Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Eassster


Cat fishing

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7-year-old twins attacked carjacker with rubber snake

A car thief was forced to pull over after a couple miles in the stolen vehicle because twin boys, age 7, who were in the car attacked him, police said.

“One of the boys was punching the man in the face; the other was hitting him with a rubber snake,” Sgt. Javier Salazar of the San Antonio Police Department said. The car was taken from in front of the home of Lucia Lozada on Thursday as the mother was standing just feet from the vehicle.

Her twin sons and a one-year-old were buckled into the car as the family readied to go to church. The father had gone back into the house to get the baby a bottle. “Lucia saw the man before he took the car,” said Herminia Segovia, the children’s grandmother. “She recognized him from around the neighbourhood and even waved to him. Before she could do anything he jumped into the car and drove away.”

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The distraught mother called police who rushed to the scene, but within 10 minutes her boys had got  the carjacker to pull over and drop the boys and their baby brother off a few miles away. “The boys told me that the man even shook their hands before dropping them off, and let them keep their tablet,” said Segovia. Although the thief is still at large, police are relatively certain that they will find him because he has frequented the neighbourhood in the past.

Inebriated man arrested for mowing someone else's lawn

A man from Murfreesboro, Tennessee was arrested on Thursday for public intoxication after police say he was mowing a person's lawn without permission while drunk.

Patrick Moore, 49, told police he had consumed a few beers and that he was mowing a home's lawn as a favour to the homeowner.

Police spoke to the residents who said they had not given Moore permission to mow their lawn nor had they asked him to do so. They also reported they witnessed Moore fall off his lawn mower.

Moore, who had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol, was taken into police custody and charged with public intoxication. He has since been released on a $250 bond and is scheduled to appear in court next month.

Bear cub mysteriously dropped off at animal rescue centre

Mystery is surrounding a little bear cub who was left alone at an animal rescue centre in South Lake Tahoe, California. Rescuers have named her "Tahoe." She's five pounds and about 10 weeks old. The rescue workers have no idea where she came from or how she was separated from her mother, but they say she's lucky to be alive.

"Somebody was compassionate enough to take the time and pick her up and bring her down," said Cheryl Millham with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. The person who found Tahoe may not have known how or what to feed her because she's still voraciously drinking a special formula from a bottle. Cheryl said Tahoe's mother may have been killed by poachers, hit by a car or possibly died of old age.

Tahoe sucking on a blanket.

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"She could have gotten too close to a marijuana patch and they kill everything that comes into those," Cheryl said. Tahoe was lucky someone found and rescued her. "She doesn't even have teeth yet," Cheryl Millham explained. "She can't eat. She would be dead, probably, by now." Cheryl said they let Tahoe "do her own thing" to try to help her stay as wild as possible.

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"We don't cuddle her. We don't don't do any type of bonding with her. She doesn't want to bond to me," she said. "This is what keeps me going after 37 years. This little girl now will have a chance to grow up to be a healthy, normal little bear." Eventually, she hopes they'll have another cub to keep her company until they are ready to be returned back into the wild.

Three family members hospitalised after attack by pet cat

A cat put three people in hospital after turning on a Californian family. The three, from Roseville, were treated for superficial wounds.

The year-and-a-half-old cat - named Khat - clawed the face of its owner's sister, as well as the arms and legs of its owner's mother. It caused deep gashes on the legs of its owner's 10-year-old brother. "The cat ran and jumped on his leg and was like, attached to him," the owner said. She and her family asked not to be identified.

"He's never been an aggressive cat, he's never been mean, he just flipped," she said. The family called Roseville police, which typically directs calls about animals to the city's animal control department. Animal control was closed, however, so the call was directed to the Roseville Fire Department.

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It was "absolutely a first for us," Fire Captain Derek Carey said. "We tried to push it into a cage, and it grabbed on to my engineer's boot and turnout bottom and was hissing and going off." Firefighters threw a fire blanket on the feline and used a metal pole to lure him into a cage, finally trapping the temperamental tomcat. Khat is currently in the custody of the SPCA.

