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Trevp666

It was like that when I got here.........honest!!!
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Where do you buy a bulletproof vest for a spider monkey?
 

RaM

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They are part of a drugs cartel, he would just order a made to measure one
ho and wile your about it one for my monkey.

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hunck

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Out of place in as much as it’s not in the sea:

Giant jellyfish washes up on Wallasey beach

A dog walker was stunned to stumble over one of the world's largest jellyfish on a beach.

Andy Donoghue said he "couldn't believe his eyes" when he saw the metre-wide creature, which had washed up on Seacombe beach in Wallasey, Wirral.

The lion's mane jellyfish is widespread across Europe but usually only grows to about 50cm (19ins) in UK waters.

Marine expert Georgia de Jong Cleyndert said it was "unusual" to see an invertebrate of this size here.


Ms de Jong Cleyndert, of the North West Wildlife Trust, said she had received a report of a similarly-sized lion's mane at Sandscale in Cumbria last week.

She said the species had a "nasty sting" and was most commonly spotted between June and September.

"The largest ever recorded was found off the coast of Massachusetts in 1865 and had a diameter of 2.1m (82 inches) and tentacles around 36m," she added.
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ramonmercado

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Beware of the siphonophore.

There have been sightings of the jellyfish-like Portuguese man o' war on some beaches in County Clare.

The creatures, which resemble jellyfish but are a species of siphonophore, cause painful stings if people come in contact with their tentacles.

They can be fatal for those who may suffer a severe reaction.

Sightings have been reported at Fanore, Lahinch, Doughmore, Doonbeg and Kilkee beaches, according to RTÉ.

Jellyfish are common on Irish beaches but the man o' war is rare in colder North Atlantic waters. They can be swept in by the wind.

It comes a month after a sighting in Northern Ireland on the West Strand beach in Portrush, County Antrim.

Stormont’s Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) warned people to avoid contact with them.

County Clare’s water safety development officer Clare McGrath confirmed sightings of the deadly species.

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cyd32epv9p3o
 

EnolaGaia

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Typical Saturday night in Florida ... Make some popcorn, remove the iguana from the toilet ...
Florida woman surprised by uninvited iguana, in her toilet

A Florida woman interrupted an uninvited guest in her bathroom on Saturday night.

Michelle Reynolds told WSVN that she went downstairs to make herself a snack. After putting her popcorn in the microwave she went to use the bathroom and “opened the door and did a quick turnaround because I saw this thing in there and quickly shut the door!” she said.

The thing? An iguana.

The reptile was unable to find its way out the commode so Reynolds had to enlist Harold Rondon of Iguana Lifestyles, a wildlife removal service ...

Rondon said he removed a Mexican spiny tail iguana from Reynolds’ toilet.

Males can get up to 18 inches long, with tails that can also get up to 18 inches long, he said.

“He took up most of the toilet bowl,” Reynolds said. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/oddities-florida-reptiles-b4cd768950f930855faeaf1f5de5233d
 

EnolaGaia

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Typical Saturday night in Florida ... Make some popcorn, remove the iguana from the toilet ...

It must be Lizard In The Loo season in Florida ... This resident has had to have an iguana removed from his toilet 3 times during the past year (and twice during the last week). The reason his toilet is being invaded so frequently is a mystery ...
Iguana found in Florida man's toilet for a third time

A Florida man said he has learned to lift his toilet lid "with apprehension" after finding iguanas inside the commode three times in under a year.

Bruce Bleyer of Hollywood said he has had to contact [a specialist named Rondan] of Iguana Lifestyles three times in under a year -- two times during the past week -- when he lifted his toilet lid to find an iguana inside the bowl.

"Every time I walk into the restroom, I open the lid with apprehension, every time," Bleyer told WSVN-TV. "This is twice in the last week, so it's happening more and more."

Rondan said the iguana incursions are a bit of a mystery.

"One time it was funny, second let's do something, but now the third time," Rondan said.

He said multiple attempts have now been made to keep the lizards from returning.

"We know it's not the vents," Rondan said. "We looked for little open sewer line around the house. He hasn't found one, so now we need to find out before someone does get hurt."
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...e-year-Hollywood-Florida/3271657831562/?u3L=1
 

hunck

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Couple find otter sleeping in their bed after hearing disturbing ‘rattle’ noise

Not max.

Linda Goldie, 73, and her husband Peter, 70, were relaxing at their holiday home in Skinburness, Cumbria, when the little animal snuck inside.

It’s believed the intruder squeezed through a pet gate, which was designed to stop the couple’s cat Millie from escaping.

The otter enjoyed a fierce exploration of the home, causing havoc in the living room before heading to the bed for a well-deserved rest.
Linda, who is a retired town clerk, was reading a book in her conservatory when she heard the commotion indoors. Thinking it strange, Peter decided to investigate.

The 70-year-old then discovered a trail of destruction which was leading to their bedroom.

Cushions had been scattered and a candle holder knocked to the floor.

Some of Millie’s cat food had also been eaten – although, it obviously didn’t suit the stomach of the otter, as the missing food was later found in a pile of sick on the carpet.

Peter then ventured into the bedroom where he found the culprit curled up in a ball.

With the help of a man who they’d hired to clean their oven that day, Peter managed to get the otter off the bed and out the door.
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Coal

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The otter enjoyed a fierce exploration of the home, causing havoc in the living room before heading to the bed for a well-deserved rest.
That sounds like one of they 'hot-water otters' for cold nights.
 

hunck

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Could’ve been worse - finding max sleeping in your bed doesn’t bear thinking about.
 

Bad Bungle

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Found a historic case (Illustrated Police News) of a porpoise 'captured' in the Thames.

