Holy cow! Stormy escapes Philadelphia nativity scene twice

Early Thursday morning, Stormy the cow, escaped from a live nativity scene in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. Not once, but twice did the seven-year-old Hereford cow, who lives at a farm in Philly, escape only to be corralled and returned to her pen by a host of volunteers, cops and assorted news media chasing the bovine for a morning giggle.

According to AbcNews, the first time the nativity cow escaped, she hoofed it to the highway and caused quite the traffic tie-up. How often does a driver have to stop for a quick moving cow? She left from the Old First Reformed Church of Christ around 3:00 a.m., however was brought to safety by the police within an hour.

As if Stormy had a particular destination in mind or maybe she needed to finish her Christmas shopping, the next great escape occurred just hours later. This time, instead of traveling via the busy highway, she used the more local route and took to city streets until she reached a parking garage on the fourth floor. And no, she was not charged the regular $12 an hour for parking.

And in order to keep Stormy happy – her devoted attendants gave her breakfast, but not before Stormy made the morning Twitter rounds – and oh you have to laugh at these from the Philadelphia police:

“If you’re in the area of 4th and Market, beware of traffic delays. A cow is loose. Again. No, we can’t believe we’re tweeting this either.”

And then came more:

“You know, you start your day, saying ‘well, being a cop is a tough job, but at least I won’t have to catch a cow today.’ “But then wouldn’t you know it? You’re wrangling a bovine. Then you say, ‘Well, at least I’ll never have to do it again.'”

Even more of the tweets were hilarious. How about this one?

Emily Lippiello: “Mooooove over! A cow escapes a nativity scene….”

A pastor at the church thinks someone tampered with the latch allowing Stormy’s great escape. Sorry to say, Stormy lost her holiday job and was sent back to the farm and replaced by Ginger. She is fine however, and so much luckier than most cows who have the bad luck to live on dairy farms.

(Photos of Stormy the cow via Twitter, Philadelphia Police)

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Three men charged in horrible shark dragging video case

It has been more than five months since a video went viral on social media showing a shark being dragged by a speed boat. On Tuesday, three Bradenton, Florida men faced animal abuse charges after an extensive investigation.

According to WsmvNews, a press release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation states Robert Lee “Bo” Benac, 28, Michael Wenzel, 21, and Spencer Heintz, 33, have each been charged with two counts of aggravated animal cruelty – a third degree felony. In addition, Benac and Wenzel also face one count of illegal method of the taking of a shark – a second degree misdemeanor.

In July, the disturbing video showed at least four men smiling as they dragged a shark behind a speed boat. The video sparked outrage as it began circulating on social media – one of the laughing men could be heard saying “Look it’s almost dead,” as the shark’s body is flailed around in the churning water behind the boat. After the horrific boat dragging ended, one of the men held up the mangled body of the shark for a photo.  According to experts, the shark was still alive, and in agony, while being dragged.

The video ignited enough social outrage to bring about a petition demanding legal action against the men in the video. Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the following statement on Tuesday:

“I was outraged by the sickening video of a shark being horribly abused earlier this year. Florida has no tolerance for this mistreatment, and I am proud of the hard work of the FWC law enforcement during this investigation to hold these individuals accountable for their horrific actions.”

Third-degree felonies for aggravated animal cruelty are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Additional charges for Wenzel and Benac are punishable by the maximum of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

(Photos of  shark dragged Instagram mark/the shark)

Link to video here.

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Runaway horse drawn carriage collides with cars in Wisconsin

It was a terrible day for horses, drivers and carriage riders on Saturday afternoon in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin when a horse drawn carriage collided with two vehicles on one of the main streets in mid-morning.

According to Fox News, eight people had been in the carriage at the time of impact; several people had been in the vehicles involved. Fortunately none of the 15 people were seriously injured, and the horses only suffered minor cuts and bruises and are expected to make a full recovery.

Two families with young children had been on the carriage ride when something went wrong. According to one witness, as the driver was about to get onto the carriage, the two Percherons spooked and launched into a full sprint. And … boom the panicky horses hit the cars. Onlookers quickly came to the aid of the victims and patiently helped the horses. One of the horses practically ran on top of the hood of a car; its reins became entangled on the auto’s wheel.

Perhaps this is just another example of how automobiles and horse drawn carriages aren’t made to share the road. Surely we can do better.

