The new office buddy

Meet Mr. Splinter. We found him all dried up and crawling around in the hallway. I don’t know where he came from or how he got here, but now we have a snapping turtle office pet.

Poor little dinosaur

Basking

 

His new home

Room with a view

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Real-life Fox and the Hound story

I never liked the movie The Fox and the Hound because it’s just so sad that they can’t be friends! But a Greenwich foxhound, appropriately named Mama, is showing Disney that they don’t know what they’re talking about. She has adopted baby foxes as her own. These cute animal stories always get me.

“Call it an unlikely friendship.

Putting a foxhound and four foxes in a room together is not a situation you would expect to end well. As its name so succinctly suggests, the foxhound is bred to hunt and kill foxes.

But, as the case was at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich last month, nature doesn’t always follow the rules.

In a most unlikely pairing of animals, an American foxhound rescue dog named Mama nursed four North African fennec foxes for five weeks at the private zoo, located in backcountry Greenwich at Lionshare Farm.” – Read the full story from the Greenwich Time

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We invaded their home after all

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The headline of an AP article about turtles flocking to JFK airport in search of a place to lay their eggs is: “NYC airport invaded by turtles, delaying flights.”

According to the article, this happens every year during this time. “The migration of diamondback terrapin turtles happens every year at Kennedy, which is built on the edge of Jamaica Bay and a federally protected park. In late June or early July the animals heave themselves out of the bay and head toward a beach to lay their eggs.”

But they didn’t invade the airport, the airport invaded their home. Animals do what they do, and they’ve done it since the beginning of animal time. It’s instinct and one measly international airport isn’t going to stop these turtles from doing what they have to do whether it delays a flight or not. It just goes to show no matter how much humans build buildings and bridges and tunnels (and airports) to try to modify the world for our convenience, you just can’t beat mother nature – it only takes 150 little turtles to stop a plane.

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Here’s the story about the cute turtles: “About 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac at New York’s Kennedy airport Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs, delaying dozens of flights, aviation authorities said.The slow-motion stampede began about 6:45 a.m., and within three hours there were so many turtles on Runway 4L and nearby taxiways that controllers were forced to move departing flights to another runway.

“We ceded to Mother Nature,” said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport.

Workers from the Port Authority and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were scooping up turtles and moving them across the airport, he said. Flight delays averaged about 30 minutes, the FAA said.”

Read the rest: “NYC airport invaded by turtles, delaying flights.”

Twilight is real: true story

So you probably thought Twilight was a fictional story what with its vampires and werewolves. Well, you’re wrong. There is evidence that Jacob and his wolf pack are real and they are currently wreaking havoc all over Washington state. Read for yourself in this story that Ally found:

“A pack of dogs has killed about 100 animals in the past three months in northeastern Washington state while eluding law enforcement and volunteers.

Officers have tried to track the pack but had little success because the dogs seem to hunker down during the day and move only at night, Stevens County Undersheriff Lavonne Webb said Thursday.

“We’ve only had one or two sightings during daytime hours,” Webb said in a telephone interview from Colville.

In their most recent attack, the dogs killed a 350-pound llama earlier this week. They’ve also killed other farm animals, including goats.

Authorities are warning residents to take whatever steps are necessary to protect their families and animals because the dogs appear to be killing for fun rather than food. No humans have been attacked, but officers fear that could happen.”HuffPost

You know why they can’t find the dogs? Because they turn into Taylor Lautner whenever cops get close.

But why so angry Jake? Is it because you didn’t get that much air time in the Breaking Dawn trailer? Or because Edward and Bella are finally getting married? You already knew that, bud. Maybe it’s because Robert Pattinson kissed you in public and you’re ashamed. Don’t be. That pretty much makes you the luckiest man alive. In any case, I beg of you Jacob, stop killing animals! It’s mean!

In other crazy animal news, elephants are in attack mode in India and there’s a moose on the loose in Sweden breaking into retirement homes. Did I mention the world is ending?

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This little Toto knows ‘there’s no place like home’

In a real-life “Homeward Bound” story, a dog in Alabama has returned home after being swept up by a tornado that broke two of his legs. After two and a half weeks (!), the owners returned home to find their cutie, Mason, waiting for them. Best puppy ever!

Read the full story here: HuffPost