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Giant Moose Caught Strolling Down Middle Of Highway

A giant moose in Alaska decided to have a wander down the middle of a highway, and one guy got it on camera.  Usually, to witness large animals casually strolling around near your car, you have to be in the midst of some kind of expensive, drive-through safari experience. Apparently, this is not the case

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A giant moose in Alaska decided to have a wander down the middle of a highway, and one guy got it on camera. 

Usually, to witness large animals casually strolling around near your car, you have to be in the midst of some kind of expensive, drive-through safari experience.

Apparently, this is not the case in Alaska.

Robert Farris was taking a midnight drive in Anchorage, Alaska, when he came across a huge moose enjoying an amble down the middle of the highway.

Check out the video here:

The excited driver turned onto the highway, camera at the ready, and said, ‘Look at this big fella here… wow look at him, he’s huge!’

Robert captured the huge animal walking along the grass divide between the two sides of the road, and tried to get its attention by calling out ‘Hey there bud!’

He actually called out ‘Hey there!’ four times with, unsurprisingly, no response from the moose. I think the animal was just after a peaceful stroll.

A passenger in the car, presumably Robert’s daughter, asked the driver if he was going to touch the beast. Thankfully, he replied, ‘No I’m not gonna touch it.’

While calling the moose ‘dude’ repeatedly was a questionable move, I’m glad Robert didn’t attempt to make the moose notice him in a more physical manner – those antlers could cause some damage.

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After Robert had his fill of late night moose-spotting, he headed off, seemingly attempting one last time to get some sort of reaction by calling out ‘Later dude!’

The moose was a popular sight for the surrounding cars, with one on the other side of the highway actually reversing all the way back and probably risking an accident in order to get a good look at the large-antlered animal.

The man behind the camera had been picking up his daughter when he spotted the moose.

He explained:

I was picking up my daughter when we came across the moose wandering in the street, so I decided to pull up next to the big fella and let the world basque in his awe.

The unusual sight has received mixed opinions from those watching it, with some people bringing to light the sad circumstances that might explain the moose’s choice to wander on the highway.

One person wrote:

Kinda sad. Our increasing population is diminishing their habitat. I bet that road used to covered in grass and trees not so long ago.The tiny strip of remaining grass is almost symbolic of what’s happening to the Moose’s home.

Another added:

I hope he is OK, it looks like he has an injury on his rear leg.

Other concerned viewers told Robert he was crazy for slowing down and getting so close to the animal.

One person commented:

you are crazy. This is dangerous

Another said:

Gentle giant…but with a simple twist of his neck all hell would break loose.

Hopefully the moose got where he was going safely, and no one suffered any reckless reversing or filming-while-driving related injuries.

That would not have been a-moose-ing.

Sorry.

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Wildlife Official Slammed For Posing With Dead Animals He Killed On Hunting Trip

Hunter A>An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has come under fire after posing with animals he had killed during a Namibia hunting trip.

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An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner has come under fire after posing with animals he had killed during an African hunting trip.

It is believed Commissioner Blake Fischer and his wife shot at least 14 animals during their time in Namibia. Fischer emailed photographs of himself smiling broadly alongside his kills, apparently expecting an appreciative response.

The photographs, which were received by one hundred friends and colleagues, show how Fischer had killed a leopard, giraffe, impala, sable antelope, waterbuck, warthog, kudu, gemsbok (oryx) and eland.

In one particularly disturbing photo, Fischer can be seen grinning as he sits behind the bodies of an entire family of baboons, including a baby. He had reportedly killed them using a bow and arrow, and captioned the picture, ‘So I shot a whole family of baboons’.

His predecessor Fred Trevey has now called upon Fischer to step down from his position within the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, a commission which makes policy decisions relating to Idaho’s wildlife.

As reported by the Idaho Statesman, Trevey – who served as a Fish and Game Commissioner from 2007 to 2015 – sent Fischer an email where he told him to resign.

According to this email, Trevey believed Fischer’s resignation would help ‘shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come’.

Trevey wrote:

I’m sure what you did was legal, however, legal does not make it right, Sportsmanlike behavior is the center pin to maintaining hunting as a socially acceptable activity.

He continued:

I have a difficult time understanding how a person privileged to be an Idaho Fish and Game commissioner can view such an action as sportsmanlike and an example to others.

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Fischer, who has held his position for four years, has reportedly since apologised for sending the photographs but has not apologised for the hunt itself:

I didn’t do anything illegal. I didn’t do anything unethical. I didn’t do anything immoral,

I look at the way Idaho’s Fish and Game statute says we’re supposed to manage all animals for Idaho, and any surplus of animals we have we manage through hunting, fishing and trapping. Africa does the same thing.

Fischer told the Idaho Statesman how he likes to hunt ‘new and interesting species,’ and has described the photos as being ‘normal’:

I was raised in a very ethical hunting family, In every picture, we try to pose the animals in a natural position, wipe the blood off the mouth, place the rifle or bow over the bullet hole. … These are normal hunting photos. You shoot an animal, you take a picture of it.

