Monday, April 13, 2015

MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors And Warnings From Mother Nature – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Migratory Patterns, Attacks, Deaths, And Appearance Of Rare Creatures!

April 13, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Pygmy sperm whale and calf die after beaching on Neptune Beach, Florida

Pygmy sperm whale calf.  © Atlantic Beach Police/Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission

A mother Kogia whale and her calf died Sunday after beaching themselves on Neptune Beach, according to a biologist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Allison Perna, a marine mammal biologist, said a person on Neptune Beach spotted the two whales about 7:50 a.m. and alerted the commission. The person reported seeing sharks in the water, but witness accounts of the mother being beaten hasn't been confirmed.

Pygmy sperm whale.  © Atlantic Beach Police/Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission

Two biologists with the commission and a team from the Jacksonville Zoo marine mammal response team attempted to rescue the beached whales, but were unsuccessful.

Biologists will now do a necropsy on the animals for clues as to what caused the beaching.

WATCH: Two pygmy sperm whales beach on Neptune Beach.

- Florida Times-Union.

Zoo chimpanzee knocks drone out of the air with a stick in the Netherlands

Take that!
A chimpanzee at Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands has been filmed using a stick to strike a drone that flew into his enclosure. The animal can be seen patiently waiting on a branch for the drone to approach. He then uses a stick to knock the drone out of the sky.

The video shows the drone tumbling to the ground only to be picked up and examined by the primate. However, the flying object does not manage to capture the chimpanzees attention for long.

The drone was used for filming for the Dutch television programme and nbsp;Burgers Zoo Natuurlijk. The zoo reports that while the drone was completely destroyed by the attack, the GoPro attached to it turned out to be fine.

WATCH: See CHIMP swat drone from the skies with tree branch.

- International Business Times.

Flying Asian carp 'attack' Missouri rowing team at Creve Coeur Lake

Rowers attacked by flying fish

Benjamin Rosenbaum captured footage of the struggle between Washington University's rowing team and the Asian carp of Creve Coeur Lake.

A man filming a Missouri school's rowing team practice captured the moment dozens of Asian carp started leaping from the water, striking some of the rowers.

Benjamin Rosenbaum was filming the Friday rowing practice for the Washington University freshman team in Creve Coeur Lake, outside of St. Louis, when dozens of Asian carp started jumping from the water, surrounding the boat.

WATCH: Rowers attacked by Flying Asian Carp.

Some of the fish struck the rowers and landed in their boat.

"The fish was flopping on my legs. It was so slippery that I couldn't get a grip on it," team member Devin Patel told CNN.

The rowers said no one was injured, but the smell of fish lingered once the waters went quiet.

- UPI.

Hailstorm kills and injures over 200 birds across Ahmedabad, India

Sunday's hailstorm killed a large number of birds. Parrots, kites and crows were among the 217 birds which died or were found critically injured at Vasna barrage, in Paldi and other parts of new west zone. At the Jeevdaya Charitable Trust, Gira Shah, one of the trustees of the veterinary hospital, was attending to 70 birds.

"Casualty figures have crossed 200. It is one of the rare instances when hail has killed so many birds," said Shah. Nanu Desai, an animal lover from Vasna barrage area, said: "Close to 60 crows in our neighborhood died. Around 22 parrots and 10 to 20 kites had also lost their lives."  - The Times of India.

Woman attacked by bear in India

A 45-year-old woman was attacked by a bear in Kalvarayan Hills here on Sunday.

The victim was identified as Lakshmi, wife of Annamalai, of Thalakkarai of Kelnadu Panchayat.

On Sunday morning, while she was walking through forest area, a bear suddenly attacked her inflicting injuries.

On hearing her screams, people nearby rescued her from the bear.

She was taken to the Government Hospital in Attur and later to Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital in Salem. Forest officials said that human-animal conflict was rare in the area.

However, they are closely monitoring the area, they said. - The Hindu.

Attack by monkey claims woman's life in India

Shops at Loi Bazaar remained shut on Saturday over local administration's failure to curb monkey menace as a 50-year-old woman fell from the roof of a three-storey building after being allegedly attacked by a monkey the previous night.

Police said Anjani Devi had gone to the terrace of her Govind Bagh house on Friday to see if there was water in the overhead tank when a few monkeys pounced on her. The woman, in her attempt to defend herself, toppled from the roof. Family members and neighbours took her to the hospital but was declared dead a day later.

Infuriated over the death of the woman, shopkeepers of Loi Bazar downed their shutters on Saturday to mark their protest. Ashok Varshney, city president of the Vyapar Mandal, said their agitation would continue till the administration initiates a monkey-catching drive.

The administration has planned certain measures to counter the growing problem. A month back, divisional commissioner Pradip Bhatnagar had announced to set up a monkey sanctuary between Agra and Mathura, and open a sterilization centre for monkeys at Churmura.

Despite civic functionaries claiming that funds have been released, these projects are haven't taken off yet. In fact, some municipal officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, conceded helplessness in their pursuit to tackle the nuisance.

This is not the first incident where a monkey attack proved fatal. In November 2014, an elderly saint, identified as Mahant Lal Baba, 75, of Madhav Kunj, died in circumstances similar to Anjani Devi's case. Ashram inmates told police that the baba fell from the roof and died instantly of brain haemorrhage.

A few days later, a woman was attacked by a troop of rowdy monkeys. She fell from the second floor and broke both her legs.

- The Times of India.

Huge die-off of jellyfish-like creatures pile up at Rockaway Beach, Oregon

A massive die-off at Rockaway Beach. © Don Best

Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures were seen piled up on Rockaway Beach Sunday morning in what appeared to be a massive die-off.

The animals are called Velella velella. They're like a cousin to the jellyfish.

They are commonly called "purple sailors," "little sail," and "by the wind sailors."

The creatures are like a cousin to the jellyfish.  © Don Best

The die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.

Velella velella typically live in the open ocean, but when warm water and storms draw them near shore, the wind blows them onto beaches, where they die in piles.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says Velella velella do sting their prey while in the water, but they are harmless to humans. - KGW.