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PostPosted: 15-05-2012 04:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extremely rare "Calico Lobster" avoids being cooked and eaten, because it is exceedingly rare:

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PostPosted: 25-05-2012 19:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

This ones back in custody.

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Penguin recaptured after 82 days free
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0525/breaking16.html
Fri, May 25, 2012

A fugitive penguin in Japan is back in captivity more than two months after it slipped out of an aquarium in Tokyo.

First, there was a daring breakout up a sheer rock wall and through a barbed wire fence. Then there were weeks on the run, in which the fugitive eluded capture and at times appeared to taunt his pursuers with carefree frolics in the sea.

However, two keepers picked up the Humboldt penguin yesterday evening after receiving reports that it had been seen swimming in a river earlier the same day day. The capture brought to an end 82 days of freedom, during which it briefly achieved celebrity status around the world.

The keepers, who seized the penguin after it ventured on to the riverbank, said the animal did not appear to have been harmed and had been eating enough to keep its weight stable.

Officials at the sea park had feared that the animal – known simply as Penguin 337 – would struggle to survive outside the aquarium's confines. But their fears proved unfounded after it was filmed swimming in Tokyo Bay, apparently content in its unfamiliar surroundings.

The park's deputy director, Kazuhiro Sakamoto, said at the time that the penguin "looks like it's been living quite happily in the middle of Tokyo Bay".

An angler who regularly fishes in the area believed that the 60cm penguin was taking advantage of the ample food supply in such a large stretch of water. "For a penguin, its eat all you want," he said.

The aquarium has received 30 confirmed sightings since the penguin disappeared in early March, as well as hundreds of speculative sightings from as far away as western Japan. Keepers were dispatched on daily searches throughout the Tokyo Bay area.

The penguin is thought to have been startled into jumping over a rock twice its height before slipping through a gap in a two-metre fence surrounding Tokyo Sea Life Park. It was captured more than 8km away.

After realising that the penguin – one of 135 at the park – had vanished, officials launched a citywide appeal to help find it. It was spotted near estuaries feeding Tokyo Bay, and at one point eluded capture after being pursued by the Japanese coastguard.

Sadly, the national obsession with choosing nicknames for celebrity animals foundered on the penguin's age - at one-year-old it is still too young to determine whether it's male or female.

"We are relieved to see the penguin come back alive," Mr Sakamoto told the Kyodo news agency.
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PostPosted: 25-06-2012 21:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Runaway Piglet Found Hiding With Alpacas
http://news.sky.com/home/strange-news/article/16253055

Staff members have been calling local farms to try to find where Al has come from

5:54pm UK, Monday June 25, 2012

A runaway piglet has been discovered in an alpaca pen at a theme park, but how he ended up there remains a mystery.

The one-week-old fugitive piglet has been named Al by staff at Wheelgate Family Theme Park in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, who are searching for his home and family.

He was found over the weekend seeking comfort with the park's alpacas - and not with the only resident pig, Dave, the male kunekune pig.

Staff members have been contacting all local farms and farm parks to try to find where Al has come from, but so far they have had no joy.

A spokeswoman for the park said: "As poor little Al is so young and unsure as to how long he had been outside in the cold for, he has required a lot of TLC, which is usually provided by the mother.

"Wheelgate catering manager Jay Bloomfield took on a surrogacy role last night and took little Al home to keep him warm and provide his bottle-feeds at various intervals throughout the night.

"It's been a long night but little Al seems to be merrily bouncing around this morning."

Al's case may bring back memories of the Tamworth Two - a pair of pigs who escaped while being unloaded from a lorry at an abattoir in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, in January 1998.

Nicknamed Butch and Sundance, the brother and sister were on the run for more than a week and the search for them generated huge public interest and media attention.

The five-month-old pigs spent most of their period of freedom in a dense thicket near Tetbury Hill before being captured and sent to live at the Rare Breeds Centre, an animal sanctuary near Ashford in Kent.

In October 2010, Butch died aged 13 after becoming seriously ill.

Sundance, suffering from arthritis and believed to be unhappy after his sister's death, died in May last year aged 14.

:: Anyone who might be able to help can call Wheelgate on 01623 882773.
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PostPosted: 17-09-2012 17:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Escaped python found after Henham thatched house fire
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-19622355

The carpet python had been in the roof for about a month before the fire

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A four-foot long snake missing for weeks was found safe after falling from the roof of a burning house in Essex.

The four-foot carpet python was in the roof of the property in Pledgdon Green, Henham, near Bishop's Stortford, when a fire broke out at about 05:00 BST.

The python - called Jake - dropped from the thatched roof on to the firefighters beneath.

The RSPCA said the snake had been missing for about a month before the fire.

'Hard to find'
After the snake landed on the ground, it moved off towards nearby foliage to hide.

