QUIRKY WORLD ... Zookeeper jumps at the chance of being a ‘mum’ after joey is orphaned

USA: A keeper at a North Dakota zoo has become a first-time mother.

QUIRKY WORLD ... Zookeeper jumps at the chance of being a ‘mum’ after joey is orphaned

But the baby she carries around the clock in a colourful flannel pouch is not a little human, it’s an orphaned kangaroo.

Amanda Dukart is a zookeeper at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton.

For the next six months, she will carry the joey wrapped around her throughout the day to help it develop.

WDAY-TV reports the zoo is hoping the joey survives after its mother died unexpectedly several weeks ago.

Dukart says most of the animal’s development happens inside the mother’s pouch. She says she can now “sympathise with working moms” because she works all the time and also cares for baby Barkley. Barkley will join the kangaroo exhibit when it turns 18 months old.

Lego loot

USA: Portland police say they arrested a man who agreed to sell stolen Legos to undercover investigators.

Officers say 25-year-old Pavel Kuzik was arrested in a stolen car last week. He was booked him into jail on multiple warrants.

Police say Kuzik was stealing expensive Lego sets and other items from stores and reselling them on a website.

Better late than never

USA: A 93-year-old Ohio woman has received the high school diploma she was denied because of rules that expelled married students.

Dorothy Liggett was a few weeks from graduation from Akron’s North High School in 1942 when officials discovered she was married.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Akron Superintendent David James hand-delivered the diploma to Liggett in suburban Fairlawn on Wednesday as part of a surprise ceremony.

Liggett’s daughter Janice Larkin had written to James about her mother.

James said it was wrong that Liggett was denied the diploma after being a good student all her years in school.

Liggett and her late husband, John Huston, ran away to Kentucky to marry after her husband was called into the air corps during the Second World War.

Top chimp

LONDON: A chimpanzee in a top hat and tie was among 18 exotic stuffed animals stolen by thieves from a taxidermy warehouse.

Creatures including lions, a giraffe, a zebra, and a sloth were crammed into a van during the raid in Wandsworth, south London. Thieves used angle grinders to force their way into the warehouse , escaping with a haul worth an estimated £100,000 (€128,000).

Beach smoking ban

WALES: A beach in West Wales is thought to be the first in Britain to ban smoking.

The ban at Little Haven in Pembrokeshire, which also applies toe-cigarettes, came into effect on Wednesday and coincided with National No Smoking Day.

Smokers labelled the scheme as “stupid” and “pointless” — given that those who break it cannot be fined.

However, officials hope will the ban will discourage children from picking up the habit.

On the prowl

QATAR: Drivers got a surprise when an escaped tiger was seen prowling among cars on a motorway. Police were looking into footage circulating on social media showing the tiger making its way between vehicles in Doha.

Other images showed a man holding the big cat on a chain, suggesting it had been recaptured.

Some wealthy Arabs keep big cats as status symbols despite prohibitions against the practice.

Lost village found

SCOTLAND: A “lost” village has been found after the discovery of coins and artefacts possibly dating back 1,000 years were unearthed during motorway construction work.

Archaeologists also found what is believed to be 14th century medieval pottery, gaming pieces, and fragments of a clay smoking pipe on the site of the former village of Cadzow in South Lanarkshire.

Construction workers made the initial discovery while expanding the M74 motorway.

Irritating phrases

ENGLAND: Workers are being driven mad by irritating phrases such as “Can I borrow you for a sec” and “Think outside the box”.

A survey of 2,000 adults by employment group reed.co.uk also showed that online terms such as “OMG” and “lol” were starting to creep into conversations. Bosses may think they motivate staff by trotting out phrases such as “Teamwork, dreamwork” and “Win-win” — but it has the opposite effect on many workers, the study revealed.

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