<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usThu, 30 Jun 2016 20:38:56 -0500Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:38:56 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gator Caught Outside Of City Hall]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:14:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gator_Caught_Outside_Of_City_Hall_1200x675_714747459963.jpg A woman walking by a Jacksonville, North Carolina City Hall early Tuesay morning was startled by the young gator. Officials placed orange safety cones around it and brought in a wildlife specialist to remove the reptile. The wildlife officer took only a few tries to safely place the gator in a rope snare, and then placed it in the bed of her truck. The gator will be placed back in its habitat.

Photo Credit: WITN-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Mayflies Swarm Ill. Bridge]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:25:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mayfliest.png

Thousands of mayflies have taken over a bridge in central Illinois, creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to make their way across the city.

The Havana Police Department warned drivers of a massive mayfly swarm on its Facebook page Monday morning, posting two photos that showed the bridge over the Illinois River and a local squad car blanketed by the bugs.

At one point the mound of insects piled 6 inches high, according to the post, making for slick and dangerous roadways for vehicles trying to make their way through the mess.

“There were already motorcycle accidents due to this and cars stuck in the center of the bridge,” police said.

Newly winged mayflies will emerge from the waters where they live until adulthood in droves when triggered by the right temperature, according to The Wall Street Journal. The insects then die within a few days.

The City of Havana Street Department and IDOT are working to get the mayflies under control, authorities said.



Photo Credit: Havana Police Department
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<![CDATA[Llama Enjoys Leaf Blower's Breeze at Houston Zoo]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:52:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/llama-breeze.jpg Fiesta the llama enjoys the breeze when zookeepers at the Houston Children's Zoo use a leaf blower to clean to clean stalls.]]> <![CDATA[Chesney Calls Apologizes for Saying Officer Died]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:39:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chesney-Apology.jpg

An officer shot several times near Philadelphia got a call from country singer Kenny Chesney with an apology for announcing at a concert that he had died of his injuries.

Chesney gave a shoutout to Officer Christopher Dorman at Saturday's concert in south Philadelphia but mistakenly said he had died.

"Before we get going with the rest of the show, last night, a Philadelphia police officer was shot seven times. In the hospital on his bed...he passed away, but before he passed away he made a video that he wanted to come tonight so bad, and he said, `Kenny, please don't forget me,"' Chesney said at the show.

Folcroft police tweeted Sunday that Chesney "just called ... to apologize and wish him the best" and said "he wants to take him to a football game and get some beers."

"It was a great conversation, just in typical Chris fashion took it in stride, was laughing about things," Sgt. William Bair told WPVI-TV.

Chesney confirmed the call on his Twitter page, saying Dorman was "doing great."

"Told him we'd watch an Eagles game & have beers one day. Here's to a speedy recovery!" he said.

WPVI-TV reported that Chesney said in a statement that during the concert he got "caught up in the moment" and "the emotions got the best of me."

Dorman was supposed to attend the concert before he was wounded, and in a video the station aired before the concert Saturday, he said, "I'd like to thank all the police, paramedics and the doctors -- and hey, Kenny, don't forget me!"

Authorities said 25-year-old Dorman was shot in the face, leg and groin Friday morning as he approached people suspected of smoking marijuana behind an apartment building.

Dorman saluted colleagues as he left a Philadelphia hospital Monday. He was able to walk from a wheelchair to a waiting car Monday afternoon in a U.S. flag-themed shirt and hat.

Suspect Donte Island has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

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<![CDATA[Arrest After Distressed Emu Spotted]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:32:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/burned+emu.jpg

A man was arrested on Monday evening in Campo, California, after discharging a shotgun when an animal control officer responded to an emu in distress outside his home, sheriff’s officials said.

Sean Michael Shepherd, 31, was taken into custody on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He was being held on $30,000 bail on Tuesday evening. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Sheriff’s deputies said the bizarre situation surfaced about 6 p.m. Monday in the 28000 block of State Route 94. An animal control officer on patrol spotted an injured emu. As he approached the animal, a man came out of his home and exchanged heated words with the officer, deputies said.

