Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bird sings like a canary to police

A lost budgerigar in Japan was taken home after it recited its entire address to police officers.

The bird, which escaped from the Sagamihara district of Yokohama, made its way to the city centre and got into a hotel, where it was caught. It was taken to a police station where it specified its address. The bird's 64-year-old owner had taught it the address in case it ever got lost.

Penguin thieves fined A$1,000

Two British tourists who broke into an Australian theme park and stole a penguin following a drunken night out have each been fined A$1,000 (€784).

Rhys Owen Jones (21) and Keri Mules (20) appeared before magistrates in Brisbane and pleaded guilty to trespassing, stealing and keeping a protected animal, Australia's Department of Justice said.

Care worker fed patient dog treat

A care worker at an old people's home in Scotland has been sacked for feeding a patient a dog biscuit.

The incident happened at the Bupa-run Kirknowe home in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, last September. The male patient, who is in his 80s and has dementia, was given the biscuit during a therapy session involving a dog, the healthcare organisation said.

Toilet motors to 75kmh record

A new and unusual land speed record has been set in Australia -- for the fastest motorised toilet.

Canadian stuntwoman Jolene Van Vugt recorded a speed of 75kmh in Sydney, beating the previous record by 7kmh.

Zoo elephant can really hold a tune

An elephant named Shanthi at the National Zoo in the US capital is developing her musical talents by playing a harmonica with her trunk.

A video, released yesterday by the zoo, shows the 36-year-old Asian elephant with a harmonica attached to her stall playing tunes even when no humans are around.

Viva Las Vegas for Sahara casino

The owners of the shuttered Sahara casino on an ageing stretch of the Las Vegas Strip said they have secured $300m (€227m) in funding to redevelop the resort that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Developer SBE and real estate firm Stockbridge Capital Group LLC said they planned to open the property in 2014 under the name SLS Las Vegas.

Irish Independent

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