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Man stabs pit bull to death in Vancouver’s Kitsilano beach after it attacked his pug
Vancouver police say a 72-year-old man has killed a pit bull with a folding knife after it attacked his pug near a popular beach.
The incident took place in the early afternoon around the Kitsilano Beach Park.
They say a woman who was walking the pit bull approached the man and the pug, and after a brief introduction the larger dog bit down on the smaller dog’s neck.
Police say the man and woman couldn’t separate the animals, and the man “put down” the pit bull with a folding knife. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Man stabs pit bull to death in Vancouver’s Kitsilano beach after it attacked his pug

Vancouver police say a 72-year-old man has killed a pit bull with a folding knife after it attacked his pug near a popular beach.

The incident took place in the early afternoon around the Kitsilano Beach Park.

They say a woman who was walking the pit bull approached the man and the pug, and after a brief introduction the larger dog bit down on the smaller dog’s neck.

Police say the man and woman couldn’t separate the animals, and the man “put down” the pit bull with a folding knife. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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‘What a hunt!’: U.S. television host’s boast about (legal) lion kill in South Africa sparks outrage
Television host Melissa Bachman prompted outrage after boasting online that she had killed a lion in South Africa.
Bachman, an avid hunter who produces programs on the American outdoors, posted a photograph on Facebook and Twitter of her holding a rifle and smiling beside the corpse of a large male lion.
“Incredible day in South Africa,” the self-styled “hardcore huntress” said of her pursuits at the Maroi Conservancy, adding: “Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion – what a hunt!” (Facebook/Melissa Bachman)

‘What a hunt!’: U.S. television host’s boast about (legal) lion kill in South Africa sparks outrage

Television host Melissa Bachman prompted outrage after boasting online that she had killed a lion in South Africa.

Bachman, an avid hunter who produces programs on the American outdoors, posted a photograph on Facebook and Twitter of her holding a rifle and smiling beside the corpse of a large male lion.

“Incredible day in South Africa,” the self-styled “hardcore huntress” said of her pursuits at the Maroi Conservancy, adding: “Stalked inside 60-yards on this beautiful male lion – what a hunt!” (Facebook/Melissa Bachman)

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Head-measures for a panda — A handout picture of 09 November 2013 and made available by the Schoenbrunn Zoo on 12 November 2013 shows a two-month old Panda getting measured at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. The Panda is the son of Yang Yang and measured 60 centimeters tall, from head to tail tip.  EPA/DANIEL ZUPANC / SCHOENBRUNN ZOO HANDOUT

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Head-measures for a panda — A handout picture of 09 November 2013 and made available by the Schoenbrunn Zoo on 12 November 2013 shows a two-month old Panda getting measured at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. The Panda is the son of Yang Yang and measured 60 centimeters tall, from head to tail tip.  EPA/DANIEL ZUPANC / SCHOENBRUNN ZOO HANDOUT

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Afraid of heights — A two-month old male baby giant panda, born in captivity at Madrid zoo, covers its eyes when being placed in a bed by giant panda breeding specialist Chen Xin in Madrid, Spain Friday Nov. 8, 2013. The baby panda, born last Aug. 30, 2013, weighing 210 grams and now weighing 4.66 kilos will be named on Dec. 5 pending results of an internet poll. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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Afraid of heights — A two-month old male baby giant panda, born in captivity at Madrid zoo, covers its eyes when being placed in a bed by giant panda breeding specialist Chen Xin in Madrid, Spain Friday Nov. 8, 2013. The baby panda, born last Aug. 30, 2013, weighing 210 grams and now weighing 4.66 kilos will be named on Dec. 5 pending results of an internet poll. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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The eyes of an owl — A snowy owl sits in its compound at the zoological garden during low temperatures in Hof, southern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, David Ebener)

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The eyes of an owl — A snowy owl sits in its compound at the zoological garden during low temperatures in Hof, southern Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, David Ebener)

