Boston, New York Bear Brunt of Canceled Flights Before Storm

A wave of canceled flights is moving north to New York and Boston as the first major winter storm of 2018 threatens to paralyze cities and airports over the next couple of days.

Airlines have scrapped more than 2,100 Thursday flights so far on top of 558 Wednesday, according to FlightAware, an online tracking service. The winter blast is expected to bring snow, ice and freezing temperatures from Florida to Nova Scotia. 

“It’s going to be a very challenging day tomorrow in the Northeast due to heavy snows in some areas and strong winds,” said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines Group Inc. “We’re making some proactive cancellations today because we know we’ll be forced to cancel some flights tomorrow.”

American Airlines has grounded all departures from Boston’s Logan International Airport on Thursday, along with all flights by its regional airline partners at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. That includes its LaGuardia shuttle operations to Boston and Ronald Reagan Washington National.

Delta, JetBlue

Delta Air Lines Inc. scrubbed more than 400 flights Wednesday night and Thursday, as did JetBlue Airways Corp., including 260 at Boston on Thursday. United Continental Holdings Inc. is grounding some flights at its hub in Newark, New Jersey, and also in Boston. Southwest Airlines Co. canceled 30 flights Wednesday night and nearly 300 Thursday.

Smaller cities to the south also are affected, with Delta suspending daytime flights Wednesday at Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina, and until midday Thursday at Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia. American has nixed all flights from Bradley International near Hartford, Connecticut, on Thursday.

Airlines often cancel flights ahead of massive winter storms or hurricanes to prevent passengers, crew members and aircraft from being stranded at airports. The Federal Aviation Administration also may delay or shut down flights at airports if the weather gets bad enough.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/

    Exotic animals disappear from Florida wildlife sanctuary after fake ad

    Owners fear for health of lemurs, marmosets, monkeys, birds and tortoises removed from site in incident police are treating as theft

    The advertisement on Craigslist was specific: Free exotic animals. Were a sanctuary going out of business. Go around back and help yourself.

    Early on Sunday morning, somebody did just that, driving a truck up to the rear gate of the We Care Wildlife Sanctuary in Miami and loading up seven ring-tailed lemurs, five marmosets, four monkeys, seven birds and 13 tortoises.

    The internet posting, however, was a fake. Now the sanctuary owners want their animals back, fearing they could die in days without the specialist care they need.

    Weve been violated, a sanctuary volunteer, Cindy Robert, said of the disappearance of the valuable animals, which is being treated by the Miami-Dade police department as a theft.

    I dont think these animals are going to be taken care of. The stress alone could give some of them heart attacks.

    Detectives are looking into the theory that the entire episode was carefully planned, targeting those animals that would bring in the best return from dealers or collectors who trade in exotic species.

    They took the dollar animals. They knew exactly what they wanted, said Robert, adding that the combined value of the lost animals would run to thousands of dollars.

    They left the raccoons, they left the horses, they left the goats, and there were some birds nesting in the tree that they didnt see because it was pitch black. We did get to keep those, at least.

    Theyd have had to chase the animals around and net them, and put them in cages, and that puts them under even more stress. We have a tortoise thats on antibiotics for a cold and needs needs injections every three days.

    Theres an umbrella cockatoo with food regression because the original owners werent taught how to wean her, and if you dont feed her properly and soak her food she wont eat shell starve to death in a few days. Were just heartbroken.

    Robert suspected the thieves used inside knowledge to set up an elaborate internet hoax that began with the hacking of We Cares Facebook site a week ago and culminated in the fake Craigslist posting, which used the claim that the sanctuary was going out of business as a smokescreen.

    Far from closing down, Robert said, the sanctuary is expanding, with the joint owners, Armando Mendez and Josue Santiago, having just moved most of the animals to larger premises.

    The thieves, who removed bolts from a fence to gain access instead of breaking locks on the gate, probably knew that the new site was under construction and that security cameras had not yet been installed, Robert said.

    Theres a bit of history the owners had been receiving threats. The detectives are going over all that and looking at pictures, she said.

    The Miami-Dade police department confirmed it was investigating the case but was unable to provide any more details. A reward of $1,000 has been offered to anyone who can help restore the lost animals to the sanctuary, and the Miami volunteers are reaching out to contacts from states as far away as Texas and Maryland to learn of anybody trying to offload those that were stolen.

    Spotters will also be at Floridas next exotic pet amnesty day in Poinciana, near Kissimmee, later this month to see if any of the stolen animals are turned in. The state has strict regulations on the keeping and care of non-native species kept in captivity and fines for those without licences.

