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I can't comment specifically on ducks, but I will quote the Official Statement on Bread from the Queen's Swan Marker (who has responsibility for swans in the UK): There has been a great deal of press coverage in recent months regarding the ‘Ban the Bread’ campaign which is confusing many members of the public who like to feed swans. Supporters of the ...


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The answer is that spiders definitely can hurt you. While you may not be likely to be killed, spiders can absolutely hurt you, whether from a large one's bite (whether venomous or not) or from any venomous spider. Australia is probably the best case here, and while they have only had one death from spider bite in 40 years (from a redback bite) this is ...


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To address the feeding of ducks: Ducks Unlimited Canada has this to say: I’VE HEARD THAT FEEDING DUCKS BREAD IS BAD. WHAT SHOULD I FEED THEM? DUC does not recommend feeding ducks. It increases the chances of negative human/wildlife encounters and can make them dependent on people for food. The Canadian Wildlife Federation has a similar ...


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tl;dr- I haven't been able to actual evidence of the claim that consuming bread causes angel wing in ducks, and an expert claims that there isn't any. Apparently the main claim against feeding ducks bread is that it gives them angel wing. However, I'm not immediately finding any evidence for this on Google; most results appear to be unreferenced political ...


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The claim First let's start with noting that the goal of the episode was to get children over their irrational fear of spiders and making those children see the bigger picture. Mummy says cobwebs mean spiders and she hates spiders but Daddy Pig doesn't because spiders eat flies and flies are horrid. Source: Synopsis of episode https://peppapig....


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Are spiders unable to hurt people? There are several species of spiders, some large, others not so large. that are quite capable of harming people. Some can cause severe injury to or kill people. Three requirements: The fangs need to be large enough to puncture the epidermis. The human epidermis is thick enough to render what otherwise would be harmful ...


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The problem of undigested bread Bread may be bad for ducks, but not necessarily for the reasons stated The claim in the question concerns whether bread directly causes diseases for ducks and swans. This claim has been addressed by other answers. However, there are other, indirect effects to consider, regarding the wider effects on the pond ecosystem (...


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This behavior has been well documented in Japanese crows, but Cristol et al (the contradicting paper in the question) did not observe it in American crows. This Ph.D. dissertation discusses the findings of Cristol, as well as another paper by Nihei which documented the behavior in Japanese crows. While [Cristol et al.] are careful to note that they ...


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No, while 337 starlings (<5% of the population) and 2 common wood pigeons were found dead in a Netherlands park, this was not due to a 5G test. The birds died 4 months after the only conducted 5G test and such "bird death" events are quite common. Snopes is my first search result for "The Hague dead birds". They say unexplained bird deaths occurring in ...


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The Pacific Standard magazine published a critical look at this claim which is available for free on the web. It says the original study started in 2005 and may have received some attention while it was still in progress, but wasn't formally published until 2011. I believe it was published in German, but I cannot find a working link to it. It seems to have ...


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This article is about goldfish, not sharks, but it's the same urban legend: Goldfish Only Grow to the Size of Their Enclosure There is an element of truth to this, but it is not as innocent as it sounds and is related more to water quality than tank size. When properly cared for, goldfish will not stop growing. Most fishes are in fact what are ...


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I couldn't find any studies of aphrodisiac properties of the Geoduck clam. Other clams have been investigated, for example, Aplysia dactylomela. In one experiment extract from clam is compared to negative control (vehicle) and positive control (Viagra). Authors showed that lipid extract from this clam does induce mounting behavior in mice above control. But ...


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The book The Last Tasmanian Tiger by Robert Paddle records several accounts as of thylacine sightings on mainland Australia in modern (European) times. A naturalist named Cambrian, claimed to have inspected recently deceased remains collected from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, NSW in the 1880s. He inspected a second dead animal at a location concluded ...


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Snopes actually has more details refuting the sequence of events; because tests of 5G use yet unallocated spectrum, they need special regulatory approval. One such test did occur in an area generally near Huijgenspark, but it took place on 28 June 2018, and it was not followed by a massive bird die-off. For this test, the Dutch equivalent of the FCC ...


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They are dangerous/harmful in more places than Australia United States Brown Recluse Necrotic venom often requiring medical attention Black Widow Female venom contains the neurotoxin latrotoxin. Brazil Banana Spider / Brazilian Wandering Spider One of the most venomous spiders in the world Sri Lanka/India Tarantula Poecilotheria Tarantuala with ...


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With the appropriate licence or legal right to hunt them, it's legal to harvest bears; there's nothing saying that the animal has to be awake to do so (see Alaska hunting regulations). I'm not aware of any hunting regulation anywhere, Alaska or otherwise, that says an animal has to be awake before you can kill it legally. There are regulations regarding ...


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There is a short report on the swiss national broadcaster, SRF, about the incident, to be found here, in german: https://www.srf.ch/news/wirtschaft/mobilfunk-geruechte-die-wichtigsten-antworten-in-der-5g-debatte In short it says (translation mine): Local authorities rebuted 5G-tests on that same day. Dead birds have been found over the course of ...


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