RACCOON MOVES INTO ZOO
BERLIN (AP) — Anyone who has ever had a guest who makes themselves a little too comfortable in your home can appreciate what some zoo officials in Germany are dealing with. A wild raccoon has taken up residence in the enclosure already occupied by seven other raccoons at the Heidelberg Zoo. The male interloper seems to be getting along well with his raccoon mates. And despite showing up uninvited, he can stay. A newspaper reports the newcomer can stay at the zoo for life, because European Union rules forbid him from being released back into the wild. On the flip side, those same E.U. rules dictate the raccoon will have to be castrated.
DUCKLINGS RESCUED FROM CONNECTICUT STORM DRAIN
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you know it’s a duck. But if the ducks appear to be crying, it’s time to call the first responders. That’s what happened Sunday on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs. The school says bystanders near the chemistry building called the fire department when they saw a mother duck and two ducklings wailing at the opening of a storm drain. Turns out there were eight ducklings stuck in the drain. Six were pulled out by a firefighter while the others had to be lured out from a drain pipe with a dish of Rice Krispies. The school says the ducks have all back together again — and are hanging out at a nearby lake.
ALASKA ICE GUESSING CONTEST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It’s an annual event in Alaska. Each year, people get to pick the date that the ice officially goes out on the Tanana River in Nenana. This year’s winner is Anchorage resident Patricia Andrew. She was the only person to guess the exact time the ice went out. For the record, that was at 12:21 a.m. on April 14. For her prognosticating prowess, Andrew gets $311,652. After taxes are taken out, her haul will be $224,389.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II