Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My little pony

Romantic seahorse performs a mating dance

Filmed at Blairgowrie Pier in Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia, the male seahorse, with the distended belly, is trying to seduce the female into transferring her eggs into his pouch.

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Bedtime for baby raccoons

A family of raccoons head home to their luxury high-rise residence.

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Woman accused of changing appearance in attempt to evade arrest for fatal hit-and-run

An arrest has been made in connection with a hit-and-run incident that killed a popular music teacher in Santa Ana, California. The April 20, accident killed 26-year-old Chris Chavez. He was struck while in a crosswalk and heading to breakfast. During a news conference on Sunday, authorities announced the arrest of the suspect driver identified by police as Tracy Clapp, 36, of Santa Ana.

“This has been a priority case for us since going to the media with the help of the family. Our investigators have been getting nonstop tips in reference to this case,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. According to Bertagna, on Saturday night, investigators received information that led them to a home in the southeast portion of Santa Ana. “They went out last night. They did surveillance.

"She exited a residence, got into a stolen vehicle, and after attempting to stop her, there was a pursuit,” Bertagna said. At the end of the pursuit, Bertagna said the woman fled on foot, but was apprehended by a K-9 police unit. “She was eventually confronted by officers. There was a fight with the officers. She assaulted the officers and eventually was taken into custody by a police K-9,” he said. The lead investigator in the case, Cpl. Matt Wharton, accuses her of changing her appearance in an attempt to evade capture.

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“Her hair was dyed bright pink, there was a tattoo or a temporary tattoo on the left side of her cheek and she was wearing blue-ish, green-ish contact lenses,” Wharton said. “It’s our belief that she did all that to elude capture.” Wharton said the woman has had “prior contacts with the police.” She was transported to the hospital, where she remains and was expected to be booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, vehicular manslaughter, evading police with wanton disregard for public safety, and battery on a police officer, authorities said.

Tenants unhappy about new lease agreement that requires them to 'like' complex on Facebook

Some tenants at an apartment complex in Salt Lake City, Utah, are unhappy about a new lease agreement that requires tenants to “like” the complex on Facebook. Tenants of the City Park Apartments said that a “Facebook addendum” was taped to their doors on Thursday night.

The contract requires tenants to friend the City Park Apartments on Facebook within five days, or be found in breach of the rental agreement, though some of the tenants already signed a lease agreement months ago. The document also includes a release allowing the apartment to post pictures of tenants and their visitors on the page.

“I don’t want to be forced to be someone’s friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that,” tenant Jason Ring said. “It’s outrageous as far as I’m concerned.” Ring said it’s the last straw; he’s moving out after the final month of his lease. “It’s a violation of my privacy,” Ring added. Zachary Myers, an attorney who specialises in tenant rights for Hepworth, Murray & Associates in Bountiful, said the contract addendum may not be fair to those who don't have or are unable to create Facebook accounts.

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“The biggest issue that I have with it is that it seems to be discriminatory against elderly individuals and disabled individuals who are unable to utilise an online presence such as Facebook,” he said. Myers said that if a lease is already signed, a tenant may not be required by law to sign a late add-on. He added that if something like an add-on appears and a tenant is not comfortable with it, the tenant should not sign it because once signed, the tenant is bound to the contract unless a court says otherwise.

Man bitten by snake that was lurking under his pillow

A man from north Queensland, Australia, has been bitten on the finger by a metre-long snake that was curled up under a pillow on his bed.

The Trinity Beach resident was going to sleep on Friday night when he slid his hand under the covers, only to get the fright of his life. Cairns snake catcher Matt Hagan was called at about 11.30pm to remove the 1.2-metre reptile and comfort the man and his wife, who had been disturbed by his screams.

According to Mr Hagan, the resident, Jack, was just getting comfortable beneath his sheets when he “slipped his hand under the pillow and was bitten on the finger by the enormous spotted python sharing his bed”. "When I arrived, Jack's wife was deciding whether it was more practical to burn the house down or move to New Zealand.

