<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usSat, 27 Aug 2016 08:49:07 -0500Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:49:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[World's Largest Rubber Duck Spotted in New York]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:02:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Big+Duck2.jpg The world's largest rubber duck has been spotted in the Buffalo River. "Mama duck" and her duckling Timmy are in town for the Canalside Maritime Festival this Sunday. The duck towers at a whopping 61 feet above water and weighs about 11 tons. The likely hood of mama duck flying away is slim. The platform she sits on keeps wind and storms from carrying her away.

Photo Credit: WRGZ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Cops Stumble Upon Gator in Tub ]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:57:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gator+in+tub.jpg

Police responding to a call about a burglary at a Staten Island home encountered an unusual suspect — a three-foot-long alligator, and it was in the bathtub. 

The reptile was hanging out in the empty tub when police responding to the anonymous call arrived at the abandoned Mariners Harbor home.

Animal care workers took the gator for evaluation. They're also looking into how the gator got into the tub.

The NYPD tweeted responding officers were "surprised" by the reptile, but no one was injured. The department tweeted photos of cops smiling next to the crate.

No arrests have been made.

Photo Credit: @NYPDPaws
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<![CDATA[6-Ton Potato Spotted on NY's Hudson River]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:10:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/potato+hudson.jpg

If you happened to see a giant potato being hauled on a barge on the Hudson River Wednesday, your eyes were not deceiving you. 

The 6-ton spud, resting atop a tractor-trailer on a barge pulled by a tugboat, has been making cross-country trips since 2012, when the Idaho Potato Commission strutted it out nationwide to celebrate its 75th anniversary. 

The tater's national tour was such a hit the commission opted to make it an annual event. The potato is the equivalent of 32,346 medium-sized Idaho potatoes and is 1,102 times heavier than the largest potato ever grown. 

It travels the country promoting the certified heart-healthy Idaho Potato, and its mission is to help small charities in town and cities with its Big Helping Program, according to the Idaho Potato Commission's website. 

Other fun facts: the massive tater would make 30,325 servings of mashed potatoes and more than 1.5 million average-sized french fries. 

Idaho couple Chris Schofield and Sharolyn Spruce, who have toiled on hundreds of big custom projects and designs, built the enormous tater with help from several contractors, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune. The duo said the monstrous spud, made of steel, plywood, foams and concrete, was the first "vegetable" they'd ever built. 

The next stop on its grand tour is Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey, Aug. 26 before a trip to West Point and then to Plymouth, Indiana, for the 50th annual Blueberry Fest.

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<![CDATA[Cops Capture Boa]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:51:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_snakea0816_1920x1080.jpg A five-foot-long boa constrictor was taken in by Massachusetts police Saturday night after it was found in the middle of a road.

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<![CDATA[The 'Poopening': Roomba Spreads Feces All Over Home]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:56:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jesse+Newton+Roomba+Poop.jpg

Oh the horror. That’s how one man described the events that unfolded when his Roomba ran over dog poop, spreading a 25-foot trail of feces throughout his house.

In a Facebook post, Jesse Newton said his dog, Evie, defecated in the living room at some point between midnight and when his vacuum cleaning robot was set to run at 1:30 a.m. When Newton‘s 4-year-old son awoke at 3 a.m. to crawl into bed with his parents, Newton smelled a strong odor. He got out of bed and walked into a “war zone of poop” in his living room.

Newton documented the dramatic saga that unfolded as a cautionary tail to others. The post, complete with a hand drawn map of the poop trail, has since gone viral with more than 140,000 reactions and more than 200,000 shares.

“Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop,” Newton said. “If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle.”

Newton was not so lucky. He recounts his attempts to clean the copious amounts of dried poop from his living room and a failed effort at using a rug shampooer to remove poop from the rug where it all started.

“Some folks would shrug their shoulders and get back in bed to deal with it in the morning. But you're not one of those people,” Newton writes of himself.

Instead, in the early hours of the morning, he attempted to clean the Roomba but forgot to take the batteries out before soaking it. As the waterlogged Roomba sputtered to its death, Newton had some harsh words.

“You're not just using profanity - you're inventing new types of profanity,” Newton said of his reaction. “You're saying things that would make Satan shudder in revulsion. You hope your kid stayed in bed, because if he hears you talking like this, there's no way he's not ending up in prison.”

But the tale has a happy ending. After a week of trying to fix the costly device, he called the store where he purchased the Roomba and told them the story. The purchase came with a lifetime warranty.

"They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course," Newton wrote on Facebook.

This is one experience that won't soon be flushed away.

See the full Facebook post below.

Photo Credit: Jesse Newton
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<![CDATA[Creepy Clown Terrorizes Residents]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:37:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_creepyclown0804_1920x1080.jpg Residents of Green Bay, Wisconsin are on edge after several late night sightings of a particularly creepy clown.

Photo Credit: WGBA]]>
<![CDATA[Police Go on the Road With 'UFO']]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 09:06:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/belfast.jpg

A '"UFO" got a police escort last week when it roamed the streets of Ireland, but the rolling saucer wasn't from outer space. It was made right here on Earth.

