Monday, July 06, 2015

Mysterious imposter

Puppies and lion and tiger cubs play together


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Mother and baby koalas scratch in unison

At Billabong Zoo, Port Macquarie, Australia.

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Accused shoplifter undone by his 6-year-old daughter

A man accused of shoplifting from Walmart was undone by his 6-year-old daughter, police said. Police said Scott Birk, 31, of New Berlin, Wisconsin, was caught red-handed and his claims of innocence were shot down by his own child.

Surveillance video of Birk at the Walmart store last month shows him in the jewellery department, where security said he broke into a case, took some earrings, put them on and threw out the packaging. A security guard shadowed him in the store, later telling police he listened as Birk's "6-year-old daughter told him several times to stop breaking into the jewellery case."

Later, security followed Birk into the toy area, where according to the complaint, Birk "put sets of toys that he had in his cart into his shorts." He was stopped as he left the store, but his daughter wasn't quite finished. Officers asked Birk how they got to the store since he doesn't have a driver's licence.

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He told them they walked. But, according to the complaint, his daughter corrected him again, telling police they drove and pointing out the car in the parking lot. Birk is charged with theft and bail-jumping, both misdemeanors, but because of a previous drug conviction, he faces up to five years in prison, if convicted. He's scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Man killed after trying to launch firework from top of his head

Maine state police say a man celebrating the Fourth of July died when he tried to launch a firework off the top of his head.

Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine department of public safety, says 22-year-old Devon Staples of Calais had been setting off fireworks with friends on Saturday night in the backyard of a friend’s home.

He says Staples placed a fireworks mortar tube on his head and set it off, injuring his head. He died instantly. Police say the friends had been drinking.

McCausland says Staples’ death marks Maine’s first fireworks fatality since the state legalised fireworks several years ago. Calais is in eastern Maine, on the Canadian border near New Brunswick.

Belgian Rail involved in unfortunate camel and cat identification misunderstanding

Belgian Rail company NMBS tweeted a message on Saturday about delayed trains to Aywaille (Wallonia).

The reason was said to be a camel on the tracks. The official tweet said the delay 'could take up to 10 minutes', but not longer.

Later, this turned out to be a misunderstanding due to a confusion of tongues. The NMBS apparently received a French message about "un chat mort" (a dead cat) but interpreted it as "un chameau" (a camel).

NMBS tweeted a message later in the day to correct things. "It was a warm day for everyone! The camel that we tweeted about was a dead cat" they wrote.

Grumpy delayed postman had altercation with Tour de France officials

A frustrated postman in Utrecht, the Netherlands, had a brief altercation with Tour de France officials on Saturday morning.

Unhappy at his route being blocked, he threw his orange panniers full of post, followed by his bicycle over a barrier. He then pulled the barrier down. "I'll knock your teeth out," the English-speaking postman says to one female official.

Following a conversation with his manager, the postman has indicated that he regrets his actions and that he wishes to apologise to the volunteers he threatened. PostNL speaks of an overheated response.

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"This is inexcusable but our employees have been working for days in the heat and a complex traffic situation. Moreover, this man had taken extra work of his colleagues in addition to his own route and he was already 20 minutes late due to detours."

Climate change protesters buried their heads in the sand

Some 150 demonstrators of all ages gathered on Sandymount Strand on the east coast of Ireland on Saturday morning to carry out an unusual protest.

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this November, Stop Climate Chaos say it is time for the government to take environmental issues “seriously” before the major talks “that will decide the future of global climate action.” Sorley McCaughey, a spokesperson for the group said the government has not kept promises to pass legislation that could help curtail pollution.

“The government have their heads in the sand on climate change. They promised to pass the Climate Bill into law before the summer recess but it is yet to happen," he said. “We currently have no action plan to address Ireland’s rising emissions, despite being among the worst in Europe when it comes to climate change emissions.” He added that the “serious lack of urgency” was resulting in the poorest communities in the world “who have done least to cause climate change, being hit the hardest”.

Earlier this year it was reported that Ireland could face sanctions for failing to meet EU emission targets for 2020. The EU Commission report published last February criticised the country’s “insufficient” climate change measures, predicting that Ireland will only be able to cut emissions by 3% instead of the required 20%. The government has publically indicated that complying with targets between 2017-2020 will be a significant challenge.