Online appeal enables man to get treatment for pet tortoise with swollen penis

A fundraising effort to raise £200 for treatment for a tortoise in need of an operation on his swollen penis reached its target in less than 24 hours. Four-year-old Cedric, a spur thighed tortoise, is suffering from a prolapse of the cloaca which requires immediate treatment. Miles Jelfs was not aware of the painful problem when he adopted the tortoise on Wednesday. He was told the operation will cost at least £146 - plus any further check ups and medicines.

Mr Jelfs, from Bristol said: "Immediately after taking him in it became clear the poor guy has suffered a prolapse of the colaca - basically his willy - that requires immediate treatment. This will involve either an amputation of the prolapsed area or re-insertion and stitching." Mr Jelfs added: "Unfortunately I am not able to front the cost for this treatment alone and as this is my first pet - that I have owned for less than 24 hours!

"I have no pet insurance in place, neither am I eligible for RSPCA or PDSA funding." He added that besides the obvious issue poor Cedric was facing, the tortoise appeared to be in very good health: It would be a shame to see him suffer as a result of this, when at just four years old, he could be looking at another 90+ years of life, provided he can get the right treatment. Please help me get this awesome little guy the treatment he needs. Any donations no matter how small will be greatly appreciated."

Cloacal Organ Prolapse is a fairly common condition in tortoises and can result from trauma from mating injuries or other males. It can also be caused by excessive libido where randy males excessively and repeatedly protrude their copulatory organ causing it to become extremely engorged and difficult to retract.

Bunged-up orangutan has sinus operation

An orangutan with breathing problems has undergone what is believed to have been the first sinus operation on such an ape in the UK.

29-year-old Bornean orangutan Vicky underwent the sinus operation at Chester Zoo.

Along with zoo vets and a specialist from Switzerland, a human sinus expert also helped carry out the operation.

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Chester Zoo vet Steve Unwin said Vicky's chronic sinusitis would have often made her feel "thick headed" and made her more susceptible to picking up infections. He said the operation would "dramatically improve things for her".

Family's car caught fire in middle of lion enclosure

A family was left with nowhere to run when their car caught fire in the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire on Friday. Rangers managed to rescue Helen Clements and her two children from the vehicle before it burst into flames.

Visitor George Lear, who saw the drama unfold, said: "The lions just kept their distance and didn't take their eyes off the fire and smoke.

"The rangers were pushing them back but they were reluctant on moving away as they looked interested." Mr Lear said: "The car slowly caught fire and then the whole thing went up leaving the place filled with black smoke."

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Kevin Ashley, from the safari park, said the lions were cleared from the enclosure and the park was closed. He said the fire was put out quickly and no visitors or animals were hurt.

There's an interview with Mrs Clements at the link.

Jedi Prisoner accuses prison system of religious bigotry

A British prisoner who claims to be a practicing Jedi says he faces persecution from authorities unwilling to recognise the Star Wars religion. The unnamed prisoner has written to prison newspaper Inside Time, asking editors not to publish his name or other details "as I fear retaliation from the dark side".

In a letter published on the newspaper's website, he writes: "I recently put in an application asking that I be allowed to practise my religion freely – I am a Jedi. The written reply said, '…whilst Jedi is a recognised religion according to the UK census, it is not recognised by the National Offender Management Service, and we cannot change your religious record because of this.'"

The letter writer is currently held at HMP Isis, a category C institution for male young offenders in south-east London. The prisoner claims his alleged mistreatment is an example of the kind of intolerance and religious bigotry faced by Jedi on a daily basis, both within the prison system and in the public.

"Jedis have been portrayed very negatively in the media ever since the tragic battle of Yavin IV, when Luke Skywalker and a group of left-wing militants targeted the Death Star in a terrorist attack, killing thousands of civilian personnel," he writes. "Please withhold my name in the paper as I fear retaliation from the dark side. May the force be with you."

Saturday, April 19, 2014


The sound of a moth

This is an Acherontia atropos moth, apparently the only moth in Denmark that makes a noise.