2 February 21 1880. A PORPOISE CAPTURED AT TWICKENHAM
A large porpoise was discovered just below Richmond Railway Bridge on Thursday morning by a waterman named Thomas McKinnon, who followed it to Twickenham and, with the assistance of Joseph Glover, managed to shoot it. On being brought to shore, it was found to weigh 2 cwt and measured 5 ft 2 1/2 in. It was taken to the Kings' Arms Hotel, where it was seen by a great number of the inhabitants. It is the first time in nearly twenty years that a porpoise has been seen so high up the river.

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ramonmercado

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Found a historic case (Illustrated Police News) of a porpoise 'captured' in the Thames.

2 February 21 1880. A PORPOISE CAPTURED AT TWICKENHAM
A large porpoise was discovered just below Richmond Railway Bridge on Thursday morning by a waterman named Thomas McKinnon, who followed it to Twickenham and, with the assistance of Joseph Glover, managed to shoot it. On being brought to shore, it was found to weigh 2 cwt and measured 5 ft 2 1/2 in. It was taken to the Kings' Arms Hotel, where it was seen by a great number of the inhabitants. It is the first time in nearly twenty years that a porpoise has been seen so high up the river.

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Why did they shoot it? It's not like they were going eat it.
 

staticgirl

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That's what Victorians did with wild animals. Shot 'em and usually stuffed 'em. Displayed for pennies.

I would imagine a porpoise that far up the river may well have been sick so there is an outside chnace they put it out of its misery. Doing it a kindness wouldn't have been their impulse though.
 

maximus otter

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Why did they shoot it? It's not like they were going eat it.

Like pioneering Victorian naturalists used to say, “If it’s hit, it’s history; if it’s missed, it’s mystery.”

Imagine if they’d gone to the King’s Arms and said, “We’ve just seen a porpoise in the Thames at Twickenham!” I’m sure that they’d have learnt some interesting new words…

Also, people in the nineteenth century, especially mariners, did eat porpoise. There are several accounts of this in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, for example.

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Kondoru

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And yes, there certainly were people who spoke out against such randomness.

But on the plus side, they supplied many museums, so we dont have to.
 

EnolaGaia

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This Virginia grocery shopper discovered a live black snake inside a torn bag of popcorn.
Black rat snake found inside bag of popcorn at Virginia store

Kimberly Slaughter said she was at Shoppers Value in Kenbridge when she noticed a bag of popcorn had a hole in the upper right corner.

"As soon as I went to put the bag in my basket to take it up front, because you know, they can't sell it. The thing had popped out, and you know, I was like, 'Oh, well, hi'" ...

Photos Slaughter posted to Facebook show the "thing" in question was a live snake.

Slaughter said the snake slithered out of the bag and around her cart before going back into the hole. ...

Brian Stanley, manager of Shoppers Value, said the reptile was a small black snake. The snake was removed from the store by an employee.

"We have no idea where it came from," Stanley said. "We are investigating trying to find out where it came from, but we have no other indication that there could be any others."
SOURCE: hhttps://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/08/01/back-rat-snake-popcorn-bag-Shoppers-Value-kenbridge-Virginia/2191659373207/
 

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Not beached but definitely in Seine.

A beluga whale has been spotted in France's River Seine, and officials are now deciding how to save a mammal more suited to cold Arctic waters.

They say the animal is currently near a lock at Vernon, about 70km (43 miles) north-west of Paris. Members of the public are being urged to keep away from the whale that appears to be underweight.

Experts are puzzled as to why the whale has strayed so far south from its natural habitat.

"The challenge now will be to help feed it, and try to accompany it towards the ocean," Lamya Essemlali, the head of environmental group Sea Shepherd France, was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

She said taking the animal out of the water was out of the question as it was too risky.

Pictures have emerged showing the whale swimming slowly in the river. The officials have not reported on the size of the animal, but an adult beluga can grow to more than four metres (13ft) in length.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62428303
 

ramonmercado

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Not beached but definitely in Seine.

A beluga whale has been spotted in France's River Seine, and officials are now deciding how to save a mammal more suited to cold Arctic waters.

They say the animal is currently near a lock at Vernon, about 70km (43 miles) north-west of Paris. Members of the public are being urged to keep away from the whale that appears to be underweight.

Experts are puzzled as to why the whale has strayed so far south from its natural habitat.

"The challenge now will be to help feed it, and try to accompany it towards the ocean," Lamya Essemlali, the head of environmental group Sea Shepherd France, was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

She said taking the animal out of the water was out of the question as it was too risky.

Pictures have emerged showing the whale swimming slowly in the river. The officials have not reported on the size of the animal, but an adult beluga can grow to more than four metres (13ft) in length.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62428303

Efforts to save the whale continue.

French officials desperately trying to rescue a beluga whale trapped in the River Seine have come up with a new strategy - a vitamin cocktail.

According to AFP, rescuers hope it will help the lost whale regain its appetite and the energy needed to return to sea. The visibly malnourished mammal was first spotted in the river on Tuesday, around 70km (44 miles) north of Paris.

After failed attempts to encourage it to swim out, the animal remains stuck and scientists worry for its health. So far rescuers have offered up frozen herring and live trout for the four-metre whale to eat, but a local official in Eure, Isabelle Dorliat-Pouzet, said the animal did not appear to have accepted either.

"It's quite emaciated and seems to be having trouble eating," AFP quoted her as saying on Saturday.

Authorities hope that injecting the stranded animal with vitamins will stimulate its appetite and help it to make the long 160km (100 mile) return journey back up the river and out to the English Channel, where it can swim back to its Arctic habitat.

Another option being considered is to remove the whale from the river entirely, but this would require the mammal having enough strength to survive an even riskier journey.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62453347
 
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