The Odd Side – April 21, 2020

Man Finds Two Suspected Bombs While on Hike In Hawaii

HILO, Hawaii (AP) – An adventurer in Hawaii found two suspected unexploded military bombs while hiking on the Big Island.

Kona resident and adventurer Kawika Singson discovered the bombs while exploring the lava fields of Mauna Loa last week, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. Singson is the host of an adventure show.

He had “no particular agenda other than being out there and hiking,” Singson said.

Singson saw the back end of the bomb sticking out of the lava, and when he entered the tube he saw the front end protruding through the ceiling, he said.

“That bomb’s intact!” he recalled thinking before taking photos and video, “then I got out of there, got out of the immediate area.”

Singson worked with explosives while serving in the military and knew the history of bombing runs during the volcano’s 1935 eruption, he said.

“These bombs were dropped on either the 1935 or 1942 lava flows in an attempt to divert the lava flow from possibly flowing into Hilo,” Singson said in a social media post. He believes larger bombs were used during flows in 1975 and 1976.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources confirmed that the department’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement was aware of the situation and has been in contact with Singson.

The department is coordinating with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife to dispose of the unexploded devices, and has been in contact with the military for support, officials said.


Takes a Village: Bear ‘Foster Mom’ Raises Cub Saved by Dog

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) – An orphaned black bear cub was placed with a substitute mother this week after being saved by a dog and brought to safety.

The rescue effort unfolded after the dog turned up at its owner’s home in Washington County with a cub in its mouth on Feb. 5, Bill Bassinger, wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, told news outlets. The male cub wasn’t hurt by the dog, he added.

The cub, estimated to be two to three weeks old, was taken to the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro for treatment and eventual resettlement with his own species. The center keeps female bears with monitoring collars on for this purpose, according to Bassinger. Conservation officers use the collars to locate the bears, then track them and listen for cubs making sounds in their dens, the center’s website says. If they find a good match, staff members place orphaned cubs outside the dens, and mother bears usually adopt them as their own, Bassinger and experts said.

“The mothering instinct is just very strong in most animals,” Bassinger told the Wytheville Enterprise. “Generally, most females will take the young back, even after it has been handled by humans.”

The male cub was settled into an incubator earlier this week where he received constant care and feeding, an update on the wildlife center’s website said. He was described as bright, alert and “vocalizing readily.” The center said the cub was placed with a new mother who had three cubs of her own.