QUIRKY WORLD ... Animal fails to outfox rubbish as it undergoes op to remove plastic tub from neck

ENGLAND: A fox cub has undergone a delicate procedure to remove a plastic tub which became stuck round its neck in a seaside town.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Animal fails to outfox rubbish as it undergoes op to remove plastic tub from neck

The animal, pictured below right, which is about seven weeks old, was spotted by concerned residents, running around with its head wedged in the tub in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service turned out to help as the cub started to become hungry and dehydrated.


Destress with a micropig

ENGLAND: Feeling stressed about exams? Cuddling a micropig could be the answer.

Students at Nottingham Trent University were given the chance to get up close with the animals after their union organised a “piglet room” on campus over two days this week.

The union said it arranged for the pigs to visit to give students a way of taking time out during exam season and as a thank you for voting it as one of the top students’ unions in the UK last year.


Bear 1, Man 0

POLAND: Authorities in Poland are searching for a man who tangled with a bear at Warsaw’s zoo and escaped, leaving traces of his blood behind.

Maria Krakowiak, head of the animals of prey section at the zoo, said the man has not been found after his dangerous stunt, which “could have ended much worse”. Some blood was found outside the enclosure but it appears the man was not badly hurt and no hospitals in the capital reported treating him.

A witness to the stunt posted photos online showing the man in shorts and with bare feet. From the photos it appears the bear tried to bite the man’s arm and that the man hit the animal.


Vase falters

GREECE: A millennia-old pottery vase on show in a museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold on to the exhibit and crashed down with it.

The prehistoric Minoan-era vase, which had been broken in antiquity and restored after excavation, is being repaired and should soon be back on display.

The accident happened at the Museum of Iraklio, on the island of Crete, and the visitor suffered a minor leg injury. The incident damaged the section of the vase that had been restored in the past.


Holes-in-one by two

USA: A wife and husband from Michigan say they both got a hole-in-one in consecutive shots at the same hole.

Tony and Janet Blundy said their aces came while golfing at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge. The couple says Tony hit a hole-in-one first at the 16th hole, and Janet then equalled his feat.

The Lansing State Journal says two golfers who didn’t know the Blundys verified the back-to-back holes-in-one.

The odds of two amateur golfers in a foursome getting an ace on the same hole in the same round are 26m-to-1.

The Blundys say they typically golf at least 18 holes a week together.


Permit for bear necessities

USA: A judge has dismissed a civil case by an Ohio couple who want to keep their toothless, 41-year-old black bear despite not getting a required state permit.

A Medina County judge ruled the court could have jurisdiction to consider an injunction if the animal were seized but can’t appropriately address that yet because the state hasn’t tried to remove the bear.

Jeffrey and Debra Gillium of Lodi argue the caged male bear, Archie, is old and unlikely to escape. They say they weren’t adequately notified about the law and that moving or tranquilising him would threaten his life.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture says its permit application was submitted long after the deadline.


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