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Man Punches Bear In the Face

I’m not making it up:

A 57-year-old man from Qualicum Beach, B.C., is recovering at home after being attacked by a juvenile grizzly bear on a remote island north of Port Hardy.

Randal Warnock said he set off from Cortes Island on his 40-foot boat Monday morning. 

After around six hours of sailing, he hit rough weather and decided to anchor his boat in Millbrook Cove.

He says he then jumped into a 14-foot aluminum skiff and headed to Brown Island to stretch his legs.

Warnock said he was walking along the rocky beach and taking pictures for his Instagram account when he saw a juvenile grizzly bear charging him.

“He was probably on me in about two seconds,” he said.

“When I first saw him charging at me it just sort of went through my head, ‘Is this how it’s all going to end?’ I thought I was a goner.”

The bear began mauling his legs, shaking him violently. 

Warnock said he concentrated on staying on his feet, and attempted to grab a knife he had in his back pocket when suddenly, he saw his chance to defend himself.

“He was shaking away and I had an opportunity — I punched him as hard as I could in the nose and he just sort of stepped back two feet in front of me and was looking at me.”

Warnock said he then grabbed a piece of driftwood and hurled it at the bear, which disappeared into the forest. 

“I didn’t really have time to be scared,” he said, adding that he didn’t feel any of the pain from his injuries as he hobbled the 15-minute walk back to his skiff, glancing over his shoulder to see if he was being followed.

Back aboard his main boat, Warnock patched up his legs using first aid supplies he had on board, travelled for around an hour until he had a clear radio transmission, then called the Canadian Coast Guard. 

Warnock then sailed for two more hours until the coast guard arrived to help him, eventually dropping him off at the Port Hardy hospital around midnight.

He got 30 stitches on his legs and fingers and is currently using crutches to move around, but is expected to make a full recovery.

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The Paris Agreement: Two Different Approaches

While Trump may withdraw from an agreement that does not guarantee less pollution, Canada has a different approach:

As the U.S. flirts with fleeing the Paris climate-change accord, Canada is aligning itself with the world’s other two largest economies to take a global leadership role in the effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna would only say Wednesday that Canada remains committed to the Paris Accord, refusing to speculate about U.S. President Donald Trump’s musings about withdrawing from the agreement.

“Canada’s just going to keep marching on, like the rest of the world,” McKenna told an event in Toronto.

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Animals of War

Animals not only served as cuddly mascots that buoyed the spirits of soldiers but also acted as beasts of burden and couriers.

Cases in point:

Judy, an English Pointer who twice survived Japanese POW camps

 

This cat

 

A pack horse during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge

 

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Seal Pup “Arrested” for Trespassing

Crack down on pinniped crime!

A baby seal was catching up on some beauty sleep beneath a car before police in New Zealand took the little fella into custody.

Named Steve by its rescuers, the baby seal was taken into the Wellington Police Maritime Unit at Queens Wharf after being spotted under the car, according to the police department’s Facebook.

Steve the seal narrowly avoided being run over by the driver.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

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A flight attendant adopts a dog who waited for her outside of her hotel:

German flight attendant Olivia Sievers first met Rubio, the stray dog, in Buenos Aires during one of her frequent flights to Argentina 6 months ago. Sievers showed the lonely pooch affection and gave him some food and that was it – the dog couldn’t bear the idea of never seeing Sievers again, so he started waiting for her outside her hotel every time she’d come to Buenos Aires.

“I tried to change my way as I didn’t want him to follow me to the hotel but it was not possible he always followed me so I tried [to wait] one hour but he always watched me and followed me,” Sievers told Noticiero Trece. Sievers even found a home for Rubio in Buenos Aires but he escaped it and returned to the hotel to wait for her. By that time Sievers fell in love with him too, so she decided to adopt him and bring to Germany. Now Rubio is not a lonely stray anymore, he’s getting plenty of love and play time at his new home with other 2 dogs and Sievers, his soulmate. The waiting is finally over.

 

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Moose frolic in sprinklers:

 

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Your Morning Cuteness

Let us, for a moment, put behind the chaos and horror of the world for some cute animals.


 

Orphan Kitten Saved By Retired Guard Dog


 

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Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a male Rothschild Giraffe. The calf was born October 25th and stands tall at 1.5 meters (5 feet) and weighs an estimated 45 kg (99 lbs.).

The giraffe calf made his first outside appearance in the Dublin Zoo’s African Savanna at four-days-old. He joins a herd of eight Rothschild Giraffes at Dublin Zoo.

 

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Because Caturday

Koko the gorilla and her new kittens on birthday

Koko is a highly intelligent gorilla who has adopted several cats as her babies over the years. She picked and named each of them and gave them the best motherly love and gentle care she could possibly give. On her 44th birthday, Koko got a big surprise!

She had a visit from not just one kitten, but a litter of kittens. “Koko fell in love with one, and the other fell in love with her,” …

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These two buddies not only share an inseparable bond, they look like twins! Meet Gus the ginger cat and Wallace a Flemish Giant rabbit.

 

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