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Hunter Doesn’t Kill a Wolf; He Saves It

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The average person in the city or suburbia thinks of a hunter as someone who goes out on the weekends, shoots up the sky in a wetland or forest, bags an animal or two, and comes home to tell everyone about the trophy he got or the big one that got away. While there are plenty of character who live up to this stereotype, real hunters more often than not are very much in tune with nature, their place in the wild, and what is appropriate to kill in a hunt as well as what is not.

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The above said, the wild and the woods are where survival takes place. So if a person squeamish about seeing blood, animalistic violence and guts, they’re better off staying at home because there is no Bambi or Thumper out in the real wilderness. And bigger animals have no problem attacking a human just as well as any other prey if that animal thinks the human is a good opportunity for a meal or a threat that needs to be eliminated within a territory.

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Wolves have had a long history of being the boogey monster of the forests and ranges. They hunt singly or in packs, they often travel at night, and they can be ferocious killers leaving a mess when they attack. No surprise, wolves have a long history that creates an innate fear of them in many people, even in rural area. However, hunters are well aware of wolves, and see them as fellow players in the wilderness chasing similar prey. So when Peter and his friends, Stew and Henry came across a surprise while check traps for coyotes, he was not chased away by the site instead of a full grown wolf.

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As a Wisconsin farmer and gamesman, Peter had seen plenty of wild animals early on as a kid and teen going hunting. And coyotes had become a nuisance on his property, which caused him to put out traps to catch and eliminate the pests once and for all. As Peter figured it, if he could reduce the local population enough, the coyotes would stop coming on his property altogether looking for food at night.

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However, as he was touring his traps, Peter was faced with an entirely different dilemma: a full grown trapped wolf. The wolf wasn’t going anywhere, securely trapped by the paw. However, that didn’t make it any easier to get close to.

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Stew and Henry were a bit perplexed as well on first sight. But after the surprise wore down, the three men decided what they needed to do pretty quick.

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Peter remembered he had a sheet of old plywood in his truck the three traveled in that day, and got an idea pretty quick. Telling the guys what he wanted to do, they pulled the board out of the truck and cut a small hole on one side of it, like a half crescent mouse hole. They then turned the board so that the hole side was on the bottom when the sheet was held up by hand. This design would allow the men to block the wolf from biting any of them while one of the fellows worked to release the wolf’s paw from the trap. It was good idea but a wild wolf is still that – a very wild wolf.

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As the three started to move towards the wolf, the animal instinctively reacted and backed up as far as it could until it’s trapped paw held the wolf in place. Then the wolf started flopping back and forth to wiggle free in vain. Low to the ground and getting wild-eyed with teeth bared, Peter could see that the animal was soon going to hurt itself badly in a panic, so they had to work quick. Stew and Henry held the board but still had their rifles loaded and ready if the wolf decided to lunge forward to suddenly attack. The three weren’t going to get themselves hurt or killed if they had to make a choice between the trapped wolf or them.

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As soon as the plywood board was in place, Stew and Henry put it down so that Peter could get to work disabling the trap on the held paw. The wolf in the meantime was growling and snarling loudly; there was no Disney moment of the animal suddenly understanding the humans’ work and going quiet. This was a real, wild animal with no logic such as to how a domesticated dog might behave around humans. Peter was fortunately able to work quick though. He disabled the trap spring and with two screw drivers pried open the snap bars without twisting the wolf’s paw. As soon as the tension was off, the wolf pulled its paw through the plywood hole and was up and running from Stew and Henry. Peter barely had time to stand up off his knees and see the wolf take off in the distance, it moved so fast. Clearly, the paw was functional and working as the wolf ran without any noticeable limp.

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After watching the wolf disappear into the distance and keep moving, the men slapped each other on the back, took a deep breath, and threw the plywood sheet back in the bed of their truck. There was no coyote on this given trap today, but the three did feel like they made some kind of a difference for a rare animal. And then they took off down the dirt road and completed the tour of the other traps on Peter’s property.

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So there’s two lessons here at least. First, always, always be careful with wild animals. They are not movie characters. Even when trying to help an animal, it will still potentially attack a person out of fear and panic. Second, hunters are not indiscriminate killers. They hunt with purpose, and when animals that should live are found, many hunters give them a fighting chance to live and escape.

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Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”

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While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China. 

A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV. 

Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’” 

If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease. 

At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.

At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.

They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:

  • Wash their hands frequently
  • Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
  • Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
  • Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
  • Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C

The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.

As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.

If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China. 

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Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?

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Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.

As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.

Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.

So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?

According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”

Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)

However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.

Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.

So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.

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Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single

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Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.

That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.

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Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.

The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.

Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.

Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.

Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.

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The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.

Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.

Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.

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