    The owners cant even talk about it, theyre so upset. The two of them are just basket cases, Robert said.

    One cant stop crying, hes so attached to these animals. Its a huge labour of love to these animals to protect them.

    Source: http://www.theguardian.com/us

    Fans of Hemingway’s six-toed cats can breath a sigh of relief after Hurricane Irma

    All the cats survived.
    Image: FACEBOOK

    As Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys over the weekend, some of the archipelago’s most beloved residents ran for shelter — on their six-toed feet.

    The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West is home to a long lineage of six-toed cats, descendants of the esteemed author’s own polydactyl cat, Snow White.

    These unique felines had many fans and museum employees worried for their safety in the face of the storm.

    Happily, David Gonzales, the museum’s curator, told MSNBC on Sunday that all 54 cats had successfully weathered the storm. Gonzales and other employees spent Saturday night in the museum with the cats.

    “The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” Gonzales said. 

    The curator told The Washington Post he felt confident that the museum’s humans and animals would remain safe. “We are not in a flood zone. This is an 18-inch block-limestone building that has been here since 1851 and is still standing,” Gonzales said of the Spanish Colonial style home.

    Hemingway lived in the house in the 1930s and continued to visit Key West until his death in 1961, according to the museum. The cats are one of the museum’s most popular attractions and spend their days lounging in the home or garden.

    Not all of the cats have six toes, but they all carry the polydactyl gene, the museum says. Most of the cats have six toes (instead of the normal five) on their front feet. Some have extra toes on their back feet as well, where most cats have only four toes. 

    Some of these famous felines have famous namesakes.Cats named Kim Novak, William Scott, and Gremlin, among others, are buried beneath marked headstones in the home’s cat cemeteries in the garden. 

    In addition to their extra digits, these cats may be extraordinary in other ways. Gonzales told MSNBC the cats were aware of the impending storm, and “some of them actually ran inside, knowing it was time to take shelter. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    Florida woman’s Facebook photo of dog with mouth taped closed sparks outcry

    On Friday, Katie Brown of South Daytona, Florida, posted a photo of her chocolate Labrador retriever to which wouldn’t have been notable but for the fact that she had apparently duct-taped its mouth shut.

    “This is what happens when you dont shut up!!!” she wrote in a caption.

    via Facebook

    via Facebook

    In no time at all, the shocking image had gone nuclearas instances of cruelty toward animals often do onlineand as of Saturday afternoon the post was closing in on 200,000 shares. Brown’s own friends appeared to rebuke her for evident abuse, but she neither deleted the photo nor admitted doing anything wrong. “I cant lie i did it for sixty seconds. It was time out and no more barking,” she wrote at one point, later taunting her critics with comments like “You low class.. Me high class” and “This is why i say you have something to say do it direct.”

    A separate post was more defensive: “Dont panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasnt barked since… POINT MADE!!!” Brown wrote. Her most recent post sounded more threatening: “I dont know what asshole did thr bullshit of posting my truck on line…. When i figure it out you are done!!!!” it declared. (Brown’s Facebook profile is completely public.)

    The South Daytona Police Department told the Daily Mailthat they had received calls about Brown’s post from all over the United States and, indeed, from around the globe. They have so far been unable to locate her for questioning “at the addresses they have listed for her.”

    It seems Brown isn’t always so brutal with her pets, however.

    via Facebook

    What could have set her off? Was this the first time she did something so extreme to her dog? For now, we just don’t know. Meanwhile, the Internets fury burns on.

    Update 9:00pm CT, Nov. 28: Adding grist to the outrage mill is the fact that Facebook has seemingly dismissed complaints about the image. Here’s a screenshot of their auto-response to those who flagged the photo for deletion, courtesy of a reader:

    via Facebook

    Update 9:38am CT, Nov. 29: Another reader points out that Brown had previously shared a duct tape meme that seemed to predict her later actions:

    via Facebook

    Update 7:49am CT, Dec. 1: Katharine F. Lemansky, 45, was charged on Monday in Cary, North Carolina with the class 1 misdemeanor of animal cruelty. Lemansky, who posted under the Facebook page “Katie Brown,” was staying in Cary when the incident took place.

    In a press release, police said they did not remove any dogs from Lemansky because an “animal control officer found the dogs to be very well cared for. It continued:

    “The dogs are current on their shots, spayed, and microchipped. They are clean and well-nourished and appear to be comfortable in their surroundings. And there were no signs of injury to Browns muzzle, not even detectable hair loss.”

