January 24, 2010 |
A 12-foot green anaconda has been captured at a Florida park, where it apparently had been feasting on waterfowl for months. The giant snake, a native of the Amazon, was spotted and captured Jan. 13 at East Lake Fish Camp by an Osceola County sheriff's mounted patrol unit. Toni Englert, who keeps horses at the park's stable, witnessed the capture. "The officers called me over and said, 'Toni, I think we know what happened to the ducks,' " Englert said. Englert had pointed out to deputies, who train at the park, that the ducks and geese were disappearing.
October 10, 2009 |
Officials said an alligator bit off part of a golfer's arm as the man leaned over to pick up a ball at a private course. The man, who is in his 70s, was retrieving a ball from a pond when the 10-foot alligator bit him at Ocean Creek Golf Course in Myrtle Beach. The gator pulled the golfer into the pond and ripped off his arm in the struggle. The golfer's partners were able to free him. Wildlife workers killed the alligator and retrieved the arm in hopes that it might be reattached.
March 29, 2009 |
As my airliner approached George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, the pilot declared the weather in southeastern Texas sunny, warm and mild. Great, I thought, blue skies and gentle breezes. Just my luck. My final destination was High Island, about 80 miles southeast of Houston on the Gulf Coast. This mound of trees and shrubs, only a mile in diameter, has a reputation as one of the country's top birding sites. As an occasional bird watcher, I was drawn here by this reputation.
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August 23, 2008 |
Animal control officers from the city Department of Animal Services went to a North Hollywood residence this week and found an adult 5-foot, 6-inch-long male alligator named Ziggy. The owner, whose name was not released, surrendered the alligator without incident. Animal Services had gone to the residence because of a referral call from the Los Angeles Police Department. "The alligator appears to be in good health, thankfully," said Kathy Davis, assistant general manager of Animal Services.
November 22, 2007 |
Los Angeles has given me many reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving. * I am thankful I live in a city where the penalty for smoking in public is increasingly as harsh as the penalty for committing murder. * I am thankful Los Angeles County officials finally corralled Reggie the alligator, and I hope that one day the federal government devotes half as many resources to capturing Osama bin Laden.
September 18, 2007 |
A 59-year-old man's arm was bitten off by an alligator as he snorkeled in a lake, and doctors were unable to reattach it. The wounded man stumbled into a party of picnickers. Five nurses at the gathering put ice on his wound and kept him awake until paramedics arrived. His arm was retrieved from the alligator's belly after wildlife officers shot the animal.
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August 16, 2007 |
Reggie the alligator -- the John Dillinger of semi-aquatic reptiles -- was returned to custody Wednesday after having busted out of the slammer at the L.A. Zoo overnight. Reggie, who had won international fame while eluding capture in a Harbor City lake for almost two years, was last seen in stir about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, zoo personnel discovered he'd blown the joint.
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August 10, 2007 |
Reggie the alligator -- last seen in public in May, when he was captured at a Harbor City lake -- made his debut at the Los Angeles Zoo on Thursday, with many of his fans there to cheer him on. Nearly 150 people, many decked out in alligator hats and Reggie T-shirts, crowded around his enclosure awaiting the big event, craning for a view over a line of news cameras. Many visitors had arrived from Harbor City on buses arranged by City Councilwoman Janice Hahn.
June 27, 2007 |
A man who lost his ball in a golf course pond could have lost a limb when an alligator latched on to his arm and pulled him into the water, authorities said in Venice. Bruce Burger, 50, was trying to retrieve his ball from a pond on the sixth hole at the Lake Venice Golf Club despite a sign that said "Beware of Alligator." After the gator grabbed him, Burger struck the reptile with his other arm until it let go. He was not seriously hurt.
May 29, 2007 |
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Ga. -- They are a brave and seasoned lot, these firefighters who have swarmed to the Georgia swamp to extinguish its raging wildfires. But even for them, the "dreaded Okefenokee" -- as an old B-movie poster put it -- presents novel sources of fear. The most obvious of them slither quietly through the bogs and bask on the parched peat, all teeth and fearful symmetry.