Herd of Elephants Saved from Muddy Mining Pit After Rescuer Digs Escape Path: WATCH

A herd of frightened elephants was saved on Tuesday after they slid into a muddy mining pit in Pahang’s forest reserve, 125 miles east of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rescuers came to the aid of the pachyderms using a backhoe to dig a path by which the elephants could find their way out, which they did. Elephants were rescued from the mud after they were found stuck in an abandoned illegal mining pool in Malaysia. The herd stuck together as an excavator dug a path for them to climb out, while...
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Gay Penguins Make International Headlines After Adopting Egg as Their Own: WATCH

Skipper and Ping, a gay emperor penguin couple at Zoo Berlin in Germany, are making international headlines after they were given an egg to try and hatch after unsuccessfully nurturing a rock and a fish. This gay penguin couple adopted an egg together at Zoo Berlin in Germany. Skipper and Ping, both male king penguins, have shown prior interest in parenting, trying to hatch stones and fish in the past.— CNN (@CNN) August 13, 2019 These two gay penguins have been given an egg to try and hatch...
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Trump to Bulldoze ‘Endangered Species Act’ with Devastating Regulatory Rollback

Photo by Tanguy Sauvin on Unsplash The Trump administration is finalizing a devastating rollback that will gut the Endangered Species Act. The AP reports: “At least 10 attorneys general joined conservation groups in protesting an early draft of the changes, saying they put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction. A draft version of the changes released last year included ending blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened and allowing federal authorities for the first time to consider the economic cost of protecting a particular species. Another change could let authorities disregard impacts from...

Shark Uses Log as Scratching Post in Never-Before-Seen Behavior: WATCH

Happy shark week everyone! Marine biologists off the coast of British Columbia, Canada caught some rare shark behavior on film this week: “Footage shows a 2 meters male Salmon Shark heaving itself onto, and sliding along, a barnacle-encrusted log adrift at sea. Researchers believe the shark was attempting to remove the large, visible parasites from its body and fins—copepods that are detrimental to the shark’s health and swimming efficiency.” ICYMI: Shark Week Looms, But Don’t Panic The post Shark Uses Log as Scratching Post in Never-Before-Seen Behavior: WATCH appeared first...
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Bison Sends 9-Year-old Girl Airborne After Yellowstone Tourists Get Too Close: WATCH

A bison tossed a 9-year-old girl into the air after charging a group of tourists at Yellowstone National Park who had come to close to it. Not sure what kind of idiot would leave their kid this close to a bison— Dakota Fuqua (@DakotaFuqua97) July 23, 2019 A clip of the encounter was posted to social media. The National Park Service released a statement on the incident: “On the afternoon of July 22, there was an incident with a bull bison near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful...
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Tennessee Police Department Warns of ‘Meth-Gators’ Hyped Up by Toilet-Flushed Drugs

“American Alligator” by jpkrone is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  A Facebook warning from a Tennessee police department warning of “hyped up meth-gators” created by people flushing their drugs down the toilet has gone viral. Wrote the Loretto Police Department: ‘On a more or less serious note: Folks…please don’t flush your drugs m’kay. When you send something down the sewer pipe it ends up in our retention ponds for processing before it is sent down stream. Now our sewer guys take great pride in releasing water that is cleaner than what is in the...
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Massive Manta Ray Asks Divers for Help in Heartwarming Viral Video: WATCH

A well-known, approximately 30-year-old massive Manta Ray in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef known as Freckles surprised divers when she approached them and paused, appearing to ask for help. Divers Jake Wilton and Monty Halls noticed that the ray had fishhooks embedded under one of its eyes. The patient ray seemed to understand that the divers could help remove them. After several tries, they did. Said Wilton to BBC News: “I went down for a dive and she stopped and hung around for about 30 seconds above me – it was...
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PETA Calls Out for Using Alligator as ‘Prop’ for Gay ‘Everglades’ Scene

The Everglades / People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is criticizing the adult film studio for its use of an alligator in a scene from its new film The Everglades starring Diego Sans and Kaleb Stryker. You can view the wk-unfriendly trailer here. Director Marc MacNamara shared footage of the shoot to his Instagram account. View this post on Instagram On location in the #Everglades #filming #comingsoon #alligators #behindthescenes #nastyboys @nasty_boy_productions A post shared by Marc MacNamara (@marcmacnamara) on May 17, 2019 at 6:14pm PDT Said...
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Ticks Spread Plenty More for You to Worry About Beyond Lyme Disease

There’s a short window between when a tick bites and when it passes on bacteria or virus. MSU Ag Communications, Courtesy Dr. Tina Nations, CC BY-ND When it comes to problems caused by ticks, Lyme disease hogs a lot of the limelight. But various tick species carry and transmit a collection of other pathogens, some of which cause serious, even fatal, conditions. In fact, the number of tick-borne disease cases is on the rise in the United States. The range where various species of ticks live in North America may be expanding...
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