Tuesday

The next full moon of 2019 — nicknamed the “beaver moon” — will reach its peak Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. It is the second to last full moon on the 2019 lunar calendar and it happens to arrive when the annual Taurid meteor shower will be at its best.

Although the bright light of the full moon will make it difficult for sky watchers to see the shooting stars of this normally impressive meteor shower, all hope isn’t lost, according to astronomy experts from Space.com.

“The full moon is so bright that it tends to wash out fainter objects, even from dark-sky locations. That said, on the night of the full moon the Taurid meteor shower will be in one of its periods of peak activity, and it's possible to catch a few meteors here and there,” Space.com says.

The Taurid meteor shower typically produces five to 10 shooting stars each hour in early November, “but they tend to move slowly, and produce more bright fireballs,” Space.com notes.

The November beaver moon will officially reach its fullest phase at 8:34 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, so it will look big and bright in the sky Monday night, Tuesday night and Wednesday night — assuming the clouds don’t block your view.

The moon will rise in the eastern sky at 4:36 p.m. Monday in the New York City region, just as the sun will be setting on the other side of the sky, then 5:06 p.m. on Tuesday and 5:41 p.m. on Wednesday.


Why this moon is called the beaver moon

The origin of the nickname "beaver moon" comes from Algonquin Native American tribes and American colonists, who gave nicknames to each full moon based on weather conditions, farming routines and hunting trends at that time of the year.

"This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs," says the Farmers' Almanac. "Another interpretation suggests that the name full beaver moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter."


Native American Names for November Full Moon Itartoryuk Moon (Inuit). Tree Moon (Neo-Pagan). Poverty Moon (Mohawk). Trading Moon (Cherokee). Geese Going Moon (Kiowa). Falling Leaves moon (Sioux). Fledgling Raptor Moon (Hopi). Deer Ruting Moon (Cheyenne). Freezing River Moon(Arapaho). Snow Moon (Mediaeval English). Mourning Moon : Full, Dead : Dark (Janic). Corn Harvest Moon (Taos Native American). Snowy Morning Mountains Moon (Wishram). All Gathered Moon (San Juan Native American). Beaver Moon, Frosty Moon (Algonquin Native American/Colonia).

Other moon names : Fog Moon, Deer Antler Shedding moon, Oak moon, Mad moon, Storm moon, Dark moon.

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Sunday

A Columbia man rescued a drowning bald eagle from the current of the Missouri River at Cooper's Landing on Sunday. The eagle was transported to the Raptor Rehabilitation Project at the MU Veternary School.

Toward the end of Sunday morning, Roger Giles went upstream in his small boat to inspect a trotline he had put out the night before.

"I noticed this bald eagle on the bank," said Giles. "The eagle jumped three or four times and then landed in the water."

Giles watched as the eagle grabbed on to a floating tree limb and appeared to work its way upstream. When the limb snapped, the eagle became distressed.

"It floated out, got caught in the current, and was taken out deeper into the river," he said.

Giles said it took him about 90 seconds to get back in his boat and move toward the eagle.


"I worked this landing net under it, kind of like a stretcher, and just lifted it into my boat," he said.

Giles brought the eagle back to his larger boat at Cooper's Landing in the hopes that it would dry out and fly away on its own. Within minutes of returning to the boat, he placed two calls to the Missouri Department of Conservation and two others to the Raptor Rehabilitation Program, part of the MU Veternary School. After several hours, he realized it was not going to recover on its own and made the decision to take it in to Raptor Rehab.

"He was very lethargic, very non-agressive, kind of sleepy," said Christa Moore, public relations officer for the Raptor Rehabilitation Project. "When they realized that there were no broken bones, they proceeded to do some blood testing and put him on some cage rest."


The eagle's condition has slighty improved, but it remains on fluids and cage rest.

This is the eighth eagle the rehabilitation project has taken care of this year. Most were struck by vehicles.

While the tests on this eagle have not come back yet, Moore speculated the cause could have come from lead toxicity.

"They get it through the food they eat, lead shot," she said. "They will pick up a lot of lead in their system which is toxic to them in high quantites."

Moore says she hopes to have the test results back soon.
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Saturday

Have you heard of the pot bellied pig who saved her owner’s life by playing dead in the middle of the road? LuLu is that heroic pig and after performing her brave and selfless act she was catapulted to celebrity status.

Her human, Jo Ann Altsman, suffered a heart attack while vacationing in the North Woods of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania back in 1998. Jo Ann was struck down in her camping mobile home and desperately needed of help. Unfortunately, Jo Ann’s husband, Jack, was on a fishing trip and the only other soul around was LuLu. After Jo Ann unsuccessfully tried calling for help, LuLu realized the danger her mom was in and sprung into action.

LuLu squeezed through the pet door, somehow managed to get the gate open and ran into the street and laid down in front of traffic. Several cars just drove by her, but one man got out to see what was the matter. LuLu instantly got up and started toward the mobile home where Jo Ann was.

The man, who had seen some cuts on LuLu (which she got in her efforts), yelled out, “Your pig’s in distress.” That’s when he heard Jo Ann holler back, “I’m in distress, too. I’m having a heart attack. Please call an ambulance.” She was rushed to the hospital and into emergency surgery. Luckily she pulled through, all thanks to LuLu’s ingenuity and action!

