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Four in hospital, including a child, after dog attack in Manchester, UK

The incident happened in Manchester involving what's thought to be an American Bulldog, like the one here (NOT the actual dog)
Four people are in hospital after being attacked by a dog in north Manchester.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the American Bulldog is still trapped inside the house, and police are at the scene.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said officers were called to Bluestone Road in Moston just before 1pm to reports that a dog had attacked four people.

The victims' ages are unknown but it's believed at least one was a child.

Police have said that the dog is an 'American Bulldog-type' animal. The American Bulldog is not a banned breed under the Dangerous Dogs Act - and is not to be confused with the American Pit Bull Terrier, which IS banned.


Woman in critical condition after pit bull attack in Rochester, New York

A woman is fighting for her life after police say she was mauled by a dog Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to Rockview Terrace just after 1 a.m. for the report of a pit bull attack. At the scene, police say they found 33-year-old Mariah Schaffer being attacked by the dog. Investigators tell News10NBC Schaffer was on the ground and unclothed.

Police were forced to fire on the dog to save the woman's life. Deputy Chief Scott Peters says the dog owner, Jamie Cruz, was trying to stop the attack with verbal commands, but the dog was "uncontrollable." The dog's owner told officers to shoot the pit bull

"The animal was actively attacking the female by biting and chewing various areas of her body," said Deputy Chief Peters.


Great white shark attacks surfer off Booti Booti, Australia

A 65-year-old man who was bitten by a great white shark while he was surfing on New South Wales' Mid North Coast is "quite happy" and in stable condition.

A 65-year-old man who was bitten by a shark while he was surfing on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales is "quite happy" and in stable condition.

Police said the man was attacked just off Booti Booti after 9:00am, by a shark later confirmed to be a great white.

He managed to swim to shore and contacted emergency services.

He was treated for puncture wounds to his arm and leg and airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in stable condition.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) said its assessment confirmed a great white shark was responsible for the attack.

Graham Nickerson, from the Westpac Rescue Service, said the victim was in good spirits despite his ordeal.

The man was in good spirits as he was airlifted to hospital.

Snowflake Cold

Coldest November for the Netherlands since 1998

© Johan Neven / Wikimedia Commons
This month was the coldest November the Netherlands had since 1998. The average temperature for November, measured at De Bilt, came down to 5.5 degrees. On 12 days the minimum temperature dropped below zero, according to meteorological institute KNMI.

The hottest it was this month was in Westdorpe in Zeeland, where the maximum temperature was 15.2 degrees on November 1st. Despite the low temperatures, this November was quite sunny. There was about 85 hours of sunshine, compared to the November average of around 63 hours.

According to Weerplaza, this autumn is full of extremes. Temperatures in the Netherlands went from 33 degrees to -7 degrees in three months.

Snowflake Cold

Frigid air mass building in Alaska, poised to descend into lower 48 next week

Alaska is witnessing its coldest air in almost two years, and some of the biting chill is forecast to plunge into the western United States in about a week's time.

In Fairbanks on Tuesday morning, the temperature tanked to minus-31 degrees, ending a 624-day stretch in which it was warmer than that — the second longest on record. Tuesday afternoon, the mercury only recovered to minus-21, ending a record-long 658-day stretch with highs above minus-10.

It was even colder in Bettles, Alaska, on Tuesday, where the temperature dropped to minus-41 with a bone-chilling wind chill of minus-53.

Statewide, it was the first time Alaska's daily temperature index was significantly below normal in almost a year.

Comment: From Paul Dorian at Vencore Weather:


Huge waterspout touches down near Destin, Florida

A photo of a waterspout, taken by Mark Hinds and sent to Panama City meteorologist Chris Smith, hit near Destin Wednesday morning.

While parts of northern Florida are under tornado watch until 5 p.m. local time, a waterspout touched down near Destin on Wednesday morning.

About 11 a.m., according to Northwest Florida Daily News, the waterspout formed and grazed the coast for several miles.

Locals took video from balconies and cars as what they thought was a tornado made its way around the Choctawhatchee Bay.


Masked wagtail bird from Asia found in the UK for the first time

© Athena
The masked wagtail has attracted birdwatchers from all over Britain
Birdwatchers from all over Britain have turned up in a tiny Welsh village to see the first recorded visit of a masked wagtail.

The species is normally found in Kazakhstan, Iran and Afghanistan but may have been brought here by the icy temperatures.

It was spotted on the roof of a semi-detached house in Camrose, Pembrokeshire, but local birdwatchers were unable to identify it.

An expert arrived and the bird was confirmed as the masked wagtail which has never been seen before in the British Isles.

More than 40 twitchers drove through the night and slept in their cars to get the first glimpse of the bird seen flying between chimney pots in the village.

Comment: See also: 4 birds from Siberia seen in the UK for the first time; an unprecedented influx of 59 in northern Europe


What killed up to 300 red-winged blackbirds in Cumberland County, New Jersey?

Hundreds of Red-Wing Blackbirds were found dead in Stow Creek. Officials are trying to determine what might have killed them.
Authorities are still investigating what killed an estimated 200 to 300 red-winged blackbirds in this rural township.

The dead birds were found near Frank Davis Road on Nov. 22, according to Cumberland County Department of Health Director Megan Sheppard.

The were found on the road, in farm fields and in wooded areas. Some of the dead birds were also found on some nearby roadways.

There has been no cause yet determined as to what killed them.

As for humans, Sheppard says there appears to be no threat.

"Not at this time, we don't have any concerns," she said Wednesday, noting no unusual illness has been reported in humans or pets in the area.


Baby and toddler attacked by dog in Brunswick, Georgia

A toddler and a baby were injured in a dog attack at a Brunswick apartment complex last Wednesday, authorities say.

When police arrived on scene, they found a woman lying prone in an open doorway, cradling her 2-year-old great-grandchild from a pit bull as it fought to get at the child, a police report says.

Police approached the woman, who was reportedly crying out, 'Shoot it! Shoot it!,' and the dog started toward the officers.

After attempting to spray the dog to subdue it, one officer pulled out his stun gun and tried to use that on the brown pit bull - but nothing worked, police reports show.

As the dog advanced toward the officers, one officer was able to get the woman out of the doorway and away from the animal.

At that point, officers discovered she was cradling a 2-year-old. It was at that point they discovered she was cradling a 2-year-old. Police say the child had a large gash across his or her forehead, a chunk of flesh missing from his or her chin and multiple other bite marks.


Last remaining dugong in the Gulf of Thailand found dead

© Seub Nakasathain Foundation
A male dugong, believed to be the only remaning dugong in the Gulf of Thailand, was found dead in the sea of Rayong province last week, according to today's report.

The dead dugong was found on Nov. 25, only two days after a dead bruda whale was found near the Lamchabang Pier in Chonburi.

The male dugong was bruised and bloody along his body, indicating a collision before death, according to Marine and Coastal Resources Research and Development Center of the Eastern Gulf of Thailand.

The research center revealed that there were previously a couple of dugongs living along the coast of Rayong to Chanthaburi. Last year, there was a rumor that one of them was dead and sold on the black market. Therefore, this means the dead dugong found last week could have been the last one on the eastern coast.

Polluted oceans endanger their lives but dugongs are also hunted for their bones, which are used to make amulets, just like elephant ivory and rhino snout.