Monday, 15 January 2018
Posted by Terry Hooper-Scharf at 02:52
Thursday, 11 January 2018
Please Support the National Fox Welfare Society.
January Peak Breeding Season and Peak dispersal Season. ‘The month of the leg injury’
Posted by Terry Hooper-Scharf at 08:55
Wednesday, 3 January 2018
The reason is a practical one. A great deal of work and effort goes into these books and someone is then, hopefully, going to buy a copy and I want that person to enjoy the book. With the A4 format the photographs, illustrations, etc., come out in a lot more detail because, obviously, it is the larger format. I think the quality holds up in both so it depends on what the customer wants.
Personally, I think the larger format is best so I will stick to that in future.
Posted by Terry Hooper-Scharf at 07:30
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
I am getting sick and tired of this happening. I always wondered when I was a police consultant, why these zoos and safari parks I contacted seemed to almost panic. I think it is because of their incompetence.
London Zoo -it had to be a dog walker alerting people to the fire and animals died. Now this -13 Patas monkies (Erythrocebus patas). You see, years ago, zoo keepers did night and day shifts and patrolled the zoos at night and any problem they acted.
Now it is someone sat behind a monitor nodding off between dunking his biscuits in a cup of tea.
And zoos AND safari parks have very successful breeding...too many...no other zoo wants to buy...kill them. Oh, sorry..."euthanize" them. All while extolling the virtue of the great work they are doing in making money...I mean helping the species survive.
I really hate Humans.
Also, ONE zoo fire in the early morning accident. TWO zoo fires in the early morning...suspiciously coincidental: establishments need to tighten up security.
13 monkeys die after fire breaks out at Woburn Safari Park
Thirteen Patas monkeys have died after a fire broke out at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire.
The park’s owners said the enclosure within the African Forest drive-through caught fire in the early hours.
An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire.
Woburn homes more than 1,000 animals in a road and foot safari. This includes rhinos, giraffes, elephants, lions, monkeys and tigers.
The attraction will remain open to the public.
In a statement the park said: “In the early hours of Tuesday 2nd January, a fire broke out in the Patas Monkey house within the African Forest drive-through enclosure of the park.
“Staff and fire crews attended the scene; however, devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the 13 animals could be saved.
“All other animals within the jungle drive-through enclosure are being monitored, but early signs suggest that they have not been affected.
“An investigation is under way into the cause of the fire and while the park will remain open, the Jungle enclosure will remain closed for investigation.”
“The park is grateful to the quick response from Bedfordshire Fire Brigade, who attended with three appliances.”
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze was spotted by security guards on a routine patrol before firefighters arrived at 2.37am.
“They found the outbuilding housing Patas monkeys was well alight and its roof had fallen in,” it said in a statement.
“They fought the fire using fire hoses while wearing breathing apparatus to protect themselves from the smoke and fumes.
“The building was 90% damaged by the fire.”
The fire service said the incident was over by 4.46am.
Posted by Terry Hooper-Scharf at 05:11
Monday, 1 January 2018
Sadly, this case never made it into Strange & Mysterious Beasts as I never got certain expected confirmation -after all, my field are felids, canids and wolverine. But this is how the story ran -and still does with the help of sensationalist journalists looking to continue boosting ratings and that odd mixture of cryptozoologist-ufologist.
Yahoo News 8th January, 2017:
Yahoo News 8th January, 2017:
Explorer claims 'alien claw' and 'skull' found in Peru tunnelsYahoo News 8th
Self-proclaimed paranormal researchers say they have proof of an "alien claw" after discovering a three-fingered bone structure in tunnels in Peru.
The Institute Inkari-Cusco, a group of "paranormal enthusiasts", said they also discovered a skull close to where they allegedly spotted the "hand".
The claims have not yet to be verified, but the researchers said they found the bones while searching caves and tunnels across Cusco in January 2016.
French researcher and explorer, Thierry Jamin, released the findings on his Facebook page on November 27.
He said, researcher Dr Edson Salazar Vivanco used x-rays and concluded that the "mummified hand" was 33 cm long, has three fingers, metallic implants.
"According to some estimates of physicians, archaeologists and anthropologists, this hand belonged to an individual whose size was maybe between 2.7m to 3m tall," Dr Vivanco said, according to aPeruvian blog.
Dr Vivanco claimed the "claw" and "skull" were genuine biological objects with real bone and skin tissues and further testing was underway.
The researchers will conduct further radiocarbon and DNA testing of the mysterious specimens in the US in early in 2017.
Now to me this is all pure bovine excretia. More fantasy by persons looking to make money or become celebrities. The only reason I actually checked the story in the first place was because I was looking at images relating to South American mammals that might be mistakenly identified as "mystery hominids" (long story). There was the photograph and so I checked out the story.
I have no doubt what-so-ever that these are the remains of nothing more than a Three-toed sloth (Bradypus tridactylus). Buried away in a cave for a very long time with dirt and grime building up on the skull -I note that these persons have not revealed the skeletons of these 'aliens' only the "hands" and head because they look strange and so are exploitable.
Here -a three-toed sloth skull and skeleton (the latter from the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology):
Liars, frauds and cheats always need to be exposed.
Posted by Terry Hooper-Scharf at 08:01