Ranger trying to get selfie with 35-foot python nearly choked to death

As if “tangling” with a 35-foot python to catch a selfie isn’t for the weak of heart, have you heard about the ranger in India who thought he could take a selfie with the snake?

According to the London Free Press, all the warnings about posing with wild animals didn’t seem too important to forest ranger Sanjay Dutta who decided to pop a few photos with the 35-foot rock python on Sunday. After Dutta and his team had received complaints about the snake eating local goats, the men captured it with the intention of moving it to another location where it wouldn’t hurt farm animals. Instead of putting the snake in a sack, Dutta decided to wear it around his neck. Need we say more?

After Dutta flung the snake over his shoulders, the angry snake started to constrict around the man and nearly choked his host in a matter of seconds. In the video provided by Caters News, Dutta is seen staggering; another man assisted in pulling the snake off.

Neither the snake nor Dutta were injured. The python was moved to Baikanthapur forest and released.

(Photo of 35-foot python via Caters freezeshot video)

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DNA test results back on ‘wolf-like’ creature killed in Montana

The DNA test results are back on a “wolf-like” creature who was killed by a rancher outside of Denton, Montana, in May. According to CBS News, though there was a great deal of debate about what the animal really was, DNA testing definitively proved that the “creature” was in fact a gray wolf.

Why the speculation?

There was tremendous speculation about what the animal truly was – photos implied that the legs were too short, and the ears too large, to fit the specifications of a typical wolf. Before the DNA results were in, people surmised that the animal might be a wolf/dog hybrid…there were even outlandish claims that she might have been of a werewolf.

In a release, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department wrote:

Confusion about the animal might be due to the condition of the animal and the photos, which seemed to show short legs and big ears. Inspection of the animal at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife health lab in Bozeman revealed a relatively normal looking, dark brown wolf.

The tests were conclusive – the Department wrote:

The lab compared the animal’s DNA with thousands of other DNA samples from wolves, coyotes and dogs. The conclusion was clear – this animal is a gray wolf from the northern Rocky Mountains.

Legally killed

The rancher legally killed the female wolf on May 16 – it is legal to kill wolves if they are believed to be a threat to livestock. The wolf was between two and three years of age – weighing in just under 85 pounds.

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Giant python in Indonesia swallows woman whole

In Indonesia, a 54-year-old woman’s body was found in the belly of a giant python on Friday. The woman, Wa Tiba had been in her garden on Thursday when she disappeared in the village of Persiapan Lawela, on the island of Muna.

According to Global News, residents suspected the 23 foot python  had swallowed the victim.

“Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden,” the Muna police chief wrote. “The snake’s belly was cut open and the body of the victim was found inside.”

Neighbors searched for the woman when she failed to return from tending her garden, and soon found Wa Tiba’s sandals, torch and machete near where the bloated snake had been resting.

Wa Tiba’s body was found intact, still dressed inside of the snake that had swallowed the woman head first. The garden, which was located about a half-mile for her home is in a rocky area with caves and cliffs in an area believed to be habituated by many snakes. Pythons are prevalent in Indonesia and southeast portions of Asia. They grab onto their victims with their teeth and squeeze their prey to death before swallowing them.

It is very unusual for a python to attack a human, their usual bill of fare remains with eating monkeys, pigs and other mammals.

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Rattlesnake kills two dogs in Loxahatchee couple’s front yard

In the Palm Beach County Loxahatchee area, a four-and-a-half foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake killed a family’s two large dogs on Thursday.

According to Anne Benson Arndt, the owner of 105-pound yellow Labrador retriever, Buster, and a Labrador mix named Mr. Wiggles, the two dogs had been barking in the front yard. As Anne approached the spot where the two dogs were, the dogs suddenly jumped away. Buster died within a few moments.  A rattlesnake had fatally struck the curious pooches.

Anne’s husband, Rick tried to kill the snake with a shovel, but it was so aggressive, in its coiled position, it continued to strike out at Rick. In pure frustration, Rick ran over the snake with his truck and as the snake crawled away, Rick used a shovel to kill it.

Sadly, Mr. Wiggles died a short time later at the veterinarian office. Experts state there has been an increase in rattlesnakes in the area because of the rainy weather – prompting the snakes to seek out drier land.

If you come in contact with a rattlesnake and hear the warning rattle, move away with slow, non threatening and and slow movements. Leave killing a rattlesnake to the professionals. It is assumed if you can get close enough to a snake to try and give it a direct hit, you are probably close enough to get bitten.

