Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Cheeky baby monkey pesters cat

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Beer-battered fish explanation didn't save man from his 10th drunken driving conviction

A jury in Adams County, Wisconsin, found a 76-year-old Friendship man, who said during a traffic stop that he smelled of alcohol because he had just eaten beer-battered fish, guilty on Monday of his 10th offence of drunken driving. John H. Przybyla faces a maximum of 12½ years in prison.

Portage County Circuit Judge Alan White, acting as a substitute judge in the Adams County case, ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. No date for sentencing has been scheduled. According to court documents, at 2:27pm on Oct. 12, 2014, an Adams County deputy saw a vehicle make a U-turn on Highway 13 in Dell Prairie.

The deputy followed the vehicle and saw that it had a broken tail lamp. The deputy checked the licence plate and learned Przybyla owned the vehicle, and he had a revoked driver's licence. As Przybyla went around a curve in the highway, the deputy saw Przybyla's vehicle go over the centre line. The deputy stopped the vehicle. The deputy noticed an odour of alcohol on Przybyla's breath and asked him how much he had been drinking.

Przybyla said he hadn't but had been at a fish fry on State 82 and had eaten beer-battered fish. The deputy arrested Przybyla and took him to Moundview Memorial Hospital in Adams. Przybyla refused to take a blood test, stating it was against his religion. The deputy got a warrant to conduct the test. A preliminary breath test showed Przybyla had a 0.062 blood-alcohol concentration. For Wisconsin residents with three or more drunken driving convictions, the legal limit is 0.02 percent.

Man accused of throwing alligator through drive-through window

A Florida man threw it through the restaurant’s drive-through window, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report. It happened in October, but the suspect was just taken into custody by US Marshals.

FWC officials say 23-year-old Joshua James from Jupiter, pulled up for his order and after a server handed over a drink and turned around James reached into the back of his truck and tossed the 3-and-a-half foot gator through the drive-through window at Wendy’s just east of Loxahatchee in Royal Palm Beach.

The incident report showed a picture of the gator inside the restaurant. James faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator. FWC said James admitted to picking up the gator on the side of Southern Boulevard and taking it to the fast food restaurant.

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During his first court appearance on Tuesday morning a judge ordered James to stay out of all Wendy's restaurants, to avoid contact or possession with any animals other than his mother's dog, to undergo a mental health evaluation and to avoid possessing any weapons. If he fails a random drug and alcohol test his bond will be rescinded. The alligator was later released in a nearby canal.

Sparrow followed woman home and has become a member of the family

A sparrow has set up home with an elderly couple in Fukaya, in Japan's Saitama prefecture, becoming the newest member of their family.

Yoshiko Fujino said she first saw the bird, named Pee Chan, in mid-November while working as a traffic guide for local school children. It followed her home, resting on her shoulder and not wanting to leave.

"He's like a family member, he's very comforting. It's fun, coming home to a sparrow," she said. "My grandchildren have grown up, and there's none who are still small, so I don't know how to say it clearly, but he's like a family member."

Fujino assumes the sparrow, which appears comfortable in the surroundings, is wild, but also says she does not rule out the possibility the bird was once a household pet.

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Breastfeeding mother amazed by orangutans' reaction during zoo visit

A breastfeeding mother has had an emotional encounter with two orangutans at Melbourne Zoo in Australia. Elizabeth was at the zoo on Sunday with her family, celebrating her three-year-old daughter's birthday. Her 13-week-old son Eli was hungry so she walked around the corner to breastfeed him in private.

That is when two orangutans came over to watch. "I went around the corner to be a bit private and I was breast feeding and this orangutan locked eyes with me and came over to check out what was going on," she said. "It started off with just one, then another one came over who seemed to be a bit older and shooed this one off for a little while.

"And she [the older one] came over and gave me a bit of a nod." Elizabeth said she felt the nod was significant because she had been unable to breastfeed her first child. "It was absolutely amazing," she said. "I felt so proud and I felt she was proud of me and … I don't know. It was just amazing."

Other zoo patrons saw what was going on, and a crowd gathered as the encounter continued. "They were all just in awe of what was going on," Elizabeth said. Her baby has red hair and Elizabeth said she thought maybe the orangutan thought she was nursing a baby orangutan. After the encounter Elizabeth and her family joined up to be members of Melbourne Zoo.

Goat arrested for grazing in judge's garden

An errant goat was detained for grazing in a judge's house in the Korea district of Chhattisgarh, central India. The incident followed earlier warnings given to the goat's owner.

Along with the owner, the animal has been booked under charges which carry a two to seven year prison term and a fine. The police arrested the goat and its owner Abdul Hasan, around 350 km from state capital Raipur. The police said that the goat had committed this offence repeatedly.