Of course, word got out about this remarkable pig’s actions and soon after LuLu was appearing on David Letterman and Oprah and becoming friends with George Clooney, who happened to have a pot-bellied pig of his own at the time.

LuLu’s heroic feat also earned her a Humane award from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. At the fancy luncheon in New York’s Essex House, LuLu munched on peanuts while people lavished her with attention.


After the media furor died down LuLu went back to her favorite pastimes, eating, relaxing and being an adoring pet. Jo Ann said that LuLu would have done anything for a french fry. The heroic pig passed away in 2003, but she will always be remembered as the pig who played “dead” on a road in Erie and saved her human’s life.


And here’s footage of LuLu at the ASPCA Humane Awards ceremony in her honor.
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Wednesday

Two snow-white moose have been spotted crossing the highway in Northern Ontario, approximately one year after video of the same two animals captured international attention in 2018.

Jackie Burns Loyer photographed the elusive creatures from her car at the side of Highway 101 earlier this month. She says she spotted the pair — an adult female and a juvenile— while driving from Timmins to Chapleau, Ont., at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17.

“They’re so beautiful,” Burns Loyer told Global News on Monday.

“They call them the spirit moose. They’re supposed to give you good luck.”

She says the animals were standing at the side of the road for a few moments. They vanished into the bush when they heard a large truck approaching.

Her photos show the animals are nearly all white, although the elder moose has a dark circle on its left haunch.


Witness Nicole Leblanc recorded footage of what appeared to be the same two moose last October on Highway 101. The elder moose had the same dark circle on its left haunch.

It’s unclear exactly how many white moose live in the area, but locals occasionally spot the shy creatures in the woods or near the highway. Sightings date back to more than 40 years ago.

“They’re always in the same area,” Burns Loyer said.

Burns Loyer says it’s been 10 years since she last saw a white moose. However, they tend to appear more often in October when moose are more active, she said.


White moose are not albino, as they do not have red eyes. They also occasionally have some colouring on their bodies. Their unique colour is due to a recessive trait called the Armstrong White Gene Strain, according to tourism info provided by the Ontario government.

That would explain why there were two white moose, as the juvenile animal might have inherited the gene from its parent.

It is illegal to hunt a moose that’s more than 50 per cent white, according to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The ban applies to the area surrounding the communities of Timmins, Chapleau and Foleyet.

They’re said to bring good luck in Indigenous cultures.

Burns Loyer says she hopes some of that luck will rub off on her.

“It was just amazing,” she said. “It’s so rare to see.”
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Thursday

Look, hiking a few miles up a mountain is hard. If you're a 190-pound dog named Floyd, who may not be in the best shape of his life, it's a bit too much.

The 3-year-old mastiff was hiking with his human up the Grandeur Peak trail in Salt Lake County, Utah, on Sunday and got so worn out he couldn't make it back to the car.

About five concerned hikers passed by the pup and his owner, who were stopped on the trail for hours, and called 911 once they got back to cell reception. Salt Lake County Search and Rescue were dispatched to rescue Floyd and quickly sprang to action to make sure the doggo got off the mountain before it got too dark and too cold, Todd Taylor, the team's squad leader, told BuzzFeed News.

"They started hiking around noon and it's usually a three-hour hike," Taylor said. "But they were sitting up there for a few hours. He would walk a few feet and then sit down and his paws were hurt and cut up."

The nonprofit, all-volunteer crew does about 50 rescues a year, Taylor, 49, said. They range from injured runners, dehydrated hikers, swift-water incidents, and jumping out of helicopters to get to stranded rock climbers. Most of the volunteers have been rescuing people for 10 to 15 years. Saving dogs, though, is much rarer and required some strategizing.

"This was an interesting rescue because of the size of Floyd," Taylor said. "We knew we had a big dog, a 190-pounder, and we treated it like a normal rescue for a person."


Ten rescuers on two teams arrived armed with helmets, ropes, radios, and a litter — a piece of equipment used to carry people — to rescue Floyd. However, the wheel broke about a mile into the rescue, Taylor said, so the crew had to carry the massive mastiff the rest of the way down.

But Floyd handled the entire situation like a champ and was the best of boys.

"We were prepared to have to strap him down, but he was very well-behaved," Taylor said, adding that Floyd seemed very grateful and relieved during the four-hour operation.

His human was, too.


"The owner was really surprised when we showed up because he didn't know people had called 911. There's no cell service up there and he was prepared to spend the night with his dog and get him in the morning," Taylor said.

The team posted photos and video of Floyd's rescue, showing the exhausted dog curled up on a red blanket as responders carefully carried him down the trail in the dark. Several hikers recalled seeing Floyd on their way down and were so happy to hear the news that he was OK.


"We passed him on the way down and it's all my kids could talk about," Melanie Peterson wrote on Facebook. "We were so happy and relieved to pass you all heading up for the rescue. What awesome people you are!"

The dog owner's sister, Amy Sandoval, said on Facebook that they had been out for a family hike, took a wrong turn on the descent, and "ended up on a very tricky slope."


"It was so hard getting everyone back up the trail. Poor dog just couldn't take any more after that," she said. "Thanks to all the nice hikers who offered us more water, as we used the remainder of ours to keep Floyd hydrated."


People had a lot of empathy for Floyd, who did his very best, and were extremely grateful for the volunteers putting so much time and care into saving the "gentle giant."
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