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Only in Boca: Two iguanas go ‘toe to toe’ in Starbucks parking lot

This time Starbucks wasn’t to blame for any social or legal improprieties. In Boca Raton, two iguanas entered into a raucous scuffle, and their power argument was all caught on video.

According to Shannon Moskoff’s Facebook page, it was Saturday morning when she had been making her coffee stop and was driving behind the local Starbucks when she saw what she thought were two large tree branches. Suddenly the branches moved, and Shannon grabbed her phone and started recording. There they were – two huge iguanas- going “toe to toe” in an obvious domestic disagreement.

Shannon’s friend, Jaime Margolin Croft witnessed the kerfuffle – “Only in Boca” Jaime stated. At one point, one of the iguana’s had the other iguana’s head in its mouth.

“Oh my God, they’re eating each other,” Shannon could be heard on the recording. “What the ****. I’ve never seen this in my life. Are they stuck?”

The minute-and-a-half video was full of iguana posturing – hissing and snapping at each other. Finally the women had to stop recording as traffic was becoming tied up, and so we don’t know how the dueling iguana story ended. Male iguanas are known to be aggressive with each other, so we may never know what happened. Maybe they were mating?

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Video showing man punch possum in the face condemned as animal cruelty

In a short video posted on social media Saturday, a young man was shown approaching a possum sitting on top of a fence in the Canterbury, New Zealand town of Waimate. The man carefully approached the animal and with no provocation, punched the possum in the face, sending the animal flying through the air. Laughter could be heard in the background.

According to the Facebook page of  Newstalk ZB radio show The Country, viewers had been divided in their opinions – some calling the act animal cruelty while others contended the act was condoned since possums are considered pests in New Zealand and can disrupt the nesting habits of native birds.

Newshub, however reports the act had been “deliberate cruelty” and not pest control.

“Punching an animal in the face is appalling. It’s animal cruelty – pure and simple – and there is no excuse for it,” stated Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE). “This brutal behavior has nothing to do with animal management. What we are seeing in this video is someone abusing animals. Their laughing response in t he video illustrates the toxic attitude towards some animals that is sadly commonplace in New Zealand.”

The Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also condemned the act. The incident is currently under investigation. There have not been any reports whether the possum survived.

The video can be viewed here.

WARNING: Graphic video and very disturbing. This may not be appropriate for all viewing audiences.

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Orangutan faced off with bulldozer as machine destroyed one of last habitats

An orangutan faced off with a bulldozer in the Sungai Putri forest in Indonesia at one of the last habitats in the world for the animals. A video, captured by an observer, showed the heartbreaking confrontation as the orangutan tried to fight off the machine as it destroyed a tree. The animal barely swung to safety as the machine’s claw bored down.

According to the International Animal Rescue program director Llano Sanchez, Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world and without forests like this the Bornean orangutans will most likely become extinct.

“Habitat destruction forces orangutans to enter neighboring plantations and farms looking for food, and this frequently leads to conflict with humans,” Sanchez stated.

Between 1999 to 2016, more than 100,000 Bornean orangutans have been killed. They are now listed as an endangered species with only 1,000 living in the Sungai. Although the Indonesian government states the animals are protected, more illegal logging areas have been operating in the cover of the night.

In a study in Current Biology, the orangutans decline have been the steepest in areas that were deforested or transformed for industrial agriculture (often oil palm or paper pulp plantations). Forests must be protected; some  communities and one oil palm plantation has stepped up to protect the animals. Still we must do more.

This orangutan was rescued. Others have not been as fortunate.

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Teacher accused of drowning raccoons at school will not face criminal charges

In Ocala, Florida, the teacher accused of drowning raccoons and an opossum in the presence of students during an agricultural class, will not face criminal charges according to the state attorney’s office. In a memo released on Friday, Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King stated the teacher did not “torment’ the animals and was not necessarily cruel.

The Forest High School science teacher,  Dewie Brewton was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and retired just a few days after the disturbing video of the animals being drowned in trash cans filled to the top with water on May 15 went viral.

