Symbolism? Bald eagle eats 2 of its hatchlings in West Virginia

A female bald eagle on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a rainbow in background, earlier this season.
© JENNA DORSEY / U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICEA female bald eagle on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with a rainbow in background, earlier this season.
In a tragic turn of events, two baby bald eaglets that hatched this week at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, were killed by their bald eagle father, who ate them.

One of eaglets passed away Monday night, while the other died shortly after being born on Friday, the National Conservation Training Center said.

"While this behavior was unusual, there's much we don't know," NCTC said in a social media post Friday. "This nest has brought us joy for years, raising countless eaglets for two decades. While this year's nesting season was not easy, it has offered a rare glimpse into the complexities of nature and the challenges that bald eagles face."

A spokesperson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed the death of the second hatchling to USA TODAY Friday and explained that such incidents, though rare, are not unusual, especially among birds of prey. The spokesperson added that the population of the bald eagle, which is also the national symbol of the United States, has continued to soar, with an estimated 316,700 individual bald eagles in the lower 48 states.


Toddler mauled to death by stray dogs in Hyderabad, India

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A two and half-year-old girl was mauled to death by stray dogs while she was playing outside an under construction apartment building at Gayatri Nagar.

According to police, the victim and her sister were attacked by two dogs while they were playing at the construction site where the children's father, a native of Chhattisgarh, has been working. The incident took place on April 12. The family originally from Chhattisgarh had shifted to Hyderabad five months ago for livelihood.

Police said the sisters were playing on the road when the two stray dogs attacked them. The child was rescued and taken to a local hospital. However, due to the severity of the injuries, she was referred to another government hospital here, where she was declared dead. A case was registered and investigation is on, they said.


Woman mauled to death by pit bulls in Portsmouth, Virginia

A woman is dead after being mauled by pit bulls, Portsmouth police say.

The woman was found badly injured in the 1800 block of Atlanta Ave. around 1:30 a.m. Friday according to police say.

Officers say she was attacked by three pit bulls.

The woman, who had not been identified as of Friday evening, was taken to the hospital but did not survive, police say.

"I woke up about 4 o' clock, saw the lights flashing," said Lawrence Davis.

Davis lives on the street.


Dead 30-foot humpback whale found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey

© Marine Mammal Stranding CenterWildlife rescuers on New Jersey's Long Beach Island say a humpback whale was found dead in the surf on Thursday.
Beachgoers were saddened Thursday morning when the body of a 30-foot humpback whale washed ashore. It was found on Long Beach Island in Ocean County.

Brandon Goldner reports the process to determine what happened to this whale.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center said it received a call around 6:45 a.m. Thursday for a dead humpback whale in the surf along 51st Street in Long Beach Township.

By Thursday afternoon, the MMSC moved the whale from the beach to perform a necropsy. It could take several weeks or months before results are returned.

The situation attracted several curious beachgoers to the area.


Signs & portents: Six-legged gazelle spotted in Israel

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© Amir Balaban/SPNIA mountain gazelle with a pair of extra legs growing from its back, due to a genetic abnormality, is seen in a photo taken by conservationist Amir Balaban of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) and shared with media on April 8, 2024.
A rare six-legged mountain gazelle has been spotted in Israel. The male gazelle has an extra pair of legs growing from its back, but wildlife experts say it seems to be managing fine with the extra appendages.

The discovery was made by an Israeli army reservist who, in late March, spotted and then sent a photo of the bizarre looking creature to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, or SPNI, an environmental nonprofit organization, after noticing that it had "something strange on its back," according to the group.

Amir Balaban, a conservationist for SPNI, said in a news release shared with CBS News that the six-legged gazelle had "survived a complex litter and survived as a young individual, dealt with many predators that endanger young fawns, matured single and as an adult managed to lead an impressive life in the ."


Stray dogs attack, kill 11-year-old girl in Gujarat, India

Stray dogs | Representative Image
Stray dogs | Representative Image
In yet another tragic incident highlighting the issue of stray dogs in the state, an 11-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries after being attacked by a pack of strays on Sunday. The deceased, Puri, daughter of Hirabhai Piprotar, resided in the Rupmora area of Bhanvad in Dwarka.

According to reports, the attack occurred around 4:00 pm on April 7th. Puri was playing outside her residence when she was accosted by a group of stray dogs. The animals inflicted severe injuries on the child. Rushed to the Bhanvad government hospital in critical condition, Puri was unfortunately declared dead on arrival by the attending doctors.

This incident has sent shockwaves through the local community, reigniting concerns about the growing stray dog population and the dangers they pose. Public frustration over the lack of effective management strategies for strays is likely to intensify following this tragedy.

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15 goats killed, 3 tourists injured after being struck by lightning in Odisha, India

As many as 15 goats were killed while three tourists were injured after being struck by lightning in two separated places of Odisha.

According to reports, the 15 goats were killed at Batasasan village under Badagada police limits of Ganjam district this afternoon after lightning struck them.

Sources said that four locals of Batasasan village namely Krishna Gauda, Jaga Gauda, Manas Gauda and Bijay Gauda had taken a herd of goats to the nearby forest for grazing them. Though it was sunny when they left the house in the morning, but it rained heavily in the locality in the afternoon.


Woman mauled to death by stray dogs in Uttar Pradesh, India

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A 35-year-old woman, said to be mentally challenged, was mauled to death by stray dogs near the village Nanhu Mundera in Uttar Pradesh's Kushinagar district.

According to Vikram Ajeet Rai, police post in charge, a partially eaten body was found by locals near a canal in the village Nanhu Mundera on Saturday.

The body has been sent for post-mortem and an inquiry is underway into the case. The deceased has not been identified yet.


Over 100 dead dolphins wash ashore on Russia's Black Sea coast

A lifeless dolphin floats in the water.
© WASKITO WIBOWOA lifeless dolphin floats in the water. Over 100 dolphins have washed up dead in Russia.
Nearly 140 dolphins and other marine mammals have washed up dead on the shores of Russia's Black Sea coast over the past month, the dolphin rescue and research center Delfa said Tuesday.

"A total of 137 cetaceans died in the last month. This is a serious figure," Delfa wrote on the messaging app Telegram, referring to the group of aquatic mammals that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises.

"In the last week alone, we recorded 101 dolphin deaths. On March 31, we were informed about 26 deaths," the rescue center added.

Many of the animals showed signs of having been caught in fishing nets, including deep scratches, missing fins or tails, as well as torn stomachs. Some were entangled in ropes tied around rocks, which Delfa suggested may have been caused by fishermen trying to get rid of their bycatch.


US tourist, 80, killed in attack by 'aggressive' bull elephant while on safari in Zambia

An 80-year-old American woman was killed during a wildlife safari in Zambia after an "aggressive" bull elephant "unexpectedly" charged at the vehicle, the tour operators said.

The incident happened at around 9.30am local time on 30 March at the Kafue National Park in Zambia and the shocking video of the moment was captured and posted on social media.

The video showed the adult male elephant chasing the car which came to a halt as the animal closed in. The elephant then knocked the vehicle over as the guide screamed, "Hey, hey, hey!"

The woman has been identified as Gail Mattson by her family, according to ABC News. Safari operators, Wilderness Destinations, said the elephant "unexpectedly charged" at the vehicle that was on an excursion with six guests and a guide.

"An aggressive bull elephant charged the vehicle carrying six guests and a guide who were on a game drive from Lufupa Camp," the company said in a statement to ABC News.

Comment: Another attack reported in March this year: Angry elephant lifts safari truck into the air, 'traumatizes' tourists in South Africa