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Argentina Vs Beavers

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Argentina Vs Beavers

It's on!

In 1946 someone thought it would be super-duper cute to put some Canadian beavers in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego National Park.

So Argentine officials put 25 of the happy little beavers in the park, and and for the past 60 years the tourists who flock to the southern tip of South America rejoice when they see the beavers busily building dams and gnawing through trees.

Lovely, except for one thing: the Argentine beaver population has now grown from 50 to 200,000.

It's virtual army that is chomping, cutting and flooding forests across this frosty, remote archipelago known as Tierra del Fuego, or Land of Fire. And the beavers are moving north, having swum across the turbulent, freezing waters of the Strait of Magellan.

Today, the rodents cause millions of dollars in damage, often to roads flooded by beaver dams.

Recently the government has been in talks about hiring professional sharpshooters to search and destroy every last one of them, perhaps even from helicopters.

This comes as a sad surprise to those of us that thought you could never have too much beaver.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Monkeys Monkey Around With Tourist's Sunglasses

Filed under: Wacky, Tacky & TrueZooMonkey

The cheeky monkeys at the London Zoo have been causing a bit of trouble lately.

The little buggers have been stealing sunglasses off of the heads of tourists passing through on sunny days!

Zoo officials say the animals love to see their reflection in the lenses, but have formulated a plan to prevent any more monkey business.

They plan on spraying the stolen sunglasses down with a bitter concoction which will hopefully turn the animal's taste for fashionable eyewear sour.

Good luck!

Check out the BBC news story above to see the cute little primates monkeying around with their stolen toys!

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Hippos Chase Tourist Boat In Africa

Filed under: Scary!HipposAmazingWildlife

Wow! Talk about scary!

Check out this amazing, but terrifying video (above) of tourists in Africa being chased by hippos while on a boat in the river.

There is some laughter heard on the boat, which has lead some to believe they were teasing the hippos, but Evan Petkou who captured the footage assures us, "the laughter is just nervous laughter."

Nervous is probably a little bit of an understatement since their tour guide can be heard telling them that the hippo is the biggest killer in Africa as it starts charging their boat.

Wildlife shows have even taken an interest in the truly incredible footage because it is rare to capture a hippo charge from start to finish.

Although we think this is incredible footage, we'd prefer to never be in this situation!

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Drunk Man Cannonballs On Top Of Hammer-Head Shark!

Drunk man accidentally kills killer shark

If you thought your drunk, party boy friend was fun, wait till you party with this guy!

While partying at the Red Sea resort Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, fun loving Serbian man Dragan Stevic decided to take a drunken plunge off of the high-diving board.

In classic party boy form, the man decided to perform the always graceful cannonball, but instead of making a splash, he landed directly on top of a hammer-head shark, killing it instantly!

Woah! What are the odds of that?

The best part is that the shark had been terrorizing tourists for weeks, already injuring three and killing one!

If they ever decide to remake Jaws (which they inevitably will) this NEEDS to be the ending.

The man, being touted as a local hero, immediately swam to shore after killing the beast and is currently being treated in the hospital for his liquid courage alcohol poisoning.

Ha. That is an incredible story we hope to see reenacted during Discovery Channel's Shark Week.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Attacking Sharks Hunted Down

Filed under: Shark

Two of the sharks that have attacked divers in the Red Sea near the popular Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh have been caught!

We are sure this comes as a relief to the tourists, as well as the resort!

Watch the video above to hear about the capture.

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Tourists Hurting Dolphins

Filed under: Animal RightsDolphins

We love swimming with dolphins! It seems like no matter where you vacation these days, there is some attraction where you can swim with them, meet them, touch them, etc.

A new study is showing that as tourists, we might actually be hurting dolphins! This is the exact opposite of what we want!

Apparently when tourists swim with dolphins, they are interrupting their natural routines, such as resting and feeding. While the dolphins seem to enjoy swimming with tourists, we ultimately do them more harm than good.

One of the major routines we are interrupting is reproducing! Let us tell you, we certainly don't like to be interrupted when we're doing it! So let's not do it to them!

We should be more careful with dolphins. They are one of the only other self-aware animals on the planet other than ourselves.

Respect animals and their lives! Don't interfere with them!

If you want to check our more about how humans are hurting dolphins, check out the film The Cove.

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