Animal attraction: Bear, the controversial story of one woman’s sexual awakening | Books

What do you think of when you think of a bear? A large, lumbering creature, unpredictably violent? Perhaps you think of Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog’s jaw-dropping film about a man killed by one of the creatures he so adored? Do you think of the bearded, heavy-set man contrasted, in the informal typology among gay men, with the skinnier, more feminine twink? Or perhaps you think of a cuddly toy?

When Lou, the narrator of Marian Engel’s 1976 novel, Bear, meets a real bear, she finds that “its nose was more pointed than she expected – years of

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One of the world’s most secretive animals seen in wild for first time

The Walter’s duiker, first recognized as a new species in 2010 and known as one of the world’s most secretive mammals, had never been observed in the wild until now.

The first image of the Walter’s duiker in the wild showed up on a remote camera in Fazao-Malfakassa National Park in Togo and was published in the African Journal of Ecology by researchers from The University of Oxford in the U.K., EuroNews reported.

Professor Walter Verheyen was the first scientist to obtain a specimen of this species of duiker or African antelope from Togo in 1968, hence the name.


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Former McKamey employee claims inhumane treatment of animals

Adriane Gutillo, a former employee of McKamey Animal Center, says she quit her job after witnessing what she felt was inhumane treatment of a dog about to be euthanized by an animal control officer.

According to an email she wrote to the media, the dog was “playing happily with her friends” when an animal control officer used a catchpole — a long pole with a cabled loop at the end — to capture a dog and drag it to the shelter’s euthanasia room. The cowering dog’s mouth began to bleed heavily after being caught in the noose, Gutillo said in

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Babies Frozen Alive, Animals Starved in UW-Madison Labs

You would think that after carelessly freezing a few baby mice alive, leaving macaques for days without water, or failing to supply pain relief to multiple monkeys who’d just had surgery, you’d learn to take better care of the animals under your supervision. Alas, not so if you’re the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison), where violations of federal animal welfare guidelines pile up like garbage in a landfill and stink just as bad.

PETA previously exposed the rotten treatment of monkeys at the university’s Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, and it’s no surprise that the conduct throughout all its

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Beloved animal expert Jack Hanna has dementia, steps away from public life

Jack Hanna, the zoo director famous for making TV talk show appearances with live animals, has been diagnosed with dementia, his family said Wednesday.

Doctors think it is Alzheimer’s disease, the family said in a statement.

“His condition has progressed much faster in the last few months than any of us could have anticipated,” his daughters said.

“Sadly, Dad is no longer able to participate in public life as he used to, where people all over the world watched, learned and laughed alongside him,” they said.

Hanna, 74, known as Jungle Jack, was director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

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Multiple animals, including exotics, seized from home in Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – An investigation by Ingham County Animal Control (ICAC) officers at a North Lansing home culminated in the seizure of around 40 animals this afternoon.

Eyewitness Gwen Hall told News 10 what she saw at the scene that occurred on Vermont Street in Lansing.

“All I know is I walked out on my porch and I seen a whole bunch of policemen go down the street, a whole bunch of dog pounds going down there,” Hall said. “The ambulance came too. But, they had this whole block blocked off.”

An iguana, tegu, desert tortoise, prairie dog, tarantulas

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