The emu doesn't belong to the suspect, but is his neighbor's animal, officials said.

That’s when the man went inside and returned with a shotgun, firing it into the air, deputies said.

No one was hurt. The emu ran away and disappeared, according to authorities.

The animal’s feathers were apparently burnt. While it wasn't clear what caused the emu's injuries, the incident happened in the area of the Border Fire, which has spanned 7,500 acres near Potrero and caused some injuries to animals.



Photo Credit: San Diego County Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Gas Can Ignites into Fireball]]> Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:23:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rochester-car-fire.jpg A gas canister ignites into a fireball at a gas station in New York. The man in Rochester put the canister in his trunk -- seconds later he's rolling out of his car trying to put out the flames. The man was OK. Meanwhile, firefighters are investigating to see what caused the fireball.

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<![CDATA[Deconstructed Coffee Makes Hipsters Happy]]> Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:26:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000426.jpg A cafe in Melbourne, Australia is turning heads by selling deconstructed coffee. The coffee is separated into its parts - water, coffee shot and milk - and the idea is stirring up a social media debate on hipster caffeine. A photo of the new "deconstructed coffee" went viral on social media when one user posted the caption: 'hipsterism has gone too far, I wanted a coffee, not a science experiment.' The post has been shared online thousands of times and attracted international news reports. However you like your java served, deconstructed coffee is bound to turn heads for some time to come.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[11-Foot Dead Gator Pulled From Storm Drain]]> Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dead+gator+pulled+from+storm+drain.jpg

A dead 11-foot alligator was removed from a storm drain in Fort Myers, Florida Monday morning.

A picture was snapped as Lee County transportation workers removed the gator.

Authorities first discovered the gator after residents complained of a foul smell coming from the catch basin.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say it's not uncommon for alligators to get caught in storm drains.

The animal was later buried at a site designated for the disposal of dead animals.



Photo Credit: Lee County Dept. of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Snake Surprisssse In Car]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:14:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_snakeincar0610_1920x1080.jpg Large rat snake falls off dashboard and beside driver's feet as she's traveling down Arkansas' Interstate 49.

Photo Credit: KNWA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Strange Stuff Kids Swallow]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:09:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stuff6.jpg What do a chicken claw, a crucifix, a toy sheriff's star all have in common? Well they are just some of the weirdest things removed from kid's throats, noses and ears at Boston Children's Hospital. A new collection at the hospital is displaying the items and dozens more that date back to 1918. It's a tribute to the late children's hospital physician Charles Ferguson who worked there for 35 years and removed most of the items himself. Doctors urge parents to keep small objects out of reach for toddlers and make sure toys are age appropriate.

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<![CDATA[Denton Teacher Finds Snake Riding Shotgun in SUV]]> Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:14:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Snake+in+Car.jpg

Philana Williams’s Mitsubishi SUV sat parked in front of the Denton Record Chronicle offices Thursday afternoon, and she said that is where it will stay until the unwelcomed visitor inside is definitely out.

On Tuesday night, Williams was visiting a friend in the downtown Denton area and parked her car along East Hickory Street, but that’s when she found out what else was inside.

"When I opened the passenger door to get something out, I saw the snake sitting right on the flood board,” said Williams.

To make matters even scarier, her 1.5 year-old daughter was in the backseat, so Philana quickly grabbed her from her car seat, and locked the vehicle, then rushed to the police station for help.

Animal Control Officer Humberto Vega arrived and said he began searching the car for about an hour before finding the about 2.5 foot rat snake inside, possibly after it had been in the vehicle for days.

Record Chronicle Reporter Ali West recorded on her cell phone as Vega tried for another hour or so to get the very angry-looking snake out of the vehicle, but to no avail as it eventually shed its skin and got away.

"From my perspective, it looks like it got into the frame of the vehicle,” said Vega.

Vega said snakes often get into cars this time of year looking for a cool place to rest, especially after big meals when they are preparing to shed their skin. They can be found hiding in wheel wells or, as was likely in this case, crawling inside through the engine area.

