Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Prince Harry to conquer North Pole, a cross-eyed opossum, a shark attack and other Call of the Wild headlines...

Prince Harry to trek to the North Pole...maybe
Photo of Prince Harry
from The Observer
Prince Harry is aiming to trek to the North Pole with two British soldiers who lost limbs fighting in Afghanistan. The two servicemen are attempting to become the first amputees to trek unaided to the pole, and will raise money for the Walking With the Wounded charity. The participation of Harry will no doubt elevate interest in this worthy cause. The expedition, which will face minus-60 temperatures and polar bears, is set to leave March 23. Harry will go as long as it doesn’t interfere with his military commitments and his brother’s wedding. Extreme Adventure News

Cross-eyed opossum making friends worldwide
The newest Internet sensation? Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum. The critter from Germany looks as if it stuck its tail in an electrical outlet, what with those bulging eyes. But those crossed eyes are what makes Heidi so adorable (see below video). No wonder more than 260,000 people have become a fan on Heidi’s Facebook page. She resides at the Leipzig Zoo. Look for a line of stuffed-animal opossums with crossed eyes coming soon. Seriously. ShiloTV



Fox turns gun on fox hunter
Clearly, this is a case of the fox outfoxing the fox hunter. In a story posted in the Vancouver Sun, a wounded fox shot its would-be killer by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle. This happened in Belarus, where hunters apparently don’t know you’re supposed to shoot the animal and not have the animal shoot you. The report said the hunter had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance. The animal fiercely resisted when the hunter came close and in the struggle the fox accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw. The hunter went to the hospital to tend to the leg wound, and the fox presumably trotted off licking its wounds. Field and Stream

Surfer in South Africa killed by shark
Zama Ndamase, 16, was surfing with his brother and other members of the Border Surfriders Association when he was attacked by a shark at Second Beach, Port St. John, South Africa. “According to reports, Zama managed to catch a wave after being bitten and attempted to reach the shore,” a spokesman said in a statement, according to the South African Daily News “Tragically, he bled to death in the water before he could be reached by the lifeguards and rescue craft.” Underwater Times

NASA photo
Astronaut injured in bike accident
NASA astronaut Tim Kopra was injured in a bicycling accident. While his undisclosed injuries are not life-threatening, they could impact his duties for shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission, according to NASA. If professional athletes sign contracts preventing them from partaking in activities that could cause injuries, shouldn’t astronauts? Discovery

Owl knocks man off snowmobile
A 35-year-old man riding a snowmobile in Minnesota ran into a 1.6-pound barred owl and the owl won, knocking the man off his snowmobile and sending him to the hospital. According to the Rochester Post-Bulletin, the man suffered two shiners, a cracked nose and a little whiplash. No word how the owl fared. OutdoorPressman

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1 comment:

  1. I guess no matter how great the surf training, you'll just have to accept the risk of sharks. After all, we are swimming around in their territory.

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