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Swimmers Stranded As Great White Shark Cruises Past Popular Jumping Spot In Esperance

Video footage has shown moment a great white shark prowls around a popular jumping spot in Esperance where a group of swimmers were stranded. In footage shared here by ABC, the five swimmers had swum out to a large rock off the coast of Western Australia but spotted a large great white shark lurking in the water below. An alarm was quickly sounded to warn swimmers on the shore and a few of those on the island were able to dash to Twilight Beach, at Esperance. Chilling aerial footage shows the gigantic shark swimming leisurely past the island, oblivious to the panic that had caused. According to a local resident Barry Graham who was at Twilight Beach at the time, some people  on the rock decided to make a dash back to shore, swimming when they thought the coast was clear. “It was crazy,” he said. Two others who decided to stay on the rock had to be rescued by the Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club. Dane Holdman, from the club’s emergency response team, and another crew member p

German Shepherd Traits And Personality Characteristics

German Shepherds are herding dogs known for their trainability and versatility. They were first bred for herding livestock in 1899, but have since been trained to become good service, military and assistance dogs.  They are great companions and guard dogs in many homes today, thanks to their versatile personality. German shepherds can come off as aloof, but actually their suspicious nature does make them great for a watchdog.  They love being active around their owners and may suffer separation anxiety or extreme panic when left alone. Their mind is sharp, active and bright. German shepherds make great companions, they are loyal, courageous and also intelligent. Typical German Shepherd Personality Traits Devoted Breeds German shepherd dogs have a highly tuned sense of devotion, loyalty and affection. They love every members of the family. This devotion to their friends and close relatives can make them see strangers as potential problems waiting to be eliminated. And they will bark and

Pet Tortoise Carries Rings As He Plays A Special Role In A Wedding

There's no doubt that weddings look a little different when pets are incorporated into them. That's even more true for the guests who have seen a tortoise carried two of the most important things at any wedding: the rings. Exotic animal veterinarians Ericka and Jay Johnson turned heads when they invited a Sulcata tortoise, Tom Shelleck, to be part of their wedding celebrations. The couple who first met while doing a wild tortoise survey 20 years ago, felt it's right to give Tom the important role of ring bearer for their big day at Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens in Tucson, Arizona.  To ensure the tortoise made it down the aisle, Erika and Jay had the walkway dotted with strawberries so the 'always hungry' Tom could follow the snacks to the altar. Despite initial concerns that he may nibble some painted toenails mistaking them for fruit, Tom was a great ring bearer and was the “center of attention” at the wedding. The 20-year-old reptile crept down the aisle with a f

Video Shows Massive Shark Prowling Near Swimmers In Same Spot Where Man Was Mauled To Death By Great White

Video footage has shown moment a huge shark prowls close to oblivious surfers at Kogel Bay, Cape Town, in the same spot a bodyboarder was mauled to death by a great white. In footage shared here by the Sun, the massive shark can be seen swimming through shallow water by two surfers before coming within feet of a group of people enjoying the stunning blue water. The close encounter happened at the same bay where a man was tragically killed by a great white. Bodyboarder David Lilienfield was riding the waves with his brother when he was viciously attacked and dragged under the water by a 13ft shark. Terrified beachgoers watched on in horror as the 20-year-old fought against the predator as it ripped off his right leg. His sibling hauled him to shore - but David died before medics could make it to him following the attack in April 2012. One eyewitness, Yusaf George, told IOL at the time: “When I got there, they said there was a huge shark in the water.” “We were trying to shout to the b

Woman Attacked By Bear While Out For A Late Evening Walk In DeBary

A woman was injured last week when a bear attacked her as she walked her dog in her neighborhood. The woman, who identified herself as Aydee, was walking her dog in Debary at about 9 p.m. Thursday when she encountered a mother black bear. As Aydee attempted to flee with her dog, the black bear chased her and began clawing at her.  “When I realized it, she got me here,” Aydee told Fox 35 of the large laceration on the left side of her face and forehead. “I took off running, and she came running behind me.” Aydee was able to alert her neighbor, who called for help. Her dog was uninjured in the encounter. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) responded to the scene and located the mother black bear and her three yearlings in a nearby tree, according to a press release . As the cubs were old enough to survive, they were left on their own. But the FWC euthanized the mother bear that attacked Aydee “per the FWC policy to protect public safety.” According to Fox 35, some ne

