ORANGUTAN PATERNITY TEST YIELDS ODD SURPRISING RESULT
BERLIN (AP) — Who’s your daddy? No, really — who IS your daddy? It’s a question zoo officials in northwestern Switzerland have had to ask after DNA tests came back on a baby orangutan born five months ago. The mom shared an enclosure with a male member of the species. But when DNA tests were taken, there was a surprise — a big one. The ape’s dad wasn’t the male orangutan who shared the enclosure with the mom. Instead, it matched an 18-year-old orangutan named Vendel — who lives in the enclosure next door. Apparently a fence between the enclosures didn’t keep the orangutans from taking care of business.
BOY’S RECORD CLEARED IN COUNTERFEIT CASE
MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia schoolboy has had his record erased — after a beef in which he tried to buy lunch with a counterfeit $20 bill. An attorney representing the 12-year-old says the school district in Henry County reversed a hearing officer’s decision to extend the boy’s five-day suspension by two days. And the lawyer says the family is also happy to have the matter put behind them. Christian Philon said the child was given the bogus bill from his father, who received it as change from a fast-food restaurant. Both the boy and his dad believed the bill was real.
SEALS TAKE OVER NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACH
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s another consequence of the partial government shutdown. Officials in Northern California say a colony of adult seals took up residence on a beach — and seem in no hurry to leave. The seals — about 60 of them — began flocking to Point Reyes National Seashore during the shutdown. And once they settled in, they have resisted any efforts to relocate them. They have also found the area nice for breeding — as seal moms have given birth to 35 pups. Usually staffers would be around to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area. But during the shutdown, those staffers were furloughed — and the seals managed to knock down a fence and move into the parking lot as they migrated.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II