RSPCA inspector Steve Craddock said: "It seems that the python had escaped over a month ago and had been hiding in the thatched roof, but came out when the fire broke out.

"Snakes do often escape and it can be very hard to find them as they can hide in the smallest of spaces," he said. "Thankfully the python seemed to be quite healthy."

The RSPCA has arranged for Jake the snake to be cared for at the South Essex Wildlife Hospital until his owners have sorted out their house, which was badly damaged in the fire.

An investigation by Essex Police and the fire service is to be carried out into the cause of the blaze.
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PostPosted: 22-09-2012 19:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Giraffe dies after escaping from Italian circus
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19680752

An adult male giraffe can weigh over 1,000kg

A giraffe has escaped from an Italian circus in the northern town of Imola, spending several hours on the run.

The five-metre high animal, weighing almost 900kg (2,000lb), caused damage to some vehicles along the roads by catching them with its hooves.

It shocked residents as it made its way down the town's main street.

Eventually, after four hours, it was shot with a tranquiliser by police. It died shortly afterwards, apparently of a cardiac arrest.

The animal, part of the Rinaldo Orfei circus, was on the run for around four hours and video footage showed it moving at speed across a forecourt as people looked on, amazed.

At one point the giraffe was pictured in a full gallop, with a police squad car in pursuit.

Another image, however, shows the giraffe examining some flowers as an elderly lady tends her garden, completely unaware of the giraffe's presence metres above her head.
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PostPosted: 12-05-2013 00:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

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'Ewe-dini' the sheep escaped and turned up on a patio
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-22486042

The sheep currently lives at Brinsley Animal Rescue in Nottinghamshire

A sheep once sold for slaughter is looking for a new home after turning up on a couple's patio.

The female sheep, nicknamed Ewe-dini, may have escaped while on its way to the slaughterhouse, an animal welfare charity said.

Amy Bloore, who found the sheep on her patio in Derbyshire, said it looked "a bit manky" and was covered in dirt.

The owner could not be traced so the sheep was taken to Brinsley Animal Rescue in Nottinghamshire.

Miss Bloore and her boyfriend were watching television when a neighbour knocked on the door and said the sheep had gone in their back garden in Oakerthorpe.

"She was stood in our patio looking straight at us. I couldn't believe it," said Miss Bloore, 25.


All three sheep need permanent homes
"The sheep went down the steps into the grass area of our garden and stayed there, and the next door neighbour and myself shut it in so it couldn't get into the road."

The couple tried to trace the owner from the sheep's tag.

"It belonged to a farmer in Sheffield several years ago and the farmer sold it at a market in Bakewell, but it had not been re-tagged," she said.

'Quite hilarious'
"It looked as if she escaped, probably going for slaughter. They are saying she was on the back of a truck and got out and ran off."

The sheep stayed in the couple's garden for four days while they made "about 50 phone calls" trying to find someone to take it.

"In the first few days I thought it was quite hilarious having a sheep in the garden," said Miss Bloore.

"But it just got to the point where we were at our wits end. We couldn't have a sheep in our back garden as a pet."

The sheep currently lives at Brinsley Animal Rescue with two other sheep which had also been destined for slaughter.

Joe was found wandering the streets in Porthmadog, Wales, while Shaunie did not sell at market because he was born with a deformed leg.

All three sheep need permanent homes, and people are being asked to think of a proper name for the newest sheep on the rescue centre's Facebook page.
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PostPosted: 16-06-2013 19:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Knowsley Safari Park baboon shot dead after escape
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-22927805

They are more than 140 baboons at Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park 40 years on
A baboon was shot dead after it escaped from its safari park enclosure.

The animal was killed after it managed to climb over the perimeter fence at Knowsley Safari Park in Merseyside at 10:15 BST.

The adult male had been chased out of its enclosure two hours before by a group of 20 males as it tried to protect its mate.

The safari park said it resolved the situation "quickly, safely and humanely".

'Very sad'
In a statement, the park said: "The baboon tried to protect his only female from being abducted by antagonist males - a common occurrence in baboon society.

"Cornered, he saw the outside of the enclosure as his safe way out and decided to face the electric fence to protect himself.

"The emergency procedures were immediately instigated, aiming to retrieve the baboon to a safe area.

"The baboon was located just outside the perimeter fence of the park. Sadly, in this situation, the safety measurement requires the animal to be shot.

"It's very sad when something like this happens, but the police, game keeper and animal management team did everything they could to resolve the situation quickly, safely and humanely."

There are more than 140 baboons at Knowsley Safari Park.

The park was designed by the 18th Earl of Derby and opened in 1971.
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PostPosted: 01-07-2013 22:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what happened next? Did garden owner have a barbecue?

