A macaque monkey in Indonesia took a camera from a wildlife photographer before snapping himself in a variety of poses. The Sulawesi or crested black macaque is extremely rare and critically endangered
The primate went to investigate the equipment before becoming fascinated with his own reflection in the lens. And it wasnt long before the crested black macaque hijacked the camera and started snapping away sending award-winning photographer David Slater bananas.
More via Telegraph.
- Monkeys Try Their Hand At Photography (neatorama.com)
A Moose burst through the dining room window of a retirement home in southwestern Sweden, knocking over furniture and flower pots before taking off into the wild again.
Police say aside from the moose, who was scratched by the broken window, no one was injured in the overnight surprise visit at the Brunnsgarden retirement home in the small town of Alingsas.
- Runaway Moose On Loose Barges Into Swedish Retirement Home (weirdnews.aol.com)
This is definitely Chariots of Fire worthy. That snapping turtle is trying so hard to get to the pond. It’s at the top, it can taste victory, it’s going over… Oh, and it all comes crashing down! It’s okay, turtle, you’re still a winner (the person filming reveals in the YouTube description that eventually the turtle made it over.)
Video via The Feed – CBS News.
- Is This The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Face? (screencrave.com)
- Real Life Ninja Turtle Fails… (geektyrant.com)
Try competing with this balloon artist and you would definitely be wasting your breath.
Mark Verge has been perfecting the art form for more than 16 years and has created a 39ft life-size replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex out of 1,400 balloons.
via Mail Online.
Runway 4 Left at Kennedy International Airport was closed for more than an hour on Wednesday morning. The cause: turtles on the runway.
Specialists from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey removed about 100 diamondback terrapins from the runway around 10 a.m., said John P. L. Kelly, a Port Authority spokesman.
More via NYTimes.com.
Police in Brandenburg, who discovered a large plot of cannabis, called on the neighbouring house only to find an 84-year-old woman who had been feeding her rabbits with the plants.
“The rabbits really like it,” the woman told officers who called on her in the village of Golzow near Belzig, according to Saturday’s Tagesspiegel…
She told them that she had not grown the plants herself, but that they had simply started growing there, and had proven to be excellent rabbit food. Not only did the rabbits love eating the plants, they grew back very quickly after she cut them down, she told the investigating officers.
via The Local.
Original source unknown.
If some of the staff who captured the beast don’t seem to be taking the safety drill at Chengdu Zoo seriously, then they can be forgiven.
For if you look very, very closely at these images, you’ll notice it isn’t a real tiger at all. Instead of letting a real big cat loose, managers thought it might be wiser to practise with a costumed escaper.
- Runaway ‘tiger’ (news.ninemsn.com.au)
Police responding to a rare alligator sighting in suburban Kansas City took quick action to dispatch of the beast, shooting it in the head, as instructed, while it lurked menacingly in the weeds leading down to a pond.
It wasn’t until a second rifle shot bounced off the reptile’s head that the officers realized they had mortally wounded a concrete lawn ornament.
- Weird News – Kansas City Police Shoot Lawn Ornament (offbeatearth.com)
- Police shoot gator twice; lawn ornament survives (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Rats. Five unwanted passengers grounded a Qantas 767 at Sydney Airport yesterday.
Flight attendants discovered the five rodents in a storage compartment just before the passengers were due to embark on the Brisbane-bound flight at 5 p.m. Passengers were transferred to a rat-free plane.
A Qantas spokesperson told AAP they were “baby rats” and the airline “was currently investigating how they got into the aircraft,” Sky News reports.
A Speedway man was recovering this morning from a kitten bite to his thumb.Craig Wyatt, 24, called police Thursday afternoon after a kitten in a woodpile nipped him on the right thumb, according to a Speedway police report.Wyatt said the feline bit him when he tried to tie a string around its neck. When police arrived the kitty was tied to a tree.
Ducks are great swimmers — but they also make for great boats.
At least according to shipbuilder Christian Bohlin, who sailed his eye-catching duck-shaped ship across Stockholm harbor on May 27.
One of two novelty boats constructed by the shipwright, this waterfowl-inspired watercraft has plenty of high-flying features. The ship reportedly boasts a sauna, a kitchenette and two sleeping cots for bird-brained sailors.
A man who dressed as Brian the Snail from The Magic Roundabout to compete in the London Marathon has finally finished… after 26 days.
After donning the giant 9ft-long snail suit, Lloyd Scott had to lie on his stomach and slide along on a sled until he’d completed the famous 26.2-mile course.
- Ex-Blackpool keeper Lloyd Scott finishes the London Marathon after 26 days (offthepost.info)
- Marathon man’s snail pace (thesun.co.uk)
According to a report in the UK’s Daily Mail, Russia’s Kemerovo State University is planning to set up a research institute to study the recent increase in yeti sightings in Siberia. Fifteen witnesses claim to have spotted the elusive hominid in the last year alone.
A Taranaki farmer has lost a cow but kept his milking shed following a freak series of events.
A motorist was traveling along a dark, wet Manaia Rd near Kaponga on Friday night when he hit and killed a black friesian.The animal was thrown over the top of the car, peeling back the (hood) and shattering the windscreen. The car smashed into a pole which caused a power surge to race along the wires into the farmer’s house.
The same surge blew up the cowshed meter board and set it on fire. However, it melted a water line directly above which extinguished the blaze.
More via National – 3 News.
AN Aussie pig known as Boris was getting ready to have a face lift today.The 250kg family pet will have to be carried by horse float to a vet who agreed to do the brow-lifting surgery he needs to restore his vision, the Portside Messenger said.The three-year-old pig, a local icon often seen trotting around the community sports ground in Rosewater, South Australia – northwest of the Adelaide city centre – has developed a deformity causing his brow to cover his eyes.
- Pet Pig Needs a Facelift (livescience.com)
Walmart shoppers in Stafford County saw the sight of their lives Tuesday night—a cow, on all fours, trying to score gallons of milk.
An 18-year-old man dressed up in a cow suit stole 26 gallons of milk around 10:35 p.m. from the Garrisonville Walmart, Stafford County Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said.
The man was apparently crawling while he exited the store, trying to emulate cattle, Kennedy said
You may be asking for trouble when you commission taxidermy work from someone who is unfamiliar with the species. That was just the case for King Frederick I of Sweden in 1731. The lion was a gift, but after it died, the pelt and bones were presented to a taxidermist who had never seen a lion. You see the result looks more like a cartoon character than the king of beasts.
- The Lion on Gripsholms Slott (neatorama.com)