Unfortunately, he said preventing that from happening is tough, as snakes will seek out those cool resting places out of the sun.

Caitlyn Jones with the Denton Record Chronicle compiled this list of tips from snake experts to at least make your car a less attractive spot for them.

Don’t:

  • Be a Hero: If you don’t know anything about snakes, don’t try to grab one yourself. Getting bitten opens up a whole other set of problems.
  • Start Your Car: The snake could be near a fan or belt in the car, so starting the engine could mean slinging snake guts everywhere. No one wants that as an air freshener.
  • Park Near Tall Grass: Overgrown weeds are a hotspot for snakes and they may decide to wrap themselves up in your nearby vehicle.

Do:

  • Clean Your Car: Like any wild animal, snakes just want something to eat. If you have crumbs all over your car, they may stop by for a snack.
  • Keep Doors Closed: Granted, reptiles are crafty creatures that can get themselves into tight spaces, but the less entry points they have, the better.
  • Call Animal Services: These people are professionals with the equipment necessary to remove and relocate the snake. Dial 911 and an officer should be out to help you shortly.

In Williams’s case, the snake could have found its way out of the vehicle by now, but she can’t be sure, and evidence of that did not look good Thursday.

Returning for the vehicle for the first time in days, she allowed NBC 5 and some of her friends to take a look inside where fragments of snake skin and evidence of the creature were visible from the back hatch area to the front seat.

Williams said until she can be sure the snake is gone, “it can have the car.”



Photo Credit: Ali West, Denton Record Chronicle]]>
<![CDATA[Ducks Get Highway Escort]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:07:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ducks_Get_Highway_Escort_1200x675_701708867713.jpg Why did the ducks cross the road? We don't really know, but these ducks had a police escort. Drivers on a Phoenix area highway were treated to a rare sight this morning as a family of ducks took a stroll. Arizona Department of Transportation cameras caught the ducks trying to cross the Loop 101 highway before 6:00 a.m. Eventually, a department of public safety trooper stepped in and escorted the group across the freeway.

Photo Credit: Arizona Department of Transportation]]>
<![CDATA[Wild High Speed Chase Of ATV]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 18:03:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atv7.jpg In Florida, a man riding an ATV led police on a wild high speed pursuit. Police cars and a police helicopter followed the ATV for about half an hour in a rural area of Miami-Dade. The rider was stuck in a ditch for just a moment and appeared to surrender with hands up before speeding off again. The chase ended with the ATV rider finally surrendering to police.

Photo Credit: WTVJ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[File This Under Nope. Cobra Found in Toilet]]> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:49:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/227*120/snake+in+toilet1.JPG

For the second time in two weeks a snake appeared in a toilet in Thailand.

This time the snake slithering in the toilet bowl was a cobra.

The 27-year-old man, who saw the reptile, said he spotted the snake popping its head in-and-out from the toilet and he called an animal rescue team for help.

According to local media, it took about 30 minutes for the team to catch the cobra as the snake kept disappearing into the pipes. 

Officials had to open up the septic tank and spray pesticides into the water to get the snake to appear for a long enough time to catch it. 

The 3-foot-long reptile has been moved to an institute in Bangkok, which specializes in handling venomous snakes. 

You'll remember about two weeks ago a man was bitten by a python that also appeared in the toilet in Thailand.

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<![CDATA[Manatees Break Into Backyard]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 18:10:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Manatees_Break_Into_Backyard_1200x675_700934723579.jpg A woman in Florida had a couple of unexpected visitors at her home on Sunday. Manatees made their way into her backyard in St. Petersburg, Florida. You can see one of the manatees moving around in the water. Because of heavy rains the tide was about a foot over the seawall. The manatee didn't let the wall get in the way of a good meal and eventaully pulled himself over to grab a grassy snack.

