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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/
 

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
 

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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Seen on line at the ATM:

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ramonmercado

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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

Sadly the whale has died,

A beluga whale that became stranded in France's Seine river had to be put down, ending a dramatic rescue mission that captivated world audiences.

Officials say vets took the decision as the four-metre (13ft) mammal was being moved in a refrigerated truck. Overnight, rescuers spent nearly six hours lifting the 800kg (1,763lb) whale from the river using a crane and nets. They had planned to release the animal in the sea but its health deteriorated after failing to eat.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that the beluga did not survive," Sea Shepherd France conservation group wrote in a Twitter post on Wednesday.

"We are devastated by this tragic outcome that we knew was very likely," it added.

Meanwhile, Florence Ollivet-Courtois, a vet for the local emergency services, was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that "the animal was not getting enough air and [was] suffering visibly. We therefore decided that it made no sense to set it free and proceeded to euthanasia," the vet added.

Experts are still puzzled as to how the whale - who had been trapped more than 100km (62 miles) inland - managed to stray so far south, away from its natural habitat.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62487300
 

Trevp666

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(Warning - lazy national stereotype used for comedic effect, coming up - apologies to my French friends)

as the four-metre (13ft) mammal was being moved in a refrigerated truck.
And from there, on to a Parisian abattoir, and then onto the plates of French diners.
"Hee-haw, hee-haw, hee-haw...it eez how eee would have wanteed to go" said one French chef.
 

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Greenland shark found off coast of Belize

A shark normally found deep within the icy waters of the Arctic was spotted swimming 4,000 miles away in the warm Caribbean, much to scientists' disbelief.
One seemingly lost Greenland shark turned up off the coast of Belize in Central America while a team of researchers were out on a boat catching and tagging tiger sharks.

"I knew it was something unusual and so did the fishers, who hadn’t ever seen anything quite like it in all their combined years of fishing.”

Kasana took a photo of the enigmatic animal and sent it to her advisor, who said it appeared to be a Greenland shark, which was soon confirmed by experts on the specific species.
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