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’Seal punch’ zoo keeper suspended

QUIRKY WORLD ... Our daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories


A zoo keeper has been suspended after allegedly punching a seal. Bosses at Bristol Zoo Gardens have launched an investigation after the incident came to light. It has been alleged that a senior animal keeper punched the South American fur seal when handlers tried to weigh it.

The zoo’s head vet has examined all the seals at the popular tourist attraction and they remain on public show in their enclosure. A Bristol Zoo Gardens spokeswoman said: “As this is an ongoing investigation, Bristol Zoo is currently unable to discuss the details of the incident.”

Dead man feels the heat at staged protest


A staged protest claiming that a street seller had been beaten to death in China went awry when the man supposedly dead under a white sheet was overcome by the region’s heat wave and sprang up to quaff a bottle of water.

“It’s too hot. I can’t bear it any more,” he said.

Around 10 men had gathered with a trolley that carried the seller’s body, covered by a sheet, in the Hubei provincial capital Wuhan.

They were demanding thousands of pounds in compensation for the alleged death.

NYC comptroller candidate arrested for illegal drug sales

USA: A former Manhattan madam who is running for New York City comptroller was arrested and charged with selling prescription pills for cash, the FBI said.

In the latest twist to the city’s scandal-hit campaign season, Kristin Davis, 38, allegedly sold prescription pills to a federal informant four times in four months this year, the FBI said.

Davis is running for the post of comptroller — in effect the city’s chief financial officer — also being sought by former Democratic New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Spitzer is attempting a political comeback after resigning as governor in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal. Davis has said Spitzer was one of her customers and that she provided him with prostitutes.

Davis spent four months in jail for her role in the prostitution scandal. Spitzer, 54, was never charged with any crimes.

Spitzer is not the only New York politician attempting this year to recover from scandal.

Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 after saying he had accidentally sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter, in May launched a campaign for mayor.

Last week he publicly defied calls by major newspapers to drop out after a website published racy text messages he sent subsequent to the earlier scandal.

Warning over ’digital dummies’


One-quarter of young people have collided with a stranger while texting on their mobile phones, new research has shown.

The UK risks becoming a nation of “digital dummies” as a result of not paying attention to surroundings while using mobile devices, experts behind the survey said.

According to Halifax Home Insurance, 63% of 18 to 24-year-olds use their phone openly in public to get directions, while 28% of the 2,500 adults polled said someone has walked into them because the other person was looking at their phone.

ENGLAND: A former London Underground station that was used as a Second World War anti-Luftwaffe command centre is being sold by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to cut costs.

Brompton Road station, standing in an exclusive corner of central London between Harrods and the Victoria and Albert Museum, will go on the market next month. The MoD wants to relocate the building’s current occupants – youngsters aspiring to join the RAF and the Royal Navy.

Tube trains used the station between 1906 and 1934 before it was removed from the Piccadilly line due to a fall in custom

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