Man claims to be the first to go to the toilet on a pogo stick

Pogo stick world record holder, Jack Sexty, has revealed how he thinks he may have set inadvertently made his way in to the Guinness book. The Bristol man smashed a world record in America last week by achieving 88,047 consecutive bounces on a pogo stick in a 10 hour and 20 minute showdown, beating the previous record of 75,005.

Jack was competing for the consecutive bounce title against the current world champion Casie Merza and previous record-holder James Roumeliotis in Philadelphia. But the 25-year-old from St Anne's said he thought he may have set another record as the only person to go to the toilet on a pogo stick. He said: "Someone just held a pot below me as I was jumping. I had only met the guy who offered to hold it about 48 hours before. I couldn't be very accurate.

"I also had to have a personal towel holder. I went one-footed for a while, which I'm usually really good at but this was six hours in and I was starting to struggle. My feet were hurting so badly that I just needed something to help with the pain. It got so boring at some points. I really wanted to ring my mum so I got someone to hold the phone as I bounced and I spoke to her on speaker phone. At other times, I was just thinking about when it would be over and I didn't want to speak to anyone. It's all psychological.

"I could probably have carried on for another couple of thousand bounces but after ten hours, I could see in everyone's faces that they just didn't want me to. I really didn't expect the challenge to be so physical. I had pain around my knees from hugging the stick. I also suffered severe arm cramp and had to go one-handed for a time. At another point it felt like I'd broken my foot - I spent an entire hour balancing on the pogo pegs with just my toes." Jack was raising money for Alzheimer's Research UK, in honour of a close relative living with dementia.

Woman says seagull tried to snatch her dog

Gloucester woman Angela Thompson, 52, says a seagull attempted to snatch one of her Yorkshire terriers. She was walking her pets in Quedgeley when the winged predator struck on Thursday. She said the bird started circling and swooping above her head before she took refuge in the nearby McDonald's drive-through restaurant.

Believing the coast was clear, she set out again for home but the trio were immediately ambushed by the winged menace, which landed on 14-year-old Micky. "The gull swept down from behind me and then circled around before coming down again and tried to take my dog," she said. "There was a scuffle and I was screaming and flailing my handbag at it then I just ran with them down the road.

"I just had that feeling it was going to come back. It was horrifying, a really terrifying experience." She managed to flee the scene and take refuge in a nearby bus shelter before safely getting her pets home. "It was huge. I just didn't understand why it was trying to take something so big," she said. Gull numbers are considered a big problem in Gloucester and many are having chicks.

Dave Painter, reserve manager at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, said: "The bird was likely protecting a perceived threat to its young but was rare they would physically attack people or dogs. Entering a colony of gulls can be quite dangerous as they could strike you as they are quite big birds. They are serious predators, not just scavengers and are quite capable of hunting small animals."

Sunday, July 05, 2015

No peeping

Peekaboo cockatoo


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Puppy experiences air conditioning for first time

Just chillin'.

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Here's Melanie the raccoon riding a bicycle

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And a scooter.

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Orphaned eagle found lying beside eagle lawn ornament

An orphaned, emaciated juvenile bald eagle is recovering after someone discovered it lying beside a bald eagle lawn ornament in Issaquah, King County, Washington. "It's at an age where we expect the parents should still be taking care of it," said Dr. Bethany Groves.

A couple of months old, the bald eagle is at the fledgling age, when eagles start learning to fly. It may have fallen from the nest and its parents stopped bringing it food. But it's too young to know how to catch its own prey. "He's very thin to emaciated and weak," said Dr. Groves.

Rescued on Thursday, it's likely waited for food since early this week. It was discovered right at the base of a bald eagle lawn ornament in Issaquah. One that looks a lot like its parents would. "He basically has not been getting that parental support for at least the last couple of days," Dr. Groves said.

Dr Groves believes it's unlikely the eagle thought the ornament was its mother, or that it was waiting for the inch-wide replica to give it some food. They don't see two-dimensional art that well. The eagle will likely stay at PAWS Wildlife Center until its old enough to fly, and hunt its own food.

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Police search for man who masturbated behind building after failed attempt to climb it

Halifax Regional Police in Nova Scotia, Canada, are looking for a suspect involved in an indecent act after a man was reported to have masturbated in public at 3:40am last Friday in Halifax.

Police say a man attempted to climb to a second floor balcony of a building. He wasn’t successful, so went to the back of the building, where he pulled his pants down and masturbated next to the back door.