    Photos via Katie Brown/Facebook

    Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

    House Panel Considers Ban on Killing Dogs and Cats for Meals

    • Pet-slaughter prohibitions would be be extended nationwide
    • Dog-and-cat eating rare in U.S., angers animal-welfare groups

    Making a meal out of a dog or a cat may soon land you in jail.

    An amendment added Wednesday to a farm bill that was approved by the House Agriculture Committee would bar people from "knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption," as well as transporting or participating in other commercial activity related to eating pet meat.

    Dog and cat slaughter is extremely rare in the U.S. and already prohibited in commercial slaughterhouses. But consumption of animals commonly considered as pets and companions in American culture still takes place among some immigrant groups. Only a handful of states, including New York, New Jersey and California, ban such small-scale butchering.

    Violators would be subject to up to a year of imprisonment, a fine, or both. The proposal would be part of a reauthorization of Agriculture Department programs.

    Organizations including the Humane Society of the United States have been crusading against dog-and-cat slaughter worldwide, with acting President Kitty Block calling the farm bill an "ideal vehicle" for advancing the ban. The amendment by Republican Representative Jeff Denham of California is similar to a bill introduced by Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida that has 239 co-sponsors.

    The $867 billion farm bill approved by the House Agriculture panel would reauthorize all U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, including farm subsidies and food stamps. A new law is due by Sept. 30, when existing programs begin to expire. The Senate Agriculture Committee has yet to consider a proposal.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/

    This beached baby dolphin was rescued by an NBC reporter

    Reporters tend to keep their distance from the story, but when a baby dolphin needed help, one reporter rose to the occasion.

    NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders helped rescue a stranded baby dolphin on Marco Island, Florida during a storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma. Sanders’ rescue attempt was broadcast live on Today.

    Today reports that the dolphin had been brought back to the beach by a local after being found washed all the way to a sidewalk.

    Sanders reports the surges as measuring 4 feet, enough to wash wildlife ashore. After finding the exhausted dolphin on the beach, Sanders teamed up with a passing tourist to help it back into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The baby dolphin, who proved pretty heavy for two grown men to deliver back to the ocean, was nursed and carried into the oncoming waves — not an easy hurdle for a tired baby dolphin to tackle.

    It took about 10-15 minutes for the pair to get the dolphin into deep enough water for it to gain supported swimming momentum.

    Sanders stands on the shore cheering the dolphin on. “Come on buddy, you can do it,” he cheers. “It’s a struggle. I see him trying, he really wants to make it out there, he’s just really disoriented no doubt.”

    Sanders came across several other dolphins along the beach, including an adult needing a group of local Florida residents to assist in its rescue:

    Today pointed out Sanders’ lengthy career in hurricane reporting (he’s covered over 60) and the fact that he’s been part of dolphin rescue stories before, so serendipitously, he knew how to perform a rescue.

    Precisely where Sanders was standing hours earlier, a group of Florida residents rescued yet another dolphin, picked up by Fox 4:

    Looks like Sanders has started something.

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    Students return to school after Parkland shooting with help from some therapy dogs

    Two weeks have passed since a deadly mass shooting killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the resilient students and faculty are beginning to come back to their classrooms.

    The return comes after several tough days spent organizing to fight for increased gun control and mourning the teenagers, football coach, and athletic director who lost their lives during the tragedy.

    In wake of the traumatic event, the school’s principal, Ty Thompson, thought some therapy dogs would help provide extra comfort upon return, and the photographs are pretty precious.

    Thompson’s been very active on Twitter sharing updates and encouragement in the days following the shooting. 

    He was sure to post photos of the first days back in February, inculding several of faculty members cuddling the therapy dogs, and one of students smiling with a dog in class. He explained that the dogs have been “a major source of healing.”

    Nine of the dogs are from Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois and have reportedly been a big hit with the students. Some students showed their love for the dogs on social media, sharing photographs and thanks.

    In fact, the pups were such a big hit that Thompson invited them back, increasing the number so more students could benefit from the animals.

    The official Instagram account for Humane Broward’s Animal Assisted Therapy also shared several photos of students smiling with the animals, explaining the dogs “participated in classes all day, made lots of new friends and provided unconditional love and comfort.”

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    Fans of Hemingway’s six-toed cats can breath a sigh of relief after Hurricane Irma

    All the cats survived.
    Image: FACEBOOK

    As Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys over the weekend, some of the archipelago’s most beloved residents ran for shelter — on their six-toed feet.

