Quirky World... Woman fined $686 for giraffe harassment

GIRAFFE KICK

Quirky World... Woman fined $686 for giraffe harassment

Amanda Hall, 24, of San Luis Obispo, California, climbed over a fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin. A two-year-old, 3.6m giraffe named Wally gave Hall a lick, then turned and kicked her in the face. Hall was fined $686 (€513) for harassment of zoo animals.

She reportedly told officials she climbed into the exhibit because she likes giraffes.

ENGLAND: Communications watchdog Ofcom is investigating after bad language was broadcast in Monty Python’s farewell show before the watershed, even though dozens of fans complained that most of the swearing was actually cut.

An Ofcom spokesman said: “After receiving complaints about the broadcast of the most offensive language before the watershed, Ofcom is investigating a live performance of Monty Python on Gold.”

PIERCING PROBLEM

UAE : A heavily tattooed German whose face is embellished with horn implants and more than 100 piercings said he was refused entry to Dubai without reason, forcing him to skip a planned appearance at a nightclub. Rolf Buchholz, 55, was travelling to the Middle Eastern commercial hub for the first time last week to appear at a circus-themed venue featuring over-the-top attractions such as sword swallowers and burlesque dancers.

He said immigration agents initially stamped his passport and let him through, but he was stopped again before he was able to exit customs. He soon found himself in a room with other deportees.

HOME WANTED

ENGLAND: A “happy-go-lucky” puppy has been found in the back of a van in a scrapyard with a note on her collar saying: “My name is Valerie and I’m six months old, take me too.”

The German Shepherd-cross was found locked in the windowless vehicle in the Watford area of Hertfordshire, the Dogs Trust said. Valerie’s rescuers had taken her home for a night before taking her to Dogs Trust Harefield to help her find a new home.

Sian Fairle, supporter relations officer at Dogs Trust Harefield, said: “Valerie has had a pretty rough start to her short life, but this hasn’t knocked her happy-go-lucky nature.”

’I DO’

ENGLAND: An air show fan travelled more than 1,600km to propose to his girlfriend of eight years in front of hundreds of people.

Australian Paul Neill,36, asked Emma Cox, 34, to marry him on stage and over a giant TV screen at Eastbourne’s air show, Airbourne, in East Sussex. He had made the journey from Montenegro, where he is working. Cox, 34, from Eastbourne, delighted the crowd, and her 36-year-old partner, with a “yes” before they embraced on the beach to a round of applause, an air show spokeswoman said.

USA: A woman allegedly stole a bottle of cheap wine to get arrested and see her jailed boyfriend. Alicia Walicke stole a $3.99 bottle of wine from a Texas petrol station, a police report said. Officers found her drinking the wine outside the business.

She told police that she wanted to see her boyfriend, who was arrested hours earlier, and told them she wanted to go to jail. Walicke was charged with misdemeanour theft and freed on a $5,000 bond.

BEAR NECESSITIES

ENGLAND: England’s only captive polar bear has been unveiled at his new home.

Victor, who weighs 480kg, arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster after making the journey from Holland by ferry.

The 15-year-old animal will be housed in a new facility, named Project Polar, which covers about 10 acres.

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