A swimmer reportedly needed tetanus shots after being attacked by a seagull in the sea at Fenit in Co Kerry last week.
The attack took place last Tuesday afternoon, around 70m off the shoreline.
Medical attention was needed, senior county council officers have confirmed.
The gull swooped on the man, believed to be a visitor to the area, and returned a second time, even though the swimmer was trying to resist the bird.
The man beat the gull away, but it drew blood from his hand.
Lifeguards directed him to the emergency department at Kerry General Hospital, where he is understood to have received tetanus shots.
Brendan O’Connor, Water Safety Officer with Kerry County Council, said that in his 40 years of beach and coastal activities this is the first such attack ever reported by lifeguards in Kerry.
The county has 684km of coastline, one of the longest stretches in the country.
Mr O’Connor believes it is part of a pattern of unusual behaviour by gulls.
The gull in question was a great black-backed gull, he said.
The bird can have a wingspan of up to 1.7m.
“He broke skin – pecked him – and came back for another bite,” the officer said.
The swimmer was simply swimming and was not doing anything unusual “when the gull swooped on him”, he added.
32 lifeguards are employed by the council along Kerry’s blue flag beaches, which stretch from Derrynane to Ballybunion.
The swimmer, who was near the buoys off Fenit beach, a traditional target for long distance and strong swimmers, tried to summon the attention of the two lifeguards while attempting to beat away the gull.
“This is the first time I have ever heard of such an attack by a gull on a swimmer,” Mr O’Connor said.
The attack is the latest in a number of extraordinary reports of aggressive behaviour by seagulls in Kerry this year including the killing of two mountain ewes near Lispole in west Kerry and an attack on a motorcyclist in south Kerry.
Micheál O’Coileain, Environmental Officer with the council, said the fact that there are no landfill sites now in Kerry, or indeed in the whole region, may be a factor in the gulls’ strange behaviour, including the movement further and further inland.
Traditionally gulls would have fed on the landfills.
In a sign that they are moving further and further inland in Kerry, gulls are now common on the Killarney lakes.
The U.S. Department of the Interior shared a photo from a wildlife refuge showing a red-winged blackbird hitching a ride on the back of a red-tailed hawk.
The photo, which was shared by the department on Facebook and Instagram, was snapped by eagle-eyed photographer Mike White at the DeSoto and Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuges in Nebraska and Iowa.
“We occasionally see territorial blackbirds (among others) dive-bombing raptors, but this is definitely something you don’t see every day,” the department said.
White’s photo was titled “Hitching a Ride.”
What is shared through Catherine is a message that comes through the mouth of a soul that chose an animal body to create the experience and pivotal shift individually and collectively agreed upon.
I have and continue to try to help people to understand the universally broader perspective that steps outside of the limited ego and emotional bodies we attach to and stay stuck in much of the time, as I come in contact with a lot of animal activists and sensitives who ask me many times how I deal with the tragedies of animal abuse and killing and stay grounded and balanced.
In many of my classes, as we speak about energy and healing, I will share a wider perspective in offering to help people move through, expand, and understand more deeply a way to let go of the idea of suffering and pain. To see that there is potentially much more than meets the eye to open to.
This is something Nestor so poignantly helped me to really learn and understand myself, which has helped shift everything for me, as a sensitive myself that picks up everything consciously and subconsciously, that connects me even more with all of life and the collective consciousness – the bigger divinely conscious picture.
The message Catherine channels is exactly how it is with all of the animals….we just have our attachments to ideas on things.
This was a self sacrifice that has a profound, and lasting effect upon the mass consciousness – a divine plan done in soul-consciousness to create opportunity for collective shifting.
Here is Catherine’s share:
“In light of the recent outpouring of attention for Cecil the Lion, I was drawn to connect in with him, as I felt there was more to be shared from his perspective. It can be hard to make sense of such tragic situations from our human viewpoints, and by connecting with the bigger picture as relayed by the animals, we may find some comfort.
