Two moose were recently discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska's unforgiving western coast.Brad Webster, a middle school social studies and science teacher in Unalakleet, captured images of the massive animals poking through the ice as they lay on their sides with antlers apparently locked together.He had taken a friend who recently moved to the village for a walk on Nov. 2 near a frozen slough at Covenant Bible Camp, where Webster volunteers as a camp steward.He initially thought it was just one moose that had been shot but when he got a closer look, he saw the second moose.It was the end of moose rutting season, and the animals likely were fighting over a female moose. Webster speculates that one of the animals was wounded by the other animal's antlers, and perhaps died as their antlers were caught together, dragging the rival down with it.
A deer sprinting across a field knocked over a cross-country runner at an NCAA regional race, but the runner got up and finished the race.Gwynedd Mercy University senior Justin DeLuzio was competing in the 8K race when someone yelled, "Watch out for the deer!" A deer struck him in the stomach, and he fell to the ground as more deer ran across the course."I turn my head a little bit to the left, and he comes right there, He knocked me down pretty good." DeLuzio said.A teammate helped DeLuzio to his feet, and he finished the race, placing 294th. The Gwynedd team finished 46th out of 52 schools taking part.The team says DeLuzio, of Limerick, was bruised but otherwise fine. DeLuzio considers himself lucky."I know if that deer was a little bit bigger I could have been in serious trauma," he said.---------------------------
Animal Teamwork! Shelter Dog Helps Rescue Cat Stuck in Sewer...An Ohio shelter pup who discovered a cat stuck in a sewer while on a walk with a volunteer is being hailed a hero — and hoping for a home for the holidays.The pooch, a 6-year-old Chinese shar-pei mix named Leopard, currently resides at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter and alerted the person walking her after hearing the cat’s cries.“While Leopard was out on her walk this afternoon, she alerted the volunteer to the sound of crying in the sewer,” said a Facebook post shared by the shelter. “Volunteers and deputies were able to retrieve the cat and all is well. The cat has now gone home to stay with one of our volunteers and Leopard (kennel 2) is a hero!!”The dog’s heroics will hopefully translate into a forever home before Turkey Day — though sadly, health issues have made adoption a challenge so far. Shortly after she arrived at the shelter in May, Leopard had a cancerous tumor removed. The tumor has a low chance of metastasis but needs to monitored for the remainder of her life in the event of regrowth, the shelter said.Despite all that, this hero deserves a home. “Leopards’s heroic act of saving another furry friend just reaffirms what a wonderful addition she would be to any family,” animal shelter administrator Mindy Naticchioni said. “We know she would forever grateful to have a home to call her own, especially for the Thanksgiving … the table scraps alone would be worth it!”If you’re interested in adopting Leopard, contact the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter at -216-525-7877.----------------------------
Pet owners beware! There are several foods you should not give to your animals this Thanksgiving.1. Turkey bones: Turkey bones can cause pets to choke and if they swallow them, the bones can puncture the stomach or intestines, which could possibly kill them. Instead, give pets pieces of COOKED turkey. Breast meat is best — and make sure you cut off all the bones.2. Turkey skin: Fatty foods like turkey skin are tough for dogs to digest. In some cases, their pancreas can become inflamed, resulting in pancreatitis. 3. Stuffing: A lot of stuffing includes scallions, garlic and onions, all three of which are toxic to animals and can cause anemia.4. Mushrooms: If your dog eats mushrooms, the dog may experience vomiting, seizures, a coma and possibly death. 5. Nutmeg: Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for your dog—but make sure they don’t contain nutmeg. It has mild hallucinogenic properties that, when ingested by your dog, can cause seizures, tremors and central nervous system problems. 6. Alcohol: Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. 7. Nuts: Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets. 8. Dough: When a dog or cat ingests raw bread dough, the yeast continues to convert the sugars in the dough to carbon dioxide gas and alcohol. This can result in bloated drunken pets, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring hospitalization. 9. Sage: It’s in countless Thanksgiving Day recipes, but it shouldn’t be in your dog’s bowl. Sage contains oils and resins that can upset your four-legged friend’s stomach and do a number on its central nervous system. 10. Chocolate: This may seem like a no-brainer for experienced pet owners. But you may want to remind guests not to give animals a taste of chocolate desserts. It’s toxic for them.------------------------------
Fido getting fat? Now there’s a Fitbit for petsAre you worried your dog isn’t keeping up at the dog park? That your cat is actually chubby – not fluffy?The latest development out of the wearable technology craze may be for you – the Fitbit for pets.Fremont-based Poof recently launched its line of gadgets that track activity, calories burned and sleep patterns in dogs and cats. The small, colorful devices attach to a pet’s collar or harness and connect to a smartphone app where humans can track their animal’s fitness progress, see feeding recommendations and compare their pet’s activity level to other animals on the app.The trackers come in two sizes – the Pea (the size of a quarter) sells for $39.99 and has a replaceable battery that lasts up to six months, and the Bean (the size of a pill) sells for $49.99 and has a rechargeable battery that lasts up to two months. The app is free, and allows pet owners to input their animal’s breed, age and weight for personalized results.Poof raised $67,000 on Indiegogo earlier this year, and already has shipped about 1,500 pre-ordered trackers. All proceeds from sales of Poof trackers will go to nonprofit GreaterGood, which supports animal shelters and rescue groups around the world.Poof isn’t the only pet fitness tracker on the market – it competes with others such as FitBark and PitPat, but Tran argues Poof is the most comfortable to wear and has the longest battery life.--------------