(Photos of horse drawn carriage accident  via screenshots Fox News)

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Video captures agonizing moment bucking bull breaks his leg during rodeo

Some people find it amusing to watch animals tied with straps, antagonized and paraded before thousands of people with a cowboy poised on the frightened bucking bull’s back as he desperately tries to buck off his intruder. And so it happened on Saturday when a video caught the agonizing moment a bucking bull cried out in pain when his back leg snapped as he tried to throw a rider off during the controversial Adelaide, Australia rodeo event.

According to the Daily Mail, the bull and the rider both fell to the ground. What was really disturbing occurred as the rider got on his feet, the bull was still bucking and clearly writhing in agony from his quite apparent fatal injury. Spectators were very distressed and could be heard groaning and sobbing. Even as the rodeo organizers attempted to lead the bull out of the arena, the frightened animal continued to buck, putting more weight on his broken leg. Who can even imagine the animal’s pain?

A person on the loudspeaker could be heard assuring the audience the bull would receive the best medical care.

The RSPCA Australia has condemned the entire event and had tried to stop it. The organization issued the following statement:

“Last night our worst fears were confirmed when a bull suffered a horrendous leg injury during the Professional Bullriders Australia event hosted by Adelaide Entertainment Centre – an event we had fought to have cancelled because of the potential for animal suffering,’ a spokesperson for RSPCA South Australia said.

We are shocked and appalled by this incident and our inspectors will launch an investigation.

This bull’s injury was unnecessary and could have been avoided. RSPCA South Australia will gather a team of senior legal counsel to investigate what can be done to change laws to make bull riding and rodeos illegal across the state.”

(Photos via video screenshots)

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Second man claims he was the rabbit rescuer in wildfire video

It seems there is some confusion who the real rabbit rescuer is? And no, this isn’t a “To Tell the Truth” episode where the real young man seen jumping up and down trying to save a little bunny stands up at the end of the question and answer period by a panel of “B” celebrities.

According to the first report, Oscar Gonzales said he was the person in the  NbcNews video, but had described the rabbits as if they could have been domestic pets (white) and not wild. He claimed he was able to grab one of the rabbits, and the babies followed him to a safe area.

But Huff Post was contacted by another person, who says he was the man in the video, and his story holds more water since a local veterinary office and wildlife rehabilitation center can back it up – with the alleged little wild bunny recovering from her injuries. Caleb Wadman, 21, states he was on the highway in La Conchita on Wednesday when he spotted the tiny bunny in what he called “significant distress.”

“I just ran out,” he said, “and that’s when the bunny ran back towards the flames. And I was like ‘No, baby bunny, I’m here. I’m going to take care of you.”

The bunny is currently being cared for at the California Wildlife Center; she is a female cottontail and suffers from burns and heat related injuries. The rabbit was transferred to the wildlife center after Wadman brought her to the Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital. According to staff, who did not identify Wadman by name, however stated he had been wearing the same clothes as seen in the video and had rescued the bunny from the same location as where the video was recorded.

“HuffPost was able to solve the mystery of who rescued the rabbit from the fire. The rabbit is currently being cared for at CWC. It is still very early in her treatment, but at the moment, she is stable,” the organization posted on their Facebook page Saturday afternoon.

Now let’s all be fair though. None of this means Gonzales may not have rescued a rabbit since more than one bunny rescue occurred that night, but only one video caught a man saving one particular bunny. You make the decision.

(Photos for rabbit rescuer FB)

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Pig hunter Natalie Cepeniuk defends ‘deep-throating’ baby kangaroo

Pig hunter Natalie Cepeniuk, who became a reality internet personality in Australia after becoming one of the girlfriends of Farmer Wants A Wife Lachlan McAleer, has created a social media uproar after posting a photo of her swallowing a beheaded, baby kangaroo.

The disturbing photo showed Cepeniuk wearing a bloody shirt swallowing the decapitated “joey” and including the following message along with the picture:

“I may have deep-throated a joey’s neck.”

With that Cepeniuk posted laughing and beer emojis.

According to the West Australian News, the photo was forwarded to authorities and wildlife supporters who have openely expressed disgust and condemnation on Cepeniuk’s Facebook page. An investigation by the RSPCA NSW  began, however it didn’t take long before Cepeniuk defiantly responded:

“…hit a few nerves with a few greenies and haters.”