    The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West is home to a long lineage of six-toed cats, descendants of the esteemed author’s own polydactyl cat, Snow White.

    These unique felines had many fans and museum employees worried for their safety in the face of the storm.

    Happily, David Gonzales, the museum’s curator, told MSNBC on Sunday that all 54 cats had successfully weathered the storm. Gonzales and other employees spent Saturday night in the museum with the cats.

    “The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” Gonzales said. 

    The curator told The Washington Post he felt confident that the museum’s humans and animals would remain safe. “We are not in a flood zone. This is an 18-inch block-limestone building that has been here since 1851 and is still standing,” Gonzales said of the Spanish Colonial style home.

    Hemingway lived in the house in the 1930s and continued to visit Key West until his death in 1961, according to the museum. The cats are one of the museum’s most popular attractions and spend their days lounging in the home or garden.

    Not all of the cats have six toes, but they all carry the polydactyl gene, the museum says. Most of the cats have six toes (instead of the normal five) on their front feet. Some have extra toes on their back feet as well, where most cats have only four toes. 

    Some of these famous felines have famous namesakes.Cats named Kim Novak, William Scott, and Gremlin, among others, are buried beneath marked headstones in the home’s cat cemeteries in the garden. 

    In addition to their extra digits, these cats may be extraordinary in other ways. Gonzales told MSNBC the cats were aware of the impending storm, and “some of them actually ran inside, knowing it was time to take shelter. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    House Panel Considers Ban on Killing Dogs and Cats for Meals

    • Pet-slaughter prohibitions would be be extended nationwide
    • Dog-and-cat eating rare in U.S., angers animal-welfare groups

    Making a meal out of a dog or a cat may soon land you in jail.

    An amendment added Wednesday to a farm bill that was approved by the House Agriculture Committee would bar people from "knowingly slaughtering a dog or cat for human consumption," as well as transporting or participating in other commercial activity related to eating pet meat.

    Dog and cat slaughter is extremely rare in the U.S. and already prohibited in commercial slaughterhouses. But consumption of animals commonly considered as pets and companions in American culture still takes place among some immigrant groups. Only a handful of states, including New York, New Jersey and California, ban such small-scale butchering.

    Violators would be subject to up to a year of imprisonment, a fine, or both. The proposal would be part of a reauthorization of Agriculture Department programs.

    Organizations including the Humane Society of the United States have been crusading against dog-and-cat slaughter worldwide, with acting President Kitty Block calling the farm bill an "ideal vehicle" for advancing the ban. The amendment by Republican Representative Jeff Denham of California is similar to a bill introduced by Democratic Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida that has 239 co-sponsors.

    The $867 billion farm bill approved by the House Agriculture panel would reauthorize all U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, including farm subsidies and food stamps. A new law is due by Sept. 30, when existing programs begin to expire. The Senate Agriculture Committee has yet to consider a proposal.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/

    This beached baby dolphin was rescued by an NBC reporter

    Reporters tend to keep their distance from the story, but when a baby dolphin needed help, one reporter rose to the occasion.

    NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders helped rescue a stranded baby dolphin on Marco Island, Florida during a storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma. Sanders’ rescue attempt was broadcast live on Today.

    Today reports that the dolphin had been brought back to the beach by a local after being found washed all the way to a sidewalk.

    Sanders reports the surges as measuring 4 feet, enough to wash wildlife ashore. After finding the exhausted dolphin on the beach, Sanders teamed up with a passing tourist to help it back into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The baby dolphin, who proved pretty heavy for two grown men to deliver back to the ocean, was nursed and carried into the oncoming waves — not an easy hurdle for a tired baby dolphin to tackle.

    It took about 10-15 minutes for the pair to get the dolphin into deep enough water for it to gain supported swimming momentum.

    Sanders stands on the shore cheering the dolphin on. “Come on buddy, you can do it,” he cheers. “It’s a struggle. I see him trying, he really wants to make it out there, he’s just really disoriented no doubt.”

    Sanders came across several other dolphins along the beach, including an adult needing a group of local Florida residents to assist in its rescue:

    Today pointed out Sanders’ lengthy career in hurricane reporting (he’s covered over 60) and the fact that he’s been part of dolphin rescue stories before, so serendipitously, he knew how to perform a rescue.

    Precisely where Sanders was standing hours earlier, a group of Florida residents rescued yet another dolphin, picked up by Fox 4:

    Looks like Sanders has started something.