“Know I am at peace. There is a level of agreement, a soul contract.. I feel no resentment towards this man. This has been part of his journey, his evolution of consciousness, and for all who witness and are affected by this unfolding of events.
Anger is not the way forward. Disconnection is what has created the hole in the human heart that must kill for enjoyment – it is no fault of anyone’s – but a vivid illustration of the state of collective humanity. Indeed, the response is also a reflection of what people are no longer willing to tolerate.
The immense opposition is necessary for change – the act of dying was necessary for it to be witnessed. Do not see me as a victim, but as an instigator of awareness and peace – of respectful and honourable interactions between species. This is the way.
Use the rush of heightened emotion to act, to make a positive difference. To let others know this CAN NOT continue. It goes against the laws of nature – and none will suffer more greatly than humanity if this continues to be disregarded.
The pain and fear experienced by my physical being was disengaged as I prepared to leave my body. There are two levels of functioning, and in such times it is possible to remove one’s consciousness from the active experience of suffering.
My spirit is strong, and continues to be. I honour the shifts occurring. Trust in this process as a catalyst for change.”
Immense gratitude to this incredible being.” ~ Cecil via Catherine Albertson
Ed. Note: This was basically the same impression that came thru when I searched for answers as to why this “apparent” tragedy was playing out on the world stage, both Cecil and Dr. Palmer have soul contracts to assist the collective in shifting the paradigm to one of a much Higher Order for ALL life on Earth.
Thank you Cecil and Dr Palmer for your sacrifice to the Greater Common Good…mahalo!
A domesticated cat has adopted a baby lynx after its own mother refused to feed it.
A worker at the Novosibirsk Zoo in the city of Novosibirsk, Russia, noticed that the young lynx Nika was not being correctly cared for by its mother.
The lynx had refused to feed the cub because it was the runt of the litter and the zoo needed to find an innovative solution for the problem.
An employee at the zoo then decided that she would bring her cat into work with her to act as a surrogate mother.
Her cat had recently given birth to kittens and it was hoped that the feline would adopt the little lynx as a part of her own brood.
Captured on camera, the domesticated cat can be seen tending to the lynx – despite almost being the same size as it.
The cat grooms the top of the lynx’s head as a number of visitors to the zoo take photographs of the unique sight.
Later in the clip the duo eat together before the lynx is filmed playing with a tennis ball on its own.
Nika is now eating better and growing fast and will soon outgrow her foster mother.
The Empire State Building broadcast images of endangered animals to New Yorkers on Saturday in a video projection said to be the first-of-its-kind.
At one point an image of Cecil the Lion, whose death at the hands of an American hunter last month caused international outrage, was broadcast in a picture more than 350 feet tall and 180 feet wide.
In total 160 species of endangered animals including birds, tigers, leopards and bears were shown at the event, which was meant to spark conversations about mass extinction, according to NBC New York.
The images were put up over 33 floors of the building for three hours using 40 projectors stacked together at a rooftop two blocks away.
The landmark is decorated with lights of different colors for various holidays, though organizers said Saturday night marked the first time that such as video projection had been done. The show was organized as part of a promotion for a new Discovery Channel documentary, Racing Extinction, which is set to air in December.
As world outrage over Cecil the Lion’s death grows, one of the largest U.S. airlines tells hunters to find another way to bring home the bodies of lions, tigers, and other wildlife.
(Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Aug 3, 2015
Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.
Delta, the only United States airline that offers direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies.
In a statement sent to TakePart on Monday, Delta said it has banned the transport of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo parts on its flights worldwide.
“Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species,” the airline stated. “Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.”
The news follows the recent global outcry over the death of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion at the hands of American dentist Walter Palmer. The allegedly illegal hunt of the beloved 13-year-old lion sparked petitions that have garnered more than 1 million signatures, calling for justice for Cecil and stricter protections of Africa’s endangered lions.
