Thursday, July 30, 2009

Flipper Gets Eaten ...

As we at AU2012 have always maintained, there are some species of animals that can be 'turned' in favor of the human race. Dogs, maybe some house cats, guinea pigs, horses, and possibly some others.

As for seafaring animals, dolphins have always been a 'friend' to humans. They live amongst us, they entertain our children, they have even taken up arms with humans in our human vs human conflicts ...

Essentially, Dolphins are the puppies of the sea ... which is why retribution should not come as a surprise to humankind ...

CLEARWATER — Blood was pooling in the water off Stephen McCulloch's boat Tuesday morning. He kept his phone call about the injured dolphin brief.

"We've witnessed a tiger shark attack on Dunham. He's mortally wounded," said McCulloch, a Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution director. "There may be a possibility we need to euthanize him."

About 400 miles away, Kevin Walsh answered his phone at the Gulf World Marine Park. The dolphin he had helped nurse from near death for seven months now needed to die.

McCulloch stood in the murky shallows cradling Dunham.

"I realized what I was looking at," he said. "I could feel his sternum between his pecs was ripped out. I could feel his heartbeat in my hands."

Walsh called Dunham's veterinarian, who came to the dolphin's side carrying a lethal dose of Beuthanasia. She saw the wound, the blood. She decided Dunham couldn't be saved.

"It was one thing to witness nature," McCulloch said. "It's another thing to watch the people who spent their last (seven) months caring for the animal see something so horrible and have to put him to sleep."

• • •

Midnight, Christmas Day, 2008. Gulf World was cold, dark and quiet. In a large, heated pool, Walsh floated Dunham in his arms. Nearly all 245 pounds of the dolphin were dead weight. Let him go, Walsh knew, and he'd sink and drown.

A fisherman had found him days earlier on the sand of Anclote Key. The sick Atlantic bottlenose had kept to shallow water until the tide rolled out.

For three weeks, caregivers at the Panama City Beach facility wouldn't leave Dunham's side. He was weak with pneumonia, parasites and ulcers, and his gray skin was burnt, scabbed and scarred. "He was basically bones with skin," Walsh said.

Nine out of 10 stranded marine animals die, the damage already too severe. Dunham seemed to be near the end.

"When you're holding an animal up for 24 hours (a day) for three weeks," said Secret Holmes, director of marine mammals at Gulf World, "you just don't think he's going to make it."

Over the weeks of constant care, Dunham's silence turned to whistles and clicks. He began to swim again.

His caregivers, for their safety and his, kept their distance. He was still under heavy medication and could die any minute. In case he did recover, he would need to fend for himself. Instead of hand-feeding, they tossed his fish in the water. They watched but never made eye contact.

"This could end at any time," Holmes said. "You don't want to get attached."

Hidden from Gulf World's visitors, Dunham's life stretched on. His wounds healed. He didn't need 24-hour care anymore, but maintenance and security workers watched him overnight. Holmes kept her phone close when she slept and could rush to Dunham in 10 minutes.

After seven months of care, Dunham was ready for release.

• • •

Walsh has worked with marine animals for 37 years. He knows the pain of losing one. Still, he was in disbelief at McCulloch's call.

Speaking Wednesday, the day after the attack, he did his best to stay professional, detached. But the grief is hard to hide.

"You can still bring us to tears if you want to. That's where we're at," Walsh said.

"Is there an emotional attachment? Hell, yeah. We put a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat and tears into it. You can't help but have that moment where you are devastated by it."

Sadness gave way to anger. Dunham's caregivers, mocked for challenging nature's cruelty, became defensive. Some people poked fun at their work and questioned how Dunham was released. Their work was being made by some into a national laughingstock. Why, the handlers wondered, did everyone else care about Dunham only after he died? Where were they for the seven months before?

They're trying to move on now. Gulf World's crew returned to the Panhandle as soon as their time with the necropsy finished. They had planned to rest after Dunham's release but stayed awake a day longer.

