Earth Changes


An Ice Age looms: Over 4 feet of snow hits northern Wisconsin

Winter's first blast of snow is one thing. But 4 feet?

A neighborhood in northern Wisconsin near the Michigan state line has been hit with more than four feet of snow since Monday.

According to the National Weather Service in Duluth, Minn., as of 11:30 p.m. Thursday, 50.1 inches of snow had been dumped on Gile, which is part of Montreal, Wis., in Iron County, but has its own ZIP code and post office. It's about two hours east of Duluth.

First, Gile was hit with the Arctic blast and snowstorm that moved across much of northern Wisconsin Monday. Later, lake effect snow kept piling it on.

Jay Hengtgen, owner of Burgers Bar & Grill, the only restaurant in Gile, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday that his driveway has needed plowing three times a day for the past three days.

"Looking outside right now, the snow on the one side of my building is already covering half of the bottom windows. We're going up to four feet," he said. "The initial report was 12 to 18 (inches). Then it went to 18 and 24... Then it turned into lake effect and it never quit."

Bear escape raises alarm at Servion zoo near Lausanne, Switzerland

© Servion Zoo
Operators of a zoo near Lausanne are heaving sighs of relief after a bear weighing almost 300 kilograms was safely corralled after it briefly escaped from his compound.

An alert was issued around 3pm on Wednesday at the Servion zoo in the canton of Vaud after the Syrian brown bear took advantage of an improperly closed gate to make a bolt for freedom.

"Staff asked us to stay inside the restaurant," a visitor to the zoo told the 20 Minutes newspaper afterwards.

"We had to wait there a good hour."

Number of dog attack injuries treated at Ipswich Hospital UK have significantly increased in the last 2 years

This woman was attacked by a dog in Ipswich
The number of dog attack injuries treated at Ipswich Hospital have gone up significantly over the last two years, according to new statistics.

The data, which was released under a freedom of information request, shows there has been a year-on-year increase from 2007 to 2013 - with the biggest leaps seen over the last two years.

In 2007, 138 injuries were treated at Ipswich Hospital, compared to 241 last year and 229 until the end of September this year. 
The biggest increase was from 168 in 2012 to 241 in 2013.

Experts have claimed the number of attacks is likely to rise due to increasing dog ownership and also blamed owners who mismanage their pets.

Sarah Connell, 55, a dog trainer from Best Buddies Dog Training in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, said: "From my point of view it may be caused by mismanagement. If people get to know their dogs and learn to understand their body language, it may not happen so much, because it depends on the dog's background as well.

Comment: See also: Thousands treated for animal bites in Cumbria as pets turn nasty, UK

Modesto, California: Vicious dogs roaming streets, chasing people and trapping them inside homes

Nine people killed by feral dog attacks in Rumbek, Sudan

Complaints about delinquent dogs at record level in the Highlands, Scotland

Indore reports at least 50 dog bite cases daily, India

UK: 300 per cent rise in the number of dogs attacks in Stevenage since January

'Out of control' dog reports increase in Midlothian, Scotland

Dog attacks surging in Yarra Ranges, Australia

SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Global canine insurrection? Another week of savage dog attack reports


Dog killed and owner injured in coyote attack in Mississauga, Canada

Maggie Kubat poses with her Yorkshire Terrier Gucci, who was killed by a suspected coyote in Mississauga on Friday (Nov. 6). The photo of the coyote is a file photo from the Mississauga News and not the coyote suspected of the attack
Another family dog was attacked and killed in Mississauga during another suspected coyote attack last Friday (Nov.7) - this time just a few feet from its owner and while on a leash.

This latest attack comes on the heels of a string of unusual attacks across the GTA that have resulted in the deaths of two small dogs in Mississauga and injuries to two people who were bitten in a Brampton neighbourhood in a matter of weeks

Rafal Kubat was walking his family's two dogs on the sidewalk near their home at Westbridge Way and Financial Drive at around 9 p.m. Friday night when an animal believed to be a coyote charged at him and mauled and ran off with Gucci, one of the family's two Yorkshire Terriers.

