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Whales Beach Themselves in New Zealand

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, In : Animals 
New Zealand has the dubious distinction of being a popular place for whale beachings, with its history of such occurances dating back to 1840.  Pilot whales are the ones that this happens to most often, and scientists say this is because New Zealand is on the animals' migration route, but truthfully, these same scientists actually don't have any idea why whales beach themselves.  Now, for the second time in a month, pilot whales have wound up on the shore at Spirits Bay.  An 80 member pod of ...
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Extremely Rare Animal Captured, Dies

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 17, 2010, In : Animals 
One of the world's rarest animals was recently captured, but unfortunately died while in captivity. Members of a small village in Laos caught a soala, a gazelle-like creature with a grayish coat and lond horns, and photographed it a few days before it died.  It was the first photo of a soala taken since one triggered an automatic camera in 1999.  No scientist has ever seen one of these elusive creatures in the wild, and the species is considered critically endangered, with possibly only a few...
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Goats Plucked Off Bridge In Montana

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, September 3, 2010, In : Animals 
Someone reported two goats on a railroad bridge between Helena and Roundup, Montana about two days ago, but the location over a little-used road was so vague that sheriff's office agents couldn't find it.  Early this morning, someone else reported the same thing, but remained on location and helped humane society officials find the place.  The two young female goats were stuck on a six-inch ledge on the side of the bridge and remained on that ledge most of the time, only wandering on a large ...
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Tiger Cub Found In Luggage

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 27, 2010, In : Animals 
When overweight bags show up at airports, they get sent to the X-ray machine.  This was the case on Monday when a lady's bag at Thailand's Bangkok International Airport weighed more than it should.  X-rays revealed what appeared to be a live animal inside, and when the bag was opened, authorities found a baby tiger, about a month old, among several stuffed toy versions of the animal.  The woman was headed for Iran with the drugged cub, but she denied ownership of the bag, saying someone asked...
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Ant Zombies Go Back Millions of Years

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Animals 
You've seen this in many movies--parasites that take over people's minds and bodies and force them to do their bidding.  Well, that stuff of science fiction actually has a basis in fact.  Carpenter ants carry a parasite that turns them into zombies, and as they die, the parasite, known as Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, forces them to bite the underside of leaves and attach themselves to them.  The parasite then grows a stalk from the ants' heads which release spores that infect other ants.  Sci...
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Gulf Seafood Already Shows Oil Contamination

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Animals 
Scientists studying the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico say that the larvae of blue crabs taken in for study have shown widespread oil contamination.  The transparent larvae are for the most part showing tiny drops of orange oil inside their bodies.  This is a small amount, but the predators that feed on them take them in by the hundreds, and as the crabs mature, they will be eaten by more complex animals such as tuna, cranes, and racoons, leading to contamination of the ent...
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Giant Rat Discovered

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 26, 2010, In : Animals 
Scientists announced on July 24 that they have discovered the remains of the largest rat that ever lived in a cave in Southeast Asia's East Timor.  Carbon dating shows that the animal lived as recently as 1,000 years ago.  The most likely cause of its demise is overclearing of the rain forest for agricultural projects, although rat is still a staple of the human diet in this part of the world, and a rat that's larger than a house cat would have been a welcome treat to hunters.  It's believed ...
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Over 100 People Hurt By One Jellyfish

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, July 23, 2010, In : Animals 
Over 100 people appear to have been stung by the same jellyfish this week in New Hampshire.  While biologists say such an event is rare, they say that the suspected specimen, a lion's mane jellyfish, which was caught dead Wallis State Beach in Rye, is very capable of doing this much damage because it has tremendously long tentacles that sometimes fragment to cover large areas.  The recovered animal had a 40-pound head close to three feet in diameter.  Scientists put its body in a large plasti...
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Animal Believed Extinct Is Still Alive

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, July 19, 2010, In : Animals 
Scientists from the Zoological Society of London exploring in Sri Lanka have encountered an animal so rare it was thought to be extinct.  The Horton Plains Slender Loris was first discovered on the island nation in 1937 and only seen four times since then, the last time in 2002.  The loris was, according to a report filed with Agence France Presse, photographed and actually captured by the scientists, who performed a complete physical examination of it before releasing it back in the wild.  T...
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About Chief Jack


Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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