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June 14th, 2013
09:33 AM ET

Colorado wildfire out of control: 379 homes destroyed, 38,000 people evacuated

Hundreds of homes in ashes and thousands fleeing for their lives while the most destructive wildfire ever to hit Colorado is raging out of control this morning.

- CNN Victor Blackwell reports

READ MORE: Colorado blaze leaves 2 dead as firefighters battle on


Filed under: Wildfires • Wildlife
May 20th, 2013
01:07 PM ET

Grizzly Bear chomps down on photographer's camera

Ever wonder what it would be like to be eaten by a grizzly bear? One fame-hungry cub in Alaska gave us the chance to find out when she came across wildlife photographer Brad Josephs' go-pro camera and decided to chomp down. Josephs is on 'Startin Point' talking with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin about how he got such amazing footage.

Her bite generated some incredible footage and amazingly, left the go-pro undamaged! Josephs posted the video on YouTube video, and it has more than 600,000 views.


Filed under: A little fun • Grizzly Bears • Wildlife
May 13th, 2013
11:24 AM ET

'Gator Boys' Paul Bedard removes 8-foot gator from family's front porch. The gator surprised the family on Mother's Day.

Paul Bedard from Animal Planet's 'Gator Boys' is calm and cool with the gator on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about how he wrestled this 8-foot gator. Bedard was called when a family discovered the gator on their front porch on Mother's Day. He is at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale where the gator is temporarily being held.

Initially the mother thought that this was an elaborate Mother's Day prank. However, when the family opened the front door, and found the gator 'hissing', they quickly called Bedard.

Bedard says that the gator was real calm and friendly. He let Bedard grab his tail and drag him out to the grass where they proceeded to have an 'impromptu alligator wrestling show to tire him out.' Once he was tired out, Bedard jumped on him and taped his mouth shut.

According to Bedard the gator 'probably got disoriented' trying to get to the pond behind the home.

Bedard claims that he has 'seen it all' and was not scared by the prospect of having to wrestle this gator.

Since the gator was an unexpected package on the family's doorstep, Bedard and his co-workers have nicknamed the gator 'Fed-Ex.'


Filed under: Mother's day • Wildlife
March 7th, 2013
11:12 AM ET

Wildlife expert Jeff Corwin: Lion attack reminds us we shouldn't forget power of animals, talks challenges of researching sharks

Wildlife expert and host of ABC’s “Ocean Mysteries” Jeff Corwin talks with Soeldad on "Starting Point" to discuss the recent lion attack that killed a young woman in California, and the new aerial footage of shark migration in Florida.

At “Cat Haven,” an animal sanctuary in Dunlap California, a intern was mauled to death by a 350 pound African lion named Cous Cous. The victim was 24-year-old Dianna Hanson from Seattle, Washington.

According to her father, Dianna adored the African lion and her internship was her dream job. Dianna entered Cous Cous’ cage when he attacked her, and the four-year-old lion had to be shot and killed by deputies when workers could not lure him away from the victim.

Corwin stressed that lions are powerful animals, and it struck him “as potentially dangerous for someone to be alone with a cat like this.”

Corwin says that lions are “hardwired to be exquisite pinnacle predators, they are at the top of the food pyramid when it comes to the ecosystems where they live.” He warns that even when a lion is raised in captivity their baser predatory instincts are not diminished. This is "why many zoos and institutions under the AZA have very strict rules and regulations when it comes to working with these animals.”

Corwin also discussed the new developments in solving the puzzle of great white sharks. The non-profit organization Ocearch recently tagged a great white shark off the coast of Florida. The 14 foot shark, known as Lydia, now has a GPS device attached to her fin that can track her movements.

Corwin believes that this advancement will help, “unravel the mysteries of these incredible predatory sharks...to find out why they would stray, and to wander into waters that really aren’t typical when it comes to the habitat where these sharks live.”

He concludes that sharks have more to fear then people do, and he gives the staggering statistic that “just this year alone at the wrap up of 2012 we killed more then 100 million sharks. Today 90% of shark species are in trouble because of the industrialized shark fining industry.”


Filed under: Great white sharks • Lion attack • Wildlife