animals: October 2012 Archives

275x250.jpg A mobile phone insurance website has uncovered its top 10 weirdest insurance claims of the past 12 months… including a farmer whose mobile ended up inside a cow.

Whilst many people break their phones by dropping the handset and smashing the screen, data released by MobileInsurance.co.uk has revealed the top ten weirdest mobile insurance claims.
 
1. A farmer in Devon claimed his phone had disappeared inside the back end of one of his cows when he’d been using the torch on his iPhone whilst assisting the cow during calving. The phone later made an appearance, but was damaged.

2. A lady in her early 40s from Nottingham claimed that she’d baked her Nokia 6303i into a Victoria Sponge she’d been making for her daughter’s birthday. It didn’t endure the heat of gas mark 5.

275x250.jpg An abandoned kitten and puppy at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have dispelled the age old saying ‘fighting like dogs and cats’ by becoming best friends.

At just weeks old, Buttons the dog and Kitty the cat were both abandoned. Now they are now being hand-reared together at the animal home and have become very close.

In fact the inseparable pair are so close they sleep together, play together and even feed together.

Battersea Veterinary Nurse Sascha Taylor. She says: "Normally we’d hand rear puppies and kittens separately but we thought we could try putting them together as they are both so young.

275x250.jpg Ever wondered how cooking a squirrel for dinner could end up worse than it sounds? How about setting fire to your apartment block and causing a massive fire!

That's what happened in Michigan recently when a man was preparing his squirrel meal by removing the animal’s fur using a propane torch.

As a result of the blaze, which started on the third floor, twenty people were evacuated from the building as flames spread to the roof.

It's not known whether the man had enjoyed flame-grilled squirrel before, but the chances are he won't be trying that particular delicacy again any time soon.


This man apparently got a little too close to two stags which were facing up to each other Bushy Park in London … and ended up having to climb a tree to escape them.


One of the testosterone-fuelled stags chased the man who tried hiding on the other side of the tree to the stag, before deciding the best idea was to climb out of its way.

275x250.jpg Research has discovered that looking at cute animals could actually help boost office productivity.

Japanese boffins conducted a study which required subjects to complete a hand-eye coordination task, 50% having been shown images of baby animals first, 50% having looked at adult animals.

Those who had looked at the cute baby animals consistently outperformed those who had looked at the adult animals. The experiment was then repeated with cute images again winning out.

A spokesperson said: "Results show that participants performed tasks requiring focused attention more carefully after viewing cute images

"This is interpreted as the result of a narrowed attentional focus induced by the cuteness-triggered positive emotion that is associated with approach motivation and the tendency toward systematic processing."

275x250.jpg We've previously told you about the wonderfully odd underwater sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, well he's done it again with a series of underwater suburban homes.

But while they look like they are designed for you or us, theses homes are actually for various marine species … which is a good job because they are at the bottom of the sea at Cancun and Isla Mujeres National Marine Park.

Working with local marine biologists the units are designed with a variety of rooms, spaces, hideaways and textures all tailored for different reef inhabitants.

Located on an open stretch of terrain the houses also offer a place of shelter and refuge from reef predators such as Barracudas and Lion Fish.

Oregon farmer eaten by his own pigs

275x250.jpg Authorities in Oregon are investigating how a 69-year-old farmer ended up getting eaten by his own hogs.

Terry Vance Garner had gone out to feed the animals on his farm near the Oregon coast but several hours later hadn't come back.

Another family member later found he had fed the animals, but not in the way he intended. His dentures and pieces of his body were discovered in the hog enclosure.

Authorities say the hogs had devoured most of the farmer by the time they arrived.

It's not known whether Garner had suffered a medical emergency before being eaten by the hogs, or whether they attacked him. One is thought to have bitten him previously.


What would you do if confronted by a giant black bear? If you're anything like us the answer probably involves much screaming and running, but not this woman … she shouted at him to go away.


A video showing exactly what happened when a bear paid a visit to Nishanto Grillo's home has been viewed by more than 500,000 people since being uploaded to YouTube.

In the footage the bear can be seen walking across the garden, before making it's way up some steps and onto the porch looking for food.

But rather than discover a tasty treat the bear was confronted by Nishanto  shouting: "Get down right now! No! No! No! Down." rather wisely he did

275x250.jpg Turning one is a big deal, even if you are a gorilla. That's why staff at Bristol Zoo organised for little Kukeña to get a special treat on his big day.

The little gorilla - who weighs 7kg and stands around 45cm tall - was given a present including some of his favourite healthy food and a slice of birthday fruit cake.

Assistant curator of mammals, Lynsey Bugg, said: “Kukeña has come a long way over the past 12 months, he is becoming a proper little adventurer and loves to sneak off to explore when mum isn’t looking.

"Salome is a fantastic mum and is still very protective of her baby boy and keeps a close eye on him as he is still a bit too young to play with the other young gorillas as they tend to like a bit of rough and tumble.”




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