According to the Gainesville Sun, Judge King’s decision was based on the following:

“During the post Miranda interview, the teacher explained that in one of his classes, his students raise chickens as a project that remain in a pen on campus. He indicated that the students cared a great deal for the chickens with many of them giving the birds names. Over the course of a few weeks, the teacher indicated that approximately 8 chickens had been killed, with their dead carcasses left behind by the culprit. Over time, the teacher determined that it was likely raccoons that were destroying the students’ farm animals. He determined it was best to trap these animals to stop the incessant and unnecessary killing of the students’ birds.”

Brewton stated he wasn’t allowed to shoot the two raccoons and opossum since guns are prohibited on campus and didn’t want to bludgeon them because that would have been “too brutal and messy.” His decision to drown them was his solution, however the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission admits drowning is not a recommended means of euthanasia. The state attorney stated that killing nuisance animals is legal, and to bring animal cruelty charges against the teacher, the State would have had to prove he unnecessarily tortured the animals;  creating doubt on “the ability of the State to prove the allegations beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt.”

(Photos of teacher drowning raccoons via video freeze shots)

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Deputy shooting groundhog crossing roadway video goes viral

A deputy from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office shot a groundhog on Sunday afternoon in Eldersburg, Maryland, but not before a woman driving home from work captured the disturbing incident on video and shared it on social media.

“This just happened. And I’m soooo distraught!!!! Like I cannot believe I just witnessed this. If you’re not an animal lover, you won’t understand my pain… Liberty rd. Sykesville Police shooting Grundhogs in a head in broad daylight. Please share. I may be wrong and he might have been doing his job but all I kept thinking was what if my little niece and nephew were in the car with me seeing this..,” wrote Justyna Olkowska who then posted the video on her Facebook page which has been viewed 55,000 times.

According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office department spokesperson, Cpl. Jon Light, stated the deputy stopped when he observed a groundhog acting strangely in the roadway. The animal had not bitten or attacked anyone, and there was no way to tell if the animal had rabies.

“You see the groundhog coming after the officer. At this point in time, the animal was not acting as a normal animal would. It is within our policy to dispose of any animal that could pose a health threat,”Light stated.

When watching the video, the deputy can be seen walking towards the groundhog which just stays there. The deputy backs away into the next lane and the groundhog runs towards him. At that moment, the deputy points his gun, kneels down on one knee, takes aim and shoots the groundhog once. The groundhog rolls around in pain, and the deputy shoots the animal a second time killing it. The incident is under review..

Justyna originally thought the entire incident was going to have a happy resolution, and it had been the deputy who would have helped the little guy cross the road.

“I obviously did not think that would take this turn and was kind of shocked,” Justyna told the New York Daily News. “I am sure the officer did the best thing in this situation. It is not for me to judge.”

(Video and freezeshots via Facebook page of Justyna Olkowska)

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Young buck wanders into backyard to play with family dog

In Metamora, Michigan, a surprised resident captured on video a very unusual encounter with a young buck who wandered into their backyard to romp around with the family dog.

The person filming the precious moments stated the deer didn’t seem to have any fear of the dog or humans.

“The kids and I let the dogs out to play and saw this button buck coming around the corner. He came right up to us and let the kids pet him. He was out there for hours playing with the dog,” the homeowner stated.

Let’s hope the young buck smartens up and stays away from people when hunting season begins in Michigan at the beginning of October 2018.

(Video by Viral Hog)

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Marine biologist says humpback whale saved her from tiger shark attack

A marine biologist, Nan Hauser, travels all over the world doing research as the president for the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation. This week she shared an encounter that happened in October in waters off the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. Hauser, 63, had been on a routine dive searching for whales when she spotted the 25-ton humpback.

According to the Press Herald, the experienced diver knows not to touch or get too close to the whales, and had been shocked when on this particular dive, a whale actually swam up to her and gently nudged her with its head and covered her with its pectoral fin. As told to the news reporter of the Herald, Hauser admitted had someone told her this story, she likely would not have believed it happened.

