Bucket Bear Rescued
A bear who had had his head stuck in a bucket in the Perry Township of northwestern Pennsylvania's Clarion County was freed by a group of concerned citizens who pinned it down and cut the bucket off with a bowsaw. (Video). [more inside]
Reviled, pit bulls have become representative. There is no other dog that figures as often in the national narrative—no other dog as vilified on the evening news, no other dog as defended on television programs, no other dog as mythologized by both its enemies and its advocates, no other dog as discriminated against, no other dog as wantonly bred, no other dog as frequently abused, no other dog as promiscuously abandoned, no other dog as likely to end up in an animal shelter, no other dog as likely to be rescued, no other dog as likely to be killed. In a way, the pit bull has become the only American dog, because it is the only American dog that has become an American metaphor—and the only American dog that people bother to name.
The unlikely life of Pig the dog.
"We assumed that by now, she would be suffocating under her own organs, or something like that, because of her shape."
These machines were always too darn hard ....
a 3-year-old boy feared missing by his mother was found safe and sound inside an arcade claw machine in Nebraska on Tuesday.
The Toddler Who Survived, And the Cop Who Became Her Mom: [New York Times]
As a baby, Christina Rivera survived a massacre in Brooklyn whose 10 victims included her mother. Police Officer Joanne Jaffe was assigned to care for her that night, a task that was the first link in a bond that led Ms. Jaffe to adopt Christina. [Image] [more inside]
"The divers had already pulled up four bodies. So when a hand appeared on the TV screen Walker was monitoring in the rescue boat, showing what the diver in the Jascon saw, everybody assumed it was another corpse." Harrison Odjegba Okene survived three days of darkness and isolation when he was trapped in a sunken tugboat, breathing from an air bubble and listening to the sounds of his shipmates being eaten by fish. His amazing rescue hit the news this spring. (Previously
.) The actual video of his rescue has now been widely distributed. Short version. Long version
, with an appropriate but inappropriate piece of jaunty music at the end.
So... I have no idea how
got their bodies wedged into trees, or why. [more inside]
"[...] in the next scene, she is wearing a pair of crocheted leggings, which allow her deformed limbs to slide smoothly across the wood floor. She moves easily
, as though she doesn't know there's anything wrong with her legs at all."
For those that think they chose the wrong subject of the new Finding Nemo movie
, there's always the true star of the show: Crush the turtle
. [more inside]
Kitten rescued from Citylink tunnel.
(The Age, with embedded video). That is all.
x Domestic Cat = Savannah
Where F=generations from wild. F1 through F3 are not recommended as pets. F4 are considered loyal and well-behaved, like dogs.
An Asian Leopard Cat
x A Domestic Cat = A Bengal
Named after the Leopard Cat’s species, P. bengalensis, not the distant Tiger relative
Cat x Oriental Shorthair
= A Serengeti
Looks like a small Serval, but no Serval bloodline, fully domesticated. See also the Toyger and the Cheetoh [more inside]
Meet Monty, your designated driver
. Don't be alarmed, GOOD BOY!
he's trained. [more inside]
"Thanks to extra fuel left on their plane and a pair of binoculars from a passenger,
the crew of [an] Air Canada jetliner was credited Monday with assisting in the rescue of an Australian yacht adrift in the South Pacific." [more inside]
The Jumper Squad.
"Each year, the New York City Police Department receives hundreds of 911 calls for so-called jumper jobs, or reports of people on bridges and rooftops threatening to jump. The department’s Emergency Service Unit responds to those calls. Roughly 300 officers in the unit are specially trained in suicide rescue, the delicate art of saving people from themselves; they know just what to say and, perhaps more important, what not to say."
"For the first time in their lives two dozen recently rescued ducks get their first taste of life in a pond
"When Robert Wood Jr. disappeared in a densely forested Virginia park, searchers faced the challenge of a lifetime. The eight-year-old boy was autistic and nonverbal, and from his perspective the largest manhunt in state history probably looked like something else: the ultimate game of hide-and-seek.
" [more inside]
Five months ago, she vowed to find him.
It wasn’t the RCMP who could help, or even a Canadian. Instead, Ms. Smith turned to Gene and Sandy Ralston, an Idaho couple who zig-zag North America in their 32-foot motor home, helping recover bodies from lakes and rivers when authorities can’t, or won’t. They don't get paid, and in some years rack up nearly 50,000 kilometres. They do it simply because people ask.
No pet for you.
Want to adopt a dog or cat? Prepare for an inquisition at the animal rescue.
GQ: The Man Who Sailed His House. On the third day after the Japanese tsunami, after the waves had left their destruction, as rescue workers searched the ruins, news came of an almost surreal survival: Nine miles out at sea, a man had been found alone, riding on nothing but the roof of his house. [more inside]
This week, an Austrian climber in Yosemite Valley took a fall on the granite monolith El Capitan
. As he fell, his thumb caught in some climbing gear and was severed. Amazingly, the severed digit landed on the ledge beside the injured climber's partner, who retrieved it. Amazing helicopter rescue ensued. [more inside]
21 year old Brandon Wright found himself trapped under a burning BMW
after his motorcycle collided with it on a highway outside Salt Lake City. What happened next
has to be seen to be believed.