It is believed by some critics that Fischer’s poor judgement could reflect poorly on the commission if left unchecked, with the photos going against the recommendations made in Idaho’s hunter-education manual.

Governor C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter has reportedly been notified about the photographs and has expressed concern. The governor’s office will now be looking into the matter further.

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Snapchat Now Has Selfie Filters For Cats

snapchatthreat-webAnimal lovers rejoice, it’s the social media news we’ve all been waiting for – Snapchat now has selfie filters for cats! Sounds purrrfect to me! Whether you admit it or not, most of us can’t seem to shy away from a selfie – and on Snapchat, the added bonus of being turned into a cuddly

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Animal lovers rejoice, it’s the social media news we’ve all been waiting for – Snapchat now has selfie filters for cats! Sounds purrrfect to me!

Whether you admit it or not, most of us can’t seem to shy away from a selfie – and on Snapchat, the added bonus of being turned into a cuddly bear, a cute kitten, or a playful puppy, it just too good to ignore most of the time.

Yet now, in possibly the best news I’ve received this week, it seems the media company has just launched a new set of filters, meaning your beloved pet (or pets in my case), can now be a part of your fur-midable fun.

Snapchat have introduced a total of three lenses for our feline friends, meaning the app is now able to detect cat’s faces, whereas it’s previously only been able to detect human ones.

However, I must say, I have six cats and one dog, and they’ve worked in the past – pics or it didn’t happen? I’ve been trying to scroll through my 3,000 animal pictures and it’s taking some time…

The new range of filters include glasses and flower crowns for your cute little kitty, as well as unicorn horns, fiery red devil horns and wings – just in time for Halloween. YES!

No need to put them in adorable costumes most of them hate…

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The news was announced on their social media yesterday (October 12), and read:

Lenses. For cool cats 😎 and their cool cats 😻 Try them meow.

Unsurprisingly, the news has been well received, with hoards of cat lovers responding in the best way possible – with cat selfies of course.

One cat owner expressed the p-awesomeness of it all, writing:

they have snapchat filters for your cat now!! HELL YEA!!!!!! [sic]

Just check out a snippet of photos below – be warned though – it’s cuteness overload:

Of course, in 2018, people on social media had a reason to moan about the new addition to the popular app.

No, not because of animal cruelty, but because many dog owners were quick to respond to the tweet, asking why the developers hadn’t made any new lenses for man’s best friend.

But to be fair, if they’re going to make one for cats, and then probably dogs, what about our hamsters, snakes, fish… Can’t they just make a lense which is suitable for all animals?

Next time I’m on safari, I’d love to see a big burly rhino adorning some wings, or perhaps a pair of pink bunny ears – why not?

Anyway, back to the excited cat owners across the world…

For those of you looking to try the new filters for cats, you can find them in the carousel alongside the existing lenses for humans.

You’ll be able to tell which ones are available for your cuddly companion, because it’ll have a little blue paw print icon on the lense icon.

I swear, this feature better not be temporary! I have six cats to snap, and therefore six new selfies to take – I just need to do it when they’re all in a good mood…

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Tiny Trump Statues Inviting Dogs To Wee On Them Appear Across Brooklyn

Donald trumpLamposts, walls, cars – you name it. If a dog sees pretty much anything stationary on its walk, it’s likely to wee on it. Which is exactly what someone in Brooklyn is hoping will happen to some newly erected statues of Donald Trump. A range of statues depicting the American president have appeared in a

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Lamposts, walls, cars – you name it. If a dog sees pretty much anything stationary on its walk, it’s likely to wee on it.

Which is exactly what someone in Brooklyn is hoping will happen to some newly erected statues of Donald Trump.

A range of statues depicting the American president have appeared in a park in Brooklyn, each of them emblazoned with the words ‘pee on me’.

The man who placed the statues all over Park Slope, advertising professional Phil Gable, did so to express his dislike for Trump.

He told Gothamist:

It was largely just a personal expression of my own disdain for Donald Trump, both as a President and a human being. I find it cathartic anytime I can express disdain through comedy, especially if it’s related to politics.

He went on to say that dogs need a ‘positive place to pee’ and he hopes that placing these statues will encourage dogs to avoid flower beds.

In fact, to further encourage dogs to urinate all over Trump’s face, Gable says he sprayed the statues with ‘dog potty-training aids’ so they can’t resist.

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The perfect scenario, I’d say. I wish I lived in Brooklyn just so I could take my dog there to be honest. In fact, maybe I’ll buy a plane ticket tonight.

And the neighbourhood appears to think it’s a positive thing too. Gable described how he’s already received praise from people.

He said:

While I was setting it up, one woman came by with her two daughters. They really liked it—they took pictures with it, and she thanked me and said ‘This is the kind of thing that makes me love Brooklyn.’

So the neighbours and the dogs are happy – it’s a win-win situation!

However, not everyone was. The first statue was placed on Friday October 5 and disappeared within a few hours, since it was not secured to the pavement.

Gable realised they were easy targets and so has since made several more which he has placed throughout the park. These new statues have been secured in place and are anchored to the ground with cables.

So hopefully they won’t be going anywhere soon!

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