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3 Pit Bulls Maul Calif. Mom and 3-Year-Old Son: 'Worst Thing I've Ever Seen in My Life'
An attack by three pit bulls has left a 47-year-old California woman and her 3-year-old son hospitalized with serious injuries, and now officials are determining what to do with the animals.
A press release from the Vallejo Police Department confirms the mauling occurred on April 6.
The victims are not named.
The statement from police states the female victim had agreed to watch the three dogs. However, the statement does not provide any identifying details about the dogs’ owner.
Police confirm criminal charges are unlikely in this case.
Dog Mauls 9-Year-Old Boy To Death Inside Holiday Caravan, Owner Under Investigation
A nine-year-old boy vacationing with his family in Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe, England, was mauled to death by a dog inside a caravan.
Frankie Macritchie, from Plymouth, about 22 miles away, was killed Saturday after he was left with a family friend’s dog. His mother was visiting another mobile home parked near the area. "We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst the adults that he was on holiday with were in an adjacent unit. There was sound of a disturbance and sounds of distress coming from the caravan. Immediately on hearing that, members of the public ran towards it and attempted to render first aid to Frankie,” Detective Superintendent Mike West told the Telegraph.
The police responded to the scene at around 5 a.m. local time (12 a.m. EDT), and found the victim in an unresponsive state. The boy was declared dead at the scene.
Ask Amy: Recovering mom doesn't want dog at home
Dear Amy: For the past 2 ½ years my son (now 9) has been asking for a dog. I’ve been saying no because while I like dogs, I prefer them in other people’s houses.
I didn’t want to take on the considerable expense and care for a dog.
Four months ago, I had a brain aneurysm. Thankfully, I am OK and recovering. However, during my recovery in the hospital I thought I was dying and that it would be a good idea for my son to have a dog to love and care for in the event that I did die.
I was coming off of anesthesia and on a lot of pain medication. I feel confident in saying that at the time, I was not in my right mind.
UK pet owner investigated after dog kills 9-year-old boy
This 10-Year-Old's Feet Were Covered in Green and Black Lesions After Insects Infested Her Skin
An otherwise-healthy 10-year-old girl is featured in an alarming case report from the New England Journal of Medicine. The girl had been playing in a pigsty in rural Brazil two weeks before visiting a doctor. For the 10 days leading up to her appointment, she had developed painful and itchy lesions on her feet and toes, according to the report, with "black dots in the center."
The girl turned out to have a skin condition called tungiasis, a parasite infestation caused by a female sand flea. The flea, called Tunga penetrans, can spread the disease to humans and animals.
200 people possibly exposed to measles at California emergency department
THIS “TRANSPARENT WOOD” COULD CUT THE COST OF HEATING YOUR HOME
Scientists have added a polymer called polyethylene glycol (PEG) to transparent wood to give it the ability to absorb and release heat — and it could make heating and cooling future homes far less costly.
“During a sunny day, the material will absorb heat before it reaches the indoor space, and the indoors will be cooler than outside,” researcher Céline Montanari said in a press release. “And at night, the reverse occurs — the PEG becomes solid and releases heat indoors so that you can maintain a constant temperature in the house.”
When Psychedelics Make Your Last Months Alive Worth Living
In the spring of 2018, Dan G. learned that the melanoma he had beaten 18 years earlier had returned and spread to his liver and lungs. After several months of chemo and immunotherapy, the 44-year-old decided the traditional treatments he’d been undergoing weren’t enough. The crippling side effects of the drugs had left him feeling hollow—and only exacerbated his already acute feelings of anxiety and depression. He often felt too decimated, both physically and mentally, to spend quality time with his wife and four-year-old son.
Unable to control what was happening in his body and discouraged by conventional treatments, Dan began to ponder the things he could control about his situation—namely his mental state—and started looking into options. The literature he found examining the correlation between improved mental health and psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms, intrigued him, and his experiments with psychedelics over the next six months would significantly reduce the mental dread consuming his life.
SCIENTISTS SAY SKRILLEX STOPS MOSQUITOES FROM BITING
It sounds like an April Fools’ prank, but scientists say that music by dubstep star Skrillex can keep mosquitoes from biting.
If it’s a joke, it goes deep: the research is at the center of a paper published in the journal Acta Tropica last week, and the story has been picked up by the BBC News, HuffPo, and The Telegraph.
Assuming it isn’t an elaborate joke — and, given the timing, it’s hard not to be a little suspicious — the finding could suggest futuristic sound-based ways to keep disease-transmitting insects at bay.
Neuroscientists Explain How Music Can Lower Anxiety
Neuroscientists Explain How Music Can Lower Anxietyanxiety
After a stressful day, nothing feels better than getting in the car and turning the radio on full blast to drown out the problems in our lives. For centuries, people have turned to music to lift their spirits when they feel sad or need to lower anxiety; in the modern world, music plays a more important role than ever.
Studies continue to show that music helps lower stress levels and results in decreased stress when faced with a difficult task. Without music, would life even be worth it? It’s difficult to imagine a world devoid of any kind of music; luckily, we can always put in our headphones and drift away into a different world.
