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The stunning video has been shared thousands of times via Facbook since Batchelder posted it.

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While we all certainly enjoy being outdoors, at least to some extent, there is a necessary respect that must be paid to the dangers of American wildlife.

In parks such as Yosemite and Yellowstone, visitors can get up close and personal with any number of native creatures.  Some are benign and make for great photo opportunities, while others pose a serious risk to those who dare underestimate them.

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Now, one fisherman has had a close encounter of his own, seemingly out of nowhere.

Nicholas Batchelder was ice fishing in Windham, Maine, on Jan. 11 with some friends when a bald eagle swooped down and helped himself to a meal.

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Batchelder and his friends had made their first catch – a small perch – while fishing on Little Sebago Lake when they saw the bald eagle eyeing them from up above, News Center Maine reported.

Quickly, Batchelder set up his GoPro camera and set the perch out on the snow to entice the eagle to come closer.

The stunning video has been shared thousands of times via Facbook since Batchelder posted it.

 

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Athletes Now Protesting Olympics Over Dangerous Conditions

The Japan Olympics have been cursed, it seems, and things aren’t getting any better this week.

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Decades from now, as we stroll down memory lane and someone in our vicinity mentions the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympics, there is no doubt that some will feel their hair stand on end, or perhaps a shiver jolt through their spine. That’s because, in many ways, these games have appeared to be cursed.  From the constant stress of postponement due to COVID, to the number of world-class athletes forced to sit out the games, there is a real feeling among viewers that the whole thing just should not have been. Now, just days after it was discovered that Japan had actually downplayed the severity of their summer weather during the Olympic bidding process, athletes are beginning to lash out over the intense heat. Olympic athletes competing in outdoor games have become increasingly vocal in their protests that Tokyo’s summer heat is a threat to their health, prompting tennis to reconfigure its schedule on Wednesday to the evenings to keep players out of the sun. The decision followed objections from Novak Djokovic, the world’s top tennis player and a favorite to win the gold medal, and a particularly excruciating match for world number two Daniil Medvedev, who protested to the umpire Tuesday that if he continued playing, “I can die.” Djokovic is representing Serbia at the Summer Olympics; Medvedev is playing for the Russian Olympic Committee. The tennis player did not hold back in his assessment. “I felt like my diaphragm has blocked,” Medvedev later explained, according to the Associated Press. “I couldn’t breathe properly. It was the most humid day we had so far — maybe the hottest.” And then, perhaps a bit dramatically: After taking several breaks, the umpire asked Medvedev if he could continue, to which he replied, “I can finish the match, but I can die.” One has to…

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International Athletic Authorities Set to Review Marijuana Use Policies

The marijuana revolution is going global.

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Things are changing rapidly within society here in the 21st century, as our governing bodies finally begin to take a look at some long-held, but naive beliefs about certain medical plants. In the United States, for instance, the marijuana revolution is happening right before our eyes, as more than half the states in the nation now allow citizens to indulge in some form of legal, medicinal, or decriminalized use of the plant.  About a third of the states even allow for recreational use, and those locales have been enjoying both incredible tax revenues from the highly-regulated sale of legal weed, as well as the societal benefits that come along with – including a sharp decrease in the use of more dangerous drugs. Now it appears as though this sentiment is going global. Sebastian Coe wants to ensure what happened this month to American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson won’t knock another athlete out of the Olympics in the future. Richardson, who won the 100 meters at the U.S. trials last month, didn’t travel to Japan for the Tokyo Games after being caught smoking marijuana. Coe, the president of international track body World Athletics, said Tuesday the absence of the 21-year-old Richardson is “a loss to the competition” and added he supports a review of marijuana’s status as a doping substance in light of her case. And he wasn’t mincing his words. “It should be. It’s sensible,” Coe said when asked if a rethink was needed about marijuana being on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list. “Nothing is set in tablets of stone,” said Coe, who has asked track’s independent Athletics Integrity Unit to work with WADA. “You adapt and occasionally reassess.” Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have expressed optimism that a new bill meant to decriminalize marijuana at the…

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