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RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Pckts - 09-30-2015

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RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - brotherbear - 12-02-2015

Two ice climbers have survived a grizzly bear attack after they stumbled across its den as they were climbing in Banff National Park on the weekend.
The climbers, Greg Boswell and Nick Bullock, were attempting a route on Mount Wilson, along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper.
In a blog post, Bullock said they were bushwhacking through dense forest Sunday evening when the grizzly started chasing Boswell.
“Greg was behind. ‘Bear, aaaaaaargh,'” he wrote. “I spun to watch Greg sprint past me and in hot pursuit was a grizzly. The bear bounded, pulling and pushing the snow with powerful legs. The snow lapped its belly and didn’t appear to slow it.”
Bullock, who’s from Britain, said he ran uphill as fast as he could through deep snow.
“Greg fell on his back and watched the monster closing,” he said. “It jumped. Screaming and shouting, Greg kicked at Ursus arctos horribilis and it bit straight though his brand new boot as if it were a carpet slipper.
“It lunged once more and crunched into his shin, placing a paw on his other leg before lifting him off the ground.”

Boswell managed to fend off the bear by grabbing its mouth, pushing and screaming, said Bullock. The bear retreated into the bush.

They then packed up, made their way back to their vehicle and drove to the Banff hospital to get Boswell’s leg treated.

Boswell, a well-known climber from Scotland, said in aFacebook post early Tuesday that he was shaken up and sore from the attack.

“All stitched up now and on the mend,” he wrote.

Wildlife experts with Banff National Park interviewed the men and flew into the area Monday to investigate the incident.
Jon Stuart-Smith, a human/wildlife conflict specialist for Parks Canada, said the pair of climbers likely surprised the bear as it was trying to den up for the winter.
“This kind of situation is obviously pretty rare, but it is a potentially dangerous situation,” he said, noting people have been attacked by bears that have been disturbed in their dens.

Officials have closed the area for the rest of the winter to give the bear its space and avoid any further confrontations.

“Given how the climbers have described the incident, it seems like they were unfortunately in the wrong place and surprised the bear,” said Stuart-Smith. “It was trying to protect itself in the place it was trying to den.

“We’re not going to take any further action.”

Although the bear involved in the attack was in its den, he noted it’s not unusual for grizzlies to still be out and about at this time of year.

Stuart-Smith reminded people to take precautions such as making noise, travelling in groups and carrying bear spray.
“We understand that in this type of activity, they may choose not to,” he said, “but we would still recommend that everyone still carry bear spray.”

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - brotherbear - 12-02-2015

The above news story was published just yesterday, Dec.1, 2015. This just comes to show you that when in grizzly country, even in the dead of winter with snow on the ground, one should be prepared for bear. There might be that bear who did not gain the needed fat reserve for hibernation, the rare case in which a grizzly makes other plans and decides not to sleep, or as in this case, a grizzly simply wakes up. 

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - sanjay - 01-17-2016

A 30 feet long and monster size crocodile is discovered 
The biggest sea-dwelling crocodile ever found has turned up in the Tunisian desert. The whopper of a prehistoric predator grew to over 30 feet long (nearly ten meters) and weighed three tons.

Read on http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/01/160111-ancient-crocodile-marine-largest-paleontology

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Polar - 01-17-2016


When I came right out of Carnivora Forums, I saw a thread on Crocodylian sizes, and one of the posters (Blake?) stated that a small, possibly juvenile C.thorbjarnarsonni at thirty feet is slightly smaller than than a large specimen of Deinosuchus at 33 ft. The original length on Wikipedia for Deinosuchus (42 ft average) is an extreme over-estimation. I do not know if C.thorbjarnarsonni was actually larger than Deinosuchus on average, and I don't know about maximum-sized individuals.

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - sanjay - 03-15-2016

This is heartbreaking news from India, 
A sloth bear was killed by forest department and local police in way which shame the humanity. This incident happened in Mahasamund district Chhattisgarh, India.

