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A witness at a Tennessee theme park captured video of the moment a passenger on a thrill ride nearly collided with a family of bears wandering across the track.

Eric Zumbrun, 59, said he was on the Rail Runner ride at the Anakeesta theme park in Gatlinburg when he spotted the mother bear and two cubs preparing to cross the track up ahead.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘Can I stop this thing?'” Zumbrun told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “The next thing [I thought] was, ‘Can I get out of this thing?”

The answer to both questions was “no,” but Zumbrun breathed a sigh of relief when the bears crossed the track before he came speeding through.

The near miss was caught on video by a witness, who posted the footage to TikTok.

A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Association representative said there are no laws requiring the park to put up wildlife barriers.

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Wildlife officials in Tennessee said they now believe reports of a tiger on the loose in the Knoxville area are the result of mistaken identity.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the latest in a string of reports of a loose tiger wandering the Knoxville area took place this week in the Kingsport area.

An officer arrived at the location of the sighting and determined the animal, which was still on the scene, was actually a bobcat.

Barry Cross of the TWRA said officials now believe similar errors were to blame for last week’s reported sightings, which included a 911 call from an off-duty Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

“Taking everything into consideration, the lack of new sightings and the conditions the first sighting was reported in, It seems highly unlikely that there is a big non-native cat on the loose,” Cross told WZTV.

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A pair of sloths at the Dudley Zoo in England, Reggie and Flo, appeared to kiss on camera in their first encounter.

The male Linne’s two-toed sloth Reggie has become popular with visitors since he arrived at the zoo at age 3 last year. The female Linne’s two-toed sloth Flo arrived to the zoo at age 1 just last month to partner with now 4-year-old Reggie as part of a European breeding program.

“Flo’s arrival is fantastic news for the zoo,” curator Richard Brown said. “It’s been a species we’ve wanted for a long time and to be in a breeding position with a pair of sloths is brilliant.”

Since Flo’s arrival, she has been gradually introduced to Reggie, starting with being able to “see each other through the enclosure’s mesh,” Richard said.

On Saturday, the zoo revealed video footage from night vision cameras, which appeared to show them kissing during their first encounter.

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Goat hops into deputy’s car, chews on civil papers

September 11, 2020 | Odd | No Comments

A Georgia sheriff’s deputy out delivering civil papers had an unexpected encounter with a goat that climbed into her patrol vehicle and started eating papers.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was delivering civil papers and had left the door of her patrol vehicle open because of past incidents where she had to make quick getaways from attacking dogs.

Body camera footage shared by the sheriff’s office shows the deputy getting out of the car and a goat soon jumping inside the open door.

The deputy made repeated attempts to get the goat out of the car, and at one point ended up knocked to the ground, but she was not injured.

The goat chewed up some papers and knocked over a beverage before hopping down out of the car and wandering away.

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Escaped cat found after four days of hiding in airport

September 11, 2020 | Odd | No Comments

Sept. 9 (UPI) — Wildlife rescuers were summoned to an airport in India to help capture a cat that escaped from its carrier during a flight and eluded security for four days.

Wildlife SOS, a non-profit animal rescue and rehabilitation group based in Delhi, said Astha Shah flew from Bengaluru to Delhi with her two cats, and airline personnel discovered upon landing that one of the cats, Nala, was missing from her carrier.

Nala made her way from the cargo area of the plane to the airport, where security staff conducted a multi-day search for the 8-month-old pet.

Wildlife SOS volunteers joined in the search and placed food in locations around the facility to help lure Nala out of hiding.

The cat was safely captured after four days of searching, Wildlife SOS said. She was reunited with a grateful Shah.

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Sept. 1 (UPI) — An Australian man called reptile experts for help when he arrived home to find two large snakes had fallen through his kitchen ceiling.

Steven Brown of Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation said he responded to a Brisbane home Monday when a man called complaining of a 9.5-foot carpet python and an 8.2-foot carpet python slithering around his kitchen.

“Both these snakes were two of the fattest snakes I’ve seen, as in the amount of muscle they had,” Brown told CNN. He said the snakes were “very well fed.”

Brown said in a Facebook post that he determined the big serpents had fallen through the man’s kitchen ceiling before exploring the house.

The snake catcher said the male pythons were likely fighting over a nearby female when they crashed through the ceiling.

The snakes were safely captured and relocated more than a half mile away from the man’s home.

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Sept. 1 (UPI) — Security cameras at a California convenience store captured video of repeated visits from a group of unusual shoplifters — bears.

