animals: August 2012 Archives


When passengers set off on a fishing charter off the shores of Vancouver Island near Tofino, British Columbia they hoped to see some prize-sized salmon and halibut … they got a whole lot more.

That's because they spotted a humpback whale swimming just yards from their boat. Not only that but the beast breached right in front of them. As this footage shows.

The video - which was filmed by a passenger using an iPhone - has been seen by more than one million people since being uploaded to YouTube.

275x250.jpg When a man from Florida had his hand bitten off at the wrist by a hungry alligator, he probably thought it couldn't get much worse, then he was charged unlawful feeding of an alligator.

Airboat captain Wallace Weatherholt had been giving a family a tour of the Everglades when the accident happened shortly after spotting the 9-foot alligator.

It's been reported that Weatherholt held a fish over the side of the boat in a bid to provoke it, which is when he lost his hand at the wrist.

Authorities later tracked an killed the gator, and retrieved the hand from its stomach, but doctors were not able to reattach it.

Feeding an alligator is a second-degree misdemeanor, which can be punished with a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time.

275x250.jpg An bizarre product has gone on sale which allows you to simultaneously feed and humiliate squirrels, and give you a good laugh and photo opportunity at the same time.

The Big Head Squirrel Feeder is exactly what its name would suggest - a squirrel feeder in the shape of a giant squirrel head.

A spokesperson for online retailer Archie McPhee said that the idea is you would hang the feeder in front of a window or near a porch, fill it with something squirrels like to eat.

Then, when the squirrels stick their head up there, the they look like they have a hilariously huge head with a goofy smile.

"Keep a camera nearby, you'll want to post a picture on Facebook. Perfect for birdwatchers, dads or anyone else who thinks squirrels should be taken down a peg or two."




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