him, then released him in Rhode Island in early 2019 with an electronic tracking tag.
By that August, he’d settled down on the Hudson near Saugerties Lighthouse, under the watchful eye of the lighthouse keeper, staying for 620 days.
“It is a story like none we have ever heard of … a marine mammal showing such extended affinity and fidelity to freshwater,” said Tom Lake of the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Almanac ...
Harbor Seal No. 246 — as he’s known officially — disappeared last April ...
Turns out he needed rescuing again, catching an infection and a skin condition called “seal pox” after swimming down to Long Island’s Atlantic Beach. ...
Thankfully, Seal 246 was picked up by the New York Marine Rescue Center. Once he recovered, they released him last summer, likely expecting he’d head out to sea. ...
He journeyed 210 miles, from Hampton Bays all the way back up the Hudson to his old stomping grounds near Saugerties. The lighthouse keeper noticed his return in August.
FULL STORY: https://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/News-Release-Details.aspx?NewsID=8045CPW officers rescue moose that was trapped in Breckenridge basement
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers rescued a moose that had become trapped in the basement of a house in Breckenridge on Monday. ...
Wildlife officers responded and discovered a moose that had been grazing near a home had fallen through a snow-covered window well and into the home’s basement. Responding officers opened doors to create exits for the moose, but could not get the moose to leave because it required going up a basement staircase to reach the exits.
CPW officers tranquilized the moose and cut off its antlers so that it could fit up the home’s stairs and reduce further damage to the home. Moose antlers typically fall off this time of year and the moose will grow new antlers this spring.
Breckenridge Police, Blue River Police, and the Red, White & Blue Fire and EMS helped CPW wildlife officers carry the moose upstairs and outside where it was safely released back into quality moose habitat. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...r-sixth-story-London-apartment/6561642180587/Sugar glider flies into London man's sixth-floor apartment
A London man said he was awakened in the early morning when a sugar glider flew through an open window into his sixth-floor apartment.
John Zou, 27, said he woke up about 5 a.m. to an odd sound. ...
"I was asleep and woke up to the noise of something running around the bedroom. I was scared it might be a rat, but when I went to investigate, I found this little creature," Zou told the RSPCA. "I didn't know it was a sugar glider, so I sent photos to some friends and they helped me to identify it."
Zou kept the sugar glider, a type of Australian possum that can glide through the air, in his bedroom.
"I left the window open to the balcony, so he must have come in from outside. I guesss he's someone's pet and flew into my flat from theirs," Zou said. ...
Zou contacted the RSPCA, and Inspector Francesca Tambini responded to his apartment in the Leather Lane area of London. ...
"Sugar gliders look incredibly cute and this little guy is adorable," Tambini said. "It's easy to see why people might be tempted to buy them as pets, but we would urge them to reconsider. These animals need very special care, and we don't believe they are suitable as pets." ...