McCulloch and the ambulance drove back to Harbor Branch, on the Fort Pierce campus of Florida Atlantic University. He still remembers massaging Dunham's muscles and whistling with him on the trip to his Dunedin Causeway release. The memory of the veterinarian's face when she saw Dunham's blood hasn't faded.

So why do they do it? Why endure months of exhaustion to help a dolphin back to health, with all the risks involved? Why open yourself to the heartbreak?

"When that dolphin hits the beach," McCulloch said, "somebody has to do something."

Just further proof that the animals are watching us, and no one, not even our friends in the animal kingdom, will be spared ...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Chase ...

BROCKTON - Mary Ellen Nutting had been in her backyard garden picking vegetables for a friend when she heard scratching on the other side of her wooden fence. Nutting, who had spotted a red fox crouching around her yard earlier, did not wait to see what made the sound.

She and her friend bolted toward her Oak Street home, and Nutting turned around to see the animal chasing after them. While her friend made it inside, the fox gripped Nutting’s ankle between its teeth. Nutting, who had been holding a watering-hose stick the size of a golf club, began beating the creature until it fled, she said.

Although the attacks are strange, it is not unusual for foxes to inhabit urban and suburban areas, because it is easy for them to find food, such as birdseed, pet food, smalls pets, and trash, Larson said ...

And now add to that list Human Flesh. The beginning of this article sounds like the intro to an awesome Zombie 'B' Movie ... Simple Outdoor setting, old woman gardening, scratching, then 'GET IN THE HOUSE ... THE FOXES ARE ATTACKING!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!'

And of course, we witness the 'Rabies' theory ... Always easy to say Rabies, and not 'Animal Uprising 2012' wherein foxes have decided to try to end us humans early. And they're smart! They start with children and the elderly first ...

Once again, you've been warned ...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Calamari Please ...

SAN DIEGO — Thousands of jumbo flying squid — aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles — have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

The carnivorous calamari, which can grow up to 100 pounds, came up from the depths last week and swarms of them roughed up unsuspecting divers. Some divers report tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear.

Stories of too-close encounters with the alien-like cephalopods have chased many veteran divers out of the water and created a whirlwind of excitement among the rest, who are torn between their personal safety and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with the deep-sea giants.

The so-called Humboldt squid are native to the deep waters off Mexico, where they have been known to attack humans and are nicknamed "red devils" for their rust-red coloring and mean streak. Those who dive with them there chum the water with bait and sometimes get in a metal cage or wear chain mail to avoid being lashed by tentacles.

"I wouldn't go into the water with them for the same reason I wouldn't walk into a pride of lions on the Serengeti," said Mike Bear, a local diver. "For all I know, I'm missing the experience of a lifetime."

The squid are too deep to bother swimmers and surfers, but many longtime divers say they are staying out of the surf until the sea creatures clear out. Yet other divers, including Shandra Magill, couldn't resist the chance to see the squid up close.

On a recent night, Magill watched in awe as a dozen squid with doleful, expressive eyes circled her group, tapping and patting the divers and gently bumping them before dashing away.

One especially large squid suspended itself motionless in the water about three feet away and peered at her closely, its eyes rolling, before it vanished into the black. A shimmering incandescence rippled along its body, almost as if it were communicating through its skin.

But the next night, things were different: A large squid surprised Magill by hitting her from behind and grabbing at her with its arms, pulling her sideways in the water. The powerful creature ripped her buoyancy hose away from her chest and knocked away her light.

When Magill recovered, she didn't know which direction was up and at first couldn't find the hose to help her rise to the surface. The squid was gone.

"I just kicked like crazy. The first thing you think of is, 'Oh my gosh, I don't know if I'm going to survive this. If that squid wanted to hurt me, it would have," she said.

Other divers have reported squid pulling at their masks and gear and roughing them up.

Roger Uzun, a veteran scuba diver and amateur underwater videographer, swam with a swarm of the creatures for about 20 minutes and said they appeared more curious than aggressive. The animals taste with their tentacles, he said, and seemed to be touching him and his wet suit to determine if he was edible.

