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16 Sep

Moving Funeral Service Held for Oklahoma City K-9 Officer Killed on Duty

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Oklahoma City police officer Sgt. Ryan Stark, center, leans over the casket of his canine partner, K-9 Kye, following funeral services for the dog in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. K-9 Kye, a three year old Belgian German Shepard, died Aug. 25 after being stabbed by a burglary suspect on Aug. 24. Sgt. Stark tried to separate the dog and the suspect before fatally shooting the suspect. Credit: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

In a moving tribute to the bond created between police offices and their canine counterparts, funeral services were held for 3-year-old Kye, an Oklahoma City K-9 officer, after he was killed apprehending a suspect Aug. 24.

The Oklahoma City Police Department held a full funeral service, with honors, for the Belgian German Shepherd where more than 1,000 people showed up along with dozens of service dogs, according to BuzzFeed.

On Aug. 24, police were in pursuit of a suspect in a high-speed car chase. When the suspect crashed the car into a ditch, Kye chased after him with his partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, not far behind. When Stark caught up to them, he found the suspect repeatedly stabbing the dog with a knife, according to Today.com. He died the next day.

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22 Jul

Ed Stafford 'Marooned' in Desolate Enviroments

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On the back of his incredible 860 day feat crossing the jungle for Walking the Amazon, and 60 days spent alone with just a camera on a deserted island for Naked Castaway – Ed Stafford truly is one man marooned.

Marooned, airing TONIGHT at 8/7c, sees Ed strive to prove to himself that he can tackle the challenges of any environment, once again with nothing except his camera – and find everything he needs to not just survive, but thrive in some of the world’s toughest environments.

Shot in the mysterious Gran Sabana mountains of Venezuela, the dangerous Okavango Delta in Botswana and the unforgiving coast of Western Australia - each location presents a unique and deadly test which could kill Ed within hours. Completely exposed, he’s alone with nothing; no food, no water, not even a knife. Ed pits himself against nature and the elements and has 10 days to succeed against the odds – or succumb to everything Mother Nature has to throw at him.

Tune in to the Animal Planet special of Marooned on Tuesday July 22 8/7c!

Learn more about Ed Stafford HERE!

 

6 Jun

What Could Kill a 9-Foot Great White Shark?

Eating-sharks-250For all those thinking the sharks may be the greatest predator in the water, new findings might cause a bit of alarm. There's something out there eating 9-foot great white sharks.

As part of a new shark tracking program, scientists tagged a healthy 9-foot female great white shark off the Australian coast. Then, four months later, the tracking device was discovered by a beach comber about two-and-a-half miles from where the shark was originally tagged.

When the scientists reviewed the recovered device, they found a rapid temperature rise - from the mid-40s to the high-70s - and a 1,900-foot change in depth. Both can be explained by the animal "living" within the stomach of something much larger. To date, this is all the information scientists have.

Is there a giant creature out there feasting on great whites? Watch the video below and decide.

Could it be megalodon?

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21 May

Rare Lancetfish Washes Ashore In North Carolina

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Cute, right? (Photo Credit: Allen Shimada, NOAA)

Beachgoers were stunned last week when an extremely rare and unusual looking fish washed ashore in North Carolina.

Marked by its sharp teeth, jagged dorsal fin and long, skinny body, the lancethead fish was found alive near Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, located in the Outer Banks.

Very little is known about the lancetfish, but what we do know is as unusual as its physical appearance. According to NBC News, adolescent lancetfish are hermaphrodites, possessing male and female sexual organs, and the species is nicknamed the “cannibal fish” for eating members of its own species (lancetfish also eat crustaceans, squid and other types of small fish). The lancetfish’s creepy appearance doesn’t deter seals, sharks and larger fish from targeting it as prey.

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14 May

Family Cat Saves Boy From Dog Attack

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Surveillance footage captured of the attack showed the cat, Tara, going after the dog that attacked her owner's son. (Photo Credit: YouTube uploader Roger Triantafilo)

A cat is being called a hero after chasing off a dog that attacked a small boy earlier this week in California.

Surveillance video posted to YouTube and other news outlets shows the boy riding a bicycle in his driveway, when a dog sneaks out from behind a car and attacks the boy’s leg. Within seconds, Tara, the family cat, appears and goes after the dog, scaring it off.

WARNING: The end of the video features graphic images of the boy's injuries. Viewer discresion is advised.

The boy needed a few stiches, but is doing fine, as reported by Channel 23 in Bakersfield.

Want to see more acts of greatness from cats? Check out highlights from Must Love Cats

6 May

Rare And Elusive Goblin Shark Found Off The Coast of Key West

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Capt. Moore took photos of the shark and submitted his find to NOAA soon after. (Photo by Captain Carl Moore)

As a shrimp fisherman, Captain Carl Moore has his sights set on finding seafood to feed the hungry masses around the Gulf Coast. But while fishing 10 miles off the coast of Key West last month, Moore found something more sinister inside his net—an 18-foot Goblin shark.

