QUIRKY WORLD ... Caught in the act: Roving raccoon falls for camera trap

The escaped raccoon caught on camera in Scotland.

SCOTLAND: Members of the public have been warned not to approach an escaped raccoon caught on camera.

The North American native was spotted in the wild by a camera trap set up to record images of the elusive Scottish wildcat.

Instead, the footage revealed a raccoon foraging in woodland near Garve in the Highlands.

Conservation body Scottish Natural Heritage said it plans to trap and rehome the raccoon, and warned members of the public not to approach it as the animals have a “nasty bite”.

Taxidermy class

USA: A Michigan high school is offering a taxidermy course for the first time, and it’s a big hit.

Sixty students enrolled in its first two sections, and about a dozen had to be turned away. Each student in the class is asked to bring in an animal that he or she hunted, trapped or found dead. Road kill counts.

Rocket find

ENGLAND: Six Second World War anti-tank rockets have been found behind a bus stop.

Police were called to Coopersale in Essex, after the rockets were found near the stop on the B181 Epping Road. An Essex Police spokesman said: “The army Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit attended and disposed of the rockets nearby and confirmed they were six live anti-tank rockets from World War Two. We are appealing to find the person who left these items at the bus stop and to find out whether they have any more.”

Name on a plane

ENGLAND: Members of the public will be able to have their name written on an RAF Red Arrows Hawk jet throughout the 2017 display season.

The campaign offers people who donate £30 (€37) or more the opportunity to have their names displayed on the underside of one of the jets. Five naming packages are available with the option of donating up to £25,000.

The Names On A Plane campaign will raise funds for the RAF Museum’s centenary programme in 2018.

Lockdown

USA: A report of armed men near an Arkansas pre-school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the trio were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels.

A teacher at Gardner STEM Magnet School in Hot Springs saw the men and notified administrators. According to a statement from the Hot Springs Police Department, the teacher said it looked like three men carrying rifles were running toward the school.

Officers determined that the men, who were carrying pellet guns, were employees of a pest control company hired to eradicate squirrels at a neighbouring apartment complex. Police said the employees fired a shot at a squirrel, missed, and chased the creature on to school property.

Counting sheep

USA: US police in suburban Atlanta found themselves counting sheep after a flock escaped from an enclosure and blocked a road.

Brookhaven police said about 20 grazing sheep and their security dogs were spotted along a road.

Police said they were able to contact the herder, who used a sheepdog to corral them back into their nearby enclosure.

Snoring suspect

USA: A suspect found a creative place to hide during an Alabama drug raid, but investigators say it was the snoring that did him in.

Brookside police said that about one hour and 45 minutes in to searching a house, investigators heard a snoring sound coming from the clothes dryer and found Michael Christopher Davis curled up inside the appliance.


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