Dog kills 3 year old boy in Lawton, Oklahoma


Jordan "Jo Jo" Collins-Tyson
Lawton police identified a 3-year-old boy killed Sunday in a dog attack.

Capt. Craig Akard, LPD information officer, said the boy Jordan "Jo Jo" Collins-Tyson was killed by a pit bull. Collins was bitten in the neck and killed.

Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Southwest 17th Street around 9 a.m. on the report of the dog attack, Akard said. The boy was found in the backyard of a home along with the dog.

"When officers arrived the dog was aggressive toward them and had to be shot," Akard said. "The dog was taken by Animal Control and the child transported to the hospital."

Akard said the boy was being baby sat by a family friend and was seen playing in the backyard. She reported looking out of the window later and not seeing the boy, then looked out the back door and saw Collins laying on the ground, he said. The babysitter called for help and neighbors came to assist.


Sperm whale carcass found off Campbell's Beach, Australia

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Coffs Harbour Water Police watch on as sharks feed on a sperm whale carcass off the Coffs Coast.

A sperm whale carcass that is floating precariously close to Coffs Coast beaches may pose a safety hazard with police spotting large sharks feeding on the dead mammal.

The whale was identified as a six metre long sperm whale by Coffs Harbour Water Police this afternoon.

Rising almost two metres out of the water the whale carcass is currently about 800 metres east of Campbells Beach having floated in past Split Solitary Island this morning.

"There is an obvious danger as there are sharks underneath it, we saw four or five sharks feeding off it - two tiger sharks and a great white, varying in size from two metres to four metres in length," Water Police Sergeant Don Stewart said.

"It's a dead sperm whale that has floated in from only heavens knows where."

The whale carcass is visible from Sapphire Beach and police are monitoring its movement.


Deadly Portuguese man o' war washing ashore in New Jersey

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Portuguese man o' war
As officials at North Carolina beaches contend with a string of shark attacks off the state's coast, those in New Jersey have been dealing with an oceanic problem all their own: potentially deadly Portuguese man 'o wars steadily washing ashore.

The strange yet striking animal may look like some kind of jellyfish, but the man o' war is in a different class altogether. Its poisonous tentacles can easily grow to between 10 and 30 feet, and can sometimes reach an astonishing length of 160 feet. The creature is often seen sporting blue and purple colors and has a translucent body that looks like it's filled with air.

Although the man o' war typically populates warm waters in tropical oceans, coasting along the surface of the water and catching small prey with its tendrils, ocean currents and strong winds can sometimes lead it into less expected places, such as the Jersey Shore.

"Typically in the Northeast, we see these animals periodically in the summer, when they are successfully carried north by the Gulf Stream current," Matthew Landau, a professor of Marine Science at Stockton University, told AccuWeather. "Sometimes the currents move these animals into temperate seas when the winds drive them toward coastlines."

The animal has already been spotted at least two dozen times in the stretch between Long Beach Island and Stone Harbor, local WPVI reported. That's a stretch of close to 70 miles.

Bizarro Earth

Nanjing city mobilizes animals in predicting earthquakes

This combo photo shows pigs and chickens used to help forecast earthquake at a breeding base of a zoo.
Nanjing city in East China's Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks.

Seven more such sites will be built this year, including one at the breeding base of a zoo, local newspaper Modern Express reported.

At Banqiao ecological park, approximately 40 minutes drive from the city, the behavior of around 200 pigs, 2000 chickens, and fish in a 15-hectare pond is also closely monitored to detect signals of an earthquake.

Breeders here create daily reports regarding animal behavior for Nanjing's seismological departments using popular instant messaging software QQ.


Plants react to the sound of being eaten alive

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That's the sound of a caterpillar chewing on a leaf. But the real surprise is what happens next: the plant reacts to the noise by churning out chemicals that repel predators.

The discovery was made in 2014, by researchers Heidi Appel and Rex Cocroft from the University of Missouri.

It's been known for a while that sounds can affect the way plants germinate, and the expression of some of their genes, says Appel. "But just why plants were sensitive to airborne sound was a mystery".

