Earth Changes


Weird green 'eggs' wash up on Sydney beach

Green Balls
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Roxy Rogan of Allambie checking out the balls.
Hundreds of unidentified floating objects have washed up on Dee Why Beach, causing locals to ask whether the green, furry balls are alien eggs, Japanese moss balls or some kind of tennis nightmare.

Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club patrol member Rae-Maree Hutton said she came across the unusual sight on her morning walk.

"I didn't want to touch one because you never know what can sting you on the beach, but I did poke it with my toes and it's squishy, like a sponge," Ms Hutton.

Six-legged calf born in Shandong, China

Leggy: The youngster emerged on a farm in Shandong with four normal legs and two more growing from its neck.
* The calf was born with two extra legs sprouting from its neck, making six

* It was born at farm belonging to farmer Zhang Gongxun in Shandong, China

* He says the calf cannot use extra limbs but doesn't seem bothered by them

* Vets say its NOT down to pollution but absorbed its own twin inside womb

When farmer Zhang Gongxun delivered this deformed calf, he knew the story would have legs in the Chinese media ... and indeed it ran and ran.

That's because the baby cow in question was born not with four limbs, but with six.

As well its usual hind and forequarters a cow should have, the animal managed to sprout an extra two from its neck while in its mother's womb.

Zhang, from Shandong, China, said: 'I've raised the mother for five years and seen her through four births and I've never seen anything like this before.'

Liverpool woman mauled to death by her pet dog, UK

Staffordshire bull terrier
Residents in Old Swan shocked over death of Louise Caygill

The neighbour of a Liverpool woman who was mauled to death by her pet dog told of how she feared she had heard the victim's fight for life against the raging animal.

Louise Caygill was found dead at her home on Macqueen Street in Old Swan on Sunday morning after her Staffordshire bull terrier had attacked her.

A close friend is understood to have reported their concerns for her safety at 10.46am on Sunday July 20.

The police turned up at the scene and found the 43-year-old dead in her bloodied kitchen.

But shocked neighbours believe that the dog killed her days earlier, just weeks after another attack by the dog.

The neighbour, who didn't want to be named, told the ECHO: "She was always making noise over the dog and it was always barking at her.

Second pet dog attack on a woman owner in Liverpool house within 2 months, UK

A couple in their late 20s were taken to Royal Liverpool Hospital after their dog turned savage and left the woman with serious injuries

A woman suffered a serious leg injury when she was mauled by her dog in Liverpool.

Paramedics and police were called to a house in Binns Road, Old Swan, in the early hours of this morning.

It is understood the Staffordshire Bull Terrier pounced following a domestic argument between a couple living in the house.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "On arrival patrols found a 29-year-old woman being treated for a bite wound to her lower leg and a 27-year-old man for an injury to his hand.

Couple released on bail over death of 11-month-old girl following dog attack in Blackburn, UK

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Ava-Jane Corless, pictured on her mother's knee, was mauled to death at a house in Blackburn.
Chloe King, mother of baby killed by pit bull terrier-type, and partner Lee Wright were being held on suspicion of manslaughter

A couple arrested over the death of an 11-month-old girl killed by an allegedly banned dog have been released on bail.

Ava-Jayne Corless was asleep in bed at a house in Blackburn on Monday night when she was savaged by the pit bull terrier.

The girl's mother, Chloe King, 20, and her partner, Lee Wright, 26, were held on suspicion of manslaughter.

Lancashire police said: "The two people arrested in connection with the death of Ava-Jayne Corless at Blackburn have both been released on bail pending further inquiries."

Police and ambulance staff tried to resuscitate Ava-Jayne at the address in Emily Street but she was pronounced dead at Royal Blackburn hospital a short time later.

Police said the dog, which was destroyed after the attack, had been identified by experts as a pit bull terrier-type that people are prohibited from owning under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991. Locals claim to have made previous complaints to police about the dog's behaviour.

Family dog seized after baby's death in Wales

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The family dog is an Alaskan Malamute
Baby girl Eliza-Mae Mullane from Wales was just six-days-old

A baby girl who died after a suspected attack by the family dog was just six days old and had only returned home from hospital three days before.

Eliza-Mae Mullane died at the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff after emergency services were called to a home in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, Mid Wales.

The tragic infant had only just returned home after spending three days in intensive care in hospital after being born last week.

A neighbour told how her frantic mother Sharon John, 42, came running to her house screaming after her daughter was found dead next to their pet dog Nisha.