Rest in peace Buster and Mr. Wiggles. (Photo of the dogs via Facebook)

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Pasco Fire Rescue: ‘Values every life’ as jar removed from fox’s head

In Pasco County, Florida, an adorable little fox must be very grateful to his rescuers after a jar stuck on his head was finally removed. The little guy had been spotted wandering behind a Florida fire station on Tuesday, but no one could catch him. That’s when a local wildlife animal rescue team were called in for help.

According to the Facebook of the Pasco County Fire Rescue, Station 26 in Wesley Chapel sprung into action to rescue the little critter so he could rejoin his family. With the help of the animal rescue, humane traps were set and he was safely captured. Medical attention was administered and when the little guy was strong enough, he was released back to the wild. Rescuers named him Miracle – we can all see why, as the jar was carefully removed from his head and he bounced back to health.

The photos were shared on the Pasco County Fire Rescue’s Facebook page with the following heartwarming statement:

“Pasco Fire Rescue values every life, and will work hard to protect it.”

Don’t ever get discouraged – there are many angels out here helping those who can not speak.

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Ouch! Ouch! Porcupine told two dogs off with faces full of quills

In Bangs, Texas, two dogs were told off by a porcupine who fought back slinging a face full of quills upon each dog. Ouch! The dog’s owner said it happened during the night and when she saw the dogs in the morning, she was shocked.

According to KxanNews, Peggy Gamblin was “scared to death” when she saw her Boston terrier’s, Bullwinkle entire face covered in quills. And if that wasn’t frightening enough, the family’s Australian shepherd, Bentley Nicole encountered the same fate. The dogs were rushed to the Brown County Animal Clinic where veterinarians removed as many quills as they could. Some are still embedded in their skin, but are expected to work their way out to the surface within the next two weeks.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden is warning residents that this is the breeding season for porcupines who are nocturnal. Porcupines are attracted to garbage, pet food and frequently scavenge for food like raccoons and opossums.

Both dogs are home and resting and are expected to make a full recovery. Ouch!

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Raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper capturing the interest of the world

A Minnesota raccoon captured the interest of the world beginning on Tuesday morning after he decided to scale a Minnesota skyscraper in St. Paul. It has been described as the Spider Man version, complete with observers holding their collective breaths as the critter climbed higher and higher.

When he was spotted a few stories up huddled close to the wall and appearing quite frightened, tensions arose.  By lunchtime, he had made it up to the 12th story of the UBS Tower. According to onlookers, and quite possibly followers of the little masked bandit, the climbing critter had been spotted on another building just days ago, most likely on a search for food. Minnesota Public Radio reporter Time Nelson tweeted:

“likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway.”

The animals have strong claws and feet, although they do not usually scale tall buildings. This little guy may have said “uh oh” but knew he had to keep going upward.

And so up he went, with Twitter followers gasping every few minutes as the raccoon climbed higher and higher and the news continued to spread about the little guy’s dangerous plight. By the time he reached the 22nd floor, it was time for a rest. Pedestrians gathered on Seventh Street in St. Paul to watch, and although everyone wanted to help, what could they do? The windows in the building don’t open and sending window washers up wasn’t an option. Animal Control stated they would trap him, but couldn’t do so until he climbed to the roof. Someone even offered a $1,000 reward for the critter’s safe rescue and capture.

Later that afternoon, the raccoon made it to the 23rd floor. Even St. Paul’s mayor tweeted:

“Even wild animals know @cityofsaintpaul is a great place to reach for higher heights. We’re working with staff & building owner to find a way to help #MPRraccoon without further endangering it or staff by scaring or making it feel threatened.”

News reports were full of speculation, and then in the late hours came the long awaited announcement that the raccoon had made it to the roof. He was safely caged, and the Twitter account of the office building posted he was safe and “had eaten a post-climb meal, (cat food) and it was now in custody.”

The raccoon was expected to have been freed this morning. What an adventure.

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Dog euthanized by shelter, thrown away but found alive roaming the streets

A young dog in Texas had been euthanized by an animal shelter and thrown into a pile of dead dogs this week. Apparently the dose to kill the young blue heeler was wrong or the procedure incorrectly performed. The dog survived; he was found roaming the streets – mostly blind as a result of the botched euthanasia process.

