CRYSTAL CITY, Va. (AP) — Frankly my deer. A Metro station is no place for gallivanting. Animals on tracks are not exactly uncommon at the Washington Metro’s outdoor stations, but a deer that wandered into an indoor station gave morning commuters a shock. The deer itself avoided a real shock despite a brief frolic on the Crystal City tracks, outside of Washington, D.C. The Washington Post reports the deer dashed down the platform, jumped down onto the tracks, bounded back up, tried to climb a wall and ran in front of a train. Throughout it all, the deer escaped injury, avoiding contact with the electrified third rail or a train before fleeing out the tunnel. A metro spokesman says the deer likely came from a wooded area between the station and Regan National Airport.
SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — “Roof! Roof!” He was practically begging to be rescued. Firefighters in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park on Friday managed to help a 180-pound Saint Bernard named Whiskey who had gotten stuck on the small roof of the overhang at a side door of his home. The homeowner’s mother was housesitting when Whiskey pushed out a window screen and jumped onto the second-story overhang. She and police tried to coax him back inside with dog treats, but to no avail, so firefighters with a ladder truck were summoned. One firefighter on a ladder and two inside eventually managed to pull Whiskey safely into the house.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter’s progress at it climbed the UBS Tower yesterday. By afternoon, it had stopped on a ledge more than 20 stories high. Nearby Minnesota Public Radio branded the raccoon with the hashtag #mprraccoon. The woodland creature also had its own Twitter account, with one tweet saying, “I made a big mistake.”
ELEPHANTS’ REST HOME
PARIS (AP) — Two prominent animal rights groups say they are establishing Europe’s first sanctuary for former circus elephants. World Animal Protection said the sanctuary will be created in collaboration with the charity Elephant Haven in the central French region of Limousin. Circuses across Europe use more than 100 elephants in shows. Tony Verhulst, co-founder of Elephant Haven, said “There is no place for elephants to retire in Europe and we are so pleased that we are giving them a safe haven.” A platform at the site will also be built for visitors and tourists to safely watch elephants roaming freely and behaving as they would in the wild. World Animal Protection CEO Steve McIvor said “These elephants have suffered a lifetime of misery, held in captivity and forced to endure cruel and intensive training to make them ‘safe’ to interact with people and entertain.”
FLIGHT OF FANCY
FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Some Massachusetts residents are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane. The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg revealed a 64-foot-long plane at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport yesterday. There was no plan to fly the contraption. It weighs nearly a ton -- what with all the glue and shellac on it. Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck tells the Sentinel & Enterprise he wanted to break the world record for the largest paper airplane to take flight but the hangar it was built in was too small to accommodate a wide enough wing span to support it. A construction crane held the plane aloft. Two people measured the plane at 64 feet and 6 inches long, which Beck says makes it is the largest of its kind. He’s asking Guinness World Records to add a new category.
WALLAGRASS, Maine (AP) — A dog and a young moose have forged an unlikely friendship in Maine. WMTW-TV reports Wallagrass resident Shannon Lugdon and her dog, Leo, spotted the week-old moose alone on Sunday. Game wardens told Lugdon to not make contact with the young moose because its mother was probably close by eating. Lugdon says the next morning she let Leo out for a bathroom break. She says the dog and the abandoned moose quickly became friends. She says the moose followed her and Leo around all day “begging for attention” and she named it Maggie. Wardens and a biologist picked the 27-pound moose up and took it to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, about 300 miles south of where it was found.