Photo Credit: Nancy Smith]]>
<![CDATA[Adorable Raccoons Rescued From Vehicle]]> Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:02:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cute+raccoon.jpg Four adorable baby raccoons were rescued from inside of a car being repaired at Park Place Motorcars in Grapevine, Texas. While repairs were being made, a technician noticed something move and then a little head peek out from within the engine. The crew immediately began removing parts of the engine to save the little raccoons. All four raccoons were removed and are now in safe keeping with a wildlife rescue organization. Photos show them caught in their predicament and resting in their crate.

Photo Credit: Park Place Motorcars Grapevine]]>
<![CDATA[Caution: Alligator Crossing]]> Tue, 07 Jun 2016 10:59:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/060616+gator+in+crosswalk.jpg

An alligator was caught on camera using a crosswalk in Flagler County, in northern Florida, Monday morning.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the gator was spotted in the bushes near the intersection at Cypress Point Parkway and Cypress Edge Drive in Palm Coast.

FCSO Cpl. Kenny Goncalves said the gator was more than 5 feet long. It was sitting by the crosswalk and suddenly scampered across the roadway in the crosswalk.

"He just walked in the crosswalk like it was normal," Cpl. Goncalves said.

Officers stopped traffic to allow the gator to cross, which they said took about 30 seconds.

A trapper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called, but before his arrival the gator went to a wooded lot and back to its natural habitat.



Photo Credit: Mark Olson / FCSO Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Great Dane Rescue]]> Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:26:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dog+rescue+in+Middletown+1200.jpg

Firefighters come to the rescue on a daily basis, but the rescue of a dog in Middletown was out of the ordinary.

Firefighters responded to Hendley Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday after a resident spotted a Great Dane on a neighbor’s roof.

Firefighters said the dog’s owners were at work, so firefighter Mike Souza climbed a ladder to rescue the dog.

At first, the pup growled, but it soon warmed up to Souza, who guided the dog back through the open window.

“He had to really scooch to get back in because he was really tall,” Souza said. “I think he was happy to be back inside!”

Souza, who has been on the job for 28 years, said this was a first for him.

“A really unique situation, a unique call,” he said.

A woman who identified herself as the dog's owner responded to the Facebook post said the dog was in the basement with her other Great Dane and he is a "Houdini" who apparently pushed his way through a locked door and opened windows to get outside and "say hello to all the new neighbors."



Photo Credit: Middletown Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[Ice Cream Truck as Prom Ride ]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:15:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/b87c89b5-f944-4ea3-89ac-23575cb10170.jpg

A Connecticut teen had a "chill" ride to his prom this year. 

The Bristol teen shocked classmates when he showed up to the senior prom in an ice cream truck. 

Zack Nichparenko said he wanted to take a "non-traditional" approach to prom. 

"I don't think anyone took me seriously at first," the teen said about his idea. 

The 17-year-old said he was outside his house about two weeks before Bristol Eastern High School's prom on May 27 when Daren's Ice Cream Truck stopped by. That's when he got the idea. 

Nichparenko said the ice cream man, Daren Carroll, has been a staple in his neighborhood since he was roughly 4 years old. 

Carroll said he's been asked to plenty of events in the past, like weddings or birthday parties, but never a prom.

"Never has anybody asked me to go the prom in the ice cream truck," Carroll told NBC Connecticut. "Never, ever."

The day of the prom, Carroll met with the high school senior at Slider's Grill and Bar parking lot to take some pictures with family before dropping Nichparenko off at the dance around the corner.

"At first I tried to talk him out of it," Carroll said, noting that at his own prom, no one was outside to see anyone arriving. "But he was right. When we showed up, about 200 people were there."

When Nichparenko and Carroll rolled up in the ice cream truck, they were stopped by security at the gate and asked what they were doing there. 

"I have a delivery!" Carroll told them. "I have a guest!"

No ice cream was sold to students outside the prom at Aqua Surf in Southington because the teens were about to go inside to eat, and Carroll said he didn't want to take away from that. 

"I wanted to do something that not only people will remember, but something that hasn’t been done before," Nichparenko said.

