Wildlife

By - 9/13/13 - 7:49 am

A nose-holding citizen reports from Shawmut Avenue in Roxbury:

2 skunks out and about on the sidewalk. SKUNKS!!!

By - 9/10/13 - 2:47 pm

The Globe's David Ryan posted a photo of something very finny sticking out of the water in Pleasure Bay today as a wind surfer circled it.

By - 9/3/13 - 7:12 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports a terrified resident dialed 911 when she heard a gang of turkeys pecking at her windows:

She was concerned they would break the glass and get inside the house.

Because, you know, it's happened before.

By - 8/28/13 - 12:39 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports on the local constabulary's semi-annual crime report, which includes the fact that one of the two times police had to fire a weapon in the first half of this year involved shooting a turkey with a shotgun - back when the tasty terrors were even more terrible than usual.

By - 8/23/13 - 1:53 pm

Wicked Local Brookline continues its coverage of the fowl menace confronting Brookline in these dark (meat) days, with two reports on the two-bit turkey thugs terrorizing the town: In the first, police responded to a report of a turkey on one street only to find it on another, being fed by a resident (Wicked Local does not specify if this was after midnight). In the second, a terrorized mom called to report a turkey "acting aggressively" toward her husband and child.

By - 8/8/13 - 4:20 pm

Shark?

Weymouth Police posted this photo of the water off Weymouth around noon today and report:

The Weymouth Harbormaster and Animal Control Officer responded and searched the area but did not observe anything. Photos and video were shown to experts who could not determine if it was in fact a shark however they could not rule it out. It is possible that it was an ocean sunfish mistaken for a shark which is common occurrence. Ocean sunfish are very large often swim near the surface because they feed mainly on jellyfish. Their protruding dorsal fins are sometimes mistaken for those of sharks. Ocean sunfish are docile and not a danger to swimmers.

By - 7/23/13 - 10:51 am

Raccoon in gratePhoto by Waltham PD.

The Waltham Police Department reports cops, firefighters and the city animal control officer were able to rescue a young raccoon found, as you can see, with its head stuck in a storm grate yesterday. Found at Chestnut and Lowell streets by PRG, who reported it on Twitter.

This morning, Rocky was taking a nap.

By - 7/10/13 - 1:55 pm

Harbor ducks

A mother and two babies paddled through the harbor by Puopolo Park in the North End.

By - 7/6/13 - 7:14 pm
Geese observing traffic sign in Hyde Park

On River Street outbound from Cleary Square, just before Turtle Pond Parkway, there's this Goose Crossing sign. This afternoon, what seemed like endless squadrons of geese took full advantage of the sign, crossing from the Mother Brook to their ancestral grazing grounds on the large field across the street.

A group approached the road, waited until it was clear in both directions and then waddled across. Cars stopped. Another gaggle of geese approached the road. The process repeated.

By - 7/3/13 - 11:34 am

Mambo Miam Miam photographs an actual rabbit hopping along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

By - 6/22/13 - 9:31 pm

White squirrel

Darrel Daniel was walking through the West End apartment complex today and came upon a white squirrel, just like the late, lamented Albino Squrrel of Jamaica Pond.

By - 6/7/13 - 9:30 am

Karie Kirkpatrick asks:

Anyone seen a bobcat in the Hyde Park/Dedham area? My friend swears he saw one in his backyard on Child St.

By - 6/5/13 - 1:12 pm

David Wade at WBZ faced a conundrum this morning: A report was coming up on those birds whose nesting habits force the closing of beaches, but does their name rhyme with "clover" or "lover?" Well, Wade didn't get to where he is by not knowing how to get answers, so, he tweets:

I called MA Audubon. They say it like "lover."

Not so fast there. Kate MacDonald quickly replied:

By - 6/2/13 - 8:07 am

Per Kate Merrill, tranquilizers this morning didn't work against the bear, in a tree on Eddy Street, overlooking the turnpike just west of the supermarket overpass. The westbound turnpike was briefly shut.

Kimball Megan reports her outbound Worcester Line train was briefly delayed around 7:45 a.m. because the bear was on the tracks.

Two photos by WBZ of the bear before it was shot.

By - 5/31/13 - 9:36 am

Officers are on scene at Lakeville and Centre streets in Jamaica Plain, where they have a deer - possibly injured - cornered until animal control can arrive and figure out what to do.

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