"Jack looked like a man destined to get very little sleep over the coming nights. A closer inspection of the crime scene revealed a solid spotted python that had quickly taken up residence in Jack's bedside drawer." Mr Hagan said it was probably the fattest spotted python he'd ever had to relocate.

Baby elephant rescued after falling down drain

A baby elephant was rescued from an uncovered drain in Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The calf appeared to have fallen into the drain in the southern port city of Hambantotoa.

Port workers teamed up with wildlife officials to break open more of the drain, and reach inside to rescue the animal.

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The elephant was put onto a vehicle and taken away for medical treatment, believed to be a suspected broken leg.

Motorist unsuccessful in valiant attempt to fool breathalyser

A drunk driver failed in his attempt to fool a breathalyser in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China.

The offender surnamed Xu, 33, was stopped by police officers while he was driving after drinking three glasses of red wine at a dinner prior to being stopped, and was afraid of being punished.

This led to his multiple attempts at fooling the police by pretending to blow into the breathalyser. Xu's face appeared strained as he blew into the device. However, no reading was indicated, signalling that he did not follows the police's order. The police asked Xu to do it again, but he once again pretended to blow into the breathalyzer.

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The police officers demanded Xu follow their orders after seeing through his tricks, but he still refused to exhale four to five times. Xu finally blew into the breathalyser, with the result showing 190 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milligrams of blood, higher than the country's legal limit. The police detained Xu for further investigation. He will likely have to pay a hefty fine.

Man rescued after getting head stuck in washing machine

A man in China had to be rescued by firefighters after he got his head stuck in a washing machine on Sunday.

The man, in Fuqing in Fujian province, became trapped after he put his head in the machine to check it while it was still switched on.

His flatmates called authorities after they failed to pull him out of the machine. Firefighters had to cut the washing machine apart to release the man, who was not named.

He was covered during parts of the rescue to stop him getting burned from sparks as the machine was cut open. He suffered only minor head injuries in the incident. It took the fire crew 40 minutes to free him.

Intoxicated Spiderman rescued from side of cliff

A drunk man claiming to be Spiderman had to be rescued from the side of a cliff face by firefighters in Torquay, Devon, on Sunday night.

The man had climbed about 20 metres up a cliff wall and got stuck. A crew from Torquay fire station were sent to the scene along with a specialist cliff rescue team from Plymouth which was not needed.

A fire service spokesman said: "We were called out about 7.30pm to a man who was very drunk. He had climbed up the cliff face from the bottom and was being very aggressive and very difficult. He was throwing things down towards the police. We went around the top and used our specialist line equipment to reach him.

"We then escorted him to police and the ambulance service. He was 15-20 metres up. It was a long way. He was telling everyone he was Spiderman and giving it lots but he was very much in a position of quite big danger." On arrival crews confirmed the male was stuck 20 metres up. Crews used lines and safety at height equipment to rescue the male. Duty of care was left with the ambulance service.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy stick

Dogs have fun pursuing remote controlled truck

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One-armed man arrested after attempting to burgle Crossfit coach and boxing champion

A man with one arm was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to burgle the home of a woman who is a Crossfit coach and boxing champion.

The victim awoke to find Albert Thompson, 28, in her home in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Thompson tried to steal $80, but the woman was able to keep him at the scene until deputies arrived, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

“This guy picked the wrong house,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “Thankfully, the homeowner was quite capable of protecting herself and we were able to arrive quickly and put Thompson in custody.”

The Sheriff’s Office said Thompson gave deputies a false name, but he was arrested and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, misdemeanor petit theft and obstruction by a disguised person.

Two women hospitalised when thrown pizza led to stabbing with knife attached to brass knuckles

Two women from Spokane, Washington, were taken to the hospital after being stabbed following an altercation with another woman. Christopher Godwin said he was hosting a birthday party for his two former roommates, Sommer Smith and Megan Godsey, on the back patio of his home.

