Quirky World ... Tigers get Lynx effect from safari park’s festive scents

Tigers at a Scottish safari park are hunting unwanted Christmas presents to keep them entertained over the holidays.
Quirky World ... Tigers get Lynx effect from safari park’s festive scents

The animals are particularly keen on aftershave or perfume sets that people may have been given as presents but will never use, and keepers said they like them “the smellier the better”.

Staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling use scents and sprays to keep the tigers’ keen sense of smell stimulated.

TODDLER WALKABOUT

A three-year-old American girl wandered away from her family’s hotel in Salzburg, Austria, around midnight on Christmas Eve and investigated the city’s streets on her own, wearing only a nightshirt and socks.

A receptionist at another hotel took her inside. Police guessed she was a tourist but had to scour local hotels for an hour before identifying the likely family.

Woken by phone, the girl’s grandmother and mother were startled to find her missing. Police said she apparently managed to open the hotel room door herself. The grandmother and mother picked up the young night wanderer at 1am at the police station, where she was sleeping peacefully on a sofa.

RING FIND

A US man has been reunited with his wedding ring that fell off his finger and sank to the bottom of the ocean while he was fishing.

Jay Bradford’s ring fell in the water off Long Branch, New Jersey, while he was pulling an anchor in during a frustrating day searching for blackfish earlier this month.

Mr Bradford and boat captain Nick Barsa returned to the spot four days later with salvage diver Mark Thompson. Mr Thompson dived in and searched rock ledges and sifted through thousands of mussels. He found the ring in less than 10 minutes.

HOT REWARD

Shedding the pounds in Siberia can come with a particularly welcome reward — coal.

Nurse Yelena Salnikova got a truck full of the stuff from authorities in the coal-rich Russian region of Kemerovo for losing 30kg (about 4st 7lb). Earlier this year governor Aman Tuleyev promised to give locals 1,500kg of coal for every 10kg of weight they lost.

Ms Salnikova, who lives in the Siberian town of Berezovskoye, said the truck of coal would help her heat her home for at least half of the winter, even if the temperature falls below minus 30C.

BUSBOY’S BONUS

A struggling Colorado busboy who returned $3,000 (€2,700) in cash that he found in an envelope on the floor has been rewarded with a big tip.

Johnny Duckworth found the cash at Randy’s Southside Diner in Grand Junction and handed it over to his boss, Randy Emmons. There was an ATM slip inside the envelope and the bank was able to return the money to its owner, who gave Mr Duckworth a $300 (€270) tip. People impressed with Mr Duckworth’s honesty have also raised thousands of dollars through gofundme.com.

Mr Emmons told KKCO-TV that Mr Duckworth rides his bike to work and his wage pays for medical bills. Mr Duckworth said he never thought of keeping the money, saying: “I work for a living.”

ROCKET SHOW

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a... Russian rocket.

A streak of light seen burning across the sky by people in three states over the western United States was debris from a Russian rocket re-entering the atmosphere, US military officials said. The fireball seen over Arizona, Nevada and California was an SL-4 rocket body booster from Russia.

Dozens of people used social media to share videos and photos and marvel at the white fireball flying through the sky.

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