animals: January 2011 Archives

A horse racing event in Australia had to be postponed last week, after the track was invaded by a group of kangaroos.

Due to be held on Australia Day, thousands of racing fans had turned up to watch the action at Hanging Rock Cup raceday

But just before the first event was due to take place, jockeys noticed a couple of kangaroos near to the track and officials were dispatched to shoo them off.

Despite initially leaving the track, about six kangaroos soon reappeared, jumped over a five-foot fence and began bounding around the track.

Race bosses say they eventually had to abandon the event… because it was either that or start betting on the roos.

275x250.jpg A Silverback gorilla which has started walking around on his hind legs like a human has become an internet star after video of him was uploaded to YouTube.

More than 300,000 people have now watched clips of 21-year-old Ambam as he strolls around his enclosure at a zoo in Kent like it's the most normal thing in the world.

Keepers at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park say while it is not unheard of, it's certainly rare for a gorilla to walk on two legs, especially for the long distances Ambam manages.

They added it's thought he does it to gain an advantage when it comes to feeding time… we like to think it's because he wants to be a web celebrity.

275x250.jpgA hawk is on the loose in the US Library of Congress where it is said to have been flying around for the past week.

Librarians say they first spotted the literary bird flying around the public reading room on January 19th and have been keeping a close eye on her.

It's thought the young Cooper's hawk may have entered the building via an open hatch while maintenance was being carried out on the roof.

Attempts to capture the feathered intruder have so far failed - with the not so bird-brains hawk managing to swoop down and take food from a trap without getting caught.

A net has now been fitted to the library dome to prevent her descending into the main reading room… or accessing the works of Edgar Allan Poe.

275x250.jpg Earlier this week we told you that Paul the psychic octopus - who shot to fame by predicting World Cup results - was to be immortalised in statue form… well here it is.

The 1.8m tall statue has been installed at the Sea Life Aquarium in Oberhausen, where Paul made his predictions before his untimely death last year.

It shows a giant plastic Paul sitting on the top of a flag-laden World Cup football which contains a golden urn carrying his ashes.

Aquarium bosses say the statue was created after visitors asked for a memorial… funnily not too many bookmakers are expected to visit it and pay their respects.

275x250.jpgA carrier pigeon which was being used to smuggle drugs into a prison in Colombia has been captured by police.

Officers say the bird was apprehended as it tried to fly into a prison in Bucaramanga carrying a package of marijuana and cocaine.

However, it was only discovered because the bird-brains crooks behind the plan had overloaded the bird with drugs to the point that it could no longer fly.

Police say the messenger pigeon was found trying to fly over prison fences but couldn't manage it because of the excess weight of the 45g package tied to its back.

It's not the first time Colombian drug gangs have used feathered accomplices, last year police found a parrot being used as a lookout. Leaving us wondering whether Big Bird might be a drug lord.

275x250.jpg A dog had to be rescued after becoming sandwiched in a six inch gap between two walls in the US, after it tried to chase a rabbit down the narrow passageway.

Animal rescue workers had been called out when residents in California heard strange noises coming from a space between two buildings.

When they got there, they found a dog wedged in the tiny six-inch space between two 6ft tall walls, and they say it's thought he became stuck after trying to chase a rabbit.

Because there was so little space, the only way to release the dehydrated Shar-Pei mix was to knock down one of the walls, but not before rescuers decided he should be called Wally.

275x250.jpg Everyone's favourite deceased psychic cephalopod Paul the octopus is set to have a 1.8m statue erected in his honour.

Bosses at the German aquarium he called home have announced plans to establish a "huge memorial" to the octopus which became a huge hit during the World Cup.

A spokesperson for the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen said the 1.8m tall statue is expected to be a hit with visitors and would feature Paul on top of a football.

This would in turn house a golden urn containing Paul's ashes… meaning he didn't end up on the plate of some angry football fan.

275x250.jpg There's a rat in Downing Street. No, Newslite isn't revealing our political beliefs, we're just describing what was recently seen on a BBC News report.

During a report on Sunday evening by political correspondent Gary O'Donoghue, a rat was seen scampering across the steps of Number 10 Downing Street.

As O'Donoghue talked about Government plans for NHS reform the uninvited visitor ran from right to left across the steps, pausing briefly before disappearing.
It's been three years since Downing Street had a 'Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office' and political pundits are almost certainly on tenterhooks to see if the Prime Minister appoints a new one.

An plucky squirrel had to be rescued by zoo staff after finding its way into a tiger enclosure.

The adventurous critter had somehow got into the enclosure at Buffalo Zoo and it didn't take long for him to be spotted.

After briefly being chased around, the scared squirrel jumped up a tree but was promptly shaken out by a tiger, keen to display his hunting skills.

Footage shows that as keepers were alerted, the confused-looking tiger then chased the squirrel into another tree and even held it in its jaws before letting it go.

Luckily for the squirrel, staff were able to distract the tiger and remove it before releasing it somewhere a little safer… well couldn't find anywhere more dangerous.

275x250.jpg USS Kittiwake, a decommissioned US navy submarine rescue ship, has been intentionally sunk to create a scuba diving attraction.

Now lying on the ocean floor off the Cayman Islands, the 251-foot long, five-deck military ship, will become an artificial reef for divers to enjoy.

Officials say after acquiring the ship they cleaned it before flooding the rusty hull so it would sink upright and then punching holes into the hull and pumped in sea water.

This caused the Kittiwake to sink dramatically in a cascade of bubbles, but don't take our word for it, check out the amazing pictures below.

A terrified deer has been rescued by firefighters in Poland after drifting out to sea on a chunk of ice.

The deer is thought to have became stranded on a floe when it ran onto ice near the village of Ustronie Morskie after being scared by dogs.

Luckily passersby spotted it drifting around 200 meters from the shore in the Baltic Sea and called fire services who launched a rescue mission.

Rescuers say their team faced serious risks navigating sharp ice sheets to save the animal, but managed to reach it at the "last moment".

Once recovered the deer was wrapped in a blanket and carried back to shore… and given a pair of ice skates and an inflatable rubber ring.

275x250.jpg A brave/stupid penguin escaped from a pool at Münster Zoo in Germany and ended up waddling around the lion enclosure.

Three-month-old African Penguin Leona is said to have somehow strolled out of her ice-covered pool and onto visitors paths and an ice-covered moat.

From there she climbed a snow-capped bank and jumped onto some nearby ice… which just so happened to be in the middle of the the lion enclosure.

Luckily staff at the German zoo noticed the feathered intruder before the lions - who were sleeping - and lured her to safety by throwing a trail of herrings.

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