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Hungry Pennsylvania snake rescued after swallowing ‘almost half’ of own body, video shows

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A snake in Pennsylvania was caught performing the circle of life — on itself.

Jesse Rothacker, of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Elm, said he walked in on a kingsnake at the facility after it had “swallowed almost half of his body” on Friday.

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Rothacker posted a video to the sanctuary’s Facebook page, saying that kingsnakes often prey on other snakes, including venomous copperheads and rattlesnakes. He explained that the reptile ended up in such dire straits after mistaking its bottom half for another snake.

“They will sometimes see their own tail, they’ll think it’s a snake, they’ll take a bite out of it, and they’ll realize they’ve bit themselves,” Rothacker said. “They don’t usually swallow themselves. But today, we’re going to see a kingsnake that, I don’t know, might not have done very well on the SATs.”

Rothacker first tried to get the snake to release itself by tapping it on its nose, which can make the serpents nervous and unhinge their jaws.

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When the kingsnake refused to let go, Rothacker was forced to use his fingernail to pry the fangs loose and pull the snake from its own mouth.

Rothacker said the snake was normally a very good eater, assuring viewers he regularly fed the reptile.

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The sanctuary later shared on Facebook that the kingsnake was chowing down on a real meal: “miceicles,” posting of photo of what appeared to be a frozen mouse clasped in the hungry serpent’s jaws.

Rothacker said the snake was being adopted Sunday.

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‘Vandal’ bear wrecks car after getting locked inside

Who’s been sitting in my car?

A bear in Colorado has devastated the interior of a car after getting locked inside, according to local police.

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The bear wrecked the car’s interior after getting locked inside. (Snowmass Village Police Department)

Snowmass Village Police Department posted images of the wrecked car to Facebook on Monday.

“Have you ever wondered what happens when a bear breaks into a car? Here you go …. lock your doors, secure your windows,” officers wrote. “This bear got in through an unlocked door, then the door closed behind him/her. Insurance doesn’t usually cover this.”

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The post sparked plenty of debate about whether the damage would actually be covered by insurance. “Full coverage insurance is required to cover this, it’s the same type of damage from your local neighborhood vandals,” wrote one commenter.

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The bear got into the car through an unlocked door, according to local police.

“It’s happened many times here in Steamboat,” wrote another commenter.

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“And you can never get the smell out!” one person added.

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Police say that the bear somehow closed the car’s door behind them. (Snowmass Village Police Department)

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A Colorado resident recently shot and killed a mother bear accompanied by her three cubs out of fear that the sow was attempting to enter the woman’s home.

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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7 years on Mars, NASA Curiosity rover celebrates anniversary with new finds

NASA’s eventual goal is to put astronauts on Mars, but the space agency’s Curiosity rover is keeping it busy in the meantime.

The Curiosity rover, which celebrated its seventh anniversary on the Red Planet earlier this week, has made several remarkable discoveries, including finding “unusually high” levels of methane and a “shiny” object believed to be a meteorite. In a new blog post, NASA said that Curiosity is still exploring the Gale Crater and uncovering the mysteries of the “clay-bearing unit,” where it’s using its tools to drill into the Martian soil.

“This area is one of the reasons we came to Gale Crater,” said Kristen Bennett of the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the co-leads for Curiosity’s clay-unit campaign, in the post. “We’ve been studying orbiter images of this area for 10 years, and we’re finally able to take a look up close.”

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This panorama of a location called “Teal Ridge” was captured on Mars by the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA’s Curiosity rover on June 18, 2019, the 2,440th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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The clay was first spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), prior to the launch of Curiosity. Clay is partially made with water, which is the basis for supporting life as know it.

Curiosity has found “the highest amounts of clay minerals” in some recent rock samples it’s looked at. The rover also found high amounts of clay on other parts of Mount Sharp, a mountain on Mars, which the MRO did not detect.

NASA added that scientists are wondering what caused the discrepancy between the MRO and Curiosity’s findings. One possible reason is that pebbles and gravels that were encountered by Curiosity were too small for the MRO to see, according to the campaign’s co-lead, Valerie Fox of Caltech.

The space agency has also posted a video to YouTube detailing Curiosity’s achievements.

The Red Planet once had a very wet surface, covered in wide, ranging rivers. Water may be the lifeblood of our planet, but it’s unclear whether Mars ever supported (or still supports) life.

NASA hopes the Curiosity rover, which “has a few more years before its nuclear power system degrades enough to significantly limit operations,” can provide additional clues about the planet prior to the launch of the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Mars looms ever larger in America’s space future.

In November, NASA announced that it has selected the location where its Mars 2020 rover will land on the Red Planet. The rover is expected to reach the Martian surface on Feb. 18, 2021. NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.

However, former astronauts, including Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, think we should skip a return mission to the Moon, slated for 2024, and “shoot directly for Mars.”

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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this story.

