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Man accused of beating protected shark with hammer arrested after blowing off summons

A man from Florida was arrested after being caught on camera attacking a lemon shark with a hammer at Bicentennial Beach Park in Indian Harbor Beach on December 20th. Brian Waddill, 33, caught the shark, which is from a protected species, while fishing. Instead of returning the shark unharmed, Waddill proceeded to strike the animal multiple times with the hammer before tossing it back into the water. Witnesses were able to identify Waddill as the shark's attacker. He has been charged with two misdemeanors: failure to return a prohibited species unharmed and a violation against the harvest, landing, or sale of sharks. Although shark fishing is legal in Florida, there are regulations on the type of sharks that can be caught and taken out of the ocean.  Lemon sharks are among the 28 protected species in the state of Florida. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s investigative report on the incident, Waddill struck the shark several times before flipping

Teenager Catches 194 Pounds Skate on First-ever Fishing Trip

A 14-year-old schoolboy, Kyle Jeffery, landed two massive skate fish during his first-ever fishing trip, which weighed nearly three times his own weight. Jeffery, who weighs 120lb (8.5st) and is just over 6ft (72in) in height, caught a 194lb (13.8st) female skate fish on his first trip and a 130lb (9.2st) male on his second trip the following day. The official UK record for a skate fish is 227lb, caught off the Isle of Mull. The female skate measured 83in long while the male measured 77in, both taller than Jeffery. The teenager, from Oban, had done freshwater, sea, and fly fishing before but was keen to try his hand at skate fishing after watching videos of others catching the elusive fish. Leigh Taylor, skipper of the Laura Dawn II charter boat, which plies the waters of the west coast searching for skate fish, said Jeffery had been eager to join a trip. The charters are so popular that they are booked up for the rest of the year. However, when a party with a spare space agreed to le

Great White Shark Spotted Near Sarasota Coastline

A video of a great white shark spotted off the coast of Sarasota has gone viral, garnering attention worldwide. The footage was captured by Capt. R.C. Gilliland, a seasoned boater who has spent his entire life on boats. Gilliland stated that he has seen several sharks while fishing off the coast, including hammerheads and makos. However, this was the first time he had ever encountered a great white. According to Gilliland, there was something different about the way the shark moved and its sheer size that made him realize it was a great white. “I was in the back of the boat and ran to the front of the boat to hop on the video. I didn’t really get a good feel for it because it was coming straight at me—right toward the boat. Then it kind of turned and that’s where in the video that’s where I said, “Holy!” because you didn’t get a good feel for it until you saw the whole thing of it it stretched out along the side of the boat,” said Gilliland. In the video, Gilliland can be seen runnin

Nigerian Police Warn Against Use of Pets at Polling Units During Elections

The Police on Tuesday warned Nigerians against the use of pets, especially, dogs , at polling units on election day, saying such an act runs contrary to the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022, as amended. This followed reports that some electorate and groups planned to go to the polls on Saturday accompanied by their dogs as a form of protection against intimidation from political thugs and ballot box snatchers. The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, revealed this in a statement. Adejobi noted that the provision of Section 126 (1) of the Electoral Act 2022, explains clearly those actions exhibited by the electorate that constitute electoral breaches and are punishable under the law, and paragraph (f) mentions the possession of weapons calculated to intimidate voters and electoral officers. He said, “Dogs could be classified as offensive weapons as their owners/handlers can use them to intimidate, harass and cause assault and bodily harm to others. “The Dogs Act, C

Thailand Court Sentences 5 Poachers to Prison for Killing Tigers in National Park

A court in western Thailand on Monday sentenced five poachers to prison terms of five years each for killing a female tiger and her cub in a national park last year. The provincial court ruled the five men broke conservation laws by killing the protected animals in Thong Pha Phum National Park, Kanchanaburi province, before skinning their carcasses and smoking their bones to prepare them for sale on the illicit market. Park rangers made the discovery in January last year and seized the tiger parts. Images distributed by officials and taken in the jungle showed the skins of two flayed tigers. Bones and carcass parts were also seen in pictures taken nearby. The court rejected the men’s argument that they had killed the tigers in revenge for attacks on livestock, ruling they “should have felt protective of nature” given that they lived in a community near the forest. Tigers are an endangered species with only about 4,500 remaining in the wild, according to the the World Wide Fund for Natu

