Oct 20, 2014

Bear in Chinese zoo bites arm off boy trying to feed it

A bear in China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through the cage. Media reports say the attack happened Saturday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in central China, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed ...

Oct 18, 2014

Bear consumes body of California man who died of heart attack

A man who suffered a heart attack and died outside his rural Northern California home had his corpse dragged away and eaten by a black bear that was sheltering nearby, medical officials said Friday. The 65-year-old man, identified as Marion Williams, had walked from ...

Oct 17, 2014

Australian gets spider removed from stomach

An Australian man had a spider removed from his stomach after it burrowed into his body and survived there for three days before being removed. Dylan Maxwell was on vacation on the Indonesian island of Bali when the tiny creature borrowed through a small ...

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

Oct 17, 2014

With foxes running scarce, U.S. hunting clubs target coyotes

American fox-hunting is a sport so steeped in tradition that riders still wear ties and blazers and cry out “Tally ho!” at the sight of prey. But it is adapting to one dramatic change: Coyotes have displaced foxes in the wild and become the ...

Oct 17, 2014

Parrot missing for years returns speaking Spanish

A pet parrot that spoke with a British accent when it disappeared from its home four years ago has been reunited with its owner — and the bird now speaks Spanish. The reunion was brought about by a Southern California veterinarian who mistook Nigel, ...

For huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

Oct 16, 2014

For huge ancient kangaroos, hopping was dicey

Kangaroos hop, right? Well, not all of them. Scientists said that a biomechanical and statistical analysis of fossil bones of a group of huge extinct kangaroos shows that the largest of the bunch likely could not hop as their modern-day relatives do. The study, ...

Oct 16, 2014

Toothy tyrant from the Jurassic period was 9 meters long

A forerunner of today’s crocodiles that lurked in coastal waters and estuaries some 150 million years ago measured 9.26 meters (some 30 feet) from snout to tail. Paleontologists from half a dozen European countries took a fresh look at the classification of so-called crocodylomorphs ...

Oct 15, 2014

Chinese media say Putin's tiger attacked henhouse

Chinese media say a rare Siberian tiger released into the wild by Russian President Vladimir Putin has attacked a henhouse in northeastern China, raising concerns that farmers may hunt it down. The official Xinhua News Agency says the animal, known as Kuzya, was believed ...

Oct 15, 2014

Gun-slinging patrolwoman chases off polar bear at Alaskan home

A gun-slinging Alaskan wildlife manager chased off a massive polar bear that broke into an 81-year-old’s house in a remote community to feast on a drum of seal oil, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. Armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and nonlethal firecracker slugs, officer ...