<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usWed, 29 Mar 2017 08:07:07 -0500Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:07:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[30-Pound Wild Turkey Flies into Family's Rental Car on Highway]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:18:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/turkey+v+car.JPG

A New Jersey family on its way back to the airport after visiting the University of Notre Dame Tuesday collided with a flying turkey on the road, authorities say. 

The Taraboczhia family was headed to O'Hare Airport in Chicago Tuesday after visiting Notre Dame, where the daughter was recently accepted, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office in Indiana

The Taraboczhia's were on U.S. 20 when their rental GMC Yukon collided with the wild turkey, which was flying across the highway, authorities said. 

The 30-pound turkey broke through the glass, became lodged in the center of the windshield, and died.

“While vehicle versus deer crashes are common place, it is very rare to see a vehicle strike a turkey,” police said in a statement.

Authorities noted, however, that mating season has begun and, during this time, more turkeys are spotted close to roadways.

The family suffered minor cuts from the glass and refused medical treatment at the scene.

Photo Credit: LaPorte County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Martial Artist Breaks 111 Cement Blocks with His Head]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:09:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+INT+BLOCKS+032817.00_00_07_03.Still001.jpg

Sixteen-year-old Bosnian taekwondo martial artist Kerim Ahmetspahic performed an incredible stunt over the weekend. He smashed 111 cement building blocks with his head.

<![CDATA[Do Cats Actually Love Their Humans?]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:51:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_CATS_LOVE_HUMANS_032717_1-149065840584500001.jpg

Does your little feline friend actually love you, or are they just using you for food? Scientists from Oregon State University isolated 50 cats, depriving them of all stimuli before reintroducing four things: human interaction, food, scent and toys.

<![CDATA['Heaven's Gate' Mass Suicide in San Diego: 20 Years Later]]> Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:17:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/3-26-17-Heavens+Gate+Rancho+Santa+Fe+Home.JPG

Exactly 20 years ago Sunday, 39 people died in a mass suicide in Rancho Santa Fe, California. "Heaven’s Gate" made headlines around the world.

On March 26, 1997, a 911 call came into the San Diego Command Center.

“This is regarding a mass suicide. I can give you the address,” the caller said.

Shortly after, San Diego Sheriff’s arrived to find a grisly scene: 21 men and 18 women were found dead in the residence. They were all covered in purple blankets and all wearing the same black Nike shoes. None of the bodies had any noticeable signs of trauma. Toxicology results showed the victims had drunk a lethal cocktail of phenobarbital mixed with apple sauce and vodka.

“As they went in they kept finding more bodies and more bodies,” retired San Diego County homicide detective Chuck Curtis tells NBC 7 of the officers who discovered the scene. Curtis was the first officer to the scene. “It was an astonishing thing to them that they thought, ‘Is this ever going to end?’”

Marshall Applewhite, the leader of Heaven’s Gate, made an ominous video at the time. “They’re about to leave and they’re excited to leave," he said of his followers. Applewhite was found among the dead. 

Heaven’s Gate preached that suicide would allow the followers’ souls to be taken to Heaven by a UFO hidden behind the Hale-Bopp comet.

"Every once in a while the topic will come up in conversation," Dr. Jack Baca, pastor of a nearby church tells NBC 7.

The Heaven’s Gate mansion in Rancho Santa Fe has been demolished and even the street name has been changed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and haven’t seen anything like it since,” Curtis remembers.

Today, Heaven’s Gate lives on with a replica display at the San Diego Sheriff’s Museum in Old Town.

“The locals who come in remember the case,” Curtis says. “They’re all very interested in the case and sometimes express shock or sadness about how people could do this to themselves.”

"I don't know that everyone or anyone frankly ever totally heals from tragic events. There's always a scar left," Baca adds. "There's always an imprint left, and in some ways that's part of what makes us human and gives us a chance to grow."

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Photo Credit: NBC 7 San Diego]]>
<![CDATA[Mortician May Have Fake Credentials]]> Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:19:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Jonathan-Ryan.jpg

A Torrington man is accused of hacking the system of a mortuary science school and forging paperwork that would qualify him as a licensed mortician, according to court documents. 

Jonathan Ryan, 22, was charged with second-degree forgery and second-degree computer crimes after police said he forged documents to make it appear like he graduated from the Mortuary Science program at Lincoln College in Southington. 

