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Kangaroo attacks man and kills family dog in Melbourne, Australia

Eastern grey kangaroo
A man has been injured and a beloved family dog killed after a kangaroo jumped over a fence into the backyard of a Melbourne home.

Gloria Lewis and her family woke on Saturday morning to the sound of her Husky crying in the backyard of her Keilor residence.

After rushing downstairs, Ms Lewis found a two-metre tall eastern grey kangaroo attacking her other dog, a Pomeranian named Monty.

In an attempt to save her dog, Ms Lewis called police and Wildlife Victoria for advice.

"Wildlife Victoria recommended we make loud noises with objects to distract the animal and send a photo to rangers," Ms Lewis told 9NEWS.

"Even after an hour, no-one came."

Comment: See also these reports from the recent past:


Dogs attacks soar by 50% in 10 years for Scotland

Heart can reveal the number of Scottish people needing hospital treatment for dog attacks has soared by 50% in the past 10 years - with children the most likely to be mauled.

Figures we have exclusively obtained show Glasgow was the area with the highest rate of attacks, and Orkney the least.

More than 55,093 people attended Scottish accident and emergency departments for bites and strikes from dogs between 2006 and 2015.

6,061 victims visited medical staff in 2015 - up from 4,053 in the corresponding period ten years ago, according Freedom of Information data from all health boards in Scotland.

Of the total injured, 5,899 were children under nine.

Hundreds of bites were to the face but most injuries were to the hands, arms, legs or feet.


Moose freezing to death due to global warming!

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Male moose, Superior National Forest, Minnesota, USA.
Tragic news about moose today — the climate used to be the same for 65 million years, so moose are unprepared to deal with the sudden extra degree on the modern Earth-Perfect-Thermostat.
Jackson, Wyo. - Global warming might cause moose to freeze to death in Yellowstone National Park.
Don't cry. Moose are declining:
The reason for the decline is complicated. Wolves have taken moose, and grizzly bears have been expanding their presence.

But climate could be the biggest challenge. Part of the problem is ticks. A moose with too many of the parasites during the winter can lose its hair and freeze to death.
We all know, before Columbus there was one perfect quota of moose, bear, wolf. The numbers didn't vary from the sacred Gaia Triangle Ratio (whatever it was). There were no cycles. Moose never declined. Then man came, used air conditioners in Florida, caused tick outbreaks in Saskatoon, and da fur fell off doz' mooses. Cold moose!
In general, moose are simply better adapted to colder temperatures. When it's too warm, they spend more time in the shade trying to cool down and less time feeding, Courtemanch said.
You might have thought fur-free moose might like warmer weather. They just can't win eh?
"The warmer winters and warmer summers are incredibly stressful to them," she said. "They're so heat-stressed all the time. It cascades into poor body condition for females, and that impacts their ability to have a calf. They are so stressed they can't put on enough weight every year."
Sounds like da stressed mooses need psychotherapy. If we stopped trying to buy nice weather with solar and wind we could afford a psychotherapist for every mother moose. Stop a windfarm, save a moose!


Wild elephants kill 4 within 2 days in Sherpur, Bangladesh; 7 killed in the region over the past month

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Charging elephant
Wild elephants attacked and killed another person in Sherpur on Saturday, a day after they had killed three in the same area.

Early on Friday, three persons were trampled to death in Jhenaigati Upazila.

The latest victim has been identified 60-year-old Momena Begum, who was attacked in the border village of Tilaparha on Saturday, said Jhenaigati Forestry Department's Beat Officer Ashraful Alam.

"Around 2:30am on Saturday, a wild elephant charged into the victim's home and trampled her to death," he said.

In the past one month, wild elephants have killed seven people in the Jhenaigati border region, said Upazila administration chief (UNO) Md Selim Reza.


Victim recovering after bear attack near Columbia Falls, Montana

A person was attacked by a bear Sunday in northwest Montana.

The victim was taken to Kalispell Regional Medical Center with what are said to be non-life threatening injuries.

Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed the area where the attack happened until further notice.

All of the land owned by Stoltze Lumber near Columbia Falls is now off-limits and the Haskill Basin is closed until further notice.

We will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.


New Zealand skydivers soar above magnificent 360-degree double rainbow

© Via YouTube/Rumble Viral
While skydiving at 16,000 feet in New Zealand's Bay of Islands, these lucky adventurers witness a stunning double rainbow in the form of a 360 degree circle. What are the odds of encountering that?


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

© Josh Jones
Siberian Accentor, Mossy Hill, Shetland, 9 October 2016
A rare bird has got twitchers in a flap after being spotted in the North East TWICE over the weekend.

The Siberian Accentor flew into the Shetlands last Sunday - the first time it had been seen in Britain.

One was then recorded in Spurn, in East Yorkshire, before two more were spotted in the region.

On Saturday one was found in a hedgerow on the cliffs at Saltburn, in East Cleveland, and then the a bird was discovered at a quarry in Hendon.

It's thought the birds were migrating to South East Asia when they were blown off course.

Comment: From Dutch Birding on the 17th October via Google Translate:
Unbelievable! 59 Siberian Accentors (Prunella Monta ella) have been recorded in northern Europe (outside Russia) within 13 days (4-16 October 2016)! No doubt this is not yet the end of this amazing influx and I am certain that in the next days other individuals will turn up.


Bulusan volcano spews ash a kilometer high in the Philippines

Bulusan, an active volcano in the eastern Philippine province of Sorsogon, erupted again Monday
A Philippine volcano 250 km southeast of Manila erupted on Monday, spewing ash about a kilometer high into the sky above the volcano's crater, said the chief of the the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Renato Solidum told radio DzBB in an interview that Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon province that the steam-driven explosion took place at 7:36 a.m..

In its bulletin, the Phivolcs said it has detected a total of 24 volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours.

"Steaming activity could not be observed due to thick clouds covering the summit," the bulletin said.

It added that the volcano's sulfur dioxide emission was measured at an average of 79 tonnes a day on Oct. 12.


'It's disheartening': Quantity, quality of crops in question as early snowfall blankets farms in Alberta, Canada

A second early snowfall has nearly destroyed any hope of bringing in a bountiful harvest for farmers across Alberta.
Farmers who had been hoping for warmer weather got a huge disappointment last Friday as 10 cm of snow covered the area in and around the Capital Region.

Deryk Sanford is a third-generation farmer in Lavoy, Alta. who calls the snow "a significant blow."

"When the snow hits and you take it down [to the ground] like this, you can imagine how much melting you have to do in order to get rid of that type of snow," he said.

"If we were to get a good week of no precipitation, sunshine, warm weather, we have the opportunity to get out there and take the rest of the harvest. But it's not looking good right now. We're going to need to have at least two, maybe three weeks of dry weather."

Sanford said the snow is making an already difficult year - due to rain and hail - even more difficult.
© Julia Wong/Global News
Canola crops at Jacqueline Laniuk’s farm in Vegreville have been flattened by the snow.


Juneau in Alaska beats Fairbanks to first snowfall for first time in 70+ years

© Tripp Crouse/KTOO
Snow covers Mount Juneau, Sunday, Oct. 16
National Weather Service meteorologist Edward Liske said this season is the first-time Juneau has seen measurable snowfall before Fairbanks since about 1940.

The National Weather Service reported Sunday that Juneau is one of the first communities in the state to see measurable snowfall this year.

"Fairbanks has not seen any snow yet so far this season, neither has Anchorage. Nome has had zero. Kotzebue has had zero," Liske said. "The only place that really has had measurable snow this season has been Barrow with a tenth of an inch so far."
The incredible October continues! Juneau has not seen measurable snow before Fairbanks since 1940! #akwx pic.twitter.com/Ap5nosquur

— NWS Juneau (@NWSJuneau) October 16, 2016