January 10, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.
Record number of 600 turtles rescued from ocean following cold snap in North CarolinaState biologists now say a record number of turtles were rescued earlier this week from our coast.
In all, 600 cold-stunned turtles were caught in frigid waters near the shore, as they were not able to swim.
The North Carolina Aquariums took in nearly 450 turtles, including the one at Pine Knoll Shores. Many of the turtles have made a quick recovery, but others need additional time and care before they can return to the ocean.
State officials say about 200 of the turtles will be transported to South Carolina & Georgia beaches tomorrow where they will be released into warmer waters. The rest will stay here for a couple of weeks for rehabilitation.
Dozens of turtles have been rescued from cold waters off our coast.
So far, 52 of those turtles are at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, getting rehabilitated in warmer waters.
The aquarium says 75 were found Tuesday night and 38 Wednesday morning at Cape Lookout, while another 30 were brought over early Wednesday afternoon. On the Outer Banks, 81 were rescued.
Experts say the young turtles got caught close to shore when the water quickly dropped to below 55 degrees.
The cold water stuns the turtles and they're found almost lifeless on the beach.
"The wind will start to push them up on our shoreline and we find them and they are hypothermic and they need some assistance," said Park Biologist John Altman. "So what we typically do is gather them, get them off the island and get them to a rehab facility or aquarium."
They're now warming up at the aquarium for a week or two before they are set free. - WITN.
Giant raccoons take over Chinese restaurant in the Bronx
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The furry creatures stood their ground before eventually being chased out by a customer with a broom.
Tamika Jones uploaded the video to her Facebook account and said that she came across the scene at the New Chinatown restaurant at 3955 Bronxwood Avenue near 224th Street.
She said she noticed the creatures when her little brother suddenly ran out of the store. "I pulled out my phone, next thing you know my godfather was there getting it with the two raccoons," she said.
The video has gone viral since it was uploaded on Thursday night and now has over 2.1 million views.
Jones' godfather is seen in the video trying to knock down the raccoons using the end of a lime green broom, while the animals doggedly hung on.
"The owners said they just came from outside, but I never saw them run past me," Jones said. - RT.