Ryan then helped prepare dozens of bodies for burial at Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home, which is owned by his father. 

Last year, the director of the school, Dr. Paul Warren, contacted state police to investigate possible forgery at the school in June. 

Warren said that Ryan had created a fake Lincoln College transcript by forging the college seal and registrar's name on a transcript in May 2015. Ryan also created a fake email address for a professor so he was able to get an apprentice embalmer's permit from the Connecticut State Department of Public Health.

Between sometime in 2015 and 2016, Ryan worked embalming or assisting in the preparation of roughly 60 bodies for burial at his family's funeral home in Torrington. 

State police said Ryan's father Christopher Ryan told investigators he did not know his son obtained his credentials improperly.

Ryan said the reason he forged documents to become a mortician apprentice was actually part of a two-person investigative journalism project, according to arrest warrant documents. 

According to the arrest documents, Ryan wrote in a submission to the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, in part: 

"I find flaws in unsecure websites and human processes and my partner converts my findings into wonderful articles. We have been working on this little project of ours for over two and (sic) one half years, with little success until stumbling onto your website. It is mind boggling that you would leave such an important form, the Verification of Graduation and Projected Graduation Date forms, COMPLETELY (sic) unsecured. There was no password, there was no authentication, and there was no oversight for 6 (sic) months."  

State police did find that Ryan attended Lincoln College from Sept. 4, 2013 to Dec. 1, 2013, but never got his degree. 

Neither Lincoln College or the Gleeson-Ryan Funeral Home returned NBC Connecticut calls for comment. 

Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Man Smashes Glass Door After Chicken Order Delayed]]> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:13:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brooklyn+Park+Popeyes+Death.jpg

Police in New Hampshire are looking for a man who allegedly broke a glass door at a Popeye's Chicken after he was told his order wouldn't be ready for another five to 10 minutes.

Salem police said an older man with white hair entered the Popeye's on Route 28 around 6 p.m. on Wednesday and ordered some fried chicken. When he was told that his food wouldn't immediately be ready to eat, he stormed out of the restaurant and kicked the door, smashing the glass.

While police are hoping to find the suspect to make him pay for the damage, they also had a little fun with the incident, saying in a press release, "Why did this guy run away? Because he is chicken."

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Officer Scott Naismith at 603-893-1911.

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<![CDATA[New Cup Blowing Challenge Goes Viral]]> Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:26:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528392918.jpg

From college students to TV anchors, everyone’s trying out the latest Internet craze. 

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The Cup Blowing Challenge has provoked a new slew of videos on social media. Participants place one cup inside another, with a third cup several inches away. They blow on the top cup, hoping it will jump from one bottom cup to the other.

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Many have tried the Cup Blowing Challenge; not all have succeeded. Some used it as an excuse to procrastinate before finals, while others were in the middle of a work break. Still others just wanted to master a new viral trick before their children.

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“Just completed first cup blowing challenge!! Yes b4 my kids could do it,” one Twitter user wrote.

Critics are calling the trend yet another millennial time-waster, and cup enthusiasts are claiming they blew cups long before it was cool. 

Some are even using the fad for political commentary.

“We might not know how to properly choose a president but at least we can come up with things like the #cupblowingchallenge,” tweeted one user.

Photo Credit: Roderick Chen/Getty Images
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<![CDATA[What Do Russians Dream About? Putin, Among Other Things]]> Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:25:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-615648564.jpg

Vladimir Putin is everywhere in his country's public life. Now it turns out the president is even gracing ordinary Russians' dreams, NBC News reported.

A web search engine said the strongman was the only real individual "to appear often in people's dreams," according to analysis of users' online queries.

Yandex, which is more popular than Google in Russia, said it typically received half a million requests a week about the meaning of nighttime visions.

Putin was the only individual named in Yandex dream searches, which turned up "fish" as the most common query, according to its survey, based on six months of queries.

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Photo Credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Man Films 'Never-Ending' Gator Parade in South Florida]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:18:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/17211880_1366410816738053_6562114182429541711_o.jpg

A Florida wildlife photographer captured a seemingly infinite procession of alligators in South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve.

Photographer Bobby Wummer filmed the half-hour parade of gators just after sunrise on Monday.

"These Florida gators seemed to be endless, it was the never-ending train of gators of all sizes," Wummer shared in a Facebook post with photos and video of the parade.

