March 9, 2017
Fowl Play: Wild Turkeys Caught On Video Circling Dead Cat
Randolph, MA (AP) A bizarre scene of a group of wild turkeys walking in a circle around a dead cat was caught on video by a Massachusetts man who perhaps best described it: an attempt to give the feline its 10th life.
Jonathan Davis came across the fowl play in the Boston suburb of Randolph Thursday. He posted a video on Twitter that he says was viewed a half million times by the late afternoon.
The recording shows what appears to be 17 turkeys circling the cat.
Dave Scarpitti (scar-PEET’-ee) is a wildlife biologist at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He suspects the turkeys were sizing up the threat of the cat and had no intention to make a meal out of it. He says turkeys prefer bird seed and vegetation.
Who’s A Good Boy? The Tennis Ball Retrievers At Brazil Open
Sao Paulo (AP) Six shelter dogs looking to be adopted are playing fetch at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, giving tennis fans a demonstration of their ball-retrieving skills.
Wearing blue bandanas around their necks, Cindy, Nanda, Blackie, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha are racing around the clay court of the Pinheiros Club on Saturday. They are chasing down the balls hit by Brazilian tennis players Marcelo Demoliner and Joao Zwetsch and bringing them back.
The four-legged ball retrievers showed off their talents shortly before Joao Sousa of Portugal met Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the day’s first semifinal match.
The dogs come from two Sao Paulo shelters and are available for adoption.
Man Who Doesn’t Know How To Swim Rescues Boy In Hotel Pool
Fairfield, NJ (AP) Police say a Pennsylvania man who doesn’t know how to swim jumped into the deep end of a pool at a New Jersey hotel and rescued a boy from drowning.
Fairfield police say a Paterson woman and a male companion were in the pool at the La Quinta Inn on Thursday with her five children, who range in age from 1 to 9. Police say none knew how to swim, and the 9-year-old went under water.
The companion ran to the front desk for help. Police say 37-year-old Randolph Tajada-Perez, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was checking in. Tajada-Perez, who doesn’t know how to swim, jumped into the pool and after several attempts reached the child.
The boy is in stable condition. Police are calling Tajada-Perez a “hero guest.”
Ohio Carjacking Duo Were Stumped By Stick Shift
Cleveland (AP) Cleveland police say an 18-year-old serial carjacker was arrested after his accomplice couldn’t drive a stick shift even with some coaching from the victim.
Cleveland.com reports Damari Wayne was charged with robbery. Police say he committed three armed carjackings between Feb. 11 and Feb. 21.
Police say Wayne and a 17-year-old boy attempted to steal a 23-year-old man’s car on Feb. 21. The younger teen got in the driver’s seat but was unable to operate the vehicle. That’s when police say the duo turned the gun on their victim while he tried to explain how to use the gears.
The duo eventually got frustrated and ran off with the man’s cellphone, which police used to pinpoint their location.
A message seeking comment was left Thursday for his attorney.
Texan Gave Up Beer For Lent, Then Wins Case Of Budweiser
Harlingen, TX (AP) A South Texas woman who says she gave up beer for Lent won a case of Budweiser delivered to her home by a team of Clydesdales.
The Valley Morning Star reports Leandra Ruiz received the beer Thursday in a special drop-off, via the huge horses, at her neighborhood in Harlingen.
The 35-year-old Ruiz says that several weeks ago she entered an online contest for a chance at home delivery of some beer. Ruiz, who says she was surprised to learn she won, was on hand with family and friends to watch the Clydesdales pull up to her home.
The Budweiser carriage drivers also took Ruiz for a ride around the block.
The Clydesdales were in South Texas for this weekend’s BorderFest celebration in Hidalgo (hih-DAL’-goh).
Cat Survives 400 Miles Clinging Under Owner’s Semitrailer
St. Paul, MN (AP) A long-haul semitrailer driver from Minnesota thought he had lost his feline traveling companion for good when the cat jumped out of his truck at a rest stop in Ohio.
But it was a joyful reunion for Paul Robertson and his beloved Percy when he discovered the cat had been clinging to the undercarriage of his 18-wheeler for 400 miles through snow and rain.
Percy jumped out of a semitrailer window while Robertson was sleeping at the rest stop. After a long search, Robertson says he knew he had to leave Percy behind to meet a delivery deadline.
Robertson says when he finally reached Shoals, Indiana, he spotted what he thought was a stray cat near his truck. As he got a closer look he was astonished to discover it was Percy.
Robertson says “it was a lovefest” after that.
Co-Workers Buy Car For Man Who Walks 10 Miles To His Job
Oxford, AL (AP) Derrick Taylor used to walk about 10 miles to get to his job at a UPS distribution center in Alabama. Now, he takes the easy route.
His co-workers chipped in and bought the 19-year-old Taylor a used Jeep Cherokee for $1,100. One of his colleagues took video of the moment when Taylor received the Jeep, and it quickly went viral.
In the video, Taylor breaks down into tears. He told Al.com this week that he feels blessed but also overwhelmed by all of the attention. Taylor has worked at the distribution center for about a year. Before he had his new wheels, he would sometimes catch rides from his co-workers. Now, he gets a lot more sleep.