“There’s no doubt the news of Cecil definitely has altered the game plan for Delta,” said Chris Green, director of legislative affairs for the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Walter Palmer is from Minneapolis—the third largest hub in the U.S. for Delta. It’s not unthinkable to assume he would have chosen to carry a national treasure of Zimbabwe’s back to the state on a Delta plane.”
Somebody Put a Camera on a Toy Car and Drove It Into a Pride of Lions
In May, Green started a petition calling for Delta to stop transporting trophies of Africa’s big game wildlife. The petition has attracted 394,000 signatures since then.
Green said the signatures were most likely a key to turning Delta’s position as well. “Imagine if Cecil had been carried on a Delta flight after they had received almost 400,000 signatures calling for a ban on trophy transport—that’s a public relations nightmare,” he said.
Asked whether Cecil’s death or the petition had a role in the trophy ban, Delta spokesperson Morgan Durrant said the corporation had no further comment.
Delta’s joins British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar, Etihad, Iberia, Singapore, and Brussels Airlines in banning the transport of big game hunting trophies. Americans constitute 60 percent of oversees big game hunters who travel to Africa each year.
“Most people participate in these hunts to have the chance to bring their trophy home and brag about it—this is one more roadblock for them,” Green said.
The Gadhimai festival, which is said to be the world’s largest animal sacrifice event has been cancelled after widespread concern over the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of creatures. With animal rights activists protesting the proceedings, which take place at the Gadhimai Temple in Nepal near the Indian border, the festival is on hold as they prepare a potential bloodless alternative to be staged in five years for the next scheduled gathering.
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Update: The status of Cecil’s brother is now the subject of a “dispute” between conservationists.
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There’s a lot going on in the world, but you wouldn’t know it if you tuned in to the nightly news because according to the mainstream media, the only thing that happened anywhere last week is that a dentist shot a lion.
(Cecil the lion is the one on the right)
That’s right folks, Walter killed Cecil and some folks – scratch that – a lot of folks are unhappy about it.
In fact, hundreds of protesters papered Dr. Palmer’s office with subtle messages like “rot in hell” and “there’s a deep cavity waiting for you.”
As Reuters reports, Cecil’s untimely demise has the potential to put a dent in a lucrative industry by leaving a bad taste in the mouths of big game hunters, who may now hesitate before participating in this “archaic bloodsport”. Here’s more:
Hunters longing to shoot big game in the African wild may choose a different target after public backlash against a Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Cecil the lion just outside a national wildlife preserve.
African hunts are booked months in advance and pricey affairs, often costing $8,000 to $50,000, with approval needed from U.S. and U.N. agencies to bring back trophies such as the head of a lion to the United States.
“It has left a bad taste in their mouths,” said James Jeffrey, a Houston-based international hunting agent with more than 12 years experience.
“They read all those books and it is people’s dreams to go over there and do it. Some of these guys have worked their whole lives to do this one hunt,” he said.
Eleven African countries issue lion hunting permits. Of them South Africa’s hunting industry is the biggest, worth $675 million, according to the Professional Hunters Association.
Americans make up the bulk of non-African hunters, with 15,000 going to the continent on hunting safaris each year, according to John Jackson, president of Conservation Force, a lobby group that says regulated lion hunting helps protect the animal by giving reserve owners a financial incentive to deter poachers and cultivate stock.
Supporters argue the money generated from hunts bolsters the coffers for conservation in emerging African countries that want to use their limited finances for social programs.
Critics see the hunts as an archaic bloodsport, hurting species such as lions, which an academic study in 2012 said had seen a population fall of nearly 70 percent in the last 50 years.
In response to the killing, Zimbabwe has now put a halt to big game hunts pending an investigation. From AP:
Zimbabwean wildlife authorities say they have suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area favoured by hunters following the killing of a lion popular with tourists.
The National Parks and Wildlife Authority said Saturday that bow and arrow hunts have also been suspended unless they are approved by the authority’s director.
The authority says it is also investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal. It says it only received the information this week.
