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Clever Seal Goes to Desperate Lengths to Dodge Killer Whales

'Most intense epic experience ever': boat owner

(Newser) - Seals are cute, curious, and apparently quite resourceful when they're trying to avoid becoming someone's dinner, per a story out of British Columbia. The CBC reports on the adventures of a survival-minded seal who, desperately trying to escape the clutches of the ravenous orcas pursuing it, hopped aboard... More »

Thieves Swipe $5M Bejeweled Eagle —From Guy's Backpack

Owner was apparently walking around telling people he was carrying it

(Newser) - An 18-pound, solid-gold eagle statue adorned with 763 diamonds and a massive emerald recovered from a 17th-century shipwreck has been stolen—but it wasn't exactly a Mission: Impossible-esque heist. Owner Ron Shore says he had his " Maltese Eagle ," valued between $5 million and $9 million, in his... More »

Man's Gag Gift to Wife Turns Him Into Underwear Model

Brendon Williams had no idea the private photos for his wife would make him famous

(Newser) - Fame isn't putting a dent in Brendon Williams' sense of humor. The boudoir poses that started off as a gag gift for his wife's birthday created such a response on social media that the British Columbia father with a lot of hair and a bit of a belly... More »

Cops: Fleeing Thief Tries to Ride Ice Floe to Freedom

She also allegedly started a fire on her ice raft

(Newser) - File this under "only in Canada." A suspected thief had the Royal Canadian Mounted Police hot on her heels when she allegedly used an ice floe as a getaway vehicle Sunday in British Columbia, the CBC reports. Police say 25-year-old Philicity Lafrenier drove a stolen pickup truck to... More »

They're Back: Shoes Containing Human Feet Found in Canada

More than a dozen have washed ashore since 2007

(Newser) - After a short respite, athletic shoes containing human feet are once again washing up on Canadian shores, the Guardian reports. Earlier this month, a family visiting a Vancouver Island beach made a "grisly discovery," according to the CBC . "We had a look at it for about five... More »

5 Snowmobilers Die in Massive Avalanche

BC disaster may have been triggered by human activity

(Newser) - At least five people were killed when a massive and apparently human-caused avalanche hit a group of snowmobilers in BC on Friday. At least one other person was hospitalized after the avalanche near the town of McBride at around 1:30pm. A spokesman for the Avalanche Canada warning group tells... More »

Cougar That Wowed Biologists Killed in Montana

She traveled more than 10 times as far as expected

(Newser) - A young mountain lion from Canada made a surprising journey of hundreds of miles before she was killed by a hunter in Montana, biologists say. The cougar, nicknamed Sandy, was collared in British Columbia 10 months ago and, after a 450-mile journey, had settled in the Helena Valley when she... More »

Whale-Watching Disaster Blamed on Freak Wave

Weather seemed calm, but rogue wave may have doomed Canada's Leviathan II

(Newser) - Canada's Transportation Safety Board thinks it knows how a whale-watching boat sank on Sunday, leaving five Brits dead and an Australian missing: a surprise wave, the Guardian reports. A survivor told one of the rescuers there was "this real big wave coming—bigger than the rest of the... More »

5 Dead in Canada Whale-Watching Disaster

Ship with 27 aboard went down off Vancouver Island

(Newser) - At least five people died after a whale-watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island and a rescue mission remained active late Sunday, Canadian authorities say. The vessel made a mayday call late Sunday afternoon on what was a clear and sunny day in the tourist community... More »

10 Hurt, Suspect Dead in Office Hammer Attack

Attack took place at First Nations government office

(Newser) - A man armed with a hammer injured 10 people—some of them very seriously—during an attack Wednesday morning at a First Nations government office in British Columbia, CP24 reports. The suspect entered the Bridge River Indian Band office and attacked one person with a hammer. An emergency worker reports... More »

Rescuers Keep Beached Orca Alive Until Tide Comes In

It took 8 hours

(Newser) - A dramatic whale rescue unfolded in British Columbia this week, as rescuers kept alive a stranded orca for eight hours until high tide returned. The female whale likely got stranded on rocks off the coast while chasing a seal, reports the Globe and Mail . Rescuers kept gawkers to a minimum... More »

Man's 2-Year Quest Leads Him to Face in Cliffside

Tough environment makes inspecting the face difficult

(Newser) - Searching for a face in a crowd is hard enough. Searching for a face etched in a Canadian cliff is apparently a two-year endeavor. After a kayaker from Washington state reported seeing a face on a cliff while exploring the Broken Group Islands in British Columbia in 2008, Parks Canada... More »

Homeless Man Turns Down $5K in Exchange for This

Unidentified BC man just wants a job

(Newser) - A community in British Columbia is feeling warm and fuzzy after a homeless man's generosity inspired residents not once but twice over the past two weeks. First, the unidentified man with little to his name found a suitcase with $2,000 in it on a street in Victoria, but... More »

Attempt to Tow Drifting, Fuel-Packed Ship Fails

But Russian cargo ship Simushir now 'very far off the coast' of Canada

(Newser) - A Russian ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel remains adrift despite officials' efforts to grab it with tow lines: All three lines from a Canadian Coast Guard vessel have broken, officials say. As of this morning, the CBC reports, the container ship was some 28 miles off the coast... More »

Ship Carrying Tons of Fuel Adrift Off Canada

Rescue ships hope to get there before it runs aground in British Columbia

(Newser) - The coast guards of the US and Canada are hoping to avert disaster in the form a container ship laden with fuel that is adrift off the northern coast of British Columbia, reports the CBC . Rescue vessels from both countries are en route to try to make sure the Russian... More »

Guy Survives Getting Mauled by Bear, Shot by Friend

Rescue attempt goes wrong

(Newser) - A hunter in British Columbia was being attacked by a grizzly bear when his hunting partner came to his rescue—only to accidentally shoot him. Despite the really bad day, it seems his injuries aren't life-threatening, the National Post reports. The 56-year-old, whose name is given as Wilf Lloyd... More »

Woman Ends Life, Leaves Parting Words on Right to Die

Gillian Bennett was suffering from dementia

(Newser) - An elderly woman, knowing she was suffering from dementia, chose to leave the world on her own terms this week—and she left behind a website calling for the right to physician-assisted suicide. Gillian Bennett, of British Columbia, wrote on the site that she didn't want to end up... More »

Mama Bear Saves Cub From Highway

Cub was trapped on other side of concrete barrier

(Newser) - A tornado hunter driving through British Columbia's Kootenay National Park stopped to film a bear cub by the side of a highway—and captured the moment its mother hauled it to safety. Ricky Forbes says the bear cub was trapped on the wrong side of a concrete barrier and... More »

Straight Dad Seeks Same Benefit Given to Gays

Canada's Alexander Angus didn't receive parental-leave benefits

(Newser) - A Canadian man has filed a human rights complaint because he, as a heterosexual dad, couldn't receive parental-leave benefits available to mothers and same-sex parents, the National Post reports. Alexander Angus, who works for the city of Victoria, BC, wasn't eligible for leave benefits "because of a)... More »

Brain-Dead Woman's Baby Safely Delivered

Canadian dies soon after healthy son born

(Newser) - Joy and sorrow for Dylan Benson of Victoria, British Columbia: He welcomed a healthy baby son into the world on Saturday night, but had to say goodbye to wife Robyn soon afterward. She was declared brain dead late last year after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while five months pregnant and... More »

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