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Cute sea otter taught to dunk basketballs to help his arthritis (Video)

Sea Otter basketballI’m not sure why I wrote “cute” in the headline, since “cute” and “sea otter” are synonymous, but I just wanted to make sure you watched this. In the video is Eddie, a 16-year-old sea otter who lives at the Oregon Zoo. Eddie has arthritis in his elbows, so his caretakers taught him to play basketball to help with his condition. The little guy gets tossed a toy basketball and then dunks it into a hoop that has a Portland Trailblazers backboard. It’s about the most adorable thing you could imagine.

H/T The Big Lead

Golfer Daniela Holmqvist bitten by black widow spider, digs venom out with tee

Black-widow-spiderSwedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist had an incredibly frightening experience earlier this week at the pre-qualifier for the SPS Handa Australian Open in Australia, the LPGA’s season-opening event. According to Golf Digest Woman, Holmqvist was punching through the rough on the fourth hole when she felt a stinging pain in her ankle. She reached down and swatted way a black, furry creature that had a red dot on its back before hunching over in pain.

The furry creature turned out to be a black widow spider, and it had bitten Holmqvist on the ankle.

“When I told the local caddies in my group what had happened, they got very upset and said it was a black widow, and immediately started looking for their phones to call the medics,” she told Swedish website Svensk Golf.

Holmqvist’s leg began to swell and hurt badly, and she said she remembered being told as a child that a bite from a black widow spider can kill a person within 30 minutes. Rather than panicking, Holmqvist used a golf tee to open the wound where the spider had bitten her and squeezed the venom out.

“A clear fluid came out,” she said. “It wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible.”

Amazingly, Holmqvist finished her round. Medics followed her around for the final 14 holes, but the procedure she had performed on herself apparently worked. She shot a 74 and missed the tournament cut, but I’m sure she’s thankful to have avoided serious injury.

Golf may not be the most dangerous sport going, but the environment in which it is played can create some hairy situations. Whether it’s a senior citizen being dragged by an alligator, a live shark turning up out of nowhere or a black widow sneak attack, mother nature can make golf a dangerous game.

H/T Eye on Golf

Golfer Brian Acker has iPhone stolen by raccoon on golf course, finds it using GPS

RaccoonUsing a cell phone while on a golf course is typically frowned upon. The Okeeheelee Golf Course in Palm Beach County is lucky enough to have a raccoon on staff to help keep golfers from spending time on their smart phones and screwing up the rate of play. That’s right — a raccoon.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, a golfer named Brian Acker recently had his iPhone 4 stolen while playing on the second hole of the Eagle Course at Okeeheelee. The device was taken by a raccoon that course workers and regulars call Rocky. He is known for snatching various items from unsuspecting players such as wallets and food, but the way Acker recovered his cell phone makes the story even more entertaining.

Because of a GPS app, Acker was able to “ping” his phone and trace it to the top of a palm tree on the second hole of the course. Workers used a ladder to climb the tree and found Acker’s cell phone case before snagging the phone itself about 12 feet up the tree. It was accompanied by several food wrappers.

“He has a taste for open food items left in golf carts and shiny items,” Okeeheelee General Manager Mac Hood explained. “The raccoon just saw something he liked and he went in there and grabbed it.”

Acker said the incident will not discourage him from returning to the course, but it will make him rethink bringing his cell phone along.

“I’ll be back,” he said. “This time I will leave my cellphone in the car.”

As we’ve learned over the years here at LBS, animals causing problems on golf courses doesn’t just happen in movies like “Caddyshack.” Whether it’s a live shark on the course or an alligator nearly killing a golfer, problems with creatures and critters aren’t tough to come by.

H/T Eye on Golf

Colin Kaepernick has a huge pet tortoise named Sammy (Picture)

Colin Kaepernick has one of the most unique pets you will ever see. If you ask me, the thing is awesome. While most people who want an enormous pet might convince their parents to buy them a Great Dane or a St. Bernard, Colin talked his parents into letting him get a tortoise when he was 10 years old. He named it Sammy.

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Live shark found on California golf course

Here’s something straight out of the abnormal: a live shark was found on a golf course in California on Monday.

The photo above is of a two-foot-long shark that showed up on the 12th hole tee box at the San Juan Hills Golf Club course in San Juan Capistrano.

San Juan Hills Golf Club spokesman Melissa McCormack tells Larry Brown Sports that one of the course’s attendants, Bryan Stiver, came across the shark on the 12th hole. She says he saw it wiggling around, so he picked it up and threw it in the back of his cart and took it back to the clubhouse.

The Capistrano Dispatch reported that Stiver briefly kept the shark in a bucket of water, to which he added some salt. He later took the shark to Dana Point and released it into the water where it swam away, leading them to believe it was still alive.

Though some golfers were on the green, McCormack told LBS that Stiver was the only one who saw the shark before it was taken away.

McCormack has an interesting theory to explain how the shark got there. She believes that a bird must have plucked the shark from the ocean and dropped it on the course. She bases that explanation on the punctures the shark had by its dorsal fin, and the course’s proximity to the ocean (it’s less than four miles away).

McCormack believes the shark was a leopard shark, which are found along the Pacific coast from Mexico to as far north as Oregon.

We’ve seen other examples of animals by golf courses, but this has to be the craziest. Actually, this one still might take the cake.

Luckily nobody was hurt and the shark appeared to be saved.

H/T NBC LA

Skateboarder Ryan Vitale taken out by deer while racing downhill (Video)

I do believe they have outdoor folks wear helmet cameras precisely to capture moments like these.

Ryan Vitale was competing in the Buffalo Bill Downhill skateboarding race in Golden, Colorado, on Saturday and flying downhill at 45 mph when he was unexpectedly taken out by a deer that came out of nowhere to crash into him.

According to Pete Thomas of GrindTV, Vitale was heading into a 180-degree turn called “The Gooch” when Bambi’s cousin emerged and ran into the skateboarder. Both somehow were unharmed.

“I didn’t know it was coming at me. It just all happened really fast,” Vitale told 7NEWS reporter Jaclyn Allen.

Vitale is a 17-year-old high school junior from Salt Lake City. Who figured this is how he’d end up famous?

Easily our best outdoor person taken out by wildlife since this video.

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter: Seagull crapped on my hat before I got the win

Prior to entering the game in the 16th inning Tuesday night in Seattle (or very early Wednesday morning), Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter received a sign from above. Whether that sign meant something positive or negative was on the horizon remained to be seen, but either way he was going to need a new hat.

A seagull above Safeco Field took a crap right on Hunter’s head.

“I was minding my own business, not doing anything. I thought it was (reliever Luis) Ayala throwing stuff at me,” Hunter explained after the game according to the Baltimore Sun. “You know, he usually does. So I didn’t know what it was. I just thought someone threw a piece of gum and hit me. It wasn’t a piece of gum, man. Everybody just started dying laughing.  Then everybody said it was good luck. Then we won.”

Hunter picked up the win when the Orioles finally were able to put an end to the five-hour and 44-minute marathon. He was happy to help the team win, but from the sound of it Hunter was pissed about the hat.

“I was getting ready to go warm up and it went (plop) and I looked at it and everyone started laughing,” he said. “I had bird (droppings) on my head. It’s my favorite hat. It sucks. It’s terrible.”

If he could have borrowed a teammates hat, Hunter said he would have. Unfortunately that wasn’t an option since he has a rather large head.

“I have 7 5/8’s. I got a huge dome. A large landing zone, I guess. I don’t know. That was wild. I’ve never been (dropped) on before.”

People laugh, but we know a group of Denver Broncos fans who would agree with Hunter that it’s no laughing matter.