And don’t expect the controversy to dissipate any time soon because in what is either a deliberate attempt on the part of an enterprising poacher to capitalize off the incident or else an incredibly ill-timed coincidence, Cecil’s brother Jericho was killed today by hunters. Here’s Sky News:
The brother of Cecil the lion, Jericho, has been shot dead by poachers, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has said.
The organisation wrote on Facebook: “It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil’s brother, has been killed at 4pm today.
“We are absolutely heart broken.”
It is thought Jericho had been protecting Cecil’s cubs.
And because the story obviously needed to get sadder still, those cubs will now likely die as well.
Via The Daily Mail:
Before his death there had been concerns Jericho would not be able to hold the territory of Cecil’s cubs alone and could be chased away by rival lions.
Unprotected, the lionesses and cubs are now under threat and [must] move away or be killed.
Last week Mr Rodrigues, told the Daily Mail Online Jericho was keeping the cubs safe from any rival males.
(Jericho and Cecil in better times)
As for Palmer, Zimbabwe is looking to have the dentist extradited from the US. “Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri said the dentist should be handed over to Zimbabwean officials to face justice, adding that she understood prosecutors had started the legal process to make that happen,” the Daily Mail notes.
And for anyone who thinks getting Palmer sent back to Zimbabwe will be like pulling teeth (so to speak), the public outcry may end up pressuing The White House into action, because as you can see from the screengrab below, a peitition to have Palmer extradicted has received the necessary number of signatures to warrant a response from The President:
So in the end, we suppose the only question for Obama will be how to explain the fact that, as we reported on Thursday, the death of Cecil, as well as countless other lions, elephants, rhinos and other animals, is solely as a result of the Zimbabwe government’s corruption. A corruption, which the US government knew all about, and despite the fact that Washington knew US hunters were killing not only elephants but lions, the government’s only real concern was the “serious risks that Americans could be implicated in smuggling and poaching operations.”
Ed. Note: To add balance to this heartbreaking and polarizing tragedy, it’s my impression Cecil and Dr. Patterson had soul contracts to awaken the human collective to the insanity of trophy hunting, canned safari’s and political corruption in smuggling and poaching operations…Cecil transitioned for the Greater Good of the next Seven Generations.
On a good note, Jericho’s alive and well!!
Surely this has to be a good sign after the story I posted recently re the white Buffalo Calf & white animals being born right now. This is a sign of the re-uniting of humanity. Too damn cute anyway. KS
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Note: Incredible speech! IMO after we reclaim control of the planet from tyrants and psychopathic bloodlines, Dane Wigington deserves to be honored as a global hero for his efforts to help people from all walks of life understand what’s happening in our skies and on the ground.
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July 21, 2015 by Amanda Froelich
Without bees, the future of Earth looks bleak…
Therefore, with massive bee die-offs (otherwise known as ‘colony collapse disorder’), it has been the plight of many scientists, beekeepers, and educated activists to do whatever it takes to ensure bees survive.
Some theories exist as to what is causing colony collapse, such as Monsanto’s GMO crops, the insecticides used to treat them, and EMF frequencies from excessive technological use… but debate persists.
In wake of all the controversy, the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, decided to take action by calling for a nationwide ban on GMO cultivation. The news comes from a report published by the German NGO keine-gentechnik.de.
As GMWatch shares, this call for a ban follows controversial legislation allowing EU member states to opt-out of GM cultivation, even though it has been approved at the European Union level.
As might be expected, many pro-GMO advocates are angry about the new law, calling it “unfounded,” and stating that it “lacks scientific justification.” Many non-GMO supporters – especially beekeepers – stand strong in their stance, however, and point to the many documented dangers (and unproven suspicions) of genetically modified foods. They also bring to attention the known damage caused by herbicides and pesticides used to grow them, as well as the decimation of pollinating insects.
Beekeepers are hoping that the Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) will soon administer a nationwide ban. At this point, they – and the rest of the world – need action to be taken to preserve the declining numbers of pollinating bees. So far, the Minister has argued in favor of allowing each state individually decide if they will ban GMOs.
