Archives For Animals

1. Citizen scientists prepare to test West Coast for Fukushima radiation (with video)

 Sometime in the next few weeks highly diluted, low-level radiation from the Japanese nuclear disaster is expected to reach West Coast shores

2. We’ll be looking for TOMBSTONES: A Boeing engineer’s DEADLY warning about toxic cabin air

Boeing plane safety

3. CDC dropped plans for MCHM air ‘screening level’

4. Chinese economic growth at a cost: Pollution poisons lakes, rivers and skies


Official toll overlooks many injuries

Focused on ERs, the official injury survey missed harms such as hearing loss and depression. Some say the omissions could skew the debate over safety regulation.


6. Poor waste management in UAE turns death trap for animals

Outside areas closed while police searched for animal

DERRY, N.H. — Derry, N.H., police say they found and euthanized a fox that chased a woman and her son and bit another girl on the ankle.

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The first incident involving the fox was reported Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. Derry police said they got a call from a woman who said she watched a fox circle her 9-year-old son while he was playing in their back yard.

She said the boy started to run to the house, and the fox chased him and knocked him to the ground.

She said she threw something at the animal and it backed off, only to chase both her and her son as they continued to run back to their house.

The woman said she then swung a shovel at it and the fox ran into nearby bushes.

They were not injured.

The second incident was reported Thursday around 3:45 p.m. at Don Ball Park on Humphrey Road. The caller told police that the fox bit a 5-year-old girl in the ankle while she was playing.

Police said they responded to the area and after an extensive search the fox was located.

Officers said they were forced to euthanize the fox in a wooded area off Cemetery Road.

During the search for the fox, police said a public safety alert was issued for resident in the areas of Schurman Drive, Cemetery Road, Dexter Street, South Main Street and in the area surrounding Don Ball Park.

As a further precaution, the park and all outside areas of the West Running Brook School and Derry Village School were closed.

Those areas have since reopened.

than lounge around in odd places.

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Sam thinks he’s camping and Summer is playing hide and seek, Tiger decided that he is “King” of the sleeping bag. Coco is somewhere feeling left out I’m sure.

Bearded Dragon usually found in Australia

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QUINCY, Mass. — Members of the Animal Rescue League of Boston said they made an unusual discovery on a beach in Quincy Thursday.

According to the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Twitter page, a Bearded Dragon was found on Wollaston Beach.

A native of Australia, ARL officials said the animal is not usually seen on beaches in the area.

Hybrid animal the result of goats breeding with Paddy Murphy’s sheep

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A rare half-goat, half-sheep hybrid has been born on a farm in Ireland.

Known as a “geep,” the creature was born on Paddy Murphy’s farm about two weeks ago after a goat got in amongst his sheep.

“I’ve never seen anything like him before,” he told the Irish Farmers Journal.

Indeed, such births are rare.

The Irish Farmers Journal said it’s never reported the birth of a healthy geep in the island nation.

Most goat-sheep hybrids die during pregnancy, according to the BBC, but this little guy is not only alive, but very happy and healthy.

“He even has horns like a goat and he is very quick on his feet … He’s so fast you’d have to get him into the pen to catch him,” Murphy said.

Check out the little geep below:

Bears spotted at bird feeders across New Hampshire

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CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says it’s time to put the bird feeders away to avoid bears hunting for food.

Some homeowners have already reported seeing bears at bird feeders in different areas of the state.

The department recommends taking down bird feeders from April 1 to Dec. 1.

The department says it received 527 complaints about bears last year, below the long-term average of 695. But there were more than 1,000 complaints in 2012, and nearly 10 percent involved bird feeders. Another 40 percent of the complaints were the direct result of bears raiding unsecured garbage at homes and businesses.

“Bears went to den in good shape due to generally abundant foods,” such as beechnuts, apples, mountain ash berries, and choke cherries, said Andrew Timmins, bear biologist. “However, it has been a long denning season and bears have depleted considerable body fat.

“When bears emerge, they will be hungry and food will be limited until spring green-up occurs,” Timmons said. “We are hoping homeowners will be vigilant and remove/secure attractants so as not to entice bears and create nuisance behavior.”

(File photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

UPTON (CBS) – Some residents in Upton had their nerves rattled after a recent incident where a rabid bobcat attempted to attack a horse.

The town’s health department says the horse was in its stall in a heavily wooded area off Grove Street on March 15 when the attack happened.

Upton’s Animal Control Officer responded to the report, and according to a report in the Milford Daily News, killed the bobcat.

The animal later tested positive for rabies.

According to the report, the horse, which is elderly and blind, was not injured because the bobcat could not manage to get past the barn door. The barn door was reportedly covered with claw marks.

Upton’s DPH posted a statement on its website noting residents’ concerns and saying that while the incident sounds frightening, rabid animals are not a new problem in town.

They’re offering up information on how people can protect themselves.


Animal found off Jennings Beach

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Fairfield officials are investigating a severed sheep head found in the water off a local beach.

Authorities say the animal head was found off Jennings Beach on Wednesday, a year after a headless goat carcass was found at the same beach. A veterinarian is examining the sheep head.

Police told the Connecticut Post that they don’t suspect the head is linked to sinister activities.

Fairfield animal control officer Paul Miller says the head appears to have been severed with a butcher’s knife and one of the sheep’s ears was notched, indicating it was livestock. But there was no identifying tag.

In March of last year, a jogger discovered a goat carcass missing its head and lower legs inside a clear garbage bag that was dumped along the water’s edge.

Reported wolf-dog attacks on people investigated

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. — Connecticut environmental conservation police are investigating reports about hybrid wolf-dogs attacking people and animals in the southeastern part of the state.

The Day of New London reports that police have been alerted to the possible presence of one or more wolf-dogs around Long Pond in North Stonington and Ledyard. The hybrids reportedly have attacked at least two horses, bitten a bicyclist and threatened a local resident, who shot one to death.

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials say wolf-dog hybrids are dangerous and it’s illegal to own them in Connecticut.

The man who shot one of the wolf-dogs says three large, white canines without collars surrounded him outside his horse barn last month. He says testing on the animal he killed showed it was a wolf-dog hybrid.

Animal found alone in Brockton 

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — A tiny red fox brought into New England Wildlife Center from Brockton needs some adopted kin if it’s going to survive and thrive in the wild.

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“The cuteness factor is huge, but I have to just back it into a little bit of reality. She came in with three dead puppies,” said Dr. Greg Mertz, of the New England Wildlife Center.

The baby red fox arrived earlier this week — alone and orphaned. Its mother was hit and killed by a car.

An animal control officer from Brockton found the den nearby.

“There were four kits all together, and three of them were already dead. And she was in really rough shape. And so when she came to the door, she wasn’t cute,” Mertz said.

Mertz said the animal is about 1-month-old. By four months old, it should be back in the wild.

“It belongs in the wild,” Mertz said.

But right now, it also belongs with another fox, a surrogate sibling, and without one the prognosis is bleak.

“For a singleton fox, what we really need is a twin. We need another baby fox in this mix because then the foxes will focus on each other,” Mertz said.

The New England Wildlife Center is working with its animal network to identify other orphaned foxes.

“They need to learn how to behave. They need to learn what they need to do to gather their food, to be protected,” Mertz said.


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