Saturday, February 13, 2016


Horse discovered with a chicken on its head

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Man urinated in store as he attempted to conceal trout in his pants

A man from Clarksville, Tennessee, was arrested on Wednesday after he urinated in Walmart while trying to put a package of trout in his trousers and then told a police officer that he wasn't concerned because his crimes were only "misdemeanors," according to an arrest warrant.

Clarksville Police were called to the store at 1:33pm. A worker told an officer that the suspect, David Wylie, was seen urinating on the sales floor near the alcohol while trying to put a package of trout in his pants and he then attempted to leave the store without paying.

The officer wrote that Wylie told him he indeed urinated on the floor but "was not concerned because it was a misdemeanor." He also said he had been consuming alcohol. He repeatedly stated to the officer that he was not concerned with being cited for either offence because they were misdemeanors.

"Wylie's statements as well as the detection of alcohol led me to believe that the offenes were likely to continue," the officer wrote. Wylie, 56, was arrested and charged with shoplifting, vandalism, indecent exposure and public intoxication. The warrant says the value of the items he attempted to take was $130 and the vandalism was estimated at $10. Wylie was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Terrified dog found hiding in blazing house rescued by firefighters

Helmet camera footage captured the moment California firefighters rescued a dog from a home that was engulfed in flames.

When fire crews arrived in the early morning hours on Wednesday, firefighters searched the Sacramento home for victims. What they found was a terrified dog hiding from the blaze.

The dog was pulled from its hiding spot in a back bedroom and carried to safety. The occupants of the home all got out safely and the dog was reunited with her happy owner on the sidewalk outside.

Fire officials said a working smoke detector played a big role in getting everyone to safety. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

You can watch the video here.

Suspected mountain lion turned out to be a cheetah archery target

Park rangers dispelled reports of a possible mountain lion sighting near the Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park in in northwest Austin, Texas, when they discovered on Wednesday that the animal was actually a three-dimensional archery target from the nearby Austin Archery Club - of a cheetah.

It appears from the witness statement that the hikers wandered off the trail into an unauthorised and hiking-prohibited area,” said Shelley Parks, public information specialist for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Rangers investigated after several hikers reported spotting a large mountain lion at the park off City Park Road just after noon on Sunday. “It was huge. We thought it was a full-on lion at first,” said Michael Law, who was hiking with his wife and two dogs at the top of a mesa when they saw the creature.

“It was the biggest thing, like a Great Dane but twice as heavy.” Law said the animal had a long tail and light fur with darker patches. It was standing still and appeared to be looking at something else. “We both did a double take and slowly backed up and then ran for our lives,” he said. “I think we ran 4 miles at a 7-minute pace. It was nuts.” Law said they were hiking on a path and didn’t see any signs warning that they were near an archery range. “We were on a well-beaten path that looked like it was made for Turkey Creek,” he said. “It wasn’t like we were jumping through bushes and cobwebs.”

Austin parks officials investigating the reports found tracks, but were unsure whether a large dog or a mountain lion made them. They advised hikers in the area to stay alert, and to pick up small children and back slowly away if they spotted the animal. On Wednesday, they found the target. Mountain lions do live in Texas, but are rarely found in densely populated areas. They can measure up to 7 feet long. Males typically weigh 100 to 150 pounds; females weigh 55 to 100 pounds. They are generally secretive, and they are most active in the morning, evening and at night. A single male’s range can cover up to 200 square miles.

Mouth organ-playing elephant amuses visitors at rejuvenation camp

A temple elephant has become the centre of attraction at a 48-day elephant rejuvenation camp.

14-year-old Lakshmi, from the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, south India, has won the hearts of visitors at the camp.

According to its mahout’s command, Lakshmi plays a mouth organ and grooves to its tune.

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The camp, that started on 7 February, is currently playing host to over 30 elephants.

Motorist following instructions from his Sat Nav ignored lack of ferry and drove straight into river

A man drove into the river Elbe in northern Germany on Thursday after blindly following his Sat Nav. The man had intended to take the ferry across the river, but his satellite navigation system neglected to tell him that the ferry was still on the other side of the river.

Nonetheless the man drove straight over the end of dock at the ferry terminal and into the water. The man was driving with three passengers at Bleckede, southeast of Hamburg, on Thursday morning when he plunged his car four metres down to the bottom of the river.

A spokesperson for the local fire service said that it is pretty obvious where the terminal ends and the water begins and that there are several signs warning drivers. But he explained that “it was still dark at the time and it was raining. Then there were four of them [in the car].

