QUIRKY WORLD ... Fires crews take the bull by the horns in dramatic rescue

ENGLAND: A bull with his head stuck in a tree had to be rescued by fire crews — using a winch and a riot shield.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said a crew equipped with specialist large animal rescue equipment responded to the unusual emergency in a field off Barby Rd in Rugby shortly before 11am on Monday.

Another appliance based in Southam also attended and the hapless animal, named Billy by his rescuers, was freed at about 12.15pm.

Lucky cat

ENGLAND:

An undaunted cat was back on his paws just 24 hours after breaking his front legs when he fell out of a window bird-watching.

Vets who treated the one-year-old animal, named Shinji, at the PDSA’s Stoke Pet Hospital said he showed a “fighting spirit” to walk again with the help of complex surgery and steel fixings held together by orthopaedic putty.

PDSA senior vet Duncan Senior said: “Thankfully we only see a very small number of cats who have been unlucky enough to break two legs at the same time. Just 24 hours after the operation he was up on his feet again.”

Fishy hearse

RUSSIA:

Police stopped a hearse speeding on a highway — only to find half a tonne of caviar stashed inside.

The vehicle was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk, close to the Chinese border, to a city further north, according to the interior ministry’s department in the region.

When police officers asked the driver to open the car they saw plastic containers with caviar hidden under the wreaths lying next to a coffin. More caviar was found inside the casket, which did not contain a body. Caviar production in Russia is strictly regulated.

Robber spooked

USA:

An elderly woman who was being robbed in a Pennsylvania car park shouted: “There’s the police!” — and the spooked suspect dropped his gun and ran away.

Police are still searching for the robber, who approached the woman outside the Uni-Mart store in Punxy Plaza on Friday morning, Punxsutawney police chief James Borza said, adding that the man got nervous when the woman yelled. He dropped the gun, and she kicked it underneath a vehicle.

Dogs’ dinner

USA:

New York’s pooches will be able to venture on to restaurant patios under a new state law which will allow restaurants to open their outdoor dining areas to canine companions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called “dining with dogs” bill into law late on Monday night. States including California, Florida and Maryland already have similar laws. Dog lovers and many restaurant owners in New York support the idea, noting that the animals would have to be leashed and that restaurants could choose not to allow canines.

Lounging lizard

SCOTLAND:

A lizard is settling in to a new home in Inverness after hitching a 6,760km ride from Florida in a family’s holiday suitcase.

The reptile was discovered by Siouxsie Mackenzie on Sunday after returning to Ferryhill, Aberdeen, from a holiday in the US state with her partner and daughter.

Mackenzie was emptying suitcases and preparing a wash when she noticed the brown anole lizard.

She said that her daughter, 8, wanted to keep the lizard but they nicknamed him ‘Flo Rida’ and decided to take him to the Scottish SPCA as he is a wild animal.

The lizard was quickly offered a new home by Nick Martin, who has an exotic animal rescue charity in Inverness.


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