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Police shot cow on run from Maesteg abattoir
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23125377

Map showing where the incident took place Continue reading the main story

Armed police officers were called to shoot dead a cow which escaped from an abattoir where it had been taken to be slaughtered.

The heifer jumped over stock fencing before running along a river and into a garden in Bridgend county.

It had escaped from a pen at the Maesteg abattoir at Garth on the morning of 20 June.

The abattoir described the event as "very rare".

Spokeswoman Leigh Roberts said: "It's extremely rare for something like this to happen. There's been an abattoir on the site for over 100 years and I can't remember anything like this."

"Fortunately, it was all dealt with very quickly and the cow was destroyed. Nobody was injured."

A South Wales Police spokesman said: "Armed police officers were called to attend following reports of a cow having escaped from an abattoir in Maesteg.

"The animal was located in a nearby garden and destroyed."
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PostPosted: 11-07-2013 14:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vid & images at link.

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Impala leaps into tourists' car to escape cheetah at Kruger National Park
http://travel.aol.co.uk/2013/07/10/video-pictures-impala-dives-tourist-car-escapes-cheetah-kruger-national-park/?a_dgi=aolshare_facebook
By AOL Travel, Jul 10, 2013

Impala leaps into tourists' car to escape cheetah at Kruger National Park
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An impala was filmed sensationally escaping two cheetahs by leaping into a car full of tourists at Kruger National Park in South Africa. SCROLL DOWN FOR PICTURES AND VIDEO

Stunned tourists on safari watched as the terrified animal looked a second away from death when an unexpected window of opportunity appeared.

Samantha Pittendrigh, 20, filmed the impala leaping through a passenger window on her mobile phone.

"We started freaking out going crazy. We couldn't believe it - we were absolutely dumbstruck," she said.

"We had absolutely no idea what was going on.

"We watched the cheetah chasing the impala. We saw a few of them turn around in the bushes towards the road they were running from."




She added: "My family are so jealous. In all the years my parents have been going to Kruger Park they have never seen anything like it and we do go regularly.

"It really is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and we managed to be in the right place at the right time.

"I was very happy to witness something like that but I felt a sorry for the cheetah.

"There are so many impala, it is not like they will miss one of them."

But the world's fastest land-animal was not completely cheated, as one of them managed to make a kill just 20 metres along the road, according to Miss Pittendrigh.

Impala jumps into tourists' car to escape cheetah
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Father and son porcupine pair prompts Penrith warning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-23514478

The escaped porcupine is the size of a small dog

People have been warned not to "corner" two escaped porcupines - one the size of a small dog - which have escaped from an animal sanctuary in Cumbria.

The pair, a father and son, chewed their way out of an enclosure at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre in Penrith earlier.

Terry Bowes, who runs the centre, said they would run backwards and "spike" anyone who cornered them.

He said the baby's mother was waiting to be "reunited" with her family.

Mr Bowes said he believed the baby was still at the animal centre but hiding under a building.

'Small dog'
"The whole family had been at the centre for a few days and had all escaped, although the mother was recovered straight away," Mr Bowes said.

"There was a sighting this morning but I think that will have been the male which is about the size of a small dog."

"They are nocturnal animals so chances of seeing them in the day is unlikely."

The animals are not aggressive but will "spike" anyone who make them feel threatened, with quills which can be up to 12in long, Mr Bowes said.

He added: "The mother is waiting in an enclosure to be reunited with her family.

"If anyone sees them don't corner them as they will run backwards into you with their quills.

"Once it gets to dusk we will be out looking for them and we feel confident we will find them.

"They are completely vegetarian and it won't be any problem for them to find enough fodder, rooting around the English countryside - but we do expect to find them."
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PostPosted: 01-08-2013 13:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

One recaptured.

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Penrith gamekeeper finds one of two escaped porcupines
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-23530439

The elder porcupine is the size of a small dog

One of two porcupines that escaped from an animal sanctuary in Cumbria has been recaptured.

The father and son pair chewed their way out of an enclosure at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue and Conservation Centre in Penrith on Wednesday.

The elder animal was later spotted by a gamekeeper at Cliburn Moss, who then alerted staff at the centre.

Director Terry Bowes repeated a public warning that the missing six-week-old animal should not be "cornered".

The centre, which is home to about 1,200 animals, took delivery of a family of three porcupines earlier this week.

The father and son managed to get out of a temporary enclosure which was being used while a more permanent structure is built.

Mr Bowes said it was possible the baby porcupine was still within the grounds of the sanctuary, but that the public needed to be aware of the potential danger if the animal was approached and felt threatened.

He said while the animals, which feed on vegetation, are not naturally aggressive, they would "spike" anyone who made them feel threatened by running backwards into them.