"As soon as we went underwater and turned on the video lights, there they were. They would ram into you, they kept hitting the back of my head," he said.

"One got ahold of the video light head and yanked on it for two or three seconds and he was actually trying to take the video light with him," said Uzun, who later posted a 3-minute video with his underwater footage on YouTube. "It almost knocked the video camera out of my hands."

Scientists aren't sure why the squid, which generally live in deep, tropical waters off Mexico and Central America, are swarming off the Southern California coast — but they are concerned.

... Hell yes they should be concerned ... ridiculous ... What the hell are these squid getting all up on our beaches for anyway? And then there's this genius ...

In recent years, small numbers have been spotted from California to Sitka, Alaska — an alarming trend that scientists believe could be caused by anything from global warming to a shortage of food or a decline in the squid's natural predators.

In 2005, a similar invasion off San Diego delighted fisherman and, in 2002, thousands of jumbo flying squid washed up on the beaches here. That year, workers removed 12 tons of dead and dying squid.

This summer, the wayward squid have also been hauled up by fisherman in waters off Orange County, just north of San Diego.

Research suggests the squid may have established a year-round population off California at depths of 300 to 650 feet, said Nigella Hillgarth, executive director of the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Swarms off the coast — and the subsequent die-offs — may occur when their prey moves to shallow waters and the squid follow, and then get trapped and confused in the surf, said Hillgarth, who saw a dying squid on the beach last weekend.

"It was an amazing privilege to touch a creature like that and see how amazingly beautiful it was," she said. "They have these wonderful eyes. ... They look all-seeing, all-knowing."

That's the kind of description that pulls veteran divers such as Raleigh Moody back to the pitch-black water, despite the danger.

"My usual dive buddy, he didn't want to come out," said Moody, as he prepared for a night dive with another friend. "There are some divers (who) just don't want to deal with it and there are some like me that, until they hear of something bad happening, I'm going to be an idiot and go back in the water."

$5 says that Raleigh Moody is about the first or second person to perish in the water-bound effort of the Animal Uprising 2012. I mean c'mon here ... a squid is grabbing at your diver's mask, and trying to tear open your face with its beak, and you say ""It was an amazing privilege to touch a creature like that and see how amazingly beautiful it was," she said. "They have these wonderful eyes. ... They look all-seeing, all-knowing." What the hell are they all knowing about? About how to kill you ... quickly?

Yeaaahhhckkghghghah .. (Shudder) ... freakin 7 ft squid biting at your face ... sorry, but we don't need your type in the defense against the animal uprising ... you're about as useful as a packet of silica gel, and about as welcome on the Animal Uprising 2012 defense team as an STD ... No Thank you mam ... take your squid worshipping ways, hop in your Smart Car, and go drive into a Windmill farm blade.

Monkey Burglars

NBC -- It's a crime caught on camera that has the owners of a north Texas business going bananas.

They have security camera video of what appears to be a monkey burglarizing their business.

Ellen Goldberg has more on the bizarre break-in.

"Definitely never been robbed by a monkey before," says store co-owner Jerry Duncan.

Yes, a primate is the prime suspect in the latest break-in at this Richardson, Texas nursery.

"I said no way until I look at it and said this is crazy," said store co-owner Shelley Rosenfeld.

The owners of "Plants and Planters" are convinced that's a monkey in the bottom left hand corner of the security camera tape.

"You can see the back legs the front arms and the white head," observes Duncan.

And with the help of a human accomplice, Shelley Rosenfeld believes the monkey was trained to steal several hundred dollars worth of her merchandise.

"He went out in this section out here and handed plants over the gate," she days.

About 40 plants were missing the next morning. There were also pieces of concrete shattered in the parking lot.

"They need to train him better if he is going to do the big jobs," Duncan adds with a laugh.

For now, Richardson police are stuck with the job of figuring out who or what this is.

"I wouldn't think there would be too many monkeys in this city," Duncan says.

