Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category
HILLSBORO, Ohio — A southwest Ohio couple who adopted a Saint Bernard to save him say he saved their home from burglary a few hours later.
Rubert “Lee” Littler says he was taking Hercules outside Wednesday night when the 135-pound dog started growling, then charged after a man running out of their basement. The dog bit into the man’s ankle as he climbed a fence and got away. Police say the home’s phone and cable lines had been cut.
Lee and Elizabeth Littler brought the dog home from Highland County’s pound less than seven hours earlier. The dog had been found, bloody and dehydrated, by hikers on Oct. 31.
The Littlers tell The Times-Gazette of Hillsboro () they wanted to keep him from being euthanized but now figure he’s earned a permanent home. http://bit.ly/suYkUf
A fox is reported to have ‘mugged’ a woman of her shopping.
Louisa Powers, 46, was walking back home carrying her groceries in Sidcup, London when the animal appeared and stopped in front of her, according to Metro.
The mother-of-two walked past the fox, but she was harassed.
Powers recalled: “The fox sniffed my grocery bag and started walking after me.
“I used my handbag to try and shoo it away, but as I looked around, it was on my heel snarling at me. I ran away, and it jumped up and grabbed the food bag out of my hand, running off with all of my food.”
Meet Tank, the one and a half inch tortoise that can fit inside the head of a spoon and sit on the head of a lion.
Tank, a six month old Hermann’s tortoise, is currently residing at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. Despite measuring just one and a half inches, roughly the size of a key, he was recently pictured bravely sitting on top of a lion.
The tortoise, who was donated to the park by the previous head of reptiles Ross Hickles, has already become a key visitor attraction. He is expected to reach maximum growth between the ages of six and eight, but his minute size has already earned him a significant number of admirers.
According to reports, the koala was found by local resident Clint Woods, who spotted him among the debris left by the fire.
He was found sitting in a burnt tree in a scorched field near Port Lincoln in South Australia.
Mr Woods noticed that the koala had burnt paws and singed hair.
He gave the animal some water – which it clearly needed – before it was taken to a local animal hospital.
The fire, which started Sunday, was still burning and threatening a town near Port Lincoln, although firefighters had begun to get it under control by Monday night.
Although it has destroyed seven homes in the area there are no casualties reported so far.
While otters may seem like born naturals in the water, even they need to be taught the basics in their early years of development.
The pups were also making their first public appearance after becoming the first otters to be born at the zoo in mid-September.
Mum Icana and dad Xingu were more than willing to help their young offspring take their first steps in the water having spent the last seven weeks looking after them in their den.
A man in Germany tucking into his breakfast received a shock when he found a dead and mummified bat among his cereal.
Initially thinking it was a Halloween toy, he was horrified when he realised that the animal was real, according to Metro.
The incident was reported to health officials, who believe the bat may have flown into the plastic packaging by mistake and suffocated to death.
Food safety official Jorg Sturmer said: “I have never seen anything like it. This really is an unusual case.”
Scientists are now investigating whether the animal found in the box of Mini Zimties got in in the factory or after the packet was opened at the man’s home in Stuttgart.