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Thousands more fish washed up in Cornwall, UK for the fifth time in two weeks

The fish were strewn across the St Ives beach on Sunday, October 7

The fish were strewn across the St Ives beach on Sunday, October 7
Just a day after hundreds of fish were stranded on Gwithian beach, near Hayle, thousands more were washed up on Porthgwidden beach, St Ives, on Sunday night.

This is the fifth time shoals of fish have ended up on West Cornwall shores in recent weeks.

In late September hundreds of mackerel were found stranded on St Ives Harbour Beach and just around the corner on Carbis Bay beach.

A few days later, small fish - believed to be whitebait - were discovered washed up on shore behind the Asda store in Hayle.


Las Vegas woman mauled to death by family dog

A Las Vegas woman was mauled to death by her family dog

A Las Vegas woman was mauled to death by her family dog late Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Her husband posted this picture on Sept. 27 on Facebook. (Facebook)
A Las Vegas man came home from work Monday night to find his wife of 26 years mauled to death by the family's newly adopted dog.

What happened moments before the attack remained unknown Friday. Susan Sweeney, 58, was home alone when their 3-year-old rescue dog attacked her on the 5000 block of River Splash Avenue, said city of Las Vegas spokesman David Riggleman.

The woman's husband, Patrick, arrived home from work shortly before 11:40 p.m. Monday and found her dead in their living room, according to the Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County coroner's office.

She was declared dead about 1:05 a.m. Tuesday in the home. The coroner's office ruled her death an accident by mauling.

"This is really a mystery because she was home alone," Riggleman said Friday. "I can't even imagine what that poor man thought when he walked in that house."


7-month-old baby girl killed by dog in Clearwater, Florida

a pit bull mix named

A pit bull mix named "Lynnie" attacked the baby.
A 7-month-old baby girl is dead, the victim of a vicious dog bite at her grandparent's house.

It happened at a home on Fairwood Avenue in Clearwater.

The family pet, a pit bull mix named "Lynnie" attacked the baby.

Judging by its size, Lynnie doesn't look like a dangerous animal.

But the dog delivered a fatal bite to a 7-month-old girl.

Clearwater Fire Rescue came to the house, shortly after 2 p.m. Friday.

Neighbor Joshua Scott saw the fire trucks and ambulance rush to the scene.


Hundreds of birds found dead in Warsaw, Poland

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Some 200 jackdaws have been found dead in the Warsaw district of Mokotów since late on Thursday, according to police.

A woman reported that birds were falling out of the trees between apartment blocks, police said.

They found 130 dead birds on Thursday.

Officers also caught 20 live birds which were handed over to Warsaw Zoo, which has a rehabilitation centre for wild birds.

After receiving reports on Friday, police found 70 more dead birds.


Too much of a good thing - Animals that go wild for your pee

© Illustration: Elena Scotti (Photos: Getty Images, Shutterstock)
Last month, visitors to Washington's Olympic National Park were treated to a surreal sight. A helicopter crossed the sky dangling strands of drugged, blindfolded mountain goats - as many as five at a time - like a string of furry pearls.

In the end, more than 100 goats were airlifted from the park and shipped to new homes across the state, all because they loved human pee too much.

Lacking the dietary minerals they'd find in their natural range, park officials say some of the goats (which were introduced to the area in the 1920s) have become "quite aggressive" when seeking human sources of salt. Namely, urine.

"They learn that salt comes from people and people pee on trails, so they follow you down the trail and wait until you pee," said Dr Patti Happe, the park's wildlife branch chief. "People think that goats are chasing them when really they're just following them, waiting for a handout."

But mountain goats aren't alone in their quest for liquid gold. A surprising number of creatures - from reindeer to locusts - have a known affinity for human urine. And for some species, this craving for our minerals has dramatically shaped their behaviour.


Three-week-old baby is mauled to death by family's pet Belgian shepherd in Tenerife, Spain

canine attack
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A baby just 20 days old has been mauled to death at her parents' home in Tenerife by the family dog.

The Belgian shepherd is understood to have bit the infant in the head at their rural property.

The tragedy happened at lunchtime today in the coastal town of Fasnia which is near the capital of Santa Cruz. It is not a holiday area.

The dog belonged to the family and was not on the dangerous breed list. The nationality of the young couple has not yet been revealed.

An investigation has been launched to find out what happened and how. The child's distraught parents are being comforted by relatives but have needed psychological medical treatment because of their extreme distress.


Another minke whale washes ashore dead in Marshfield, Massachusetts adding to 'exceptional' year of die-offs

dead whale
© New England Aquarium
Another minke whale washed up dead on the Marshfield shore Tuesday morning, adding to what officials with the New England Aquarium say has been an "exceptional" year of minke whale die-offs.

The whale washed up in the Brant Rock neighborhood, the second in the past two months. The body was first spotted on Sunday floating offshore about six miles east of Scituate. Though a necropsy was done, sharks ate much of the body, making results limited.

The New England Aquarium says 28 known minke whales have died on the east coast this year, including 11 in Massachusetts, eight in Maine, two in New Hampshire and one in Rhode Island.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal oceans agency, says it's an unusual mortality rate for the species.

Minke whales are the smallest of the baleen whales, often spotted during whale watches, but don't often breach.


Rare Māui's dolphin found dead on a beach at Te Akau, New Zealand

The Department of Conservation is investigating the cause of death of a suspected Māui's dolphin, found on a beach in western Waikato.
The Department of Conservation is investigating the cause of death of a suspected Māui's dolphin, found on a beach in western Waikato.
A suspected Māui's dolphin has been found dead near Te Akau on the west coast, 20 kilometres north of Raglan.

A local man discovered the dolphin on the beach on Sunday and reported the sighting to DOC.

Two DOC rangers who responded to the report and assessed the site, took measurements and photos of the dolphin before removing it from the area.

Less than 100 of the critically endangered species are left and its death has been met with sadness by the Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and iwi.

DOC acting operations manager for Waikato, Lucy Roberts said the dolphin was a female and it was suspected it washed ashore with the incoming tide.


Bear, cubs kill worker at remote silver mine in Alaska

Bear attack
A female bear and her two cubs mauled and killed a young man working at a remote mine site on a southeast Alaska island with one of the highest bear densities in the state, authorities said Monday.

Anthony David Montoya, 18, a contract worker from Hollis, Oklahoma, died at a remote drill site accessible only by helicopter, according to Hecla Greens Creek Mine and authorities. Mine officials said workers receive training on how to deal with bears because of the large number in the area.

Alaska State Troopers said Montoya was mauled by the three bears, all of which were killed before they arrived. It was not immediately clear who killed them.

Montoya worked for Idaho-based Timberline Drilling, which provides core drilling services at Greens Creek, the mine said in a release. His body was being taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Comment: In the same state, just back in June a hiker was killed by brown bear on the outskirts of Anchorage

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 23 cows in Nigeria

A deafening thunderstorm that accompanied a heavy rainfall recorded in some communities in Ekiti State, has killed 23 cows.

The incident, which occurred at Okeowa Eluju, a farmstead in Iloro-Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area, it was gathered yesterday, is causing panic among residents.

Residents of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said a deadly lightning from a thunderstorm killed the cows.