A reclusive Texas man last seen alive by his family in April was eaten by his own dogs — a large pack of aggressive vicious canines that left behind just five bone fragments of their owner, authorities said Wednesday.
Relatives of Freddie Mack, 57, told the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in early May that they had not heard from him since April 19, saying that his 18 medium and large dogs of mixed breeds prevented them from searching his property near Venus.
Deputies later returned to Mack’s residence and found a small piece of bone after earlier searches — including one involving a drone — did not show up any sign of Mack, who lived alone, according to Johnson County Sheriff Adam King.
Deputies then found more bone fragments and other pieces of evidence during subsequent searches, including animal feces containing suspected human hair and clothing that matched the only set of clothing Mack was known to wear.
A quintessentially Australian photo which could only have come from WA’s Kimberley has gone viral, as social media across the world marvelled at a python playing pick-up to a bunch of amorous cane toads.
Helicopter pilot Paul Mock snapped the photo of the olive python — named Monty, of course — onboard was a contingent of cane toads on its back in the wake of an inundation of 68mm rain at his Kununurra WA property on Monday.
Mr Mock doesn’t have social media but decided to send the picture on to his brother Andrew, who quickly uploaded it to Twitter where it caused a storm.
Contrary to popular belief, domestication has made dogs less likely to cooperate to get food than wolves
Anyone who’s watched a dogsled team in action knows that dogs are capable of teamwork. Many researchers even believe that due to domestication, dogs are likely more cooperative than their wild wolf cousins. But as Elizabeth Pennisi reports for Science, a new study shows just the opposite, suggesting that wild wolves work together much more coherently than dogs.
To compare the two species, Sarah Marshall-Pescini of the University of Vienna tested dogs and wolves at the Wolf Science Center in Austria, which houses a pack of 15 mutts and seven small packs of wolves. All of the animals are raised in semi-wild conditions. She tested the canines using the “loose string” test, which involves placing pairs of dogs or wolves in front of a cage with a tray of food in it. In order to slide the tray out of the cage, both animals had to pull on a rope simultaneously.
When the animals tested were not initially trained to pull the ropes, five out of seven wolf pairs were able to figure out the test and cooperate enough to get the food in at least one trial. For the dogs, only one pair in eight cooperated enough to figure out the test—and they only accomplished it in a single trial.
In a second test, the animals were briefly trained on how to tug the ropes. When tested again, three out of four wolf teams figured out how to pull the tray together. But dogs again failed, with only two out of six pairs able to get the food. And in those cases, they succeeded during just one trial. The researchers published their results in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We were surprised at how little the dogs did cooperate,” Marshall-Pescini tells George Dvorsky at Gizmodo. “We expected a difference but perhaps we were not quite prepared at how big of a difference we saw.”
Though dogs seemed engaged, they approached the food one at a time, “very respectfully waiting for one to finish before the other started,” she says, which prohibited them from testing out teamwork. Meanwhile, the wolves cooperated well, working together on the level of chimpanzees, according to Helen Briggs at the BBC.
In some ways, the results are not surprising. Wolves are highly social and live in packs, raise their young together and hunt as a team. Dogs, when left to fend for themselves in wild or semi-wild conditions, raise their young on their own and look for food as individuals, not as a group.
The study also shows that researchers need to conduct more studies on free-ranging dogs, reports Ed Yong at The Atlantic. Similar studies of pet dogs show they work much more cooperatively, likely because they are trained or educated by their human companions. While most people in the United States think of dogs as the popcorn-stealing pal that watches movies in their lap, 80 percent of dogs in the world live wild in the streets of villages or agricultural areas.
“If I ask people to close their eyes and think of a dog, everyone thinks of a pet dog,” Marshall-Pescini tells Yong. “But pet dogs are a really recent invention and free-ranging dogs are more representative of the earlier stages of domestication. We need to base our theories on a different understanding of what a dog is.”