A group of five friends out boating on the Sea of Cortez discovered a young humpback whale
entangled in fishing net and possibly near death. After about an hour of hard work they were able to free the whale, who proceeded to put on an amazing show for her rescuers. [Via]
Bambi Rescued By the Jaws of Life! [SLYT]
What do you do when you find a baby deer trapped underneath a pile of rocks? Call your local firefighters, who extract the poor creature using the largest power tool they could find—the Jaws of Life. Via Gizmodo
Libya: Six injured as US team botches rescue of downed airmen.
'US forces sent into Libya to rescue two downed American airmen botched the mission by shooting and wounding friendly villagers who had come to help, witnesses have said. Libyans who went to investigate the US warplane's crash site said that a US helicopter had come in with guns firing, creating panic and wounding onlookers, some of whom had to be taken to hospital; one 20-year-old man is expected to have his leg amputated.' [more inside]
Mark Kempton s a chopper pilot. On Monday January 10, 2011 while flood waters rose in Grantham, Queensland
, Mark and his Emergency Management Queensland helicopter crew from Archerfield winched 28 people to safety over a period of 2 1/2 hours
. [more inside]
produced by the California Highway Patrol of the 7.1 1989 San Francisco Bay Area earthquake
and the rescue attempts that followed. It focuses on the Bay Bridge and the Cypress collapse. This video has some intense footage, including much that I'd never seen of the rescue efforts. [more inside]
You didn't much like Raptorize
and were hoping for something about real raptors (not F-22 fighters), therefore I am pleased to give you the goods on Birds of Prey
. Raptors are birds that hunt
(or scavenge) for meat, not plant life, and share several physical traits
(although they can vary in size from miniature
(pygmy) owls to Andean condors
), among the largest birds of prey in the United States
), secretary birds
) and vultures
) are all raptors; all have hooked beaks, fantastic
and sharp talons
. The word raptor comes from the Latin rapere
(to seize), apt description
of their hunting style
. Raptor breeders
abound, as do raptor associations (quite a list at the Global Raptor Information Network
injured raptors back to health; you can Adopt-a-Bird
, and even donate regularly to help the birds via your very own Raptor Center Credit Card
. Failing that, you can always help
more about conservation
of these magnificent
and beautiful creatures
. And if you are super keen, you can attend the
Winter Raptor Fest 2011
. [more inside]
Boogie 'til you puke:
Mountain Climber Jason Kruk got his knee stuck in a 5.11 offwidth called "Boogie 'til You Puke," and required a rescue. Luckily, it was caught on video. [more inside]
...and there was just rope everywhere--it went around the whales mouth, around the whale's head, across her eye, over her back wrapped around the pectoral fins, all the way down to its tail. I thought there was no hope, there was no chance, we're looking at a dead whale, the whale just doesn't know it yet--but I knew that I had to try. ...It was a very surreal moment looking down and seeing the 20 crab traps and buoys just disappear into the abyss... And just like that, the whale was gone. ...I'm spinning around, where'd she go, where'd she go ? ...Now here's where the story takes a pretty startling turn. ...Next thing I know there's this fifty ton whale coming right at me...
From about 4:00 to 14:30 in nearly 23 minutes of the segment, Animal Blessings
here, all 20 megs of it. Or you can try the podcast at RadioLab: Animal Minds
. Either way, you are in for a most truly awesome anecdote. And listen to the whole program to have some back and forth science dropped on you in regards to what we think we know about what and how animals think. [more inside]
Tthe U.S. Coast Guard has announced the 2009 list of its top 11 videos
. These 11 videos are considered finalists for the video of the year and each video is a tribute to one of the Coast Guard's eleven missions
. Beginning today (Dec. 21, 2009) the Coast Guard will highlight one video per day on its "Compass" blog
. People are invited to vote for video of the year via YouTube's rating and comment system.
The voting will end January 8, 2010. (Previously
Not for want of a glove: first person video of a skier buried, then rescued from an avalanche. He also got very lucky to be honest. In the time that he's buried, you can hear his breathing already accelerate. The ruffling noise back and forth is his chest rising and falling and the noise that his jacket makes. The intermittent whimpering noise you hear is him trying to swallow and get some air since the avalung wasn't fully in his mouth and instead just to the corner of his mouth.
Avalanche at 1:19. Blue sky and view of the rescuers starts at 6:07.
Man swept out to sea, incident caught using tilt-shift miniturazing technique: Bathtub IV [more inside]
In 1999, Dr. Jerri Nielsen was the only doctor in the winterover crew at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. While there, she discovered and treated her own breast cancer until she could be airlifted out. She died yesterday of breast cancer at age 57
. [more inside]
Tigers and leopards and pumpkins, oh my!
(Metacafe video, will autoplay on page load). So your little kittycat loves cantaloupe, eh? Then you should see how these rescued big cats descend upon the leftover Halloween pumpkins and assorted gourds distributed to them each year. (via
Sergeant Pen Farthing
of the Royal Marines likes dogs. [more inside]
Approximately two years ago, James Kim died
after he and his family were stranded, snowbound, in their car on the Oregon coast (Previously
, and (selflink) previously
). But what if he'd had a Personal Locator Beacon
(PLB)? [more inside]