Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The cat that got the cream

Here's a fennec fox attacking a toy mouse

It's a feisty little thing.

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Police hunt wheelchair bank robber

A search is underway for suspect in a wheelchair who held up a bank in Astoria, Queens, New York. Police said he held up the Santander Bank in Queens shortly after 2pm on Monday.

He passed a note to a teller demanding cash, and did not display a weapon, police sources say. The teller complied, and police said the suspect made off with $1,212 in cash. He fled in the wheelchair, police said.

“It’s a little surprising,” one person in the area said. “I thought it was a joke at first when I overheard, but with all the police officers coming in, I realised it was serious.”

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The suspect was described as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, weighing about 160 pounds and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie in a black wheelchair, police said. It was not clear whether the suspect really needed the wheelchair or if he used it as a disguise.

Woman arrested after mango-related shooting

A man plucking what he describes as a 'perfect-looking mango' from a Florida street says the woman who owned the tree the fruit came from fired a shot at him for trying to take it.

Christopher Richey says he was on his way back from an anniversary celebration with his wife when he spotted the pristine mango on a road in Fort Myers. "I wouldn't even have turned around for it if it wasn't a good mango," Richey said.

After Richey had the mango, he said the homeowner drove up, accused him of stealing mangoes from her yard and threatened to shoot him. Josefina Tometich, 64, allegedly went into her home, returned with a .22 calibre BB gun, which deputies say she used to shoot out the rear window of Richey's truck.

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Tometich's family says "no trespassing" signs are on the property, and they'll put up more, to deter mango thieves. But Richey maintains the mango he saw was in the roadway, and therefore free for the taking. In the end, he and his wife left without any mangoes. Tometich was arrested for firing a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft.

Stolen six-metre tall koala recovered after being found stashed under trees

A six-metre tall inflatable blue koala has been stolen from the roof of a Harvey Norman store in Horsham, in western Victoria, Australia.

Police said the koala was untied and dragged from the roof of the store in the early hours of Sunday morning. Staff found it deflated and stashed under some trees a few hours later.

Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent said they were still trying to work out who was responsible. "People driving past Harvey Norman in the past couple of weeks would've seen the large inflatable koala over the top of the shop and that was taken and dragged away," he said.

"I'm sure that someone would've seen something because it was approximately a six-metre-high koala, so for people to get up on the roof and take that would've taken some time." It is believed to be worth about $10,000. Anyone with information is being urged to contact Horsham police.

Pirate monkey bit make-up artist on the ear in sneak attack

One of the monkeys used in filming of Pirates of the Caribbean has attacked a make-up artist at Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast.

The 54-year-old woman was on a sound set, which is not related to the film, when she was bitten on the ear at about midday on Tuesday. Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Steven Burns said the woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

He said she told paramedics it was an unprovoked attack. "The monkey had come up from behind the lady and bit her on her right ear," Mr Burns said. "They lady wasn't, we believe, making an attempt to approach the monkey, she was sitting down and it came up to the woman and bit her on the ear. Her bleeding was controlled.

"Fortunately it was not [a serious injury] and we were able to manage it quite well. We believe the monkey was part of the Pirates of the Caribbean film set. But at the time when the monkey bit the lady, it was [on] a different movie set, it was at the Movie World sound stage for a different filming set. It's not related to Pirates of the Caribbean."

Orphaned tree kangaroo joey saved by being moved into surrogate wallaby mother's pouch

A tree kangaroo joey, which has been saved after being transferred into the pouch of a surrogate wallaby mother, is making its first public appearance at Adelaide Zoo in Australia. Zoo keepers found the joey's mother had been killed by a falling branch in November last year. The joey was too young to be hand reared, which meant the only option available was to try and cross-foster the joey into the pouch of a surrogate wallaby mother. Cross-fostering is a special breeding technique that Adelaide Zoo began pioneering in the 1990s and involves the transfer of joeys to the pouch of a surrogate mother of a different wallaby species.

