http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5172292.stm reports that paleontologists discovered the fossils of this meat-eating, long-armed, fang-toothed critter. Skippy the bush kangaroo, it ain't. And they found more remains of what they believed was a meat-eating big bird they've termed the 'demon duck of doom.'
Alas, Newsday -
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-nyanim134815629jul13,0,3498834.story?coll=ny-nynews-print reports that a group that rescues abandoned petsfrom shelters has seen their fuel prices triple, and as a result, they're not able to rescue as many animals from certain death.
But on the intentional act of nastiness side, the LA Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-garrett12jul12,0,7536972.story?coll=la-opinion-center has a large article on "Terngate," which most people probably don't know about as news like this gets stuffed behind the more important news on Britany Spears (sigh). Anyway, a clip from the article... The events of last week — when the bodies of several hundred young Caspian and elegant terns were found littering the Long Beach Harbor shore, and the nesting efforts of perhaps 2,000 adult terns on two barges in the port were carelessly erased — underscore the clumsiness of our wildlife-protection efforts and the tenuous threads that sustain our remaining natural heritage … During the spring, up to 1,000 pairs of Caspian and elegant terns terns set up housekeeping on two unused, privately owned rock-hauling barges in Long Beach Harbor. These are species that nest in large, dense colonies, choosing islands or other sites isolated by water to evade land-based predators. Elegant terns are at the northern end of their range here — they nest in a couple of colonies in Orange and San Diego counties, but 90% of the world's population of 25,000 to 30,000 pairs breeds on Isla Rasa in the Gulf of California. Caspian terns are more widespread, with up to 35,000 pairs breeding at scattered localities in North America. By mid-June, the colony on the two barges was well known. Harbor tour operators delighted their patrons with colony visits but kept their distance — tern colonies are highly susceptible to disturbance by humans and predators. But on June 28, young terns, not yet capable of flight, began washing up dead on the shore near Belmont Pier. It turns out that one of the barges had been towed away, but only after all of the young had been forced overboard (the evidence suggests a high-pressure hose was used). The second barge's birds still thrived but only for a couple of days; its young were similarly removed — again, it is not known by whom — by June 30." Sigh... :(
But on the happy news side (it does exist), there's a great blog type link at the Toronto Star site at www.thestar.com. You go there, go to the bottom right the image that says "Acts of Kindness." Just nice sniffy type human kindness stories.
And, a cute picture...[credits: A mouse rides on the back of a frog in floodwaters in the northern Indian city Lucknow June 30, 2006. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar (INDIA)]