Canine Chaos: Brazilian Priest is Interrupted by Frisky Dogs During Service

During a Catholic church service in Juiz de Fora, Brazil, two playful stray dogs interrupted the sermon and stole the show. The incident was captured on video and later shared by the bemused priest, Father Pierre Maurício, who was conducting the service at the Santa Rita Church.  As Father Pierre spoke about the role of the church during the carnival season, the two dogs made their way to the front of the church and playfully began to fight and jump around his feet. To the amusement of the congregation, one of the dogs proceeded to mount the other in full view of the faithful.  Despite trying to keep a straight face, Father Pierre couldn't help but find the humor in the situation and joked with the dogs, telling them to go to the woods. “They haven't been baptised yet, it's not possible,” Father Pierre jokes. As churchgoers chuckle, he continues: “What's going on? Oh my God. Beloved Jesus. I've just realised that they haven't been baptised.” “My children, you c

How To Keep Pet Leeches

Leeches are fascinating creatures that can make interesting pets . However, it's important to note that they require specific care to thrive in captivity. Below are the steps to follow to keep pet leeches: 1. Select the right species There are hundreds of species of leeches, but not all are suitable for keeping as pets. Choose a species that is hardy, easy to care for and non-parasitic. 2. Create a suitable habitat Leeches need a moist and humid environment to survive. You can use a plastic container with a lid, and line the bottom with damp sphagnum moss or soil. 3. Provide the right temperature Most species of leeches prefer a temperature between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a heating pad or a light bulb to maintain the temperature. 4. Control humidity Leeches need a high humidity level to stay hydrated. Keep the container lid closed, and mist the inside of the container daily. 5. Feed the leeches Leeches feed on blood, but in captivity, they can be fed a mixture of

The 10 Most Friendly Dog Breeds To Own

Over the past few years, people have opted for more friendly dogs . This may be largely due to their loyalty, affection and companionship. Here, we will explore the most friendly dog breeds that are perfect for families, seniors, and first-time pet owners. 1. Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the world and is also known for being one of the friendliest. This breed is known for its friendly, outgoing, and playful nature. They love to be around people and are great with children. They are also highly trainable and make great family pets. 2. Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever is another friendly breed that is perfect for families. This breed is known for its friendly, intelligent, and loyal nature. They are also great with children and love to play. Golden Retrievers are also highly trainable and make great pets for first-time pet owners. 3. Beagle The Beagle is a friendly and outgoing dog breed. This breed is known for its friendly, curiou

How To Feed Your Dog The Right Way

As much as we love dogs , there are some essential factors to consider when feeding them to support their overall health and well-being. Chief among them is ensuring that they receive the right amount of balanced and nutritious diet at the right time. With a little bit of effort, you can feed your dog the right way. Just follow these steps and read this comprehensive guide to know how to feed a dog at any age, size, activity level, and health conditions. Step 1. Choose the right food You won't be able to feed your dog properly if you choose the wrong food. So, going for a well-balanced dog food that fits your pet's age, breed, size, and activity level is essential. There are different types of dog food to choose from. They include: Dry Dog Food This is also called kibble and is most likely going to be the most convenient option for you. The reason is because it's easy to store, can be left out for your dog to eat at its leisure, and is available in a wide range of varietie

Everything You Need To Know About Dog Leashes

If you're a responsible dog owner, chances are you have a leash. Leash, which has been in existence from the time humans began domestication of dogs, is intended to ensure safety and control. But there are other things a leash can do. So, stick around and learn everything you need to know about dog leashes. Types of Dog Leashes There are different types of dog leashes, but here, I'll walk you through the common types which include: standard leash, retractable leash, coupler leash, hands-free leash, and slip leash Standard Leash This is the most common type of leash and is often used for walking and training. Standard leashes come in different lengths, typically between 4 and 6 feet. They are usually made of nylon or leather and have a clip on one end that attaches to the dog's collar and a loop on the other end that the owner can hold. Retractable Leash This type of leash allows the dog to move freely while still being under control. The leash is attached to a plastic hand

