Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Perhaps Armageddon really is upon us.

Beware Meat-Eating Frogs and Toxic Squirrels

One more reason (wildfires, earthquakes, mudslides, botox) I will remain a New Yorker and would never consider living in California.

Killer Meat-Eating Frogs Terrorize San Francisco
Wednesday, March 14, 2007

It sounds like the plot to a bad B-movie.
Meat-eating killer frogs have invaded a pond in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, leaving environmentalists wondering how to stop their deadly march before they move on to bigger waters.
The African clawed frogs have chomped through everything from turtles to fish in Lily Pond, near the California Academy of Sciences, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The frogs, which can grow up to 5 inches in length, have even gone cannibalistic.
"They've eaten everything they can get their mouths around, and now they're eating each other," Eric Mills of the animal-rights group Action for Animals told the newspaper.
(Story continues below)
"Squirrels are just rats with better outfits"

State warns residents not to eat squirrel near toxic dump

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press Writer EAST TRENTON, N.J. -- Squirrel has never really caught on as a popular diet staple, and now New Jersey officials are adding another, quite serious reason to shy away from eating the woodland creatures: lead contamination. New Jersey officials are warning hunters and residents near a toxic waste dump in the Ringwood area about consuming the animals, two months after a lead-contaminated squirrel was found in the area.

It is the first time the state has ever issued an advisory regarding squirrel consumption, said Tom Slater, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Senior Services. A letter sent Tuesday to Ringwood residents advised them that children should not eat squirrel more than once a month, pregnant women should limit their intake to twice a month, and adults should not eat squirrel more than twice a week.

So, my pregnant friends lay off the squirrel.