Tiger nearly rips off volunteer's arm at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue in Florida
A longtime volunteer at “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue in Florida nearly had her arm torn off Thursday when she was bitten by a tiger. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews responded to a call around 8:30 a.m. at the Tampa facility after the tiger bit the volunteer, spokesman Eric Seidel told the New York Daily News. Big Cat Rescue identified the victim as 69-year-old Candy Couser, who has been a volunteer at the sanctuary for five years. Couser was feeding a tiger, Kimba, when she tried to open the gate to the area where he was being kept, “away from where he was usually fed...
New York Daily News
On Gardening: Sugar Shack answers your heart's back to nature call for bees, birds, butterflies
This year with all of its challenges many gardeners have experienced a “Call of the Wild” type moment. It’s not a call to plant a jungle, or a xeriscape, but to plant with an eye toward the environment and nature. If you find yourself in this category then I would like to give a shout out to Sugar Shack. With the country under a big chill now is a great time to plan. Sugar Shack is a compact or behaved form of the native buttonbush. It is known botanically as Cephalanthus occidentalis and is native to most of the lower 48 states. It is also native to much of Canada. The buttonbush is so incred...
Tribune News Service
New TV docuseries shows how peregrine falcons hunt at night in Chicago: 'A real rarity'
A new Apple TV Plus docuseries gives a rare, up-close-and-personal look at how peregrine falcons hunt at night in downtown Chicago. Producers say they have captured “never before seen, never before filmed” behavior of a once-endangered species that has thrived in Illinois in recent years.“There were two types of animals we wanted to focus on in the series. One was really big, box office, exciting animals that people love — things like lions, jaguars, bears. And I would (classify) peregrine falcons as one of those really A-list animals. They’re the fastest animals on Earth, the fastest predator...
DNR turns to helicopters for restocking fish populations in remote Minnesota lakes
For years, low-flying pilots in stripped-down airplanes built up one of the strongest trout fisheries in the country by dumping hundreds of thousands of fish into Minnesota lakes at about 100 mph.Remarkably, when dropped from 100 feet in the air — high enough to keep the fish from skipping across the water — about 80% of the brookies, rainbows and brown trout prized by anglers would survive the fall, swimming away to repopulate dozens of Minnesota’s coldest, deepest and most remote lakes.This fall, for the first time, nearly 100% of the trout stocked from the air survived.That’s because Brad M...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Alligators can regrow their tails, study finds
Alligators can regrow their tails, according to a new study.Researchers have discovered that the reptiles, which date back to dinosaur days and can grow 14 feet long or more, can regenerate themselves — not unlike geckos, or the tuatara of New Zealand.The team from Arizona State University and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries discovered that young alligators have the ability to regrow their tails up to three-quarters of a foot, or 18% of their total body length, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.The interdisciplinary team used advanced imaging tec...
New York Daily News
Now streaming: An app guide to the unique wildlife in Hong Kong waterways
A newly-launched app will help nature-lovers identify dozens of species of wildlife in Hong Kong’s rivers and streams, including some unique to the city and some which are critically endangered .Developed by a group called Freshwater Collective, it will allow users to identify up to 138 species spread across six groups, including birds, fish, insects and reptiles.The founder of Freshwater Collective, Jeffery Chan, said he hoped the new app can help spark interest among the public in the rich freshwater wildlife unique to their city. About 40 per cent of Hong Kong’s land area is designated as c...
Hong Kong Free Press
Cher visits Pakistan to save the 'world's loneliest elephant'
She believes in life in the wild.Pop goddess Cher met with the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on Friday, to help save Kaavan — known as “the world’s loneliest elephant.”The legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress was celebrating the departure of Kaavan, who’ll soon leave a Pakistani zoo for an animal sanctuary in Cambodia.“Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” the 74-year-old Grammy Award-winner tweeted. “Kaavan will be able to leave for Cambodia on the 29.”Four Paws International, an animal welfare orga...
New York Daily News
What Biden's agenda on the environment could mean for the Pacific Northwest
SEATTLE — From reintroduction of the grizzly bear to its wild North Cascades redoubt to attacking climate change, a wide range of environmental policies could see a new direction in the Pacific Northwest under a Biden administration.For starters, government and nonprofit policy leaders say they are looking forward to a return to science as a basis for environmental policymaking. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than on climate warming.Gov. Jay Inslee has championed Washington climate and energy policies sharply at odds with a president who dismissed the threats posed by greenhouse gas emissio...
The Seattle Times
Did the US steal an island covered in bird poop from Haiti? A fortune is in dispute
MIAMI — When the eccentric rapper Kanye West made headlines last month claiming the president of Haiti had gifted him an island to which a Texan had already laid development claims, it was not the only island off Haiti’s coast in dispute.For more than 160 years, the United States and Haiti have disputed the ownership of tiny Navassa Island at the southwest entrance of the Windward Passage covered with what was once worth a king’s ransom. More than a century later, the question remains: Who owns the poop?Known as La Navase in French, the pear-shaped island is located about 35 miles west of Hait...
In rare feat, teen expected to break birding record: 'Say a rare bird shows up. You have to drop everything and get in the car'
For some teens, getting a license means offering rides to friends, taking trips to the mall, freedom. For one Evanston, Illinois senior, it was mostly about the birds.Isoo O’Brien, 17, is expected to break the Cook County record for individual bird species spotted in a year, clocking 282 species by the end of October. With a little more than a month left before 2021, O’Brien is still working to check off a few final species in the hopes that his record holds for years to come. Topping the record was a big deal for O’Brien, and for other birders, who banded together to offer tips so O’Brien cou...