An Anchorage man and his dog share a special bond — spanning the distance of the planet.
Mike Mitchell and his dog, Chance, started their "miraculous connection" when the Alaska native found the Shih Tzu through a Craigslist ad on his 60th birthday. For the past eight years, the 68-year-old and Chance have walked a total of 24,901 miles together, which adds up to enough miles to complete a full lap around Earth.
"I love to walk, and Chance loves to walk," Mitchell told KTUU. "We're two peas in a pod … Somehow, we managed to walk the distance around the planet. I think it's remarkable."
Mitchell told the outlet that since 2013, he and his best furry friend average 3,000 miles per year thanks to their daily walks, which they record on an Apple Watch.
"We do a lot of double-digit walks in the morning. We go out and get 10, 12 miles, come back and have a little meal, maybe take a power nap," he said.
Mitchell — who shared that he previously struggled with his weight — noted to KTUU that both doctors and veterinarians urge him and Chance to continue their long walks together despite reaching such a significant milestone. Mitchell and Chance are looking forward to it.
"When you get to the top of a mountain, you have two ways to go, either go to the valley or head for the next mountaintop. And I think this view of the next mountain top looks good," the dog owner added.
A woman made off with a dog that wasn’t hers from a grooming business in Gardena, CA.
KTTV reports that the woman “gave [the dog] a new name, told the groomers the dog was hers, paid the services in cash and left.” The incident at Petnjoy was captured on surveillance video.
The woman allegedly then gave the dog, an 11-year-old Shih Tzu with health problems, to her daughter as a gift. The daughter promptly returned the dog to its owner, Audre Turner.
“I was so happy,” Turner said. “She was happy, she jumped out of the car, I picked her up.”
Turner doesn’t plan to press charges.
Climate change took the spotlight across late night on Wednesday.
Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah united across networks for “Climate Night,” focusing their programming on one of the most pressing global issues today. Despite the serious subject matter, this is late night — and as such, there were jokes.
“I don’t want to die,” said Kimmel in a statement ahead of the event.
“In the interest of recycling, please use whatever Jimmy Kimmel said,” Fallon quipped.
“I’m thrilled to participate in Climate Night,” Bee shared. “But maybe we should move it up a few days? Just because, you know, it’s urgent?”
“I’m proud to dedicate one entire night of my show to the climate, so I can say I wasn’t part of the problem, I was 1/365th of the solution,” said Colbert.
Several climate change activists and prominent voices on the issue appeared as guests across late night, from Dr. Jane Goodall on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Bill Gates on The Late Late Show with James Corden to Prof. Katharine Hayhoe, professor of political science at Texas Tech University, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
When Gates was asked by Corden why he has not attempted to go near space as billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have done, his answer was simple: “We have a lot to do here on Earth.” Over on The Daily Show, Noah spoke with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, who aside from her late-night appearance is preparing for a global climate strike on Sept. 24, organized by her Fridays for Future movement.
During Meyers’ “Closer Look” segment, the host highlighted progressives in Congress pushing forward with a transformative $3.5 trillion spending plan that would invest heavily in climate infrastructure amid historic wildfires, droughts and flooding. As for Bee, she ensured Full Frontal did its part in the fight against climate change by powering the episode with a strong renewable resource — her quads.
Climate Night takes place during Climate Week NYC, the weeklong summit of global leaders and climate activists in New York City to promote actionable solutions. The evening was created by former Daily Show and Patriot Act showrunner Steve Bodow. “Climate change has gone very fast from ‘probably the future,’ to ‘actually, right now’ – which means we all need to be talking and thinking about it much more,” said Bodow in a statement. “Late-night hosts reflect our national conversation even more than Russian Twitter bots set it – so this incredible group of shows coming together makes a statement about the scale and urgency of the world’s hottest problem.”
Fossilized footprints discovered in New Mexico indicate that early humans were walking across North America around 23,000 years ago, researchers reported Thursday.
The first footprints were found in a dry lake bed in White Sands National Park in 2009. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey recently analyzed seeds stuck in the footprints to determine their approximate age, ranging from around 22,800 and 21,130 years ago.
The findings may shed light on a mystery that has long intrigued scientists: When did people first arrive in the Americas, after dispersing from Africa and Asia?
Most scientists believe ancient migration came by way of a now-submerged land bridge that connected Asia to Alaska. Based on various evidence — including stone tools, fossil bones and genetic analysis — other researchers have offered a range of possible dates for human arrival in the Americas, from 13,000 to 26,000 years ago or more.
The current study provides a more solid baseline for when humans definitely were in North America, although they could have arrived even earlier, the authors say. Fossil footprints are more indisputable and direct evidence than “cultural artifacts, modified bones, or other more conventional fossils,” they wrote in the journal Science, which published the study Thursday.
“What we present here is evidence of a firm time and location,” they said.
