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Jan. 20 (UPI) — A kitten was dropped off at a Humane Society in Utah after being found frozen to a blanket. The Humane Society of Utah shared photos of the kitten they named Elsa and used the opportunity to remind residents in the state to keep their pets inside during the cold weather. “With a Winter Storm Warning in effect throughout most of northern Utah, we wanted to remind everyone to bring their pets inside or provide them adequate shelter,” the Humane Society said. “This kitten was brought to the HSU last night by a good Samaritan who found her frozen to a blanket.” Director of Marketing and Communications for Humane Society of Utah told WQAD Elsa arrived at the shelter in poor shape and staff was unsure whether she would survive. “It was very skinny, it had gone without food for a while, frozen to the blanket,” Shepherd said. “It’s ears had a …

Jan. 20 (UPI) — A pair of teens from Washington created a stir online by pretending to eat ramen from a toilet bowl. Taylor O’Dore, 18, snapped a photo of her friend Hannah Hepler, 19, hunched over a toilet full of ramen noodles with a plastic fork placed near her mouth, which O’Dore later posted on Twitter. “When it’s your turn to do the dishes and all the bowls in the house are dirty except this one,” she wrote. The pair told Buzzfeed they were attending Hepler’s sister’s 21st birthday party at a hotel Seattle when the group decided to make several bowls of instant ramen, many of which were left uneaten the following night. Hepler decided to flush the excess ramen down the toilet when the sight of the soggy noodles gave her and O’Dore an idea. “I reached in for a bite and posed for the pic,” Hepler said. “I would say Taylor …

LONDON Britain’s police watchdog is to hold an investigation after officers were filmed firing a stun-gun at their own local black race relations adviser who they apparently mistook for a wanted suspect, the force involved said on Friday. Judah Adunbi, 63, who is a founder member of an Independent Advisory Group (IAG) which works with Avon and Somerset Police in western England to improve relations with the local black community, was shot with the high-voltage Taser gun last Saturday outside his home in Bristol. A neighbour’s video of the incident posted on newspaper websites showed two officers speaking to Adunbi, saying they believed he was someone who is wanted. He refused to give his name saying “I’ve done no wrong” and later, after a brief scuffle, one officer shot him with a stun gun. “The way I fell backward on the back of my head. I was just paralysed. I thought that was it. I …

BARCELONA Spanish third-tier team CD Tudelano have taken the unusual step of appointing Scottish businessman John Clarkson as coach on an 18-month contract without a salary, the club said on Thursday. Clarkson, who owns a care home business in East Anglia, takes over a side who are ninth in Group 1 of the regionalized Second Division B. The 60-year-old has previous experience as coach of a number of non-league clubs in England and Spain. His aim is to turn Tudelano, who are based in the Navarre region of northern Spain, into professional club by winning promotion to the Second Division A, which would require them to finish in the top four and go up via the playoffs. Local media have reported that Clarkson will invest 50,000 euros ($53,290.00) in the financially-troubled club during his first season and 150,000 in the next one but the Scot has denied that he would be paying to coach the …

Jan. 19 (UPI) — A Missouri couple captured live video of an encounter with a large alligator that hopped onto their boat during a tour in Florida. Tylor Hindery and his wife Emerald Hindery were on a guided boat tour of a swamp in Daytona Beach when their boat approached a large gator that decided to come along for a ride, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “You can reach out and slap him, can’t you?” The tour guide said as the boat approached the lounging gator, as captured by Tylor Hindery on Facebook live. The couple said the wind blew the boat closer to the a mud bank, at which point the gator decided to hop onto the boat. “At that point, it kind of, for a few seconds, was like this isn’t real life right now,” Tylor Hindery told KY3. The gator quickly sprinted to the other side of the boat where it struggled …

Jan. 19 (UPI) — An Australian researcher studying deaths from venomous animals discovered a shocking statistic — horses kill more people in the country than snakes. The study, published in the Internal Medicine Journal, said Dr. Ronelle Welton of the University of Melbourne and her colleagues examined records from hospital admissions and coroners from 2000 to 2013 to study “injury trends from envenoming.” The study led Welton to a surprising discovery — horses killed more people during the 2013 period than all venomous animals in Australia combined. The study found horses were responsible for 74 reported deaths from 2000-2013, while bees and other stinging insects were blamed for 27 deaths. Snakes caused 27 fatalities, and no reported deaths were linked to spider bites. Welton said the data challenges stereotypes of Australia as a country where venomous creatures are constantly on the lookout for human prey. “Australia is known as the epicenter of all things venomous,” …

Jan. 18 (UPI) — A group of kiteboarders in Mexico were filmed coming ashore to help a disoriented young dolphin that beached itself in the sand. The video shows the group, including one man still holding the kite, dragging the dolphin Jan. 10 from the shore of El Cuyo, Yucatan, to the waves. The dolphin struggles in the shallow water, but is able to swim off once its rescuers drag it further out to deeper waters. The filmer said the young dolphin was apparently disoriented after strong winds swept through the area.

WELLINGTON New Zealand cherry producers are flying helicopters low over their orchards to dry off raindrops and protect thousands of tonnes of their product headed to Asia to feed rapidly growing demand from Chinese New Year revelers. China has grown to become the second largest destination for New Zealand cherries after Taiwan in the past seven years. Together they take about 60 percent of cherry exports, which were worth about NZ$43 million ($31 million) last year. Last week New Zealand exported 900 tonnes of cherries, the largest amount recorded in a one-week period. Exports are expected to grow to around NZ$50 million this season, according to Tim Jones, chairman of Summerfruit NZ, which represents growers. “The demand is phenomenal,” said Tracey Burns, who handles international cherry sales at produce exporter Freshmax. Singapore Airlines said it is re-directing four cargo flights from Auckland to Christchurch to pick up 300 tonnes of cherries to be shipped on …

Jan. 17 (UPI) — A Swedish brewery released a new beverage designed to “optimize” the experience of drinking in the shower — a “Shower Beer” that doubles as conditioner. The PangPang brewery in Sweden teamed with creative agency Snask to create Shower Beer, “a sweet but strong pale ale in a [6 ounce] small bottle meant to gulp in three sips while standing in the shower getting ready for the night.” Fredrik Tunedal said the ale aims to be the perfect beverage for the time-honored tradition of bath brews. “As a brewer I work long and hard days, and when I come home I’m often covered in malt dust — my girlfriend actually calls me Mr. Malty Pants — and the shower is a gateway back to normal society,” Tunedal told Mashable. “I made to Shower Beer small enough to keep its temperature during the shower, and strong enough to mentally wash your workday off …

DESTREHAN, La., Jan. 12 (UPI) — A colony of raccoons known for devouring junk food behind a Louisiana grocery store were relocated by animal control officers. The 16 raccoons were known as the “Winn Dixie colony” after the grocery store where they regularly devoured sweet snacks and food left out for feral cats, WWL reported. Jena Troxler of St. Charles Animal Control said residents had begun feeding the raccoons sweet treats to prevent them from eating the food intended for the feral cats. “When caretakers feed them that junk food, it keeps them in a separate area, so the cats can feed at the same time,” she said. Troxler said animal control had been monitoring the situation and determined it had gotten out of control. “We were monitoring the area for four months, three times a week and I personally saw over 31 raccoons that were at least 30-to-40 pounds each,” she said. “We were …

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