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January 16, 2019

SNAKE FOUND IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT OF CAR

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — You’ve heard of a car having horses under the hood. But a snake? That was the deal with a Florida man when he decided to peek into his engine compartment. And when Ernst Dimanche did, he found a boa constrictor resting on the engine. He tells TV station WSVN he had dropped off his kids at school on Friday and came home to work on his car — and when he popped the hood of his Cadillac he saw the snake and “just went crazy.” He called for animal control — but says he was told they’d charge him $300 to help. So, Dimanche says he got a neighbor who offered a less-expensive method. The neighbor used a hanger to rid the vehicle of its unwanted passenger.

ICE DISK FORMS IN MAINE

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Imagine a Frisbee made of ice — and measuring the width of a football field. That’s what’s floating around in Maine’s Presumpscot River. The formation is a spinning ice disk — and it’s been getting lots of attention on social media. Some have likened it to an alien spacecraft, a carousel — or even the moon. Yesterday, the ice formation drew a crowd that stood around transfixed as the disc rotated slowly on the river. A city official says the disk is believed to have formed naturally in a part of the river where there’s a circular current that creates a whirlpool effect. The ice disk spins in a counter-clockwise direction — and has been home to ducks and other birds who sit as the disk slowly rotates.

COYOTE GETS INTO CONVENTION CENTER IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — You can expect to see plenty of cool things in Music City. But one of those things you don’t expect to see — is a coyote in a bathroom. But that’s happened at the Nashville convention the other day. The coyote dashed past a security checkpoint — and entered the center the facility just as a boat show was packing up Sunday night. The animal scooted around before it dashed into an exhibit hall. Staffers corralled it in o a bathroom. Eventually police and animal control officers used a catch pole to catch the coyote — and it was released into a wooded area. While spotting a coyote within Nashville’s city limits makes news now — animal control officials say it’s likely to become more common as the city expands, displacing more wild animals.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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