WATCH: Injured gator rescued from roadside median, gets a kiss

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 6:11 AM

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Another “snapping” Florida gator was spotted on the side of the road, but this one had a reason to be upset – it was injured, authorities said

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An 8-foot-alligator was found “resting on the median” in Tamarac on Sunday. The reptile was “badly hurt and visibly bleeding,” according to WPLG

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"It appeared that maybe it was hit by a car, because it had some road rash from the nose up its spine," Sgt. Will Medina from the Broward Sheriff’s Office told WPLG. 

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After a nine-minute struggle, the trapper captured the gator “and gave it a kiss on the snout,” WPLG reported. 

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Last week, another “snapping” gator was blocking traffic, That 8-foot gator was spotted in Tampa.

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Turkey crashes through car's windshield, injuring driver

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

Turkey Smashes Through Car Windshield, Injures Drive

A driver in Illinois received an unexpected passenger on their Saturday morning commute.

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Officials with the Harristown Fire Protection District posted photos on its Facebook page showing a turkey that slammed into the windshield of a car. The turkey crashed through the driver's side windshield, leaving a large hole, officials said. When rescue workers arrived, they found the driver outside of the vehicle, covered in glass. The driver was treated for multiple facial cuts, officials said.

Fire officials said that the turkey, a 25-pound male, was found on the passenger floorboard. The bird did not survive the accident.

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Judge rules monkey can't own selfie photo copyright

Published: Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

A judge has ruled that Naruto the monkey cannot be declared the copyright owner of the now-famous selfie photograph.


U.S. District Judge William Orrick said in federal court in San Francisco that "while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act."


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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought to become the legal representative of the monkey,  a crested macaque who lives in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The selfie photos were taken during a 2011 trip with an unattended camera owned by British nature photographer David Slater.


Slater obtained a British copyright  for the photos through his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., and argued the copyright should be honored worldwide.


PETA sued Slater and his self-publishing company Blurb, which published a book called "Wildlife Personalities" that includes the "monkey selfie" photos. The photos have also been widely distributed online.


After the ruling, Jeff Kerr, general counsel for PETA, said, "Despite this setback, legal history was made today because we argued to a federal court why Naruto should be the owner of the copyright rather than been seen as a piece of property himself."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wild turkeys hanging out at health clinic harassing patients, officials say

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

Wild Turkeys Harassing Patients At Health Clinic

Patients trying to access a health clinic in California are having to contend with a rogue and feathered security force.

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A group of wild turkeys have made the area around the John Muir Health Clinic in Concord their home. The fowl are not friendly to patients trying to access the clinic, officials told KTVU.

About a dozen turkeys routinely pace in front of the doors to the clinic, and they have also claimed the clinic's parking lot, officials said. The turkeys are aggressive and have scratched patients’ vehicles, a clinic official told KTVU.

Some people are fans of the turkeys, feeding them and freeing them from traps that wildlife officials set up to remove them from the premises, KTVU reported.

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Officials in New Mexico town battling skunk invasion

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

New Mexico Town Officials Battling Skunk Invasion

A mild winter has given way to a severe stink in one New Mexico town.

Officials in Hagerman, a town in southeastern New Mexico, announced Thursday on Facebook that the town is being overrun by skunks. Traps are being set up to capture the skunks and humanely remove them from the area. A town ordinance has been issued, requiring residents to keep their animals contained indoors or in their yards while the skunk removal campaign is active.

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Cats, dogs and other pets captured in the traps will be cared for at the town's animal shelter, but residents will be issued a citation upon claiming their pets for not obeying the containment ordinance, the Hagerman Police Department’s Facebook post said.

The skunks will be relocated near a river on the east side of town, KOB reported.


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