Based on the size of the footprints, researchers believe that at least some were made by children and teenagers who lived during the last ice age.
David Bustos, the park’s resource program manager, spotted the first footprints in ancient wetlands in 2009. He and others found more in the park over the years.
“We knew they were old, but we had no way to date the prints before we discovered some with (seeds) on top,” he said Thursday.
Made of fine silt and clay, the footprints are fragile, so the researchers had to work quickly to gather samples, Bustos said.
“The only way we can save them is to record them — to take a lot of photos and make 3D models,” he said.
Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals.
A YOUTUBER has captured drone footage of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ near the banks of the loch in a recent video.
Richard Mavor, 54, was filming for his channel Richard Outdoors when eagle-eyed viewers spotted ‘Nessie’ under the water.
The wild camper was taking part in the Great Glen Canoe challenge for Alzheimer's Society with pals when the creature appeared.
He admitted that he hadn’t seen the beast in the water until punters started to comment on the video.
Speaking to the Daily Record Richard said: “I couldn’t believe it.
“I had to rewind the footage several times and have watched it several times since.
“I don’t know what it is but it certainly has the same shape as previous sightings of Nessie.
“The more I watch it I think ‘crikey!’ there really wasn’t anything in the area that could be.
“There was no driftwood or anything like that so who knows.”
Many people who watched Richard’s video pointed out that an unusual shape at the water’s edge looked a lot like the Loch Ness Monster. One more added: “Was that Nessie I spied ‘neath the water early on in the film?”
Another said: “Richard there is a shape in the water at 4 minutes and three seconds approaching the shingle beach it was Nessie coming to wish you luck on the trip.”
The outdoor explorer from North Yorkshire managed to raise £15,000 for the Alzheimer's Society during their challenge.
They completed the challenge in four days over 62 miles.
An American woman shared the shocking moment she 'heard a squeak, looked down,' and discovered a live bat hanging from her crotch.
TikTok user //www.tiktok.com/@tkazig">TkaziG shared the viral video this month, asking incredulously, 'How did this happen to me?'
After filming her surprised reaction, she pans down to show a tiny black bat nestled directly in the crotch of her jeans, forcing her to awkwardly hover with her legs open.
'It's a damn bat,' TkaziG says, warning viewers to 'stay outta nature.'
Writing to commenters, she explained that she hadn't noticed it was there until she took a step and heard a squeaking noise from between her legs.
'I called my husband' she explained. 'I was terrified to move until he came to get it.'
Her husband grabbed the bat — which died shortly after.
'I saw a cat in the area that I think was the culprit. We sent him off for testing and he came back negative for rabies,' she wrote.
The TikToker also assured viewers that she had followed up with a rabies test of her own.
TkaziG's video has been viewed 4.1 million times, and amused viewers have poured in with funny comments.
More than 60 African penguins were found dead on Boulders Beach near Cape Town, many with bee stings around their eyes, an occurrence researchers said was unprecedented.
The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said in a statement that it suspects a bees' nest was disturbed in the area. While penguins have been stung by bees before, the foundation said it had not seen an incident on this scale.
Katta Ludynia, research manager at the foundation, said her team initially thought a predator was behind the deaths. But postmortems revealed neither a predator nor disease were to blame, but instead found bee stings in the birds' eyes.
"And then our veterinarian actually went back to site and found dead bees on that stretch of beach," she said.
The foundation's rangers at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach will now monitor nests closely to see if the birds had eggs or chicks. If so, they will intervene to rescue them for hand-rearing, the foundation said.
"The African penguin population is rapidly declining, and it is very sad to see the deaths of so many healthy, most likely breeding adults," Dr. David Roberts, the foundation's clinical veterinarian, said.
"This unusual event is part of what can happen in a normal balanced ecosystem and if the penguins were not in such trouble already, it wouldn't be such a tragedy."
There are 10,300 breeding pairs of African penguins left in South Africa and the foundation says some 40,000 breeding pairs have been lost in the last 20 years.
"The main threats to African penguins are the lack of food, the competition with industrial fisheries over limited resources, increasing shipping traffic, oil spills and pollution, climate change, extreme weather events, diseases, predation and many others, not bees," Ludynia said.
Only about one-third of all chicks that fledge from all colonies will survive their first year at sea because of a lack of food, she said. "That is a tragedy and will lead to the extinction of the species."
The foundation is calling for the restriction of fishing around important African penguin breeding colonies.
The owner of a Texas pet-boarding company where 75 dogs died in a fire said Monday that he is heartbroken and grieving the animals' deaths.
The dogs died of smoke inhalation after the fire at around 11 p.m. Saturday at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, a city of around 67,000 north of Austin, fire officials said.
