Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Teach Pigeons To Detect Cancer


(PCM) Scientists have now discovered a way to teach pigeons to detect certain types of cancer. According to,  the birds offer great potential as testers of cancer detection technology and as a help in doctor training. It turns out that they are fantastic detectives.

Research indicated that pigeons have much better eye sight than humans and are able to see more wavelengths of light than the human eye. They are able to use visual clues to place various objects in to categories, as well as, learn the letters of the alphabet and recognize individuals even if they are wearing different clothing.

Dr. Richard Levenson of the University of California-Davis medical center decided to further explore the pigeons abilities and see if the birds would be able to learn the art of pathology which consists of mostly visual recall. goes on to explain, for the experiment, eight birds were placed in a high-tech box in which they were shown an image a scientist would see under the microscope, along with two boxes. The slides showed relatively straightforward images of cancer cells, and cells that are not cancerous, from actual breast tissue samples. The scientists trained the birds to peck at one box if the sample was malignant, the other if it was benign. The birds trained with 144 images at different magnifications and each got a pellet when it pecked at the box with the right answer.

The birds were trained for a period of 15 days and they were able to tell the difference in tissues even with images they had never seen previously. Collectively the pigeons got the answer right about 85% of the time. The study is a huge innovation in the medical community, but don’t expect pigeons to be replacing doctors in radiology labs anytime soon. It is the hope that with this study that there might perhaps be a way to hone in on the pigeons skills and use them as a teaching tool to help students and doctors with areas that they may be struggling with in making a diagnosis.


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New Lawsuit Claims Louisiana Amusement Park Lets Chimpanzee Smoke Cigarettes


(PCM) Animal rights activists in Louisiana have filed a lawsuit to have a chimpanzee named Candy removed from a Baton Rouge amusement park. The suit claims that the amusement park staff and Candy’s caretakers allow the chimpanzee to smoke cigarettes and drink highly caffeinated soft drinks rather than water.

The lawsuit, which sums up a battle that has been going on for years, goes on to claim that Candy is kept in a cage that is both inadequate in size and isolated. The animal rights activists feel that Candy should be relocated to an animal sanctuary to live out the rest of her days.

The activists claim that by allowing amusement park visitors to throw items, including lit cigarettes into Candy’s cage, which she then smokes, is a direct violation of the Endangered Species Act.  This lawsuit is the first filed under a new federal rule that requires captive chimps get the same protection as wild chimps and they are all classified as an endangered species.

An attorney for the amusement park claims that the animal rights activists fail to understand that there has been an attempt to relocate Candy in the past and she did not take well to the new environment so she was returned.  The amusement park was cited back in 2012 for failure to provide water for Candy and their claim was that she didn’t like it and will only drink Coca-Cola.

When experts made a visit to check on Candy’s condition they, however offered her water and she drank it willingly. Water is essential to all life! The amusement park has not yet made a statement in regards to the newly filed lawsuit and currently Candy still resides in Baton Rouge Park.

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Crocodiles, Tigers And Piranhas May Be Used To Guard Prisoners In Indonesia


(PCM) What initially began as a joke may indeed to turn to reality as Indonesia’s anti-drug czar claims that the country would like to incorporate the use of crocodiles, tigers and piranhas to guard their inmates on death row to prevent escapes.

Budi Waseso, the National Narcotics Agency chief, says that he has already obtained two crocodiles from a farm to study their aggression and power and would like to see 1,000 of them put into place to prevent convicts from making an escape from prison.

He goes on to say that the number of crocodiles put in place would depend upon how large the area is and that perhaps they could incorporate piranha’s into the plan as well. There is also some thought of using tigers as it would be a way to assist with the conservation of these animals as well.

Waseso says that prison personnel numbers are shrinking, so adding in the animals to assist the guards would be quite an economical idea. In speaking with TVOne channel, Waseso chastised critics who said his plans to use animals as prison guards was against the human rights of convicts.

“We have to look at the whole problem,” he said. “These people are murderers – mass murderers. Shouldn’t we also look at the human rights of their victims?”

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Stop Everything And Watch This Owl Dance To The “Monster Mash”


(PCM) If this video of a live owl dancing with an adorable stuffed owl to “The Monster Mash” doesn’t get you into the Halloween spirit, we don’t know what will? The young owl is currently being cared for at the Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, Inc.

According to the video description, “Oakley” is with his favorite stuffed Owl. He is always leaning against it. It gives him comfort and keeps him from stressing. It is breakfast time and when it is time to eat I do a Great Horned Owl call, just like his momma would. When he hears that call he knows it is time to eat. I am hoping to put him in with 3 other older juveniles in the next few weeks. They are pretty wild,and this way he will finish growing up with his own kind. So for now while he is still pretty young all he gets is a stuffed Owl. He is starting to see things pretty good now. We hope to release him in about 6 weeks.

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Gotta Love Karma! Woman Yells At A Black Bear Snacking On Her Kayak


(PCM) We probably laughed at this video a little more than we should have, in fact, we even had to watch it twice!  It just proves why you cannot mess with mother nature or interfere with the animal kingdom, as karma certainly has a way of turning itself around.

Just listening to this poor woman continuously yelling “Stop Bear”, as if the bear will somehow turn around and respond is hilarious to those of us with a twisted sense of humor. The woman even attempts to reason with the bear while it is making a snack out of her kayak saying “It’s not even food. It doesn’t even taste good”! The woman’s identity has not yet been officially revealed and all that we know is that she is from somewhere in Southeast Alaska, but she is quickly becoming a viral superstar.  The video has been viewed nearly 800,000 times!

Something tells us “Bear don’t eat my kayak” is going to be a new catchphrase throughout the rest of this year. And taking a page right out of the Honey Badger handbook, bear doesn’t give a sh*t! Sorry about your luck lady … maybe next time you will think twice before busting out the pepper spray.

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Park Closes Due To An Abundance Of Bear Selfies


(PCM) Parks in both Colorado and Alaska were forced to close because visitors will not stop taking selfies with the wildlife, specifically the bears in the region. Park officials are afraid that if the dangerous behavior from visitors doesn’t stop then someone could end up very seriously injured or even dead. Officials have witnessed several visitors using selfie sticks and attempting to get as close to the bears as possible. So far, no injuries have been reported, however one visitor was chased by one of the bears. There are more bears in the region this year due to localized food failure in their normal habitats. While there may have been no bear attacks at these particular parks, other people have been injured while trying to capture that epic wildlife selfie. A California man was struck by a rattlesnake after snapping a selfie with the creature and a Mississippi woman was injured after snapping a selfie with a bison at Yellowstone National Park. Selfies with wild animals = not a good idea! Park Closes Due To An Abundance Of Bear Selfies was contributed by a Myth
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