Godwin said that during the party, a new roommate, Amanda Lipe, threw a piece of pizza out of her bedroom window for an unknown reason. According to court documents, Smith confronted Lipe over the thrown food. Another witness said she observed Lipe go into her bedroom and return with a knife with brass knuckles attached to it.

The witness said a fight then broke out. Officers responded to the home where they contacted Smith and Godsey. Police said the two women both had blood on them. According to court documents, Smith said she was stabbed in the right shoulder by Lipe and was hit near her left eyebrow which caused lacerations, swellings and bleedings.

Smith also told police that Lipe stabbed Godsey. When police contacted Godsey, she was very intoxicated and did not know who had assaulted her. Smith and Godsey were both transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Lipe admitted to police that she had a knife with brass knuckles on it on her person during the fight. Court documents do not state any charges.

Police search for man accused of knocking woman unconscious with frozen sausages

Police in Des Moines, Iowa, are looking for a man who allegedly knocked out his father's girlfriend with a package of frozen bratwurst. The 50-year-old woman had a deep gash in the back of her head when she spoke with Des Moines police at Mercy Medical Center on Thursday.

The wound, which required staples, was the product of a spat with her boyfriend's 44-year-old son. She was fed up with the son "freeloading and paying for nothing" for the past month at their home.

So, at around 2pm, she told him to pack up and leave, much to the son's delight. He laughed as he gathered his things and loaded them into a friend's car. She checked the freezer for any food he had left behind, finding an abandoned package of frozen bratwurst. She tossed the package into the yard after him.

When she turned to walk back inside the home, the man hurled the sausages at the back of her head. The woman said she blacked out and fell from the blow. But when she came to, the man had left. She went next door and called 911. Police noted that a large amount of blood had dripped all over her clothing. A warrant has been issued for the man's arrest on assault charges.

Marijuana-smoking man called police after mistaking dog bite for bullet wound

A Texas man called police on Thursday believing he had been shot in the left buttock while sitting on his porch.

When an officer from the Groesbeck Police Department, just east of Waco, responded they found the victim had been smoking marijuana and that he'd actually been bitten by his dog. He hadn't been shot.

"During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the 'victim' had been smoking marijuana on the porch as the thunderstorm passed through the area," Groesbeck Police Chief Chris Henson said in a Facebook post.

"The loud thunder scared one of the dogs causing it to nip the 'victim' in the left buttock. He believed he'd been shot and subsequently called the police, Henson said "to quell the rumour concerning a reported shooting." The victim was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and released.

Orangutans finally returned to their home in the rainforest after years of rehabilitation

Two orangutans that spent years in captivity as pets have finally been returned to the wild after lengthy rehabilitation at International Animal Rescue's orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centre in West Borneo. It has taken more than five years to prepare females Susi and Desi for their release and ensure they are equipped with the vital skills they will need to survive. Before they were rescued, Desi was kept in a very small barren cage, while Susi was chained up by the neck. Susi in particular was living in a terrible state of neglect. She had several severe injuries, including a foul-smelling, infected wound from the heavy neck chain which had become embedded in her flesh.

When the time came to remove it, no key could be found to the padlock and the chain had to be removed with bolt cutters. Susi then had to be anaesthetised in order for the wound to be cleaned and dressed. She subsequently suffered a number of health issues as a result of her years of neglect and her neck has been permanently damaged by the chain. Over the past five years, both Susi and Desi have progressed through forest school together and on to the pre-release island. Our centre is currently home to 106 orangutans all at various stages of rehabilitation. During the rehabilitation process the animals are encouraged to develop natural behaviours and are closely monitored by IAR’s team to assess their progress and their suitability as candidates for release.

Susi and Desi were on the pre-release island with five other female orangutans. They stayed there day and night, foraging for forest fruits, making their own nests to sleep in every night and travelling through the trees. They were given supplementary food daily as there aren’t enough fruiting trees on the island to sustain them all. They were selected as suitable candidates for release by their expert team of vets. The pair were released into Gunung Tarak National Park after a journey which involved leaving the IAR centre at midnight and arriving at the edge of the forest at 5am. In the video of the release operation Programme Director Karmele Llano Sanchez explains that the transport crates were carried deep into the forest by local men acting as porters.

