Crocodiles are believed to have eaten trophy hunter

A missing 44-year-old trophy hunter is believed to be dead – according to Tuesday’s publication of the Daily Mail, Scott Van Zyl was last seen a week ago.

Zyl had been hunting with a pack of hunting dogs and a Zimbabwean tracker – he had parted ways with the tracker and later vanished. Zyl’s hunting dogs returned to camp on Friday, but Zyl was nowhere to be found. Searches in the area failed to produce the missing trophy hunter, but a recent discovery indicates that the missing man may have been eaten by crocodiles.

According to the Telegraph,  remains, which are believed to be human, were found in two Nile crocodiles. Zyl’s backpack, and possibly his footprints, were discovered along the banks of the Limpopo River. The crocodiles believed to be responsible for Zyl’s death were shot – the remains found in their stomachs are being forensically tested to see if they are indeed the missing trophy hunter’s.

Though crocodiles typically feed on wild animals, recent rains have led them away from rivers and several people have been killed by them over the course of the past several weeks.

(Screenshot via Daily Mail)


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Mysterious Skittles on highway apparently headed for cattle feed

The rather mysterious appearance of Skittles on a rural Wisconsin highway this week has a rather odd explanation about where they were headed. According to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, the spilled candy was apparently headed somewhere to be used as feed for cattle.

After the Skittles appeared on the road, the Sheriff’s Office updated Facebook followers about the strange discovery:

At 8:51 p.m. on Tuesday night, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office came across unusual items that were left in the road. Hundreds of thousands of Skittles were spilled on County Highway S near Blackbird Road. It is unclear who may have spilled the skittles on the road. The Dodge County Highway Department was asked to clean them off the road.
While we don’t know who did this, it is certainly clear that it may be difficult to “Taste the Rainbow” in it’s entirety with one color that likely fell off the truck!

Cattle feed?

The authorities later offered up the odd explanation:

UPDATE: The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck. The truck was a flatbed pickup and the Skittles were in a large box. Due to it raining at the time, the box got wet and gave way allowing the Skittles to spill out on the roadway. It is reported that the Skittles were intended to be feed for cattle as they did not make the cut for packaging at the company. In the end these Skittles are actually for the Birds!

According to NBC News, Mars Inc. has stated they it is unclear why the Skittles would have been intended to be used as cattle feed, and that the spilled candy came from a plant in Yorkville, Illinois, that doesn’t sell unused product for animal food. The lack of an “S” on the candy is blamed on a power failure at the plant.

Suffice to say, the sheriff’s office post about the candy being used to feed cattle has created quite the social media stir…people are questioning why cows would be fed candy and “freaking out” over the prospect.

(Photos via Facebook)

 

Man kicks dog in aggressive San Francisco melee at park

In San Francisco, a violent encounter at the popular Duboce Park on Thursday began with playful dogs and ended in a disturbing display of human anger after one pet owner became violent, reports CbsLocalNews.

Caught on cellphone video, a dog owner is caught and tackled as he kicks a black Labrador retriever. A witness, Brook Stevenson recounts the series of disturbing events:

“The basset hound was making all this noise. He went between this other owner’s legs, and the owner of the basset hound came out of nowhere and pushed this guy.”

Apparently the basset hound became scared and started to yelp. With that the dog’s owner overreacted and grabbed the woman’s dog. The man the dog owner pushed had nothing to do with the dogs. Someone in the crowd pulled the man off, and the cell phone video started recording. One of the bystanders is seen grabbing the basset hound owner by the arms so the owner of the Labrador and her dog could get away. The basset hound owner yells:

“Why don’t you take some [****] responsibility for your dog! That’s why I’m mad! That’s why I’m mad!”

And as the woman takes her dog to exit the park, the man skirts around the other onlookers and kicks the Labrador in the side. The crowd gets angry, and a bystander tackles the basset hound’s owner. The man then picks up his dog and leaves the park as onlookers call authorities.

Police are now investigating the incident. The man was last seen  wearing a checkered long-sleeve button-down shirt, dark pants and wore a tan baseball cap and tan hiking boots. Check out the video:

(Photo: screenshot from YouTube)

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State plans to kill entire wolf pack in Washington

An entire pack of endangered wolves are going to be killed in the state of Washington. According to Tuesday’s Statesman Journal, the Profanity Peak wolf pack, which consists of 11 wolves, is believed to be responsible for several cow deaths, and the entire pack will be culled in order to prevent more cow deaths. The Profanity Peak wolf pack has several wolf cubs, which are also slated for death.

The decision to kill off these endangered wolves has outraged conservation groups.  Tim Coleman, executive director for Kettle Range Conservation Group, is quoted in the Register Guard:

“Cows grazing in thick forest and downed trees in the Colville National Forest are in an indefensible situation. We believe the wildest areas of our national forests should be a place where wolves can roam free.”