"The judge's bungalow has an iron gate and the goat used to jump over it and enter," said Assistant Sub-Inspector R. Srivastava. "The peon, who maintains the garden, had warned the owner of the goat many times. So, today he filed a complaint and we arrested the goat and its owner.

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"A case has been registered under Sections 447 and 427," he added. Recalling the series of events, the owner of the goat said that his animal was taken to the police station after she entered the premises of the judge's house. "She had grazed flowers and vegetables from the garden. They brought me to the police station today and told me to take the goat," Hasan said.

Dog-sized rabbit is looking for a new home

The Scottish SPCA says this massive seven-month-old rabbit, which is the size of a dog, needs a new home. Atlas is being cared for by staff in Cardonald, Glasgow, after his owner could no longer look after him.

The charity is appealing for potential new owners for the continental giant rabbit to get in touch. "Atlas is already about the size of a westie and is still young with some growing to do," said centre manager Anna O'Donnell.

"He is a very friendly rabbit who loves attention and getting cuddles. Atlas is also an inquisitive boy who makes everyone laugh with his mischievous character. "We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. "

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A standard rabbit hutch won't do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him. "Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before. If anyone is interested in offering him a home, they should contact the Scottish SPCA.

Council's rapid response cleansing team forced into action over prodigious quantity of excrement

Exeter City Council's rapid response cleansing team swung into action when a "considerable amount of excrement" was found on a pavement.

The team were alerted to the discovery next to the First and Last bus stop on Cowick Street last Friday by St Thomas councillor Rob Hannaford, after worried residents and businesses contacted him.

Cllr Hannaford said: "This was just horrendous; the mess was everywhere. Because of the prodigious quantity we were unsure if it was animal or human waste. As this is a such busy area I requested that a crew come out and action it as priority, which they did.

"It was all made much worse as the area has several well used hairdressing salons and it was very degrading for many local ladies who had come out for their regular appointments to then have to come into contact with the mess. If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the police."

Lifetime's supply of crisps offered for return of stolen replica Postman Pat van and cat

A lifetime's supply of crisps or £2,000 is being offering for the safe return of a replica Postman Pat van. The van, owned by a Corkers Crisps, was taken late last month. Postman Pat's black and white cat was on board and is also missing. Ross Taylor, who owns the firm, based between Little Downham and Pymoor in Cambridgeshire, says everyone at the firm is "gutted" following the theft of the distinctive red vehicle. Thieves stole the van, and the toy black and white cat which was inside it, some time between January 17 and 31.

Ross is now so desperate to get the vehicle back that he is offering a £2,000 reward for its safe return – or a lifetime's supply of crisps - but he does not know how many crisps that might be. Ross said: "We're all gutted by the theft and desperately want the vehicle back. I bought the car, a 1972 William microcar, at a classic car auction four years ago. We paid £800 for it and my mechanic spent months and months restoring it. He fitted it with a Honda quad engine and it really is superb. I'd say it is worth around £5,000 or £6,000 now."

Ross said the vehicle, which came complete with a soft toy of Pat's cat Jess and an old air raid siren fitted to it for added affect, was well known not just in Cambridgeshire but across the whole of the UK. The vehicle was in an open outbuilding on the farm when it was stolen. Ross said: "It's light enough for two people to lift so they would've got away with it quite easily and quickly. I should say they put it onto the back of a truck or a van and then just drove off. I don't think for one minute we'll get it back but you never know.

"I'd urge everyone in the area to keep an eye out for it; it's not as if you can miss it." As an alternative to a £2,000 reward, anyone knowing the whereabouts of Postman Pat's van and cat could claim "a lifetime's supply of crisps". Asked how many bags constituted "a lifetime's supply", Mr Taylor said: "I have no idea. I just really want my car back." Police are urging anyone with any information to call them. Speaking on the Policing East Cambridgeshire Facebook page , a spokesman said: "While Postman Pat is now struggling to deliver the post we feel confident that this distinctive vehicle will be recognised if it is seen out and about."

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Wormery advice

Dog helpfully tucks in sleeping little person

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Serial 'foot-stomper' has been assaulting women

A man in Austin, Texas. has been aggressively stomping on women's feet. Dozens of victims say they have encountered this man and they say his actions seem to be getting more violent. The women are typically alone when the incidents occur. They're either walking to or from a bus stop, sitting at the bus stop or on the bus itself when the man approaches them and starts stomping on their feet. It's so bizarre and confusing that they don't immediately recognise it as assault. It happened to Kerry Kovacik at around 4:30 one afternoon. She was catching the bus at Riverside and Congress when she says a man on a bicycle, stopped next to her and stomped hard on her foot.

