Quirky World ... Goldfish doped to the gills for brain op


Quirky World ... Goldfish doped to the gills for brain op

George, whose owner lives in Melbourne, was put under general anaesthetic for the $200 (€156) procedure, the BBC reports.

Dr Tristan Rich, who carried out the operation, told Melbourne’s 3AW radio station that the fish was now “up and about and swimming around”. Vets say the 10-year-old fish is now expected to live for another 20 years.


BRITAIN: An app has been launched to help people identify the house spiders that scuttle indoors in autumn.

The number of spiders seen indoors increases suddenly at this time of year as the males go on the hunt for a mate, often leading them into homes where people encounter them in the bath or scurrying from under the sofa.

The Society of Biology is launching a Spider In Da House app with photos, identification tools and information to help people identify and learn more about 12 of the most common spiders which become temporary house guests.


USA: A nine-foot Colombian boa constrictor named Trinity that escaped from its cage in the US has been found after two days on the loose.

Trinity did not appear to have travelled far after being spotted in the garage that holds the snake’s cage in Nampa, Idaho.

Worried neighbours with small pets and children went on alert after the owner reported to Nampa police that the snake had disappeared and had not eaten for three weeks. The owner says he plans to buy a better cage.


USA: Law enforcement officials from coast to coast say street gangs are shying away from wearing their colours and are covering up or even altering their tattoos to avoid detection by police.

Police Sergeant Johnmichael O’Hare, of Hartford, Connecticut, said gone are the days when the Bloods wore red from head to toe. All you will see now, he said, is maybe a red handkerchief sticking out of a back pocket.

LA detective William Nunn said there was another reason gangs were not so flashy these days — they were committing more credit card and identity theft crimes and did not want to be easily identified.


ENGLAND: Former glamour girl Katie Price has a bunny girl of her own now after revealing the name of her new daughter — Bunny Hayler.

Price, who gave birth to her fifth child in August — a fortnight before she was due to have a Caesarean delivery, announced the news to OK magazine.

She and husband Kieran Hayler — with whom she has an 11-month-old son, Jett — seem to be back together after appearing to be on the brink of splitting up earlier this year when she accused him of having an affair with her best friend, and announced she planned to divorce him.

Price also has two children, Junior and Princess, from her four-year marriage to Andre and a son, Harvey, from her brief relationship with footballer Dwight Yorke.


SWITZERLAND: A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend.

FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt sick after tasting the warm contents of the bottle, which he had left near the goalpost during the Liga (third tier) game at FC Baden near Zurich.

“The idea of drinking piss is simply intolerable,” the Aargauer Zeitung website (www.aargauerzeitung.ch) quoted the 34-year-old player as saying, adding that he was waiting for an analysis of video evidence before further action.

Baden president Thomi Bram apologised to the goalkeeper on the club website and said they were conducting an internal investigation.

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