The reptiles of various sizes were filmed crawling out of a pond to enter a deeper body of water on the opposite side of a dirt road.

The gators ranged between 2 feet and 12 feet in length, according to Wummer.

The wildlife photographer most recently made viral headlines after snapping a photo of a massive gator snacking on a smaller gator at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County back in April 2016.

Photo Credit: Bobby Wummer
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<![CDATA[TX Pet Shop Employee Builds Wheelchair for Disabled Goldfish]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:56:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/208*120/goldfish+wheelchair.jpg

A San Antonio pet shop is helping a goldfish with a problem and now the story is going viral.

The goldfish has a defective swim bladder which makes floating difficult.

According to employee Taylor Dean, the goldfish was brought in by his previous owner who didn't know what to do with him.

So Dean and Dereck Burnett worked together to fashion a "goldfish wheelchair."

Using a counterbalance on the bottom of the device, they found a way to allow the fish to swim around.


"He seems to be much happier now than he used to be so, it's been a life changing experience for him, for sure," said Burnett, who created the wheelchair. "He's a tough little guy. I mean, he refused to give up."

"With all the stuff going on everywhere, it's just a good story, no matter who you are it just makes you smile," said Dean, who helped create the wheelchair.

Photo Credit: WOAI]]>
<![CDATA[High-Flying Bees Hospitalize Utility Worker]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:03:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_beeattack0316_1920x1080.jpg

A man was hospitalized Wednesday  after being stung by bees hundreds of times while working on a utility pole in North Las Vegas.

Cedric Williams of the North Las Vegas Fire Department says they received multiple 911 calls about a bee attack.

The worker was stung hundreds of times and transported to Centennial Hills Hospital in critical condition.

Two other people were also stung but were treated and released at the scene.

Photo Credit: KSNV]]>
<![CDATA[Mouse Doors Popping Up In Minneapolis]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:52:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_mousedoors0315_1920x1080.jpg

A Minneapolis man is making a big statement with his tiny works of street art.

He goes by the name "Mows" and his canvases are nooks and crannies throughout the city.

Tiny doors, fit for a mouse, are popping up in Minneapolis. They can be found on the corner of an alley, under a bridge, on a traffic light, etc. Next to the tiny door, you can typically find a window and welcome mat. Mows said the doors are made out of resin.

"It's street art but it's not graffiti in an in-your-face kind of way," said Mows, who is concealing his identity because he puts his tiny "mouse" doors up without permission.

Photo Credit: KARE]]>
<![CDATA[Park Ranger Discovers Mysterious 'Dr. Seuss' Plant]]> Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-parks-wildlife-atlanta-state-park.jpg

Texas park rangers at Atlanta State Park, southwest of Texarkana, shared a photo showing a pink and white fluffy ball on the park's Facebook page Tuesday.

The post, which has been shared more than 1,600 times, explained the ball is created when a woll sower wasp lays its eggs in a white oak. The eggs hatch in spring, and chemicals on the grubs stimulate the plant to produce the growth seen in the picture.

Photo Credit: Atlanta State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife]]>
<![CDATA[Gators on Parade in Florida]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:26:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gators_on_Parade_1200x675_898971715672.jpg

A South Florida photographer was in the Big Cypress National Preserve early Monday when he captured these images of large and small alligators crossing a dirt road. Photographer Bobby Wummer says it was just after sunrise when more than a dozen gators started making their way out of a pond across a road and into a deeper canal. Although the video appears to have been taken at close range, Wummer says he shoots his pictures with a big wildlife lens, so he is certain not to disturb the reptiles. The bigger lens also allows him to stay a safe distance away from his dangerous subjects.

<![CDATA[Humpback Whales Mysteriously Organize in Super Groups: Study]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:16:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/humpback-whales.jpg

Some humpback whales are starting to gather in larger-than-usual groups, but scientists aren't sure why, according to a new study published earlier this month.

Typically, these whales are considered solitary mammals, traveling alone, in pairs or temporarily in small groups. Scientists normally call groups of up to 20 humpbacks “small,” according to the study published in PLOS One.

So when groups of 20 to 200 whales began to gather off the coast of South Africa, scientists were shocked.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ken Findlay, the lead author of the study that described the unusual whale behavior, told New Scientist.