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New dinosaur identified after ‘hiding in plain sight’

Researchers have identified a new type of dinosaur after it was “hiding in plain sight” at a museum in South Africa for nearly 30 years.

Now known as Ngwevu intloko, the omnivore at been sitting in a collection of dinosaurs known as Massospondylus, when researchers reexamined the fossils.

“This is a new dinosaur that has been hiding in plain sight,” professor Paul Barrett, a dinosaur researcher at the Museum of Natural History in London, said in a statement. “The specimen has been in the collections in Johannesburg for about 30 years, and lots of other scientists have already looked at it. But they all thought that it was simply an odd example of Massospondylus.”

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A good deal of the rest of the animal’s skeleton also got fossilized. (Credit: Kimberley Chapelle)

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Ngwevu intloko likely had a similar body to Massospondylus, one of the earliest dinosaurs during the Jurassic period. It likely measured nearly 10 feet from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail, while walking on two legs, balanced on the other end by its long neck.

“It can be distinguished from all other basal sauropodomorphs by a combination of 16 cranial and six postcranial characters,” the study’s abstract, discussing the find, adds.

Kimberley Chapelle, the lead author on the study, told The Guardian that they were able to rule out age “as a possible explanation for the differences” as Massospondylus fossils are very common to South Africa.

Chapelle, Barrett and the other researchers are going to look at the other fossils previously believed to be Massospondylus and expect that they may find other Ngwevu intloko’s or perhaps, other new species.

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“Recent work has now shown that there were actually lots of different types of dinosaurs back then,” Barrett added in the statement. “While we used to think that there was maybe one type of dinosaur, we now know there were actually six or seven sauropodomorph dinosaurs in this area, as well as variety of dinosaurs from other, less common groups.

Some of these other sauropodomorphs were very much like Massospondylus, but a few were incredibly close to the origins of true sauropods, if not true sauropods themselves.”

The research has been published in the scientific journal PeerJ.

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Incredible bird pictures from the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

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Mystery shipwreck discovered, may be WW II freighter

A mysterious shipwreck has been discovered off the east coast of the U.S., which experts say may be the remains of a World War II-era cargo ship.

The discovery was made on July 18 during the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) annual technology demonstration. “This shipwreck was mapped off the coast of Virginia/North Carolina,” NOAA explained, in a statement. “It is likely a World War II freighter with evidence of degradation typical of World War II-era freighters.”

“Within the image, one can observe the single propeller shaft, machinery, and boiler spaces,” NOAA added.

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Synthetic aperture sonar, a sophisticated underwater imaging technology, was used to make the discovery. NOAA exploration vessel Okeanos Explorer towed a KATFISH system from Kraken Robotics, which mapped the seabed. Maritime technology specialist ThayerMahan also worked with the government agency and Kraken Robotics on the data-intensive project.

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The wreck site off the shore of Virginia/North Carolina. (Courtesy of ThayerMahan, Inc. Kraken Robotics, and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

“This type of data can be used for site identification, assessment, and monitoring of Underwater Cultural Heritage sites over time,” NOAA added. “The resolution of the data are high enough that they could also contribute to site mapping for archaeological studies.”

The government agency is no stranger to wreck discoveries. A mysterious 19th-century shipwreck was recently discovered by NOAA researchers testing underwater drone equipment in the Gulf of Mexico. A team aboard the Okeanos Explorer was testing the equipment on May 16 when the wreck was spotted.

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The Kraken towed KATFISH being deployed from NOAA’s exploration ship Okeanos Explorer. (Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2019 Technology Demonstration.)

In 2014, federal scientists released the first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people.

The following year, experts from NOAA and the University of Hawaii released remarkable images of a U.S. Navy seaplane sunk during the opening minutes of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Bathymetric image of the shipwreck, developed from data collected using the KATFISH system on the Okeanos Explorer on July 18, 2019. (Image courtesy of ThayerMahan, Inc. Kraken Robotics, and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

Other shipwrecks have been discovered by accident. Earlier this year, for example, a search for shipping containers that fell off a merchant ship during a storm led to the discovery of a historic 16th-century shipwreck off the Dutch coast.

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Chicago spent almost $34G to catch alligator living in city park

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The alligator that became a national media sensation after it was spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon has proved to be an expensive pest.

The city of Chicago’s efforts to wrangle the alligator, dubbed “Chance the Snapper,” cost more than $33,600. Most of the costs arose from city workers putting up and removing barricades to keep people away from the lagoon in Humboldt Park after the male reptile was first spotted there last month.

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Florida trapper Frank Robb captured the nearly 5-foot long alligator on July 16. Officials say a $2,500 fee went to Robb. He also received $2,166 for travel and lodging.

After its capture, the gator was destined for a new home in Florida, and arrived at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park on July 18.