There are several theories for why semi-wild dogs aren’t as cooperative as wolves. As Yong reports, it’s possible that in the process of domestication humans, rather than other dogs, stepped into the role of dogs’ social partners. It’s also possible that the lack of cooperation is an adaptation to living in a human environment where the ability to grab a snack from the trash is more important than cooperating to take down an elk.
Another hypothesis is that dogs actively try to avoid resource conflict with each other, writes Dvorsky, and that prevents them from doing well on this particular task. Whatever the case, it sheds some light on the differences between the two related species and shows what needs to be investigated next.
CAIRNS snake catchers have removed an amethystine python so huge it was mistaken for a crocodile.
A neighbour poked his head over Whiterock resident Rini Steenwinkel’s fence, telling her and husband Platon Zapantis to he had found a five-metre reptile metres from their yard.
The well-fed serpent’s length and wallaby-fed girth caught the expert from Cairns Snake Removals expert by surprise upon his arrival.
5m Amethystine python eats fully grown Wallaby. Snake and Wallaby weighing in at around 40 kg. Quite a handful for 2 of us to pickup. This snake was too large to bag. We decided it would be best to try & carry the snake out of the open yard and take him down to a nearby creek.
Coming to large animals, few like the elephant, whale, shark, etc. come to our mind immediately. However, some certain animals have also grown exceptionally large and gigantic compared to their species’ average sizes. Check out these awesome huge and facinating animals. Hard to believe they actually exist, especially the last monster
1. Moose the horse
This majestic beast is one of the largest horses out there, standing at an impressive 19 ft.
2. Big Cow Chilli
This gentle giant is a 6-foot 6-inch bovine, weighing well over a ton
3. Gibson the great dane dog
Standing at 7 feet and around 170 pounds, Gibson, the Great Dane, is the tallest dog in the world.
4. Coconut Crab
The oversized crab is the largest living arthropod in the world, growing to a length of 3 ft and weighing at 9 lbs.
5. The Big PigReportedly, this Big Pig weighed in at 1984 lbs, grew to 8.2 ft long and had a waistline of 7.3 ft. Unfortunately, this bowling ball is no longer with us.
This devastatingly large creature is 7 ft wide and long with a 10 ft tail.
7. Big Jake the horse
Big Jake is an immensely tall horse, standing at an impressive 6’9” and weighing in at 2,600 pounds.
8. African Giant Snail
The African Giant Snail is the largest species of snail, growing to lengths of about 20 cm.
9. Giant George The Great Dane
George the Giant, weighing 245 lbs, is a massive Great Dane that can arguably be classified as a pony.
10. Giant Catfish
This incredibly large catfish in the Mekong River, is reportedly the largest freshwater fish to be recorded, measuring at 6.5 feet long and weighing in at about 646 lbs.
11. Blossom the very tall cow
Blossom is the world’s tallest cow, standing at a height of 6’4” and weighing in at 2,000 pounds.
12. Giant Wild Hog
This giant hog was measured at 9 feet and weighed a whopping 1,051 pounds in weight.
13. Darius the big rabbit
This cuddly bunny stands at an impressive 52 inches, making him the owner of the Guinness World Record for the tallest bunny.
14. Hercules Moth
With a measured wingspan of about 10 inches, this moth is one of the largest moths in the world.
15. Giant Bird Eating Spider
These bird-eating spiders in Laos weighing up to 41 lbs have long been a horrific nightmare for those who have crossed paths with these unthinkable crawlers.
16. Field Marshall the worlds largest bull
This gentle giant standing at 6’5” and weighing more than 3500 lbs is the largest bull in the world.
17. Hercules The Cat
This unique cat, commonly mistaken for a tiger or lion, is known as the hybrid Liger. Weighing in around 900 pounds, it’s the world’s largest cat.
18. Hercules The English Mastif-Dog
This huge English Mastiff is the proud owner of the Guinness Record for the World’s Biggest Dog, weighing in at 282 pounds with a 38-inch circumference neck.
