Moose — and cows — attack dog walkers


A moose charged two women on Sunday who were walking their dogs in a Gilpin County, Colo., subdivision, and then kept attacking them, according to CBSDenver.

“All of a sudden, I looked up and he was looking right at me, grunted and then charged … with his head down,”  Jacqui Boron says. “When his head was down, he got me in the chest and that threw me back.” Continue reading


Updated: Family says ‘dead’ dog alive, used as blood donor


SidCourtesyofCBSDFWUpdated: It gets worse. The vet admits keeping five dogs alive even though he had told their families that he would euthanize them, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. One canine was kept in a cage for as many as three years; at least one was denied medical treatment and found “twitching in pain” on the floor. The conditions at the clinic were said to be “deplorable.”  Why didn’t the workers at the veterinary clinic turn him in? Should they be charged, too?

Original post: If true, it’s like something out of a horror movie or sci-fi novel. Think Coma.

Sid, a 4-year-old Leonberger, was suffering from a degenerative spinal defect and needed to be put to sleep, a family in Texas claim they were told by a vet six months ago, the Fort-Worth Star Telegram reports.

But last week, the Harrises say, they were contacted by a veterinary technician who said that she’d left her job at the clinic because animals were being abused — in filthy cages 24/7. Sid wasn’t dead, she said.

He was being kept alive to give other dogs blood, according to the Harrises’ attorney. Continue reading


Sea lion pup stranded 100 miles inland


HoppieMarineMammalCenterA hundred miles is quite a hop.

Well, 101 1/2 miles to be exact — and that’s as the crow flies (or the car drives) not as the sea lion swims. But that’s how far inland a sea lion pup was when ranch hands in a California almond orchard recently found him, disoriented and “emaciated.”

Sea lions are a common sight around the bays of San Francisco, lounging and chortling in the sun. Veterinary staffers at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito figure that the youngster might have gotten separated from his mother, taken a wrong turn into the San Joaquin River and then kept on going until he was eight miles west of Modesto late last month.


(Click on the map to see a larger image. (A) marks Modesto, not where Hoppie was found. But the map shows the scope of Hoppie’s amazing journey.)

The ranch hands were so stunned, they called their boss,  the Fresno Bee reports. Continue reading


Video: Shark gives kayaker a 2-hour ride


A Florida fisherman got more than he bargained for.

“I hooked a hammerhead shark” on Sunday, Adam Fisk posted on LiveLeak, “and fought it for about 2 hrs. It towed me for miles causing me to beach my kayak two cities over from where I launched.”

You can watch Adam’s wild ride here.

The hammerheads must be in bloom, because last week a college student managed to haul a 14-foot hammerhead onto a beach in Broward County.

“It was extremely exciting, an adrenaline rush,” Viktor Hluben, 22, tells the Sun Sentinel.

He and his friends also took kayaks out to sea, where they used amberjack for bait. You can watch the shark fight here:

h/t Daily Dot


Photo: Giraffe bids farewell to dying friend


GiraffeHe has spent his life as a maintenance worker at a zoo in the Netherlands. Now, the 54-year-old — identified only by his first name, Mario — doesn’t have much time left. He’s incapacitated by terminal cancer, and his last wish was to see the animals at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo for a final time.

When Mario’s hospital bed was wheeled into the zoo enclosure, a giraffe recognized his friend and nuzzled him.

‘(It was) a very special moment,” says Kees Veldboer, founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation, which granted Mario’s wish and posted a photo on its Facebook page. “You could see him totally light up … it’s very special to see that those animals recognise him, and sense that he isn’t doing well.”

h/t Daily Mail


What a hog! Hunter brings home 500-pound bacon


JettWebbAndHisHogWhen a hunter from  Conetoe, N.C., spotted an 8-foot-long boar near the Indian Woods, he was taken aback.

“It was very surreal,” Jett Webb of Conetoe, N.C., tells  WNCT’s Katie Banks. “It was a shock. It was very humbling to say the least, when you walk up on a beast that big and you say, ‘Oh, my gosh. I had no idea that there could be something that big running around the woods of Eastern North Carolina.’ ” Continue reading