According to the Pflugerville  rescue group Cuz I Matter, the dog, now named Valor, is on his way to recovery despite the unbelievably inhumane experience he survived. On the rescue’s Facebook page, they wrote about Valor’s plight and what his survival has meant:

“This poor dog was euthanized and his body discarded. They botched the dose somehow and he woke up. He was later found wandering on a highway and he is now blind. Humans failed him. We could not let them kill him again. He lived for a reason and deserves a chance. So we drove hundreds of miles to meet his transport and one of our wonderful fosters has taken him in and is giving him love and attention while we look for his forever home. He is a little scared of people right now but do you blame him ? He does so well with other dogs. Please contact us if you have room in your home/heart for this special guy.”

Kathryn Lippert, a foster family for Cuz I Matter, has taken Valor into her home. For days, Valor didn’t want to be touched, didn’t want anything to do with a collar or a leash and even refused to take treats by hand. Head scratches and turkey slices are slowly convincing Valor life is getting better, and even though his recovery will be a long one, the pooch has already been wagging his tail.

Valor will begin heartworm treatment as well as given positive reinforcement so that one day this very deserving pooch will have a home of his own, and the awful experience he had will only be a faint memory.

For more information about Valor and other dogs available for adoption through Cuz I Matter Animal Rescue, click here. Donations to the organization can be made here.

(Photo of dog euthanized and survived Facebook Cuz I Matter)

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Social media outrage as farmer tied squirrel to beer bottle for stealing corn

Social media has erupted into pure outrage after disturbing footage appeared online showing a squirrel tied to a beer bottle and being tortured by a farmer in southern China.

According to the Daily Mail, the red-bellied squirrel had been caught by the farmer eating some corn kernels and the farmer thought it would be funny to whip the little creature as a punishment. In the video, the tiny squirrel can be seen writhing in pain and having a hard time breathing. The Pallas’s squirrel feeds on leaves, seeds and fruits.

The three-and-a-half-minute video was uploaded on  the Chinese social network, Weibo on May 31. Viewers have tracked the farmer’s residence to be in Guizhou Province. For the entire length of the film, the cruel farmer beat the tiny creature with a twig stating in local dialect:

“Why are you stealing from me? Go steal my cousin’s …. We don’t have enough corn for ourselves. Now you want some too?”

Web users have continued to criticize the farmer for being a heartless beast. Tragically there are few animal protection laws in China.

“Who has the right to torture a tiny squirrel?,” multiple viewers on social media asked. It is not known if the squirrel survived.

Pet Rescue Report has decided not to share the disturbing video – nothing to see there except extreme cruelty and an innocent little animal made to suffer.

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Meet ‘Pork Roll’: Neptune cops rescue wandering pig at Dunkin’ Donuts

On Friday, the Neptune Township (New Jersey) police posted a humorous yet compassionate story on their Facebook page about “Pork Roll,” a lost pig wandering near a local Dunkin’ Donuts store.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the pig had been spotted wandering through the neighborhood. No one wanted to take a chance the little guy could get hurt or even struck by a vehicle. The story told by the department began like this:

“Police Officers are expected to wear many hats during their shift that go far beyond enforcing laws. Officers might need to mediate conflicts between roommates, treat patients until EMS arrives, and sometimes they even need to wrangle a pig or two. Yes, we at the Neptune Township Police Department are well aware of the irony, but this is the truth. Over the holiday weekend, P.O. Blewitt responded to a report of a pig running loose in the area of RT 33 and RT 35.”

And as the police arrived, the tension mounted:

“Upon arrival, he found “Pork Roll” running hog-wild, most likely looking for an evening coffee and donut from Dunkin’ Donuts. He managed to catch the well-fed hog and take him into custody for questioning and to provide him with a job application as our new mascot. Shortly after, he was whisked away by the Monmouth County SPCA for safekeeping until he was later retrieved by his owner.”

Be assured that Pork Roll has been returned to his family.

In addition, Monmouth County has been working towards better protections for our animal friends. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Monmouth County SPCA have teamed up to introduce the Animal Cruelty Hotline. This hotline is specifically for reporting of animal abuse or mistreatment. Concerned citizens can call the number 24/7 to report tips on possible animal cruelty directly to the detectives that investigate these concerns. Callers can remain anonymous, but are asked to provide as much information as possible to aid the investigations. If you have a concern regarding possible animal cruelty, call 877-898-PAWS (877-898-7297).

We hope you had a fun ride in the police car Pork Roll.

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