Of course, its easy to 'explain' a monkey break in by saying that a human trained the monkey to steal plants, and apparently break concrete. The reality of this is far worse, and the authorities are asking the wrong questions altogether. What we should actually be wondering is, is 'How do 40 plants benefit the monkey part of the Animal Uprising?"

The fact that I have no idea how to answer this question should be even more worrisome ... to everyone.

Monday, July 20, 2009

It's not just in the US....

A buzzard has attacked another holidaymaker in Cornwall - the second such incident in a matter of days.

Eleanor Dennis, 19, was jogging near the Helford River on Saturday evening when the bird of prey attacked.

The teenager from Hertfordshire, who is on holiday with her family, was not hurt, but was badly frightened.

Last week Stuart Urquhart from Bristol needed hospital treatment after a buzzard slashed his head while he was out jogging near the Helford River.

Mr Urquhart suffered three 6cm (2in) long gashes on his scalp from the bird's talons.

The attack on Miss Dennis happened at about 1830 BST near Constantine.

"I was jogging along by the river when I suddenly heard this 'swishing' noise behind me," she told BBC News.

"When I looked round the bird was swooping down above my head, but it missed me by about 1m.

"I clapped my hands to scare it off, but it screeched at me and just kept following me for about 50m."

Ciaran Nelson from the RSPB said it is likely the attacks were carried out by the same bird, whose behaviour indicates it is trying to protect its young.

At this time of year if the buzzard has young preparing to fledge, it will see almost anything as a potential threat to its family and environment," he said.

"Put simply it is doing what comes naturally."

Mr Nelson said buzzards were normally extremely wary of humans after being persecuted and hunted almost to extinction, so the only other explanation could be the bird may have once been in captivity.

"It's just possible it's escaped and may be swooping down because its been trained to the lure for food," he said.

In previous years there have been a number of buzzard attacks reported on cyclists near Holsworthy, north Devon.

If a buzzard is defending its young, Mr Nelson said its aggressive behaviour should only last until the chicks have fledged.

"It's hard to say, without knowing what stage they're at, but it shouldn't be much more than a matter of days or a week until this one moves on," he added.

Buzzards, which can weigh up to 1kg and have a 1m (39in) wingspan, are a protected species.

Quotes of Note:

"It's hard to say, without knowing what stage they're at, but it shouldn't be much more than a matter of days or a week until this one moves on."

Excuse me, a matter of weeks??? So you're telling me that over the next few weeks of being on "holiday" I could possibly be attacked by a buzzard??

"Put simply it is doing what comes naturally."
Attacking humans is natural.....awesome

Consider yourself warned...again

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Most Pointless Post About a Bear ... Ever ...

BOISE, Idaho (AP) State wildlife managers say they used DNA to locate a radio-collared grizzly bear that attacked an Idaho Falls hunter near Harriman State Park in June.

The state Department of Fish and Game says saliva left on one of the victim's bite marks was matched earlier this month to a
FEMAle grizzly traveling with three cubs in the same area where the attack occurred.

Keith Klingler, 38, was bitten in the right arm when he and two other black bear hunters came across the grizzly June 28. He was treated for lacerations at a hospital in Rexburg.

The hunters were tracking black bears near the Bishop Mountain area of the Harriman State Park.

Wardens say one of the hunters fired a shot during the attack, but the grizzly was found unharmed.

Sooo ... ok then ... this is news apparently ... Someone collared a Grizzly so they could Big Brother 1984 them ... That Grizzly had cubs ... A couple of d-bags tried to shoot it, so she bit em (Big Surprise There) ... Then they found her ...

Right, so to sort this out, we've decided to bring in a Special Guest Blogger to this post ... Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome 'THE BEAR' from the story, answering some questions about themselves that you probably won't care much about!

1. Do you like blue cheese? I'm kind of a fan of any kind of cheese I can get my paws on, so I'll say yes, although I don't really discriminate on cheese ... at all ...

2. Have you ever smoked? Uhh, not sure how to answer this ... I mean, I'm a bear, I don't really have fingers ... I like being close to fires if that helps, but generally that freaks people out, sooo ...

