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Australian surfer Mick Fanning was
waiting in the water during a competition in South Africa Sunday when a shark
came up from behind him and attacked. Amazingly, Fanning was able to escape the
attack unscathed, and he and another surfer who was in the water at the time were
quickly picked up by safety boats. "Before I knew it, the boat was there,
the jet skis were there ... I just can’t believe it," Fanning said.
"To walk away from that, I'm just so stoked.” The chilling moments were
captured on live TV, and the video of the incident went viral Sunday. The
remainder of the J-Bay
Open was cancelled. "Mick's composure and quick acting in the face of
a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of
our Water Safety personnel was commendable — they are truly world class at what
they do," the World Surfing
League said in a statement. — Watch it at ABC
A new multiyear study found no evidence that polar bears go into a
hibernation-like state during the summer when food on land is scarce — a theory
that scientists had long considered a possibility. “We didn’t find anything that looks like hibernation,” said researcher
John P. Whiteman, a biologist at the University of Wyoming. Walking hibernation
would be a defense to help the bears get through summers that are becoming
increasingly long due to climate change. A report on the research was published
in the journal Science. — Read it
New York Times
Several hundred fans cheered as Aaron, a sub-adult loggerhead sea
turtle, was returned to the ocean in the Florida Keys Friday. The turtle was
found in March in a boat basin in Key Largo. He was treated at the Turtle Hospital in the Keys for an
intestinal impaction and parasites in his digestive system and was fitted with
a satellite-tracking transmitter before his release. He’s going to be one of 12
turtles to be part of the Tour de
Turtles contest, which will track the reptiles for three months starting in
August. The turtle to go the furthest distance in three months wins the
competition. — Read it from the AP
via Tampa’s WTSP
Duke, a 22-month-old
Bloodhound, and his owners were rescued in the wee hours of the morning Saturday after sliding 150 feet down a cliff while they were out hiking near the Clackamas River in northwestern Oregon. Local police and firefighters and several rescue groups including the
Oregon Humane Society’s Technical Animal Rescue Team, worked together to save the huge
dog and his humans. “Great teamwork, and best wishes for Duke and his family!” the
Oregon Humane Society posted on Facebook, along with several photos from the scene. — See photos from the
Oregon Humane Society via Facebook
Firefighters in Maryland performed a delicate operation to free a kitten from behind a car radiator Saturday morning. The car’s owner walked into the firehouse at about 10 a.m., after seeing something dangling from his Honda. Firefighters found the kitten behind a radiator fan, among air conditioning tubing. “We think she was in the car for about 24 hours,” said Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department deputy chief John Guyton,
reported the Washington Post. “He had been driving around with the
cat in the engine … She was very cranky when we finally got her out.” Although she suffered scrapes and a burn, veterinarians said the kitten would be OK. — Read it from the
AP via Washington’s WUSA 9
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