She later explained the mother kangaroo had jumped in front of her vehicle, and that she “humanely put it out of its misery.” Claiming she did not shoot the mother, she claims to love animals but considers herself a “realist” and stated the baby joey had been mangled, and it would have been cruel to keep it alive. She says she has “guts of steel” and the photo had been part of a dare which was not worth “the carry on.”

“How is it animal cruelty if the joey was dead?” Cepeniuk asked. “Unlike all you sour c*** I like to make light of bad situations which is exactly what I did. Go and have a cry to someone else, cause I really couldn’t give a s***.”

The Department of Environment and Energy for the Australian government states injured female kangaroos must be examined for a joey, and the pouch young should be killed:

“Decapitation with a sharp instrument in very small hairless young or a properly executed heavy blow to destroy the brain in larger young are effective means of causing sudden and painless death,” the law states.

Some people just have bad taste.

(Photos of pig hunter swallowing joey via Facebook.)

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Lobster found with Pepsi can tattoo in claw: Fuels worry for ocean pollution

Man’s worry over ocean pollution struck a new concern this week when a Canadian fishing crew found a lobster with a blue and red Pepsi can tattoo on its claw. Trapped in the waters of the Grand Manan, New Brunswick, the lobster had been banded and loaded into a crate when spotted by crew member, Karissa Lindstrand.

According to the CBCNews, Lindstrand is a 12-pack-a-day consumer of Pepsi and had never seen anything like it before:

“I was like, ‘Oh that’s a Pepsi can. It looked like it was a print put right on the lobster claw,'” Lindstrand stated.

And so the debate began, although there has not been any definitive answer except to what one may logically conclude. Some think the lobster might have grown around a can that ended up on the ocean floor. Another speculation might have been that part of a Pepsi box became stuck on the lobster. Lindstrand, however disputes those theories stating the image on the claw was pixelated, and it could not have come from a can nor a Pepsi box. It is concerning, and it is the first time in her four years of lobster fishing that Lindstrand has ever seen “garbage imprinted on an animal.”

Nevertheless, experts are drawing more concerns about the amount of trash being dumped into our oceans. It’s also a first for Matthew Abbott, Fundy baykeeper and marine program co-ordinator at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

“This is really a unique instance,” Abbott said. “I haven’t seen something like it before, of such a clear imprint of a can on a marine animal.”

Where ever this lobster lived, there was obviously trash lying around, which easily translates into seabirds, fish and other ocean denizens ingesting the pollutants dumped into our oceans. Tons of plastics leak into our oceans annually and even though they break down, they don’t go away. When small enough, the pieces are eaten by sea life or entangles them; bringing about their premature deaths.

Sadly there haven’t been any solutions; man continues to pollute every part of the environment and yet some deny a growing problem preserving the planet we all share. According to the Guardian, researchers state more than 18 tons of plastics have washed up in one of the world’s most remote areas – an uninhabited coral atoll in the eastern South Pacific. Scientists found crabs living in makeshift homes made of bottle caps and plastic jars.

As for the Pepsi lobster, it was sold and could possibly have been shipped to Boston by now. The captain said he tried to track the lobster down in order to display him at a local restaurant next to another rare lobster, but no luck.  We are sad for the lobster, but man’s greed and lack of humanity seems to have few boundaries.

(Photo of lobster with Pepsi can tattoo screenshot via Karissa Lindstrand)

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Man rushing seriously injured dog to vet arrested for speeding

In Holliston, Massachusetts, a man who truly loves his dog risked arrest and jail for speeding after his Doberman pinscher had been run over by two vehicles on Thursday morning.

According to Fox25 Boston, Peter Rogaishio’s nightmare began when he heard a loud bang outside of this home.

“I heard a big bang and then a few seconds later I heard a howl that just made the hair on the back of my neck stand up,” stated Peter. “He (his dog Thor) was lying on the street, so I dragged him off to the side of the street and called 911.”

Even though the Holliston police were trying to coordinate a way to get Thor to the vet, a half-hour later the seriously injured dog was still lying on the side of the road bleeding profusely. And in an attempt to save his beloved dog’s life, Peter picked up Thor and placed the dog in the back seat of his vehicle to rush him to the vet.

