Cows like Skittles too... Mars... the candy company - not the planet is investigating...A mysterious Skittles spill on a rural highway in Wisconsin is taking another twist, with Mars Inc. saying it doesn't know why the discarded candy might have been headed to become cattle feed.The case began when a Wisconsin sheriff posted on Facebook this week that "hundreds of thousands of Skittles" had been found spilled on a highway. Later, he updated the post to say the candy had fallen off a truck on its way to be cattle feed.Only red Skittles had spilled out, and Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt joked in the post that it would be difficult to "Taste the Rainbow" in its entirety. A variety of food byproducts are commonly used for animal feed, and Mars says it has procedures for discarding foods for that purpose. However, the company says the Skittles in question came from a factory that doesn't sell unused products for feed."We don't know how it ended up as it did and we are investigating," Mars said.The Skittles spilled from a box that started to disintegrate in the rain, and about half of them got out. The Skittles on the ground did not have the standard letter "S'' on them.Josh Cribbs, a cattle nutritionist and director of commercial development for the American Maine-Anjou Association, which promotes a particular cattle breed, said that the food byproducts that get used for cattle feed vary depending on what's available in the region and particular time of year.Cribbs said specific byproducts would be mixed with other ingredients to achieve a particular nutritional profile."You might think, 'Oh my gosh, they might be eating a Skittle.' In reality, that piece of candy is being broken down," he said.-----------------------
Have you seen this weeks crazy viral video... Passengers scream as Florida alligator leaps into airboat...A Missouri couple vacationing in Florida had a close encounter with an alligator when it leapt into their airboat and became wedged in the boat's railing.Passengers screamed as 30-year-old Tylor Hindery of Springfield, Missouri, captured the moment in a Facebook live video posted this week.Hinderey said he talked his wife Emerald into an airboat ride.The guide killed the engine and floated close to the bank so people could photograph the gator.But Hinderey says the boat got stuck. The guide didn't want to start the engine and scare the gator so he prepared to push off the bank. Just as he warned passengers not to make any sudden movements, the gator jumped into the boat.The gator eventually slid in to the water. No one was hurt.
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Montana beekeeper stung by beehive thieves in California...A Montana beekeeper says thieves got away with 488 beehives he had taken to California to pollinate almond trees.Lloyd Cunniff said it appeared the thieves used semitrailers to steal about 190,000 bees this week in Yuba City, California. He said he was storing the bees on a fellow beekeeper's property before moving them to Fresno, where he had a contract to pollinate almond trees.Cunniff says the theft will cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars in income. The hives were insured.Cunniff said he reported the theft to the Sutter County sheriff's department and learned other beekeepers have reported thefts, as well. He says beekeepers also are searching for the missing hives.--------------------------
A Dog's Purpose Author: Additional Footage of Dog Stunt 'Paints a Different Picture'A Dog’s Purpose author and co-screenwriter W. Bruce Cameron says a controversial video that appears to show a German shepherd being forced into turbulent water on the set of the movie is misleading and doesn’t tell the whole story.In a statement released this week, Cameron said he initially found the footage “shocking” but questioned the intentions of whoever was behind it. “If the people who shot and edited the video thought something was wrong,” he said, “why did they wait fifteen months to do anything about it, instead of immediately going to the authorities?”Having reviewed additional footage from the day in question, Cameron said “it paints an entirely different picture.”According to Cameron, “The dog was not terrified and not thrown in the water — I’ve seen footage of Hercules earlier that day joyfully jumping in the pool.” The dog only balked after being asked to perform the stunt from a different side of the pool than was rehearsed, and he “happily did the stunt when he was allowed to return to his original spot.”Cameron conceded that “mistakes were made” during production of the film but added, “the reason American Humane certifies that no animals were harmed during the making of the film is that no animals were harmed during the making of the film.”-----------------------------
Thank You Westminster Kennel Club: Finally, There Is a Fantasy Sport for Dog Lovers...Fantasy Football sound likes fun, but for those who don’t know or care about the intricacies of sports, this online competition is inaccessible.Now there is a fantasy sport that everyone can get on board with: Professional Dog Picking.In partnership with the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Purina Pro Plan has created the Purina Pro Plan $1 Million Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Bracket Challenge.All animal lovers have to do is visit DogShowBracket.com and pick one winner for each of the seven groups (Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Herding, Working and Terrier) and the dog that will win Best in Show. Those who guess each one correctly have a chance to take home $1 million (with the prize being evenly split among all winners).After making your picks, all that’s left to do is to watch the 141th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Fox Sports 1 (FS1) on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. EST and Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. EST to enjoy the pups and see if your canine knowledge reigns supreme.So study up, choose wisely, and get ready for a little canine competition.And dont forget TPR will be live in NYC for all the festivities... broadcasting live from the Hotel Penn, right across the street from Madison Square Garden... and we will bring you tons of behind the scenes coverage from the big event!!---------------------