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Kittens Accidentally Shipped From LA To San Diego 18.4.2014 Green on
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego cable company employee expecting a shipment of fiberglass equipment got a shock when he discovered two newborn kittens clinging to life inside the box.

KGTV reports ( ) Thursday that the kittens are recovering after being accidentally shipped by truck from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communications office in San Diego. Upon finding the tiny black cats, a Cox warehouse worker called his nephew, who happens to work for the Humane Society in San Diego.

The kittens were so young they still had their umbilical cords attached.

Humane Society nurse Jenny Bonomini says it's likely the mother put her newborn babies in a safe spot — a cardboard box.

Bonomini says the kittens, named Mouse and Wifi, are happy and putting on weight.


Information from: KGTV-TV,
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Cat Attacks Family, Sends 3 To Hospital 18.4.2014 Green on
Don't let that cute necktie fool you: This kitty's got some serious claws. Three members of a Roseville, Calif., family were taken to an area hospital Tuesday night after their pet cat -- named Khat -- became suddenly aggressive and attacked them. " He's never been an aggressive cat . He's never been mean. He just flipped," the owner, who did not want to be identified, told KXTV news. The attack occurred after animal control had closed, so the Roseville Fire Department ended up responding to the cat-tastrophe. "One of the patients had facial lacerations. The cat had actually jumped up on her face," Fire Captain Derek Carey told the station. "It was hissing and just going off." Firefighters took the victims to the hospital and eventually managed to catch the cat using gear from their fire engine. No word on what the family plans to do with the cat. Last month, a cat belonging to an Oregon family made national headlines after he attacked a baby, then turned on his owners, trapping them in a bedrooms . That ...
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This Baby Squirrel Took A Bad Fall, So An Incredible Animal Rescue Gave Her A Wee Cast 17.4.2014 Green on
This poor baby squirrel fell a really long way out of her nest and onto a sidewalk, where she got pretty banged up. Photo credit: City Wildlife The precious critter is wearing a red cast, in case you didn't notice, because after her tumble she was brought to City Wildlife , the only wildlife rehabilitation center in Washington, D.C., for treatment -- followed by the most adorable photo session. The amazing folks at City Wildlife took care of D.C.'s snowy owl when she was hit by a bus over the winter . Snowy is on the mend, you'll be happy to know, having received feather transplants (!) at The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota . City Wildlife said Tuesday on Facebook that this little one will soon be improving, too: This baby squirrel was brought into City Wildlife after she fell 75 feet from her nest on to the concrete sidewalk below. She suffered a bloody nose, a broken tooth, and a broken ankle. Luckily, just like children, this squirrel is young enough that her ankle should heal very ...
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Watch A Tiny Hamster Inhale 5 Baby Carrots In A Matter Of Seconds 16.4.2014 Green on