The study, which gathered data from three occasions in 2011, 2014 and 2015, pointed out that the whales were in a peculiar location to begin with. Typically, humpbacks migrate to warm waters to breed in the winter and feed in colder waters near Antarctica during the summer. But they were found in the summer months off the warm waters of South Africa.

Regina Asmutis-Silvia, biologist and executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said it’s hard to say just how unusual the new study’s super group is. She was not involved in the new study, but she has studied whales since 1990. Asmutis-Silvia has seen scores of whales in Cape Cod, and said the large gathering in South Africa might be a result of cultural learning among the whales of that region.

“This is a novel feeding technique for South Africa that hasn’t been seen before,” she said. “It could be indicative of some cultural shift in that population of humpbacks.”

Large groups of whales tend to indicate areas of the ocean that are rich in prey. The 200-whale groups have exhibited clear signs of feeding behavior, according to the study. Scientists who conducted the study say that reasons for the abnormal behavior remain “speculative.”

Despite heavy whaling that has previously endangered the species, humpback whales have made a strong comeback in recent years.

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Photo Credit: Jean Tresfon via PLOS
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<![CDATA[Traveler Caught with About 80 Reptiles in Suitcase]]> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:55:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/snake.jpg

A Czech citizen traveling back from South Africa was caught at the Vienna Airport trying to smuggle about 80 reptiles in his suitcase.

<![CDATA[Boaty McBoatface: New Sub Gets Popular Name]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:50:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ALR-Boaty-McBoatface-2.jpg

British officials didn't want to name a polar research ship "Boaty McBoatface," but they had no problem giving the name to a new submarine, NBC News reported. 

Last year, the British government agency Natural Environment Research Council asked the public for help naming its new ship. The public chose "Boaty McBoatface," but the agency opted to honor a famed naturalist instead

So "Boaty McBoatface," the remote-controlled sub, will accompany the RSS Sir David Attenborough. It makes its first voyage Friday through the icy waters of Antarctica collecting data and samples. 

Photo Credit: National Oceanography Centre]]>
<![CDATA[Watch Kids Adorably Interrupt Live TV Interview]]> Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:08:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/154664086-bbc-generic.jpg

Two children who waltzed into a live TV interview about a very serious matter of world affairs became a viral video sensation Friday. 

The precocious pair walked into a BBC interview with Pusan National University professor Robert Kelly, an expert on Korea, during a discussion on the ramifications of the ouster of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Video the BBC posted on Twitter had more than 6,000 retweets and 7,500 favorites after about four hours, and other posts with the video had tens of thousands more.

First, a little girl in glasses and a yellow sweater opened the door to the office where Kelly was speaking and sauntered up to him. It was his daughter, according to the BBC's write-up of the high jinx.

"I think one of your children has just walked in," presenter James Menendez said.

Kelly tried to soldier on, but things only escalated from there.

An exuberant baby in a baby walker next entered the scene. Then, in a slapstick moment worthy of Buster Keaton, a woman burst through the door after the kids. She hastily rounded them up and pulled them out of the room, with a few books knocked over in the process.

"My apologies," Kelly said, with a slight snicker.

NBC has reached out to Kelly for comment. He hasn't yet addressed the issue on Twitter, except to tweet his thanks to someone who pointed out he's "a damn good Korea analyst."

In other kids-do-the-darndest-thing news Friday, a different video went viral for showing a girl fly through the air after the door she was opening at her Ohio home was caught by powerful winds. (She was okay.)

And a toddler threw a temper tantrum in front of the Queen of England, who handled the outburst gracefully

Photo Credit: Getty Images, File
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<![CDATA[Ice Marathon Brings Over 200 to Siberia]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:41:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ICE+MARATHON.jpg

200 runners from across the globe ran in the 13th annual Baikal Ice Marathan on Tuesday in the Irkutsk region of Russia.

<![CDATA[Arkansas Student Prove Sobriety by Juggling During Stop]]> Wed, 08 Mar 2017 02:07:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_juggler0307a_1500x845.jpg

Blayk Puckett went the extra mile for Sgt. Keith McKay of the University of Central Arkansas police. Puckett decided to pull out his juggling pins and put on a show to prove his sobriety after he was pulled over for a broken brake light.