An ice cream truck ride to prom in Connecticut is apparently a first, which comes as no surprise from the aspiring entrepreneur. 

Nichparenko said his plans after high school is to start a dryer vent company in Bristol and has started drafting business ideas with his dad. 



Photo Credit: Zackery Nichparenko
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<![CDATA[Trapped North Texas Puppy Rescued]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 22:59:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy29.jpg

A North Texas Puppy is safe Tuesday morning after its head got stuck in between a landscape border board and the wall of the house on Green Tee Drive in Pantego.

The Pantego Fire Chief Tom Griffith sent this tweet on May 31 after a homeowner called 911 regarding the stuck puppy. [[381413471,c]]

When firefighters arrived, they were able to free the distressed puppy using a halligan bar - a tool similar to a modified crow bar.

The Pantego Fire Department said the puppy was not injured.



Photo Credit: Tom Griffith
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<![CDATA[Reporter Spots Slithery Snake Swimming]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 17:49:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Reporter_Spots_Slithery_Snake_Swimming_1200x675_694515267903.jpg NBC 5 reporter, Brian Scott, caught this video on camera: "Just spotted this swimming on Lewisville Lake. Barely got the cam on it in time. Big guy."

Photo Credit: Brian Scott]]>
<![CDATA[Strip Club Wants to Hire New High School Grads]]> Fri, 27 May 2016 15:34:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Micelis+Strip+Club.jpg

It's the end of another school year, and many will be looking for work, but perhaps not at this place.

Miceli's Strip Club in Clare County, Michigan has this on the marquee "Now hiring, Class of 2016."

Residents in the town have reportedly asked the club to remove the sign.

It's unclear if the owner intends to do that.

The club operates Wednesday through Saturday and apparently is looking to hire new staff.



Photo Credit: WPBN]]>
<![CDATA[Flintstones Car Parked Illegally]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/052616+key+west+flintstones+car.jpg

Authorities in Key West spent Thursday trying to meet the Flintstones, or at least the owner of an illegally parked car that looks like the modern Stone Age family's.

City officials said they found the vintage car in the right of way in the 800 block of Emma Street Thursday.

The city posted a photo of the car on its Facebook page, and the owner was found a short time later.

"Thanks to everyone who helped on this! And thanks for all the funny remarks. This island is awesome!" the city's post read.



Photo Credit: City of Key West
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<![CDATA[Robot Smartphone Getting Smarter]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:25:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robot_Smartphone_Getting_Smarter_1200x675_693751875758.jpg Electronics maker Sharp released the world's first robot smartphone Thursday. It will promote it at a cafe in Tokyo for two weeks. Robohon is a smartphone. It can send and receive e-mails and be used to make calls. It also happens to walk, talk and dance. The device comes with a slightly steep price tag, costing approximately $1800. The company has received more than 1,000 orders. Foxconn, which will be acquiring Sharp, is eager to market the smartphone overseas. It plans to release the Robohon smartphone in China in fiscal year 2016.

Photo Credit: NTV]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Hundreds Of Texas Stingrays Migrating]]> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:22:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Video_Shows_Hundreds_Of_Texas_Stingrays_Migrating_1200x675_693743171939.jpg Most of us have seen video of various types of migrating animals, but one migration is catching the eye of beach goers along the Texas coast. Stingrays! Hundreds of them at the surface and thousands more below! This is the scene anglers at Corpus Christi's Bob Hall Pier have been treated to this week. There are so many rays that the water almost seemed to turn to gold. Officials say these are cownose rays going through their annual migration.

Photo Credit: KRIS]]>
<![CDATA[Expert Explains How Gator Got Close to Dallas School]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:46:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gator+released+into+Trinity+River.jpg

How did a big, healthy six-foot-long gator end up near the front doorsteps of a Dallas middle school?

Thousands of Dallas kids are counting down the hours, desperate to get ‘out’ of school for summer break.

But this one wild gator, it seems, was desperate to get ‘in’.

Alligator experts say it’s very rare for a big gator like that to be wandering the fields of Dallas County.