“I personally drive most carefully when I’m alone.” All the men were able to open their doors and swim to safety. But they were taken to hospital to be checked for hypothermia after their time in the river’s cold currents. The unfortunate incident meant that the ferry was delayed for most of the morning as a team from the Water and Ships Office pulled the submerged vehicle from the water.

Primary school head wrote to parents requesting they don't let their children pee in the playground

Parents have been told by a school head teacher to warn their children against urinating in the playground. Kay Church, of Hannah More Infants' School in Nailsea, north Somerset, wrote to parents addressing the matter of "toilet etiquette" in a newsletter.

Mrs Church said the "unacceptable behaviour" was "not at all representative" of the school. However, she confirmed there had only been one such incident reported to her. In the newsletter, Mrs Church wrote: "Sadly, it has been brought to my attention that at the end of the school day a small number of pupils are allowed by parents to urinate in the school playground.

"Clearly this is totally unacceptable behaviour particularly as all pupils and families know where the toilets are in school." Chair of governors Ann Tonkin said there are "plenty" of toilets in the school building for children to use, and staff would be happy for pupils to return after lessons to use the facilities.

"If an adult were to behave in the same way in a public place there would be consequences," she explained. "Parents need to ensure that they teach their children that it is not acceptable to urinate in a public place." North Somerset Council said it was an issue which parents have been made aware of through the school newsletter, and did not wish to comment further.

Dave the dog making a good recovery after being impaled on an 18-inch metal spike

A family say their dog is lucky to be alive after becoming impaled on a rusty metal spike that went right through his body. It happened when Dave the Cocker Spaniel ran into a bush - but fortunately the 18-inch (45cm) spike missed most of his organs.

Three veterinary surgeons were needed to remove the spike from his body and Dave had to spend a week at the vets. The spike caught his oesophagus so he could not eat or drink while it healed. He can only have mushy food now but his owner, Jo-ann Keen, said he seemed back to normal.

"He was very lucky," said Mrs Keen, from Middleton-by-Wirksworth in Derbyshire. "Everybody thought he was going to die, because they didn't know what it had hit, if anything." The treatment has cost the family £2,300 so far, but Mrs Keen said Dave was more important than money.

He was injured on 9 January while he was out with Mrs Keen's husband, Matthew Keen. Mr Keen thinks the rusty spike must have snapped after Dave became impaled on it, because he came running out of the bush with the spike stuck inside him. The family said they were very grateful to McMurtry & Harding veterinary practice for treating him.

Apparently intoxicated man took horse to chip shop

An apparently drunk man decided to take a little horse on a night time stroll to a chip shop in Manchester.

GMP Wythenshawe said they received several calls last night about a man who appeared worse for wear and clutching a beer can wandering round Wythenshawe and Baguley with a horse, believed to be a Shetland pony.

It’s not known who he was, or where they had come from, but it seems the unusual pair had been putting in the miles and were also spotted in a car park in Northenden, as well as at Southmoor Industrial Estate, and even outside Wythenshawe Hospital where the horse stopped off to sample the plants. Officers posted on Facebook: “Last night we received several reports of a drunk male with a horse outside a chippy, the horse was safe and well by police.

“The male and horse were then spotted outside Wythenshawe Hospital (horse eating the plants), the horse was then spotted on a car park in Northenden ..... where is the horse now?” GMP Wythenshawe added later: For all of you asking why we left the man with the horse, the officer attended and believed the man was fine, he wasn’t riding the horse at the time and was in full control of the horse.”

Friday, February 12, 2016

Excuse me please

Cat descends from roof

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Lady performs yoga with baby goat

This is Rachel Brathen with Penny Lane the baby goat.

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Boyfriend joining cult allegedly led to woman removing her pants and attacking him

A Florida woman accused of removing her pants and attacking her boyfriend was jailed after telling investigators her boyfriend joined a cult and she didn’t know how to deal with it, an affidavit states.

Karen Russell, 47, was arrested on Jan. 24 by Indian River County Sheriff’s investigators who went to an incident at her home in Vero Beach. Russell’s boyfriend said they’d been living together but hadn’t been agreeing as of late. He said they were sleeping in separate rooms. He said he got home at about 4pm and smelled vodka in the bathroom.

He went to his room, saying Russell was locked in her room. About five hours later, he said, he was reading his Bible in his bedroom. He said Russell “walked into his room, took her pants off, stated ‘all you want is my (genitals),’ and then began to hit and scratch (him) with her fingernails,” the affidavit states.