Baby carrots may be fraud, but this little hamster is genuine about his love for them. Get it!
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You'll Go NUTS For This Guy's Squirrel Story 16.4.2014 Green on
Why did this New York City man begin inviting squirrels into his apartment, to crawl on his head and hide nuts in his drawers? Photo credit: Keith "I first came up with the idea with A." -- that's an ex-girlfriend -- "who saw a squirrel sitting on top of my air conditioner one morning, outside, of course, and she thought he was cute," says the man, whom we'll call Keith, since he asked us not to reveal his real name due to a concern about professional repercussions. "So I had this idea of putting out some bird seed or nuts to keep them at the window." It was "2008 or 2009," says Keith, who works from home at his small downtown apartment, on the upper floor of a walkup building, and says that it didn't take long for him to develop a fondness for his furry visitor. He bought different kinds of nuts in bulk from Trader Joe's, "then I started to play a game." Keith put the goodies inside his window sill, "then I'd drop a couple nuts on the little table next to the window and he'd venture there. After a ...
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There's Such A Thing As A Bunny Hop Competition, And It Was Held In Prague 16.4.2014 Green on
Who says horses should have all the fun? Inspired by equestrian jumping events, rabbit enthusiasts in the Czech Republic recently organized a bunny hop competition as an early Easter celebration. In a video from the contest, the hares jump miniature fences and hurdles in a steeple chase race. A rabbit, a symbol of Easter, jumps over an obstacle during Rabbit Steeple Chase at the Old Town Square's Easter market on April 14, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. Competition was fluffy fierce at the event, which was held in the city's Old Town Square. Event organizers told photographer Matej Divizna, who captured photos of the bunnies, that the rabbits jumped as far as 3 meters (nearly 9 feet). While Prague's bunny hop competition was centered around the Easter holiday, there are numerous official rabbit jumping contests in Europe. The unconventional sport actually dates back to the 1970s , when it originated in Sweden, National Geographic ...
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Snail Turns Flower Into An Umbrella, And Proves He's The Thriftiest Mollusk Out There (PHOTO) 15.4.2014 Green on
Nobody likes to get rained on. This includes humans, this tree frog and especially this snail, even though some snails come out of their shells when it rains. Vyacheslav Mischenko , a photographer from Ukraine, captured this stunning image in a forest near his home. This thrifty snail turned a flower into an umbrella, and sheltered there to protect himself from the rain. Snails aren't known for being the prettiest animals, but this photo definitely sheds light on how unique these creatures really are. Mischenko said that the image's colors and setting reminded him of Monet's 1886 painting "Woman With A Parasol" ...
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Frog scientist to attend Wisconsin lakes convention 14.4.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
WATCH: Adorable Cat Greets It's Owner Like A Dog 13.4.2014 Green on
Dogs are still better. Glad we got that out of the way.

Still, there's something to be said about this adorably goofy cat racing down the stairs to see her owner.

A Youtube user in Japan posted a video of a female cat lovingly trotting down the stairs to greet her owner, which now has more than a million views.

According to the description, the owner had been gone for three days. Although the cat had plenty of food, it apparently just really missed its human.