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    Students return to school after Parkland shooting with help from some therapy dogs

    Two weeks have passed since a deadly mass shooting killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the resilient students and faculty are beginning to come back to their classrooms.

    The return comes after several tough days spent organizing to fight for increased gun control and mourning the teenagers, football coach, and athletic director who lost their lives during the tragedy.

    In wake of the traumatic event, the school’s principal, Ty Thompson, thought some therapy dogs would help provide extra comfort upon return, and the photographs are pretty precious.

    Thompson’s been very active on Twitter sharing updates and encouragement in the days following the shooting. 

    He was sure to post photos of the first days back in February, inculding several of faculty members cuddling the therapy dogs, and one of students smiling with a dog in class. He explained that the dogs have been “a major source of healing.”

    Nine of the dogs are from Lutheran Church Charities in Illinois and have reportedly been a big hit with the students. Some students showed their love for the dogs on social media, sharing photographs and thanks.

    In fact, the pups were such a big hit that Thompson invited them back, increasing the number so more students could benefit from the animals.

    The official Instagram account for Humane Broward’s Animal Assisted Therapy also shared several photos of students smiling with the animals, explaining the dogs “participated in classes all day, made lots of new friends and provided unconditional love and comfort.”

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    Fans of Hemingway’s six-toed cats can breath a sigh of relief after Hurricane Irma

    All the cats survived.
    Image: FACEBOOK

    As Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys over the weekend, some of the archipelago’s most beloved residents ran for shelter — on their six-toed feet.

    The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on Key West is home to a long lineage of six-toed cats, descendants of the esteemed author’s own polydactyl cat, Snow White.

    These unique felines had many fans and museum employees worried for their safety in the face of the storm.

    Happily, David Gonzales, the museum’s curator, told MSNBC on Sunday that all 54 cats had successfully weathered the storm. Gonzales and other employees spent Saturday night in the museum with the cats.

    “The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” Gonzales said. 

    The curator told The Washington Post he felt confident that the museum’s humans and animals would remain safe. “We are not in a flood zone. This is an 18-inch block-limestone building that has been here since 1851 and is still standing,” Gonzales said of the Spanish Colonial style home.

    Hemingway lived in the house in the 1930s and continued to visit Key West until his death in 1961, according to the museum. The cats are one of the museum’s most popular attractions and spend their days lounging in the home or garden.

    Not all of the cats have six toes, but they all carry the polydactyl gene, the museum says. Most of the cats have six toes (instead of the normal five) on their front feet. Some have extra toes on their back feet as well, where most cats have only four toes. 

    Some of these famous felines have famous namesakes.Cats named Kim Novak, William Scott, and Gremlin, among others, are buried beneath marked headstones in the home’s cat cemeteries in the garden. 

    In addition to their extra digits, these cats may be extraordinary in other ways. Gonzales told MSNBC the cats were aware of the impending storm, and “some of them actually ran inside, knowing it was time to take shelter. Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    This beached baby dolphin was rescued by an NBC reporter

    Reporters tend to keep their distance from the story, but when a baby dolphin needed help, one reporter rose to the occasion.

    NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders helped rescue a stranded baby dolphin on Marco Island, Florida during a storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma. Sanders’ rescue attempt was broadcast live on Today.

    Today reports that the dolphin had been brought back to the beach by a local after being found washed all the way to a sidewalk.

    Sanders reports the surges as measuring 4 feet, enough to wash wildlife ashore. After finding the exhausted dolphin on the beach, Sanders teamed up with a passing tourist to help it back into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The baby dolphin, who proved pretty heavy for two grown men to deliver back to the ocean, was nursed and carried into the oncoming waves — not an easy hurdle for a tired baby dolphin to tackle.

    It took about 10-15 minutes for the pair to get the dolphin into deep enough water for it to gain supported swimming momentum.

    Sanders stands on the shore cheering the dolphin on. “Come on buddy, you can do it,” he cheers. “It’s a struggle. I see him trying, he really wants to make it out there, he’s just really disoriented no doubt.”

    Sanders came across several other dolphins along the beach, including an adult needing a group of local Florida residents to assist in its rescue:

    Today pointed out Sanders’ lengthy career in hurricane reporting (he’s covered over 60) and the fact that he’s been part of dolphin rescue stories before, so serendipitously, he knew how to perform a rescue.

    Precisely where Sanders was standing hours earlier, a group of Florida residents rescued yet another dolphin, picked up by Fox 4:

    Looks like Sanders has started something.