Adelaide Zoo veterinarian Dr David McLelland said cross-fostering had never been attempted on a tree kangaroo until now. "We've had great success over the years cross-fostering between wallaby species, but the specialised breeding technique has never been used on a tree kangaroo," he said. "Not only are tree kangaroos distant relatives of wallabies, they also have many behavioural and physical differences. We had no idea if the yellow-foot rock-wallaby would accept the tree kangaroo joey, but if we wanted to save the joey we had to try our luck."

The cross-foster procedure to get the tree kangaroo joey to latch onto the new teat ran smoothly and zoo keepers closely monitored the wallaby over the next couple of days to determine if the attempt was successful. Adelaide Zoo team leader of natives Gayl Males said tiny ripples of movement over the following days confirmed the joey was alive and thriving, tucked carefully away in its surrogate mother's pouch. "We were so excited when we confirmed the joey had made it past the first critical 24-hour period," Ms Males said. "We were uncertain as to whether the joey was going to be accepted. This joey was completely different from other joeys in body shape and behaviour – it certainly wriggled around more than a wallaby joey."

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The joey, which has been named Makaia, first popped its head out of the pouch at the end of January. Makaia stayed with his surrogate mum for about three and half months, until Ms Males took over caring for him. "He's certainly a cheeky little fellow and loves running amok, testing the boundaries, using my home as his personal playground, climbing on everything, pulling toilet paper off the rolls, but he also loves quiet time cuddling with my husband in the evening while we watch TV," Ms Males said. Adelaide Zoo said it would share its findings with other zoos around the world to help guide breeding efforts for endangered tree kangaroo species and increase the success of internationally coordinated captive breeding programs.

Wildlife experts say rusty bits of tin should be left alone

Rusty bits of tin found in Dorset nature reserves should be left alone, a wildlife charity has urged. They are vital shelters for reptiles and are placed there by researchers counting protected species.

Reptile conservationist Gary Powell said: "If tins are disturbed outside of an official survey then it can affect the results of the research". Disturbing protected species could result in breaking the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations Act.

Conservationists from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Dorset Wildlife Trust leave small pieces of tin and sometimes roofing felt at Upton Heath nature reserve in Corfe Mullen. All six native reptiles can be found there.

The smooth snake, adder and grass snake, the common lizard, slow worm and the UK's rarest lizard, the sand lizard. Dorset Wildlife Trust said: "If you spot small pieces of tin or bits of roofing on a nature reserve, please don't lift it up to see reptiles underneath. Did you know you actually need a licence to do this? Anything to disturb them may be breaking the law."

Killer seagull is eating pigeons in London

A killer seagull has been butchering pigeons in Plumstead, south east London, before feasting on their dead bodies. Residents near Plumstead Common claim the violent bird has been picking off an average of four unfortunate pigeons per day.

Aine McGrillen said: "We are trying to figure out if it is just one feral seagull or if this is a group of them. Is this usual seagull behaviour?" She added: "It killed one in Barnfield Gardens car park this morning, then flew off with it in its beak. Imagine if that dropped on your head!

It actually looks like this. (Image contains dead pigeon being eaten by killer seagull.)

"I guess it is just nature doing its survival thing. It is quite tense when you watch it just hanging out with the pigeons, casual as anything and then he picks his mark and swoops in." Other neighbours claimed the bloodthirsty bird has a voracious appetite and has been menacing the bird population for several years, once "munching" through 10 in one night.

Kirsty Wilson said: "It was doing it a couple weeks back and killed about 10 in one night. For 3-5 days every morning when I'd leave for work at 5 I'd see him there, then when I returned still be there, just munching away at the pigeons! Never seen such a sight before." And Emma Ledgerwood added: "It's been doing it for over two years and kills at least four pigeons a day. It's awful to watch for the pigeons' sake but I suppose it's all nature's ways of keeping the population down."

