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“In late summer the plankton bloom is at its height. Vast shoals of herring gather to feed on it, diving birds round the fish up into a bait ball and then a humpback whale roars in to scoop up the entire ball of herring in one huge mouthful.”
“Firefighters are occasionally sent out on unusual animal rescues. It is just part of the job. But none may be more unusual than the animal rescue call Yuma firefighters responded to last week. According to Mike Erfert, spokesman for the Yuma Fire Department, firefighters were sent to the El Encanto Apartments, 2652 S. 8th Ave., at about 8 p.m. on Friday regarding a dog stuck inside a refrigerator. Once on scene, Erfert said the firefighters found a small terrier-type dog crouched on the bottom shelf of the apartment refrigerator, preventing the residents from closing the door. Erfert said the apartment’s residents told firefighters that the dog was a stray and that it rushed into their apartment when they opened their front door. They said they tried to catch the dog but, every time they tried, the dog would snap at them and attempt to bite them. Unable to catch the dog, Erfert said they then planned to lure it outside using some food, but when they opened the refrigerator door, the dog jumped inside and they couldn’t get the dog to come out. Erfert said the residents, who have small children and were worried about them getting bit, originally called the Humane Society of Yuma, but was told it would be an hour or more before they could get an animal control officer there.” w/ photos
“A car smashed through a second floor car park wall after the driver got the accelerator and brake pedal confused… The vehicle was then left poking precariously out the side of the building in Chongqing, China. Huang Xiaoping, who lives next to the car park, saw the incident. He said: ‘I heard two explosion sounds. When I came out I saw a car was stuck on the wall on the 2nd floor of the neighbouring car park building, and the front wheels are still rotating. ‘I thought it was a movie shoot and told my frightened wife that it’s too real.’ Mr Xiaoping said he didn’t see the driver at first because the airbags blocked the view.” w/ photo
“You probably wouldn’t pick a 140lbs rottweiler to nursemaid orphaned bunnies and birds. But even kittens are in no danger from Dave the Dog. All he wants to do is look after them. Owner Amanda Collins discovered her six-year-old pet’s maternal nature when she brought home an unwanted French giant rabbit. ‘Dave just walked over to him and started licking him to clean him,’ said the 25-year-old, who runs a pet shop in Blackpool. ‘They bonded straight away. Now they sleep together, and I’ve even seen them sharing each other’s food.’ Miss Collins, who has looked after a menagerie of abandoned animals, soon found this wasn’t a one-off. ‘When I brought home the ducklings, I thought he might not be the same as with the rabbits, but he just went over to them and licked them on the head,’ she said. ‘I filled a paddling pool with water so they could learn to swim in it, and Dave went and laid down in the water so they could clamber over him. He even lifted them out if they got into trouble.” w/ photos
“This was incredibly hard to watch. To get into character like that and go through that horrific ordeal must have taken such balls. Guaranteed he’s not neutered.” — joshwroe
“In a world of combustion engines and smoke stacks, we are all sucking in poison with every breath. Invisible to the eye, each puff of air has innumerable particles that destroy our bodies from the inside. Some parts of the planet are worse than others; the following article outlines 10 cities where it’s most hazardous to breath.” w/ photos