QUIRKY WORLD ... Seals keep romance alive by using FaceTime on iPads

ENGLAND: A loved-up seal couple who beat the odds to conceive two pups while on the contraceptive pill are keeping their romance alive by FaceTiming each other on iPads.

Mother Sija and father Babyface fell for each other while living together at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

The couple surprised staff by falling pregnant despite Sija being on the pill and Babyface’s old age of 37 — one of the oldest seals in captivity.

The pair were separated this summer and moved into sanctuaries 260km apart to avoid them conceiving any more pups.

But they are using the latest in technology — dubbed SealTime — to keep the spark in their relationship.

Fiona Smith, displays curator at Weymouth Sea Life, where Sija is living, said: “At first the seals were both unsure about approaching the iPad, but once they saw each other they nosed up to it, which was really nice to see.

Chicken in-da-loo

ENGLAND: A thirsty chicken discovered drinking out of a toilet in a casino has been found a new home with the RSPCA’s hen welfare expert.

The hen, originally nicknamed Armitage after the toilet it was found in, was rescued from the 24-hour gaming shop Cashinos in Morden, Surrey, last month.

The dehydrated bird was found drinking from the toilet in their shop.

Mia Fernyhough, the RSPCA’s hen expert, said it was not known whether the hen, which she has now named Loo-Loo, was lost or abandoned.

Squatter’s price

USA: San Francisco police arrested a man who was squatting in a mansion up for sale and sold several paintings from the home valued at more than $300,000.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that officers found the 39-year-old Arizona man at the home in ritzy Pacific Heights.

Officer Carlos Manfredi says the man told police he was buying the home, but a real estate agent said he was trespassing. The agent also said 11 paintings were missing.

Police called to the home on Sunday and found the man with a painting next to a moving van. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Authorities tracked down nine of the paintings and expect to find the others soon.

Skydive record

USA: Wingsuit skydivers have flown into the record books, creating a diamond-shaped formation while soaring over California before breaking apart and floating to the ground.

The 61-strong group set the record for the largest such formation at Skydive Perris, south east of Los Angeles, shattering the old record set by 42 flyers in June.

Taya Weiss, the jump’s lead organiser, said the record was verified by a panel of judges from Federation Aeronautique Internationale, which keeps track of skydiving and other aviation-related records.

One judge on the ground witnessed the jumpers leap from three separate aircraft at 13,500 feet, create the formation and then break apart at 5,500 feet.

Camaro comeback

USA: A northeastern Ohio man has been reunited with his car after it was stolen more than 30 years ago.

Ron Reolfi, 52, bought the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for around $600 when he was 19.

The North Canton man last saw the car on October 24, 1981. He parked it outside a grocery store where he worked, and it was gone 20 minutes later.

Reolfi says he thought he’d never see it again.

He says someone in Maryland sold the car to a person in Delaware. Authorities were then alerted that it had been stolen. Reolfi’s dad, whose name was on the title, received an email with a photo of the vehicle.

Reolfi says recovering the car was “really emotional”.


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