Jef Taylor shows off the toad he found in his yard and reports the sad news that the people who make such decisions are planning to remove American toads from the genus Bufo:
This made me much sadder than Pluto losing its planetary status. Bufo is the genus whose members are called "true toads," and includes the common European toad Bufo bufo. I feel... Read more
Wicked Local Saugus reports an alligator might be on the loose in a Saugus pond. Or it might not. In any case, it's reassuring to know that a Massachusetts wildlife expert has "a reptile-sniffing dog" ready for just such emergencies.
Wildlife officials not pleased; Henry Winkler unavailable for comment.
Wicked Local Allston/Brighton reports a Brighton man thought he'd do a dying squirrel a favor and give him "a dignified death" by putting him in a tree. The squirrel's last act was to bite the man.
Ed. note: This story proves the old adage: When dog bites man, that's not news, but when dying squirrel bites man, now that's a story. Especially when, as... Read more
A concerned roadrunner sends up a flare from Fairmount Hill in Hyde Park:
There are coyotes all over the place up here.
Illustrating the complaint is a high-quality photo of an eviscerated rabbit.
An Animal Rescue League technician tweets:
A strange scaly creature is found in the bushes of a Dorchester home..., hmmm, I wonder what it is...?
The 'strange' animal in Dorchester MA turns out to be an iguana that is claimed by an owner that was searching for him...
Candelaria Silva reports she and her granddaughter were waiting at Fields Corner for an Ashmont train last Saturday when a woman on the inbound side began yelling:
"Oh, my God, did you see that? Is that a deer? A deer just ran up the bus ramp!"
We looked behind us through the glass that separates the bus ramp from the train tracks and there... Read more
MySouthborough.com reports a black bear was spotted romping through downtown Southborough this morning (cut it out - of course Southborough has a downtown). With photo.
Hey, Boo-Boo! The Globe reports a young black bear has been spotted in Weston. Residents were urged not to feed it (especially after midnight).
Mike Ball is astonished to read in the New York Times that "the increasingly rare New England cottontail rabbit" can only be glimpsed in tangled thickets. Astonished because a family of cottontails are regular visitors to his front yard in Hyde Park's Fairmount Hill:
A family of them has an odd attraction to our newspapers. When I got out a 5:30 or 6... Read more
Needs 15 stitches to close gash under eye, Channel 4 reports. Tippi Hedren was unavailable for comment.