On the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website, information is posted about “management” plans when and if predation (the preying of one animal on others) occurs:

  • Livestock protection: The plan provides a variety of nonlethal and lethal management measures – from technical assistance for landowners to lethal removal – to control wolves that prey on livestock. The plan also establishes conditions for compensating ranchers who lose livestock to wolf predation.
  • Wildlife protection: The plan allows WDFW to use lethal and non-lethal measures to manage wolf predation on at-risk ungulate populations if wolf numbers reach or exceed the recovery objective within a region where predation occurs.

The wolves in this pack are fitted with radio collars (which were funded by taxpayer dollars) which will be utilized to track and kill the animals. This is not the first time that wolves have been targeted in Washington state – back in 2012, the Wedge Pack was purposefully killed by hunters hired to eliminate them because they had been attacking livestock.

Shortly after the Wedge Pack was killed Conservation Northwest issued a release which stated:

“The Wedge Pack experience has been hard on everybody, which makes it difficult but necessary to look forward. We want to see commitments from the state and cattlemen to expand early use of nonlethal efforts so we don’t have to go through this again.”

 

Elderly, blind and deaf dog rescued from 40 foot well

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An elderly dog, who is both deaf and blind, fell down a 40-foot well in Maryland this week. The 11-year-old dog, named “Sam,” was saved thanks to the efforts of the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department.

On Tuesday, the volunteer fire department posted photos of the rescue effort to its Facebook page, along with a brief description of what transpired:

At 1749 hours, Company 2 was alerted to the 1900 block of Joanna Ct for a Confined Space Rescue. Units arrived to find a dog down a 40 foot well. Crews set up a rope system with the Tower and safely removed the dog. Company 2 operated for 40 minutes.

 

Thanks to the team’s efforts, Sam was safely extracted from the well and returned to his anxious family. The dog’s owner offered words of thanks on the volunteer fire department’s Facebook page, along with an explanation about how the dog fell into the well:

Thank you so much to PF Volunteer fire dept. ! While repairing our well, our 11 year old cocker Sam ( he’s deaf and blind) fell 40 feet. Quick and compassionate responders saved our Sam!
Thank you so much for your caring attitudes and professional work ethic. Thanks Mark for the subtle smile which let me feel everything would be ok.

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Kudos to the volunteer firefighters who worked to save Sam! Find the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page here.

Frightened dog leaps into fireman’s arms at Blue Cut

In West Cajon Valley, California, a firefighter rescued a dog from the Blue Cut Fire as the pup ran excitedly from his burning home and jumped into the arms of Battalion Chief Mike Mohler.Dog leaps into fireman's arms

Chief Mohler posted the photo hugging the dog on Facebook as hundreds of animal advocates praised all of the firemen risking their lives to help save property and lives. Although there have been several questions as to owners leaving their pets behind, once police close a road, no one is permitted to enter behind the barricades. Therefore if homeowners and residents were not home as the fire spread, they could not get in to rescue their pets. The dog has been turned over to Animal Control.

The fast moving fire has scorched more than 30,000 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest and forced 82,000 people to evacuate. A complete list of mandatory evacuations, road closures, detours, evacuation centers and school information can be found on AbC7News by clicking here.

For up to date information, the U.S. Forest Service Public/Media Information Line can be accessed by calling 909.383.5688. The USFS Public/Media website can be found by clicking here.

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Puppy mill breeder banned for 15 years after dogs kept in dark and fed moldy bread

A commercial dog breeder in Scotland has been banned from owning or selling dogs for the next 15 years after keeping puppies in horrible conditions while under her care, reports the Daily Record.Morag Jackson

Morag Jackson, 54, living in Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, was found guilty this week of four animal cruelty offenses according to Scotland’s Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006. More than 36 dogs were removed from her care last year during a three-month investigation. Animal welfare officers found the dogs living in wooden sheds with insufficient bedding and with no access to food or water.  Scottish SPCA inspectors stated the only food available for a Yorkshire terrier and her newborn puppies had been moldy bread left in a container engorged with maggots. Morag Jackson 2 A West Highland terrier, named Abby, had been discovered living in a too small carrier tucked high on a shelf with a sheet covering the dog’s enclosure keeping the dog in prolonged darkness.

Many of the dogs were underweight, covered in fleas and had lost their coats from allergies and neglect.

The dogs are all being cared for at SPCA shelters and are expected to make a full recovery. Officials from the Scottish SPCA stated Jackson’s abuse and neglect was one of worst cases they had ever seen. Commercial dog breeders in Scotland are expected to maintain a high quality of care. Morag Jackson 3

Jackson is also required to perform 200 hours of public service work.

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Do you know me? Elderly, 14-year-old dog at animal control

On August 6, an elderly dog, believed to be 14 years of age, was picked up as a stray and taken to the Baldwin Park Animal Services facility in California. The female Australian shepherd is now waiting in a kennel run – listening for a voice that she may know, amidst the drone of anxious, frightened dogs who are housed near her.

