Quirky World ... 43 socks make a dog’s dinner for Great Dane

USA: The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate-

Quirky World ... 43 socks make a dog’s dinner for Great Dane

X-rays showed a stomach full of “a large quantity of foreign material.” Nearly two hours of surgery later, Dr Ashley Magee had the answer — the dog had consumed 43½ socks.

DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital spokeswoman Shawna Harch said it’s perhaps the strangest case in the hospital’s history, The Oregonian reported.

So strange that the hospital entered last February’s tale, complete with X-rays, in an annual contest sponsored by the vet magazine, Veterinary Practice News, and won a prize. Fittingly enough, the contest is called “They Ate WHAT?”

Even stranger. The $1,500 first place winner was a Texas animal hospital that treated an exotic frog that ate more than 30 small ornamental rocks from its cage.

ENGLAND: A super-mum squirrel has given birth to two new kittens — bringing the number of her offspring to 50.

Seven-year-old Tortoiseshell is one of the most successful breeding red squirrels in the UK and has helped bolster the under-threat species.

Wardens believe that the kittens were born at the end of May but now, at 12 weeks old, they are fully weaned and independent from their mother.

ENGLAND: Seal numbers in the Thames Estuary have increased this year, a wildlife survey has revealed.

Numbers of seals counted rose from 685 in 2013 to 938 this summer, according to the Zoological Society of London audit of more than 1,500 square miles of the Greater Thames Estuary from Deal, Kent, to Felixstowe, Suffolk.

The estuary is home to two species of seals, harbour and grey seals. Conservationists said the buoyant numbers showed the health of the estuary, which was declared biologically dead in the 1950s as a result of heavy pollution, but has since largely recovered.

JAPAN: The first lady said she has such a busy schedule that sometimes it is up to the prime minister to do the dishes or take out the rubbish.

It is the kind of flexibility that she says is needed for the advancement of women in Japan.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing companies and the government to hire and promote more women, having appointed five women to his 18-member Cabinet. His wife, Akie Abe, said despite her husband’s conservative image, he does chores when he can.

EGYPT: The top religious body has demanded a new belly-dancing TV show be suspended for “corrupting morals” and serving “extremists” who could use it as a pretext to depict Egyptian society as anti-Islamic.

A statement by Dar al-Ifta, the top body that advises Muslims on religious and life issues, said that the Dancer show “serves extremists who take such matters as a justification to promote the idea that society is fighting religion”.

The show was aired only once on the Cairo and People satellite television network.

ENGLAND: Selfridges is to open what it claims is the first cinema operated within a department store, with a series of classics and latest releases.

The cinema will initially screen films tied to the store’s Masters campaign. It will show the favourite films of 12 influential designers such as Paul Smith, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta.

The cinema opens today when it will screen Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Breathless, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Wolf Of Wall Street. The Masters selection includes Bruce Robinson’s Withnail and I, chosen by Paul Smith, and Ken Russell’s The Devils, chosen by Rick Owens.

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