Brian Mannix: Singer Admitted To Hospital Following ‘Shark Attack’ On Sam Newman's Boat

Singer and actor Brian Mannix has received hospital treatment after apparently being gnawed on by a shark. He was on Sam Newman’s boat with Warwick Capper and Ricky Nixon when he got into strife. Posting to Instagram on Sunday, the 60-year-old said: “It’s either Sam Newman’s boat or the bloody sharks!” “Thanks to Ricky Nixon and Warwick Capper for jumping in & helping me.” “They are just gonna keep me in overnight, cos they reckon I’m sexy?” Speaking on Monday, Mannix told The Herald Sun he “didn’t even know how it happened.” “I went swimming and somehow I cut my arm up and the Wiz (Warwick Capper) jumped in and got me,” he said. “Every time I go on the boat I end up coming home covered in blood.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Brian Mannix (@brianmannix) Newman joked that it was “uncanny” how often Mannix got into trouble on his boat. “He came back with a reasonable gash and bleeding profusely,” Newman said. “If he ever comes again I’m just goin

Molly-Mae Hague And Tommy Fury Buy A Guard Dog After Raids On Their Home

Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury have bought a guard dog after they were victims of a £800k burglary at their Manchester flat last year. Tommy, 22, took to Instagram on Friday to share a clip of their new German Shepherd . He added an emoji to his story as You've Got a Friend in Me played over the video. Following the break-in, Tommy and Molly-Mae, also 22, moved out of the apartment and into a gated property in Cheshire. An inside source told The Sun: “Most of the footballers in the area have them [dogs] and the burglars just stay away because these animals are ferocious.” They continued: “As soon as the burglary was discovered, Molly said she’d never live in the flat again and that she wanted the security of living in a house.” “But the prices for rent are crazy and they are looking to buy somewhere asap. Tommy also says he wants a guard dog because they are a real deterrent.” Molly-Mae addressed the burglary incident in a YouTube video titled Let's Talk and admitted: “It was

Man Reels In 12 Pounds Record-setting Fish From Lake Winnipesaukee

A New Hampshire man has made a record-setting catch in Lake Winnipesaukee. Ryan Scott Ashley, of Gilmanton, reeled in a 35-inch cusk weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces. He was fishing in Moultonborough on Thursday. NH Fish And Game says this was a “new state record” for cusks. A cusk is said to be “ the finest freshwater fish to consume ” – and makes for great chowder. Cusk is a deep water species found in rocky, hard bottom areas to a depth of 328 feet. It is a very unique species of fish as it's the only one in its taxonomic genus of Brosme. Cusk is relatively slow-growing and late-maturing, and the maximum age of this species is believed to be greater than 14 years.

Bearded Dragons Linked To Salmonella Surge In 25 States, CDC Says

Contact with bearded dragons has been linked to a recent outbreak of salmonella, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A recent CDC investigation reported that between Dec. 24, 2020, and Dec. 2, 2021, 44 people across 25 states became infected with a variant of the bacteria called Salmonella Uganda. While no deaths have occurred, those who became sick ranged in ages from 1 to 84 years old. Eight of those were under the age of 5 years old. Fifteen people were hospitalized of the 37 persons who provided their medical information. Twenty-one of the infected people whom health officials interviewed revealed that they owned or had touched bearded dragons in the week before they got ill. The animals they came in contact with had been procured either online or at pet stores. Health investigators collected feces samples from a bearded dragon of one of the affected people. Washington and Wisconsin announced four cases each of salmonella that the CDC credits to be connected to bea

