animals: March 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA 12-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after accidentally skiing into a bear's lair and being mauled by a mother protecting her cubs.

Olle Frisk had been enjoying the skiing in Funäsdalen, northern Sweden, when he took a wrong turn and found himself heading straight towards the lair.

The next thing the unfortunate lad remembers is seeing the irate mother bear jumping onto him and viciously attacking him in to bid to protect her three cubs.

In fact, she only stopped her assault when he 'played dead' and his pals were able to scare her off while Olle escaped and made his way down the slope.

While Olle was bitten on both legs, clawed on his back and says he thought he was going to die, he's now said to be recovering in a suitably bear-free hospital.

We know that shark attacks are incredibly rare, and we also know that Basking sharks are harmless -- but this would still have made us nervous.

A kayaker in Florida recently came face to face 25-foot long Basking shark as he was paddling along in the sea in his 14-foot kayak.

While a number of onlookers shouted words of warning to Josh Reeves, it appears he knew he wasn't in any danger from second largest species of shark in the world. He jumped into the water and started swimming with the huge plankton eater.

Animal authorities say Basking sharks do not normally swim south to the warmer Florida waters… just like they're not normally known to hurt humans.

275x250.jpgA puppy which was dumped by a breeder when he realised she was deaf, has been found a new home and is now learning sign language.

Yes this story is just as cute as it sounds. Alice, an 8-week-old black and white springer spaniel, was taken to an animal rescue centre after she was abandoned in Ireland.

Staff at the centre which took her in instantly knew the puppy would need specialist training and that most people would not want a pup who could not hear commands.

But luckily a deaf couple, Marie Williams and Mark Morgan happend to be looking for a dog and decided Alice would be the perfect pet for them.

The pair have now started teaching the pup sign language and can use it to instruct her to sit down, sit up, come and roll over.

Passengers on a US flight were surprised to see a penguin calmly waddling down the aisle of their plane -- well it's better than snakes.

Pete the Penguin was flying from San Fransisco (where he'd appeared at a national science convention) back home to SeaWorld in San Diego.

Special dispensation had been arranges with cabin crew for the South American Magellan to stretch his legs on the 40 minute flight rather than be in cramped conditions.

As he strolled around the plane, his SeaWorld keepers gave a free lecture on penguins over the in-flight intercom… not that you could hear it over all the oohs and aahs.

Passengers say they were amazed to see the bird on the plane… because they'd always been told penguins can't fly.

When he returned home, this pet owner found an empty bag of cat treats on the floor and decided to quiz his pets about who was responsible.

And by the look of this video it didn't take much 'interrogating' of his two dogs to find the culprit. The man started off by holding the empty 'Party Mix' packet in front of Masey and asking "Did you do this?" to no response.

He then turned his attention to his other dog, a Labrador named Denver who refused to make eye contact as the questions were asked and hung his head in shame.

The ridiculously cute response seems to be the proof that Denver had stolen the food… and should never take up poker.

275x250.jpg A hungry squirrel almost destroyed a man's car after deciding it was a suitable place to store hundreds of nuts.

John Gold was having a bit of a problem with his Vauxhall Astra, when he took it into a garage in Warwick to get fixed, expecting it to be a standard problem.

Instead, mechanics told the 59-year-old his trouble was being caused by hundreds of peanuts which had been crapped into vehicle’s air intake system.

Gold says his mother-in-law regularly puts seeds out for the birds near his car and thinks a hungry squirrel has been hoarding these in his air box. He didn't say she was nuts. Honestly.

275x250.jpgDogs barking through the night, cats using the lawn as their personal toilet and finding the garden has been dug up are just some of the annoyances caused by rogue pets.

The study of 2,000 homeowners shows a third feel constantly tormented by animals next door, and regularly have to check their grass and flower beds for damage.

And one in ten people even say they have had a war of words with their neighbours about their annoying pet.

Other common complaints include footprints left on the car by cats, dogs jumping up and wiping their muddy paws all over clothes.

Food being stolen from inside the house by opportunistic four-legged neighbours also made it to the list… making us think some people live in Tom and Jerry cartoons.

A video of a cat modelling new hairstyles by pushing his face through a cardboard box has become an online hit… well how could it not.

In the clip 'Various hairstyles and Maru' Maru, a Japanese cat, is seen walking up to a cardboard box and poking his face through a hole.

But what make this video particularly internet worthy is that Maru's owner has drawn a series of haircuts onto the side of the box. Wait, it's better than it sounds.

The video has already been watched more than 300,000 times since being uploaded to YouTube last week. May we put a request in for a kitty mow-hawk.

275x250.jpgResearchers say a spider venom which can cause four-hour long erections could help develop treatments for erectile dysfunction.

Scientists say a single bite from the Brazilian wandering spider can have the side-effect of causing long-lasting erections in victims.

A team from the Medical College of Georgia say the venom from the spider - also known as armed spider, banana spider or Phoneutria nigriventer - is a rich mixture of several molecules.

And tests on "erection-challenged rats" found that the venom gave then a much needed boost - a side-effect which has also been observed in bitten humans.

However before you buy a Brazilian wandering spider to keep in your bedside table, it's worht noting other side effects include severe pain, difficulty breathing and possibly death.

275x250.jpgAn animal charity is hoping to find a home for a pup which suffers from a rare condition meaning he can only eat when standing on his hind legs.

Ronnie, a seven-month-old Labrador rottweiler-cross suffers from megaoesophagus, meaning that he can’t swallow foods or liquids.

This means that whenever it's feeding time, he has to stand on his hind legs and allow gravity to take food and water into his stomach.

The incurable disease means the feeding process takes 20 minutes each time and that his food has to be made into a jelly so he can digest it

Dogs Trust Leeds are now hoping someone will come forward and offer Ronnie a home… and yes, he does come complete with the natty feeding station.

A US man has formed an unusual friendship with goose at his local park, after it started following him around whenever he was there.

Dominic Ehrler says Maria the goose now waits for him at the side of the road each morning and then dutifully follows him around Echo Park in Los Angeles.

Maria is also said to get over protective if Dominic gets too close to anyone and has even been know to chase off dogs which dare to come near him.

The besotted Toulouse goose will even fly along at the side of Dominic as he rides his scooter. Which is something you just have to see, click play, you know you want to.

Being in the front row and with a great view of the action, these people were probably pretty pleased with their rodeo seats… until this happened.

Butch Trimnal and his wife had been enjoying a North Carolina rodeo when one of the bulls began running towards them.

The beast continued to get closer and closer until it leaped up and over hoardings, landing in the stands right next to them… making the outing a little more exciting than the pair may have wanted.

While the couple were briefly thrown around by the irate bull, they were not injured even though they did go to the hospital to be checked over.

The bull was also uninjured and was used again later in the show… no bull.

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