Expert contacted to deal with snake in computer that turned out to be a red and black cable

A snake expert got a call in the middle of the night about a snake trapped in a computer which turned out to be a cable.

Geraint "Snakeman" Hopkins, from Llanelli, West Wales, received the call at around 2.30am last week from a worried man from Cardiff who had contacted South Wales Police. The gentleman had bought the computer in Cardiff and believed there was a snake inside it.

Mr Hopkins said: "They wanted me to go to Cardiff, but I am a volunteer and it was really late so I couldn't get there. I asked them if they could send me a picture instead. After looking at the picture the gentleman said he realised it was actually a red and black lead.

"When I told the police they thought I was joking, and then when they realised I was telling the truth, they couldn't believe it." Mr Hopkins said he gets numerous snake call outs of an unusual nature. "It's not the first time I have had a call like this," he added.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pig in a blanket

Maymo was given a DIY ball pit for his birthday

I think he liked it.

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Horrific accident between pedestrian and van

Caught on dashcam.

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Catfish on a rope used to damage vehicle

Police in Fremont, Nebraska, responded to a report of criminal mischief on Saturday.

Officers were called at 11am said Lt. Kurt Bottorff of the Fremont Police Department.

Upon arrival, a victim informed police that an unknown person threw a 2-foot-long catfish attached to a rope onto their vehicle's front windshield.

The fish caused an estimated $800 worth of damage.

Ghost hunters discovered body in old hospital

Police in Vicksburg, Mississippi, have recovered a body at the old Kuhn Memorial State Hospital. “We found a white female that appears to be in her late 60s with trauma to the head and the body has been sent to Jackson to be processed,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said on Sunday night.

The body was discovered at around 7pm by a group of ghost hunters. “There was some people over at the hospital ghost hunting and they stumbled upon the body, and they took off and reported it to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office,” Armstrong said.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey confirmed the cause of death as homicide, but declined to release the woman’s name. Vicksburg police earlier on Sunday were searching for a 69-year-old Vicksburg woman missing from her house. The house showed signs of a disturbance and police began investigating.

The body was sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for processing and identification. “We’re in the process of trying to identify her,” Armstrong said. “We can not say that the body found at the hospital is her, but this body happens to be that of a white female that matches the description of the woman missing,” Armstrong added.

Shoplifting woman hid stolen TV under her skirt

A woman has been caught on camera stealing a TV from a department store in Zambia.

The woman can be seen inspecting the TV, before she casually bends down and slides it between her legs under her skirt.

While performing the theft, her friend acts as a lookout.

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How she managed to keep the TV between her legs remains a mystery, but she slowly wandered out of the store with it nowhere to be seen.

Jilted man drove pick-up over love rival's car

A jilted man in Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory mounted his love rival’s vehicle with a 4WD pick-up truck in a possible attempt to cure his injured pride.

The man posted the photo of himself standing on the tray of his Toyota Land Cruiser, which was parked on the bonnet and windscreen of a sedan, on the NT Performance Cars, Parts and Services Facebook page. The dispute seems to relate to a love triangle between the four-wheel drive owner, the sedan owner and a woman.

Friends and associates of the man posted comments on the forum urging him to calm down and consider his actions, with many others expressing delight and encouragement. The man, 29, who police say is on his L-plates, later posted another update and a photo after NT Police tracked him down, saying: “F*ck it’s noisy in these paddy wagons.”

NT Police have charged the man with criminal damage, driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, driving without L-plates and driving without a fully licensed passenger in the passenger seat. He will appear in court on July 8.

Man breaks world record for the longest drag behind a galloping horse while on fire

On a recent Saturday evening by a Styrian mountain lake, Austrian stunt performer Joe Tödtling broke two world records, the longest drag behind a galloping horse (500m), and the longest drag behind a quad bike (582m).

