Friday, October 17, 2008

Eagle Rehabilitated With Paraglider Training

Bird lovers who rehabilitated a Bald Eagle are training the eagle how to fly after more that 10 years in captivity. They are using a two-person para-glider to soar above French peaks and the big raptor sticks pretty close. Check the video for the amazing landing sequence.

Mans Best Man was Mans Best Friend


When Harriet and Andrew Athay got married there was only one choice for their best man - their pet dog Ed.
And he wasn't the only canine member of the bridal party as the couple's two female dogs, Humbug and Goulash, also walked with them down the aisle.
Ed wore his very own miniature tuxedo for the big day, while whippet Humbug and Hungarian vizsla Goulash had pink sparkly collars.
Harriet and Andrew felt it was only right that the doggy trio should be at their wedding because it was they who had brought them together in the first place.

Baby monkey gets his own guard dog

A Chinese zoo has given an orphan monkey its own guard dog to stop it being bullied by bigger primates.
Keepers at Jiaozuo City Zoo said the monkey was always being bullied and they had intervened to save his life several times.
"So we put a dog in the monkey cage, hoping he can protect the orphan," a zoo spokesman told the China News Network.
The zoo said the dog, Sai Hu, does his job very well.
"Whenever the baby monkey gets bullied, he dashes up and drives the others away. And the baby monkey is also very smart. Each time he smells danger he runs to jump on the dog's back and holds on tight.
"The alpha male monkey has been really unhappy since we sent in Sai Hu. He tried to organize several ambushes on the little monkey, but they all failed because of the dog," added the spokesman.


Man chews up a belly-busting, 20.2 pound burger

CLEARFIELD, Pa. - It took Brad Sciullo 4 hours and 39 minutes to finish a marathon. A meat marathon, that is. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound western Pennsylvania chef is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds.
The mountain of beef is the product of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield.
Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich Monday. "About three hours into it, things got tough," he said.
The burger included a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish, pub owner Dennis Liegey said.
For completing the challenge in the under-five-hour time limit, Sciullo won $400, three T-shirts, a certificate "and a burger hangover, as I call it," Liegey said.

Scaredy Cat Stuck in Tree for 5 Days

A brazen kitty chased a bird into a tree, then turned into a scaredy cat and wouldn't come down for five whole days.
In a scene worthy of a Sylvester and Tweety cartoon, the kitten was in hot pursuit of a feathery treat, climbing a towering tree in a Memphis neighborhood to try to catch the bird.
The feline's ordeal ended when the Memphis Fire Department shot a blast of water at the meowing little cat from a hose to get it down.
For five days, the poor kitty drove neighbors crazy with its loud, frightened meows. Concerned residents called agencies across the city, but no one responded to the call, according to
"The cat sounds like a baby crying ... He needs help," Percy Foster told the FOX affiliate. "I've called the mayor's action hotline, the Memphis Humane Shelter, the fire department; they say they don't do that."
Memphis firefighters finally arrived, turning the hose on the cat and warning another resident that "they’re not always going to be available to respond."
Other than emotional trauma and a broken tooth, the kitten walked away unscathed.

Elderly man was ordered to stop mowing grass because it's too tidy

A pensioner has been ordered by his council to stop mowing the grass outside his home because it makes the road look too tidy.
Brian Hubbard has regularly cut and weeded the small patch of grass outside his three-bedroom home since he moved in four years ago.
He also picks up any litter, rakes the leaves and cleans up after the council contractors have left their grass cuttings.
But he has received a letter accusing him of "encroaching" on council land and been told that he must stop tending to the grass and "return the area to its original state within 28 days" or the work would be carried out at his expense.
He said: "I like the place to be tidy and attractive and I know the council's contractors cannot do it all so I decided to help out.
"I find it grossly irritating that just because I have taken pride in the area where I live and made it more attractive I have had this threatening letter.
"Whoever would have thought that cultivating the grass, cutting it regularly and raking the leaves off could be described as encroachment? Do they want me to put daisies and dandelions in?
"The other day there were people smashing glass over the road. I got a broom, went over and swept it up. Is that encroachment?
"This is a perfect example of an overzealous council wasting taxpayers' money. I'm going to ignore the letter and carry on."

Lost dog doesn't speak English

A heartbroken dog owner is appealing for the safe return of her beloved pet.
Eva Stadaniova is fraught with worry after Nikita, her cross breed American Staffordshire and bull terrier, was stolen from outside the Grand Arcade. She is also worried because the two-year-old pooch only understands Czech.
Nikita arrived in the UK two weeks ago after six months in quarantine.Eva, 23, moved to the area from Prague in the Czech Republic three months ago and is distraught about being separated from her again.
She said: "I am very worried about my dog, she is like my child, my darling, and I am afraid for her because she doesn't understand English. I don't know who these people are and I am scared they won't look after her."
Eva, who is originally from Slovakia and now works in a factory in Skelmersdale, bought Nikita two years ago while she was living in Prague.
Eva left Nikita, described as black and brown and wearing a brown leather collar with her name on it, tied to a post outside the Grand Arcade. When she came back the dog had gone.
A frantic search ensued and ended in Wigan Police station where Eva discovered CCTV had captured the dog-napper, a female dressed in a pink hooded top and jeans, on tape.
Eva, of Alderley, said: "I have been looking for her everywhere, I have put up posters all over Wigan and I have been into all the pet stores. I just want her back safe."CCTV footage showed a female approach Nikita, untie her and lead her away to an unknown location and police are treating the incident as a theft.

It seems like yester-year to me

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