Shotgun divorce . . .
A WEALTHY couple's 43-year marriage "irretrievably broke down" when a businessman with a passion for shooting "put to death" his wife's pet ram, a UK High Court judge has said.
The animal was killed as the "very rich" 68-year-old man and his 70-year-old Austrian wife had a "most animated argument", said Mr Justice Mostyn.
NAKED BREACH OF PEACE
SLEEP-deprived residents of Poole in Dorset in England could "take the law into their own hands" after being disturbed at weekends by "naked butlers" and "prostitutes", a Conservative MP has warned.
Poole MP Robert Syms has urged the government to clamp down on raucous stag and hen groups who besiege the affluent Sandbanks peninsula area.
BIRD PUTS HEART INTO IT
A STUDY of the world's highest-flying bird has shown how it manages to survive at extreme altitudes as it soars above the Himalayas.
The bar-headed goose literally puts its heart into the challenge of breathing air consisting of just 7pc oxygen, scientists found. Available oxygen is channelled to the bird's heart, which beats fast to pump oxygenated blood to the rest of its body.
QUACK POLICE TEAM
POLICE in Massachusetts in the US responding to reports of an intruder in a woman's home quickly quacked the case.
A woman called police from her upstairs bedroom to report that she heard loud banging noises downstairs. Officers who responded found no sign of a break-in. But during a quick search of the home, police found a soot-covered wood duck which got in through the chimney.
DOPEY POLICE CALL
POLICE in east Texas in the US have arrested a woman after she called them to complain about the quality of the marijuana she had purchased.
Lufkin Police Sergeant David Casper said an officer went to the home of 37-year-old Evelyn Hamilton to hear her complaint that the dealer refused to return her money after she objected that the drug was sub-standard. She was arrested.
ON A FAST TRACK TO JAIL
A WOMAN was arrested for driving at 123mph on the Maine Turnpike in the US with her two children in the back seat, police said.
Cheryl Gilson (24), of Cornish, was charged with criminal speed, driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of her children, aged three and five.