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Half-snouted gator spotted in Fla.

The power of nature can sometimes be terrifying -- or just sad.

An alligator was spotted Monday by a woman in Lakeland, Fla., missing the top half of its snout, ABC News reports.

Myra Evers photographed the poor gator when she saw it swimming in the marsh in Lake Hancock.

“The alligator looked really horrible like he couldn’t eat anything. I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about it,” Evers told ABC News.

Unfortunately, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said these types of injuries are common.

Gary Morse, FCC spokesman, told ABC News that alligators “fight with each other, mostly for territorial or cannibalistic reasons … they tend to get aggressive toward one another, particularly males during mating season.”

Even worse news, Florida does not provide funding to help these injured alligators since they are not listed as endangered.

“We can feel for these animals, but there are unfortunately times when there is nothing you can really do to help,” Morse said to ABC News.

In other alligator news, one recently took a bite out of a man's truck.

Read the full story at abcnews.go.com

Wed, 27 May 2015 14:15:23 -0400

How do you spell W-I-N-N-E-R? 5 things to know about the National Spelling Bee

It's a sporting event for kids and adults alike, but it doesn't take a ball or a puck to compete.  All it takes is being not just a good speller, but a great one as the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee has begun just outside of the nation’s capital. 

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Held at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center  in National Harbor, Md., 285 students from all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense schools all over the world are trying to spell many words that would not come up in everyday conversation.

>>Could you pass the National Spelling Bee test?

1. Some of the competitor favorite words include, flibbertigibbet, schadenfreude, tchotchke and of course triskaidekaphobia and onomatopoeia, according to the National Spelling Bee's official site.

2. The competitors range in age from 9 to 15, but the vast majority are between the age of 12 and 14.

3. Three spellers have a brother or sister who have previously won.  

4. 117 spellers speak more than one language. 

5. Indian Americans have won all but four of the last 15 competitions- including the last seven, The Washington Post reported.  The streak has received much backlash as the newspaper discovered.

Last year, the co-champions SriramHathwar and Ansun Sujoe were the subject of hate on social media. Many of the views, despite the fact the students are American citizens, featured comments that assumed that they were not.  

One Twitter post last year, quoted by The Washington Post said "We need an american [sic] to win this spelling bee."

>>Click here to read The Washington Post's feature on the Scripps National Spelling Bee and the past winners.

The Spelling Bee is being televised.  The Semifinals will be shown live Thursday on ESPN2 starting at 10amET.  The Finals will be live Thursday night at 8pmET on ESPN. If you can't watch it, you can follow the Scripps Live Tweet here or below.

Wed, 27 May 2015 13:51:49 -0400

Watch: This owl is an epic surprise ring-bearer at wedding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2MDB-0k-Ps

Shaun Palmer wanted to surprise his bride on their wedding day, so he decided to add a little twist by choosing a unique ring-bearer.

Palmer said he came up with the idea of using an owl to deliver the rings when he had seen it advertised a number of years earlier at a wedding show. 

In the video, you can see the owl released from the back of the church to Palmer's Best Man, Chris. He took the rings and Bilbo flew back to his handler.

The handler and the owl stayed after the wedding so guests could meet him and get photos with the bird.

Wed, 27 May 2015 13:28:25 -0400

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