Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The former handler of the first military dog adopted by the NYPD is hoping to reunite with his long-lost war buddy after spotting the pooch’s mug in The Post. Retired Army vet Brian Connelly, who served with bomb-sniffing pooch Cezar in Afghanistan, was elated when he recognized his old pal’s picture in a Feb. 21 Post story. “I just knew it was Cezar,” Connelly said. “The way his look was veering off [in the photo], it looked like he was going to go after something. He’s a funny dog. He likes to stalk things . . . He would crouch down like a tiger and go after it.”
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A talking parrot has helped Indian police crack an intriguing murder mystery and led the cops to arrest the killer. In the western Indian city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh state, a 45-year-old woman and her pet dog were found murdered at her residence on 20 February. The victim, Neelam Sharma, was the wife of Vijay Sharma, the editor of a Hindi daily. The city police had been baffled by the murder mystery till Neelam's husband got a clue from the parrot, which showed a change in behaviour whenever a relative, Vijay's nephew Ashutosh, visited the house after the incident.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
It’s hard to imagine a creature more menacing than a great white shark swimming in the surf, but a giant crocodile comes close. An estimated 12-foot crocodile was spotted cruising in the swells this past week at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia, prompting officials to close the beach to swimmers and surfers for a day. It’s unclear what lured the reptile into the surf zone, but the unusual sighting generated quite the spectacle.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The most inspiring attendee at this year's Major League Baseball spring training isn't a scrappy utility player or long-shot minor league lifer. But he has good legs - four legs, in fact. And a strong clubhouse presence, too. A stray dog nicknamed "Hank" has secured a place with the Milwaukee Brewers after wandering into the team's camp in Phoenix, AZ. The dog arrived Feb. 17, "looking a little grubby but ready to play," the team wrote online.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
“World Spay Day” was proclaimed Tuesday in Seattle, a city known for its advocacy of family planning for both two-footed and four-footed residents. The observance comes with the offer of free spay/neuter packages for pets, complete with vaccinations, through Friday at the Seattle Animal Shelter.The purpose of World Spay Day, as explained by Mayor Ed Murray, is to control pet populations, and keep dogs and cats off the streets and out of shelters. Murray took a firm stand on animal population control, on which he is not likely to take heat.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
When life gets stressful, Asian elephants help each other feel better by trumpeting sympathetic noises and using their trunks to touch their friend's - um - private parts, according to new research. In a study published on Tuesday in the journal PeerJ, animal behaviorists observed 26 captive elephants in a sanctuary in northern Thailand. The researchers said they recorded a number of elephant behaviors that they concluded were specifically intended to comfort distressed herd members. The behaviors included touching the distressed elephant's genitals with their trunks, putting their trunks in the distressed elephant's mouth, or making a high-pitched "chirping" noise.
Monday, February 24, 2014
WWF launched the Year of the Tiger campaign in 2010 and rallied global commitments to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. In early 2013, 120 tiger researchers fanned out across some of the wildest sections of India and Nepal to assess the status of that work. That team completed the first joint tiger and prey-base survey of the entire Terai Arc, a 600-mile-long transboundary landscape that boasts one of the highest densities of tigers in the world. Using camera traps and lots of legwork, the surveyors identified individual tigers by their unique stripe patterns and found something amazing: Tiger numbers in Nepal have risen by an estimated 63% in four years.