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April 2014 Newsbytes archive

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Contributors this month include crossaffliction, dronon, earthfurst, Fred, GreenReaper, Higgs Raccoon, Kakurady, Patch Packrat, Rakuen Growlithe and RingtailedFox.

dronon: The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has been livestreaming a birdfeeder set up to look like a little cafe.

RingtailedFox: Maine man performs emergency C-section on dead porcupine, saves its unborn young!

earthfurst: Screening tour of 1982 classic film The Last Unicorn with author Peter S. Beagle resumes April 6. Phase 1 of tour was in California and elsewhere.

Higgs Raccoon: Here's official trailer #1 for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

RingtailedFox: And now... a peep show full of tits and peckers: the first café for wild birds! (Get your minds out of the gutter! :P)

GreenReaper: If you're going to eat a tiger, don't post about it on social media.

dronon: A film of potential interest if it comes to fruition - The Lobster.

dronon: A wild bear that has beer preferences.

GreenReaper: Speaking of bears, why not spend a fortnight in one?

Higgs Raccoon: The Pink Panther will be getting the live-action/animation treatment.

RingtailedFox: Humane society in St. Catherines, Ontario rescues a lobster!

GreenReaper: Hares, voles, stoats, seals and boar feature in UK Mammal Photographer of the Year award.

GreenReaper: Not all lions are created equal: new genetic analysis has implications for conservation efforts.

Rakuen Growlithe: Rather dark C&H short with Firedash the Pyrofox.

Higgs Raccoon: Aardman releases a teaser trailer for 2015's Shaun the Sheep movie.

GreenReaper: Speaking of sheep … that's not a lamb!

crossaffliction: Cracked on Michael Bay’s TMNT: We’re all going to hate it, but kids’ll probably like it. That’s fair.

dronon: There is talk of doing a remake of Pete's Dragon.

Fred: For those who really, really like sloths.

Fred: Cat cafés started in Tokyo, spread to Vienna and Paris, have now reached London, and are coming to San Francisco.

Fred: So there are 718 different Pokémon as of last month.

Higgs Raccoon: Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova creates a series of fairy-tale images with animals.

earthfurst: LAST episode of FursuitTV streaming today Apr 5 @ 9PM GMT (5PM ET) for 2-3 hours. Chat: #fursuitTV on Anthrochat.

crossaffliction: For Pokémon counters: Diancie is officially 719 and at least two more (Volcanion and Hoopa) have been leaked, so actually, we’re at 721.

earthfurst: Graphic novel The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth about animals performing Shakespeare's Macbeth. Expected release in September from publisher First Second Books, with a 2nd volume about Romeo & Juliet.

crossaffliction: Peaches Geldof has died at 25. If you’re having trouble remembering who Peaches Geldof is, and what she has to do with furry, read here and here.

crossaffliction: AppleJack Black is best pony. [EQD]

dronon: Another French funny animal comic: Sherlock Fox.

Fred: Maybe it will get better, but this ten-page preview of Sherlock Fox has not impressed me.

crossaffliction: Pokémon Charizard (minus his Brawl team) and newcomer Greninja are the newest fighters for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii-U.

RingtailedFox: Meerkats prank photographer on assignment.

Fred: What is the difference between dogs, cats, and people?

Fred: Do hungry deer help the environment?

dronon: In 1986, there was an animated Hungarian film called Macskafogó. YouTube has the full English dub, Cat City.

Fred: NYC subway + giant rat = panic! (Actually, that looks like a normal-sized rat to me.)

Fred: Around 1986 or '87, I was asked to try to get some American theatrical distributor interested in Cat City or another animated features by Pannonia, Hungary's state-run animation studio before the fall of its Communist government. No luck. But I was never given this English-dubbed version to show; just a subtitled copy of the Hungarian-language print.

Higgs Raccoon: The taxidermied squirrels that once decorated the lunchroom at Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

Higgs Raccoon: The Washington Post celebrates "squirrels and other bushy-tailed mascots".

Higgs Raccoon: Time: "Man sues ex-girlfriend over stuffed animal obsession".

Patch Packrat: Dandy Warhols feature photo with Zantal (scalie fursuiter) in their new album.

Patch Packrat: New Zach Braff movie features a fursuiting furry love interest character.

Patch Packrat: Another small furry news blog ... let's see if it keeps going.

Patch Packrat: College Humor's Furry Force comes back with a second animated short.

crossaffliction: McDonalds says no more “boys” or “girls” toys (maybe), bronies claim credit, run unfortunate headline.

crossaffliction: Ants with big heads that live in tall trees and skydive

Fred: Chameleons color-change to communicate.

Fred: The charmingly psychedelic cuttlefish.

Patch Packrat: BLFC broke some records.

crossaffliction: Eisner nominees include Stan Sakai (doing a not furry comic) the Pizza Dog Hawkeye issue, and outside of young children’s comics, not much else furry, actually.

Fred: "The Machine Squirrel" looks too creepy for me.

Fred: Bees without queens that live in empty snail shells.

Fred: Ants with big heads that live in tall trees and skydive.

Fred: Lions, tigers, elephants, and kangaroos on the loose in the Victorian English countryside.

Fred: The 13-year-old Mongolian girl who hunts with a pet eagle.

Fred: Six-foot-tall South American bird runs wild on an English golf course.

Fred: Family car catches fire in English lion park.

RingtailedFox: We've seen beavers when they're angry, and we've seen zombies... but now? Get ready for... ZOMBIEVERS!

Higgs Raccoon: @RingtailedFox: Speaking of furry critters gone bad, here's the trailer for Squirrels.

Fred: There have been occasional news reports of squirrels going out of their way to attack people, and needing to be shot to stop them. But those have all been isolated squirrels, not all squirreldom at once.

Patch Packrat: Talking with the animation director of College Humor’s “Furry Force”.

crossaffliction:Evolution Never Sleeps” by Elisabeth Malartre is an actually pretty good story about killer chipmunks.

crossaffliction: And “Invasion of the Squirrelanoids” may be the best episode of the newest incarnation of TMNT.

crossaffliction: Finally, no discussion of killer squirrels is complete until this infamous comic panel is brought up. “Confound these wretched rodents!”

Patch Packrat: Furry fandom: all humans welcome.

dronon: Furry game in development: Sanctum Polis.

Patch Packrat: The soul of a troll: a sad bully who needs hugs.

Fred: Tor.com has a long blog about s-f & fantasy bunnies, most of whom are anthropomorphic.

RingtailedFox: Oops! Rescued abandoned "puppy" turns out to be a fox!

Fred: Closeup of baby zonkey.

Fred: The "real life Pokémon" axolotl.

Patch Packrat: Con panel mashup game: “Dance plotting”.

Higgs Raccoon: Furries taunt Canadian ice-hockey coach Bruce Boudreau.

crossaffliction: EQD gave the Ursa Majors its own post this year. So, factor that into your predictions.

crossaffliction: Remember when Stan Lee said he wouldn’t cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy? Lies!

crossaffliction: Ah, can we do a reboot on the “Furry Jesus is a Lion” thing? Because “Unicorn Jesus” is cooler. Also, killer medieval rabbits.

Higgs Raccoon: An interview with Theodore (30 years after Alvin and the Chipmunks split up).

Kakurady: From May 1st (tomorrow) until May 15th, Dust: An Elysian Tail will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. @noogyTweet [@majornelson via @kotaku]

GreenReaper: Today is your last chance to vote in the 2013 Ursa Major Awards.

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a reporter and Red Fox from Hooker, Oklahoma, interested in movies, horror, stand up comedy

Formerly Wichita's only furry comic.