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Investigators aren’t sure how the alligator, who inspired several social media accounts, ended up in the Chicago lagoon.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Vacationing schoolteacher finds 2.12-carat brown diamond at Arkansas State Park

A vacationing schoolteacher recently found a 2.12-carat brown diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

Josh Lanik, a 36-year-old teacher from Hebron, Neb., found the diamond after just two hours of searching on July 24, according to Arkansas State Parks.

The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., lets visitors search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source. “Any rock or mineral you find is yours to keep,” the park explains on its website.

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“We took the kids to look for amethyst on Canary Hill, and I was walking through an area where it looked like a lot of water had washed when I saw it,” Lanik explained, in a statement released by Arkansas State Parks. “It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it. I saw the shine, and when I picked it up and rolled it in my hand, I noticed there weren’t any sharp edges.“

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The 2.12-carat brown diamond discovered by Josh Lanik. (Arkansas State Parks)

After Lanik took his find to the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, staff confirmed that his gem was the largest found at the site this year. Some 296 diamonds have been registered at the park this year, weighing a total of 53.94 carats. Diamonds weighing at least one carat have accounted for 11 of the gems found.

Record-breaking rainfall likely played a part in Lanik’s stunning find. “About 14 inches of rain fell at the park on July 16. In the days after the rainfall, park staff registered numerous diamonds found right on the surface of the search area, including two weighing over one carat,” said Park Interpreter Waymon Cox in the statement. “Mr. Lanik’s gem is about the size of a jellybean and has a dark brown color, similar to brandy. It has a beautiful natural pear shape and smooth, curved facets that give the gem a metallic shine.”

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Lanik said that he plans to keep the gem, for now, and has named his find the Lanik Family Diamond.

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Teacher Josh Lanik discovered the gem at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. (Arkansas State Parks)

In 2013 a 12-year-old boy unearthed a 5.16-carat diamond at Crater of Diamonds State Park.

The largest diamond ever discovered in the United States was unearthed at the site in 1924 and weighed 40.23 carats. The gem was dubbed “Uncle Sam.”

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More than 33,100 diamonds have been found by visitors to the park since Crater of Diamonds became an Arkansas state park in 1972.

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California photographer snaps sea lion ‘trapped’ in humpback whale’s mouth: ‘The true Jonah experience’

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A wildlife photographer in California recently snapped a photo of the moment a humpback whale surfaced and appeared to gobble up an unsuspecting sea lion in its mouth.

Chase Dekker, who works for whale-watching company Sanctuary Cruises, wrote he was in Monterrey Bay when he spotted a pod of humpbacks “lunge feeding” on a school of anchovies. However, a sea lion failed to move out of the leviathan’s way as it engulfed the fish and became “trapped” in its mouth.

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“As soon as I saw this photograph, I knew it may be one of the rarest shots I’ve ever taken,” Dekker told National Geographic. “Not the most beautiful, not the most artistic, but probably something I would never see again.”

When lunge feeding, whales charge toward food and sweep up a large mouthful. The mammals then filter their food through comb-like structures in their mouths called baleen, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Small seabirds have been at the receiving end of most recorded close calls, with experts telling National Geographic that it’s remarkably rare for larger species like sea lions to have what Dekker calls the “Jonah Experience.”

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Despite the sea lion’s perceived peril in the photo, wildlife experts told the outlet that the sea lion wasn’t in any danger and most likely swam away when onlookers lost view of the whale’s mouth.

“At some point the sea lion escaped and the whale seemed fine too as it continued to feed, but it must have been a strange experience for both parties,” Dekker wrote.

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Dekker followed up a day later with another photo, describing the scene of 5 humpbacks lunge feeding in close quarters with around 300 sea lions. But this time no sea lions got in the way, he wrote.

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‘World’s fastest seagull’ stuns experts

A seagull that traveled more than 500 miles from Britain to Spain in just seven days has stunned experts.

The lesser black-backed gull was recorded by the Alderney Bird Observatory in the Channel Islands on July 17, the Observatory explained, in a Facebook post. The same bird was spotted at Ares Beach in A Coruna Spain, on July 24.

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“The individual has travelled 838km [520.7 miles] in 7 days!,” the Bird Observatory wrote, in its Facebook post.

The bird had originally been ringed at Burhou Island in the Channel Islands, enabling researchers to record its movements.

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Alderney Bird Observatory warden John Horton said that the distance traveled by the bird in such a short period of time was unusual. “It could be wind direction. It could have known there was a safe place with plenty to eat so it just headed straight there,” he told SWNS. “They have stop-off points along their migration.”

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The seagull which was ringed on Burhou in the Channel islands and was later found in Spain more than 500 miles away. (SWNS/Isai Ogando)

Horton explained that the gulls come to Burhou Island off Alderney to breed during the summer. They have been known to migrate as far as Morocco.

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The seagull was photographed on a beach in Spain. (SWNS/Isai Ogando)

The Channel Islands, which British Crown Dependencies, are located in the English Channel off the coast of Northern France.

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