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Drunk man rescued after chasing goose into river (AP)

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WAUSAU, Wis. – Wausau rescued and arrested a drunken man who plunged into the Wisconsin River while chasing a one-legged goose. The 40-year-old Wausau man told officers he wanted to catch the bird and roast it. He said he took off his shirt and shoes Thursday afternoon and jumped into the frigid water.

Authorities said he was overcome by the cold water and had to be rescued by firefighters. Police said the man had been drinking heavily before the stunt.

The man was arrested on an outstanding warrant for bail jumping.

Witness Sergio Lopez works by the river. He said he often sees people jump in the water during hot summer days but rarely in October.

Police told the Wausau Daily Herald that as far as they know, the goose is still on the loose.

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Information from: Wausau Daily Herald, View the original article here

Family ‘held to ransom’ after council finds lost dog

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When the family said did not have the money Mimi was placed into kennels, increasing the cost to £85, and they were warned she could be given to another family if they do not pay up.

Married mum-of-two Melanie Tonge, 39, a married mother-of-two from Westnoughton, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, said: “It feels like my dog is being held to ransom.

“I just couldn’t get the money together. Now Mimi has been taken to the kennels.

“The shelter has told us unless we can pay the costs she will be re-homed. I just don’t understand it. I am so upset.”

The family claim they are facing financial hardship.

Mrs Tonge said: “We cannot find that sort of money – we either pay our council tax or pay to get her back.

“I am so upset. The dog escaped because a friend left the gate open.

“As soon as she escaped we were frantic and l went looking for her.

“She is microchipped and we look after her and she does not roam the streets.”

She has told her children, Caroline, aged five, and John, aged three, that Mimi is being looked after by somebody else.

A Bolton Council spokeswoman said the authority operates an ‘in house’ dog warden service for the collection of stray dogs during daylight hours.

If a stray dog is collected, the dog is returned free of charge if it is the first “offence”.

But during weekends and evenings, all Greater Manchester authorities use a company called Animal Wardens, who return the animal to the owner after a fee of £60 has been paid.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “This fee is paid direct to the company and the council is not involved in payment of this fee.

“If the owner’s details are not known, or they refuse to pay, then the stray dog is kennelled at Leigh Dog’s Home.

“The owner must then pay an £85 fee, which remains at this price for seven days, after which the dog becomes the property of the home.

“In this case, Mrs Tonge’s dog was picked up at about 5pm by Animal Wardens, who asked her to pay the £60 fee and she refused, so the dog was transferred to the Leigh Dog~s Home.

“She can still retrieve her dog by paying the £85 fee within the next seven days.

“The dog’s home offered to only charge her £25 as a goodwill gesture if she picked the dog up that evening, which she also refused.” Mrs Tonge denies having been made this offer.

British racing pigeon ends up 5200 miles away in Panama ‘after getting lost’

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British racing pigeon ends up 5200 miles away in Panama 'after getting lost' British racing pigeon Houdini ended up in Panama City. Photo: ALAMY

The 10 month-old bird had been undertaking a six hour race from Guernsey to Dudley, West Midlands more than five weeks ago.

But it failed to arrive and its owner Darren Cubberly, 45, had give up hope the bird would return from the 224 mile trip.

He was surprised to get a phone call this week from Panama City, where the bird had ended up.

He was told the bird was alive and healthy despite making the more than 5200 mile trip. It is thought she landed on a ship travelling to the area.

The bird had been taken in by Gustavo Ortiz after it landed on his roof. Mr Ortiz rang Mr Cubberly after noticing contact numbers on it.

“I was gobsmacked. I didn’t even know where Panama was,” Mr Cubberley told the Daily Mirror.

“I’ve no idea how Houdini got there – I can only assume she hitched a lift on a ship across the Atlantic.”

He speculated she was fed on the boat as she appeared in “perfect shape”.

The pigeon, now learning Spanish, will now live with the family in Panama as it is too expensive to transport her home.

Mr Ortiz told Mr Cubberley his family were more than happy to have the pigeon.

Sid Barkel, secretary of the National Flying Club, said it was a “very unusual” case.