Gators tend to stick to southeast Texas because of the climate.

But some alligators do live in North Texas, calling the Trinity River home.

Dallas ISD says the creature is clearly not a student at Hulcy Middle School.

But beyond that, little is known about how it ended up in far southern Dallas.

“Every once in a while, they’ll make it into the Trinity River and up into some of the lakes around here. It is pretty rare,” said Bradley Lawrence, the Reptile Supervisor at the Dallas Zoo.

Lawrence doesn’t think the gator was someone’s pet.

“It would be rare for someone to keep it as a pet for that long, usually a gator would be abandoned as a pet much earlier,” he said. “I think it’s likely it’s just one of the local resident alligators wandering around, looking for a new place to hang out.”

The alligator was not hurt when the Texas Game Warden and Dallas Animal Control officer wrangled him into their truck.

The gator trappers drove miles away, safely releasing the creature into the Trinity River.

Lawrence says the alligator would have likely avoided contact with humans as much as possible, and wouldn’t seek out a person to attack and bite.

“Wild alligators are very shy animals. Even the big ones. They’ll tend to take off, they don’t want to be anywhere around humans. The problem alligators though are the ones that people feed. If you feed a wild animal and it starts to get used to humans, and begin to associate humans with getting food, that’s when it becomes a problem,” he said.



Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Tortoises Turn On The Turbos]]> Wed, 25 May 2016 18:25:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turtle16.jpg It's a tortoise race to predict the Indy 500. Think Jimmy Fallon's 'Puppy Bowl' before the Super Bowl but a lot slower. If the Zoopolis 500 is any predictor, it looks like the pole sitter for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 could win it all. The green flag dropped Wednesday morning for the 37th annual Zoopolis 500 at the Indianapolis Zoo. Five radiated tortoises competed -- James, Marco, Pippa, Helio and Ed. James was the runaway winner, taking the checkered flag. Indy fan favorite Tony Kanaan served as the race steward. The prize was a tray of fruit that all five tortoises got to enjoy.

Photo Credit: WTHR]]>
<![CDATA[Ospreys Drop Fish, Kitten From Nest]]> Tue, 24 May 2016 08:52:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/osprey+nest+stratford.jpg

The Stratford Fire Department is plagued with an unusual problem: Two ospreys that built a nest above the station are dropping sticks, fish and even a kitten in the path of unsuspecting firefighters below.

The ospreys, which can grow up to 2 feet long with wingspans over 5 feet, have nested on a communication antenna at the fire station along the Connecticut shoreline.

They often drop large sticks, and in some cases entire fish — their main source of food — in front of the main entrance below.

"We have ospreys that have built a nest up there and basically it's causing a little bit of problems with dropping stuff down on the main entrance of the fire station," said Stratford Fire Chief Robert McGrath.

An air conditioning unit was damaged last week after a dropped bass landed inside. Firefighters said the birds dropped a kitten on Sunday.

The other concern is that the nest could prevent the communication antenna from operating properly, according to the chief.

"It could compromise the signal going back and forth from the two towers," said McGrath.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, osprey are no longer endangered. The nest can be moved if there are no eggs inside, which firefighters say is the case with this one.

DEEP officials said April and May are egg-laying months for the birds, so firefighters are working on a plan to get the feathered visitors to leave.

"It's entertaining, I can tell you that, at best. But really, it's a nuisance," McGrath said.



Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut]]>
<![CDATA[Man Goes on Gas Station Diet]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Man_Goes_on_Gas_Station_Diet_1200x675_691280451726.jpg Could this be the next diet craze? Or is it just crazy? One man in Des Moines, Iowa is trying a 30-day diet only eating gas station food. Frank Beard is experimenting with healthy options at gas stations to prove you can be healthy on the road. While traveling for work the health-conscious dieter is sharing his path to weight loss on social media. He's chronicling his food choices on his blog and Instagram. So far Beard has been successful. Now about half way through his diet, beard has lost three pounds.