‘Large Dogs Have The Same Carbon Pawprint As An SUV,’ Says Councillor

A councilor has claimed that “large dogs have the same carbon pawprint as an SUV”. Mark Howell, who is an independent member for Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council aired his controversial views in an online video in the wake of a town hall discussion on climate change. Mr. Howell also claimed that pets consume 20 per cent of the world's meat and fish and this demand adds to pollution as it has to be transported. He claimed the carbon paw print left by dogs like Labradors and German Shepherds is the same as an SUV car and said methane emissions from such animals were causing serious harm to the planet. While not calling for an outright ban of larger dogs, he said pet owners should consider “scaling down” and getting smaller dogs in the future. He also said animal lovers should consider sharing dogs as pets with friends and relatives in the future to reduce dog numbers. He said: “Pets are an elephant in the room. It is a really serious issue that politicians don't appear

Video Shows Hungry Alligator Strolling Across A Florida Golf Course With A Fish In Its Mouth

Newly released video footage appears to show a hungry alligator carrying a fish in its mouth while strolling across a Florida golf course. In footage captured by Mike Murphy at the Tara Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Florida, and shared here by television station Fox 35, the gator can be seen walking out of one lake with a fish in its mouth, then made its way across the green and a cart path toward another lake. Alligators are not an uncommon sight in Florida. They have inhabited the marshes, swamps, rivers, and lakes for centuries, and are found in all 67 counties. Still, when you see one, it's best to keep a safe distance as these golfers did. Serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Wildlife officials say you should never feed an alligator. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water.

First Man In Britain To Catch Deadly Strain Of Bird Flu Admits His House Is Now Like A ‘Morgue’ After Cull Of 160 Pet Ducks

The first British person to be infected with a deadly strain of bird flu says his house is now “like a morgue” after his 20 live-in ducks were culled on New Year’s Day. Alan Gosling, a 79-year-old grandfather living in Devon, caught the virus after an infection broke out among the 160 Muscovy ducks at his home in Buckfastleigh. Although he feels physically “fine” he is struggling to come to terms with the fate of his flock, who he described as “like family”. All of the animals, including 20 that lived in his home, had to be culled. Mr Gosling said: “I’d been with them for more than 20 years so it’s a huge loss.” “They were my family – they were my life. People don’t realise they are intelligent, but also so sweet.” “They used to sit on my slippers to warm them up for me before I put them on.” “Or I’d go downstairs and have a cup of tea and a biscuit – it’d sit with them and give them some of the biscuit too.” “The house was never empty and I was never alone. Now it’s like a morgue.” Th

Pope Francis Slammed For Saying Having Pets Instead Of Children Is Selfish And 'Takes Away Our Humanity’

Pope Francis has come under fire on social media for saying having dogs and cats instead of children is selfish and “takes away our humanity”. The Pope made the comments Wednesday while speaking to a general audience about Saint Joseph, Jesus' earthly father. Francis was lauding Joseph's decision to bring up Jesus as “among the highest forms of love” when he veered into the topic of adoption and orphaned children today. He then turned his focus on couples that opt for animals instead of children. “We see that people do not want to have children, or just one and no more. And many, many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or they have just one — but they have two dogs, two cats … Yes, dogs and cats take the place of children,” the Pope said. “Yes, it’s funny, I understand, but it is the reality. And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity. And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it los

Passenger Says Southwest Airlines Is Responsible For The Death Of Her Support Dog During Flight

A passenger has blamed Southwest Airlines for support dog's in-flight death because she said a flight attendant prevented her from opening the dog's carrier and threatened to turn the plane around. The grieving healthcare worker identified only as Courtney, told TMZ that her 3-year-old French bulldog Charlie wasn’t able to breathe in his carrier during a flight to Pennsylvania last month. Courtney — an X-ray technician who traveled around the country to help COVID patients with the support of the dog — told the outlet that Charlie started having trouble during the second leg of their Dec. 21 trip. When she tried to open his carrier, a flight attendant refused to allow it and threatened to turn the plane around, she reportedly claimed. Courtney believes that the dog suffered heatstroke and a seizure during the flight and alleged that Southwest staff “let him die,” TMZ said. A necropsy has not been done on the pooch, the outlet said. Charlie’s distraught owner is now planning to

