Monthly Archives: August 2007

Bodyless Rattlesnake Head Bites Man

Bodyless Rattlesnake Head Bites Man

A 53-year old man learned his lesson the hard way when a 5-foot rattler slithered onto his central Washington property, about 50 miles southeast of Yakima. Apparently, he was unaware of past rattlesnake research, which shows that a severed rattlesnake head will try to attack objects waved in front of it for up to an hour after death. The man and his son pinned the snake with an irrigation pipe and then cut off its head with a shovel. A few more strikes to the head left it sitting under a pickup truck. But that’s not the end of the story. Continue reading

Airplane Passenger Smuggles Monkey Under His Hat

Airplane Passenger Smuggles Monkey Under His Hat 

A man smuggled a monkey onto an airplane Tuesday while departing Lima, Peru, stashing the furry fist-size primate under his hat until passengers spotted it clinging to his ponytail. The man boarded a flight to Florida and then caught a connecting flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York. During the flight, people seated around the man noticed that the marmoset, which normally lives in forests and eats fruit and insects, had emerged from underneath his hat. Continue reading

Piping Plover Makes A Comeback

Piping Plover Makes A Comeback

Here is some good news for birds and birders on the east coast. The tiny Atlantic piping plover, a federally protected bird, has given beachgoers headaches for decades. The species breeds on East Coast beaches during warm weather, which means entire stretches of shoreline can be put off limits just as people want to enjoy the coast. However, two decades after the plover was declared a threatened species, biologists are crediting the beach closures, twine barriers and other buffers between birds and humans for a 141 percent increase in the Atlantic piping plover population. Continue reading