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Human foot washes ashore on British Columbia beach

Human Foot
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A gruesome discovery on the shores of British Columbia: a severed human foot. Even more shocking, it isn't the first foot to be found in the area. In fact, it is the 13th detached foot discovered there since 2007.

Over the last decade, many of the feet washed ashore, one by one. Often they would be discovered on the beach, still wearing running shoes. The bizarre incidents have attracted tourists and amateur sleuths to the area. Some come hoping to find human remains.

The 13th foot was discovered on Thursday, not far from Sooke. Mike Jones was walking his Rottweiler when the dog found the body part, according to the New York Times.

Then, Jones took the foot, a tibia, and fibula and a human left foot inside a running shoe home.

"In this case, someone out walking their dog[s] took the bones home. Certainly no ill intent there, but if people do see something like that in the future, call us before touching the remains," Andy Watson, from the British Columbia Coroners Service, told CBC News.

Comment:

Apparent Human Foot Delivered to Ottawa Conservative Party HQ

B.C. Foot Mystery: List of Missing Feet Found in B.C. 2007-2011

Pacific Northwest abduction spree? Second human foot washes ashore in British Columbia, matching another found last week

Four years since initial cluster, more 'disembodied' feet (in shoes) are washing ashore in British Columbia and Washington state

Update: Montreal, Ottawa body parts from same person, police believe

Another shoe containing human foot washes up in Pacific Northwest coast; 16 feet since 2007

Human foot washes up at Sonoma County beach

Second Body Part Intercepted by Canadian Post


Binoculars

Eurasian mistle thrush turns up in New Brunswick, Canada; first record for North America

A mistle thrush landed on a Miramichi lawn over the weekend and has been feeding on nearby berries.
© Peter Gadd
A mistle thrush landed on a Miramichi lawn over the weekend and has been feeding on nearby berries.
A "mega-rarity" bird blew into Miramichi over the weekend, and it's attracting bird lovers from across Eastern Canada and the U.S. who've never seen one in North America before.

Peter Gadd said a European mistle thrush landed near a mountain ash tree on his lawn and has been drawing crowds ever since.

"I saw a bird and thought, 'OK, that's a little different,'" said Gadd, who spotted the bird on Saturday.

Gadd and his wife, Deana, have been active birders for more than four years.

After spotting the bird and carefully studying its features, Gadd tried to find something similar in one of his several North American bird books.

Nothing seemed to match.


Wolf

Elderly woman killed by her own pit bull terrier in Alsip, Illinois

PIT BULL ATTACK
Police in suburban Alsip had to kill a pit bull that attacked and killed a 77-year-old woman.

Officers were called to Komensky Ave and 116th St Monday afternoon to investigate reports of a woman being mauled by a dog in the back yard.

When they arrived officers say the dog was still aggressive and had to shoot it.

They tried to give the woman first aid but it was too late. Police said the woman lived at that address.


Attention

Whale carcass found near Coromandel beach in New Zealand

A launch tows the dead whale away from Tairua Beach.
© David Wadams
A launch tows the dead whale away from Tairua Beach.
A stinking, rotting dead whale found near Coromandel Peninsula's Tairua beach on December 9 was heading for shore.

David Wadams, who has had a holiday home in Tairua for the past 27 years, said he spotted the whale from the beach about 7:30am, when he went to see if conditions were suitable for fishing.

"I could see a large, dark object bobbing up and down in the waves about no more than five to seven hundred metres out," he said.

"I was going out fishing anyway so when I went out in my boat I went down to have a look and there it was."

Wolf

'Coywolf': New York City suburb on edge after sightings of a wolf-coyote cross

coywolf
© Courtesy of Eric Dresser
A Coywolf in upstate New York.

A mutant animal has a suburban New York City community on edge, with worries about threats to pets and residents being stalked as authorities try to track down the beasts.

Police in Rockland County are on the hunt for the elusive coywolf -- a hybrid created when a coyote and a wolf mate - and are warning residents to keep their dogs on a leash and their cats indoors "if you are truly concerned with its health."

"DO chase them away and make noise (bang pots and pans) if you don't want them in your yard," police in Clarkstown, N.Y., warned in a Facebook post. "Of course, if you don't mind them, then watch them from a window quietly so as to not scare them away."

Comment: See also:


Wolf

Woman killed by pack of pit bull terriers in Jackson County, Alabama; second such attack in the state in 10 days

PIT BULL ATTACK
Officials have confirmed that one woman was killed in a dog attack this morning while another woman was injured. Deputies say they found 24-year-old Emily Mae Colvin dead on arrival.

The Jackson County Sheriff's office said they received a call around 9:00 a.m. on Thursday about a dog attack at County Road 121 in Jackson County; right outside of Section

Officials said that the dog tried to attack a deputy and was shot. Scottsboro Animal Control along with deputies and Section Police rounded up another four dogs involved. All five dogs have been described by authorities as pitbulls.

Another woman was found injured and has been treated for her injuries and released according to authorities.The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says that Colvin had been in contact with the dogs before and they had never received a call or had a problem with those particular dogs.


Comment: The is the second fatality caused by this particular type of dog within the same state in 10 days: Pack of 4 pit bull terriers kill woman in Guntersville, Alabama; seriously injure another


Frog

17-foot python that could 'pretty much kill any full-grown man' caught in Florida Everglades

Burmese python Florida
© South Florida Water Management District
Three hunters caught a 17-foot, 132-pound Burmese python in the Florida Everglades in southern Miami-Dade, a record for the program aimed at curbing the proliferation of the non-native species.
Three hunters caught a 17-foot, 132-pound Burmese python in the Florida Everglades in southern Miami-Dade, a record for the program aimed at curbing the proliferation of the non-native species, according to media reports.

The giant snake was caught Friday at Big Cypress National Preserve, according to NBC 6 Miami.

"That snake could pretty much kill any full-grown man," said one of the hunters who caught the python, Jason Leon, to NBC 6. "If that snake was alive right now, it would probably take like three of us to be able to control that snake."

It's so far the largest snake to be caught under the South Florida Water Management District's python elimination program.

Black Cat

Flesh-eating ancient 'marsupial lion' species discovered in Queensland, Australia

Marsupial lion
Scientists have discovered a strange new species of marsupial lion in northern Australia. The fearsome predator has been extinct for at least 18 million years.

The animal was uncovered by a team of Australian scientists who analyzed fossilized remains of its skull, teeth and upper arm bone, all found in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote north-western Queensland.

The team, from the University of New South Wales, published their findings in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology and named the strange creature 'Wakaleo schouteni' in honor of palaeo-artist Peter Schouten.

Wakaleo schouteni was a meat-eating, marsupial, predator that roamed Australia's rainforests some 18 to 26 million years ago. It's estimated to be as big as a medium-sized dog, weighing about 23kg (51lb), according to the study.

Comment: See also: Did mega-drought kill ancient Aboriginal culture?


Black Cat 2

Sleeping boy killed by leopard in Maharashtra, India

In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was injured
© Express
In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was injured when she was attacked by a leopard in a cotton field in Chalisgaon taluka of neighbouring Jalgaon district.
The feline ran away after the woman raised an alarm and was joined by farm hands working in the field. She sustained injuries to her neck in the attack, a Forest official said.

A seven-year-old boy was killed by a leopard when he was sleeping in an agriculture field at Sakur village in the district last night, police said on Thursday. The big cat dragged Kunal Ahire when he was sleeping near his mother. After Ahire's mother raised an alarm, villagers rushed to the spot and started searching for the child, an official said. Ahire's remains were found later. In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was injured when she was attacked by a leopard in a cotton field in Chalisgaon taluka of neighbouring Jalgaon district.

The feline ran away after the woman raised an alarm and was joined by farm hands working in the field.

She sustained injuries to her neck in the attack, a Forest official said.

Source: PTI

Comment: See also this report from 6 days ago: In Assam, Mob Hunts And Eats Leopard Who Killed 60-Year-Old Woman


Attention

Wild boars charge into school in Kyoto, Japan

boar
A pair of wild boars charged into a Kyoto school Monday morning, wreaking havoc and disrupting classes.

The nearly three-foot-long boars raced about Higashiyama Middle School and High School.

Students were evacuated. One male student said he freaked out when his friend pointed out the boars running about and that they charged at people.

The two boars were shot with a tranquilizer gun and caught in nets.

In a related incident, two other boars appeared around half-a-mile away. Police are monitoring the situation.