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6-year-old girl attacked by mountain lion while walking trail in Santa Clara County, California

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A six-year-old girl was attacked by a mountain lion Sunday in the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve.

The incident happened around 10 am while the child was walking on a trail about two miles from the main parking lot, park officials said.

"The animal, suspected to be a mountain lion, was scared away by adults who were with the child," they said.

"It came out of the bushes and right about when it grabbed a hold of the girl and an adult pushed the mountain lion and it ran off," said MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District ranger, Brad Pennington.


Attention

Half a million mussels found dead on New Zealand beach

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New Zealand resident Brandon Ferguson found over 500,000 dead mussels and shells on the shores of the Maunganui Bluff Beach in the country's North Island.


Ice Cube

Giant ice wall appears on China-Russia border lake, over 20 meters tall

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A giant ice wall extending more than a dozen kilometers has sprung up on Xingkai Lake, a border lake shared by China and Russia, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

The wall has grown from a mere two-to-three meters high to being over 20 meters tall.

This ice wall has appeared a little bit earlier than usual due to strong winds in the area, which piled up chunks of ice to create the wall. It is expected to get even taller in the coming days.


Snowflake

Six-meter-high snow blankets northwestern Iran

The photo shows a snow blockade on the Mahabad-Bokan road in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, on February 10, 2020.
© IRNA
The photo shows a snow blockade on the Mahabad-Bokan road in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, on February 10, 2020.
Six-meter snow covered the Qarah Bolagh district in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan of Iran, a provincial official said Monday.

The heavy snowfall blocked the Mahabad-Bukan road in the northwestern province for the third day on Monday, Head of Mahabad's Road Maintenance and Transportation Office Mohsen Khademi said, IRNA reported.

The heavy snowfall, which began on Saturday in Iran's western and northwestern provinces, caused some roadblocks in the region.

The snow storm has been unprecedented in the region for the past few years, the official said.


Boat

UK braced for record flooding as Storm Dennis dumps month's worth of rain in 24 hours

A member of the public is rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.

A member of the public is rescued after flooding in Nantgarw, Wales, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.
Storm Dennis is roaring across Britain with high winds and heavy rains, prompting authorities to issue 350 flood warnings, including a "red warning" alert for life-threatening flooding in south Wales. The Met Office, Britain's meteorological service, only issues its highest warning when it thinks the weather will be so bad there's a "danger to life." It's the first time it has issued a red warning since December 2015.

The Met is predicting that up to 140 mm (5 1/2 inches) of rain could fall in south Wales. The River Taff has already burst its banks. Flood warnings are also in place from northern Scotland through to Cornwall in southwest England.

Storm Dennis roared across Britain with high winds and heavy rains Sunday, prompting authorities to issue some 350 flood warnings, including a "red warning" alert for life-threatening flooding in south Wales.

The Met Office, Britain's meteorological service, only issues its highest warning when it thinks the weather will be so bad there's a "danger to life." It's the first time the service has issued such a warning since December 2015. Hours later, the alert level was downgraded to "amber," which still warns of significant impact from flooding.



Question

At least 15 birds found mysteriously dead on road in Abbotsford, British Columbia

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© Katie Hogan
As many as 25 dead birds are shown in this photo
Ministry of Agriculture notified of the strange occurrence on No. 4 Road

The mysterious sight of over a dozen feathered-black carcasses on a rural road between Abbotsford and Chilliwack caused one woman to pull over to get a closer look.

Katie Hogan says she doesn't know how the flock of birds met their end, but she counted 15 bodies in total.

"The [birds'] insides were out," she said. "I don't know what kind of birds they are, but they are smaller than a crow and black."


Windsock

Record wind gusts of 159 mph hit Iceland

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Hurricane winds of 255 km/h have been recorded by weather stations in Iceland.

The weather station Hafnarfjall reported an incredible wind gusts of 255.6 km/h (= 71 m/s = 159 mph) this morning, 11 GMT. Hafnarfjall is located around 40 km north of the capital Reykjavik

Warnings for possible interruptions to ferry lines and power outages have been issued in the UK

There is also a chance for flooding due to the heavy rains.


Snowflake Cold

Saudi Arabia shivers from unusually cold weather as the temperature drops to -5°C

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius
Saudi Arabia is experiencing its coldest weather since 2016, meteorologists said Thursday, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero in the country's north over the past two days.

In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the weather services. It dropped to minus three in Hail further southeast, and minus 2 in Arar on the border with Iraq.

In the capital Riyadh, the temperature dipped close to zero and the streets were deserted Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The desert kingdom is known for its extreme heat, particularly during summer.


Doberman

Boy dies after having throat ripped out by Rottweiler in Ukraine

The child's grandmother rushed out after hearing screams but it was too late
© Police of Ukraine/ICTV
The child's grandmother rushed out after hearing screams but it was too late
Denis, from Pishchanka, was with his grandmother when he was attacked by the dog and later found in a pool of his own blood

A four-year-old boy has died after his throat was ripped out by a Rottweiler in a savage attack at the family home.

The young victim was left in a pool of his own blood after the horrific incident in the village of Pishchanka in northeastern Ukraine's Kharkiv region.

The boy, Denis, died at the scene from his injuries.

The youngster and his grandmother Olga were planning to take a walk when the tragedy occurred.

Tornado1

Storm Dennis raging towards Britain becomes a 'bomb cyclone' that is 'one of the strongest ever seen in the Atlantic'

Storm Dennis
© MetOffice
Incredible satellite images show Storm Dennis - that has exploded into a bomb cyclone - moving in over Britain

Storm Dennis has exploded into a bomb cyclone as meteorologists dub it one of the worst North Atlantic storms ever recorded.

No fewer than 40,000 passengers have been affected by travel disruption so far as budget airline easyJet cancels 234 flights from, to and within the UK as the fourth named storm of the year brings 70mph winds and 100mm of rainfall in some areas from Saturday morning.

Storm Dennis will come as a second blow to flood-ravaged communities still recovering from damage caused by heavy rainfall and 80mph winds brought by Storm Ciara last week.

The last storm - likely the biggest in the century - claimed three victims after a falling tree killed a 58-year-old Mercedes driver, a 77-year-old man fell over and banged his head on ice and a falling branch killed a dog walker in his sixties.

And now, 1,200-mile wide 'Dennis the Menace' is to cause mayhem for towns in Yorkshire's Calder Valley, which was inundated with floodwater when Storm Ciara raged.

The Environmental Agency have warned that due to the water-soaked ground left over by Storm Ciara, the latest flooding is expected to be worse than what has been seen so far, the BBC reports.