Speeding and weaving his way through traffic in a desperate charge to get emergency treatment for his critically injured dog, just moments later Pete’s erratic driving was noticed by a Natick police officer who then initiated a chase for over a mile. When Pete didn’t stop, police set up a roadblock, and when the dog owner finally was forced to stop, guns were already drawn by officers who had no idea why the man was driving that way. Officers were ready to take the man to jail when they saw Thor in the car.

“They finally looked in the truck and saw the dog. They jumped in and took the dog and then took me to jail,” said Rogaishio.

The police took Peter’s truck and rushed Thor to the Emergency room at IVG MetroWest in Natick. The police did recognize that the extenuating circumstances that led him to drive in that fashion, however he did endanger other lives of motorists. At his hearing the following day, Peter was ordered to complete a traffic safety course in the next two months.

Although a very scary situation for Thor, Rogaishio and the police, all worked out well. Pete was released from jail, Thor is expected to recover despite three broken legs and the officers helping are all safe. Thor has been part of the family since he was two months old and means everything to Pete.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help Pete with his dog’s medical expenses.

What extraordinary measures would you take if placed in a similar circumstance with your pet?

 

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Opossum breaks into liquor store and downs bottle of bourbon

In Okaloosa Island, Florida an opossum started her Christmas celebration early and may or may not know the consequences of a hangover by now. Could it give the phrase “drunk as a skunk” a new meaning?

According to the NFWDaily News, the young female opossum was able to sneak into the Cash Liquor Store the day after Thanksgiving and help herself to an entire bottle of bourbon. A Fort Walton Police Department officer transported the animal on November 24 to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge for treatment. An employee from the liquor store found the animal lying next to the broken bottle.

“A worker there found the opossum up on a shelf next to a cracked open bottle of liquor with nothing in it,” stated Michelle Pettis, an employee of the wildlife organization. “Assuming the opossum drank it all, he brought her to us, and we looked over her and she definitely wasn’t acting normal.”

In other words. was the opossum drunk? She appeared disoriented, pale and had been excessively salivating. She was given fluids to help flush out the toxins and released a few days later.

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a drunk opossum in a box! This sly, and currently slurred, opossum snuck its way into a liquor store and discovered some holiday cheer of its own. A police officer brought the animal to us for medical treatment and is expected to be released soon,” the rescue org posted on their Facebook page.

When Cash Moore, the owner of the liquor store was interviewed, he insisted the animal was over the age of 21, and this had definitely been a first for him.

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Rescue owner watches in horror as three Clydesdale horses killed by lightning

The owner of Kehsarra Clydesdale Rescue watched in horror on Wednesday evening as three Clydesdale horses were struck and killed by a single lightning strike in Mount Gambler, Australia.

According to the organization’s Facebook posting, Lynn Breirley had slipped outside as the storm began in order to remove one of the horse’s blankets she had forgotten to take off. Moments later, a giant crack of lighting, less than 13 feet away from where she had been standing, struck three Clydesdales in what Lynn described as a “gunshot like” instant killing the horses.

” FFS. LIGHTING JUST TOOK 3 OF MY HORSES. JUST PISS OFF NOW. YOU WIN…,” Lynn posted on her Facebook page.

After the initial shock and horror, Lynn was determined to face her fears and vowed not to leave her other horses.

“Well I’m not leaving my remaining horses on their own tonight through this F ….g storm . I’ll stay out with them all night if I have to … it just missed Sylvie and the foal and Herc was glanced by it .. I was 4ft away from my babies when they got struck .. I though I had lost all 6…. The most horrific sight I will ever witness … can’t get the vision out of my head … R.I.P. MY BEAUTIFUL ONES .. you will always be in my heart.”

One of the horses killed had been used for therapy. According to Yahoo News, the second horse killed had been a special needs rescue with no teeth and the third horse had been retired. Two other horses – a mare and an orphaned foal watched as their paddock mates were struck.

Meanwhile Lynn is warning other horse owners to be careful about lightning.

“So please not only cuddle your four-legged friends a little harder, but also be aware that lightning does strike and kill horses. We don’t want to see any of our Kehsarra family feel like we all do right now,” she posted.

Rest in peace sweet horses.

(Photos of three Clydesdale horses killed via Facebook)

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