Bayou The Giant Schnauzer Wins Best In Show At The AKC Dog Show

A giant schnauzer named Bayou won Best in Show at the 21st AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. The annual dog show, which took place in Orlando, Florida, December 18-19, aired on ABC on January 2, revealing the event's winner to the nation. Bayou the Giant Schnauzer — show name GCHG CH Lagniappe's From The Mountains To The Bayou — of Port Allen, Louisiana, triumphed over 5,000 other canines to earn the show's top spot. Along with winning the coveted Best in Show title, Bayou also won $50,000. Beacon the German Wirehaired Pointer of the Sporting Group came in second place at the AKC National Championship, a position known as Reserve Best in Show. Also competing with Bayou and Beacon in the Best in Show Round were Clancy the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen of the Hound Group, Boom the Smooth Fox Terrier of the Terrier Group, Fortune Cookie the Pekingnese of the Toy Group, Thor the Bulldog of the Non-Sporting Group, and JJ the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Gr

South Korea Officials Say Cats Caused More Than 100 House Fires In The Past Three Years

Cats caused a total of 107 house fires between January 2019 and November 2021, a statement from the Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Department said on Thursday. The cats are believed to have started the fires by switching on electric stoves, the department said. Cats can turn electric stoves on by jumping on touch-sensitive buttons -- and once overheated, the appliances can catch fire. Four people were injured in the fires, just over half of which started while pet owners were out, the statement added. “Cat-related fires are continuing to occur recently,” said Chung Gyo-chul, an official from the department. “We advise households with pets to pay extra attention as fire could spread widely when no one is at home.” The department also advised cat owners to remove flammable objects, like paper towels, from the stove. It suggested using an electric stove with an automatic lock function to prevent the risk of fires. According to the department, pet-related house fires are on the rise

Man Finds 'Hidden Spy Camera' Inside A Box Of Cat Food

A man was completely baffled after he discovered a ‘hidden spy camera’ attached to a box of cat food. Yes, there was a device for covert espionage stuck into a box full of Purina Gourmet. Obviously, the man who found it – who wishes to remain anonymous – has absolutely no idea how it got there, or more importantly, why. He just popped down to the shops to pick up some chow for his two cats, Goliath and Lilliput, and after he returned home he put the food in the cupboard and just left it there. However, a few days later his girlfriend went to get the food for their pets and noticed that there was a hole in the box. Upon inspection, they claim that they found a camera and a transmitter stashed away inside it. As it stands, he’s been unable to recover any footage from the camera, but the important question seems to be why and how it got there in the first instance. Apparently, the camera had been inserted into the box and hidden within then packaging in such a way that it looked closed. T

Naples Zoo Cleaner Is Mauled By Tiger After ‘Petting Big Cat In Unauthorized Area’ As Animal Is Shot Dead

A cleaning crew team member was mauled by a tiger in a horrifying attack after apparently petting the big cat in an unauthorized area yesterday. The tiger named Eko was shot and killed by authorities who responded at the scene in order to free the man from the animal’s jaws. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said the incident took place at the Naples Zoo in Florida after it had closed. The worker was contracted by the zoo to clean restrooms and the gift shop but not the animal enclosures. The man had reportedly “entered an unauthorized area near a tiger that was inside its enclosure,” said the sheriff’s office. It’s possible that the man was either petting or feeding the 8-year-old Malayan tiger which are both considered “unauthorized and dangerous”, according to police. “Initial reports indicated that the tiger grabbed the man’s arms and pulled it into the enclosure after the man traversed an initial fine barrier and put his arm through the fencing of the tiger enclosure,” said poli

New Species Of Beardfish Described As A ‘Living Fossil’ Discovered In Deep Waters Off Bermuda