"I am emotionally overwhelmed by the accidental fire on Saturday night at our business," Phillip Paris said in a statement Monday, according to NBC affiliate KXAN of Austin. “Fifty-nine families are affected, and their best friends won’t be coming home. As a dog owner, I feel their heartbreak intensely.”
The preliminary investigation has given officials no indication that the cause of the fire is criminal, but the inquiry continues, the Georgetown Fire Department said.
When fire crews got to the site, the facility was completely engulfed in smoke and all of the dogs at the business had died, the fire department has said.
The fire department said Monday that the process of reuniting owners with their dogs will begin.
Sprinklers are not required at a business of that size in Georgetown, the fire department said. Sullivan said there could be changes to the fire code in the wake of the fire.
The deadly fire occurred just days after a fire at a Florida pet adoption facility killed 23 cats. Firefighters were able to save all the dogs and some cats after the fire Wednesday at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, officials said.
An aging killer whale "grandmother" in a large, extended orca family in the northeastern Pacific Ocean hasn't been seen in months and is thought to have died.
The orca (Orcinus orca), known as L47, was one of the most prolific females in the Southern Resident clan; she gave birth to seven calves that lived long enough to receive their own alphanumeric "names," more than any other Southern Resident female has produced, representatives of the Center for Whale Research (CWR) said in a statement.
The Southern Resident group is made up of three pods — J, K and L — of closely related whales that swim in waters near British Columbia, Washington and Oregon. Each pod centers around an older female, and at 47 years old, L47 was a long-standing matriarch in the L pod, according to the statement.
On Sept. 20, CWR representatives reported that L47 was missing from their 2021 census for Southern Resident killer whales. She was last spotted Feb. 27 in Swanson Channel near British Columbia, and while she did not appear malnourished or in distress, she was not seen again in surveys conducted during the early summer in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a body of water connecting the Salish Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
Nor was she observed in September, when CWR researchers repeatedly encountered and photographed L47's L pod kids and grandkids. "Her repeated absence meets our criteria for declaring a whale missing and likely deceased," CWR representatives wrote in the statement.
Two of L47's adult daughters are still alive, and the daughters have sons of their own. (Female orcas reproduce until they are about 40 years old, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)). L47 also leaves behind a roughly 10-year-old son, named L115.
Killer whale pods depend on their matriarchs for leadership, especially when salmon is hard to find, and L47's death could spell trouble for the pod's youngest and most vulnerable members, who rely on older females to make sure that the youngsters get enough to eat, according to the statement.
"Her son, L115, is at an approximately three times greater risk of death in the next two years than a male of the same age would be with a surviving mother," CWR representatives said.
L47's presumed death brings the number of Southern Resident killer whales to 74 individuals, but that number represents just a small fraction of killer whales worldwide. While some orca populations, including the Southern Resident clan, have declined in recent decades, there are an estimated 50,000 orcas globally, and about 2,500 of them live in northeastern Pacific waters, NOAA says.
An enormous alligator is suspected of killing a man in Louisiana, according to news reports.
Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently captured the alligator around the neighborhood of Avery Estates, not far from where 71-year-old Timothy Satterlee Sr. went missing on Aug. 30, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office wrote on its Facebook page. The 12-foot-long (3.7 meters), 504-pound (229 kilograms) alligator had "what appears to be human remains inside its stomach," according to the post.
Satterlee's wife reported to the police that an alligator had attacked her husband outside their home in floodwaters from Hurricane Ida, according to The Charlotte Observer. She tried wrestling him from the alligator's grip and pulled him onto the front steps of their house, before leaving to look for help. But when she came back to the house, he was gone. The investigators will now work with the coroner's office to confirm the remains belong to Satterlee, according to the Facebook post.
"People getting killed by alligators is extremely rare," said Adam Rosenblatt, an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Florida who studies how alligators respond to changing environments.
Between 1999 and 2019, alligators killed 10 people in the southeastern U.S., according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that same time period and in the same area, nearly five times as many people were killed by dogs, and nearly 12 times as many people were killed by lightning, he said.
"A lot of human-alligator conflict occurs when alligators get provoked, both intentionally and unintentionally, or when alligators go after people's pets," Rosenblatt told Live Science. When hungry, alligators might go after people, but those types of situations are "rarer," he said.
Worldwide, alligators are responsible for less than 6% of fatal attacks by animals in the group called crocodilians (which includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials), according to the University of Florida. Around 4% of alligator attacks on humans in the U.S. have led to death.
There's no evidence to suggest that alligators change their behaviors and actively hunt during hurricanes in Florida, according to the University of Florida. But they may show up in unexpected places due to widespread flooding after a hurricane.
Though rare, fatal alligator attacks do occur from time to time. People can limit their chances of such a conflict by not approaching alligators when they see them; walking pets at a distance from lakes and ponds; avoiding swimming in areas that are known to have alligators, especially at night; and never feeding them, Rosenblatt said.