3. Do you own a gun? No, but with the neighborhood going the way it is, I'm thinking about getting one for self defense, and defense of my cubs ...

4. What flavor of Kool-Aid was your favorite? This is kind of the same as cheese. I don't often get to choose the flavor, I just kind of ransack the campsite, and ingest whatever's there, so I'll say all of them.

5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointment? The closest I've come to a Doctor was a couple of Summer's ago, when there was a Doctor out hunting in the woods. They kind of snuck up on me, so sh*t yeah, I was nervous.

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I think they are delicious. Again, kind of a delicacy for me, since I don't get to choose what campers bring up with em. Would be better if they were 'children flavored' vs Pork, but who's complaining ...

7. Favorite Holiday Movie? Oh wow, tons ... Loved 'The Bear', 'Yogi's First Christmas', 'Winnie the Pooh and the Christmas Tree', although that was the least realistic ... I mean, I can't stand honey ...

8. Favorite thing to drink in the morning? Creek Water with a splash of Salmon or Trout flavoring ...

9. Can you do push ups? Sure, but whats the point for me?

10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry. The other day, I bit this guy's arm, and he had this watch on ... I gave it to the cubs, and they love playing with it, because its kind of shiny. Not something you find in caves. So, I guess yeah, that thing ...

11. What's your favorite hobby? Oh Wow, LOVE to eat, to freak out humans, although I'm calming down now with the kids ...

12. Do you have A.D.D? ... yeah, not following ...

13. What trait do you hate about yourself? Between the months of about October and April, I just feel like the laziest Bear ever ...

14. Middle Name? ... the ...

15. Name 3 thoughts this exact moment:

-I really need to lose some weight ...

-Food ...

-Still Food ...

16. What do you read in the bathroom? You know, I kind of go whenever I feel like it, so, I guess whatever rock or leaf or tree branch happens to be nearby ...

17. Current Worry? That I'm not going to be able to control my hunger, and I'll end up biting your face ...

18. Current hate right now? Never changes ... hunters ...

19. Favorite place to be? The forest ...

20. How did you bring in the New Year? Slept right through it ...

21. Where would you like to go? To a campsite with a variety of cheeses and hot dogs (Ha!)

22 . Name three people who will complete this? No idea ...

23. Do you own slippers? Well, my paws are kind of, naturally fuzzy, I guess, so, no ...

24. What shirt are you wearing? Pretty topless right now.

25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Haven't had that pleasure ... would think it might be kind of pointless, since I can make it through an entire winter in a cave without any blankets.

26. Can you whistle? nope.

27. Favorite color? Red ... blood red ...

28. Would you be a pirate? No ... they taste terrible.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? Anything fish like. I sort of 'shower' in streams, so I like to sing things that attract fish so I can snack while I bathe ...

30. What is your favorite name? Geraldine ...

31. Favorite boy's name? Boo Boo ...

32. What's in your pocket right now? Don't have any ... sorry ...

33. Last thing that made you laugh? Being asked to complete this thing !

34. What vehicle do you drive? Yeah, can't do that ... although I've had relatives who learned to drive little fire trucks in circus' and stuff ...

35. Worst injury you've ever had? Wow ... well, once I fought two other grizzlies to the death, and had some head wounds from that. There was one time that this mountain lion jumped on my back, and that turned out to be unpleasant for both of us, but of course, I'm still here ... then, one time I stepped on needle in my paw ... THAT SUCKED ...

36. How many TVs are in your house? Yeah, a TV is ???

38. What is the best memory as a child? Probably first time I snuck up on a human, and he literally peed on himself ... I was dyin for a week after that ... so funny ...

39. Do you have any pets? We have various woodland animals that we like to keep around and play with until we get hungry ...

40. Does someone have a crush on you? You know, I kind of randomly mate ... sometimes I get called a slut or dirty whore for that, but I just think its natural ...