Some porcupine quills can be up to 12in long.
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Escaped camels recaptured in north Dublin
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/escaped-camels-recaptured-in-north-dublin-1.1556350
Animals were spotted wandering through Charlestown area of the city

A photograph of one of the camels wandering at the side of the road in north Dublin today as seen from a passing car. Photograph/Brendan Hurley via Twitter

A photograph of one of the camels wandering at the side of the road in north Dublin today as seen from a passing car. Photograph/Brendan Hurley
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Thu, Oct 10, 2013, 15:22

A number of camels that escaped from a circus in Finglas in north Dublin earlier today have been recaptured.

The animals were spotted wandering through the Charlestown area of the city near North Rd and St Margaret’s Rd this morning, prompting AA Roadwatch to issue an alert to motorists in the area.

A short time later it issued an update stating that gardaí had recaptured the animals.
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Escaped monkey shot with stun gun in Newtownabbey
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24679048

The monkey was captured with the assistance of the Northern Ireland Fire Service

A monkey that escaped from Belfast zoo has been recaptured, after zoo staff shot it with a tranquilliser gun.

The animal fell from a tree after it was sedated by zoo staff at Gideon's Green in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

A hydraulic lift, supplied by the fire service, was used to help zoo keepers reach the monkey in the trees.

It was one of six lion-tailed macaques that escaped from the zoo on Monday. Five have now been recaptured but one monkey is still missing.

Up to 12 zoo staff arrived in Gideon's Green after the monkey was spotted up a tree on Friday afternoon.

A large crowd gathered to watch their attempts to capture the animal.

After it was shot with the tranquilliser, the monkey fell down through several branches of the tree.

Firefighters recovered the unconscious animal from one of the branches and brought it down to safety.

A hydraulic lift, supplied by the fire service, was used to help zoo keepers reach the monkey in the trees
A hydraulic lift, supplied by the fire service, was used to help zoo keepers reach the monkey
The missing macaques had been spotted several times in the north Belfast and Newtownabbey areas over recent days.

On Thursday, one of the monkeys was captured by zoo keepers in the grounds of Belfast Castle.

It tried to run before it could be sedated but one of the zoo staff caught the animal and "rugby tackled" it to the ground.

Another escaped macaque scaled a "peace line" fence outside a primary school in Newtownabbey.

It was spotted, perched on the peace line, during the school run on Thursday morning.

Children at Hazelwood Integrated primary school, on the Whitewell Road, enticed the monkey down from the fence by offering it bananas.

However, the animal took the bananas and escaped before zoo staff arrived.
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On-the-run Colchester Zoo wolf shot dead
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-25091939

One of the timber wolves in the enclosure at Colchester Zoo

A wolf that was on the run after escaping from its enclosure at an Essex zoo has been shot dead.

The animal - said to be a danger to the public - was one of five timber wolves that escaped from Colchester Zoo.

Zoo staff found the perimeter fence damaged on Tuesday morning and five of the six wolves were missing.

One returned, another was shot with a tranquiliser dart and two more were shot dead but the fifth animal escaped from the zoo grounds.

It was later spotted from a police helicopter in hedgerow just outside the perimeter fence.

An area was cordoned off and the wolf was shot dead by a member of zoo staff on Tuesday afternoon.

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In a statement, the zoo said the wolves had to be shot as they were a danger to the public.

"Unfortunately, an anaesthetic dart takes 15 minutes to take effect and may not work at all in a stressed animal so two wolves that had left the perimeter of the zoo had to be shot," she said.

"They are wild animals and in an unpredictable situation they would have posed a risk to the public.

"The remaining wolf has now been located and very sadly also had to be destroyed."

The statement said the damage to the fence of the wolf enclosure was discovered at 07:30 GMT on Tuesday.

"It is not known at this stage how the damage occurred, despite the fence being routinely checked on a daily basis," it added.

Bryony Williams left the zoo with her children after learning there was a wolf on the loose.

"It's not much fun trying to keep an eye on them (the children) and looking around. Had I been by myself it might have been an adventure."

The lower half of the zoo was closed off in response to the escape as a "precaution", the zoo said.
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Wallabies escape from private land in Clough, County Down
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-26522922

A wallaby and its joey

Wallabies, like kangaroos, are marsupials

Two wallabies have escaped from privately-owned land in County Down and police have warned the public not to approach the animals.

The adult female wallaby and her joey have been missing since Friday but police were notified on Monday.

The animals escaped from land on the Knocksticken Road outside the village of Clough.

The mother is described as just over two feet in height and her baby is white in colour.

Officers have advised residents in the area that if they see the animals they should ring police on 0845 600 8000.

Wallabies, like kangaroos, are marsupials and both species are native to Australia.

They are closely related, but adult kangaroos are larger than wallabies.

They can also be identified via their teeth, which are different as kangaroos mainly eat grass while wallabies mostly eat leaves.
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