Both while on fire. The stunts required meticulous training and preparations. Tödtling armored himself with iron plates on his elbows and knees, then was swaddled in layers of protective clothing and fireproof gel.

He then held on to a rope which was then dragged along by a horse at full gallop, for a distance of 500m, having been doused in accelerant and set alight by his stunt coordination team.

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After travelling nearly half way around the scenic Teichalm mountain lake, Joe then reversed direction, holding on to a tow rope being dragged by a quad bike. Joe has said that these are to be his last attempts at world record stunts, after a long conversation with his wife.

Man who ate 'magic sauce' pasty filled with his own poo evicted from shared house

A woman has described her ‘horror’ at discovering one of her housemates filled a pasty with his own faeces, cooked it in their oven and ate it. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, was living in a shared house in Weston, Somerset, with four other people through a scheme with social enterprise Chapter 1. The charity provides affordable housing for people. The man has now been evicted from the property after complaints were made and the social enterprise has said it is ‘very sorry’ for the ‘unfortunate’ experience.

When the man initially moved into the property there were few issues, but over time he began acting inappropriately and the woman felt ‘too scared’ to stay in the house, leaving her no option but to sleep on sofas at friends’ houses while she waited for the man to be evicted. She said: “He moved in and it was all fine for a month. He was smoking weed in the house but that was the only problem we had. He was leaving one day and there was an awful smell in the kitchen so I went in and checked it out.

“I checked in the bin and I opened the oven because he had put some food in there and you could see a pasty filled with poo. I was horrified. I just puked up. I was heaving.” She asked him what he was cooking and he referred to it as his ‘magic sauce’. She said: “It was definitely poo. He took it out and he ate it. How could we be expected to cook in that kitchen after that?” The manager of Chapter 1’s leasing scheme in North Somerset Miles Wood said: “We received reports that he was acting inappropriately and he was breaching his tenancy with us and making other housemates feel uncomfortable.

“We have a zero tolerance policy on drugs, we had reports and we took action. To relieve any concerns from anybody, we had the oven cleaned shortly after that. The oven was cleaned by a professional cleaning company to ensure hygiene.” Mr Wood noted it is a rare case for an eviction to take place. The company has 51 tenancies available across Weston and Congresbury and has had to evict two tenants since January 2014. He said: “If someone breaches the tenancy, and that is any breach for any reason, it can result in that tenancy being ended.”

Two bedroom bungalow with attached zoo for sale

A two-bedroomed bungalow with attached zoo in Mid Wales has been put on the market. The Animalarium at Borth in Ceredigion, is home to over 300 animals and reptiles spread over 10 acres. Owners Jean and Alan Mumbray have decided to call it a day after developing the business since they bought it 15 years ago.

“We originally took it on with the aim of retiring after 10 years, but we’re still here and I’m now 76 and it’s time for someone else to take the business forward,” said Jean. “It needs someone who has a passion for animals and the resources to develop what is already a successful visitor attraction and has huge potential.” The zoo has taken on animals that have been surplus at other UK zoos and are cared for in modern accommodation and enclosures.

It maintains strong links with colleges, universities and other zoos in the UK for exchange programmes and the captive breeding of endangered species. The zoo features a reptile house with large constrictor snakes and lizards, a crocodile house with caiman and turtles, a petting barn, stables and animal enclosures including African Lion, African Leopard, Ocelot, Eurasian Lynx, African Antelope (Lechwe) Bennetts and Parma Wallaby, Raccoons, Coati, Emu and Rhea.

Also Patas, Capuchin, Vervet and Squirrel monkey houses, birds of prey, giant tortoises, meerkats, Ring-tailed and Ruffed Lemurs. There are many bird aviaries, including endangered species. The zoo has an opportunity for expansion. There is also a cafeteria, visitor centre and gift shop, children’s play areas and large car park. The zoo, priced at £555,000, will be sold complete with all equipment and fixtures and fittings and has a full zoo licence which was reissued in 2014.