41. Your favorite books? Probably Winnie the Pooh ...

42. Do you collect anything? The Skulls of humans I have conquered ...

43. Favorite sports team? Chicago Bears

44. What song do you want played at y .... (Bear Ate Interviewer at this time) ...

BobCats in Brazos County

Brazos County authorities are warning residents of possible rabies cases following what they say was an unusual bobcat attack.

Saturday morning, Sheriff Chris Kirk says a person at a

home near FM 2038, Cobb and Saxon Roads was bitten by a bobcat in what was an unprovoked attack.

Animal control deputies, game wardens and state health officials have all said such an attack is unusual and may be an indicator that the bobcat was rabid.

The animal in question has not been caught, and the bite victim is set to undergo rabies shots as a result.

Kirk also notes a feral cat bite incident back on May 10 on Mize Road near this most recent incident, one that did turn out to be positive for rabies.

"This incident should serve as a warning to all in the community that wildlife is ever present and that contact with any wild animal should be avoided," Kirk wrote in a statement Monday. "If you believe that a domestic or wild animal is rabid and you or one of your domestic animals has been exposed, contact your local animal control authority immediately."

Awesome. I just need to publicly thank my wife here in this post for having a friend who happens to be getting married this weekend near where this bobcat attack. If your favorite blogger does not return Monday, then of course, the Animal Uprising 2012 has claimed him ...

I would feel much better about this if they had caught the cat, but of course, thats asking far too much. Sure, no problems to let an animal out there, attacking humans without provocation, run free ... awesome ...

SwampSharks ...

HENDERSON, LA (WAFB) - Bass, catfish, and perch make for a great fish fry down on the bayou, but lately, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has found sharks in inland waters of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp.

Most people have a preconceived notion that sharks are found in the ocean. While that's certainly true, sharks are also being found among the beautiful cypress trees in the waters of the Atchafalaya. "Well, I guess this is a swamp, shark that lives in the swamp," said Mike Walker with Wildlife and Fisheries. "You could call it a swamp shark."

Walker has pictures of bull sharks that were caught among the inland waters in Louisiana. He says sharks have likely been around these parts for decades. However, they're noticing them more because they now take huge samples of species in different waterways in Louisiana and that's turning up sharks. It's no surprise for long time Atchafalaya swamp tour guide Curtis Allemond. "Oh, I used to catch 'em up on the river when the river's low, yeah (laughs)," he said when asked if he had ever seen any sharks in the swamp.

The bull shark is particularly troubling for Walker, in part due to their natural threatening nature. "They're fairly aggressive sharks. They're probably responsible for the majority of the attacks on human beings." Walker says there are no known inland shark attacks in Louisiana. The bull sharks are not just hanging around the bayous and swamps. They have been caught some 900 miles up the Mississippi River.

"They have been captured in St. Louis. They have traveled 2500 miles up the Amazon. They have some mechanism in their make-up that allows them to process freshwater and not require high salinity to live." It may seem hard to believe that in the deep swamp of Louisiana bull sharks, one of the most dangerous species of shark, are swimming in the swamp.

For those of you that can't really comprehend the brevity of this, let your friends at Animal Uprising 2012 provide you with a map ... See Here:

Where it says Ocean, that is 'The Ocean', where sharks normally live and eat people. That extra Circle, with arrows pointing to it ... thats where the Sharks have moved to ... its a freakin swamp, like with crocodiles, and bass fishing and stuff. They've built an interstate bridge over it.

So, what this basically means is that Sharks can now swim up under I-10, which is a man made interstate about halfway up that map there, and jump up to kill you. And I don't mean maim you, or tickle you, I mean mother F-in kill you ... in freshwater ... while you're driving ... maybe it hasn't happened ... yet ... but sooner or later ...

I mean, what the hell are sharks doing in a swamp anyway? Really? Next thing we know, we'll have shark attacks in our lakes, ponds, streams, bathtubs ... Yup, we're definitely screwed ...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Anderson Cooper Believes ...

All I can say is, Thanks Luanne for this one ... Anderson speaks for himself here ...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Worms, Aliens ... or the Animal Uprising ?!?!?!?!?

So, what the hell is this thing?