“His eye was so wide, I was just waiting to get whacked,” Hauser recalled as she just stayed still and waited for the whale’s next move. “But it was clear it was trying to communicate something.”

As Hauser’s companion continued to video the strange encounter, the next ten minutes were crucial for Hauser’s survival, or so she thought. When close enough to the research boat, she was able to return to safety. The story, however wasn’t over. Within moments, Hauser understood what the “dance” had been about; a 15-foot tiger shark had been watching the diver and possibly planning an attack. The whale had protected her.

Although it obviously can’t be proven the whale was looking after her welfare, it has been documented that whales often protect seals from predators. Could the whale have been the research scientist’s special angel around at the right time keeping her safe? We do know there is a scientist who believes this – how about you?

(Videos and photos via screenshot and YouTube Portland Press Herald)

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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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Man stops to rescue wild bunny from Ventura fire caught on camera

In Ventura County, California, a Good Samaritan saved a wild bunny from the quick spreading wildfires; the rescue was caught on camera.

A man, dressed only in shorts and a hoodie, is seen running over to chase down a wild rabbit on the side of Highway 1, but the man isn’t quick enough, and the frightened bunny runs into the thick brush. The man can be seen clutching his head and jumping up and down, trying to figure out how to save the defenseless little bunny. The animal lover, however had no intentions of giving up, and he moves closer and is finally able to scoop up his floppy eared friend – cuddling the furry little one in his arms and carrying it to safety.

The entire rescue, as the unidentified man risked his own life to save the rabbit, was caught on video by a news reporter. He declined to be interviewed.

It was a Twitter user who said the video restored her  “faith in humanity.”

“We don’t know who this man is, but it doesn’t matter,” stated another Twitter user. “Whoever he is, he has been added to the ranks of heroes who have risen from tragedy with their small acts of compassion.”

So far the fire has destroyed more than 90,000 acres with more than 50,000 homes having been evacuated.  The fires have been burning since Monday night and continues to be fueled by prevailing winds.

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Hikers poke injured wild boar with sticks pushing it to its death off a cliff

A group of hikers came across an injured wild boar and taunted the animal with sticks before pushing it off a cliff on the side of a mountain in Spain this week. The disturbing incident had been videoed along a popular hiking path on “Cares Trail” located in the Picos de Europa mountain range.

According to the Daily Mail,  the seven men surrounded the injured animal and continued to poke it with sticks until they forced it off the cliff to its death. One of the hiker’s could be heard encouraging his friends to prod it more as the terrified animal inched closer to the ledge of the mountain. And as the animal fell to its cruel death, that same voice could be heard shouting “that’s it” as if congratulating each other for an evil deed well done.

The Civil Guard’s Nature Protection Services has asked the public for help identifying these men. In a recent tweet, they posted:

“Do you know the people who pushed a wild board off a mountain in the Picos de Europa National Park. Made sure it doesn’t go unpunished.”

It will be difficult to determine who the men are, but the public is so disturbed by the apparent cruelty, an all out attempt to bring these men to justice continues to gain interest. Animal welfare organizations have come out against the hikers, but stated the men would most likely only face a fine if arrested. Sadly, the Spanish Penal Code has no animal cruelty protections for wild animals.

Fernando Nava, a local Cabrales town hall official said:

‘The images are really cruel. What they did was barbaric. We will try to find those responsible so they pay for what they did, because this is a crime and savage and killer behavior.”

Reactions to the video on social media were strong with readers condemning the cruelty as the footage was shared by hundreds of thousands of people:

“I’m more certain every day that we have to disappear so the world can become a better place. Us human beings are a scourge.”

And one more comment by a reader named Marta reflected the thoughts of many:

“I would put these men on the edge and let them fall, but I would hit them on the head before they went over to make sure they didn’t get us again.”

Rest in peace poor animal. “Oh what fools these mortals be.”

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