Posts Tagged ‘Boston’

Nanny saves child from coyote’s jaws, and other strange stories of human, animal conflicts

June 23, 2008

Seattle isn’t the only city with aggressive animals. Strange stories from across the country have accumulated over the past few years to paint a vivid picture of the growing conflict between humans and urban wildlife.

  • In April, a hawk in Boston’s Fenway Park swooped on a teenage girl and scratched her scalp with his talons, causing her to bleed.
  • A Florida woman was walking her dog in March when a bobcat approached, grabbed the pet in his mouth and retreated to the nearby woods. The woman has not seen her dog, a Maltese named Bogie, since.
  • In November in Clintonville, Ohio, a deer stabbed a dog with his antlers in at least five places on the dog’s side, chest and face. The dog, a Doberman, suffered a ruptured diaphragm and stomach, but survived.
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    Unravelling The Mystery Of The Kitty Litter Parasite In Marine Mammals

    June 9, 2008

    Researchers at California Polytechnic State University have discovered what may be a clue to the mystery of why marine mammals around the world are succumbing to a parasite that is typically only associated with cats. The key may just be the lowly anchovy, according to research presented today at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston.

    Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite which causes toxoplasmosis, considered to be the third leading cause of death attributed to foodborne illness in the United States. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 20% of the U.S. population carries the parasite, the only known reservoir of the infectious form of the parasite (the oocyst) are cats.

    Over the past decade, toxoplasma infection has appeared in a variety of sea mammals including beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions and seals. It has also become a major cause of death in sea otters living off the coast of California. It is estimated that approximately 17% of sea otter deaths can be attributed to toxoplasma. While many believe fresh water runoff contaminated with cat feces is to blame, there is no definitive science on the source of infection.

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    Tour Schedule for Super Furry Animals 2008

    December 27, 2007


    What could be more Animal-esque than Super Furry Animals? Here’s their tour schedule for the new year.

    12/31 – London, ENG – Royal Festival Hall
    01/23 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
    01/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
    01/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
    01/27 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
    01/29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
    01/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
    01/31 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic
    02/01 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
    02/02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
    02/05 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
    02/06 – Solona Beach, CA – Belly Up
    02/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
    02/09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
    02/11 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
    02/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
    02/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
    02/16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
    02/17 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
    02/18 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
    02/20 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
    02/21 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Music Hall
    02/22 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University
    02/23 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
    02/25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom