QUIRKY WORLD... Facebook Wallaby seller not to police’s liking

AUSTRALIA:

QUIRKY WORLD... Facebook Wallaby seller not to police’s liking

A man is facing charges after he allegedly attempted to sell a baby wallaby on Facebook, attracting bids as high as Aus$10,000 before he was caught, officials said.

The marsupial was rescued by Western Australia’s Department of Parks and Wildlife after an officer posing as a potential buyer met the man in a car park in Broome, in the state’s north.

The 26-year-old, who faces five offences under the Wildlife Conservation Act, had allegedly advertised the joey for sale for Aus$3,500, said wildlife officer Peter Carstairs.

“We understand there was an offer of up to Aus$10,000 from a buyer visiting from overseas,” Carstairs said of the wallaby, a native animal which resembles a smaller version of the kangaroo.

The man faces penalties of up to $4,000 for some of the charges he faces, which include possession of and selling of protected fauna.

BRITAIN’S BIRTHPLACE

ENGLAND: A landmark discovery has shed new light on the origins of life in Britain, with archaeologists confident they finally know the identity of the country’s oldest town.

It had long been believed that Thatcham in Berkshire was the oldest continuous settlement in Britain.

But researchers at the University of Buckingham believe Amesbury in Wiltshire, which is 64km west and home to Stonehenge, in fact holds the distinction of being the birthplace of history in Britain — an honour confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records.

LOW-SPEED PURSUIT

ENGLAND: Police officers jumped into golf buggies to round up teenagers suspected of anti-social behaviour, minutes after launching a campaign to tackle criminal damage.

Supt Kerrin Smith, Sergeant Dave Clarke and other officers began a low-speed pursuit across Beamish Park Golf Club, near Stanley, Co Durham, on Tuesday evening after reports of youths barricading the nearby Sustrans cycleway with broken branches. The officers flushed the youngsters out of woods where they were hiding and, still in the buggies, escorted them to a police van.

The group was given a ticking-off and then their parents came to collect them.

DO THE ZOUK

USA: A music and dance style born in the French Caribbean, adopted in Brazil and then spread through Latin America and Europe is catching on in the US.

Zouk classes and dance scenes can be found in cities stretching from Seattle to New York, and festivals featuring parties and top dancers are being held in Miami and Washington. A second annual zouk congress is starting in Los Angeles and is expected to draw hundreds of people.

WEED FEED

USA: Colorado’s experiment with legalising marijuana is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed.

A task force is looking into ways to educate consumers, including a standard warning system on popular edibles, which is the industry term for marijuana that has been concentrated and infused into food or drink.

BURIAL BOOK

USA: A funeral director who was criticised for handling funeral arrangements for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is writing a book about his experience.

Peter Stefan, director of a funeral home in Worcester, Massachusetts, says he received thousands of angry phone calls and threats from people who called his decision “un-American”. He is negotiating with a publisher.

It took days to find a cemetery willing to bury Tsarnaev and he was finally buried in a Muslim cemetery in Virginia.

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