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Magpie swooping: Inside the Australian bird’s annual reign of terror ☞ RNZ News – New Zealand

“Streets and parks become a battleground, as the birds – descending from above and attacking from behind – swoop down on anything they fear poses a threat to their offspring.
High up in their nests, they rule over their kingdom with an iron claw, while on the ground, humans dust off their protective hats – traditionally a plastic ice cream container – and duck for cover.
At times drawing blood, their ambushes can cause serious injuries, and in a handful of cases, death.
But experts claim magpies are misunderstood and humans are the aggressors.”

Commander Biden bites another Secret Service agent, the 11th known incident ☞ CNN 

“Commander has been involved in at least 11 biting incidents at the White House and in Delaware, according to CNN reporting and US Secret Service email correspondence, including a November 2022 incident where an officer was hospitalized after the dog clamped down on their arms and thighs.
White House officials said in July that the Bidens were working through new training and leashing protocols for the family pet…”

Jamaica – Health Ministry Declares Dengue Outbreak ☞ Ministry of Health & Wellness – Jamaica

“Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease that is usually a mild illness in which a person may get a fever, headache, joint, and muscle pains. Rest and adequate hydration are usually enough to see one through the period of illness. The recommended treatment for the fever is acetaminophen/paracetamol.”
“on occasions the illness can progress to Severe Dengue, which can result in organ failure as well as bleeding (haemorrhage), and severe fluid depletion that can lead to shock and death. Persons experiencing fever, vomiting, severe abdominal pain, bleeding under the skin (petechial rash), feeling very weak, or getting confused, are to seek immediate medical attention.”

9 Animals That Have Invaded Florida ☞ Mental Floss

#9 – Burmese Pythons
“Between 1997 and 2012, marsh rabbits, cottontail rabbits, and foxes effectively disappeared from the southern Everglades while the number of raccoons dropped 99.3 percent, opossums 98.9 percent, and bobcats 87.5 percent.”

Anheuser-Busch will no longer amputate tails of Budweiser’s Clydesdale horses ☞ NPR

“Docking is among the tail alterations condemned by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners, asserting that when performed for cosmetic purposes, the procedure does not contribute to the health or welfare of the horse.
A tail is indeed important for a horse’s welfare, as it is its instrument for swatting away biting insects.
“In just one day, a horse can lose a cup of blood to biting insects such as mosquitoes.”

Japan trials fire ant detection dogs ☞ News on Japan

“Detection dogs for fire ants have been used in overseas locations like Taiwan. The plan is to conduct a demonstration experiment at harbors and facilities in Tokyo after October to verify their effectiveness accurately. Based on this verification, they will consider full-scale implementation.”

Deadly Floods in Libya Leave 10,000 Missing ☞ VOA

“On Sunday, Mediterranean storm Daniel deluged Derna with 440 millimeters of rain, according to Karsten Haustein, a climatologist at Leipzig University. Dams collapsed. Levees burst with floodwater. The city’s main roads suddenly became rivers, and the rushing currents floated cars downstream like dinghies.”

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Orangutan hurls possum from enclosure at Perth Zoo ☞ 7NEWS – Australia

“The orangutan habitat is an outside environment and possums, who also live at height, just like the orangutans, have been known to inhabit the above-ground territories. Whilst every effort is made to prevent them from entering, the sheer height provides some challenges and sometimes the orangutans evict the odd possum themselves.”
“The zoo says possums are ‘very robust’ and the ‘evicted’ animal survived being thrown out of the orangutan enclosure.”

Japan – Fresh whale meat on sale in Ginza ☞ News On Japan (News Aggregator) 

“Japan is attempting to legitimize its commercial whaling activities amid opposition from anti-whaling countries, with fresh whale meat now being offered for sale at Matsuya Ginza Department Store. Whale meat is usually distributed as frozen, however, fresh meat is said to give consumers the authentic flavor of whale.”

Alabama- 2 rare cases of mosquito-borne virus, 1 death reported in Baldwin County ☞ – Alabama

“According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately a third of all people with encephalitis due to EEE die. Death can happen two to 10 days after the onset of symptoms but can also occur much later.
And for those who do recover, they can be left with long-term physical or mental impairments, which can range from brain dysfunction to severe intellectual impairment, personality disorders, seizures, paralysis and cranial nerve dysfunction, according to CDC…”
“There is no specific treatment for EEE, and antibiotics are not effective against the virus.”

Hurricane Hilary on path toward Southern California ☞ CBS News

“The storm’s remnants are likely to bring flooding rain as well as strong winds to some parts of California, including the Los Angeles Basin, the Weather Channel reports. Heavy rainfall is expected to impact the Southwestern U.S. starting Friday through early next week, ‘peaking on Sunday and Monday,’ according to the hurricane center.”

Woman seriously injured in bear attack in Minnesota ☞ CBS News

“The woman was staying at a cabin near Gull Lake when she let her dog outside early Friday, the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said in a release. She went out to check on her dog and was attacked. The bear swiped at the woman, ‘striking her in several places,’ then left the area, the DNR said. “

Rockefeller U. – New York – Video of Costello the octopus may show him waking from nightmare, say scientists ☞ South China Morning Post – Hong Kong

“On four occasions, the animal awoke ‘abruptly’ before engaging ‘in antipredator and predatory behaviours,’ changing colour, and flailing his arms around erratically, researchers said in a paper published last week on the website bioRxiv. In two of the instances the octopus shot black ink into the water -a common tactic used to escape from predators – despite there being no predator present.”

Caterpillar asp

Why you shouldn’t touch these hairy caterpillars ☞ KHOU – Houston

“An ice pack should be applied to the site of the sting.
Oral antihistamines can be administered to help relieve the itching and burning sensations.
For caterpillars with stout spines, try carefully applying cellophane tape to, and stripping it from, the sting site to remove the irritating spines.”

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