Researchers have discovered a new species of fish described as a “living fossil” – in the deep waters off Bermuda. Polymixia hollisterea – a species of spiny-rayed beardfish – was named in honour of Gloria Hollister, a pioneering female marine biologist involved in the record-setting bathysphere dives off Bermuda in the 1930s While the species does not have a common name, it has been proposed that it is known as the Bermuda beardfish. According to the winter edition of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource’s Envirotalk newsletter, the new species was caught in 1997 by Craig Soares and Richard Allen. Two of the unusual fish were caught on a deep line off Easter Blue Cut in 1,600ft of water and were donated to the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo, where they were preserved. The fish were initially identified as another species, the more common Polymixia lowei , but careful reassessment of the bones in the fin structures and new genetic data have revealed them to be a differe

Drunk Man, 60, Has His Genitals Ripped Off In Horrific Dog Attack

A 60-year-old man's genitals were hacked off while he slept after a night of drinking in a horrific dog attack, according to reports . Ani Ikoneto, who lives at 12, Jebbs Street in Calabar South, Nigeria, according to neighbours, went on a drinking spree on Christmas Eve and returned home drunk. “When he came back, we had gone to bed but some people were still outside,” Itoro, one of the neighbours said. “He went inside his room and slept off without shutting the door and because of too much drink, he excreted on himself.” “His dog that was outside smelt the poo and went inside to eat it.” “In the process, the dog ate his private parts thinking it was meat or part of the excreta,” Itoro said. According to him, the man raised the alarm, prompting neighbours to rush into his apartment and discovered what had happened. “When we heard him scream, we thought hoodlums had attacked him.” “But when we got there, we saw that his private part was gone and his dog had blood on its mouth,” t

Amber Heard Names New Dog After Australian Minister In Pet Quarantine Spat

Amber Heard has named her new dog Barnaby Joyce, after the Australian minister she feuded with in 2015. While holding her new dog, Heard introduced Mr Joyce's namesake to her social media followers with a tweet on Sunday. “Meet the newest member of the Heard family, Barnaby Joyce!” The Aquaman and Drive Angry star had a dispute with Mr Joyce over a quarantine breach involving two other dogs which she brought to Queensland when visiting her ex-husband Johnny Depp. Depp was filming one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films when Heard brought the pets over. The couple were given days to remove the Yorkshire Terriers, or they would be put down. The incident provoked a war of words with the deputy prime minister, who was agriculture minister at the time. Mr Joyce said the dogs should “bugger off” and Depp called Mr Joyce some kind of “sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia”. Mr Joyce told The Australian he was “fine” with the name choice and added he had “no problems with animals”. “I ge

Daniel Sturridge Ordered To Pay £22k Over Lost Dog

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been ordered to pay $30,000 (£22,400) to a man who says he found his lost dog. The footballer, who now plays in Australia, said his Pomeranian named Lucci was stolen from a house in Los Angeles in 2019 and offered a reward. Foster Washington, a rapper known as Killa Fame, says he reunited Mr Sturridge and his pet but was not paid. A Los Angeles court ruled for Mr Washington. According to court documents, judgement was given against Mr Sturridge by default, meaning he did not respond to the complaint. Judge Curtis Kin ordered that the footballer must pay Mr Washington $30,000 in damages and costs of $85. The rapper told PA News agency he felt “let down” by Mr Sturridge. “Hopefully he pays up and doesn't try to appeal it,” he said. “I'm excited about it, I've been fighting this case for over a year, I can't believe it's over. When we found the dog I thought my life was going to be better.” Ex-England international Mr Sturr

Steller's Sea Eagle Sighted Along Taunton River in Massachusetts

Wildlife officials in Massachusetts are reporting a rare sighting of an eagle in the state that is thousands of miles away from its native territory. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife (MassWildlife) posted on Facebook that a Steller's sea eagle was spotted last week along the Taunton River, which starts in Bridgewater, runs through Taunton and ends in Fall River. David Ennis told NewsCenter 5's Peter Eliopoulos that he spotted the bird along the Taunton River in Berkley on Dec. 10 and captured photographs and video of it. Ennis said he did not know what species of bird it was until he Googled it. The Steller's sea eagle is one of the largest raptors in the world, weighing up to 20 pounds with a wingspan of up to eight feet, and is native to Asia — specifically China, Japan, Korea and eastern Russia. “It's really phenomenal. Before this bird, there had never been a case of this species making it to this area of the world,” said Andrew Vitz, the state