19. Oar Fish Extraordinaire
This terribly giant oarfish was so long that it had to be held by 10 people at one time.
THERE WE HAVE IT. A COMPENDIUM OF HUGE ANIMALS THAT WILL MAKE YOU GASP-ENJOY & PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
1. An elderly woman from Thailand died after leaping into a crocodile pit at the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm & Zoo.
2. Australia’s saltwater crocodiles are the largest and deadliest creatures on the continent. Residents of the Northern Territory got a reminder of why the large carnivores deserve their respect, when a fisherman was eaten by a crocodile named Michael Jackson.
3. When animals attack: A 24-year-old Australian man was killed in a horrifying attack by a five meter saltwater crocodile while swimming in front of friends in the Mary River in Australia’s Northern Territory.
4. A 50-year-old fisherman from central Uganda lost his eight-month pregnant wife when Nabire went down to the banks of Lake Kyoga to fetch water and was snatched by what Ugandan wildlife officials said was a 1,300 pound, 25-foot long crocodile.
5. One quick-thinking mother saved her daughter from a crocodile’s clutches in northwestern India. After a 10 minute struggle, the crocodile gave up and left its prey with minor injuries to her legs
A MUST WATCH VIDEO
YET AGAIN IF YOU MESS WITH CROCS & GATORS YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE
Police say an alligator dragged a small boy into a lagoon at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, defeating the father’s efforts to save the child.
The parents of a two-year-old boy tried desperately to pull their son from the jaws of an alligator that dragged him into a lagoon at a Disney hotel in Orlando, Florida.
The boy, whose name was not released by authorities, was attacked by the reptile at the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
There are no-swimming signs at the lagoon but the alligator grabbed the boy as he played at the edge of the water on Tuesday evening while his family, on holiday from Nebraska, relaxed on the shore nearby, sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson said at a news conference.
Child taken: An alligator seen here in a file picture. Photo: Wolter Peeters
The boy’s father rushed into the water after the alligator struck and struggled to release his child from the alligator’s grip, Mr Williamson said.
“The father did his best,” Mr Williamson said. “He tried to rescue the child, however, to no avail.”
The father suffered minor cuts on his arm in the struggle, Williamson said.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Google Earth
A lifeguard on duty also was unable to reach the boy in time, he said.
“He was too far away, apparently, and the gator swam away with the child,” Williamson said.
Walt Disney World has closed its beaches as law enforcement officials hunt for signs of the boy Wildlife officials captured and euthanised four alligators from the lagoon to examine them for traces of the child after the Tuesday night attack but found no evidence they were involved, said Nick Wiley, executive director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, on Wednesday.
More than 60 sheriff’s deputies and wildlife officials were expected to search for the boy on Wednesday, using sonar technology, helicopters and divers.
Disney has closed its beaches “out of an abundance of caution,” CNN reported, citing a Disney spokesperson.
Sheriff Jerry Demings told reporters the alligator was thought to be between 1.2 and 2 metres long.
Alligators are not uncommon in the Seven Seas Lagoon, a man-made lake reaching 4.2 metres in depth, Wiley told reporters.
Williamson said he hoped daylight would help searchers, who were hindered by dark and murky waters during their overnight rescue attempts.
“We’re going to keep searching until we find something,” Williamson said.
A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World Resort said everyone there was devastated by the tragic accident. “Our thoughts are with the family and we are helping the family,” she said.
Intact Body of 2-Year-Old Boy Recovered After Alligator Attack at Disney Resort
Published on Jun 15, 2016
The body of the 2-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando has been recovered. The body of Lane Graves, who was visiting the resort with his family from Nebraska, was “completely intact” when it was found by a dive team Wednesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff’s Jerry Demings said. Police and a Catholic priest delivered the heart-breaking news to the boy’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, who were visiting the resort with Lane and their 4-year-old daughter.