Because bees can fly up to eight kilometers to pollinate and search for food, this is far from the compromise bee advocates are seeking. Even if one state banned GM crops, cross-contamination from crops of a nearby state could occur, further harming bee populations.
Beekeepers state that this would be “environmentally and agriculturally unacceptable.”
In addition, the exposure of bees to biotech chemicals like glyphosate (which was determined to be ‘probably carcinogenic’ by the WHO’s IARC), would no doubt compromise their numbers even more.
We agree with the DIB’s statement: “Bees know no borders.”
For this reason, it is essential individuals recognize the importance of bees and band together to demand a ban on GMOs in their own country. No doubt a ban so large will be tough to uphold, but at this point measures must be taken.
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This dog’s keen nose may have saved a dolphin’s life after finding it beached in Wales and making ‘a right old fuss’.
Leia, a working cocker spaniel had been on a walk on the beach in Gwynedd with her owner who was taking some video and pictures of the beautiful coastal scenery on Sunday morning.
But Rich Wilcock, 42, suddenly noticed that Leia was making a lot of noise by the water on the shore and sniffing the ground and making a ‘right old fuss’.
Mr Wilcock told the Daily Post: ‘She kept coming up to me, barking and nudging me, she must have smelt the dolphin from a mile off.
‘At first I thought it was a baby shark, it was only about one and half foot but on a closer inspection I could see the blow hole on top of his head and realised it was a dolphin.
‘I combed the beach for a while afterwards and stayed for an hour or so to make sure he made it back out to sea.’
For a bullock with two heads, he’s mighty healthy.
A cattle saleyard in Mareeba, North Queensland, hosted an unusual sight on Tuesday when a livestock agent arrived to hawk a two-faced cow.
Its second face, mounted on top of its first, had one eye, a single tooth and functional nostrils, according to the saleyard. It was in ‘great condition’.
‘Mate, he’s as fat as a fool!’ said Elders selling agent Mark Peters, who witnessed the animal’s purchase yesterday.
Mr Peters said: ‘It was an absolute prime condition animal, he just had two faces’.
Unsurprisingly, the two-faced animal attracted curious glances at the saleyards.
‘It received a fair amount of attention,’ said Queensland Rural livestock agent Jack ‘Jacko’ Shephard, who sold the bullock.
Mr Shephard said he had not seen another two-faced cow during his 17 years on the job, although he had seen other abnormalities.
The 440kg animal successfully sold for $537AUD, or 122 cents per kilo.
But the future is not bright for this cow.
He was purchased by an abattoir.
A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley picked up a basketball-sized rock with both front paws Monday morning and repeatedly slammed it into a pane of glass, shattering the barrier as startled patrons stood on the other side.
The five-layer pane stayed in place “like a windshield,” and no creatures on either side of the multiple panes were harmed, said zoo animal collections manager Tony Fisher.
The rambunctious bear and two other grizzlies in the open-air exhibit were called back inside, and the area remains closed to the public until a temporary fix can be made. Later, a permanent pane will be custom-made and installed at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars, Fisher said.
Robin Ficker, a visitor from Maryland, said he was watching “the bears wrestling with each other and looking at the people” shortly after the zoo opened at 9 a.m. Then one of the animals “picked up from the bottom of the pool a rock that had to weigh 50 pounds. And while many people were standing there, he slammed it against the glass several times,” Ficker said.
Fisher said he’s not sure which of the three bears is responsible for breaking one of pane’s five layers, but he suspects it was Kenai, a nearly full-grown male. Grizzlies typically top out at 800 to 900 pounds.
Kenai is “usually the clown out there, fooling around in the water,” Fisher said. “He didn’t know what he was doing. He was just being a bear.”
Rocks and other items in the exhibit that bears are strong enough to lift are supposed to be secured in place, Fisher said. In the wake of this incident, he said, “we’ll have to go back through the exhibit and anchor down anything they can lift.”