Santa Cruzin' Cougar Visits Downtown
SANTA CRUZ, California- A wayward cougar ambled into downtown and spent time in one of the busiest intersections in the metro, including a lolly-gagging saunter through the parking lot of a Ramada Inn. From there it was onto a busy medical complex before leaping into the concrete canyon that carries Branciforte Creek to the San Lorenzo River. "I was like, 'Whoa, wait a minute. A mountain lion is here?'" said Bhavesh Patel, proprietor of the Ramada Inn. "I hope it doesn't want a room, we are all booked up." The 2 year old male cougar was eventually tranquilized and returned to a more suitable habitat. Ann Page was one of the first to call 911 after spotting the cat at the medical complex. Page was there for treatment for an infection from a scratch she got from her house cat. "When I saw the mountain lion, I thought, this little tube of anti-biotics is not going to be enough."
"Never Carry a Load of Fish in an Open Truck"
ONALASKA, Alaska- Don't pull on Superman's cape, don't spit in the wind, don't pull the mask off the Lone Ranger and never carry fish fillets in an open pickup truck. Fish wholesaler Bernie Scweppsch was taking a truckload of filets to a processing plant and thought he could stop for a pack of cigarettes. When he walked out a flock of eagles had descended on his fish and the cars around his truck and stayed there for 90 minutes. Not only is Scweppsch out the cost of the fish but he is being charged for the damage done to the cars in the parking lot. "I gotta' quit smoking," is all Scweppsch would say to the media.
Bear Frightens Children Out of Swimming Pool
LA CANADA, California- Two children swimming in a pool in La Cañada got the scare of a lifetime when a bear lumbered over the backyard fence, sending them scurrying indoors. Paradise Canyon Elementary School was put on lockdown as television news footage from overhead helicopters showed the bear moving from yard to yard. California Fish and Wildlife officials tracked the bear with the assistance of a sheriff’s helicopter. Deputy Laurie Kaplan said, "We watched this bear going from one pool to another like it just wanted a relaxing swim without being bothered by these annoying humans. It was kind of weird."
Beaver Bitten Tree Crushes Cadillac
ISHPEMING, Michigan- The long winter of 2013 has been tough enough for many living in the Upper Peninsula but it just got even uglier for Udo Whonall and his wife Hannah. Whonall, a recent immigrant from Bulgaria, said "I had no idea what the weather was going to be like here and then a beaver bites a tree and it crushes my Escalade. What am I doing here?" Hannah Whonall is from Ishpeming and met her husband online while he was still living in Bulgaria.
Florida Battles Slimy Invasion Of Giant Snails
MIAMI, Florida- South Floria has a new invasive species to worry about- and it's one of the world's most destructive- the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster. In Caribbean countries overrun with the creatures, the snails' shells blow out tires on the highway and turn into hurling projectiles from lawnmower blades, while their slime and excrement coat walls and pavement. Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture said "They're huge, they move around, they look like they're looking at you ... communicating with you so people think they're cute but they don't realize the devastation they can create. I mean, they eat every plant they can reach and stucco. This is a disaster."