<![CDATA[Terrifying Drive-By Caught on Dashcam]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:37:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_driveby0303_1920x1080.jpg

Dashboard camera rolls as gunman in SUV opens fire on Kansas City street.

Photo Credit: KSHB]]>
<![CDATA[Gator in Florida Catches Lunch on the Golf Course]]> Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:15:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT+NAT+GATORFISH+030317.00_00_14_10.Still001.jpg

A golfer was surprised to see an alligator on the 10th hole of the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Trinity, Fla., but was more surprised what was in the gator’s mouth.

<![CDATA[Perfect Timing Beer Truck Crash On Cam]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:51:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_beercrash0302_1920x1080.jpg


A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper's dashcam captured an amazing coincidence of timing during a recent crash.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka had pulled over a driver for speeding.
"You guys have anything to drink tonight?" Smaka asks the driver.  As the driver answers, squealing brakes can be heard.
Trooper Smaka and the driver are then pelted with beer bottles and cans.
"Well, over 1,000 pounds of beer shattering and a tidal wave of beer coming at me," Smaka says.
A truck driver had lost control of his beer rig, spilling his load. 


A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper's dashcam captured an amazing coincidence of timing during a recent crash.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka had pulled over a driver for speeding.

"You guys have anything to drink tonight?" Smaka asks the driver.  As the driver answers, squealing brakes can be heard.

Trooper Smaka and the driver are then pelted with beer bottles and cans.

"Well, over 1,000 pounds of beer shattering and a tidal wave of beer coming at me," Smaka says.

A truck driver had lost control of his beer rig, spilling his load. 

Photo Credit: KSNV]]>
<![CDATA[Putin-Shaped Lollipops on Sale in Russia]]> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:43:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_PUTINLOLLIPOP2_030217-148848694826900001.jpg

Candy stores across Russia have been selling lollipops in the shape of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

<![CDATA[Watch: National Zoo Lion Gets Dental Checkup]]> Sun, 05 Mar 2017 08:36:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luke+the+Lion.jpg

A dentist from Virginia is sought around the world for his rare specialty: Exotic animals. Recently, News4 got up close to Luke the Lion at the National Zoo in D.C. as veterinary dentist Dr. Barron Hall performed his regular checkup.

Yes, even lions need to go to the dentist.

Wild animals need dental work because an unhealthy mouth can make an animal sick. Also, alpha males like Luke can instinctively hide a bad tooth causing them pain because it is a sign of weakness, which can get them killed in the wild.

Hall, of Vienna, is in demand at zoos across the country and sanctuaries around the world. He's been in the mouth of some fierce beasts.

“I’ve worked on black bears, grizzly bears, brown bears, pretty much every cat,” Hall said. “A hippo I haven’t done. Polar bear’s on my bucket list.”

Hall belongs to Veterinarians Without Borders, which provides free healthcare for animals in sanctuaries throughout the world and train locals to care for the animals around them.

For his cleaning, Luke was put under.

“Since they’re wild animals, you can’t just go and lift their lips,” Hall said.

A team of medical technicians monitored Luke’s vital signs and kept the 400-pound carnivore peacefully asleep. Colorful mittens kept his massive paws warm.

Luke came to the National Zoo when he was a 1-year-old.

“Luke was brought in to our facility from a facility in South Africa, which means his specific genetic line was not represented in North America at all,” National Zoo big cats curator Craig Saffoe said.

That gave breeders a fresh gene pool to grow the lion population in the United States, and Luke proved to be a star.

“He's been an outstanding breeding animal,” Saffoe said. “He’s produced five litters, four of which have all survived. He’s had a great run for us.”

At 11 years old, Luke is slowing down a bit, though he could live into his 20s.

Staring into the mouth of a lion, one gains renewed respect for the king of the jungle.

“You could extract every tooth in their mouth, the power of their muscle, they’ll still pop your head like a grape if they wanted to,” Hall said.

Luke left the exam with teeth intact and a mouth cleaned and ready to roar.

Photo Credit: NBCWashington]]>
<![CDATA[Dinner 160 Feet Above Dubai]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:51:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_DINNERSKY_022817-148830311516800001.jpg

Ever thought about dining 160 feet above ground?  Thrill-seeking diners in Dubai had a chance to eat suspended by a construction crane.  