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Serge the llama an Internet sensation after drunken French teens liberate circus performer, take him on joyride
A circus llama has become an internet hero after a group of drunken French youths “liberated” the animal and took it on a nocturnal tram tour of Bordeaux, the country’s wine capital.
Photos of the exploits of Serge the llama have gone viral on the internet, with more than 600,000 people signing a Facebook petition calling for his travelling companions not to face charges.
Shortly before dawn on Thursday, the young men left a nightclub and stumbled past a Franco-Italian circus. “We went in and played with the animals. We ended up taking a llama with us,” one, called Matthieu, told BFM TV.
The animal placidly followed its new masters “like a dog on a leash” and seemed interested in taking a nearby tram. “He hopped on without problem, we followed suit and took a ride with him and other passengers,” said Mattieu. (Photo: YouTube)

Serge the llama an Internet sensation after drunken French teens liberate circus performer, take him on joyride

A circus llama has become an internet hero after a group of drunken French youths “liberated” the animal and took it on a nocturnal tram tour of Bordeaux, the country’s wine capital.

Photos of the exploits of Serge the llama have gone viral on the internet, with more than 600,000 people signing a Facebook petition calling for his travelling companions not to face charges.

Shortly before dawn on Thursday, the young men left a nightclub and stumbled past a Franco-Italian circus. “We went in and played with the animals. We ended up taking a llama with us,” one, called Matthieu, told BFM TV.

The animal placidly followed its new masters “like a dog on a leash” and seemed interested in taking a nearby tram. “He hopped on without problem, we followed suit and took a ride with him and other passengers,” said Mattieu. (Photo: YouTube)

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Vet’s family saves dog by shaving off half of its weight in matted fur
At first glance, the timid Maltese poodle appears to have nothing at all in common with his animated-ogre namesake, Shrek. But when he first stumbled into the lives of veterinarian Brenda Gough and her family, the dog looked like a swamp creature, his long white fur greyed and matted and packed with feces. Now, after his unlikely rescue two weeks ago, Shrek is also an international celebrity —  photos before and after Dr. Gough and colleagues shaved off half his body weight in fur are being widely distributed online. Dr. Gough spoke Monday with the Post’s Sarah Boesveld from her clinic in Brantford, Ont.

Vet’s family saves dog by shaving off half of its weight in matted fur

At first glance, the timid Maltese poodle appears to have nothing at all in common with his animated-ogre namesake, Shrek. But when he first stumbled into the lives of veterinarian Brenda Gough and her family, the dog looked like a swamp creature, his long white fur greyed and matted and packed with feces. Now, after his unlikely rescue two weeks ago, Shrek is also an international celebrity —  photos before and after Dr. Gough and colleagues shaved off half his body weight in fur are being widely distributed online. Dr. Gough spoke Monday with the Post’s Sarah Boesveld from her clinic in Brantford, Ont.

Mink ‘slaughter’ dozens of baby ducks after extremists set free 500 animals from B.C. fur farm
A plan by animal rights extremists to illegally release 500 mink from a B.C. fur farm may have backfired after local farmers began reporting that escaped mink were feasting on their baby ducks.
“I came down one morning to let them out and they were just slaughtered,” Aldergrove, B.C., farmer Jae Woodlock told Postmedia this week, describing the sight of a coop piled with dozens of dead ducks.
The mink’s preferred method of killing is particularly gruesome. While coyotes will simply snag their prey and carry it away, mink will wipe out entire pens in a bloody orgy of vampiric neck biting.
“They bite their necks, they suck the blood and then they’re on to the next — they don’t eat them, they just go from duck to duck,” said Mr. Woodlock’s sister Sandra, who lives on the property.
The attacks began right around the same time that, 14 kilometres away from the Woodlocks’ farm, extremists from the Animal Liberation Front broke into an Abbotsford, B.C., fur farm and set loose 500 mink. (Photo: Fotolia)

Mink ‘slaughter’ dozens of baby ducks after extremists set free 500 animals from B.C. fur farm

A plan by animal rights extremists to illegally release 500 mink from a B.C. fur farm may have backfired after local farmers began reporting that escaped mink were feasting on their baby ducks.

“I came down one morning to let them out and they were just slaughtered,” Aldergrove, B.C., farmer Jae Woodlock told Postmedia this week, describing the sight of a coop piled with dozens of dead ducks.

The mink’s preferred method of killing is particularly gruesome. While coyotes will simply snag their prey and carry it away, mink will wipe out entire pens in a bloody orgy of vampiric neck biting.

