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Cluster of dead birds litter Elizabethtown roadways in Kentucky

Quicksie 98.3 shared a Facebook post showing dozens of dead birds scattered across the roadway.

Quicksie 98.3 shared a Facebook post showing dozens of dead birds scattered across the roadway.
Crews from the City of Elizabethtown and Elizabethtown Police Department had to clean up a unusual mass of birds found dead on Tuesday.

Quicksie 98.3 shared a Facebook post showing dozens of dead birds found on the intersection of Ring Road and Patriot Parkway.

Elizabethtown Police Chief Jeremy Thompson said officials cannot offer an explanation as to how or why they all died.

The birds have been cleared from the roadway.


Eye 2

Rare snowy owl soars over Washington DC

An American Flag flies in the distance as a rare snowy owl looks down from its perch atop the large stone orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
© Carolyn Kaster
An American Flag flies in the distance as a rare snowy owl looks down from its perch atop the large stone orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022
A snowy owl apparently touring iconic buildings of the nation's capital is captivating birdwatchers who manage to get a glimpse of the rare, resplendent visitor from the Arctic.

Far from its summer breeding grounds in Canada, the snowy owl was first seen on Jan. 3, the day a winter storm dumped eight inches of snow on the city.

Since then, it's been spotted in the evenings flying around Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood, landing on Union Station, the National Postal Museum, various Senate buildings, and Capitol Police headquarters.

Late last week about three dozen people in thick coats trained their binoculars on the football-sized bird with bright yellow eyes as it perched on the stone head of Archimedes, a famous ancient Greek mathematician, carved above the train station entrance.

The nocturnal hunter appears to be targeting the city's plentiful downtown rat population.


Wolf

Wolf population growing near Athens, Greece

Wolf populations near Athens have been growing ever since the fire on Mt. Parnitha in 2007.
© Gunnar Ries/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.5
Wolf populations near Athens have been growing ever since the fire on Mt. Parnitha in 2007.
A recent incident in which a wolf approached a man and his daughter and attacked their dog on Mt. Parnitha just outside of Athens on Saturday shocked many Greeks all across the country.

Most residents of the Greek capital certainly had no idea whatsoever that wolves roamed the mountainous slopes located so close to the metropolis.

The Greek wildlife protection organization Callisto, which is dedicated to conserving the country's native wolf populations, announced after the incident that at least 25 wolves live in the area spanning from central Greece to the mountainous outskirts of Athens, but the actual number may be higher.

Wolf attack near Athens

This is an increase compared to past years, when wolf populations outside of Athens struggled. It is believed that a recent surge in the numbers of local deer, which occurred after a massive forest fire razed much of Mt. Parnitha in 2007, led to an increase in the wolf population.

Attention

Dead whale washes ashore in Little Compton, Rhode Island

whale
A property owner in Little Compton was greeted with an unpleasant surprise Saturday: a dead humpback whale had washed ashore.

Mike Healey is a spokesperson for the Rhode Island DEM. Healey says, "It's a young male, 25 feet long, 20,000 pounds, and we don't know how it died."

It's beached near Church Cove in Little Compton, on private property, and that's making it a little more complicated for officials to address the situation.

Healey says, "It's a very rocky beach. It's totally exposed to the surf."

Beached whales are not uncommon in our area, but this time around the whale is young and doesn't immediately appear to have been injured.


Doberman

Man dies after being attacked by dogs inside house in Lampeter, Wales

dog attack
A man has died in west Wales after reportedly being attacked by three dogs.

The incident happened at a property in Lampeter in Ceredigion on Monday evening.

A man in his 60s, who has not been named, died at the scene and a woman was arrested on suspicion of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

A police investigation into the death is now under way.


Heart

US surgeons successfully implant pig heart in human

Surgery
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US surgeons have successfully implanted a heart from a genetically modified pig in a human patient, a first of its kind procedure, the University of Maryland Medical School said Monday.

The surgery took place Friday, and demonstrates for the first time that an animal heart can survive in a human without immediate rejection, the medical school said in a statement.

The patient, David Bennett, had been deemed ineligible for human transplant.

The 57-year-old Maryland resident is being carefully monitored to determine how the new organ performs.

"It was either die or do this transplant. I want to live. I know it's a shot in the dark, but it's my last choice," he said a day before the surgery.

Bennett, who has spent the last several months bedridden on a life support machine, added: "I look forward to getting out of bed after I recover."

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization for the surgery on New Year's Eve, as a last ditch effort for a patient who was unsuitable for conventional transplant.

Fish

Piranha attacks in Paraguay leave 4 dead, more than 20 injured this year

4 people were killed by Piranhas while bathing in the rive

4 people were killed by Piranhas while bathing in the river.
Four people were killed and 20 others have been injured in separate piranha attacks in Paraguay this year, causing concern among locals.

On Jan. 2, a 22-year-old man temporarily went missing during a family outing near the Paraguay River, south of the capital Asuncion, at Itá Enramada, as piranhas attacked him and carried him underwater. His family contacted the police and he was found less than an hour later with severe bite marks from the ferocious fish.

In a separate instance, a 49-year-old man was killed in the Paraguay River, in the town of Puerto Rosario, after he went swimming and drowned as a result of a piranha attack. He had bite wounds on his face, according to a report.


Binoculars

Rare Brown Booby turns up at Hove Beach, UK more than 3,000 miles away from its from Caribbean home

The bird was rescued from Hove beach

The bird was rescued from Hove beach
The brown booby was rescued from Hove beach at midday on Sunday, January 2, by volunteers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (East Sussex WRAS) near Lewes.

A passer-by said the bird stood "with its head under its wing" before being placed in a box by a concerned member of the public until the volunteers arrived.

Volunteers say the bird, which is most commonly found in the Caribbean and on the west coast of Africa, was underweight at just 760g.

Lourdes Cortes, veterinary surgeon for East Sussex WRAS said: "We are being very guarded about the birds' chances of survival due to the degree of weight loss.


Fish

Two juvenile deep-sea oarfish wash ashore in Ormoc City, Philippines

Two oarfish were washed ashore Thursday morning (January 6) in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.

Two oarfish were washed ashore Thursday morning (January 6) in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.
Two oarfish were washed ashore Thursday morning, January 6, in the coastal village of Macabug, Ormoc City.

The deep-sea creatures were still alive when they were spotted by a fisherman named Camlon Sarno, 40.

His wife Arlyn took photos of the fish that spanned 9 feet and weighed 20 kgs, while the other one was 8 feet in length and weighed 15 kgs.

Arlyn said the fishes were divided among their neighbors.


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Attention

Signs and Portents: Villagers flock to see two-headed calf in southern India

The calf lies on sacking next to its mother at a farm in Gangaikondan, south India

The calf lies on sacking next to its mother at a farm in Gangaikondan, south India
A baby calf with two heads, four eyes and two mouths has become a local attraction in Gangaikondan, south India.

A video taken on January 1 shows lines of curious spectators queueing up to see the newborn creature lying in a shed with its mother.

A woman can be seen bottle feeding the calf, while another holds its head up so it can drink the milk.

The farmer, identified only as Murugan, is having to bottle feed the newborn as its two heads are too heavy for it to lift, leaving it unable to suckle from its mother.