I Think We All Know the Answer

 

White doves released after Pope Francis’ prayer for peace viciously attacked: Omen or unfortunate?

 By John Luciew |  The Patriot-News 
January 27, 2014            
Pope Francis doves attacked Twitter
“We’ve seen it so many times. A Pope in the window in Rome, children at his side, as he gives his blessing for peace to the masses in the square. This was the scene Sunday as Pope Francis prayed for peace. Then two children released white doves in a symbolic gesture. But what happened next wasn’t in the solemn script for Sunday’s Mass. And it sent Twitter abuzz with talk of a bad omen.

“Those gentle white doves were viciously attacked by other birds, a crow and a seagull, as shocked spectators looked on…”

Is there a bird whisperer who can confirm rumors that the attackers were calling “Allah Akbar!” and were connected to the Canadian geese that forced that plane into the Hudson River several years ago?

Shark Tweet

Sharks in Australia begin using Twitter to warn surfers and swimmers of their presence

More than 300 tagged sharks automatically send tweets when they swim within a kilometer of beaches on country’s the dangerous west coast

December 27, 2013 by

gws

“Large sharks off Western Australia are now doing their part to keep surfers and swimmers safe–by sending tweets warning of their presence.

“Scientists have fitted 320 sharks, many of them great whites, with transmitters that automatically issue warnings to the Surf Life Saving Western Australia’s Twitter feed when the tagged sharks approach within a kilometer of the coast’s popular beaches…”

Because people need to spend more time on the grid.  I fear people don’t use their cell gizmos enough.  Who needs to just chill in nature? 

More Suicidal Deer

White-tailed deer dies after jumping into cheetah enclosure at National Zoo
By , Published: December 27 The Washington Post 

“A white-tailed deer did not survive an encounter with two cheetahs after apparently jumping into their enclosure Friday at the National Zoo, authorities said.

“It was the most recent of the   violent confrontations in the Washington region involving deer, which have been proliferating…”

What is causing so much self-destructive behavior among deer?  (See yesterday’s post.)  Bees and bats have had their die-off crises in recent years, but they’re scary and gross.  Whales and dolphins have their beachings, but their plight is remote to me because I’ve only seen them in person at the aquarium.

Deer, however, were abundant where I grew up.  Perhaps it’s PTSD caused by the pain in the ass of getting shot at and almost hit by cars.  And it must be stressful that this former threat causes such a brief mating act.  (But none of my former lovers has ever attempted suicide.)  Maybe they need a feel-good pick-me-up.  Perhaps an effort to capture them and have all such creatures watch Bambi.  Up until the end, of course.

Or, as last resort, perhaps this chick can help:

 

This calls for a Darwin Award

Deer makes appearance at Reading sporting goods store

 
By The Associated Press The Associated Press on December 26, 2013 at  6:33 PM

“READING, Pa. (AP) — Shoppers looking for post-Christmas bargains have gotten a surprise at a northeastern Pennsylvania sporting goods store after a deer decided to join them.

“WFMZ-TV says the deer walked through the front door of a Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Reading on Thursday afternoon…”

I hope the deer gets the help it needs after its suicide attempt.  Why else would it seek out a place where hunters buy guns? 

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Not the best animal to make a quick getaway

Florida man tried trading alligator for beer

By   December 18, 2013 4:23 PM The Sideshow

“In today’s economy, it’s not uncommon to trade personal items in the marketplace in lieu of cash.

“But leave it to Florida to offer the world a truly unusual spin on bartering, when one man walked into a convenience store attempting to trade a 4-foot-long alligator for a 12-pack of beer…”

Always do what the man with the alligator says.

Because Neither Species Is Cute, Animal Rights Activists Shrugged a “Whatever”

Operation Dead-Mouse Drop

In this photo taken on Feb. 5, 2013, a brown tree snake is held by U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist Tony Salas outside his office on Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. The U.S. government is planning to drop toxic mice from helicopters to battle the snakes, an invasive species that has decimated Guam's native bird population and could cause billions of dollars of damage if allowed to spread to Hawaii. (Eric Talmadge/AP)

“In this photo taken on Feb. 5, 2013, a Brown Tree Snake is held by U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife specialist Tony Salas outside his office on Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. The U.S. government is planning to drop toxic mice from helicopters to battle the snakes, an invasive species that has decimated Guam’s native bird population and could cause billions of dollars of damage if allowed to spread to Hawaii. (Eric Talmadge/AP)

“A group of 2,000 dead mice equipped with cardboard parachutes have been airdropped over a United States Air Force base in Guam in order to poison brown tree snakes…

NBC News reports that the dead mice were pumped full of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The hope is that the snakes, which are invasive to the area and cause harm to exotic native birds and the island’s power grid, will be drawn to the toxic rodents, eat them, and then croak…”

The pictured snake commented, “This guy is giving me a headache.  Ironically, I could use a Tylenol at thisssss point.” 

When Animals Go Punk

New Jersey deer with arrow in its  head saved after nine-day stakeout

The deer, which  regularly frequented the backyard of Susan Darrah’s Rockaway Township home, was  caught and tranquilized before the blade and arrow shaft were pulled out. It was  then given antibiotics to prevent any infection and tagged so it can be tracked  in the future.

By      / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  

Sunday,  November 10, 2013

 
The deer said it was an intentional piercing, done as a way of expressing his devotion to Nine Inch Nails.
 
This guy

Body Piercing 12

referred to the deer as a poser and an untrue believer.

In a purported show of sympathy, Ted Nugent offered the deer free concert tickets, but the deer was suspicious.

 

When I become president…

Animal Park to Visitors: No ‘Wild’ Clothing

By | Healthy Living

Animal print clothing can be wild, but one zoo in England is declaring it downright dangerous. Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park and zoo in Surrey, England has banned visitors from wearing animal prints to avoid confusing or scaring the animals.

Chessington World of Adventures

In related news, experts recommend that people that dress up their pets

be neutered.