Owner who dyed cat pink reunited with pet after RSPCA says she didn’t commit a crime

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A woman who dyed her cat bright pink to match her hair will have her pet returned to her after the RSPCA decided she hadn't committed a crime. A woman who dyed her cat bright pink to match her hair will have her pet returned to her after the RSPCA decided she hadn’t committed a crime. Photo: PA

An officer from the animal charity will visit the cat’s owner to give her a dressing down, offering welfare advice about the potential hazards and consequences of dyeing cats.

Natasha Gregory, 22, said she dyed the naturally white cat using food colouring to match her own pink hair.

The cat was taken into the RSPCA by a concerned man after he found it in his back garden in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Miss Gregory, of Swindon, said she got the idea to dye the cat, called Oi! Kitty, from a US television show where people did a similar thing with dogs.

She said: “It’s my favourite colour, I love it. I’ve dyed my hair pink and I adore pink clothes.

“Turning Oi! Kitty pink seemed like a good idea. I always wanted a pink animal – a bit like my hair.

“I read the instructions on the food colouring and there was nothing that would harm humans or animals. We eat the food the dye is used on, so I knew it wasn’t toxic.”

RSPCA officers have washed the cat since it was found, but its colour has only faded slightly.

Miss Gregory contacted the RSPCA after seeing the publicity the case had received in the press and asked them to return the cat.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said the RSPCA will be visiting Miss Gregory to give her advice on animal care.

She added: “Following the visit, as no offence has been committed and as a vet has confirmed the cat is in good health, she will be returned to her owner.”

Baby escapes death after playing in traffic

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His mother had left him sleeping under the bushes and did not notice when her boy woke up.

A passing truck driver noticed the toddler on the road and slowed traffic to alert other drivers of the danger.

When she saw her baby crawling on the highway, the distressed mother rushed to the road to pick up her son. The toddler was unscathed in the incident.

Police have questioned the mother.

Cops nab ‘Darth Vader’ robbery suspect after goof (AP)

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FERNDALE, Mich. – Police arrested a resident they said wore a plastic Darth Vader mask before pulling a butcher knife and robbing a convenience store. Police in the Detroit suburb said the man fled Monday after demanding all the cash from the register.

Lt. William Wilson told The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak the suspect goofed by putting on the mask while in range of a store surveillance camera.

Forty-one-year-old Jamie C. Hernandez was arraigned Thursday. District Court Magistrate James Brennan set his bond at $50,000.

Hernandez was in the county Thursday night, and it wasn’t known if he has a lawyer.

Wilson said Hernandez got the mask from one of his children.

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Information from: The Daily Tribune, View the original article here

Apology after tsunami false alarm (Reuters)

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – The Thai government apologized Tuesday to a region where thousands died in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami after a botched warning drill this week caused hundreds to flee their homes, convinced another wave was coming.

Hundreds of villagers in southwestern Phang Nga province fled to higher ground Monday after warning sirens went off intermittently, 30 minutes after a scheduled drill was completed in Ban Nam Khem, a village devastated by the 2004 tsunami.

The false alarms were the latest hiccup in Thailand’s efforts to build a tsunami warning system since the towering waves battered Thailand’s Andaman coast on December 26, 2004, leaving 5,398 people dead and nearly 3,000 missing.

The Indian Ocean tsunami, one of history’s worst natural disasters, killed more than 226,000 people in 13 countries, including many foreigners lured by the region’s pristine islands and beaches.

Locals in six affected Thai provinces have complained of problems in past tsunami warning drills, including sirens that were not loud enough or went off by accident.

A group of survivors Monday demanded the government sack bosses of a disaster warning center for incompetence.

But Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who attended the drill but left before the false alarms, said faulty equipment was to blame and there was no need for anyone to lose their jobs.

“It was a mistake due to a technical problem and we need to investigate this,” Suthep told reporters in Bangkok.

“I want to apologies to the people. I understand they were angry because the alarm sent everyone running but no one should be replaced, it’s not that serious,” he said.

(Reporting by Pracha Hariraksapitak; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Jason Szep)

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