Wandering Wally: Walrus is spotted in Iceland

A walrus previously spotted in Ireland, France, Spain and the UK has turned up in Iceland, marine experts have said. The 800kg (125st) Arctic walrus, known as Wally, had not been seen for more than three weeks, with spotters saying they were “starting to lose hope” of ever seeing him again. However, Seal Rescue Ireland said he had been seen in Iceland on Sunday after 22 days of no sightings. He was identified from scars on both his front flippers, the group said. The wandering walrus was thought to have travelled 4,000km (2,485 miles) before reaching Ireland, with the new … Continue reading Wandering Wally: Walrus is spotted in Iceland

Endangered South African penguins killed by swarm of bees near Cape Town

Sixty-three endangered African penguins have been killed by a swarm of bees in a rare occurrence near Cape Town, bird conservationists in South Africa say. The protected birds, from a colony in Simonstown, were found on a beach with multiple bee-stings but no other physical injuries. Post-mortems found that the birds had been stung around the eyes. “This is a very rare occurrence. We do not expect it to happen often, it’s a fluke,” vet David Roberts told AFP. The specialist, who works for the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob), said dead bees were also … Continue reading Endangered South African penguins killed by swarm of bees near Cape Town

Massive alligator found dead in New Orleans dumpster

Residents were shocked when they discovered a massive dead alligator in a dumpster down a quiet street in New Orleans. The reptile was found on the street corner of Perrier and Upperline by local residents on Wednesday, WGNO reported. “There’s a gator in the garbage,” Naomi Gadinsky, who lives on Perrier Street, told WGNO. “This morning I woke up and it was business as usual, then my husband said there’s a large dead gator in the dumpster across the street from our house,” Gadinsky added. She has no idea how the gator got in the garbage, but would like it … Continue reading Massive alligator found dead in New Orleans dumpster

LOL: ‘You Bloody Fool,’ Says First Talking Duck Known to Science

Thirty years ago, Ripper the duck sounded as if he’d had enough. “You bloody fool,” he repeated relentlessly in a recently rediscovered recording. Besides that shocking soundbite, Ripper, who was 4 years old at the time also managed to imitate the sound of a door slamming shut. Researchers have analyzed his vocalizations, as well as those of different duck that was able to imitate the calls of another species, and their findings are published this week in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Carel ten Cate, an ethologist (a researcher of animal behavior) at the Institute of Biology Leiden in … Continue reading LOL: ‘You Bloody Fool,’ Says First Talking Duck Known to Science

US mother fights off animal attacking her son

A woman in California has rescued her five-year-old son from an attack by a mountain lion. The boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas in the Santa Monica mountains, west of Los Angeles, when the lion pounced on him. The child was dragged across the front lawn, but his mother ran out and struck the mountain lion with her bare hands until it let go of her son. The animal was later found and shot dead by wildlife authorities. The boy suffered injuries to his head and torso, but is now in a stable condition at a hospital in … Continue reading US mother fights off animal attacking her son

Leopard attacks model in German photoshoot

A 36-year-old model has been mauled by a leopard during a photoshoot that went wrong at a retirement home for show animals in eastern Germany. The woman, described as an animal lover as well as a photo model, suffered serious head injuries inside an enclosure that is home to two leopards, Troy and Paris. Police said she was taken to hospital on Tuesday with serious injuries. A mobile alert that the leopard had then run away turned out to be false. Burgenland authorities said there was no danger to the wider population and an investigation was taking place into what … Continue reading Leopard attacks model in German photoshoot

Tragic: Russian millionaire admits killing man he ‘mistook for bear’

A millionaire politician in Russia’s Far East has admitted killing a man he says he mistook for a brown bear. Igor Redkin, 55, said in a statement to Russian media that he had heard there was a bear at the rubbish dump in the village of Ozernovsky in Kamchatka. Wanting to scare the animal away, he fired his gun, but later “learned that a local resident was wounded in the area at about the same time,” he said. The 30-year-old man who was shot later died in hospital. A criminal case was opened last week. Mr Redkin is the co-owner … Continue reading Tragic: Russian millionaire admits killing man he ‘mistook for bear’

Nigeria seizes record $54 million in pangolin parts, elephant tusks

A woman use a knife to remove scales from the skin of a live pangolin at the Epe fish market in Lagos Officials in Nigeria, a hub for illegal wildlife trafficking – have seized a record amount of pangolin scales and claws and elephant tusks as the government attempts to combat the trade, the head of customs said on Wednesday. The seizure, worth 22 billion naira ($54 million), included 17,137 kg of pangolin scales, 44 kg of elephant tusks and 60 kg in pangolin claws, Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali, comptroller-general of customs, said in a statement. Ali said authorities had … Continue reading Nigeria seizes record $54 million in pangolin parts, elephant tusks

Giant panda twins born in French zoo

A giant panda has given birth to twin cubs at the ZooParc de Beauval in central France – in what officials say is an “exceptional” event. Huan Huan’s cubs were born in the early hours of Monday, weighing just 149g (0.3lb) and 129g respectively. “They are very lively, pink and plump,” the zoo said in a statement. Panda reproduction – both in captivity and in the wild – is notoriously difficult, experts say, as few of the bears native to China get in the mood. But Huan Huan – who is on loan from China – has form in this … Continue reading Giant panda twins born in French zoo

Pure Wickedness: Man sought in the killing of rare and famous seal

Shocked wildlife lovers are swapping memories of a beloved rare seal and calling for justice after it was killed off the Greek island of Alonissos. Greek authorities are searching for the killer of Kostis, a Mediterranean monk seal, which became the island’s symbol. Kostis was named after the fisherman who saved it after a storm in 2018. A Greek seal charity which looked after Kostis for several months as a pup thinks it was killed with a spear gun. The endangered seals are protected under Greek law. Kostis was “executed at close range with a spear gun”, said the charity, MOM. … Continue reading Pure Wickedness: Man sought in the killing of rare and famous seal

Omg: Man rescued in Alaska after week-long bear attack ordeal

A man has been rescued in Alaska after desperately flagging down help having been attacked and harassed by a grizzly bear for a week. US Coast Guard officials were alerted by an SOS message on a shack roof and spotted a man waving his arms in the air calling for help. The man told them he had been attacked by a bear and hadn’t slept for days after it kept coming back to his camp. He was found with chest bruising and an injured leg he had taped up. The helicopter crew had been on their way to fly a … Continue reading Omg: Man rescued in Alaska after week-long bear attack ordeal

Fishermen catch 1,000—pound tiger shark that’s nearly as big as their boat

A group of brothers from Texas had a 12-foot tale to tell after they managed to catch a shark so big the vessel they were on could barely contain its size. Avery Fuller and his siblings always had the ambition to match the feat of their father who had caught a tiger shark weighing more than 1,000 pounds during a tournament 30 years ago. “It’s been in our family for as long as I can remember,” Fuller, who hails from Texas City, told KHOU 11, “we’ve always been trying to beat him or match him.” Fishing off the coast of Galveston for … Continue reading Fishermen catch 1,000—pound tiger shark that’s nearly as big as their boat