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Humpback whale washes up dead in Baja California, Mexico

Dead humpback whale
A dead humpback whale washed up on the shore of an isolated tourist area south of San Felipe in Baja California, according to Mexico's environmental protection agency, PROFEPA, on March 18.

The agency said the whale was already in an advanced stage of decomposition, but said no evidence was found that its death was caused by fishing equipment.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning not commonly seen in India during March kills 6

Lightning strikes on March 15 over Marathwada followed by similar incident over Vidarbha, claimed lives of at least six people and damaged standing crops over this region.
The instances of lightning and thunderstorm activity, reported over parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha earlier this week, is not a common occurring event in March, said officials at India Meteorological Department (IMD), Pune, on Friday. Lightning strikes along with hailstorm reported on March 15 over Marathwada followed by similar incident over Vidarbha, claimed lives of at least six people and damaged standing crops over this region. Though weather experts hesitated from terming it as an unusual event, experts, however, said that records of past instances show that such activity rarely occurred in March, which is when there is seasonal transition.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods hit Burundi after a month's worth of rain in just a couple of hours

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Heavy rain in Burundi leaves at least six people dead - Thursday, March 16, 2017.
Heavy rain has caused widespread damage in Burundi overnight Thursday, March 16, 2017, claiming lives of at least six people. Local media is reporting a month's worth of rain in just a couple of hours.

"Torrential rains and strong winds struck several provinces last night," the country's vice president, Gaston Sindimwo, said Friday. "In the northwestern town of Mabayi, a landslide smothered several houses, and rescuers found five victims."

In the capital Bujumbura, rains quickly flooded roads killing a soldier. Sindimwo described the event as a real disaster and added that several other people were injured. "We have so far counted 162 destroyed homes," he said.

Dozens of people died across Burundi since September, Sindimwo concluded.


Pack of coyotes attack German Shepherd (Alsatian) in Weddington, North Carolina

Neighbors in the Weddington area of Union County say coyote sightings have recently spiked. They say the wild animals are coming within feet of their homes and are becoming aggressive.

"People told me they would never go after something big like that and he's 92-pounds, so people were wrong," says Debbie Rucker, who says Gabriel, her 92 pound German Shepherd was attacked by a pack coyotes last month.

Rucker says it was around 7:30 in the evening when she let Gabriel out for a bathroom break and then heard an eerie crackling noise and her dog begin to yelp.

"I heard it and started running because I saw that he wasn't right by me. They had ripped open both sides of his back and they had chewed up one of his legs," says Rucker.

Rucker says she and her husband rushed Gabriel to the animal hospital where at first, the veterinarian said there is no way coyotes would attack a dog so large, "But within 30 seconds of looking at his wounds, he looked up and said there must have been a bunch of them," said Rucker.

Comment: See also these similar reports in recent years: Coyote attacks kill 2 dogs, neighbors 'panicking' in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

Coyote carries off dog in Randolph, New Jersey

Coyote fights 2 large dogs in back yard in Pinellas, Florida

Coyote attacks dog in Ansonia, Connecticut

Coyote conflicts with pets, police and people increase in Westchester, NY

More 'rare' urban coyote attacks on Indiana dogs

Black Cat

Man killed by panther in Rajasthan, India

A person was today mauled to death by a panther near Sariska area in the district of Rajasthan, officials said, adding that the animal was later killed by villagers in retaliation.

"Rampratap Gurjar was killed in the panther attack in Madhavgarh near Sariska. After attacking the man, the panther hid in a cave-like place. The villagers set that place afire, leaving the panther charred," R S Shekhawat, Sariska field director, told PTI.

He said the body of the man has been handed over to family members, adding that a compensation was also provided to the aggrieved kin.


Heaviest snow in 30 years engulfs parts of Xinjiang, China

A once-in-three decades snowstorm has brought between 0.85 and 1 meter thick of snowfall to the Kizilsu Kirghiz Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region earlier this week.

This heaviest snowfall in thirty years has caused difficulties with feeding the sheep herds apart from affecting local traffic.

In all, over 60,000 heads of sheep and horses are threatened by acute fodder shortage, while 425 heads of animals were already dead due to various reasons including snow collapsed sheep pens.

In response to this rare climatic abnormaity, local authorities have mobilized heavy-duty machineries to clear the snow to reconnect traffic. The first shipment of 775 tons of fodder has already reached snow-affected pastures.


Heavy California rains result in desert "superbloom" at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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After a winter of heavy rains soaked California, ending a six-year drought, a floral rainbow has bloomed in the desert.

John Blackstone has more from the Anza-Borrego State Park.

Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Bermuda, blizzards in China & increased ice growth across Greenland

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Iditarod race coldest start ever, Bermuda record cold, rare deep snows in Tibet and Japan increases the snow total amounts from 500 to 800cm on the charts to adjust for higher snowfall totals across the country. Greenland continues to have record increases in ice growth and Iceland has record snow a week before.

Bizarro Earth

Death toll in Peru climbs to 67 from El Nino rains, floods

© AP/Martin Mejia
Rescue workers pull a man to safety in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 17
The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 67 Friday, with thousands more displaced from destroyed homes and others waiting on rooftops for rescue. Across the country overflowing rivers caused by El Nino rains damaged 115,000 homes, collapsed 117 bridges and paralyzed countless roadways.

"We are confronting a serious climatic problem," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said in a statement broadcast live Friday afternoon. "There hasn't been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998."

The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck especially hard along Peru's northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and cemeteries, and leaving some small villages entirely isolated. On Thursday, the National Police rescued eight people who had been trapped for three days in Cachipampa and removed the body of an 88-year-old man killed in the floods. In the highlands along the department of La Libertad, dramatic video showed crashing water inundating several buses and trucks, killing at least five people. Rescuers were searching Friday for survivors.

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Comment: Thousands affected by floods and landslides across Peru


Man killed by a pack of 4 dogs in South Africa

Jacob Boy Cele (66) died after he was attacked by a pack of dogs in Bhobhoyi in the Nyenyezi area recently.

Police spokesman, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, said Mr Cele was bitten all over his body and later died in hospital.

An inquest docket was opened and the Lower South Coast SPCA was called by the police to collect four of the dogs for euthanisation.

However, Lt-Col Wiid said one dog was very aggressive and officials could not approach and catch it. "The assistance of the police was called and the dog was euthanised after consultion with the owner."