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Car accidentally stolen by dog-sitting mother eventually returned to rightful owner

Nekisia Davis' mother, Cheryl Thorpe, accidentally stole a car. "She felt really guilty but she has a good sense of humour and we've been laughing about it a lot," said Nekisia of Brooklyn. But Emilee Hickert, also of Brooklyn, wasn't laughing when earlier this month, she returned to where she parked her Honda - and found it was gone.

"We walked back to the car and it was just an empty space," said Hickert. This tale began when Nekisia and two friends took off for a long weekend. Her mother had been dog-sitting for her daughter. She also was in charge of moving Nekisia's and her friends' cars to comply with alternate side parking rules while they were gone. "She sent me a text message Sunday saying all the cars were successfully moved, yay, so proud of herself," said Nekisia.

But when the girls got back in town and Cheryl directed one of the friends to her car, the woman said there had been a mistake. "She said, 'I don't see my car' and my mom said, 'it's right there' and Deanna said, 'that's not my car', said Davis. "My mom said 'that's the car I moved with your keys.'" But, in fact, the friend's actual car was exactly where she had left it. Her keys had worked in a stranger's car.

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Nekisia called police and so did Hickert, who also saw surveillance footage of Davis moving her car. "I thought, she knows what's she's doing," said Hickert. "She can get in it..." Davis posted flyers everywhere, trying to find the owner of the "stolen" car. On Wednesday, police connected the dots and brought the two confused parties together. "She felt awful. She put in so much effort," said Hickert. "I don't even mind, I'm just happy to have it back." A representative from Honda said that it is rare for the same keys to work in two cars, which is what happened to Davis and Hickert.

Kittens accidentally packed in box before being shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego

A Cox Communications employee was shocked after he opened a box at work and found two newborn kittens clinging to life inside. Two kittens are recovering after they were found inside a box that was shipped from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communications office in Chula Vista. The two kittens were somehow packed with fibreglass equipment, loaded into a Cox Communications semi-truck and shipped from the Hollywood to San Diego County.

Cox employee JC Collins said, "They were very, very lucky that they didn't fall out of it in transport or when we were unloading the truck." Collins has been working at the Cox warehouse for 34 years and thought he had seen it all. He couldn't believe it when a co-worker opened a box and found the two little furballs staring right up at him. "When I first saw them, I knew they were very, very young," Collins said.

Collins called his nephew, who happens to be an investigator with the San Diego Humane Society. "They actually came to us with their umbilical cord still attached," said Jenny Bonomini, a nurse at the San Diego Humane Society. Bonomini has been helping care for the black kittens and helped name them Mouse and Wifi. "What we think happened was the mom had the babies and she put them in a safe spot … and she left. Then they got boxed up and they got shipped."

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San Diego Humane Society spokeswoman Kelli Schry said, "We're actually one of the only around-the-clock kitten nurseries in the country. Most shelters don't have the resources to provide around-the-clock care that kittens need." Mouse and Wifi will live in the nursery for a few more weeks, where they will receive around-the-clock care. They will then go to a foster home. When they are eight weeks old, the kittens will be spayed and neutered and will then be ready for adoption.

So, farewell David W. Cummings

The obituary from the Tampa Bay Times of the recently deceased David W. Cummings.

Panic in Nigerian town after chicken suddenly started speaking in Arabic

Residents of Makurdi, capital of Benue state panicked as a story spread that a chicken being taken to market for sale suddenly started speaking in Arabic. Residents around the ‘A’ division police station beside Wadata Market, Makurdi fled in different directions as news of the mystery spread.

The incident happened around the Wadata central mosque premises located few metres from the divisional police station. A woman in the area who gave her name as Aishetu said “I have not seen the chicken myself,” she confessed. “I heard that police have taken it into custody and that is why the station is so crowded. Everybody wants to see it talk,” she said.

The incident initially created a tense atmosphere for motorists plying the route as they hurriedly reversed in the opposite direction while buyers and sellers in the market ran helter-skelter for safety fearing it was a renewed hostility between farmers and herdsmen who ceased fire barely a week ago.