See this cruel video where gunmen fired more than 100 rounds but only 16 bullets stuck to poor bear. This show how trained the police and forest department are and most sad thing is that this incident could have been avoided.

This is facebook video, click on it to play it

According some report:
The bear killed two villagers while they were collecting mahua and killed a deputy Ranger too... There was no response team or any trained team as such when the matter went out of control, the forest department passed on this matter to police....more than 100 bullets were the the bear was struck with 16 bullets

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Bear killed human
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Bear killed by villagers
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RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Pckts - 03-22-2016

Elephant attack: Death toll rises to five in West Bengal
March 21, 2016
Elephant attack continues to claim lives in West Bengal's Bardhaman District as another person was killed this morning in Galsi.
The two elephants, who got detached from their groups in Galsi and Chandul in Burdwan on Saturday, have killed five people in the last three days.
Four people were killed and two others were injured in a two separate elephant attacks in Burdwan district till Saturday.
Video link below...

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RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Pckts - 04-12-2016

Post-Mortem on the 13 stranded North Sea sperm whales finds their stomachs full of plastic. This occurred near the town of Tönning in Schleswig-Holstein (Germany). — with Scott Rickard.

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"However, “the marine litter did not directly cause the stranding,” says Ursula Siebert, head of the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, whose team examined the sperm whales.
Instead, the researchers suspect that the whales died because the animals accidentally ventured into shallow seas.
Male sperm whales normally migrate from their tropical or subtropical breeding grounds to colder waters at higher latitudes. The species is one of the deepest diving animals in the cetacean family, known to plummet as far as 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in search of squid, its favorite food.
The beached whales were all young males between the ages of 10 and 15, and the necropsies revealed that they died of heart failure. The team believes this particular group mistakenly swam into the North Sea, a shallower zone in between the U.K. and Norway. There the whales could not support their own body weights, and their internal organs collapsed.
“It is thought that the sperm whales may have got lost and entered the North Sea (possibly chasing squid), where the sea floor is not deep enough, causing the whales to become disorientated and die,” Danny Groves, a spokesperson for the nonprofit Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), wrote in an email."

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Pckts - 04-16-2016

Kaziranga National Park: Poaching Fails to Stop Increase in Rhino Population

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The rhino population in Kaziranga National Park continues to grow despite threats posed by poachers; the latest census shows that rhino count in the park is up by 72 from 2013, which is an impressive figure if one consider that 54 pachyderms lost their lives to poachers in the corresponding time.
The latest rhino census conducted in the world heritage site puts the total rhino population at 2,401 up from 2,329 in 2013.   Click here to read more about Kanha National Park.
Here is a chart that shows a comparative study of the rhino population in the KNP in censuses done in different years

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Pckts - 04-26-2016

What's going on!!??????

Over the last few months, southern Chile has turned into a graveyard for maritime animals.

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Sully - 04-30-2016



Killer Hippos - chaos - 05-28-2016

Hippos are badass dangerous

RE: Killer Hippos - Sully - 05-29-2016

I couldn't even imagine getting chrged at by a hippo,  possibly one of the scariest things that can happen to you in nature

RE: Animal News (Except Bigcats) - Ngala - 05-31-2016

From Italy: a 189 Kg wild bear captured during bear-hunt near Verzegnis. This bear, probably M4, have a beautiful blonde fur. His brother (M3) have a white/ivory fur. Beautiful sighting.

This is the italian article: Catturato a Verzegnis “Francesco”, un orso di 189 chili

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This is the brother M3, with a "normal" female.

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RE: Killer Hippos - brotherbear - 06-02-2016

I would rank the hippopotamus right up there with the rhinoceros in sheer power. I have seen two videos of rhino-hippo confrontation. In one incident, the rhino backed down and in the other the hippo backed down. As we know, more people are killed by the hippo, but that could be due to a number of factors such as the population of the animal and its habitat.