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Stray dog attacks child, drags him out of house in Kerala, India

Nandu was bitten on his hands, legs and thighs.

In a shocking incident, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy was attacked by a stray dog here on Friday.

Nandu, son of Ranjith of Krishna Vilasam near the Palliyadi temple in Chavara, was sleeping inside the house when the dog dragged him out of the house.

The incident happened around 8.30 pm on Friday.

As his parents went to a neighbour's house to fetch water, the dog bit the kid and dragged him out of the house.

Upon hearing his cries, a woman in the neighbourhood rushed to the spot and rescued the kid.


Seabirds dying of starvation around Iceland

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According to a RUV report an unusual number of dead black seabird is washing up on the northern shores of Iceland this winter. The birds are washing up emaciated so biologists conclude the most likely cause of death to be malnutrition. It's not unusual that seabirds wash ashore over the winter months but reports about the unusually high number in some areas are startling.

Yann Kolbeinsson biologist with the Icelandic Institute of Natural History said the bird is found dead mostly on the shores in areas in the north of the country. "Its all kinds of black seabirds, mostly it's the Common Murre and the Razorbill, but we have received reports and seen photos of dead Puffin, Thick Billed Murre and Little Auke. But the largest numbers of deaths seem to be of the Common Murre." Kolbeinsson informs, he goes on to tell that malnourishment seems to be the most likely explanation, all thought this has not been verified with extensive research.


Kilometres of Cooloola coastline covered by dead fish in Australia

Many thousands of fish, thought to be a small species of leatherjacket, have washed up dead along the Cooloola Coast.
No-one seems to know the cause of a mass fish kill along kilometres of the Cooloola Coast.

Thousands of dead fish were reported to Department of Environment and Heritage Protection between Teewah and Double Island Point.

And thousands more have been reported to The Gympie Times as lining the tide line along more than 1km at Rainbow Beach.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers from Rainbow Beach had also noted dead fish during their beach patrols, an EHP representative said on Friday.

The representative said the department had received two reports so far through its pollution hotline, involving large numbers of fish between Teewah and DIP.


Four-year-old boy killed by dog pack in Punjab, India

A four-year-old boy of Kerowal village in Tarn Taran district was killed in a stray dog attack while he was on his way to a dargah. The victim, Maninder Singh, was a pre-nursery student.

His uncle Ranjit Singh said he went to a dargah after coming back from school and was attacked by a pack of dogs. He sustained grievous injuries on his head and neck and was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to injuries. Ranjit Singh said his brother didn't keep well and the victim's mother worked. The district administration marked an inquiry into the incident.

Deputy commissioner, Tarn Taran, D P S Kharbanda said they couldn't kill stray dogs due to existing laws.

"But I have deputed a SDM to catch all stray dogs and leave them in a dog pond," he said. Local MLA Harmeet Singh visited the house of the deceased and assured help to the family.


Mysterious oarfish sightings stoke earthquake fears in the Philippines (PHOTOS)

© Jude Cyril Roque Viernes / Facebook
Three oarfish, which normally live deep near the ocean floor, have been found in the Philippines, sparking fears among locals that it may be a sign of an impending large earthquake.

Oarfish, which can grow to over 56 feet (17 meters) in length, are usually found at depths of between 200 to 1,000 meters, but since February 8, three have been found off the northern coast of Mindanao island, in the south of the archipelago.

The latest leviathan was found on Saturday on a beach in the city of Cagayan de Oro, measuring around 15 feet long, though it later died, according to ABS.

Comment: Also see: A few more noted sightings of this elusive and ominous fish from 2016 from around the globe:


Man critically injured by shark on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

A man has been critically injured in a shark attack in Australia while spear fishing on the Great Barrier Reef.

The 26-year-old was repeatedly bitten on his left leg by what his friends thought was either a bull or tiger shark.

The attack occurred while the man was diving near Hinchinbrook Island, off the Queensland coast.

Following the attack the man's friends took him by boat to the mainland town of Cardwell where paramedics stemmed the bleeding and stabilised his condition.

He was then flown by helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital, some 90 miles to the north.


Dolphin and whale deaths on the Irish coast rise fivefold with 56 cetaceans washing up

This year the worst on record as 56 mammals wash up on beaches

Fifty-six dolphins and whales have washed up on beaches in Ireland so far this year making 2017 the worst on record for such strandings.

The number of deaths is a fivefold increase on the same period in 2010. They have prompted an unprecedented meeting this week between experts from state marine and wildlife agencies and fishing and trawler organisations to discover what is killing so many of the species.

Pollution, trawler nets, disease, natural causes and inclement weather are all possible causes for the demise of the marine mammals whose beached bodies are being discovered almost every other day on some part of the coastline.

Former taoiseach Charlie Haughey famously made Ireland the first whale and dolphin sanctuary in Europe in 1991 during his last term in office but this decade has seen more than 1,000 of the creatures stranding.


Whale carcass found on St Cyrus Beach, Scotland

St Cyrus beach
A 23ft whale has been found dead on the north-east coast.

The sea mammal was found on the sands of St Cyrus Beach on February 14 and was reported to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme.

However it was already dead when found, and is said to be "extremely decomposed" to the point where experts cannot identify which type of whale it is.

A team from National Museums Scotland are collecting the remains, and will transfer them to a lab to pinpoint the species.


Thousands of dead fish found near Manzanillo, Costa Rica

More than two kilometers of beach near Manzanillo, on the Gulf of Nicoya, were filled with dead fish Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Disturbing images coming from Costa Rica's Gulf of Nicoya showed thousands of dead sardines washed ashore near the coastal town of Manzanillo.

Preliminary online reports from various agencies including marine conservation group Fundación MarViva say that the washed-up hordes of fish were seen for a few kilometers.

According to a Facebook post from MarViva, it seems only to be a sardine species that suffered the widespread deaths. However, no exact cause for the incident is yet known.

The report said it is unlikely that the phenomenon was caused by chemical poisoning or that it has anything to do with warmer water temperatures in the Gulf of Nicoya, since a single species appears to have been affected.

The following video posted to Twitter by Coast Guard officials shows the sheer scale of fish left dead on the surrounding beach:


Child killed by two family dogs in Clarksville, Kentucky

A 5-year-old boy was killed in a dog attack in Clarksville Thursday morning.

At about 8:20 a.m., emergency personnel were called to a home on Charles Thomas Road, according to a news release from the Clarksville Police Department. They found a 5-year-old boy who had extensive injuries from being mauled by the family's two dogs.

The child was transported to Tennova Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Both dogs are English mastiffs, each under 1 year old. The dogs have been placed in the custody of Montgomery County Animal Control, the release said.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Tim Anderson (931) 648-0656 ext. 5132 or the TIPS line at 645-TIPS.

The young English mastiffs that killed a 5-year-old boy in Clarksville Thursday