Here's How You Can Adopt A Dog In 2023

Dog adoption might be regarded by some as just another way of taking a feel-good action, or transferring responsibility, but the truth is that it's a wonderful experience that can be quite rewarding. In order to reap the benefits, there are some steps to follow below: Step 1: Ensure you have the means of taking care of a dog Rescue organisations are always looking for people who will be able to take good care of their dogs after adoption. If you have a significant amount of time, energy and money to walk your dog, take it to the vet for regular check-ups, and provide it with plenty of love and attention, you can visit the shelters around you. Step 2: Know the breed of dog that is suitable for you After adoption, you will end up with the dog the whole of its life, so now is the excellent time to consider what type of dog will best fit your lifestyle. If you are an active person who enjoys running or hiking, a high-energy breed like a Border Collie or a Labrador Retriever might be

Meet Bobi, the ‘one of a kind’ dog who lives to be 30 years and 267 days old

Most people know the average lifespan of dogs to be between 10-13 years, but they may not know that it can be more than that. Bobi, is the Portuguese farm dog that has lived beyond that expected lifespan. Bobi, who belongs to the Rafeiro do Alentejo breed, lives in the Leira district of Portugal. He clocked 30 years and 267 days old on February 1, according to Guinness World Records. The dog stays on the family-run farm where he was born in the village of Conqueiros. Despite his age, the calm and sociable dog is still healthy enough to play with the family's four cats . Family members believe the secret to his longevity is the fact that he has always lived in the countryside in a peaceful environment, surrounded by nature. Bobi loves to eat and mostly has the same food as his owners, but they are sure to soak it in water to remove the seasoning first. Leonel Costa, Bobi's owner, describes him as “one of a kind”. Costa still hopes Bobi will father puppies, as he is the last of

These 6 Pet Businesses Will Help You Become A Millionaire

The easiest way to become a millionaire is by doing a business. With a growing interest in pet ownership and the increasing demand for pet-related products and services, the pet industry is a thriving market that offers many opportunities for people like you.  Therefore, starting a business that involves pets can instantly reward you and put more money in your bank account. So why not start any of the following pet businesses today? 1. Pet Grooming and Boarding This is a popular and highly profitable business. With many pet owners leading busy lives, the demand for professional grooming and boarding services is on the rise. Pet grooming services include bathing, hair trimming, and nail clipping, while boarding facilities offer a safe and comfortable place for pets to stay while their owners are away. To start a pet grooming and boarding business, you will need to invest in the necessary equipment and supplies, as well as secure a suitable location for your business. 2. Pet Training an

Here's How To Buy Pet Insurance In 2023

Maybe you're an owner who has insured pets in the past, or just curious about how to get insurance for your new pet. The first thing you should know is this: Pet insurance can be a lifesaver in case of unexpected medical emergencies.  Just like insurance for humans, choosing the right coverage can be overwhelming, but I'll take you through the steps to help you buy the right policy for your pet. Step 1: Determine the type of coverage you need In some countries, there are two primary types of pet insurance: Accident and Illness, and Wellness coverage. The former covers unexpected medical events such as accidents, illnesses, surgeries, and hospitalization, while the latter is for routine and preventative care, such as vaccinations, dental cleaning, and routine check-ups. Step 2: Do your homework and compare different insurance providers Once you have chosen the type of coverage that will be the best for your pet, it's time to carry out findings on the different insurance pr

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Pet Insurance In 2023

There's no pain like the one that comes with losing an uninsured pet . Not only does it hurt to know that the pet will be forever missed, but, also, the veterinary expenses incurred when the pet was sick or injured can wreck harvoc on the owner's finances. But with pet insurance, there is peace of mind. This is because the policy gives financial coverage for veterinary expenses incurred due to illnesses, accidents, or other health issues in your pet. Just like human health insurance, pet insurance offers protection against unexpected veterinary bills, and helps ensure that you can provide your pet with the best possible care when they need it most. If you're wondering why pet insurance is becoming increasingly popular, it's because pet owners have recognized the value of having this coverage in time of emergency.  Many pet owners consider pet insurance a luxury. Basically, it can be expensive depending on your pet's breed, age and general health condition. But, it c