On Sunday, volunteer photographer Pat Gregoire posted a picture of the senior dog to Facebook, along with a few words, “14 yr old female gray/black Australian Shepherd mix came to the shelter as a stray on August 6. available 8/10/16. Right eye is clouded.”

This senior dog may have escaped through an open door, or an unlatched gate – somewhere, someone may be searching the streets, hoping to find their beloved companion. Please take a moment to share this photo, and adoption information, to help reunite this dog with her owner.

If nobody arrives to claim the elderly dog, she will become available for rescue or adoption on August 10.

  • Facebook thread here
  • Petharbor link here
  • Los Angeles County Animal Control – Baldwin Park at (626) 962-3577
    Ask for information about animal ID number A4980616
  • Note – all inquiries about this dog must be made directly to the Baldwin Park Animal Services facility, including questions about temperament, health and availability.

Click here to read about another senior dog in need – Coco has been held at the Miami-Dade Animal Services facility for over a month and the toll of being overlooked is starting to show.

Hospice foster needed for elderly dog

On Saturday afternoon, a no-kill animal shelter in Chicago, Illinois, issued an urgent plea for help on behalf of an elderly dog who is in need of a hospice foster home. The shelter, Felines & Canines, reached out to Facebook followers with the urgent request for help for the ailing senior dog:

Hospice foster needed. Felines & Canines took in this 12 year old Chow mix with huge tumors. His name is Little Boy. He is having problems walking and more than likely does not have much time left.

Little Boy has another organization behind him…the Live Like Roo Foundation has offered to sponsor up to $500 for his care. Little Boy may not have a good deal of time left to live, but his rescuers are hopeful that he can spend the time that he does have in the company of a loving person, in a comfortable home.

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According to Felines & Canines, Little Boy was happy to enjoy his new, soft bed and he even had a “little pep in his step” after he was trimmed. Anyone interested in helping this deserving senior dog can email Abby@felinescanines.org or send a message to the shelter on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

The Seager Sagas – we’ve got a talker on our hands!

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Welcome to installment #2 of the “Seager Sagas.” Our rescued German shepherd puppy joined our family in May and it didn’t take long before he showed us that he is a talker. In fact, I think that somewhere hidden in this adorable German shepherd body is the spirit of a husky (we all KNOW how vocal huskies can be).

Within the first few days of Seager’s arrival to our home, I left for an errand and when I got home, I let him out of his crate and we promptly ran out back to ensure that he didn’t have any potty accidents in the house. Seager proceeded to start screaming as soon as I sat down on the back deck with him.

Screaming in a way that I have never heard a puppy scream – in fact, I was pretty sure that he was dying. I proceeded to look in his mouth, run my hands over his body – looking for the source of his obvious pain. After finding out that he was fine, I started to breathe normally once again and worked on getting my heart beat to slow down to an acceptable rate. It turns out that Seager screams for joy when you come home…13179426_10153696578618403_6493750216965228418_n

A few days later, Seager ran down the staircase in the house and upon stepping onto the landing at the bottom, he started screaming and spinning in circles. My kids and I rushed to his side – I thought that maybe I missed him falling and maybe he had a broken leg. The screaming continued for what seemed like hours (more like 2 minutes) while I once again did a full body check to see where he was broken. After examining his legs, hips and feet we discovered a Himalayan cheese “bone” that he apparently stepped on. Crisis averted – we believe that he hurt the pad of his foot when he stepped on his chew. Apparently discomfort means intense screaming when it comes to Seager.

Seager doesn’t scream as loudly as he did the first day when he was overjoyed at my return, but he does yip and spin while making a unique sound that is something like the sound you get while putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth, raising your voice and “twirling” your tongue. Not sure exactly how to explain it…it’s a Seager-ism for sure.

Walks are another story…when Seager walks with me, he is a perfect gentleman. When Seager walks in public or with my husband and our other dog, he sounds like a crazy hyena. No lie…Seager is a head-turner on walks, and not for his good looks. On a recent walk in our neighborhood, he began yipping and screaming so loudly that our neighbor thought that a puppy was dying. Seager was upset that Kurt and our other dog were 18 inches in front of him. At the park, people stop and stare. We went on a popular hiking trail not long ago and I went to the bathroom while my husband sat with Seager and our other shepherd, Chesney. Seager screamed and yipped so much while I was out of his sight that a family sitting nearby shot daggers with their eyes at my poor husband, who they assumed was somehow killing poor innocent Seager.

And we can’t overlook “Sassy Seager.” Yes, this pup talks back like a naughty child. Tell him “no” and he looks right at you and starts barking. Oh boy.

We love this little guy – but he’s a talker. As we often say…thank goodness (and no wonder) puppies are so cute.

Find Installment #1 of the Seager Sagas here.