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PET & ANIMAL HEALTH

Florida Man Needs 3 Days To Get Iguana Out Of Toilet

Dressed in protective clothing and gloves and with encouragement from his family, a Florida man made multiple attempts to fish an iguana out of his toilet, but it kept swimming back down.

Florida Man Attacked In Boat By Alligator

Newsweek – A Florida hunter has recalled the moment a large alligator leapt out of the water and almost claimed his arm, in what he thinks was an attempt to defend itself. Carsten Kieffer, a firefighter, was hunting alligators with friends at Lake Jesup in Florida in August 2020 when the incident occurred. Spotting one, Kieffer and his companions managed to hook onto an alligator in order to catch it. However, the father-of-two said the animal managed...

‘Big Bird’ Chicks Thrive Post-Covid

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A year after pandemic precautions all but halted work to raise the world's most endangered cranes for release into the wild, the efforts are back in gear. Fourteen long-legged, fuzzy brown whooping crane chicks — one more than in 2019 — are following their parents or costumed surrogates in facilities from New Orleans to Calgary, Canada. "We are thrilled to have bounced back in the wake of the pandemic," said...

Officials Plan To Vaccinate Gorillas

WFAE – Zookeepers with the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro say they're expecting a shipment of experimental COVID-19 vaccines specially designed for animals this month, allowing them to start vaccinating some of the animals in their care. The zoo's primates will be first in line for the shots, said Dr. Jb Minter, director of animal health at the North Carolina Zoo. "We were only able to get enough for our gorillas and chimps, and that's...

Florida Residents Warned: ‘Stay Away From Bodies Of Water’ – Is That Even Possible?

An alligator trapper is warning people and pets to stay away from bodies of water after a woman's dog was attacked and killed by one. The gator responsible in the attack was captured and killed off of the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden.

Emotional Support Dogs On Duty In Surfside

Local10.com, SURFSIDE, Fla. – Hundreds of first responders are working around the clock at the Surfside building collapse site, searching for more than 100 people who are still unaccounted for. The emotional toll is extremely heavy and difficult to bear, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is turning to man’s best friend for help. While you may be more familiar with seeing urban search and rescue dogs, MDFR has another team of K9s on a life-saving mission. “These dogs...

New Tech Could Doom Invasive Pythons

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have published a first-of-its-kind study that shows that near-infrared (NIR) spectrum cameras can help hunters more effectively track down these invasive snakes, especially at night.

Florida Residents Warned: It’s Alligator Mating Season

YAHOO! NEWS – A 25-year-old Florida man is recovering after being attacked by an alligator last weekend. Tampa resident Jeffrey Heim was searching for megalodon shark teeth in the Myakka River.  He was only in the water for a few minutes when he was hit with such force that he thought it was a boat, he told NBC News. “I thought it was a propeller, it hit me so hard,” Heim said. "I realized I was inside...

“Family” Dogs Kill Tot, Age 10 Months

A 10-month-old baby has been killed after being attacked by the family’s two Rottweilers.

Alaska Man Bear-ly Survives Gruesome Attack

An Alaska man was able to bind up his wounds and call 911 after being mauled by a brown bear that bit him multiple times on the head.
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Florida Pythons Have Met Their Match

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is implementing a new tool to help find invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades ecosystem. The FWC’s new Detector Dog Team is now up and running, removing Burmese pythons from the wild.

Homeowner Powerless To Keep Giant Birds From ‘Painting’ Deck

California condors are protected by the Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Taking, shooting, injuring, or killing a condor are violations of these acts. The maximum penalty for a criminal violation of the Endangered Species Act is one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Florida’s Invasive Species Fiasco

"There are a lot of wild pigs right now, that is all I am really focused on are pigs currently...they were imported back, I believe it was the 1700s by the Spaniards as a food source and then they multiplied into the millions."

Pit Bulls Kill Dog Sitter’s 7-Year-Old Girl

NEWSWEEK – A child has died and her mother hospitalized after they were attacked by at least one dog in North Carolina on Tuesday. Police in Garner, the North Carolina town where the incident happened, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that the 7-year-old and her mother were seriously injured during the attack. The pair were both taken to a WakeMed medical center in Garner for treatment. The girl died as a result of her...

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