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Lightning bolt kills 31 sheep on farm in Logan County, Kentucky

dead sheep
Crist Byler is a retired truck driver and now a sheep farmer in Logan County.

Byler spends his Sunday afternoon on the farm- an average day at work as he tends to his sheep.

"It's my livelihood, it's what I do," said Byler.

On Saturday morning, he pulled up to the farm to take care of his sheep to find a horrible scene - one he certainly didn't expect.

"This was all just covered in sheep right here. Dead," explained Byler as he shows the scene under the tree where the sheep once laid.


Attention

Pygmy sperm whale washes ashore on Daytona Beach, Florida

Pygmy sperm whale
A pygmy sperm whale, possibly suffering from heart disease, stranded itself on the beach just as the sun came up Friday morning.

The whale was almost 10 feet long, said Wendy Noke, a marine mammal biologist with Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute.

Pygmy sperm whales live in tropical and temperate latitudes throughout the world's oceans. They reach lengths up to 11.5 feet and weigh up to 1,000 pounds.

They live up to 23 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and have a characteristic known as the "squid tactic" that allows them to eject more than 3 gallons of dark, reddish brown liquid when they feel threatened or when trying to evade predators. They are rarely sighted.


Bullseye

El Paso, Texas: A million aggressive Africanized bees threaten an entire neighborhood

bee keeper bees
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A colony of about 1 million bees invaded the walls and roof of a home in far east El Paso.


An aggressive colony of bees invaded a far east El Paso neighborhood.


An extractor went out to the home where the bees have been for several years to relocate them, but the aggressive bees wouldn't allow it.

Our sister-station, CBS4, reported about the homeowner's problem with these bees on Monday. Reporter Ashley Claster got a look at the beehive Monday in the Mission Estates community, and the bees were everywhere around her.

The bee specialist estimates there are almost 1 million Africanized bees living in the walls and the roof of the house. An older couple currently lives in the home and they said the beehive has been in their walls for three years. But now the bees are getting mean and the homeowners are worried about the neighbors, their pets and their children, who walk right past this house every day after school.

Attention

Another dead dolphin washes ashore in Algoa Bay, South Africa - 11th to die in under 2 weeks

Bayworld experts arrived on the scene after an adult common dolphin was found in a tidal pool on the beach at Cape Recife Nature Reserve on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.

Bayworld experts arrived on the scene after an adult common dolphin was found in a tidal pool on the beach at Cape Recife Nature Reserve on Wednesday, 11 April 2018.
Another dolphin has washed ashore in Algoa Bay, the second such stranding since last week.

The adult common dolphin was found dead in a tidal pool on the beach at Cape Recife Nature Reserve this morning.

This brings the total number of dead dolphins found on the Bay shores to 11 in less than two weeks.

Bayworld staff rushed out to the reserve where the adult female common dolphin was found.

Bizarro Earth

Billions of purple jellyfish-like creatures wash up on beach in the south of France

Jellyfish on French beach
© Screengrab France 3/YouTube
A popular beach in the south of France has been invaded by billions of purple creatures and it's made for an impressive sight.

Residents of the southern French seaside town of Palavas-les-Flots, got a shock when they took their usual morning stroll along the beach this week. On Tuesday morning the sand at the town just south of Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast looked a little different. A lot more purple than sandy brown.

That's because billions of jellyfish-like creatures known in French as the "vélleles" (Velella in English), recognised for their oval shape and purple colour had washed up on the shores. "I first thought petrol had spilled in the sea, seeing as all the beaches are covered for miles, but no, these are jellyfish" one resident told FranceInfo radio.

In fact the Velella are not officially jellyfish although they are lumped in the same family of creatures known as Cnidaria. They are often called "by the wind sailors" or "sea-rafts". The strange incident happened because these jellyfish, which usually move together in large groups in the sea, have been pushed for three weeks by heavy winds towards the shores.

It's reportedly the first time an invasion of this type of jelly fish has happened in the south of France. These kind o jelly fish are normally found further north of the coast of Britain and Ireland. A clean-up operation was due to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

Butterfly

UK's butterflies have one of their worst years on record following gloomy wet summer in 2017

A grizzled skipper butterfly displays its stunning wings. It is one of the species of butterfly under threat

A grizzled skipper butterfly displays its stunning wings. It is one of the species of butterfly under threat
Two species of butterfly that were already in decline suffered their worst year on record last year as they struggled in difficult weather conditions.

Conservationists had hoped that butterfly numbers would bounce back after the summer of 2016, the fourth worst year in 42 years of records.

Many spring species emerged earlier than usual following a warm start to 2017.

Wolf

Baby boy mauled to death by family dog in Bad Koenig, Germany

canine attack
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A seven-month-old baby has been savaged to death by his family's Staffordshire-cross dog.

The infant received huge bite wounds on his head at his home in Bad Koenig near Frankfurt.

His 23-year-old father raced him to hospital where he died hours after the Monday evening attack.

The child is the third person to die following a dangerous dog attack in Germany in the past few days.

Comment: See also: Mother and son found dead at home in Hanover, Germany after mauling by dog


Question

About 50 black kites die mysteriously in 24 hours in Bengal, India

Veterinary doctors treat sick black kites at Bengal Safari veterinary hospital in Siliguri after around 50 birds were found dead overnight and several others were found in a sick condition.
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Veterinary doctors treat sick black kites at Bengal Safari veterinary hospital in Siliguri after around 50 birds were found dead overnight and several others were found in a sick condition.
Around 50 black kites died in less than 24 hours in Siliguri, raising alarm among residents of this north Bengal city which also tops the list among Indian cities with most polluted air.

Wildlife experts and veterinary doctors suspect food poisoning may be the cause of death because these birds are scavengers. Viscera samples have been sent to Kolkata for tests.

West Bengal state tourism minister Goutam Deb visited a few places where the kites died.

Residents of the Children's Park area in ward 12 of Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) first spotted the dead birds on Friday evening.

Till Saturday afternoon, 49 dead kites were found in College Para, Tikia Para, the district court campus and bungalows of the sub-divisional officer and judges posted in Siliguri.


Comment: See also: More than 80 kites die in Tumakuru, India


Binoculars

American bittern turns up at nature reserve in Suffolk, UK

The American bittern poses for its many admirers at Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Carlton Marshes nature reserve, near Lowestoft.
© Gavin Durrant
The American bittern poses for its many admirers at Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Carlton Marshes nature reserve, near Lowestoft.
An American star with stripes has lured hundreds of birdwatchers to an East Anglian nature reserve - and has provided a £1million appeal to extend the site with a welcome bittern bonus.

Twitchers from many parts of Britain have been converging on Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Carlton Marshes, near Lowestoft, to see an American bittern - a species rarely seen in Britain and never before in Suffolk. Related to the great bittern for which East Anglian reedbeds are famous, the rare transatlantic visitor is distinguished by its smaller size, longer bill, greater contrast in its wing pattern and, most obviously, prominent brown neck stripes.

Attention

Dozens of geese fall from the sky into Idaho Falls parking lot during severe hailstorm

dead geese
Dozens of geese plummeted from the sky during a severe hail and thunderstorm Saturday evening.

Witnesses tell EastIdahoNews.com the birds suddenly fell into a parking lot near Yellowstone Highway and Lincoln Road in Idaho Falls around 7 p.m. It's likely they were struck by lightning.

Workers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game arrived with a truck and picked up the geese, according to witnesses.

EastIdahoNews.com is working to get more information from IDFG and will post additional details as we receive them.