Patricia Punter, 70, said: "She was in a hell of a state and couldn't stop crying. She almost fainted when she told me what had happened."

'Out of control' dog put down after attacking owner in Inverness, Scotland

A dog described by Highland police as "dangerously out of control" had to be put down after turning on its owner in an incident which forced the closure of a busy city road.

The drama unfolded in Inverness around noon today.

Police said the 51-year-old male, who has not been named, suffered injuries to both arms following the incident on Sir Walter Scott Drive.

The man was taken to hospital after the attack by his dog, whch is understood to be a mixed breed Staffordshire bull terrier/American Bulldog.

Police said the man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. He was treated at nearby Raigmore Hospital.

In the interests of public safety, Sir Walter Scott Drive was closed for approximately 30 minutes whilst veterinary assistance was hailed.

Baboon savagely attacks praying woman in Zimbabwe

Brandina Lipinga, a female member of the Johanne Masowe eChishanu, was last week rushed to hospital after she was savagely attacked by a lone baboon while praying in a bushy area in Kariba town.

Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) spokesperson Caroline Washaya-Moyo confirmed the incident yesterday.

"Zimparks confirms that a woman in her late twenties was indeed attacked by a baboon while praying and she sustained a deep cut on the left arm," Washaya-Moyo said.

"The incident happened outside the parks estate. The authority visited the site and is currently holding awareness campaign programmes discouraging people from using secluded areas and to also move in groups. Investigations are continuing with the aim of isolating the baboon which attacked the woman."

Residents said Lipinga was admitted at Kariba District Hospital after the attack.
Bizarro Earth

Researchers: 'Biggest volcanic eruption in last 500 years' devastated Europe's climate

Man and frozen crops
The Cold Summer of 1816
Scientists have long believed that the 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption could not, alone, have been responsible for the drastic climate change in 1816, nicknamed "Year Without a Summer" and "Eighteen-Hundred-and-Frozen-to-Death." Now, joint research by scientists and historians at the Cabot Institute believe they have pinpointed the date of what is called, in the scientific literature, the "Unknown eruption."

The global climate changes that accompanied these two eruptions created an unseasonably cold winter, which led to massive crop failure and a famine across both Europe and North America. These extreme conditions are also thought by scholars to have inspired literary works like Lord Byron's "Darkness," as well as the ice-framed narrative of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein.

According to Caroline Williams, of the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and Alvaro Guevara-Murua, a doctoral student in the School of Earth Sciences, and Erica Hendry, a professor in the same, the "Unknown eruption" likely occurred in South America sometime between mid-December 1808 and mid-February 1809.
Cold Europe

Comment: The large amount of volcanic debris swirling around in the air during the year 1816 resulted in extensive agricultural failure and mass migrations, giving insight as to what might happen when humanity is faced with an atmosphere shielding event such as an asteroid collision, a chain of strong volcanic eruptions, comet debris or a nuclear winter in the near future.

An estimated 80,000 people died. Prices for staple foods like corn and grain skyrocketed and oats escalated to eight times their normal price, leading to a sell-off of livestock and bread made from straw and sawdust. Should similar circumstances repeat themselves, today's sun gazers may not be as prepared to adapt as those who lived in 1816...nor may we be as lucky.

Did you catch the references to the human activity during this period of extreme weather...wars and independence, diverted attention...Human-Cosmic connection?

To fully understand the various additional factors that are influencing our climate, read Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection.


Man gets arm 'ripped off' by his two American bulldogs in High Pittington, United Kingdom

A man is in a serious condition after being mauled in the street by his own American bulldogs (file image)
* Man mauled by his American bulldogs in High Pittington, County Durham

* Eyewitness has claimed the attack was so bad the man's arm was 'torn off'

* Bystanders tried to make the dogs stop by attacking them with golf clubs

* The 47-year-old is in a serious condition in hospital after attack last night

* One dog was destroyed by a police marksman after it was found nearby

* The other was contained at the scene and has been taken in to kennels

* American bulldog not on list of breeds banned under Dangerous Dogs Act

A dog owner screamed for help as two of his American bulldogs mauled him so badly his arm was 'torn off', an eyewitness has claimed.

Brave bystanders tried to make the dogs stop by attacking them with golf clubs and garden tools before the pets eventually ran from the scene in Pittington, County Durham.

People living nearby were terrified until one dog was shot dead by police and the other was caught. The search operation last night involved the force helicopter and armed officers.