Friday, December 19, 2008

Animals in the news

Farting Gorillas Caused Evacuation
Bosses at one of England's top zoos had to evacuate an area after they gave gorillas brussel sprouts for breakfast.
The traditional Christmas veg made the animals cause such a stink the monkey enclosure at Chessington Zoo had to be cleared of visitors.
Keeper Michael Riozzi said: "We've started feeding the gorillas Brussels because they are packed with vitamin C. "Unfortunately, an embarrassing side effect is that it can cause bouts of flatulence in humans and animals alike."
The stunned zookeeper added: "I don't think any of us were prepared for a smell that strong."
Plane hits cow on emergency landing
LONDON - The pilot of a vintage biplane says he ran into an unusual hazard while making an emergency landing — a cow.
Rob Wotton says he was trying to land his World War II-era Tiger Moth after the engine stalled just after takeoff southwest of London on Sept. 14. He was about to touch down in a field when the animal wandered into his way.
An onboard video camera —the footage of which has been posted on YouTube — shows the brown-and-white cow being knocked to the ground by the plane's lower left wing. The two-seater was damaged but landed safely.
"I had to put the aircraft down straight away and spotted a likely field where I could see there were cows. They were all on my right hand side except one on my left. I narrowly missed a fence and touched down and then the silly cow ran across to join her mates on the other side of the field," Wotton was quoted as saying in the Telegraph newspaper.
"I clipped her and she went rolling away but seemed unhurt and carried on grazing. The aircraft was very slightly damaged."
Wotton and his passenger were also unhurt.
Wotton says he might paint a cow on the plane to mark the event. "I have to say it is the first cow I have ever hit in 22 years' flying."

Cow Takes A Roll In The Field
Goat takes the school bus

A man saves a deer on a frozen Minnesota lake.
It's a full days workout for Steve and a lifetime of fright for the doe.
Every time Steve gets the doe off the ice, the deer goes right back on the ice again.
"There he goes back on the ice again," laughs Breland. But after a chuckle Steve was getting frustrated. "This is starting to tick me off," said Breland.
Soccer kick kills pigeon during Argentina game
Argentine soccer player Gaston Aguirre killed a pigeon with a single shot -- right off his foot. "I kicked the ball and, poor pigeon," the San Lorenzo defender said. "Now I will be remembered as the pigeon killer."
Aguirre hit the bird in the 2-1 victory against Tigre in a three-team round-robin for the Argentine league title. Surrounded by opponents, he kicked the ball toward the goal and in the direction of a group of pigeons on the grass near the corner.
A burst of feathers followed and the pigeons flew away -- except one.
Several players surrounded the wounded bird as it tried to fly away but it collapsed. Referee Saul Laverni then scooped up the dead pigeon and placed it off the field.
Selling Pierced 'Gothic' Kittens on Web
Humane officers say a Pennsylvania homeowner marketed and tried to sell "gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings over the Internet.
Officers with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals removed three kittens and a cat Wednesday from a home in Ross Township, just outside of outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
An investigation into the pierced kittens started about a week ago when a man from another state saw "gothic kittens" being sold on eBay.
The man called the number listed on the Internet ad and visited the home, where he saw the kittens.
"It’s unbelievable anybody would do this to kittens," Morrison told the newspaper.
While at the home, police also found a dog with pierced ears.
Charges are likely against the homeowner, whose name was not released, Morrison said.
Morrison said the homeowner has a pet grooming business in the basement of the home.

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