"I immediately pushed him off of me and asked him what the F he was doing and he said this was normal for him and just casually rode off and then looked back and smiled," says Kovacik. After she told her fiancé what happened, they posted about it online. "It's the strangest form of assault that I've been made aware of," says Kovacik's fiancé, Joey Blanco. "My foot bruised and was swollen and I realised, if he's doing this to other people he could break someone's foot or it could escalate," Kovacik adds. Sure enough he was doing it to others. A post on Reddit, (with link to photo of the alleged foot-stomper), garnered dozens of responses and caught the attention of Deborah Robacker.

"He just like, stood up and stomped on my foot kind of aggressively," she recalls. Robacker was on the bus when the man stomped on her foot. Just before that she witnessed him aggressively elbow another woman. "It's not okay to go around assaulting people for no reason when they didn't do anything to you," Robacker says. Another woman who didn't want to be identified also had a run-in with the foot-stomper. "He started touching my foot with his foot and saying "footsie, footsie" and he got more and more aggressive and it startled me," the woman says.

A couple of months later, he targeted her again. That time he jabbed her in the back. "I yelled at him to stop and he again started laughing and then he rode away on his bike," she recalls. According to online posts, the man has been spotted harassing women on and around busses on Riverside Drive, South Congress Avenue and South Lamar Boulevard. Multiple women have filed reports with Austin Police. One victim says after filing her report she received a letter saying there wasn't enough information for police to go on but her case would remain open. These victims hope by talking about what's happening more people will be aware of it and this man will be stopped.

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No laughing matter as man arrested for DUI

A man from Jefferson County Alabama, was arrested after he was pulled over for erratic driving on Saturday night. Joel Allan Sloan, 51, was stopped by a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy after another motorist flagged down authorities. The deputy was notified of the potential problem at about 8:30pm, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

The motorist who alerted the deputy reported seeing a red Ford SUV that was weaving from lane to lane. The deputy caught up with the SUV and saw the vehicle crossing into the oncoming lane and then back again. The deputy pulled over the driver, who was later identified as Sloan.

He was dressed as a clown, and told the deputy that he had just had a few drinks at a local restaurant, Christian said. He offered no explanation for his attire. Sloan, of Fultondale, was arrested on a DUI charge. He also had an outstanding felony warrant for first-degree theft of property. He was booked into the Jefferson County Jail just before 9:30pm.

His bond is set at $2,500. Christian said driving drunk is no laughing matter, but it's not every day someone dressed as a clown is booked into jail. "I thought I had, but obviously I haven't seen it all,'' Christian said. "I would really like to have seen Otis when he woke up from an all-nighter with this clown sitting next to him in the cell. All kidding aside,'' Christian added, "DUI is dangerous."

Boy dangling upside down from bridge after truck overturned rescued

A boy was left hanging precariously out of a truck after it crashed on a bridge. The boy was dangling upside down from the side of the overturned vehicle after it crashed at Somech Junction on Route 79 in Israel.

Fire crews had to battle strong winds and rain to rescue the boy, believed to be 10-years-old. His father was also trapped inside the truck and was rescued. The boy was then treated by the ambulance service.

Fire Department spokesman Shalom Levi said:"We received a call about a road accident, a very complicated road accident in which a truck overturned on the road and ended up on a concrete beam with two people trapped inside.

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"We managed to extract the father but the child was hanging between heaven and earth. There were many forces at the scene and two cranes were deployed, and after working in very stormy conditions and very strong rain, we managed to rescue the child and transfer him for treatment by the MDA [ambulance service]."

Six people injured after leopard wandered into school

A male leopard which entered a school in the Indian city of Bangalore injured six people trying to capture it. A scientist and a forestry employee were among those mauled during the near 10-hour long effort to corner the dangerous animal on Sunday. The leopard, which strolled into the Vibgyor International school, was eventually tranquilised and released.

A recent wildlife census estimated that India has a leopard population of between 12,000 and 14,000. The eight-year-old male was spotted strolling inside the school premises in the Kundalahalli area. Footage on the school's security cameras showed it attacking a man near a swimming pool.

Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius were injured when they tried to corner the animal and tranquillise him, reports say. "It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquilisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect," senior police official S Boralingaiah said.

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Wildlife official Ravi Ralph said that the leopard possibly strayed into the school from a patch of forest not far from the school. The captured animal has been moved to a national park and the six injured people, including a cameraperson of a TV channel, have been treated for minor injuries. Leopards and other big cats have been known to stray into populated areas, and conservationists have warned that such confrontations may increase as humans encroach on animal habitats.

Indian lawyer unsuccessful in attempt to sue Hindu God for mistreating his wife

Indian lawyer Chandan Kumar Singh has made at unsuccessful attempt to sue popular Hindu God Ram. Mr Singh said that he took the action because he felt "Lord Ram was unjust to his wife Sita", and he wanted a court in the eastern state of Bihar to "acknowledge this fact". The court wasn't convinced with his argument and rejected his plea last week, saying it wasn't a "practical case". And to add to Mr Singh's woes, a group of his colleagues have accused him of "seeking publicity", and one of them has sued him for defamation. Ram is the hero of the Ramayana, the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas. He is revered by millions in India and around the world.