“They bite their necks, they suck the blood and then they’re on to the next — they don’t eat them, they just go from duck to duck,” said Mr. Woodlock’s sister Sandra, who lives on the property.

The attacks began right around the same time that, 14 kilometres away from the Woodlocks’ farm, extremists from the Animal Liberation Front broke into an Abbotsford, B.C., fur farm and set loose 500 mink. (Photo: Fotolia)

Sea otter riddled with shotgun pellets fighting for its life after rescue off B.C. coast

An adult sea otter found with severe gunshot wounds to its head and body is fighting for its life after being rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium.

Veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena said the animal was rescued last Friday near Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It was blinded and in very rough shape.

The sea otter is now receiving around-the-clock care following several medical procedures. One of its flippers was severely lacerated, and the veterinary team had to amputate a digit. One of its eyes is now permanently blind, and the team is not sure whether the other damaged eye can ever see clearly again, said Haulena. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

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Yawn — A lion yawns at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Yawn — A lion yawns at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

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Herding the geese — Geese of the Landi GmbH poultry farm are driven to their barn on October 21, 2013 in Veckenstedt, central Germany. The company brings up around 8,000 geese per year. Roast goose is a traditional dinner in Germany at Christmas and Martinmas.  (MATTHIAS BEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Cranes and the moon — A flock of cranes flies past the rising moon in Nauen near Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The cranes rest in the wetlands west of Berlin on their way from breeding places in the north to their wintering grounds in the south. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

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Cranes and the moon — A flock of cranes flies past the rising moon in Nauen near Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The cranes rest in the wetlands west of Berlin on their way from breeding places in the north to their wintering grounds in the south. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

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Cuddly giraffe — An eleven day old newborn giraffe calf stands beside his mother named Mimi in their enclosure at Himeji Central Park on October 16, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The baby giraffe was born on October 5, 2013 and stands over 170 cm tall.  (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

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Cuddly giraffe — An eleven day old newborn giraffe calf stands beside his mother named Mimi in their enclosure at Himeji Central Park on October 16, 2013 in Himeji, Japan. The baby giraffe was born on October 5, 2013 and stands over 170 cm tall.  (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

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Oxford geneticist claims DNA evidence proves ‘yetis’ are roaming Himalayas
While sightings of an apelike creature wandering the Himalayas have been a source of fascination for decades, few believed that the yeti would turn out to be anything other than a myth.
Now, however, an Oxford geneticist claims to have solid evidence that the elusive creature does exist.
Professor Bryan Sykes has found a genetic match between two separate hair samples found in the upper reaches of mountains and a large bear that lived more than 40,000 years ago. The findings suggest that there are several “yetis” roaming the area. (Photo: Roger Patterson / files)

Oxford geneticist claims DNA evidence proves ‘yetis’ are roaming Himalayas

While sightings of an apelike creature wandering the Himalayas have been a source of fascination for decades, few believed that the yeti would turn out to be anything other than a myth.

Now, however, an Oxford geneticist claims to have solid evidence that the elusive creature does exist.

Professor Bryan Sykes has found a genetic match between two separate hair samples found in the upper reaches of mountains and a large bear that lived more than 40,000 years ago. The findings suggest that there are several “yetis” roaming the area. (Photo: Roger Patterson / files)

Injured kangaroo hops into Melbourne Airport, makes for pharmacy
An injured kangaroo hopped into an airport in Australia’s second-largest city on Wednesday, perplexing passengers as it made its way into a terminal shop.
Airport officials aren’t entirely sure how the kangaroo got into the Qantas Airways domestic terminal, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said. But once inside, the marsupial — which had been hit by a vehicle at a nearby intersection and was bleeding — made its way into a pharmacy. (Photo: Associated Press)

Injured kangaroo hops into Melbourne Airport, makes for pharmacy

An injured kangaroo hopped into an airport in Australia’s second-largest city on Wednesday, perplexing passengers as it made its way into a terminal shop.

Airport officials aren’t entirely sure how the kangaroo got into the Qantas Airways domestic terminal, Melbourne Airport spokeswoman Anna Gillett said. But once inside, the marsupial — which had been hit by a vehicle at a nearby intersection and was bleeding — made its way into a pharmacy. (Photo: Associated Press)

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