Staff at the El Paso Zoo in Texas are preparing to press charges against a woman who jumped into a spider monkey exhibit and fed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to the animals. Zookeepers found out about the stunt through Instagram, where someone posted video of the woman underneath a waterfall, with the monkeys just feet away. “This young lady decided to hop a fence, climb through some bushes, drop down into a 4-feet-deep moat, walk across the moat and then try to feed the spider monkeys,” zoo director Joe Montisano said. “It was stupid. She’s very fortunate that it didn’t have a worse outcome for her or the animals.” While the woman hasn’t been named, her employer, Lovett Law Firm, recognized and fired her.
Assault With Ground Beef
Police in South Euclid, Ohio, responded to a Walmart after a confrontation between Maneka Garner and Precious Jackson. The two women had been feuding for some time and Jackson had taken out a protection order against Garner. When they met in the potato chip aisle, Garner pulled down Jackson’s mask and tried to spit on her. She then reached into Jackson’s cart and picked up a 10-pound package of ground beef, which she used to strike Jackson “a couple of times in the face,” police said. In their report, they identified the meat as a “blunt object.” Police said Garner has a history of violent behavior. She pleaded not guilty to assault and violating a temporary protective order.
A Bear Of A Walk
Bearsun is the name Jesse Larios of Los Angeles gave to the teddy bear char-acter he created in 2016 and fashioned into a human-sized Bearsun suit. In April, Larios decided to walk from Los Angeles to San Francisco — a journey of more than 400 miles — dressed as Bearsun. Mountain passes and road construction made the trip slower than he expected. Bearsun slept wherever he found himself at the end of the day and got food at gas stations. In reference to his goal to walk all the way to San Francisco, Larios said, “I just see something and I chase after it.”
Have Tail, Will Wag
Britain’s The Tail Company is start-ing production of miTail — a Bluetooth-enabled animatronic tail that wearers can control with a phone app. A user could have the tail express emotions such as “frustrated and tense” or “calm and relaxed.” Other moves include the “Short Wag” and the “Happy Wag.” The company plans to start delivering the Kickstarter-supported products in August.
Don’t Throw Your Pastry In A Tree
The Krakow, Poland, Society for the Protection of Animals responded to a report that a suspected iguana was stuck in a lilac tree outside a residential build-ing, only to discover that the object was a discarded croissant. “People don’t open windows because they’re afraid it’s going to enter their house,” a caller had told the group. The animal rescue agency was understanding. “It’s better to check and be pleasantly disappointed than not react, which can sometimes lead to a tragedy,” the group posted on its Facebook page.
Making Soap From Snail Slime
When Damien Desrocher decided to get back to nature, he left his job as an Air Force computer technician and moved to the northern French town of Wahagnies, where he started raising snails. But these snails are not for eating. Desrocher harvests “slime” from the snails and uses it to make bars of soap. A single snail will yield about 2 grams of slime. Desrocher needs 80 grams of slime to make 15 100-gram soap bars. “It’s all in the dexterity of how you tickle the snail,” when you harvest the slime. “I only touch it with my finger. You see, the snail’s not violent.” Desrocher said snail mucus contains mol-ecules of collagen and elastin, which have anti-aging and skin-healing properties.
Wedding Ring Swims Away
Avid snorkeler Susan Prior of Norfolk Island, Australia, often sees small mullet fish with rings around their mid-dles — usually plastic rings from juice and milk bottles. “Mullet snuffle through the sand looking for food, making it soeasy for a ring or a hair tie to flip over their noses and get stuck,” Prior wrote in a blog post. In May, Prior took an under-water snapshot of a mullet fish sporting a gold wedding band. Prior remembered she had seen a social media post about a lost wedding ring in the bay, but couldn’t catch up to the fish to retrieve the item.
No Good Deed
After Bryan Thayer, 34, finished his shift at his bar and grill in Metairie, La., he stopped off at the City Bar, where he and a friend bought a drink for another patron, Andrew Nierman, 32. The first drink they bought spilled on Nierman, so they furnished him with a replacement. But Nierman evidently wasn’t satisfied with that. “He grabbed my head and bittrash bags and duct tape lying in Louise’s yard. While Louise was picking up her 5-year-old from school, seven police offi-cers descended on her home. When she re-turned, she provided an explanation: “The prop in the garden was part of our theme” for Halloween, she said. But she had ne-glected to dispose of the fake corpse after the autumn holiday. “I have a tip for all parents who go all-out at Halloween like myself — dispose of props or put them away safely,” Louise said.
Those Dam Beavers
Someone reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, that a load of fence-posts had gone missing. Officers opened an investigation. The “bucktooth bandits” were quickly identified: “The stolen goods were located in a beaver dam,” said Constable Conrad Rickards. “A beaver — or beavers — helped themselves to the stash of posts and used them to help build a dam. I tried locating said beavers but they were GOA (gone on arrival).” Tired Of Looking Up From Your Phone? Have you ever walked into a pole while looking down at your phone? Minwook Paeng, an industrial design student at London’s Royal College of Art and Imperial College, has invented a device that will alert you to obstacles in your path. He calls it the Third Eye. A small translucent case shaped like an eye is affixed to the forehead with a thin gel pad. “The black component that looks like a pupil is an ultrasonic sensor for sensing distance,” Paeng explains. When the gyroscope senses the head is angled downward, the plastic “eyelid” opens and warns the wearer of obstacles in their path with a buzzer. Paeng believes humans are evolving into “phono sapiens” and are developing “turtle neck syndrome” and a curved pinky finger from holding their phones. “I hope that the act of ironically pointing out what we are doing with our smartphones can help people take time for self-reflection,” Paeng mused.
Two teenagers who were on their way home from a graduation party in the early hours of the night crashed their car into the roof of a home in Eureka, Mo. The driver lost control, rolled down an embankment, flipped over a fence and crashed front-end first into the master bathroom of the home. Startlingly, there were no injuries from the crash; the two teens escaped through the master bedroom, and two occupants of the home, who were sleeping at the time, were unharmed.
This Really Happened
When Ana Cardenas of El Paso, Texas, woke up she felt something dripping on her face. When she turned on the light, she was horrified to see that it was blood, which was coming in where her ceiling fan was attached to the ceiling. The fan had spattered the blood all around the room. Cardenas called 911, and officers determined that the man living in the apartment above hers had died. “The firefighters knocked down his door and the body was laying exactly where my fan is underneath,” Cardenas said. “He had carpet but the blood seeped through to my ceiling.” Police said the man had died of natural causes and had been deceased for five to six days. Cardenas stayed at a hotel for a few nights but now has to replace her damaged belongings. She said she was traumatized by the incident. “It was awful, an awful impact.”