Russian cat adopts abandoned baby squirrel monkey from zoo

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MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian cat has adopted a baby squirrel monkey after he was abandoned by his mother at a zoo, comforting the little primate by letting him cling to her back for warmth.

Tatyana Antropova, the director of the zoo in the Siberian city of Tyumen, says she took the newborn monkey home three weeks ago after his mother refused to carry him on her back.

To Antropova’s surprise, her 16-year-old cat Rosinka accepted the baby, who is called Fyodor. By now, though, the elderly cat is getting a bit tired of the little monkey because he “is getting naughty” and “has started biting and pinching her.”

The cat just has to hold out for another month, when Fyodor will go back to the zoo to live with other squirrel monkeys.

Illinois minor leaguer sends homer into own truck windshield

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SAUGET, Ill. (AP) — A minor league baseball player in southern Illinois hit a grand slam homerun only to find the ball smashed the windshield of his own truck.

The Gateway Grizzlies of Sauget (SAW-zhay), Illinois, say Brandon Thomas hit the homer during Sunday’s game against the Joliet Slammers. The 25-year-old outfielder sent the ball sailing into the parking lot, where his 2008 black Toyota Tundra was parked.

Thomas says he didn’t realize what happened until players in the dugout were laughing a couple of innings later and told him.

Thomas says after the game he “went out there and saw the damage that (he) had done.” He says the truck was parked 60 feet behind the left field wall.

Thomas says a couple of people have offered to fix the windshield for him.

Illinois minor leaguer sends homer into own truck windshield

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SAUGET, Ill. (AP) — A minor league baseball player in southern Illinois hit a grand slam homerun only to find the ball smashed the windshield of his own truck.

The Gateway Grizzlies of Sauget (SAW-zhay), Illinois, say Brandon Thomas hit the homer during Sunday’s game against the Joliet Slammers. The 25-year-old outfielder sent the ball sailing into the parking lot, where his 2008 black Toyota Tundra was parked.

Thomas says he didn’t realize what happened until players in the dugout were laughing a couple of innings later and told him.

Thomas says after the game he “went out there and saw the damage that (he) had done.” He says the truck was parked 60 feet behind the left field wall.

Thomas says a couple of people have offered to fix the windshield for him.

Twerking, lowriders shut down Route 66 in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a hip-hop video shoot shut down parts of Route 66 in New Mexico last weekend because lowriders were driving around in circles as a crowd twerked in the street.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/c79Gnr) the unauthorized filming in downtown Albuquerque Sunday triggered a long block party, snarling traffic and confusing motorists.

Albuquerque police say hip-hop artist Jandro did not receive proper permits to shoot his music video.

Police say officers decided to close off parts of the Mother Road because of the lowriders and the street dancing.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says about 300 people took part.

Videographer Editz Macias says his crew filming Jandro took advantage of the unexpected, spontaneous party scene by shooting footage of the festivities.

Officers issued no arrests or citations.

Twerking, lowriders shut down Route 66 in New Mexico

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a hip-hop video shoot shut down parts of Route 66 in New Mexico last weekend because lowriders were driving around in circles as a crowd twerked in the street.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://goo.gl/c79Gnr) the unauthorized filming in downtown Albuquerque Sunday triggered a long block party, snarling traffic and confusing motorists.

Albuquerque police say hip-hop artist Jandro did not receive proper permits to shoot his music video.

Police say officers decided to close off parts of the Mother Road because of the lowriders and the street dancing.

Albuquerque police spokesman Tanner Tixier says about 300 people took part.

Videographer Editz Macias says his crew filming Jandro took advantage of the unexpected, spontaneous party scene by shooting footage of the festivities.

Officers issued no arrests or citations.

Couple offers $500 reward for missing potbellied therapy pig

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their missing potbellied pig, who also serves as a therapy animal.

The Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte was last seen July 11.

Charlotte served as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care and Rehab Center in Hopewell Township. She helped cheer up residents there.

Katie Manni and her fiance, Edward Perry, got Charlotte in February when she was 6 weeks old.

The pig was left in a car with a pair of pugs for about 10 minutes in July while Perry ran into the center to get keys from Manni, who directs nurses there.

Manni says someone might have opened the car door to help Charlotte get out or to see her up close, and she escaped.

This story has been corrected to show the pig owner’s first name is Katie, not Kate.

Couple offers $500 reward for missing potbellied therapy pig

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ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of their missing potbellied pig, who also serves as a therapy animal.

The Vietnamese potbellied pig named Charlotte was last seen July 11.

Charlotte served as a therapy animal at Beaver Elder Care and Rehab Center in Hopewell Township. She helped cheer up residents there.

Katie Manni and her fiance, Edward Perry, got Charlotte in February when she was 6 weeks old.

The pig was left in a car with a pair of pugs for about 10 minutes in July while Perry ran into the center to get keys from Manni, who directs nurses there.

Manni says someone might have opened the car door to help Charlotte get out or to see her up close, and she escaped.

This story has been corrected to show the pig owner’s first name is Katie, not Kate.

Parrot that can do wolf whistle, sounds like R2-D2 is on lam

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MADISON, Maine (AP) — A parrot that can do a wolf whistle and sometimes sounds like R2-D2 from the “Star Wars” films is on the loose in Maine.

Oscar Cornejo tells The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2bJIaMY ) his 10-year-old Timneh African Grey parrot named Paco became spooked last week and flew off his shoulder.

The 10-inch-tall charcoal gray bird has a burgundy tail. Cornejo says it has since been seen several times on the grounds of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where Cornejo is the summer program administrator.

Paco can imitate the beeps of microwave ovens, smoke detectors and trucks.

The birds are native to the African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.

Experts say the parrot could face difficulties feeding itself and avoiding predators.

This story has been corrected to show the parrot can do a wolf whistle, not that it whistles at pretty girls.

Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

Parrot that can do wolf whistle, sounds like R2-D2 is on lam

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MADISON, Maine (AP) — A parrot that can do a wolf whistle and sometimes sounds like R2-D2 from the “Star Wars” films is on the loose in Maine.

Oscar Cornejo tells The Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2bJIaMY ) his 10-year-old Timneh African Grey parrot named Paco became spooked last week and flew off his shoulder.

The 10-inch-tall charcoal gray bird has a burgundy tail. Cornejo says it has since been seen several times on the grounds of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where Cornejo is the summer program administrator.

Paco can imitate the beeps of microwave ovens, smoke detectors and trucks.

The birds are native to the African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.

Experts say the parrot could face difficulties feeding itself and avoiding predators.

This story has been corrected to show the parrot can do a wolf whistle, not that it whistles at pretty girls.

Information from: Morning Sentinel, http://www.onlinesentinel.com/

Crews free man stuck between buildings after bid to impress

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Crews have rescued a University of Pittsburgh student who became trapped between two off-campus buildings, reportedly after trying to jump from one rooftop to another to impress a woman he had just met.

Authorities didn’t immediately identify the man but say he could face charges once he’s treated for what’s believed to be a broken ankle. He was freed about 6 a.m. Tuesday after being trapped about four hours when he fell awkwardly into the narrow, debris-filled space between the buildings.

The man was bleeding but waved to TV news cameras as he was wheeled on a gurney to an ambulance.

Public safety officials say crews broke a hole through a restaurant wall to reach him, and lowered another medic on a rope to ensure the rescue efforts didn’t injure the man even more.

This story has been corrected to show the hole in the restaurant wall helped rescuers reach the man.