Shark survivor bears no grudge – Can you imagine having your leg pinned to your surf board by a great white shark, having to punch it off, swim to shore, feel you may die and then turn around and say you bear no grudge against the fish!
Well that’s exactly what Brit Darren Mills has done recently after talking about the great white attack he enjoyed off the Southern coast of New Zealand in February.
Darren was surfing off Porpoise Bay when the fish attacked him. After swimming to shore he was airlifted to ambulance and feared for his life. His recovery may take up to a year.
I think he has it right though, when in the water that’s the shark’s territory, we choose to take the risks!
What do you think?
Read more details: http://bit.ly/1hFZgse
Lefty pit bull three leg recovery – Back in July last year four intruders invaded a Delaware home. One of them apparently tried to shoot the father but the loyal dog Lefty jumped for him, taking the bullet.
Lefty the pitbull became a hero but the robbed and broke family could not afford the needed leg amputation. Facebook stepped to the plate and the bills were paid for the hero dog.
Lefty is now said to be doing very well! You really have to love dogs at time, they love us more than we could ever love them!
Read more here: http://huff.to/OFRrJA
Boy dies after fever from pet rat – Last June a 10 year old boy sadly died from rat-bite fever, a rare condition in the USA, a few weeks after getting a new pet rat. His parents are now suing the pet store.
The boy was said to have contracted rat-bite fever between May 27th-June 12th 2013 from Alex, a rate his grandmother had purchased for him to accompany his existing pet rat Oreo.
On the night of June 11th the boy woke very ill and was rushed to hospital. He died just after midnight and it was confirmed he died of streptobacillus moniliformis infection, aka rat-bite fever.
If untreated the illness can be fatal but it is rare.
Now his parents are suing Petco Inc basically saying, in my understanding, that the store should not have allowed a diseased rate to be sold.
A tragic and sad story, one that reminds us that we should follow guidelines such as washing hands after handling animals.
More details about this sad story can be read here: http://bit.ly/1cpeHAJ
Leopard kills boy on trip to toilet – A sad story as a 5 year old boy is killed while going to the toilet in his home in India. It’s believed this may be the 2nd child this leopard has killed.
The 5-year-old went out to a courtyard toilet on Monday evening at his home Mendrapara village in Chhattisgarh state. A leopard was seen dragging the boy away and his family raised the alarm.
A quick response and search by villagers ended in the discovery of the boys body. It’s thought this same leopard was responsible for the death of a 10 year old last December in the same area. It’s also thought to have attacked live stock and a huge hunt to capture the cat is underway.
Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, which is home to 12 tigers and many leopards is nearby. Increasing contact is happening between cats and people due to deforestation and destruction of the cats habitats as well as growing towns and villages.
Rampant poaching for skins and other hunting also puts the small 1150 (2011 census) leopard population in danger.
It’s an extremely sad story for the cats and people. Our thoughts are with the boys family.
Story details from: http://bit.ly/1eWqhTt
Klonda Richey killed by dogs – A woman was found dead outside her home apparently mauled by two neighborhood dogs. Her sad story shows the neglect some owners can have when controlling their animals.
Klonda Richey was said to love cats and was also said to be terrified of these particular dogs that have been cited as the animals that mauled her.
Her neigbors 28-year-old Andrew Nason and 23-year-old Julie Custer were taken into custody but released on Sunday night according to some reports. People are worried they will get away scott free despite being initially being held on a pending charge of reckless homicide.
Klonda lay dead with her coat ripped off. The dogs were mixed breed highlighting that dog problems are not always with certain “bad breeds”.
We can only hope some justice is done but we won’t hold our breathes.
Details sourced from the Huff: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/09/cat-lover-killed-dogs_n_4755350.html?hpcrime=y
Zoo giraffe killed fed to lions – The Copenhagen zoo is coming under some serious fire for euthanising a baby giraffe, publicly dissecting it and then feeding it to the lions!
Why would they do such a thing to a poor, defenceless, exotic animal?
Well simple really. They say that they didn’t want to keep it because of inbreeding and the need to keep the captive giraffe population strong. Similar culls are done around the world to animal populations.
They also say they tried to re-home him without luck despite reports that saying that a British zoo saying they would have taken him and that others had too as well as an offer from a private person who wanted to buy the animal.
Part of the outrage stems from the fact that the zoo ignored 20000 signatures on an online petition against the planned killing.
Marius was healthy and was killed with a bolt gun. He was just 2 years old. The recommendation to end his short life came from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.