<![CDATA[Florida Man Accused of Stealing, Selling Neighbor's Monkey]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:13:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/022717+zoe+stolen+monkey+Oscar+Leiva.jpg

A Homestead man is facing a grand theft charge after he allegedly stole, then sold, his neighbor's pet monkey.

Oscar Leiva, 21, was arrested Sunday night and booked into Miami-Dade jail, where he was being held on $5,000 bond Monday, records showed. Attorney information for Leiva was not available.

Officers responded to the neighborhood in the 400 block of Southeast 8th Street after the monkey's owner, Vanessa Di Gennaro, reported it missing, according to an arrest report.

Di Gennaro said she was cleaning her home and had left the monkey, Zoe, in her backyard. When she went to check on her, the monkey was missing.

"She's my baby, she's my kid. She goes everywhere with me. I love her to death," Di Gennaro said.

Di Gennaro said she had posted fliers in the area and received a call from a witness who told her the monkey, a white tufted marmoset valued at $2,900, was at Leiva's home, the report said.

Officers found Leiva, who said the monkey was in his kitchen and he thought it was a rat so he caught it. He said he realized it was a monkey so he put it in a cage in his room, the report said.

Leiva said the monkey climbed on his shoulder and he tried to grab it but it tried to bite him, the report said. He said he fell asleep and the monkey ran away.

But the witness said Leiva told him he had stolen the monkey and sold it for $900, the report said.

The suspect's mother believes he's innocent. She told NBC 6 in Spanish that her son does not have the animal.

"I'm surprised that there are people that are that evil on one hand and also people that are good that say 'hey, this is where she is,'" Di Gennaro said.

Di Gennaro said she's worried about Zoe's safety and is offering a $2,000 reward for her return.

"She's a very delicate animal on top of everything, she's not like a dog that you can leave alone. They get into things, they hurt themselves really easy. You have to watch them," she said.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Di Gennaro, Miami-Dade Corrections]]>
<![CDATA[Benton City Man Fights for Rights To Use Service Horse ]]> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:38:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Fred_Therapy_Animal.png

Benton City resident Tim Fulton is fighting for the right to keep his service horse, Fred, to complete the daily walks prescribed by his doctor. Fulton recieved a $100 fine from Benton City for walking with Fred in residential areas, which are prohibited to horses. 

<![CDATA[Firefighter Carries Burning Gas Tank from Building]]> Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:12:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-24-07h11m09s162.jpg

A firefighter in China was hailed as a hero for risking his life by carrying a burning gas tank out of a residential building.

Photo Credit: CCTV]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Quadruplet Calves Born in Ireland]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:28:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_QUADCOWS_022317-148789925482500001.jpg

A farming family in Ireland's County Clare is celebrating the births of four nearly identical calves. The odds of this happening are quite incredible.

<![CDATA[Man Drives Half-Mile with Police Officer on Hood]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:05:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIT_INT_CHINAPOLICEHOOD_022317-148789366995300001.jpg

A man in China drove away from a checkpoint with a police officer on the hood of his car.  The incident was captured on surveillance footage.

<![CDATA[Florida Man Claims Dog Accidentally Shot His Girlfriend]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:30:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ambulance-shutterstock_12161325.jpg

Diesel the dog did it.

That's the claim a 25-year-old Jacksonville man made after his girlfriend was shot in the leg while she was sleeping.

Brian Murphy's girlfriend, Summer Miracle, was taken to the hospital late Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries.

Murphy told police he was sleeping next to Miracle when his dog Diesel woke him up. He went outside with the dog and then came back into the home.

According to an incident report, Murphy said it was really dark inside the home and could not see anything. That's when he said he saw a flash and heard a bang.

Murphy said he believes Diesel jumped on the nightstand where his gun was sitting and it went off, shooting Miracle.

The boyfriend called 911 and got a towel to put on Miracle's leg, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The girlfriend told police she was sleeping and was not sure how she got shot.

No charges were filed.

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<![CDATA[Caught on Video: Tiger Knocks Drone out of the Sky]]> Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:10:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2-23-17-tigers-and-drones.jpg

Incredible video captured at a Siberian tiger enclosure in Northeast China. China's state broadcaster released this footage showing the animals chasing a drone until one jumps up and knocks it out of the sky. Footage from a second camera shows the tigers gathering around the drone on the ground and tearing into it until they were scared away because it started smoking. Staff members say they use drone chasing to keep the tigers fit.

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