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.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Sweet dreams

Who made this mess?

There's no loyalty between friends here.

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Pug enjoys a spin on carousel with his friends

In Udon Thani Province, Thailand.

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Giant pig hot air balloon crashed after tangling with a cowboy-shaped one

A pig-shaped hot air balloon crashed into a tree and caught fire at a balloon festival in Utah, cutting the pilot’s face. Paul Warner, a festival executive, said the licensed pilot of the fallen balloon also suffered minor facial burns.

He was treated at the scene and released. Various balloons entered in the festival were rising at a field near downtown Provo when the top of the pig crashed into the basket of a cowboy balloon.

The collision ripped a hole in the nylon fabric of the pig balloon and a piece of plastic caught fire as it descended. The fire was not extensive, said Christopher Liechty, a spokesman for Bank of American Fork, which sponsored the balloon representing Seymour, its piggy bank mascot.

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The pilot, Erwin Oertli, was the only person in the balloon and suffered minor burns from melted plastic that dripped on to his face, the bank said in a statement. “What saved my bacon was that the head of the pig held a lot of hot air and helped the balloon to descend at a safer rate,” Oertli said.

Car crashed through roof of house

A car has flown off a road and smashed through the roof of a house in South Africa's coastal city Durban, emergency services firm ER24 says.

The driver said he drove over a ramp, and this led him to crash into the house in Kwamakhutha township, it said.

He escaped injury, while a person sleeping in a room next to the one where the car landed was also unhurt, ER24 added.

"It's really kind of miraculous," ER24 spokesman Pieter Rossouw said. South Africa has a high fatality rate from road accidents caused mainly by bad driving and alcohol abuse.

Search for 92-year-old woman called off after it was discovered she'd absconded with her lover

A search for a 92-year-old woman who vanished from a old people's home in Norway has been called off after it turned out she had absconded with her Swedish lover.

The management at Vilberg old people's home in Eidsvold, north of Oslo, alerted the local police when nurses discovered the 92-year-old’s walking frame abandoned in the car park.

She was later found to have driven to Stockholm along with her Swedish boyfriend, who at 87, is five years younger than her. “This is really a touching love story,” Janka Holstad, who runs the home, said. “Imagine not being able to go on a romantic holiday just because you’re past 90.

"The lady did nothing illegal, but she caused some uneasiness for us, because she never announced she was leaving.” The elderly lady has now spent ten days at her boyfriend's house just outside Stockholm. According to Holstad, she has maintained a relationship with the man since before she entered to the home. She plans to return to Vilberg at the weekend.

Noisy neighbour jailed for singing along with 'Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs'

A council tenant has been jailed for making his neighbours’ lives hell by belting out ‘Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs’. Michael Thornton loved to bellow the tune, inspired by artist LS Lowry, which was a 1978 No.1 for folk group Brian and Michael. After drinking, the 51-year-old would sing it at the top of his voice.

He would also invite friends back to his ground floor flat in Northfield, Birmingham, after the pubs had closed for rowdy gatherings where they would shout, swear and sing into the early hours. But Thornton was silenced by a 20-week jail term imposed at Birmingham Country Court after he broke an anti-social behaviour injunction (a civil court ASBO) requiring him to keep the peace. The city council also wants to kick him out of his property.

One relieved neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It would go on and on and on, he would play it over and over and sing along himself. At least now we’ll have a few weeks of peace and quiet.” Another neighbour spoke of “late-night bawling, shouting and loud music” and said anyone who complained was bombarded with foul-mouthed abuse. They said the trouble had been going on for three years.

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Sgt David Lamerton, of Northfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Mr Thornton has persistently shown a flagrant disregard for the feelings of his neighbours. West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council worked together to get a court order against him. He chose to flout the order and now faces the consequences.” Sgt Lamerton said many noisy neighbour cases involved house, rap and hard rock music, and it was almost unheard of for a song like 'Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs' to feature in a case.

Appeal to find stolen van with 12-inch plastic testicles

A surfer has issued an appeal after his kitted-out van was stolen. Jason Jackson, aged 34, is hoping to be reunited with his missing customised van, which he and friends have spent three years working on.

His "home away from home" was stolen during the short time that he took in the surf at Llangennith in Gower, south Wales. Instead of taking the keys, which he would not be able to carry in his wet suit, he placed them underneath the van. But when he returned from his dip, the van was gone.

The van is a white Citroen Relay long wheel base high top. It has orange chevrons on the back door and a 12-inch set of plastic testicles dangling off the back. Mr Jackson, who lives in Cockett, said: "I'm mortified because it is my only form of transport.

"There was more sentimental stuff in there than you can imagine." Inside, the van has a blue interior laid out as a settee and units. A South Wales Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating the theft of a white Citroen Relay van registration CN06 ZYG which was taken from the Hill End caravan park."

Ducklings freed from tarmac with slightly salted butter

Five ducklings discovered "stuck fast" to melting asphalt are recovering after rescuers used Lurpak® butter to free them.

Passers-by found the hot weather casualties at Goose Green in Ashill, Norfolk, on Wednesday.

Staff at the RSPCA centre at East Winch loosened the tar with butter before bathing the birds in washing-up liquid and warm water. Manager Alison Charles said: "Butter is an old fashioned remedy for removing tar and it really works.

"The weather was so hot that the road suface was melting. All five ducklings were so poorly when they came in we weren't sure they were going to make it. However, after treatment they are now eating, drinking and chirping away in our orphans' room," Ms Charles added.

Part of beach cordoned off after mystery hole that sent snails shooting into the air appeared

A large mystery hole which spurted "big plumes of water" and sent plants and snails shooting into the air has appeared on a beach. The coastguard at Exmouth beach cordoned off the 15ft (4.6m) by 15ft hole on Thursday afternoon.

The hole, which was "bubbling" with water, has since been filled in by the incoming tide. East Devon District Council said it was trying to find out what caused the hole and a cordon remains at Orcombe Point. When the coastguard team arrived they said the surrounding sand was soft and fresh holes were appearing.

Kite surf instructor James Dart said: "I looked over and there were big plumes of water coming out of the beach it was all bubbling up much like a geyser, it was probably going about a foot above the beach - it was quite tremendous sight. I got closer and saw plant matter coming up and a few snails coming out too."

It is thought there could have been a chamber underneath the hole, about 10ft (3m) to 15ft (4.6m) deep. Council officials said engineers would "continue to monitor the situation over the weekend and between tides". They added: "The beach is very popular with dog walkers and bathers who are being advised to avoid the cordoned off area. Heavy rain yesterday may be the cause of the hole - a natural phenomena - to have opened up, but is still a bit of a mystery."