Deputies described Russell as “very intoxicated.” She said a deputy had no reason to be there. Asked what happened, Russell said her boyfriend recently joined a cult, the leader of which was not provided, and she didn’t know how to deal with it. Russell was arrested on a battery domestic violence charge.

Basketball team's t-shirt launcher seized by police after being deemed a weapon

For more than a decade an air-powered piece of PVC pipe has, without fear or favour, fired t-shirts into a delighted crowd at home games of the Townsville Crocodiles in Queensland, Australia. But no more. The National Basketball League team was this week forced to surrender its homemade t-shirt cannon to police, after it was deemed a category B weapon. It was an order that left many at the club scratching their heads, general manager Rob Honan said, after it had enlivened home crowds with the promise of free t-shirt for more than a decade without incident.

"The ballistics unit informed the venue that essentially it was a category B weapon and it needed to be handed in, otherwise people in possession of it would be prosecuted," he said. "It was bewildering but it is what it is. But it makes it harder for people to have fun. There is no mechanism that engaged the crowd as much as the t-shirt launcher, which is almost a foundation piece of game day entertainment." Another person's query about obtaining a launcher similar to that owned by the club reportedly alerted police in Townsville to the weapon. In a statement, Queensland Police Service said subsequent inquiries determined it to be a category B weapon.

"A recent determination has been received from the QPS ballistics section that they are category B weapon," the statement read. "Category B weapons need to be licensed and registered, having established a genuine need for possession. Weapons of any category can only be manufactured by a licensed armourer." The determination puts the homemade pipe launcher in the same category as a single shot centre-fire rifle, a double barrel centre-fire rifle, a repeating centre-fire rifle, a break action shotgun and centre-fire rifle combination. Mr Honan said the cannon was powered by a compressed air cannister that could shoot light items, such as t-shirts, about 40 metres.

He believed it would struggle to shoot anything heavier with any significant force. "I think you would be clutching at straws to think you could hurt someone," he said. "I think you would not get enough buildup of gas, it's just a PVC pipe, so it is not like a gun as such. This is really just a mechanism to get giveaways to the back of the crowd." With the club's next home game due to be played on February 11, Mr Honan said the mad scramble was on to replace the popular weapon. "There's a lot of brainstorming happening at the moment, there is no easy solution," he said. "There is potentially a slingshot version, potentially we just pull people from the crowd and gives things away but it really did engage the crowd."

Daddy long-legs spider caught a deadly brown snake in its web

A farmer in Riverina, New South Wales, Australia, has photographed what appears to be nature's version of a David and Goliath battle. The photo, taken over the weekend, shows a daddy long-legs spider stringing up its prey - a lethal brown snake. Farmer Patrick Lees said it was the first time he had seen a spider kill a snake.

"I've heard about it, but I've never seen it, let alone a daddy long-legs," Mr Lees said. The farmer found the snake on his property at Weethalle, near West Wyalong, on Saturday. The snake was a juvenile about one metre long. Mr Lees has left it in the web, where a group of spiders has begun spinning a web over the snake's face and tail.

"I'm not going to deny them their victory," he said. The Australian Museum's arachnology collections manager Graham Milledge said while it was not clear exactly how the snake had died, it was quite possible the spider was responsible. "The most likely scenario is that the snake got entangled in the spider's web. Usually what happens then is the spider will try to wrap the snake and then they'll bite it," Mr Milledge said.

The Australian Museum lists the daddy long-legs spider as carnivorous and predatory. The venom is not particularly potent, despite rumours it is one of the world's most poisonous. "That's an urban myth," Mr Milledge said. "There have been observations where daddy long-legs spiders have caught redbacks in their web, and I guess that's where the myth might have originated from - that if it can kill a redback, it must be more poisonous, but that's not the case."

Possum found living in toilet paper dispenser returned to the wild

A possum which chose to set up home in a toilet paper dispenser in the toilet block of Yarra Bend Park in Melbourne, Australia, has been moved to "more spacious accommodation" after being spotted by a cleaner.

The creature appeared to have made itself comfortable in its new home by shredding up some of the toilet paper, so it was probably surprised when the 'door' to the dispenser was opened up.

The cleaner promptly contacted rangers to remove the medium-sized arboreal marsupial and find it somewhere more suitable to live - a box high up in a tree. Ranger Cameron said it was one of the more unusual finds he had come across.