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

    When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

    The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

    Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

    Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

    Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

    Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

    Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/leatherback-turtle/

    Dining with dogs gets clean bill of health

    Dogs can now hang out with their owners at many Georgia restaurants without fear of getting bitten by state health inspectors.

    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is among a growing number of state and local agencies to sign off on a practice that many restaurants were already allowing to occur under the table both literally and figuratively.

    It was actually against the previous code, said Chris Kumnick, deputy director of the Environmental Health Section at the Georgia DPH. We were just trying to find a way to allow it, but do it in a safe manner.

    As of November, Georgia restaurants may allow pet dogs in outdoor dining areas, provided they are kept on leash and have no direct contact with wait staff or customer plates and utensils. The guidelines are similar to those recently adopted in New York and California.

    Maryland requires restaurants to notify their local health department in writing at least 30 days in advance of allowing dogs in outdoor dining areas. And Florida requires restaurants to obtain a permit from their local government before allowing dogs in designated outdoor areas.

    In all cases, its up to individual restaurants to decide whether to allow dogs at all. The decision is a no-brainer for many sidewalk cafes and restaurants in Decatur, a pleasant suburb of Atlanta with lots of foot traffic.

    I think it attracts an additional clientele, said Eric Roberts, executive chef at The Iberian Pig, a dog-friendly Spanish restaurant. Theres a lot of green spaces around, people walking dogs on a regular (basis). So, it gives them the opportunity to come in and sit on the patio and enjoy a meal beside their best friend.

    Jonathan Serrie joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in April 1999 and currently serves as a correspondent based in the Atlanta bureau.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/04/21/dining-with-dogs-gets-clean-bill-health/

    Hundreds of baby animals flood wildlife centers in wake of storm Hermine

    Squirrels and racoons were knocked from trees by the storm, and wildlife officials said boxes of little critters were brought in by concerned residents

    Hundreds of animals, including baby squirrels and raccoons, are being tended to in wildlife centers in the wake of Hurricane Hermines destructive journey along the east coast.

    Many animals were shaken from trees during the hurricane, which hit Florida before weakening to a tropical storm as it moved northward to Virginia and New Jersey over Labor Day weekend.

    St Francis Wildlife in Quincy, Florida, reported more than 260 squirrel patients, many of them orphaned, after high winds knocked them from trees. The wildlife center, which also received a red-shouldered hawk and several woodpeckers among other birds, was left without power for several days and had to run off a generator. More than 50 baby squirrels remain in its care.

    It was overwhelming how many people was willing to help us to feed the babies, to bring food, to buy formula, said Teresa Stevenson, the centers director. They were buying heating pads, they were sending us stuff in the mail. It was overwhelming and not just from Florida, from all the country. It was amazing.

    Further south in Tampa Bay, Wildlife Inc said it had been inundated with calls, with people reporting birds with broken bones. Another bird was found dangling off a pier with a fishing hook embedded in its back.

    Hundreds more baby squirrels were rescued by shelters in Virginia, according to the Washington Post. Many infant animals were blown from nests, some as high as 40ft, and found under leaves. Raccoons and rabbits were also brought in for treatment.

    I was like a drug dealer, said Evelyn Flengas, who runs a wildlife refuge in the Virginia Beach area and took in more than 50 flying squirrels. There was a steady stream of cars coming down the driveway with boxes filled with little critters.

    Flengass shelter posted pictures of the baby flying squirrels on its Facebook page, noting many Virginians had no idea the animals lived near them.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/14/baby-animals-rescued-wildlife-centers-hermine-hurricane

    She Was Just Out In Her Garage When She Came Face To Face With A Huge Bear

    A Florida woman recently filmed her close encounter with a black bear, and even though these creatures are usually pretty docile, the footage is still harrowing.

    Teliece Sander of Seminole County, Florida, was sitting in her driveway and playing games on her phone when she looked up and realized that a massive bear was approaching. Having heard that you should keep calm at all costs in these situations, she didn’t panic and sat there quietly, taking a picture of the large beast, which she then sent to her son. To the attachment, she added the words “help me.”

    As the bear got closer, she realized that it seemed quite tame, so she did something that few people would ever have the courage to do. She caught the entire encounter on film.

    Luckily for Teliece, this potentially deadly situation ended when her son, who is extremely tall and weighs 325 pounds, walked out of the house and scared the bear away with his presence.

    Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/face-to-face-with-bear/

    When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

    When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

    The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

    Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

    Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

    Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

    Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

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