A policemen reportedly threw a canister to disperse the crowd who returned a few minutes later determined to see for themselves. However, spokesman of the police, SP. Daniel Ezeala dismissed the claims saying “How can a fowl talk’” he queried. “There is nothing like that because it is unnatural for animals to talk. It is the handiwork of mischief makers who wanted to displace traders and loot their wares in the market,” Ezeala said.

Portuguese Navy's drone demonstration didn't go quite as well as hoped

Portuguese Defence Minister Aguiar Branco visited a Navy base in Alfeite on Wednesday to watch a test of an unmanned aircraft that will soon provide surveillance for the coast of the country.

Branco said before the device was thrown that this "will be highly effective in missions the Navy has to fulfill." Afterwards he said: "This explains why it is always necessary to invest a lot in training at the right time so that the tasks do not fail."

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Irish county's roads to get prayers and blessings on Easter Sunday in a bid to reduce road deaths

The roads in County Mayo will be blessed this week in what Mayo County Council describe as a “novel ceremony” aimed at reducing the number of people who die in traffic accidents each year.

A special ‘blessing of the roads ceremony’ will take place in most parishes and services throughout the county on Easter Sunday as religious leaders back the campaign to make the roads safer, said the council.

The ceremony, which will place at all Catholic and Church of Ireland churches on Sunday is being promoted by the Road Safety office of Mayo County Council. Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer for Mayo County Council said that that six people were killed on Mayo’s roads last year. The total so far this year is three.

Tuam Archdiocese spokesperson Father Fintan Monaghan said the church was “fully behind the campaign. We all need to play our part to reduce the number of road deaths”.

Stock literally flying off shelves at psychic shop after owner accused of carrying out devils work

The owner of The Psychic Shop in Kilmarnock believes the place is haunted. Sharon Short, claims that paranormal activity has been taking place and she’s now looking into having paranormal investigations carried out over the next few weeks.

She said when she went in on Monday morning stock was found lying on the floor. As this had never happened before Sharon thought it was “weird” so she had her colleague check the CCTV footage, which shows an ornament slide off the shelf and fall on to the floor.

Sharon, who only opened the shop earlier this year, said that this strange activity had only begin to take place after a woman came into her shop to enquire about paranormal investigations.

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The woman also accused Sharon of carrying out the devils work by doing readings for people. Since then, stock has apparently been flying off shelves and also there are also claims that there are cold spots in the reception area of the shop.

There's another video of stock flying off the shelves at the shop here.

Masked water pistol-wielding school intruder wearing girl's trainers laughed at by pupils

Police were called to a school after a masked raider holding a water pistol demanded cash and mobile phones from stunned teachers and pupils. Officers attended Fearns Community Sports College in Stacksteads, Lancashire, after reports of an offender wearing ‘girls' trainers threatening members of staff and pupils in the reception area with what was originally thought to be ‘a small, black pistol’.

Ten officers were involved in the case, including four officers who volunteered after the report came in to go and search for the ‘gunman’. A police spokesman said: “A male or possibly female entered the school wearing a black ski mask and carrying what looked like a small black pistol. Witnesses described someone in girl’s trainers who sounded like a girl putting on a man’s voice demanding money and mobile phones, before fleeing the school.

“Due to the appearance of the individual, the veracity of the weapon was very quickly put in doubt. Pupils in the reception area immediately laughed at the person making threats, and the weapon turned out to be a blue plastic toy gun with an orange tip. Two lines of enquiry were followed on two possible perpetrators, but both were found to have no case to answer. The case remains open, so we are appealing for anyone with information to call police.”

Nigel Dawson, headteacher, has said that support has been offered to the three members of staff and three pupils present at the time of the incident. One staff member present was said to be ‘shaken’ by the events. Mr Dawson said that the events were ‘very unusual’ but added that ‘no one was hurt’. The head also praised staff for their reactions. He said: “This was a very unusual incident but I’m relieved to say that it appears no one was in danger at any time. Everyone reacted appropriately and calmly, and the whole thing was over in a few moments. Thankfully no one was hurt, and no items were stolen, before the intruder ran off.”