Monday 21 May 2018

Baby tragedy

An 11-month-old toddler died after being left inside a car parked outside the family's apartment near Fort Lauderdale, according to police in Florida.

The parents and four other children were unloading food and forgot to get the child out of the Ford Explorer, said a police spokesman.

He said about an hour later, they realised the child was not in the house. They returned to the vehicle and found the toddler inside.

Golden lobster

A rare golden lobster has been hauled up in the pots of a fisherman off the east coast of Scotland.

The crustacean was caught by Eddie Dougal on his boat the Fiddler's Green, around half a mile off Barns Ness Lighthouse near Dunbar, East Lothian. The odds of finding a golden lobster are believed to be around one in five million.

The creature is currently being kept at the Deep Sea World visitor attraction in North Queensferry, Fife.

Old age secrets

A great-grandmother who lived for years in India has attributed her love of curry and whisky to helping her reach her recent 103rd birthday.

Margaret Phillips, who lives at Bupa's Balcarres Care Home in Dundee, said keeping fit and active have also helped.

Mrs Phillips gave birth to her first daughter, Jacqueline, just before the outbreak of the Second World War and moved to India with her first husband, William, for three years before the family returned to the UK in 1940.

Squirrel on run

Police in the Detroit suburb of Shelby Township are hoping a social media post about a felonious squirrel will help authorities locate some 13,000kg of stolen snack nuts.

Alas, the mock mugshot of the rodent, posted on the department's Facebook page on Tuesday, has not produced any leads on the actual culprit, Detective Lieutenant Jason Schmittler said.

Lion on loose

A mountain lion has been spotted on four separate occasions around San Francisco in the past several days in the first such sightings in the city in years, officials said.

Three people have reported what is believed to be a single adult male mountain lion since June 30, according to a statement from the National Park Service, San Francisco Animal Care and Control, and the Presidio Trust on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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