Quirky World: Domesticated bison Bullet moves on to pastures new

Some of the stranger stories from around the world

USA:

A 1,000lb “domesticated” bison that was allowed to roam in her owner’s Dallas-area home has moved on to pastures new.

Bullet the bison was transported Saturday from Karen Schoeve’s home in Argyle to her new home, which she will share with two cows, 15 miles away in Flower Mound.

Schoeve says she was struggling to balance work and looking after Bullet and her two paint ponies, so she sold off the horses and two months ago advertised Bullet for sale on Craigslist for $5,960. She tells The Dallas Morning News she received several offers.

Schoeve describes Bullet as house-trained, although she sometimes tracks mud inside. She says the bison is “good hardy stock, but “not scary” and that she has “a great personality.”

Underwater treasure

ENGLAND:

A couple who lost treasured jewellery and a 1930s cycling medal in a burglary 10 years ago have been reunited with their valuables after a police dive team found them — at the bottom of a pond.

Officers from Scotland Yard’s dive team found the stash belonging to Isabelle Larson in a carrier bag at the bottom of Slade Ponds in Greenwich, south east London, on April 20 while investigating another case.

Rubbish robber

USA:

A man tried to rob a car wash in northern California with an empty crisps bag and an alleged handgun.

The man entered KaCees World of Water car wash and dropped the crisps bag on the counter, Rohnert Park’s department of public safety said. He told the cashier to fill it with money, warning that he had a gun.

The man gestured that the weapon was in the empty bag, but the cashier saw it held only a piece of cardboard and called a colleague for help. Police said the suspect fled when the other employee approached.

You wouldn’t bee-lieve it

USA:

A northern California neighbourhood overtaken by a swarm of aggressive bees suspected of killing two dogs and stinging several people is considerably safer after the insects made it back to their cluster.

Bee expert Norman Lott was called to the Concord neighbourhood after an amateur beekeeper got rid of a hive, leaving a swarm of bees homeless. The bees are suspected of killing two dogs. They also stung a child, a postal worker, news reporters, and Mr Lott.

Zebra on the run

USA:

The owner of a lost zebra is offering a $1,000 reward for its safe return in New York.

Richard Myer told the Times Union of Albany his five-month-old zebra named Zula was spooked by a branch hitting a barn at Bailiwick Animal Park and Riding Stables in Catskill, 30 miles south of the capital.

Local volunteers have joined the search, and Myer says police also have been on the lookout for the wayward zebra.

Changing verdict changed

USA:

An Oregon appeals court has wiped away a father’s criminal conviction for not changing his son’s nappy for at least 14 hours, overturning a jury’s verdict that the man was guilty of mistreatment.

The ruling by a three-judge panel found prosecutors in Lane County, south of Portland, failed to prove the dad, James Christopher Hickey, had failed to perform a nappy change for the boy on repeated occasions.

As a result, evidence of a “single untimely diaper change was not sufficient to allow a jury to find” Hickey had not protected the child from future “bodily harm”, the Oregon appeals court ruled in a 10-page opinion.

The five-year-old boy, who has autism spectrum disorder and a condition that makes him incontinent, had to wear a nappy because he was not toilet trained, according to court records.


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