Woman Gives Birth In Hospital With A Bedside Dog

A woman who suffers from non-epileptic seizures has become the first in the UK to give birth in a hospital with a bedside dog as “medical aid.” Charlotte Beard, 24, from Dorset, who also has a heart condition and post-traumatic stress disorder, has had three miscarriages over the last few years. She got Flump, a Maltese multipurpose assistance dog, two years ago, and the pooch has been trained to detect her seizures as they are about to happen.  Charlotte was in labour for 50 hours at Poole Hospital, and Flump was by her side throughout, before she welcomed her son Alfie, weighing 6lb 10oz on December 4. She told The Times Flump and Alfie are “brothers”, adding: “We say Flump is like my partner or an extension of myself. The idea of doing such a momentous moment in my life, also such a vulnerable point, without Flump by my side just didn’t seem right.” It was a doctor who suggested Charlotte, who worked as a wildlife rehabilitator before she had to stop because of her health, try to f

Killer Monkeys Blamed For Massacre Of 250 Dogs Captured in India

Two monkeys have reportedly been captured in India for killing some 250 dogs in a murderous revenge massacre after pooches killed one of their babies. The primate perps allegedly slaughtered the dogs by dragging them to the tops of buildings and trees in Lavool Village, about 300 miles east of Mumba, and dropping them to their deaths. “Two monkeys involved in the killing of many puppies have been captured by a Nagpur Forest Department team in Beed,” Sachin Kand, a forest officer in Maharashtra’s Beed District, told local news agency ANI, according to New Delhi TV . But the langur monkeys won’t exactly face criminal charges over the mass murder. Rather, they were shipped off to Nagpur to be released in a nearby forest, NDTV reported. The scheming simians also were reported to have left puppies on roofs and trees to die of lack of food and water. But a local official said there was no proof the monkeys had been seeking revenge. “We do not have any proof to back up this theory. It’s anim

Bidens Welcome New Dog Named Commander

A new member has joined the White House family! President Joe Biden announced on Twitter Monday that he has a new puppy named Commander. “Welcome to the White House, Commander,” Biden wrote on social media, along with a photo of the family's new dog. The new addition to the Biden family is a purebred German Shepherd who was born in September. She was a gift from Mr. Biden's brother and sister-in-law. Commander's arrival marks the third time a dog will live in the White House since Biden began his role as commander in chief in Jan. 2021. The Bidens previously owned two German Shepherds, Champ and Major. Major made headlines for incidents involving government staff. In March, Major was sent back to Delaware after he caused a “minor injury” to a U.S. Secret Service employee. After consulting with dog trainers, animal behaviorists, and veterinarians, the White House said the Bidens decided to follow the experts' collective recommendation that it would be safest for Major t

Meet Reas The Whippet—Now America's Fastest Dog

Meet Reas, the male white-and-blonde whippet who just won the American Kennel Club's Fastest Dog USA competition 2021. Reas bolted ahead of the competition to win the second-annual Fastest Dog USA competition. The three-year-old ran a 100-yard dash in 5.769 seconds or 35.45 miles per hour. That's 0.5777 of a second faster than last year’s winner, Phelan, a mixed-breed rescue dog whose winning time was 6.346 seconds, or 32.3 miles per hour. This year, 250 dogs from 154 breeds competed—more than double the number of competitors in last year’s inaugural race. Phelan's attempting to defend his title resulted in a fifth-place finish, with a time of 6.485 seconds. The American Kennel Club calls this contest the Fast CAT Invitational—short for coursing ability test. It's part of the AKC’s annual National Championship, a series of competitions that culminates with Best in Show. For Fast CAT, each dog competes in two categories at preliminary trials, held earlier this week. The