QUIRKY WORLD ... Don’t be chicken about €2,275 prosthetic leg op

USA: A hen owned by a Massachusetts woman who specialises in chicken rehabilitation and rescue is getting fitted with a prosthetic leg at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Andrea Martin is paying for the $2,500 (€2,275) operation out of her own pocket. She says the alternative is euthanisation.

The chicken, named Cecily, was born with a damaged tendon in the leg that makes it useless. The surgery will begin when Emi Knafo, a specialist in avian orthopedics, will amputate Cecily’s right leg. After a 10- to 14-day recovery period, the prosthetic, made on a 3D printer, will be fitted.

What’s up with the beer?


Police are investigating if two distillers in the south-western region of Guangxi added Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China.

The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products.

Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China.

Officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124kg of raw alcohol, and a batch of white powder labelled Sildenafil, in a case worth over €100,000.

Cash for changing


A court says a municipal bus mechanic can have hundreds of euro in back pay for time spent changing into his work clothes — but not for time he spent showering.

The state labour court in Duesseldorf said the man and the local transport authority in Oberhausen had reached a settlement that will see him get €375 to cover the 10 minutes per day he spent changing into and out of his uniform over a seven-month period last year.

The plaintiff had sought to be paid for a daily 10 minutes spent in the shower after work, The court questioned whether that could be counted as time on the job and “whether 10 minutes is not too long for a shower”.

Wandering wallaby


A rare white wallaby has been spotted in Northamptonshire.

Caroline Phillips, of Grange Park, was riding with a friend in Salcey Forest when she saw a “white thing” at the bottom of her fields.

She originally thought it was a piece of plastic stuck on the hedge. Phillips said: “Florence was adamant it was a kangaroo, I was sure it wasn’t. I come from Australia where most Australians don’t see kangaroos in the wild so it was not likely to happen in England was it? Especially a rare white one.”

Robin Hood gets a twin


A statue of Robin Hood that sits outside Nottingham Castle is getting a twin.

The 2.2m-high bronze statue, made by the late artist and sculptor James Woodford in 1952, will be recast into an identical mould and given as a gift to Nottingham’s sister city of Ningbo, in China.

Whole Lotte trouble


The 92-year-old founder of South Korea’s largest retailer has been demoted to a powerless role — by his own son.

Shin Dong-bin, 60, has been trying to solidify his control of Lotte group in the face of opposition from his older brother Shin Dong-joo, 61, and his father Shin Kyuk-ho, 92.

Shin Dong-bin said his brother and father’s attempt to sack him as chairman of Lotte had no legal standing. In response, Lotte Japan demoted Shin Kyuk-ho to honorary chairman.

Rabbi road trip


Two young Orthodox rabbis have traded their studies for the back roads of Montana, where they are teaching the far-flung faithful how to keep kosher.

Eli Chaikin, 23, and Dovid Lepkivker, 25, call themselves the roving rabbis. Their mission is to reach as many of the state’s approximately 3,000 Jews as they can in a month, and they have so far visited more than 60 homes since July 7.

Turkey turmoil


A wandering turkey is causing a stir at the University of Michigan. The bird has captured the attention of students and staff as it roams wooded areas, chases passers-by, and gets in the way of bus traffic.

The school’s deputy police chief, Melissa Overton, said: “He hasn’t hurt anybody, but he’s a very aggressive bird,” as well as a traffic hazard. Officers plan to try and capture it so it can be relocated, but for now they warn people not to approach it.

Smelly situation


A hungry skunk whose head was stuck in a yoghurt container has a hero: A suburban Detroit police officer.

Rochester officer Merlin Taylor’s encounter was recorded from his police car. The video shows Taylor putting on a rubber glove and cautiously approaching the skunk, which was running in circles. Taylor removed the yogurt container and ran when it appeared the skunk might spray.

Sgt Mark Lyon doubts that Taylor will get an award, but the sergeant is impressed with the officer’s quick moves. Lyon said: “We all had a good laugh.”


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