At least, she missed her human for about 30 seconds before walking away. You just can't win with cats.
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ERROR: Missing Story Title 12.4.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
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White-Nose Syndrome, Fatal Fungal Disease, Reaches Bats In Wisconsin and Michigan 11.4.2014 Green on
By Brendan O'Brien April 10 (Reuters) - Bats in Wisconsin and Michigan have been infected with a disease that has killed millions of the mosquito-eating mammals elsewhere in the U.S. and could have a detrimental impact on farming and forestry, wildlife officials said on Thursday. White-nose syndrome appeared in five small brown bats collected in February and March in northern Michigan during routine surveillance, the state's Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. "Even though we've known this disease was coming, it is a disappointing day," said Dan O'Brien, a department wildlife veterinarian. Two bats in Wisconsin tested positive for the fungal disease after they were collected in a mine during winter surveillance in Grant County, near the Illinois border, where the disease was confirmed in 2012. White-nose syndrome is mainly spread from bat to bat, but it is also possible for humans to transport spores via clothing and gear from fungus contaminated sites such as caves and ...
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Chimps On The Loose At Kansas City Zoo [UPDATE] 11.4.2014 Green on
UPDATE: Officials tell KSHB that all the chimpanzees are back in their enclosures after their escape this afternoon. Earlier: Chimpanzees broke out of their enclosures at Kansas City Zoo, and the area is on lockdown as officials try to track down the escapees. It's unclear how many chimps got out late this afternoon, but zoo spokeswoman Julie Neemeyer said officials are taking every precaution , according to The Kansas City Star. "As a precaution we have all of our visitors in locked buildings, in safety areas," she said. Some media outlets, like KCTV , are reporting that there may be as many as four on the loose: Early on reports of 4 chimps on the loose at KC's 1 Chopper 5 found just walking on a wall. — Eric Chaloux (@EricKCTV5) April 10, 2014 Zoo officials are investigating how the escape happened. The last inspection of the enclosure was in December 2012, according to KSHB . At the time, there were 14 chimps at the ...
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Tumbleweeds Reclaim West Amid Drought, Blocking Roads And Canals 9.4.2014 Green on
ORDWAY, Colo. (AP) — Mini-storms of tumbleweed have invaded the drought-stricken prairie of southern Colorado, blocking rural roads and irrigation canals, and briefly barricading homes and an elementary school. Firefighters even had to cut a path through them to get to a pregnant woman who feared she'd be trapped in her home if she went into labor. The invasion of the tumbleweed, an iconic symbol of both the West's rugged terrain and the rugged cowboys who helped settle it, has conjured images of the Dust Bowl of 80 years ago, when severe drought unleashed them onto the landscape. "It never ends," said Chris Talbott, as he used a snow shovel to push the weeds off his lawn into a stack on the street in Colorado Springs. The latest drought, which began in 2010, has created tumbleweed trouble in parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Desiccated Russian thistle, a woody leafy plant, and kochia (KOH'-sha), both invasive weeds from Eurasia, are the culprits. In Colorado, herds of cattle would eat the ...
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Rare Half-Goat, Half-Sheep Born In Ireland, And It's Adorable 7.4.2014 Green on
What do you get when you cross a goat and a sheep? One adorable little geep. Paddy Murphy, a farmer and pub owner in Kildare, Ireland, found that he had a half-goat, half-sheep on his hands two weeks ago, when his ewe gave birth, the Irish Farmers Journal reported. “It had all the hallmarks of a goat. I knew a goat had gotten in among a few of the hoggets , I didn’t know what would turn out," he told the outlet. "They were all normal lambs apart from this fella. He looks like a goat, trapped in a lamb’s body, a Geep I think it’s called! He even has horns like a goat and he is very quick on his feet. He’s perfectly healthy and thriving away." Murphy said he's never seen anything like it before. A spokeswoman for the Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) said the live birth of a geep is a rare occasion , as most die during pregnancy or are stillborn, according to the BBC. The UFU does not know of any others currently in Northern Ireland. In Botswana, a similar cross-breeding occurred between a female goat and a ram , ...
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The Worst Places To Be Stung By A Bee 6.4.2014 Green on
Our readers may be able to guess at least one of the most painful places to be stung by a bee. But if you want the research to back it up, intrepid researcher Michael Smith, a graduate student at Cornell University, says that the three worst places to be stung by a bee are as follows: The nostril, the lip and the penis. National Geographic has more on how Smith stung himself for science: Smith was methodical. He collected bees by grabbing their wings “haphazardly with forceps” and pressing them against the body part of choice. He left the stinger there for a full minute before removing it, and then rated his pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Pain is very hard to measure, but psychological studies have found that numerical scales do a decent job of putting numbers on an inherently subjective experience. As io9 notes, at least two of the best or least painful places to be stung (skull, middle toe, upper-arm) are spots that are also most likely to be covered by hair or ...
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Japan's Controversial Whaling Program Suspended By World Court 31.3.2014 Politics on
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Court of Justice on Monday ordered a temporary halt to Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government had claimed. Australia had sued Japan at the U.N.'s highest court for resolving disputes between nations in hopes of ending whaling in the icy Southern Ocean. Reading a 12-4 decision by the court's 16-judge panel, Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said Japan's program fails to justify the large number of minke whales it says it needs to catch under its current Antarctic program — 850 annually — and it doesn't catch that many anyway. It also didn't come close to catching the 50 fin and 50 humpback whales it aimed to take. All that drew into doubt Japan's assertion that its whaling is for scientific purposes, he said. "The court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking, and treating of whales ... are not 'for purposes of scientific research'," Tomka ...
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Good news for newts' DNA 31.3.2014 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Even the tiniest larva of the threatened Triturus cristatus, (great crested newt) can be detected with eDNA techniques. With this eye-opening research, the smallest invertebrates can be quickly assessed too, giving us great insight into current situations of species.
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These Amazing Photos Will Make You Think Twice About Animal Deformities (PHOTOS) 30.3.2014 Green on
These Amazing Photos Will Make You Think Twice About Animal Deformities (PHOTOS)
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U.S. proposes downlisting arroyo toad from endangered to threatened 28.3.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Tree of bird life could solve Noah's Ark problem 27.3.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Tree of bird life could solve Noah's Ark problem
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