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Strange Mail Contest
Offbeat  (tags: Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Strange Mail, Contest, Orlando, Florida, winners )

- 2 hours ago -
For the Strange Mail Contest, Ripley's wants to see what weird objects the public can mail to its corporate headquarters in Orlando. The catch is -no packaging of any kind is allowed.
Manatee Could Be Bumped From Endangered Species List
Offbeat  (tags: Florida, manatees, removed, endangered, species list, sad news )

- 56 days ago -
The manatee could be downgraded from an endangered species to merely threatened as federal wildlife officials, under pressure from boating activists and libertarians, reconsider the status of Florida's popular "sea cow.".
Bear Lies Down for a Break in Hammock in Florida Backyard
Offbeat  (tags: animals, Florida, black bears, interesting, funny, unusual, wildlife )

- 87 days ago -
A black bear took a much-needed break in a backyard hammock after spending the night knocking over trash cans and scaring residents in a Daytona Beach neighborhood Thursday.
Hong Kong Fad of Dyeing Dogs' Fur Could Prove Fatal: Animal Welfare Experts
Offbeat  (tags: Hong Kong, Florida, dying, dogs, toxic, dyes, harmful )

- 101 days ago -
"I would like to see this practice banned ... and fines imposed on people who dye their dogs."
Fishermen Rescue 20 Baby Sharks
Offbeat  (tags: Florida, fisherman, rescue, baby sharks, hammerhead sharks )

- 105 days ago -
A group of fishermen in Florida got more than they bargained for when they went to the aid of an injured hammerhead shark - 20 baby sharks.
Who Are the 55 Bodies Buried at the Dozier School?
Offbeat  (tags: Florida, school, bodies, children, USA )

- 132 days ago -
Forensic anthropologists are disinterring the remains of children at a Florida reform school. Former students hope the dig will provide answers about alleged child abuse within the school's walls.
Thugs Who Were Videoed 'Cannonballing' Manatees Face Up to a YEAR in Jail After They Admitted Attacking Endangered Animals
Offbeat  (tags: manatees, attacked, thugs, florida, federal charges, cruelty, cannon balled )

- 173 days ago -
Two Florida men who recorded video of themselves luring a pair manatees in a canal near Cape Canaveral to a dock so they could 'cannonball' the animals pleaded guilty Thursday to federal endangered species charges.
Sea Turtles Make Their Annual Run for the Water
Offbeat  (tags: Loggerhead sea turtles, Florida, USA, annual run )

- 176 days ago -
March signals the beginning of the annual sea turtle nesting season in Florida, where loggerhead and green sea turtles are found in numbers not seen anywhere else in the United States.
Large South American Lizard With Sharp Teeth and Powerful Jaws Is the Latest Invasive Species to Wreak Havoc in Florida
Offbeat  (tags: South American lizard, Florida, large teeth, offbeat )

- 181 days ago -
First it was pythons, then it was wild boars and then came the 'football-sized' toads, but there's a new invasive species setting up residence in Florida and it has wildlife officials worried about what it might do to the state's fragile ecosystem.
Wanted: Crocodile Response Agents
Offbeat  (tags: crocodiles, job vacancy, Florida, USA, crocodile response agents, offbeat )

- 214 days ago -
Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is advertising for crocodile response agents, no previous experience required.
Forget Peanuts! Homeless Elephants Who Were Taken in By Florida Sanctuary Eat 300 Oranges a Day
Offbeat  (tags: Elephants, homeless, Florida, sanctuary, keepers, oranges, mammals, 300, peanuts, eats, offbeat )

- 333 days ago -
New habit surprises keepers, who don't normally feed the mammals citrus.
Just a Kitten at Heart: World's Oldest Tiger Plays Like a Cub in a Water Fountain - Video
Offbeat  (tags: Tampa, Florida, Flavio, worlds, oldest, tiger, plays, fountain, cub, kitten, heart )

- 372 days ago -
The world's oldest known tiger proves age really is a number, Flavio, a Siberian/ Bengal Tiger is 24 years old and plays like a cub in a water fountain at Tampa, Florida.
Explosions Rock Florida Gas Plant
Offbeat  (tags: USA, Gas, Plant, Florida, Explosions )

- 393 days ago -
At least eight people were injured by a series of explosions at a gas plant in the US state of Florida, officials say.
Bruce Springsteen Dedicates 'American Skin (41 Shots)' to Trayvon Martin
Offbeat  (tags: Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman, Florida, Bruce Springsteen, music, shooting, justice, civil case, acquitted )

- 406 days ago -
Springsteen wrote the song in response to the 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man who was killed by four New York City police officers who said they thought Diallo had pulled a gun on them.
The Rage So Many of Us Feel   video
Offbeat  (tags: Trayvon Martin, African-American, Sanford, Florida, George Zimmerman, second degree, murder, trial, verdict, not guilty, #JusticeForTrayvon, angry grandpa, video )

- 407 days ago -
An angry grandpa speaks out about the murderer Zimmerman trial verdict. Warning: explicit language.

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