He later fled the area on foot. The incident was later reported to police after it was observed on a surveillance video camera. The suspect is described as being a thin, white man in his twenties.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing grey gym pants, a black hoodie with a light-coloured design on the shoulders and black high-top sneakers with a white tag. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

Ten-month-old baby rescued after drifting 1km out to sea when parents forgot about her

A ten-month-old baby girl who drifted a kilometre out to sea was rescued by the Coast Guard off the Turkish coast on Friday.

The Turkish Coast Guard have released a video showing the rescue operation as it unfolded.

It shows Melda Ilgin, floating in an inflatable crib, after drifting from the shore in the town of Ayvacik.

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Melda's parents forgot they had left her in the crib, and said they were not aware of what had happened until other sunbathers at the beach warned them. Onlookers applauded as the baby was brought back to shore and handed back to her mother.

Police warn that bubble vandals may force removal of town's fountain

A town centre fountain is under threat after repeated attacks by 'bubble vandals', police have warned.

Pranksters reportedly keep pouring soap into the water feature in Market Square, Dover, causing the normally clear water to foam up and running up hundreds of pounds worth of cleaning bills.

Kent Police - Dover have now tweeted, asking the vandals to stop targeting the water feature as the cost of repair may force removal. It comes after Dover District Council’s Asset Maintenance Team were called out several times to clear up an overload of foam and suds.

A spokesperson for the district council told said: “Each time the fountain is ‘foamed’ it costs around £80 to have it cleaned, and after three occasions the system has to be drained and fully cleared, costing around £250 a time.” The act of vandalism is a criminal offence. The council has urged anyone who sees such activity to contact the police immediately.

Parents unhappy about sweary doll that taught two-year-old daughter to say f*ck it

A couple from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, are desperately trying to get their two-year-old daughter to forget some of her first words after a crying doll taught her to say "f*ck it". Anthony Burridge and Sarah Williams let daughter Emily chose the My Little Baby Born Nappy Time doll as a birthday treat from Toys ‘R’ Us in Milton Keynes.

But their joy quickly turned to disgust when they got home and realised that instead of crying when tickled the £32.99 toy sounds like it says “f*ck, f*ck, f*ck it.” And when Anthony asked Emily if she wanted a drink the youngster innocently replied: ‘f*ck it’. He was so angry he has taken the Chinese-made toy away from her but fears the damage has already been done.

Anthony, 39, said: “We opened the packaging on the doll and handed it to Emily. She was so excited to play with her new toy but as soon as she pressed its belly, we heard it say the swear word. Sarah and I were gobsmacked. When we played it again, it was clear that it was saying ‘f*ck.’ We’ve had to take it away from her but it is too late. Emily is only two but already copying the doll. She keeps saying ‘f*ck it’ – I don’t know how to stop her.”

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Sarah, 22, said: “When we first heard the doll swear, we couldn’t believe it. We had to play it again to make sure we were hearing right. We soon realised the doll was saying ‘f*ck, f*ck, f*ck it’ instead of crying. Emily was so upset when we snatched it off her.” Anthony added: “Hearing our two year old daughter swearing every day is just awful. I think it’s disgraceful that Toys R Us have sold us such a dirty toy.” The parents think the doll should be crying instead of uttering an expletive.

Family hand-rearing kitten's baby bird prey

A reluctant cat owner is teaching his children to hand-rear a baby bird after it was brought home by their new kitten. Rob Frazer, from St Albans, Hertfordshire, agreed they could have a kitten, however, when it came back with a live baby bird, he had a dilemma.

"The cat I didn't particularly want brought a baby bird home with it, so now we are looking after that too." Mr Frazer is hoping he will be able to release the bird when it is stronger. Kitten Theodore joined the family eight weeks ago. This was the first time he had brought home any "prey", Mr Frazer said.

"He just turned up at the door with this chick in his mouth and all the kids started shouting, but we managed to get it out of its mouth fast and looked up what kind of bird it was, a house martin." At first they considered putting it back in the garden, but were afraid the cat would find it.

"I decided to nurse it back to health as the kids would have asked incessant questions about what would happen to the bird all alone in the garden without its mummy and daddy, so it was actually the only option. And they are really enjoying seeing it get bigger and starting to flap its wings," Mr Frazer said. The bird, now named Flappy, is being fed worms and is given water through a small syringe from a children's medicine bottle. "It should be able to survive from what I have researched," he said.