Mr Singh is undeterred by the criticism, and believes strongly that he has a valid case. He quotes from religious scriptures to support his argument. "It's well known that Ram asked Sita to prove that she was pure after he rescued her from the clutches of the demon king Ravana. He did not trust Sita," Mr Singh said. "Ram's treatment of Sita shows that women were not respected even in ancient times. I am aware that the case may sound ridiculous to many, but we have to discuss this part of our ancient religious history. I will file a case again because I really believe that Indians have to acknowledge that Ram mistreated Sita."

Mr Singh also rejected allegations that he was merely seeking publicity. "I filed the case because we cannot talk about respecting women in modern day India when we know that one of our most revered gods did not treat his own wife with respect," he said. But he admits the reactions have taken him by surprise. "I expected some objection but did not anticipate that my colleagues would turn against me. I was only talking about justice and had no intention of hurting anybody's religious sentiments," he said. "Is it wrong to seek justice for women? The court's acceptance of my plea would have sent a good message that respecting women was important to Indians."

But his colleagues are not convinced. Lawyer Ranjan Kumar Singh said that the plea "insulted Hindus". "He has a history of filing publicity-seeking pleas. But this time he has gone too far. He has hurt our sentiments," he said. Ranjan Kumar Singh has also filed a defamation case against his colleague. "We have also requested the bar council to cancel his licence to practice law. All lawyers are united against Chandan, he needs to learn a lesson," he said. "We see Ram and Sita as one and worship them as a couple, there is no question of us believing that Ram mistreated Sita," Ranjan Kumar Singh added. But Chandan Kumar Singh insists that "his fight isn't against Ram". "I too worship Ram. I am a practising Hindu. I apologise to people if they feel hurt, but I cannot ignore the fact that Sita wasn't respected," he said.

Dog perhaps inadvisably attempted to befriend shark swimming in shallow water

A dog apparently thought a shark was up for some play when they encountered each other in the shallows off Geraldton in Western Australia. Donna Kowald shot the video of her Ridgeback Bullmastiff cross Koda playfully jumping in and out the water, while the shark seems oblivious.

Mrs Kowald was a bit worried the one-year-old pup might end up as shark dinner and called Koda back to shore several times. “We couldn’t believe how close it was to the shore,” she said. “The shark was actually closer before I managed to start shooting the video with my phone.”

Mrs Kowald and husband Jason were at the beach near Point Moore on Friday afternoon to give Koda a run when Mr Kowald spotted the shark. The couple estimate the shark swam around for about a minute before moving into deeper water.

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Only three days earlier, Mrs Kowald had been swimming in the same location. “I know there are sharks in the ocean, but I didn’t realise they came in so close,” she said. Ridgebacks and Bullmastiffs are known for their spirit, but Mrs Kowald did not think Koda would have turned the tables on the shark. “He hasn’t got a mean bone in his body,” she said.

Crane needed to remove giant catfish that had been blocking hydroelectric power dam inlet

Power plant workers looking to remove a blockage on the entrance to a huge hydroelectric power dam across the River Danube in Austria discovered a huge catfish.

Staff at Kraftwerk Abwinden-Asten, near Linz in Upper Austria. were clearing rubbish caught on a grille allowing water into the huge water turbines when they discovered the dead fish.

They then needed to use a crane to lift it out of the water, and once it was on the banks the team from the Austrian electricity company Verbund were stunned to discover that the catfish was an incredible 2.25 metres (7.4 feet) in length, and weighed 90 kilogrammes (200 pounds).

Usually catfish species (Siluriformes) can grow up to 1.5 metres (5 feet), and discoveries of catfish over 2 metres (6.5 feet) in length are extremely rare. Fish expert Peter Noebauer said that catfish have multiplied in recent years on the river, with more and more monster specimens being found like this one. He said: "We are seeing more and more catfish, though I don't ever remember seeing one of this size before."

Man helped police catch suspected drug dealer with a nonchalant trip

A London man gave police a helping foot from a casual have-a-go hero when they were chasing down a suspected drug dealer at the weekend.

The teenager suspected of dealing drugs in Kingston, south west London, was evading three police officers on foot. The officers were in pursuit but were several metres behind him.

Walking arm-in-arm with a girlfriend, the well-dressed gent thought he would help out the officers by casually sticking his leg out. The man did not even have to take his hands out of his trouser pockets when the teenager met his leg and went tumbling to the ground.

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The couple then keep on walking while the collapsed alleged drug dealer was tackled in a doorway by officers and arrested. A 17-year-old was arrested and bailed on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. He is due to appear in court in April.