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<![CDATA[Alligator Rescued From YMCA Pool]]> Mon, 23 May 2016 17:08:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Alligator_Rescued_From_Pool_1200x675_691273795573.jpg An unusual swimmer was found taking an early dip in a South Carolina community pool. Firefighters say they responded to the YMCA of Beaufort to remove a three-foot alligator from the pool. They say they found it lounging underwater in the deep end. Crews used a lifeguard rescue hook to bring the gator to the surface then secured it with a rope until wildlife officials arrived. Fortunately, no one was swimming or in the pool area since it hasn't opened for the season. The alligator was released in a nearby estuary without harm.

Photo Credit: Brenda Dockery]]>
<![CDATA['School' Misspelled on Diploma ]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 16:24:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Diploma+Cover+5.20.16.jpg

Graduates at a Southern California high school are getting one last laugh before saying goodbye after the school distributed diploma covers with a typo.

A graduating senior at Ontario High School posted a photo to Twitter that shows a diploma cover handed out Thursday with the letters "h" and "c" transposed in the word "school."

School officials said the misspelling was a printing error made by the graduation products company.

"The principal has informed all Ontario graduates that the company has been contacted and will mail a corrected diploma cover to each graduate along with an apology letter," Chaffey Joint Union High School District Superintendent Mathew Holton said in a statement.

The diploma covers were distributed to about 550 seniors at a Thursday evening commencement ceremony, school officials said.

Holton added that the Ontario Class of 2016 was the first to graduate in a new stadium on campus with over 5,000 family members and friends in attendance.



Photo Credit: @jacedoooo_ via Twitter
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<![CDATA[Hangover-Fighting Ice Cream]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 13:05:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hangover+ice+cream.jpg

South Koreans, Asia's biggest per capita alcohol consumers, can now soothe themselves after a big night out with hangover-fighting ice cream.

A convenience store chain launched the Gyeondyo-Bar, which translates to "hang in there" and, according to the company, is the first ice cream bar marketed specifically to combat the after-effects of alcohol consumption. It hit the shelves Friday.

According to the makers, the ice cream bar's name "expresses the hardships of employees who have to suffer a working day after heavy drinking, as well as to provide comfort to those who have to come to work early after frequent nights of drinking."

The grapefruit-flavored dessert contains 0.7 percent oriental raisin tree fruit juice, a traditional hangover remedy cited in a Korean medicine book from the 17th century that is included in popular hangover potions.

A 2012 article in the Journal of Neuroscience found oriental raisin tree extract reduced symptoms of intoxication in rats.

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<![CDATA[Surf and Turf Arrest]]> Thu, 19 May 2016 19:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-482996433+%281%29.jpg

A Vermont man accused of stealing beer, lobster and Angus steak from a supermarket faces retail theft charges, authorities say.

State police said they were notified of a retail theft/trespassing incident at Hannaford Supermarket in Rutland on Wednesday.

An investigation found that Anthony Sargent, 53, of Rutland City, had gone into the store in violation of a notice against trespass and stole $105.63 worth of items, police said.

Police say Sargent concealed the products under his shirt.

The beer, lobster and steak were recovered by the store when Sargent was stopped in the parking lot. He fled the scene before authorities arrived, but was later located by probation and parole officers, officials said.

Sargent has a court date set for June 13. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Escaped, Naked Man Captured Near Elementary Schools]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 14:50:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/naked-man3.jpg

A naked, handcuffed man is in custody Tuesday morning after he escaped deputies in Katy, Texas, according to a report by KPRC-TV.

KPRC said according to officials, the Harris County Sheriff's Office was serving the man a warrant at a home on Sun Glen Boulevard when the man ran from deputies after they handcuffed him.

KPRC added that nearby schools, Stephens and Franz elementaries, were both placed on "secure mode status" as a result of the search.

According to the Katy Independent School District, no one is allowed in or out of the building during "secure mode status," but classes are proceeding as scheduled.

At this time, the identity of the man is not known. There have been no updates regarding the status of the two elementary schools.



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