Self-preservation is as good an evolutionary strategy as you get, so the pair set out to test whether plants were able to respond to the miniscule vibrations caused by having their leaves chewed.


Dozens of gulls found dead on road in Kuna, Idaho

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Dead gulls near South Cole Road showed no signs of physical injury, according to reader Susan Carlson, who came across them Saturday.
Evin Oneale, regional conservation educator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said residents have reported the dead songbirds for a couple of weeks now. It's unclear how many total birds have died.

The birds found dead show no signs of physical injury and were not sickened by plague
, Oneale said. Rather, he said, it appears to be a specific type of pathogen that has yet to be determined.

Kuna resident Susan Carlson was driving on South Cole Road on June 27 when she came upon dozens of birds in the road near the intersection of Barker Road.

"I was just very disturbed by what I saw,"
Carlson said.


Strange animal behaviour; dolphin leaps into boat, breaks woman's ankles off Dana Point, California

For a few moments, it was pure bliss as dolphins swam alongside the Frickman family's small boat, leaping toward the sky and doing flips.

The Frickman family had been enjoying a sunny afternoon June 21 - the first day of summer, Father's Day and also Dirk and Chrissie Frickman's 18th wedding anniversary - when they came across the pod of dolphins as they were heading back to the Dana Point Harbor.

Tristan, 12, and Courtney, 16, edged toward the bow of the 21-foot Boston Whaler as the dolphins swam along their boat. The entire family was cheering.

That's when the pleasant afternoon turned to pure chaos. A dolphin leaped out of the water, hit the rail of their boat and flopped right inside with the family.

At first, it might have resembled a wacky Sea World trick, or a fun Flipper moment.

Red Flag

Farmer killed after vicious attack by swarm of bees


It was a regular Sunday for Rogerio Zuniga, a third generation farmer in the small community of Lozano, according to his sister Lisa Zuniga.

He was plowing the field on his tractor before hitting an irrigation pipe filled with hundreds of bees. "He got off the tractor and ran and apparently they caught up to him and he collapsed, and they stung his body to death," Lisa Zuniga said.

Family members saw his stalled tractor and ran to look for him, but by the time they found him through the tall, thick brush, it was too late. "He had gaping wounds, the bees shredded him basically. It was horrible," Lisa Zuniga said.

Family members and neighbors told Action 4 News they now fear for their own safety after hearing about the fatal incident.


7th shark attack reported off NC coast this summer, victim transported to hospital

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Another shark attack was reported on Wednesday off the coast of North Carolina, according to officials. The shark attack happened on Ocracoke Island in the Outer Banks, according to Hyde County EMS. A lifeguard called 911, according to an emergency worker. The victim was taken out of the water and airlifted to a nearby hospital. There is no word on the victim's condition.

Hyde County tweeted a statement, saying "a person swimming at the NPS day use area on Ocracoke sustained a bite from marine life" and the incident is still being investigated. Wednesday's attack marks the seventh incident on North Carolina beaches in June and July. Last year, there were only four reported in the state through the summer.

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1,255 wild animals found dead after floods in Bhanvnagar, India

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A lioness takes her cub to a safer place after heavy rainfall caused floods at forest in Amreli on Saturday.
The forest officials have recovered carcasses of 1,255 wild animals including four lions and 1,225 blue bulls and 14 chittals from three talukas of Bhanvnagar district. These animals had swept away in river Shetrunji during flash floods last week.

Following a massive search and rescue operation, the Bhavnagar forest department on Tuesday issued a statement giving the details of the wild animal that died in the floods.

"Our 30 teams searched for wild animals dead or alive in mud filled water and muck for one week. We found bodies of total 1255 wild animals including four Asiatic lions which had swept away in flood waters and reached down-stream of Shetrunji River in Bhavnagar area," G S Singh, deputy conservator of forests, Bhavnagar, told TOI.

Singh said that the bodies were found from Palitana, Gariyadhar and Talaja talukas of Bhavnagar.