“Rangers often see strange things at times but I was not expecting this following message from the park’s cleaners: “Hi Cameron. There is a possum living inside the paper dispenser of the toilet at the Loop picnic area. Thank you.”

Police release photo of mystery woman after theft of Gog the buggy-riding dog

Detectives searching for a Yorkshire terrier wheeled away in a pushchair have released a picture of a mystery woman they wish to speak to. Gog the dog is a celebrity in Leicester, famed for wearing clothes and being wheeled around by owner Monti Shortt.

But last week someone walked off with the buggy when Ms Shortt briefly popped into the Haymarket Shopping Centre. Leicestershire Police have released an image of a woman with the buggy and appealed for information.

Ms Shortt, 69, who has cancer, said she needs to get her pet back urgently because Gog needs surgery on her knees. Leicestershire Police said the dog was in a navy blue pushchair taken from outside Cafe Nero in Humberstone Gate at about 3:00pm on Friday. "Who is this woman? Do you know where the dog is now?

"Has anyone offered you a Yorkshire Terrier?" a spokesman asked. Speaking earlier this week, Ms Shortt said: "I haven't been without her since I've had her. We come into town regularly and she lights everybody's day up." Ms Shortt's coat, bag and inhalers were also in the stolen buggy but she is only concerned about getting Gog back.

Woman refused entry to Thailand after ripping out pages from passport to use as toilet paper

A British woman was refused entry into, and deported from Thailand by border officers after ripping pages out of her passport to use as toilet paper when she was drunk. Faye Wilson was forced to turn back at the Thai airport and was escorted all the way back to the UK by a security guard after they spotted the missing pages.

She said she had been too mortified to reveal the truth and tried to claim she had "lost" them - but the sceptical officers promptly deported her. Meanwhile, the friend she was travelling with has stayed in Thailand. What's more, she said she does not remember much about the night in question. "We were walking from one bar to the next and we must have been desperate for a wee and obviously didn't have any toilet roll," she said.

"We decided it would be a good idea to use my passport, which is obviously really stupid. It was maybe two or three pages. I was a bit drunk so didn't even think about the consequences." She has had to return home to the Lake District and apply for an emergency passport before she can attempt the trip again. She had been planning on spending a month in the Asian country before moving on to work for a year in Australia.

"Thai immigration just opened my passport and started looking through it, and asked 'what's happened here'?" the hairdresser, aged 28, said. "I just said that I had lost the pages because I was too embarrassed to explain the real reason. Before I could explain more, they had deported me back to Dubai and then to Glasgow and confiscated my documents. I felt like I was a criminal - people were looking at me wondering why a border official is someone sat with me the whole time. I don't know what a criminal looks like but I'm not one."

Noodle bar's 'Phat Phuc' poster cleared by advertising watchdog

A poster for a Vietnamese noodle bar in Glasgow, which featured the phrase "Phat Phuc", has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Two complaints to the watchdog claimed that the phrase, when spoken in English, sounded like a swear word. The Hanoi Bike Shop restaurant replied that the Vietnamese pronunciation was "Fet Fook" and meant "Happy Buddha". The ASA said the posters were unlikely to cause serious offence as it was obvious that pronunciation may differ.

The ASA ruling said that two posters for the noodle bar which had been seen on a train on 19 October and at a train station on 13 November, had been the focus of the complaints. The poster showed slogans with text that stated: "Phat Phuc...The Hanoi Bike Shop." One complaint said the poster was offensive as it featured a slogan which, when spoken, sounded like a swear word. The other said it was inappropriate for public display where children could see it because it featured a slogan that sounded like a swear word when spoken.

In relation to the first complaint, the ASA acknowledged that the phrase could sound similar to a swear word. The watchdog said: "However, we noted that the Hanoi Bike Shop sold Far Eastern cuisine, which both posters had made sufficiently clear. In the context of the posters, we considered that viewers who might have been offended by bad language were likely to recognise that "Phuc" was from a reference to Southeast Asian language, was different from the expletive and would not necessarily be pronounced in the same way.

"We therefore, concluded that the posters were unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence." On the second complaint, the ASA found: "We considered that younger children who were unlikely to comprehend that "Phuc" was a Vietnamese word were also unlikely to read or pronounce it as the expletive. While some older children might have pronounced it as the expletive, given the context of an ad for a Vietnamese restaurant and that the word was taken from this language we did not consider that this made it unsuitable for them to see. We therefore concluded that the posters were not irresponsibly placed where children could see them."