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The eight kilometre trek from the edge of the forest to the release site takes four hours and involves crossing extremely rough terrain, but the team of porters made light work of negotiating fallen trees, swamps and rivers with the weight of the heavy crates on their shoulders. After the two orangutans were released, Sanchez says what a special moment it was for her to see them return to the wild. She explains that setting Susi free from the cruel chain around her neck was just the first step towards giving her back her freedom in the forest. Everyone in the team hopes that, after spending years together in rehabilitation at the centre, friends Susi and Desi will stick together and help each other adjust to their new life in the forest.

The world’s first underwater band have made their debut

An entire musical performance has been performed underwater at the Operadagen festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Danish band ‘Between Music’ used specially designed instruments and a vocal technique created to allow underwater singing.

The five members of ‘Between Music’ performed their show titled ‘AquaSonic’ in specially designed tanks onstage, each containing purpose built instruments and microphones for creating underwater music.Singer Laila Skovmand became obsessed with the idea after she developed a technique, in which she sings while not letting air bubbles leave her mouth.

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“This idea started about ten years ago when Laila Skovmand, the composer, started to explore how to sing in a bowl of water, to see what the water surface does to her voice and then a couple of years later she tried actually singing totally submerged in a big tank and that was the start of it,” band member Robert Karlsson said. “When you are a singer they need to develop a special voice technic, they sing without bubbles coming out of their mouth. Then we started to try different instruments it proved very difficult we needed to find new ways of producing instruments, creating instruments that could play under water,” he added.

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It turned out that underwater conditions caused traditional instruments to break apart, so the band tasked Andy Cavatorta, a creator of unusual instruments, with creating new ones for the purpose of underwater music. Faced with constraints including lack of friction and sound travelling four times faster underwater Skovmand developed variations on existing instruments, including a crystallophone, an underwater cousin to the traditional guitar. No breathing apparatus was used during the show, instead the band members came up for air at moments that are worked into the music.

Ticking security tag caused department store bomb scare

A city centre department store was evacuated when a faulty security tag making a loud ticking sound was mistaken for a bomb. An employee at John Lewis in Liverpool raised the alarm after finding the electronic tag at 10:00am on Saturday.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "A staff member wrapped and taped the tag up to muffle the noise but had not notified colleagues what it was or why it was there. The object was found to be an electronic security tag which had been malfunctioning and emitting a loud ticking sound," they said.

"When the item was discovered its appearance and sound caused concerns and a staff member alerted emergency services and self-evacuated the store. The device was established as being safe and no further action was necessary."

A John Lewis spokesman said: "A broken electronic security device which had been wrapped up was mistaken for a suspicious item, and the team followed our robust security measures by calling the police." The shop was closed for about four hours. Nearby roads were closed and buses were diverted.

Armed police operation followed pizza toppings assault

A man in his 20s was arrested after an armed police incident in Exeter, Devon, which allegedly developed after a Domino's Pizza customer complained about his order. The customer was assaulted by the pizza delivery driver from the city, who then "started shooting" at police officers, according to reports.

The victim of the alleged assault, Paul Williams, received bruising and cuts to his face. Armed officers were sent to the scene and made an arrest. One resident said: "It's horrible, it's not been a nice place to live in recently and this has just made matters worse. Children were playing outside and it was a pleasant evening.

"Several children saw the incident and are now terrified. You don't expect to see firearms in your street." Domino's Pizza says it will "co-operate fully" with the police investigation into the events. "As this is now a current police investigation there is very little we can say on the matter," a spokesman said.

"However, please be rest assured we are taking this incident extremely seriously and will be providing the police with our full co-operation. Please rest assured, we will do everything possible to ensure this situation is properly resolved." The arrested man was later released on police bail .