QUIRKY WORLD ... 6ft bird slips her shackles as 50 Shades ties up record

ENGLAND: Police in England have warned locals to beware of a large, aggressive bird which has gone on the run saying it posed a “very real threat to the public”.

QUIRKY WORLD ... 6ft bird slips her shackles as 50 Shades ties up record

The 6ft rhea, a tall flightless bird native to South America, went missing from a private collection in Carlton-in-Lindrick, Nottinghamshire, on Tuesday and has not been seen since.

“We are warning local people and particularly those with small children to be on their guard and not to approach the bird, which poses a very real threat to the public due to its size, aggressive nature and the unfamiliar surroundings it could find itself in,” said Inspector Paul Peatfield of Nottinghamshire police.

However, bird experts have said the ominous warning might be over-egged.

“It’s a bird that will peg it (run away) as soon as it sees you ... it’s been very overrated in terms of the dangerous aspect of it,” David Lindo, a writer about birds, told the BBC.

Media rescue

US: Police are crediting a Pittsburgh TV news crew with saving the life of an overdose victim by calling 911 and performing CPR on him before emergency responders could arrive.

WPXI-TV says photographer Dave Clark was getting ready for a news segment with reporter Cara Sapida in Washington, Pennsylvania, when Clark saw the man slumped over in a vehicle, not breathing.

Clark performed CPR while Sapida called 911.

Clark says he was thinking, “OK, if we can just keep a pulse going till the paramedics get here, we’ll be cool.”

Police Chief Chris Lupino says officers took over CPR when they arrived, and paramedics revived the man with the overdose antidote Narcan. Officer Matt Karlowsky told WPXI: “He probably would have died if your crew wasn’t there.”

Can’t miss it

US: A large tractor stolen from a Utah construction site was found abandoned at a Mormon church, apparently after the thieves took it on a ride through Salt Lake City’s suburbs, officials said. The Komatsu PT250-5 front-end loader valued at $130,000 disappeared from West Haven early in the week.

Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Lane Findlay said officials don’t know how such a large piece of construction equipment could be stolen and driven without keys.

“This one is a little more unusual because it’s such a big piece of machinery,” Findlay said.

It was recovered when police got a call from a maintenance worker at a Mormon church in Ogden, seven miles from the site site.

“It’ll be interesting to see who is responsible for it. They obviously started feeling a little bit of heat, abandoning it,” Findlay said.

Last-minute millionaire

US: A scratchcard ticket bought as a last-minute Father’s Day gift has turned a truck driver into an instant millionaire.

Joseph Morrah, 61, was given the winning $1 Million Payout ticket, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

His daughter, Christina Morrah, put the ticket in a card she gave to him. But his wife, Debbie Morrah, said it was her idea to buy the $20 ticket.

Record tied up

ENGLAND: Fifty Shades Of Grey looks set to notch up another record and become the fastest selling DVD of the year so far.

The erotic drama has shifted 379,000 copies after only three days, according to the Official Charts.

If its popularity continues during the rest of the week, it will beat this year’s current top-seller, The Hobbit – Battle Of The Five Armies, which sold 477,000 copies in its first week.

Paddington is the only other video to sell over 400,000 copies in its opening week this year, with 464,000.

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