QUIRKY WORLD ... Bjorn to run: Rattled reindeer gallops the streets

ENGLAND: A reindeer galloped down residential streets after escaping from a Christmas event at a Tesco carpark.

The reindeer, called Bjorn, was reportedly startled by a car horn and sprinted away from the car park at the store in Carlton Hill, Nottingham.

He was later found in a nearby garden and returned to safety.

Warren Porter, 23, from Sherwood, said: “It was one of the weirdest, unexpected sights I will ever witness.

“I was driving down Carlton Hill and saw what I thought was a massive dog running up the pavement.

“I locked my doors and thought ‘you’re not getting in here, I’ve got carrots in my boot’. As it ran past, a woman dressed in festive gear was chasing up the road with a rope. You couldn’t create a story like that.”

Event organisers The Animal Company said the reindeer escaped after slipping its rope, but was later tempted back into their truck.

Giant salamander

CZECH REPUBLIC:

Prague Zoo says it likely has the longest Chinese giant salamander now on Earth.

The critically endangered animal is the largest amphibian on the planet.

In a statement, the zoo says Karlo is likely the biggest representative of its species. The zoo says, according to the latest measurements done, that Karlo is 1.58m long.

Karlo’s age is estimated at 37 to 38 years and his weight is 35kg (77lb).

The largest salamander on record was 1.8m long.

The zoo says its worldwide check didn’t reveal any longer living salamander.

All bets are off

ENGLAND:

Ladbrokes has stopped taking bets on a white Christmas in December for the first time.

In an unprecedented move in the 40-year history of weather betting, the bookies are no longer displaying odds on a festive snowfall on their website due to a lack of demand.

Instead weather watchers are now suggesting Christmas Day will be the warmest ever (5/4).

Party train

WALES:

A group of friends stunned fellow passengers after staging their Christmas party on a rush-hour train to work.

As far as venues for festive bashes go, they do not come much more unusual than the 8.08 from Abergavenny to Cardiff.

But that is exactly where six pals opted to celebrate Christmas together by cracking opening the bubbly and having a party complete with paper hats, crackers, and decorations.

Rough justice

USA:

A judge who was captured on video berating and threatening to fight a defence lawyer has been ordered removed from the bench by the Florida Supreme Court.

Brevard County Circuit Judge John Murphy got into an argument with public defender Andrew Weinstock over whether a defendant could have a speedy trial. The judge at one point said: “If you want to fight, let’s go out back.”

The two men left the courtroom and Murphy was accused of hitting the lawyer, although he denied it.

Coldilocks’ birthday treat

USA:

The oldest polar bear in the United States celebrated turning 35 with a cake made of ice, raisins, peanut butter, and trail mix, and was also given two pumpkins as a treat.

Coldilocks was born in New York and has been at Philadelphia Zoo since she was a year old. The typical lifespan of polar bears in captivity is 23 years.

For more than three decades, Coldilocks and her polar bear partner, Klondike, were ambassadors at the zoo for their species in the wild.

Klondike died in October at the age of 34.

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