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Federal, state officials launch investigation after 6th rare monk seal found dead on Molokai, Hawaii

Federal and state officials are looking into the 6th monk seal death on Molokai.
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Federal and state officials are looking into the 6th monk seal death on Molokai.
Federal and state officials are investigating the death of another endangered Hawaiian monk seal on Molokai.

It is the sixth monk seal found dead on the island since the start of this year.

NOAA said this is an unprecedented number of deaths and a joint state and federal investigation has been launched.

Officials said a young female monk seal was found dead on the south shore of Molokai on Sunday. The seal was identified as "L11,″ which was one of the pups that was born on the island in 2020.


Health

River otter attacks baffle authorities in Anchorage, Alaska

River otters do not usually attack humans, Alaskan authorities said.
© Robin Loznak
River otters do not usually attack humans, Alaskan authorities said.
Officials say 'care will be taken to remove only animals exhibiting unusual behaviors' after woman, boy and dog are bitten

Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, used to living alongside moose and bear now face a threat from a more diminutive creature: the humble river otter.

On Friday, the Alaska department of fish and game alerted residents to a pack of aggressive otters which have attacked dogs, children and adults near creeks, rivers and lakes.

Humans are river otters' only significant predator. Attacks the other way are not common, officials said. Nonetheless, a spate of reported incidents prompted the official warning.

"Because of the risk to public safety, efforts will be made to locate this group of river otters and remove them," authorities said. "Care will be taken to only remove the animals exhibiting these unusual behaviors."

Comment: This once unusual aggressive behavior seems to have become increasingly common in recent years, see the reports below:


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Tour guide dies in elephant attack at game reserve in South Africa

Paramedics found bystanders performing CPR on the tour guide after he was attacked by an elephant.

Paramedics found bystanders performing CPR on the tour guide after he was attacked by an elephant.
A 50-year-old tour guide died after he was attacked by an elephant while conducting a game drive.

The incident took place at a game reserve in Gravelotte, Limpopo, on Thursday morning.

ER24 paramedics said when they arrived on the scene, they found bystanders performing CPR on the man.

"We took over and assessed the man, but unfortunately, he showed no signs of life. He was declared dead at the scene," said ER24's Ineke van Huyssteen.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 5 people and over 80 animals in Pakistan

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
At least five people, including women and children, were killed in Sindh's Tharparkar district after being struck by lightning during thundershowers, ARY News reported on Saturday.

According to details, four people were also injured in different incidents of thunderbolts in parts of the Tharparkar region amid rainfall with the thunderstorm.

The injured and dead bodies were shifted to nearby hospitals, rescue officials said.

Moreover, 80 animals were also reported killed in different areas of Tharparkar district due to unprecedented incidents of lightning bolts.

Attention

Watch: Temple elephant goes berserk, throws off mahout sitting on top in Kerala, India

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While elephants taking part in everyday prayer rituals in Kerala temples is not unusual, a pachyderm left devotees in a state of turmoil after it got agitated and yanked off a man sitting on it. Now, the video of the man narrowly escaping from being trampled under the animal's feet is going viral.

The video doing rounds on social media shows the animal vigorously shaking its body and head, forcing the mahout to fall to the ground. The visibly irked tusker then turned to attack the man, trying to stamp him, however, the man gathered himself and managed to run away quickly.


Doberman

70-year-old southeast Alabama man killed in dog attack

PIT BULL ATTACK
A southeast Alabama man was killed in a dog attack while he was out walking.

Phenix City police were dispatched at 2 a.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of 17th Avenue on a report of a dog bite, said Capt. Darryl Williams. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 70-year-old victim on the ground with a serious injury to his left arm.

Frank J. Cobb was treated on the scene and then transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. He was later moved to an Atlanta hospital where he died.

Cloud Lightning

Over 400 livestock killed by lightning bolt in Kashmir

Representative image of a lighting strike.
© Petr Hykš
Representative image of a lighting strike.
Two members of a nomadic family were injured while over 400 goats and sheep died when the lightning struck the upper reaches of Naranag in Kangan area of Ganderbal district Tuesday night, officials said.

Some nomadic families had camped at Laman Naranag area on their way back home from the seasonal pastures in the higher reaches when the lightening struck them.

An official said that the injured family members were brought to Trauma Hospital Kangan for treatment.

He said that both were stable and had sustained minor injuries.

Black Cat

7 fatal tiger attacks in one month in a district of Maharashtra, India

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An unprecedented spate of fatal tiger attacks in a forest range of Gadchiroli district has struck terror in 18 villages in the region.

A sub-adult tiger, aged just about two years, is suspected to have killed seven persons, all men, in the Porla range within a month. Such a spate of attacks is unprecedented, say wildlife officials.

Officials, however, have confirmed that only four of the attacks are by the two-year-old tiger. They are still unsure about whether the other three victims, too, had died due to an attack by this tiger.

The earlier known instances of attacks by Pandharkawda tigers Avni, which was shot dead in 2018, and Rajura tiger RT1, were spread over one-and-a-half years.

Gadchiroli Conservator of Forest Ashok Mankar told The Indian Express, "A two-year old tiger, who was separated from its mother a couple of months ago, has killed at least four persons, beginning August 15. We have the camera trap evidence for the same."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 8 cows on central Maine farm

A single bolt of lightning killed eight of John Fortin's beef cows on Saturday.
© John Fortin John Fortin was wrapping up a
A single bolt of lightning killed eight of John Fortin's beef cows on Saturday.
John Fortin was wrapping up a day of haying on his family beef farm on Saturday evening and happy he had beat the rainstorm.

Then he got a call from his neighbor telling him lightning had just struck a tree where eight of Fortin's cows had taken shelter from the rain. All eight had been electrocuted and were dead.

Those eight heifers represent 10 percent of the Fortin Farm's Angus 80-animal beef herd. The loss is a huge economic and emotional blow to the farm in Winslow that has been in the Fortin family for four generations.

"That storm rolled in around 5:30 and only lasted maybe an hour, but there was a lot of lightning close by," Fortin said. "My neighbor calls and says, 'Hey, lightning just hit the big pine tree on top of the hill and I have dead cows over here.'"

Attention

4 dolphins strand on beach in Brewster, Massachusetts - 2 die

Point of Rocks Beach in Brewster

Point of Rocks Beach in Brewster
Four dolphins stranded Friday at Point of Rocks Landing Beach in Brewster, according to Yarmouth Port-based International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Two of the dolphins were already dead when a team led by IFAW assistant research coordinator Kristy Volker arrived.

The remaining two — a pregnant female and a juvenile male — were transported to Herring Cove in Provincetown around 5 p.m., Volker said. Before they were released, the two dolphins were given a physical check that included an ultrasound and a blood test.