Of course the debate about animals in zoos and what is the right practise for captive animals raising it’s head is up again. Some animal rights campaigners are up in arms.
Personally I don’t like what happened but see it no different as a pig, cow, antelope, horse or any other animal. The population is not endangered in captivity so the killing is the same as any other. Part of me does think that non-endangered animals should not even be in zoos, I know they educate us but it’s hard to know if it’s a good life for the animal.
More details can be read here:http://bit.ly/LPMxYm
I’d love to hear your thoughts….
Man eating tiger claims ninth victim – A tiger became a man eater just at the beginning of the year and had killed around 4 people. Over a month on and it’s eluded authorities and has now had it’s 9th victim. It’s said that once a tiger gets a taste for human it has to be killed, the protection laws are lifted. As much as it pains anyone to lose another tiger you can understand why.
The body of a young farmer was found with part of his thigh missing and stomach ripped open. Paw marks were around the body so the tiger is very very likely responsible.
Reports say the victim was either in the forest looking for his cattle or was erecting a fence around his farm. Either way he had been missing since thursday.
Children have been told not to venture far from the village, especially in the morning and after sunset.
The Uttar Pradesh state government has given license to six special hunters capture or kill the tiger (actually a tigress) who is responsible for these killings and has become a terror.
Man eaters are rare and of course tigers are too. You have to ask why this happens and it’s not impossible to imagine that man eaters are often a product of an ever threatened environment and lowering food sources. Also as man spreads it’s seeds and takes over more habitat our world’s come ever closer to shy animals like the tiger.
I hope they capture the animal soon and maybe put it to rest as humanly as possible.
White lion triplets first steps – A private Polish zoo has recently been the site of a rare birth of white lion triplets.
There is no denying white lions have an aire of beauty around them but in reality the lions often have defects stopping them birthing and triplets are extremely rare. So it makes these three little guys extremely special! Their mother has reportedly been patiently caring for them in the private Borysew zoo and their father (also a white Lion) is in the cage next to them.
Their mother Azira is two and a half and father Sahim is three and a half. The cubs were born on January 28th and are doing extremely well. They will be allowed outside in April but are already wobbling around and in good strong health.
Of course there is an element of sadness seeing such amazing creatures behind bars, in relatively small enclosures. She has to mother those babies with people ogling at her, something that is sure to cause problems with her natural mothering and protection instincts. David Attenborough recently said in a Reddit chat that he believed we probably should not be keeping Big Cats in captivity.
What do you think?
The zoo and images can be found here: http://zoosafari.com.pl/
Bug snacks 3D printer – You’ll have to take a look at this pics below. They don’t look that appealing at first but maybe if they were in a bag, tossed with a little salt or other flavorings they might be pretty yummy, or an quite nutritious. The thing is the ingredients may make your stomach turn! First lets look at the pics.
Pictures: Chris Underwood Source: Metro.co.uk
Now these odd looking snacks came out of a 3D printer according to Metro.co.uk and even better they were made form crushed bugs including crickets and dung beetles! The paste can be loaded into the printer and printed into interesting shapes!
This potential future food can of course been seen to have some merits. High protein content, safe despite the source, and in huge abundance right now! Is it the way to feed the future?
Top 10 deadliest animals – Animals are fascinating in so many ways and as much as we love cute cat videos and otters holding hands there is a real draw to reading and seeing animals we consider as dangerous! Some animals can certainly be deadly.
So, the Telegraph put together a list of its deadliest animals. Let’s take a look at an abridged version of it:
1. Mosquito -Kill 2million + per year!
2. Asian Cobra – Most of the 50,000 deaths by snakebite per year in India. But it’s not venomous!
3. Australian box jellyfish – Each tentacle has enough toxin to kill 60 people. 5,567 or more since 1884.
4. Great white shark – Only 65 deaths since 1876 but deadly when they do attack!
5. African lion – As group hunters they kill around 70 humans per year in Tanzania.
6. Australian saltwater crocodile – Up to 23ft in length. 2,000 deaths are caused by crocodiles each year.
7. The elephant – Roughly 600 deaths every year.
8. Polar bear – Highly protective and will kill with a single swipe. Not responsible with many deaths due to small numbers and relatively small human contact.
9. Cape buffalo – Biggest killer of all animals in Africa! They will stalk a hunter who hurt them! Woahhhh.
10. Posion dart frog – This South Americans venom could kill 10 men.
Pretty interesting list but they forgot one very very dangerous animal. Us, the human! I would argue the most dangerous to ever live!
What do you think?
Here is the original list: http://bit.ly/1lpd0fF