Footage recorded Sunday by the security cameras at the Chevron gas station convenience store in Kings Beach shows a bear lying on the floor eating merchandise, including candy and crackers.

Employee Paul Heigh said local bears have repeatedly visited the store in recent weeks. A video recorded Saturday shows a bear lunging at Heigh as he attempted to block its path into the store.

“It was kinda scary, yeah, I’m not going to lie,” Heigh told CBS Sacramento. “It’s not in the job description no, not at all. Fighting off bears was not in the job description.”

A video dated Aug. 12 shows a bear wandering into the store and being swatted on the backside by a customer.

Wildlife officials said a bear that was seen inside a Safeway grocery store in Kings Beach recently is one of the same bears that has been visiting the Chevron store.

Ann Bryant with the BEAR League said she has been in contact with both stores to advise them on how to keep the bears out. She said the stores should disable their automatic doors and use the smell of Pine-Sol cleaner to ward off the animals.

“The bear should not be going into buildings where someone could shoot him or kill him or the Department of Wildlife could kill him,” Bryant said.

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Babi hutan tidur guna bantal, selimut

September 2, 2020 | Animals, Odd | No Comments

SUMATERA – Seekor babi hutan memiliki tingkah laku aneh menjadi bualan hangat penduduk Kampung Karang Waru, Sumatera Selatan di sini apabila gemar tidur menggunakan bantal dan selimut.

Penduduk, Reno, 34, berkata, babi jinak itu ditemui di hutan sebelum mengekori pulang ke rumah, lapor IDN Times.

“Saya terjumpa haiwan ini di dalam hutan. Biasanya haiwan ini melihat manusia, ia akan lari atau kita yang kena sondol.

“Tetapi haiwan ini jinak, tidak takut mendekati manusia. Sebelum pulang, saya mengusir haiwan itu tetapi tidak mahu pergi dan menitiskan air mata seperti menangis.

“Saya berasa kasihan, akhirnya memutuskan untuk membelanya,” katanya.

Menurut, ketua Kampung Karang Waru, Arwan mengakui haiwan tersebut sangat jinak.

“Babi ini tidak mahu tidur tanpa bantal dan selimut. Selain dari kebiasaan tidur, babi juga enggan makan tanpa nasi dan susu,” katanya.

Dalam pada itu, difahamkan hutan tersebut adalah lokasi haiwan berkenaan berkeliaran untuk mencari makanan.

Berkemungkinan berhampiran dengan kampung, haiwan tersebut tidak gentar apabila melihat manusia, sebaliknya terlalu jinak.

Haiwan itu kini menjadi tontonan penduduk kampung kerana ingin melihat tingkah laku anehnya dan kisahnya juga tular di laman sosial.

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Man wakes to find 4-foot snake in bedroom

August 26, 2020 | Odd, Viral | No Comments

A British man received an unwelcome late night surprise when he awoke to find a 4-foot snake slithering around his bedroom.

The man, who asked to be identified only as Kelvin, said he woke at his Beeston, Leeds, England, home to an unusual sound in his bedroom.

“I opened my eyes but it was pitch dark so I picked up my phone and scanned the room with the torch and as I was putting the torch down I saw the snake climbing up the table right next to my bed,” Kelvin said.

“I dived across the room and switched the light on and the snake was there, half on the floor and half on the table by my bed,” he said.

Kelvin said he trapped the snake in a sleeping bag cover and call the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Dave Holgate arrived to collect the snake. Holgate said the serpent is non-venomous corn snake and was likely a pet that escaped or was abandoned.

Holgate said the snake would be placed by a specialist until its owner is found or it can be rehomed.

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Aug. 11 (UPI) — Wildlife officials in Colorado said they are trying to locate an elk caught on camera with a car tire around its neck.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tweeted video showing the bull elk wandering around while wearing the car tire like a necklace.

The department said the footage was captured by a trail camera and rescuers have been unable to locate the elk.

“We would love to catch up with him and free him of that tire,” the tweet said.

Jason Clay, Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said the elk has twice been caught on the trail camera in the Arapahoe/Roosevelt National Forest near Conifer.

“It kind of makes you shake your head. One, how does it get on there?” Clay told KDVR-TV.

He said wildlife officials are often confronted with similar situations involving elk.

“We see it too often whether it’s you know a hammock, caught up in it, Christmas lighting, roping, tire around its neck. Unfortunately it happens quite a bit here in Colorado,” Clay said.

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