The Strange Connection Between Harrison Ford and Snowy Owls

If you’re going to crash an airplane, you damned sure want to crash it on a golf course, as Harrison Ford did on Thursday. Why? Because there’s sure to be any number of doctors out on that golf course, doing that thing doctors do on golf courses and have done, there, down through history. In Ford’s case, he was lucky enough to have an attending spinal surgeon, Sanjay Khurana, on the links, and Khurana led a team of doctors in stabilizing Ford’s spine and neck. Good thinking, Indy! Who else would manage to crash a plane straight into a thicket of medical professionals?

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Watch This Live HD Stream of a Bald Eagle Nest in Pennsylvania

Earlier today on the Hanover, Pennsylvania, Eagle Cam.

Earlier today on the Hanover, Pennsylvania, Eagle Cam.

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission once again set up a camera focused on a bald eagle’s nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Now, there appear to be a pair of eggs in the nest on the adorable HD bald eagle cam, which is done in partnership with a company called HDontap, Comcast Business Services, Friends of Codorus State Park and other partners. Read more »

Are Zoos Inhumane?

Last month the Philadelphia Zoo announced plans to build a “Gorilla Treeway” for its primates, to allow them to swing from branch to branch to branch inside caged walkways outside their “enclosure,” a.k.a. cage. The Gorilla Treeway joins the Big Cat Crossing as the zoo’s latest attempts to stave off general public recognition that zoos, well, suck.

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Family Dogs Kill Rabid Raccoons in New Jersey

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A raccoon stuck in a Mt. Airy dumpster resists help from residents. Philadelphia also has a large raccoon population. Photos by Bradley Maule.

Camden County has put out two alerts regarding rabid raccoons in the past two days, serving as a cautionary tale for those who are drawn to the animals’ large eyes, expressive paws and comical presentation. The lesson? Stay away. Many raccoons carry rabies and pose a danger to both humans and domestic animals.

In both of these New Jersey cases — one in Haddon Township, one in Camden City — it was family dog vs. raccoon in the backyard. Though the dogs emerged victorious, both raccoons tested positive for rabies at the New Jersey Public Health & Environmental Laboratories in Trenton. One of the dogs had an up-to-date rabies vaccination, and so only had to get a booster shot. The other dog had not been vaccinated against rabies, so it will be confined and observed for six months.
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Philadelphia Zoo Expands Zoo360 Trail to Include Gorilla Treeway

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The Philadelphia Zoo‘s Zoo360 Program is nothing new: The initiative is a one-of-a-kind series of animal trails allowing various species to roam freely throughout the Zoo’s campus to explore a variety of environments and travel longer distances. Last year saw the opening of Big Cat Crossing, but this year the gorillas get their chance at a little extra elbow room. In the spring, the Zoo will revamp its Great Ape Trail to include a Gorilla Treeway, an enclosed network of walkways that allow the beasts the chance to explore the grounds—and animals and spectators—from high up in the trees. A rendering of the project:

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World’s Largest Snake Coming to Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian

Photo courtesy of Smithsonian

Close your ears, ophidiophobiacs.

Titanoboa, also known as the largest snake that ever slithered around the planet, is coming to Philadelphia next February. The Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” will open at the Academy of Natural Sciences on Valentine’s Day, and the centerpiece will be a life-size replica of the 48-foot-long, 2,500 pound Titanoboa cerrejonensis.

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PETA Slams Discovery for Filming New Jersey Man Being Eaten by an Anaconda

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is slamming the Discovery Channel for airing an episode of Eaten Alive that shows a man–New Jersey native Paul Rosolie—being gobbled up whole by an anaconda. Network sources are saying that the snake is still alive and wasn’t harmed during the filming process, but that’s not enough for PETA. More from People.

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