Elk Ruins Remodel
BOSEMAN, Montana- Remodeler Ric Rettler promised his wife Katherine he'd redo their kitchen just like she wanted. That was 28 years ago. Last December Rettler finally got around to making good on that old promise and not only redid the kitchen but added a new garage. And the day he finished the project an elk sat down on the driveway and has refused to leave ever since. "He or she walks off for awhile and gets something to eat but then it's back. DNR says I can't shoot it, we're in city limits. If I chase it with the car it's animal abuse and I might get an antler through the radiator. What can I do? Katy wants to use the garage."
Leopard Goes to School on Humans
BANGALORE, India- A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it. A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the 10-hour long effort to corner the dangerous animal. Conservationists have warned such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats. Last year a male leopard spent five hours with its head stuck in a metal pot in a village in the northern state of Rajasthan. "You may think that a leopard that can't bite you because its head is stuck in a pot is less dangerous," said Papu Pindi, Rajasthan Department of Nature Director. "But that cat nearly took my head off with a right cross that just missed."
Pigs Eat Farmer That Loved Them
COQUILLE, OREGON- Oregon authorities reported hog farmer Terry Garner, 69, was eaten by his hogs and are trying to determine if he was attacked and then eaten or had a medical event before hand. Garner never returned after feeding his animals so a family member went to investigate and found Garner's dentures and a few pieces of his body in the hog enclosure. District Attorney Paul Frasier said at least one hog, a 700 pound sow, previously had bitten Garner weeks earlier after he accidentally stepped on one of its piglet. Garner's brother Michael told reporters "Terry said he was going to kill it, but changed his mind cuz' he loved those pigs too damn much. Feeling was not mutual. That sow wanted revenge. Terry just should have got the shotgun and made bacon."
Do Other Species Go To War
KENT, England- Do other animals go to war? "It depends on the definition of war,” says behavioral ecologist Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher. "There’s good evidence that chimpanzees conduct deliberate raids on neighboring communities, annexing territory." During a ten-year study of a chimp family in Uganda's Kibale National Park, the primates killed or injured 18 chimps from other groups and took over their land. "The chimpanzees warfare is not like traditional battle, where armies line up and march at one another," Newton-Fisher says. "It's more guerrilla warfare, which is not to say gorilla warfare. When gorillas fight they fight like guerrillas, too. But who knows, they are evolving. Early man didn't have armies but we got there eventually. Maybe chimps and gorillas will, too."
Giant Lizard Freaks Out Reptile Fearing Family
SARASOTA, Florida- Herpetophobia is not a fear of getting herpes. It is a pronounced fear of reptiles. And the entire Buck and Mary Beth Holtz family are extreme herpetophobes. So, a giant reptile climbing their walls is not just annoying but keeps them from sleeping or even eating. "We're just freaking out. Buck and I probably didn't think about this much but one of the reasons we fell in love and married was our mutual loathing of reptiles. Now, we can't help each other stay strong because we both just freaked. It has made our marriage weak. This thing is just haunting us, climbing our walls, looking in our windows when we are trying to eat. We're having nightmares. Then when we call the cops the damn thing disappears and they think we're crazy," said the flustered and tired Mary Beth Holtz.