Kubat did his best to get the dogs - both of whom were on leashes - out of harm's way, but was knocked down in the attack. He tore his ACL and now requires surgery

Comment: It seems that these 'rare' coyote attacks on dogs are becoming increasingly common, of late. See also: More 'rare' urban coyote attacks on Indiana dogs

Dozens of pets killed by coyotes in College Park, Florida

Coyotes killing pets in Seal Beach, California

Spike in coyote attacks on animal pets in Claremont, California

Woman and dogs attacked by coyote in front of her Kilworthy home, Ontario

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.1 - 156km NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia

Kota Ternate Quake_151114
Event Time
2014-11-15 02:31:40 UTC
2014-11-15 10:31:40 UTC+08:00 at epicenter

1.928°N 126.547°E depth=35.0km (21.7mi)

Nearby Cities
156km (97mi) NW of Kota Ternate, Indonesia
156km (97mi) NW of Ternate, Indonesia
160km (99mi) ENE of Bitung, Indonesia
164km (102mi) W of Tobelo, Indonesia
1064km (661mi) SW of Koror Town, Palau

Scientific Data

Senior citizen killed by elephant in India

A senior citizen was killed by an elephant in Hulaginakoppa village in Kalghatagi taluk of Dharwad district on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Ramappa Tadas (75), resident of the same village. Sources said Ramappa had taken his cattle for grazing and sighted movement in a nearby sugarcane field.

Mistaking it for a buffalo, he tried to chase it away, but the elephant trampled him instead.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sabakath Hussain told The Hindu that the incident took place at around 5.30 p.m. Officials of the Department of Forests rushed to the spot and chased the elephant into the nearby forests.

Elephant tramples man to death in India

A 52-year-old man was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Pathiri South forest under the Chethalayath range of the South Wayanad Forest Division on Tuesday night.

The deceased was identified as Joy, from Thadathil at Karyampathi, near Pulpally.

Range officer P. Ranjithkumar said a herd of elephants chased Joy and his friend Chandran of Karyampathi tribal colony when they were collecting firewood from the forest. While Joy was trampled to death by an elephant, Chandran managed to escape.

The body was found in a search by forest officials and villagers on Wednesday.

Joy is survived by wife Lilly and two children.

Millions of ladybirds invade Romanian town

A wing and a nightmare: Residents have resorted to sweeping the bugs up with brooms
Millions on the insects settled on the town overnight, with experts blaming a rise in the number of greenflies - ladybird's favourite food

This creepy footage of a plague of ladybirds swarming through a town is guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

Millions of the winged insects settled on the town of Lipova, in western Romania, overnight.

Residents have had to seal up their homes to stop swarms of the bugs taking them over.

And despite attempts by town hall officials to control the invasion with pesticides, the determined bugs - members of the beetle family - keep coming in waves.


Riddle of 4 cetacean deaths in 2 weeks on Almería coast, Spain

Marine life volunteers inspecting the dead fin whale that was found offshore near Retamar last week
The recent deaths of two dolphins and two whales on the Almería coast have raised questions about their possible causes, as they came just days after naval exercises were carried out in the same area.

The first of the strandings was that of a Pilot whale in Balerma, El Ejido, the last week of October, followed by the discovery of a decomposed dolphin washed up on a beach in Cuevas del Almanzora.

The body of a 20-metre long Fin whale was spotted in the waters off Retamar a few days later and then a Striped dolphin was found stranded on a remote beach in Cabo de Gata. The latter died only moments after the arrival on the scene of members of Equinac, the non-governmental organization responsible for marine animals in the province.

CA news spoke to Alexander Sánchez, biologist with Equinac. He said naval exercises in the area "have been known to cause harm to cetaceans in the past" in reference to four Cuvier's beaked whales that were washed ashore in 2006 on the beaches of Garrucha, Mojacar and Villaricos.

2-year-old boy mauled to death and eaten by pig after crawling into its pen, China

A toddler in China was mauled to death and partially eaten by a pig after crawling into the animal's pen.

The two-year-old Wei Tsao, known affectionately as Keke, was playing in the garden of his parents' house, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, when they decided to step away for a moment.

The toddler then crawled into the pig pen where the protective sow mauled him to death in an attempt to protect her newborn piglets.