Quirky World: Second saucy seagull curries favour with medics

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Wales: A wildlife hospital has had to curry on as normal after a second seagull in two months had to be rescued following a fall into a container of spicy sauce.

The RSPCA said the latest bird was coated “half-and-half” bright orange after taking a dip in a vat of tandoori sauce in Newport, South Wales.

Officials said the charity received a call on August 2 to save the saucy seagull.

A spokeswoman said: “We get many calls about injured gulls — especially at this time of year — but this one was a bit more unusual than the norm.

“He must have had a shock when he fell in the curry. We have no idea if it flew in because it was hungry or if he fell in by accident.

“He was removed safely before being taken to the Vale Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre near Tewkesbury.

“He’s uninjured and just needed a good clean, but I expect he will be put off from curry after this.”

It comes after another gull in South Wales landed in a sticky situation in June, becoming trapped in a vat of tikka masala sauce at a curry factory.

The bird’s antics saw it nicknamed ‘gullfrazie’ on social media.

The RSPCA said the latest gull is back to its normal colour and will soon be released back into the wild.

Headhunting dope expert

USA:

Ohio is looking for an expert in growing marijuana who must adhere to its drug-free workplace policy as the state implements a new medical marijuana law.

Cleveland.com reports the new hire by the Ohio Department of Commerce would help write rules for medical marijuana cultivators.

The chosen contractor would be held to Ohio’s drug-free workplace policy, which currently doesn’t allow for medical marijuana use.

The contractor would research best practices and recommend how they would work with Ohio’s patient needs in the new Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The job was posted last week. The state is accepting applications through Wednesday. The department has budgeted $50,000 for the work.

Tasteless tweet by police

England:

A police force has apologised after posting an “unacceptable” image of two men in Nazi uniforms on its official Twitter page. Greater Manchester Police removed the tweet from their GMP Traffic Twitter account which had shown the men wearing SS uniforms and standing next to a German military Kubelwagen.

The tweet, which was posted on Sunday, was captioned: “M62 J22 On the west Yorkshire border. These two likely lads trying to invade”.

Groundhog day for officers

USA:

Two police officers for Rensselaer, New York, have been suspended as authorities investigate claims they used a golf cart to kill a groundhog during a police union’s golf tournament.

Authorities say witnesses reported seeing the two men chase a groundhog near one of the holes at the Frear Park Golf Course in the city of Troy. The animal was killed when the cart ran over it.

Rick Fusco, chief of police for the nearby city of Rensselaer, said that both officers have been suspended with pay while an internal investigation is continuing. Mr Fusco said he will attempt to fire both officers if an investigation finds them guilty.

Sand, sealed, delivered

England:

A seal pup that got trapped in a lido has been reunited with its mother thanks to members of the public who came to its aid.

Sarah Greenslade and Debs Cardwell, from Brixham, Devon, were walking along the coast when they spotted the distressed baby seal at Shoalstone Pool, a sea water lido next to the sea, on Monday morning.

The two women fetched a blanket so they could wrap up the seal pup and return him to the sea.

Broken connection

China:

A Dutch man spent 10 days at an airport in China waiting for a woman he met on the internet but ended up hospitalised after the stay took a toll on his health, local media reported.

Alexander Pieter Cirk, 41, arrived at Changsha’s Huanghua International Airport last month hoping to meet a 26-year-old woman surnamed Zhang. He told broadcaster Hunan ETV he had met her online some two months ago and would not leave until his “girlfriend” arrived.

However, Zhang told Hunan ETV by phone that she had not expected Cirk to actually come to Changsha and was unable to meet him after recent cosmetic surgery had made it “inconvenient” for her to step outside.

After 10 days of waiting with little to eat or drink, Cirk was taken to hospital.

He later returned to the Netherlands without setting eyes on Zhang.

A Desta fidelis

USA:

An Oklahoma woman has been reunited with her pet tortoise after the creature was found about a mile away from home after a day on the loose.

Becca Funa says her 11kg pet tortoise, named Desta, is remarkably fast and “you can’t exactly put a collar on him”.

This was the tortoise’s second escape. A woman found the tortoise at Yukon City Park, and Funa was reunited with her pet later that night.


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