Power of Positivity
Ghosts? Scents?: Scotland Stumped Why Numerous Canines Have Jumped from 'Dog Suicide Bridge'
It’s a mystery that has plagued the superstitious town of Dumbarton, Scotland, since the 1950s: why do dogs jump from Overtoun Bridge?
According to The New York Times, numerous dogs — reportedly up to 600 canines — have inexplicable thrown themselves from Overtoun, which has earned the name “Dog Suicide Bridge,” and dozens have died from the subsequent fall to the rocks below.
Numerous explanations have been offered over the decades for why the bridge has seemingly compelled dogs to jump down into the gorge it covers.
“People in Dumbarton are very superstitious,” Alastair Dutton, a Dumbarton resident told The New York Times. “We grew up playing in the Overtoun grounds, and we believe in ghosts here because we’ve all seen or felt spirits up here.”
CATS SHOULD BE KILLED TO SAVE EARTH'S MOST ENDANGERED SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION, SCIENTISTS SAY
Animals such as feral cats and dogs should be culled from islands around the world to save their prey from extinction, according to conservationists.
Eradicating creatures like rats, mongooses, pigs, and goats from 169 islands could save some 9.4 percent of the planet’s most-threatened animals, argue the authors of a study published in the journal PLOS One.
The world’s 465,000 islands only take up around 5.3 percent of land on Earth, yet they are home to 75 percent of known extinctions of bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions since 1500, the authors highlighted. Now, 36 percent of the world’s critically endangered species live on these pieces of land.
To arrive at their conclusion, the researchers looked at data on 1,184 highly threatened native vertebrates, as identified as critically endangered or endangered on the IUCN Red List, and 184 non-native mammals that live on 1,279 islands across the world.
Using this data, they created a list of 292 islands whose native animals would benefit from culling invasive mammals. Of these islands, the researchers highlighted 107 across 34 countries where eradication could start as soon as 2020.
Rising temperatures will help mosquitos infect a billion more people
Mosquitoes are unrelenting killers. In fact, they are among the most lethal animals in the world. When they carry dangerous viruses or other organisms, a bite can be unforgiving. They cause millions of deaths every year from such infectious diseases as malaria, dengue, Zika, chikungunya, yellow fever, and at least a dozen more.
But here's the really bad news: climate change is expected to make them even deadlier. As the planet heats up, these insects will survive winter and proliferate, causing an estimated billion or more new infections by the end of the century, according to new research.
A 71-year-old grandmother walked miles to donate to cyclone survivors. Zimbabwe's richest man noticed
A selfless act by a 71-year-old woman has caught the attention of Zimbabwe's richest man, who called the grandmother's several-mile trek while carrying clothing and household items for cyclone survivors "one of the most remarkable acts of compassion I have ever seen."
Plaxedes Dilon is being praised in Zimbabwe and beyond after she lugged the aid on foot to the Highlands Presbyterian Church in Harare, where volunteers have been coordinating relief efforts for thousands displaced since Cyclone Idai struck southern Africa in mid-March.
Excerpt: Why are Giraffes mostly homosexual?
Giraffes are beloved of evolutionary biologists for a number of reasons. They are, of course, the tallest of all living animals, and that elegant neck is the primary reason why. The origin of that beautiful neck has also been attributed to sexual selection. It is extravagant and slightly absurd, like a peacock’s tail, so it might be one of those runaway traits that we see exaggerated in males of so many sexual beasts. This is where the sex lives of giraffes gets interesting. The neck is certainly a major part of sexual and social behavior. Since 1958, the male-to-male wrestling that giraffes are often seen engaging in has been called “necking.” They curl their necks around each other and rut. It’s incredible to watch, the necks twisting and bending at almost right angles, the normal grace of these animals replaced by ungainly aggression and awkward legs, with none of the elegant power of two stags clashing antlers.
Family Says Dog Died Saving Them From Teen Gunman
A Houston, Texas family claims that, just over a week ago, their dog saved their lives after a gunman busted into their home while food was being prepped for their 13-year-old's birthday party. He allegedly opened fire after a confrontation took place where he was asked to leave. There were reportedly more than a dozen kids in attendance at the time.
Laura Martinez says the event happened on March 9 at her home, when a teen boy that the family was familiar with entered the home with a gun. The armed teen fired eight shots, three of which struck Martinez and members of her family. According to a GoFundMe, one bullet hit Martinez in her leg, another hit her son, Taylor Hollier, in his foot, and two struck her stepdaughter, Valerie Pace, with one going into her thigh and the other hitting next to her spine.
12-Year-Old Boy in Coma After Being Attacked on Bike by Pack of Dogs: They 'Could've Killed Him'
A 12-year-old Mississippi boy is in a coma after he was attacked by a pack of dogs while riding his bike on Friday.
Aden Green was “mauled by six dogs” in Winona, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE. Green was reportedly riding his bike when the mixed-breed dogs spotted him and attacked, Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix tells PEOPLE.
“The dogs pulled Aden off his bike and into a ditch,” reads a GoFundMe pagethis link opens in a new tab set up for the family. “Thankfully someone driving by was able to beat the dogs away from him and call for help.”
AIR FRANCE-KLM DOG DIES DURING FLIGHT TO L.A. ... PETA Lashes Out