Thus far, I've read its 'Slime Mold', its 'Tubifex Worms' (plural ... a bunch of worms that look like one thing), and/or that its Alien in nature.

Two minor observations I'd like to make;

1 - Don't drink the water in Raleigh North Carolina
2 - When these things hatch, and/or spawn from their cocoons, don't say we didn't try to warn you.

Simply put, further evidence that the Animal Uprising 2012 is coming, has already begun, and is very, very real. We are all doomed, and you have been warned. Again.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


A 12-foot pet albino Burmese python escaped its cage early this morning and slithered into the room of a 2-year-old child in Sumter County where the reptile wrapped around the toddler and suffocated her.

Joy Hill, spokeswoman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said investigators were at the scene, a home in Oxford, north of Wildwood.

Sheriff's officials said that the snake was a family pet, along with another six-foot python. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. today at a home on County Road 466 west of The Villages.

Officials identified the victim as a Shayunna Hare.

Sheriff's Lt. Bobby Caruthers said that both snakes remained in the house this afternoon and that deputies were awaiting a warrant to get into the home to retrieve the reptiles.

He said that the snake's owner, Charles Jason Darnell, 32, who was identified as the boyfriend of the girl's mother, Jaren Hare, 23, awoke and found the snake missing from its cage. Concerned about the toddler, he ran into the little girl's room and found the snake atop the child.

He grabbed a knife and stabbed the snake until it loosed its grip. He then called 911, Caruthers said.

The girl was dead when authorities arrived about 10 a.m. Caruthers said.

Darnell told deputies that he left the snake inside a bag that was placed inside an aquarium when the family went to sleep on Tuesday night.

Hill, with the fish and wildlife commission, said Darnell does not have the required permit to own a Burmese python, considered a "reptile of concern" because of its threat to humans and its impact on the environment if it is set free or escapes. An owner must show experience in handling snakes to obtain the permit, she said. Having a python without a permit is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Two other children also live in the home, Caruthers said.

Pythons are not a native species, but are a popular pet among snake owners. They are constrictors and kill their pray by wrapping themselves around the victim and squeezing. Pythons can grow to more than 25 feet. Thousands have escaped into the Everglades over the past decade, and are wreaking havoc with the ecosystem, wildlife officials say.

Darnell and Hare, who have been together for about a year, were being questioned at the sheriff's office this afternoon. No charges were immediately filed.


July 1st comes, and we have two ... TWO ... Animal Uprisings in one day, resulting in horrific human casualty?

Look, all jokes aside, this guys Charles Jason Darnell, needs to go away for a long, long time ... you don't put a killer snake in a freakin bag, fail to secure it, and then go to bed like its nothing, Animal Uprising or not.


We at AU2012 are extremely sorry for this child, and its family.

Don't let your elephants wander....

Because this is what happens:

Police are investigating a horrific attack in southern Thailand, where an elephant stomped three rubber plantation workers to death, police said.

The female beast first crushed a 44-year-old male worker who was working in a farm on Wednesday morning, police Lieutenant Sonjit Ma-ou told reporters.

"It then freely wandered into another plantation a few miles away and attacked a 38-year-old woman," he said. "Her husband saw it charging toward her, grabbing her body with its trunk and hurling her on the ground before stomping on her body."

Somjit said another victim, a 51-year-old woman, was found dead in a nearby plantation later in the morning.

"There was no witness in the last case, but we found footprints of the beast and from the manner in which she was killed, we believe it was an attack by the same elephant," Somjit said.

The attacks happened in Trang province, where the 38-year-old elephant, named Natalie, worked pulling rubberwood. The animal was eventually recaptured by her handler.

"All three victims died instantly after she stamped on their chests and stomachs, breaking their ribs," Sonjit said.

The authorities were investigating whether the handler was negligent in letting the animal wander freely.

I can't even begin to comment on this one... it's so sad... but such a blatant attack....

Can you imagine - here you are working in your farm, trying to make a good honest living and then out of nowhere an elephant wanders up and then proceeds to stomp on you... UGH... don't piss off the elephants....