It may only be one horsepower, but this Fiat Uno certainly gave traffic cops a run for their money as it sped along the motorway with a foal on the back seat. The driver had bought the 260 lbs foal at a livestock market near the Polish capital Warsaw and was driving 150 miles to his farm in the north of the country. By the time police caught up with it driver Hieronim Kapuscinski had pulled over when the car's engine conked out. Inside the car the pony stood waiting patiently to be fed while the driver's two pals - who'd been crammed into the front - checked that the rear seat was secure on the ramshackle roof rack. Police fined the driver 50 GBP for inappropriate use of a car and confiscated the horse until its owner can arrange for a proper livestock transporter to pick it up. . .
Doctors in Bellflower California methodically delivered a mother's seven babies, five boys and two girls, just as they had repeatedly rehearsed. Then came the eighth. The surprising sixth boy and eighth child made Monday's mass birth not just remarkable but historic. "It is quite easy to miss a baby when you're anticipating seven," said Dr. Harold Henry, chief of maternal and fetal medicine and one of 46 doctors, nurses and assistants who delivered the children by Caesarean section at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center. "Ultrasound doesn't show you everything." Just five minutes after the first birth, the unexpected eighth baby came out at 10:48 a.m. "My eyes were wide," Dr. Karen Maples said. It was just the second live octuplets birth in U.S. history. "The babies are all doing well, and the mom is also doing well," Henry said. "There were no complications from the surgery to the best of my knowledge." Hospital officials would not release the mother's name nor say whether she had used fertility drugs. They did say she planned to breast feed all the children. "She's a very strong woman, so she probably will be able to handle all eight babies," said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neo-natologist who cared for the infants. The mother checked into the hospital in her 23rd week of pregnancy and gave birth seven weeks later. The babies — dubbed with the letters A-through-H— will probably remain in the hospital for at least two months and the mother should be released in a week, Maples said. .
Schoolteacher running for world record marathon dressed in a clown costume.
A school teacher from Radley is believed to have broken a world record after running a marathon dressed as a clown. Paul Fernandez, 34, completed the Glouc-ester Marathon last Sunday in full clown costume in 2hr 50min 34sec — more than half-an-hour faster than the Guinness World Record of 3hr 24min. Mr Fernandez, a biology teacher at Radley College, was second overall in the race out of about 250 runners. His time has to be verified by Guinness Book of Records officials. Before the race, the 34-year-old teacher said: "My personal best is 2hr 39min, which I did at Abingdon last year. "Gloucester is a small marathon and the winner only did it in 2hr 53min last year, so in theory I could be near the front, which could be a bit embarrassing. "I’m hoping to go 30 seconds a mile slower than my personal best and still come in at under 2hr 50min." He was struck with the idea after looking at feats of endurance.