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Wild horse attacks alligator because nature is brutal. Also, Florida.

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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There are odd animal couples, and now we’re introducing odd animal enemies.

A group of people at the at Paynes Prairie State Park in Micanopy, Florida, were shocked to see a band of wild horses pick a fight with an alligator. 

After bullying the alligator out of the brush, one horse decides to stomp the gator, prompting a tense few moments as the crowd of people watched in surprise just feet away.

If you look closely, the gator can clearly be seen biting the horse as it tries to kick its head, though neither appears to be seriously injured immediately following the fight.

 

 

Another video before the beatdown shows the alligator was originally in the brush before it was bullied out to the path.

 

 

Source: Wild horse attacks alligator because nature is brutal. Also, Florida.

Oh, deer: Canadian man tackled by deer

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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It happened on April Fools’ Day, so no one believed him at first, but 25-year-old Cary McCook got run over by a deer.

McCook was dropped off by a coworker in British Columbia, Canada, on April 1 when he saw a deer running straight for him.

He had no time to react, as can be seen in the video. The deer head-butted him, and McCook fell to the ground.

His family and friends finally believed that he was taken down by the deer after he got surveillance footage of the incident from a nearby inn.

McCook is an aspiring rapper in a group named “Reka-Nation,” and he told a Canadian news network that he plans to write a rap song about his encounter.

VIDEO AND SOURCE: Oh, deer: Canadian man tackled by deer

Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia: Dog Escapes By Opening Doors With His Mouth

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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When pets go missing, our first thoughts are how vulnerable, terrified, and lost they must feel. These are all valid concerns — after all, owning a pet is a massive responsibility. But General, a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees, proved we don’t give nearly enough credit to dogs for how smart and self-sufficient they can be.

Before a trip to Virginia beach, one family brought their dog to Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia. They assumed he was in good hands, since they previously had good experiences with the hospital. But their trip was cut short when they received a call that General had broken out of his cage using his mouth, wandered out of the hospital, headed through the parking lot and down the sidewalk out of video surveillance’s eye.

The video footage depicts the dog looking both ways to see if the coast was clear (or maybe he was just interested in his new surroundings? Dogs love surroundings!). He proceeds to nonchalantly march out. If only sneaking out of awkward situations were that easy.

Deputies, animal control officers, and hospital employees banded together for an entire day to find him, and their efforts paid off. The hospital announced on their Facebook page that evening that the dog had been found (Phew! Searching for a lost pup at night doesn’t sound like a cake walk).

Source: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/dog-escapes-animal-hospital

Rare albino squirrel spotted by Tim Clifton who captured on camera the  rodent in Alexandra Park, Hastings, East Sussex 

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on April 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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An amateur wildlife photographer caught once-in-a-lifetime pictures of a rare albino squirrel posing in his ‘white suit’ – without realising it had been ruined with spots of dirt on the end of its nose.

Father-of-two Tim Clifton, 54, couldn’t believe his luck when the unusual squirrel modeled in front of the camera for an hour in Alexandra Park in Hastings, East Sussex.

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In some of the pictures the rodent doesn’t seem to realise he has dirt on his nose, ruining his perfect white coat, while confidently posing.

Mr Clifton, from St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex, said: “He came out with a dirty nose and It looked like he had a white suit on but he didn’t realise he had messed it up. It was quite funny.

“Squirrels are usually quite shy but he was quite brave. I couldn’t believe my luck. He was very confident posing for the camera.

 

Source: Rare albino squirrel spotted in Alexandra Park in Hastings | Daily Mail Online

Canada: Polar bear photographed looking as if ‘praying’ next to cross

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , on April 1, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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A polar bear looks up at a cross in Wesleyville, N.L., on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Ocean View Photography, Jessica Andrews

WESLEYVILLE, N.L. — Jessica Andrews was scanning through dozens of photos she took of a polar bear roaming around her backyard when she came across one that stopped her in her tracks.

The large animal was squatting beneath a white cross, its paws together and raised skyward as it looked up in a seemingly reverential pose.

“I didn’t notice it when I was taking them, but when I started to go through to edit them, oh my God, I was like, ’Holy crap, he’s praying!”’ the 22-year-old said from her home in Wesleyville, a shoreline community on Newfoundland’s central coast.

“I was amazed, I mean, beyond amazed.”

The slightly grainy photo shows the bear sitting on its haunches on a barren, snow-covered patch of rock as it looks up to the top of the white cross.

Andrews said she heard there was a polar bear on the small island behind her house soon after she arrived home from work at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. She grabbed her camera and spotted the bear wandering around some old fishing boxes on the island before it slipped into the water and ventured over to a neighbouring island.

She kept shooting photos and watching the bear with binoculars, insisting that the curious animal was staring back at her. She said the bear then approached the cross, sniffed around the base and then put his paw on it as if to climb up the main beam.

“He stood up and put his paw on the cross and that’s the picture I took,” she said. “It was almost like he was staring right at me.”

Andrews, who had never seen a polar bear before, said it’s not uncommon for the animals to visit the area. She said the animal meandered around the islands and rolled in the snow before disappearing from view Wednesday evening.

“It looked like he was having so much fun and it made me happy!” she said, adding that she took about 200 photos of the bear.

Police have issued a warning to people in the area to stay away from the bear

Source on: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/03/30/polar-bear-photographed-praying-next-to-cross

Hero cat pounds on door; saves family from carbon monoxide poisoning — Fellowship of the Minds

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Carbon monoxide kills.

Every year, on average, 430 Americans die from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the CDC. Although you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, a Maine Coon cat named Gracie in Wisconsin somehow knew, and saved her human family from carbon monoxide poisoning by pounding on their bedroom door, thereby, waking up the […]

via Hero cat pounds on door; saves family from carbon monoxide poisoning — Fellowship of the Minds

First fluorescent frog found: A rare find in land animals reveals a new way to glow.

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 15, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Under normal light, the South American polka dot tree frog (Hypsiboas punctatus) sports a muted palette of greens, yellows and reds. But dim the lights and switch on ultraviolet illumination, and this little amphibian gives off a bright blue and green glow.

The ability to absorb light at short wavelengths and re-emit it at longer wavelengths is called fluorescence, and is rare in terrestrial animals. Until now, it was unheard of in amphibians. Researchers also report that the polka dot tree frog uses fluorescent molecules totally unlike those found in other animals. The team published the find on 13 March in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.

Because fluorescence requires the absorption of light, it doesn’t happen in total darkness. That makes it distinct from bioluminescence, in which organisms give off their own light generated through chemical reactions. Many ocean creatures fluoresce, including corals, fish, sharks and one species of sea turtle (the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata). On land, fluorescence was previously known only in parrots and some scorpions. It is unclear why animals have this ability, although explanations include communication, camouflage and mate attraction.

ARTICLE TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://www.nature.com/news/first-fluorescent-frog-found-1.21616

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