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Thousands of dead crabs wash up at Port Monmouth, New Jersey

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Thousands of dead crabs have washed ashore at the Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Thousands of dead crabs have washed up at the Bayshore Waterfront Park in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.

Visitors to the park say the crabs were found all along the coastline, as well as in the water, and that the smell from the crabs baking in the hot sun was unbearable.

"When we were trying to go swimming, they'd come up and hit your legs," says visitor Brooke Zimmerman. "It's gross."

Fishermen tell News 12 New Jersey that the crabs are spider crabs, which are commonly found in the Raritan Bay.

Some of what was found along the coast are the shells shed by crabs during the last full moon, which is a normal process, according to a Monmouth County park ranger.

A spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says dead crabs washed up in the area two weeks ago as well. The department is looking into the cause of the deaths.

Sheeple

Extreme cold weather conditions culminate in abnormal livestock losses in New South Wales, Australia

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Lambs abound on Bindi Murray's property at Woodanilling
Extreme cold weather conditions in southern New South Wales last week created a perfect storm of unfortunate events for some sheep producers, culminating in some significant livestock losses.

The Department of Primary Industries, at the Cowra Research Station, is conducting autopsies on an abnormally high number of lambs from its commercial lambing flock.

The national average for lambing mortality is 10 per cent in ewes with single lambs and 20 per cent for twins.

But researcher, Dr Gordon Refshauge, said the mortality rate in this instance is almost 40 per cent.

He said he had never seen a situation like it.

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Monkey enters house and bites boy, 11th simian attack within a week in Panchkula, India

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Victims Anita Dhiman and Tejas Rathi show monkey bite marks in Sector 25, Panchkula.
Expectant woman among 11 attacked in Sector 25 in a week

Seven-year-old Tejas, a resident of Sector 25, was sitting inside his room and having his meal when a monkey entered from the rear door and attacked him. Tejas was bitten on his left leg.

Residents of Sector 25 are living in constant fear of monkeys, who have attacked them even inside their houses. Eleven persons, including an expectant woman, have fallen prey to the simian menace in the past one week.

Sudha, a housewife and local resident, was bitten thrice on her leg by monkeys in one go while she was in her house with her mother-in-law. The monkeys entered from the rear door, which the victims had left open. In another incident, a college girl was attacked at her place. "My younger daughter, Hita, was bitten by a monkey at home. She suffered bites on her leg," said the victim's father, Sudhir Dhiman.

Wolf

North Charleston woman in ICU after husband's dog rips off her arm

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A North Charleston man's pit bull attacked his wife Sunday and tore her arm off.

Katherine Rizk, 48, of Ayscough Road, is "not doing well" after her arm was amputated from the elbow down, according to her husband Mahmoud Rizk. She remains in the intensive care unit at Medical University Hospital.

"It's been awful," the 30-year-old said. "She's devastated, very upset and she's in shock."

The dog, named Tiger, was euthanized Monday by the Charleston Animal Society after Rizk voluntarily surrendered him, according to a police report. The organization declined to comment about the incident.

Rizk said he had Tiger for three years, since he was a puppy, and that the pet had never been aggressive before. He said Tiger had been on a golf course earlier Sunday and was cut, and speculated the dog snapped after his wife pressed on the wound while petting him.

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Woman survives black bear attack near Timmins, Canada

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A black bear is pictured in a May 27, 2012 file photo.
A 60-year-old woman from Guelph was released from hospital following a bear attack on Friday at Watabeag Lake near Timmins, ON.

Ontario Provincial Police say two women were walking in an area where there were cottages when they ran into the bear.

Police say the bear attacked one of the women and she was treated at a hospital in the Matheson-area but was later released.

The OPP say officers located the bear and killed the animal because it displayed aggressive tendencies toward them.

Black Cat

Only 100 tigers remain in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans forest

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A rescued tiger leaps into a river after being released from a cage in the Sunderbans on the border of India and Bangladesh.
Only around 100 tigers remain in Bangladesh's famed Sundarbans forest, far fewer of the endangered animals than previously thought, according to a census.

Some 440 tigers were recorded during the previous census in 2004 in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest and one of the last remaining habitats for the big cats.

But experts said better methodology was the reason for the huge drop in the numbers, saying hidden cameras used this time around, rather than pugmarks, gave a much more accurate figure.

Tapan Kumar Dey, the government's wildlife conservator, said analysis of camera footage from the year-long survey that ended in April found numbers ranged between 83 and 130, giving an average of 106.


"So plus or minus we have around 106 tigers in our parts of the Sundarbans. It's a more accurate figure," Dey told Agence France-Presse about the survey, which has not yet been publicly released.

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16-foot dead Beaked whale found on Guam shore

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Another beaked whale washed up on the Southern part of the island...this time, a 16-footer.
Guam Department of Agriculture Fisheries Biologist Brent Tibbatts says the whale was found beached at the Agat Marina yesterday morning. Tibbatts says, "It was first reported Sunday morning, just washed up north of the channel of Agat Marina. Overnight, the waves have moved it to the south side of the channel."

Earlier today, Tibbatts and his team were able to examine the mammal and gather tissue samples to send off to a lab in Hawaii for analysis. When the results come back, Tibbatt says, that's when they'll figure out the cause of death, what population the whale belongs to, and if the whale had any disease or contaminants.

He says, "While we were out there today, the whale has been scraped on the coral and is bleeding a fair amount."

Tibbatts says this is the third deceased whale found on island this year, which he says is more than the number of mammals that wash ashore in a typical year.

Eye 2

Portents and signs: Cops nab 3 poachers with two-headed snake in India

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A rare "two-headed" snake was seized from three poachers near the Sonali bridge in Roorkee area of Haridwar district on Thursday. A whopping sum of Rs 17.49 lakh was also seized from the trio.

Over the past few days, Haridwar police had received several inputs regarding the sale and purchase of two-headed snakes in the district. A police team of Roorkee was constituted to crack the case and working on the inputs, they came to know that four persons were coming to Sonali bridge in the area to purchase a rare snake.

When the police team arrived at the spot, it saw four persons standing at the stipulated location.

"Soon two others, including one who held a white bucket in his hand, arrived on the scene. He took out the snake and showed it to the four standing there and a deal was finalized for Rs 20 lakh," said SSP, Haridwar, Sweety Agarwal.

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Portents and signs: Two-headed pig born in Raeford, North Carolina

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A two-headed pig born in Raeford
Check this out: A two-headed pig.

William McArn went to check on the pigs that were delivered Monday night when he found this little guy.

He had four eyes, two ears, two snouts, and four legs.

The family said they have never seen anything like it before.

Unfortunately, the pig died soon after he was born.

Attention

Rare bright orange lobster caught in the Gulf of Maine

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Bill Coppersmith of Windham holds a normal looking lobster next to a bright orange lobster that he caught while fishing in deepwater canyons in the Gulf of Maine with his steersman Brian Skillings.
Bill Coppersmith caught a bright orange lobster Wednesday, and in 1997 his catch included an albino.

When it comes to catching "one in several million" lobsters, Bill Coppersmith's score is 2.

While fishing in deep-water canyons in the Gulf of Maine with his sternman Brian Skillings on Wednesday, Coppersmith caught a rare bright orange lobster. He named the colorful lobster "Captain Eli" after his 4-year-old grandson.

Robert Bayer, executive director of The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, says it's difficult to arrive at an exact number on the odds of an orange lobster.