Like its name depicts, the Goblin shark is known for its elongated snout, uniquely shaped head and jagged teeth. While it can be found around the world in the Pacific, the Goblin shark is a deep-sea dweller that lives in depths of up to 5,000 feet, making it difficult to spot, according to NBC News.

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This image of the Goblin shark illustrates its unique characteristics, such as its elongated snout. (Photo from ThinkStock)

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2 Apr

Getting to Know Greenland: Meet Grace J. Heindorf Nielsen, Greenland Production Manager, Ice Cold Gold

Contributed by David Casey

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Credit: Danny Long

Grace J. Heindorf Nielsen is co-founder of Bmg-Greenland, a travel management company based in Nuuk, Greenland. Grace has worked over ten years in the Greenlandic tourism industry. She has a wealth of experience in planning tours, shore handling for cruise companies, conferences and general office management. Grace has extensive knowledge of the local community, its history, cultural values and people. She usually knows whom to contact to get something done. She is fluent in English, Danish and Swedish and speaks some German.

Grace has worked as the Greenland Production Manager for both seasons of Ice Cold Gold.

[Watch an all-new episode of Ice Cold Gold Thursday at 10PM E/P!]

1.) How did you come to Greenland as a child? Was there something that you fell in love with about Greenland that made you stay?

I was born in Helsinki, Finland. My mother was from the USA and my father from Denmark. We moved here when I was nine years old. My parents wanted to tell people about the Bahá’í Faith. I grew up here and Greenland is my home.  Fresh air, clean water, wide-open spaces, friendly people and it never gets miserably hot.

2.) Tourism is steadily growing in Greenland. How did you get into the industry? 

On a fluke, actually. A friend of mine was running a little tourist office in 1992 and when a cruise ship came to town she needed a guide who could speak English. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but decided if it was a disaster, at least I would never see those folks again. As it turned out, it went really well and I found a new calling.    

3.)Icg-photo What are some of the misconceptions that people have of Greenland and Greenlanders?

I think for many visitors, we are a much different society than they expected. Some are floored by our level of sophistication and modernity. They are shocked we have cars. While others sometimes seem frustrated that not everything can run like clockwork. Most are not prepared for how much the weather impacts on our lives and plans.

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9 Mar

#CatCash Fever at SXSW

If you were on Twitter Saturday night, you may have stumbled upon some #CatCash -- a trending topic that exploded out of our event at South By Southwest.

We were proud to be part of a panel at SXSW called Cat Cash: The Economy of Internet Cat Videos with our very own Social Media Director, Grace Suriel, as well as our pals Ben Lashes (Manager of Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Keyboard Cat and others), Scott Stulen (Curator of the Internet Cat Video Festival) and Will Braden (Creator of Henri Le Chat Noir).

The idea was to take a seriously fun look at how Internet "cat-lebrities" have inked movie deals, inspiried touring festivals and generally made money. You know this is real when folks like Shark Tank's Mark Cuban visit backstage.

Here are some of our favorite moments and quotes as captured in the medium across the Twitterverse. As you'll see, surprise guest Grumpy Cat pretty much stole the show:

 



Want to see more? Check out this scrapbook on Seen.co. And get theguardian.com's in-depth coverage of the panel and the phenomenon.

4 Mar

Snake Takes On Croc In Epic Battle Between Predators

Whether you’re a human or an animal, it’s easy to acknowledge that snakes and crocodiles are some of the fiercest, most revered predators in the wild. But what happens when these two beasts come across one another, like they did just days ago in Queensland, Australia?

Absolute carnage.

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A python swallows the tail of the crocodile at Lake Moondarra near Mount Isa on March 02, 2014 in Queensland, Australia (Photo Credit: Marvin Muller/Barcroft Media/Landov)

It all went down off the shores of the popular Lake Moondarra, considered to be a great spot for swimming and water sports, according to the ABC News. The locals weren’t dipping their toes in the water when they found a snake and croc duking it out. But they did capture the epic struggle on camera!

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3 Mar

World Wildlife Day Shines Light On Illegal Ivory Trade

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Chinese actress and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Li Bingbing plays with a baby elephant in a short film made by Save the Elephants in honor of World Wildlife Day (Photo taken from YouTube)

It is estimated an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory, according to Save the Elephants. There are less than 400,000 African elephants today, a noticeable decline from the 1.3 million found in 1979. At this rate, the species is on track to become extinct in the next 10 to 20 years, according to China’s Southern Weekend newspaper.

Even though the commercial trading of African elephant ivory was outlawed internationally in 1989, it can still be found in parts of the world, like China, the world’s largest consumer of illegal ivory.

Chinese actress Li Bingbing is a superstar that is using her celebrity to raise awareness about elephant poaching in her country. In celebration of the inaugural World Wildlife Day, Li, a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador, traveled to Kenya to learn about African elephants and poaching. Her journey was documented in a short film found on YouTube (you can also watch the 6-minute Director’s Cut online):

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