On this episode, we are joined by the one and only Cindy Larson, the greatest biological mother Jeff and Wes have ever had. Wes prepared two stories of incredible motherly strength and instinct, and delves into a little bit of the science behind the "mother bear" behavior seen not only from animals, but humans too. Happy Mother's Day everyone!
On this episode, Wes has an only-slightly creepy, a little sad, and surprisingly endearing story about a woman, her family, and a spider. Jeff gets inappropriate again, and Mike follows suit.
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Wes came extra prepared this time to go over the much-requested, long-awaited story of the Tsavo lions. These two lions truly caused about as much havoc as any large predators in history, and brought an entire railway operation to a complete halt! We know you guys are going to love this one.
Wes takes us out to the ocean this time to tell a tale of a shipwreck and shark attack. That's two awful things, but Jeff musters up enough confidence to feel that he could survive the situation just fine. Meanwhile, Mike learns and then uses a new word.
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On this episode, Wes takes us through one of the more bizarre and mysterious animal attacks the show has discussed thus far, involving a man named Ron and way too many monitor lizards. Jeff gets excited talking about lizard genitalia, and Mike ponders the possibility of the reptilians being responsible.
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This time, Wes takes us up to Alaska to tell of a malcontent moose messing up a morning mosey. All we can say is, thank goodness for bras.
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Wes gives us all a glimpse into the horrors of killer whale captivity, sharing the story of one particularly mistreated orca and the unfortunate demise of three different people at his hands. Or fins. Teeth, maybe? Jeff's lasting memory of Free Willy is of a cake that no one else can recall, and Mike calls out Tilikum for cheating at tug-of-war.
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Jeff takes over for the first Tooth and Claw mini, which is something we will be doing every other week from now on and releasing exclusively for those who subscribe to our patreon, which you can find at https://www.patreon.com/toothandclawpodcast.
Jeff has some incredibly bizarre, Hitchcockian stories to share about some persistent crows and other birds who have taken issue with humankind. Wes forgets what his favorite bird is, which is understandable because he has like 70 favorite birds. Mike gets a trivia question right, despite the odds.
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Wes takes us up to Glacier National Park to talk about another grizzly bear encounter, this time involving a man and his recently graduated daughter who decided to take a little trip up to Northern Montana together. The bear who attacked them probably didn't realize that this was a celebratory trip, otherwise it may have let their trespass into its territory slide. Jeff decides that hearing about a horrific grizzly bear attack only makes him want to go hike on that same trail our subjects were attacked on, and Mike still isn't convinced that Grizzly Bears just don't like eating bowling balls.
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Wes has some uncomfortable stories to share this time, especially for the male listeners. And the empathetic female listeners. Some of you weirdos might like this one a lot though. Jeff and Mike take things too far, too quickly.
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Welcome to our year-end special! Wes has a couple of animal attack stories that involve two of the greatest musical acts ever to come out of North America (can't fight the facts), and also brings to discussion the popular "Which animal would you pick to defend you?" meme that's been making the rounds online for a while now. Jeff reaches back into his bag of arguments he decides are best served aired out in a public forum, and Mike assumes a new role as the arbiter of petty arguments.
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On this episode, Wes takes us all the way up to a remote logging camp in Alaska to share a story about two young boys who tread a little too close to a wolf. Jeff takes the rare opportunity to shout out a serial killer, and Mike still doesn't know if he was right about several things.
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On this episode, Wes takes us all the way out to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe for a story about one man's death-defying showdown with an angry hippopotamus. Along with a telling a story, Wes chastises Jeff and Mike just for thinking of the best way to survive a hippo attack, Jeff weaves an ugly tapestry of falsehoods and slander to cast over Mike involving a milkshake and some lasagna, and Mike contends that Paul actually WON the fight with the hippo.
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On this episode, Wes finally gets to talk about the polar bear, which alongside literally every other animal is his favorite animal. In this story, a small group of young campers head up to an archipelago off the northern coast of Norway, only to end up on the wrong end of the Arctic predator/prey dynamic. Wes shares a lot of really good knowledge on the matter, and thoroughly convinces Jeff and Mike that much more could have and should have been done to prevent the attack. Jeff also has a hard time with words (we had to edit out some of them, it just got too embarrassing) and Mike is insensitive about global warming.
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On this episode, Wes navigates the twists and turns of a story about a chimpanzee attack that should probably be made into a movie. Saint James rescues a baby chimp whose mother died at the hands of poachers, and he takes the little guy back to California to raise as his own. But this seemingly sweet, direct-to-TV Lifetime flick quickly devolves into more of a Planet of the Apes kind of situation, and (spoiler alert) the chimps win this round in a total blowout. Jeff strongly expresses his love for chimps who wear clothes, and Mike needs to make friends.
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Wes, Jeff, and Mike sit down to cover another real life wild animal attack, this one involving a young woman on a nice, innocent little hike and a mountain lion who has other, hungrier ideas. Wes, unexpectedly, digs into the relationship drama aspect of this story, while Jeff outs himself as a prolific mountain lion spotter. Mike wonders whether an emergency air-lift helicopter ride is a fair trade-off for not buying an expensive can of bear spray.
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Wildlife wunderkind Wes Larson is once again joined by Mike and Jeff as he recounts the horrifying story of Rob Rebstock's run-in with a 19-foot great white shark back in 1975. Turns out it was a big year for great whites, and not just because of Jaws. Wes does it once again and shares not just one but TWO bonus shark attack stories, which got everyone excited. Jeff waxes long-form poetic about all his favorite sharks until time loses all meaning, and Mike shares two different experiences involving his dad that have probably caused lasting damage, which Wes and Jeff don't allow to go on for too long despite the healing and therapeutic effect it may have had.
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This week, Wes, Jeff, and Mike recount and discuss the tale of an alligator attack that took place down in a Texas Bayou back in 2015. The story involves Tommie Woodward, a young man beloved in his community, and an 11 foot alligator that took exception to Tommie's late night swim in Bukart's Marina. Wes, as always, shares his knowledge on how best to deal with or hopefully avoid altogether an alligator attack. Jeff, on the other hand, has more unconventional ideas on how to fight back. Mike needs counseling.
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This week, Wes has two stories to share, each uncovering the dangers black bears pose to the unprepared. Thankfully he and Jeff have extensive experience dealing with them, and are able to share their knowledge on how to avoid an attack, or if you do end up having an encounter with one, how to fight back. Mike's ideas are a little more unorthodox and are thus discounted out of hand.
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On Christmas day in 2007, the Amur Tiger Tatiana leapt from her enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and attacked 3 young friends. Wes talks Jeff and Mike through the chaos, which ended very poorly for almost everyone involved. We then discuss whether Thomas Hobbes qualifies as a tiger, Wes admits he is "not a big Winnie the Pooh guy," and if an Amur tiger would win in a fight against the focus of our previous episode, the grizzly bear.
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In 1968, outdoors-man Mike Markusich had a run-in with a grizzly bear that went south very quickly and very violently. Wes Larson, a wildlife expert who specializes in bears, walks us through the story of what went wrong and provides some tips on what you can do during a bear attack to survive. Wes's similarly experienced brother Jeff gives some great advice on how you can avoid such an attack in the first place. Mike is generally clueless, but he's trying his best.
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