Ali Kemal Ali, 53, told the Belfast Telegraph he initially completed the craft as part of a visual arts course he was taking. The saucer later became the centerpiece of an Irish art exhibition called Third Space Pop Art Show.

Ali said he wanted more people to see his creation.

"I thought, 'How can I attract a bit more interest?'" he recalled. "I thought, 'I'll go and ask the guards,'" Ali said, referring to the Garda, the Irish civilian police force. "I asked, 'Can they give me a police escort with my UFO?' They loved it." [[389208952, C]]

The fiberglass flying saucer reportedly runs on two electric scooters and is complete with a strobe light, laser, smoke machine and a loudspeaker designed to reproduce low bass frequencies that sound out of this world.

Video of the craft's journey taken by onlookers shows the saucer even made its way through a neighborhood park.

"How often do you go into a police station and ask for something like this? It's always doom and gloom," Ali added. "They saw the funny side of it."

Ali posted a video of the saucer’s police escort, which now has almost a million views on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Puppy Swallows Rubber Duckies]]> Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:49:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_duckdog0729_1920x1080.jpg An Oklahoma puppy undergoes emergency surgery after swallowing several rubber duckies. [warning: graphic footage]

Photo Credit: KFOR]]>
<![CDATA[Video Shows Officer Trying to Pull Over 2 Cows]]> Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:40:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-29-15h43m31s162.jpg

A police officer in Windham, Maine, attempted to "pull over" two cows after they were reportedly menacing cars on Thursday afternoon.

In a video the police department posted on its Facebook page, Officer Ernest MacVane attempts to deal with the cows by asking them to "pull over."

The cows, however, continue walking down the road, leading the officer to call out to the cows and ask them to "stop resisting arrest."

Photo Credit: Windham Police]]>
<![CDATA[Creepy Creeper Burglar Caught On Cam]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:46:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Creepy_Creeper_Burglar_Caught_On_Cam_1200x675_734263875715.jpg A thief known as the "Creeper Ghost" is believed to be responsible for a rash of home burglaries in Chicago. A victim of the burglar captured chilling footage showing a man moving through a home with the owners still inside. In the video you can see the hooded figure lurking in the upper right corner.

Photo Credit: WMAQ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Man Attacks Officers With Batarangs]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:18:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/batarang.jpg Police in Seattle arrested a man after he threw batarangs at officers. Batarangs are the sharp boomerangs Batman uses in fight scenes.]]> <![CDATA[Stuck Ducklings Get A Helping Hand]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:18:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000337.jpg A couple of newly hatched baby ducklings in Northern Japan were in trouble and one man came to their rescue. The video shows two baby ducklings crying as they struggle to get out of the pond with high edges. Their worried mother duck stays close. The president of a local iron and steel company in charge of the plaza saw the dilemma and decided to help. He installed a metal slope in the pond. One duckling approached the slope, climbed on and got out of the pond successfully! After about 20 minutes, the 2nd duckling finally climbed up and its sibling came over to welcome it. The duck family seemed happy to be reunited. The slope will stay in place until the ducklings are able to fly.

Photo Credit: NTV]]>
<![CDATA[Long Lost World Series Ring Found]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:09:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_lostring0727_1920x1080.jpg Former Kansas City Royals player and scout Jerry Terrell has been reunited with the 1985 World Series ring he lost nearly a year ago.

Photo Credit: KSHB-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Police Find Package of Marijuana ]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:33:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cheltenham+Police+Marijuana.PNG

Police in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, are looking for the owner of a package of marijuana mistakenly left at the wrong resident’s home.

Earlier this week, a resident called the police department when they received a package they were not expecting, police said.

With no name on the box, officers checked the package for any indication of ownership.

"What we found was surprising to say the least. Two-kilos of high (get it?) quality marijuana,” a Facebook post by the department reads.

The department hopes to return the package to its rightful owner ... and maybe chat with them a little about it.

"If you are that person, please feel free to stop by the station to claim it. We'll be waiting."

Photo Credit: Cheltenham Police Department
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<![CDATA[Blue Wine? It's Real, And Coming to U.S.]]> Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:49:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/202*120/gik_bottles.jpg

A new brand of blue wine is heading to U.S. shores this year.

Yes — blue wine.

The bright cobalt blue beverage, currently sold in Spain and being launched in Europe this summer, has been given a U.S. release date just in time for Halloween.

As TODAY reports, the "vintners" behind the creation aren't trying to claim any wine-making expertise. The twentysomething entrepreneurs are just having a try at something a bit more eye-catching.

What's it made out of?

Coming in at 11.5 percent alcohol, the wine is a blend of red and white wines from Spanish and French vineyards. The blue color comes from organic pigments found in grape skin and a non-caloric sweetener, according to its website.


"Once having selected the wine industry as our battlefield, we set about creating a radically different product, changing the color to a vibrant blue and making the wine sweeter and easier to drink," the website said.

The wine will sell for $16 a bottle, five dollars more than its comparable European price. It will be available this October.

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<![CDATA[Robot Makes Fashion Debut]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:25:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robot_Makes_Fashion_Debut_1200x675_728977475929.jpg The humanoid robot Pepper made its fashion debut Wednesday. Pepper hit the market in 2015. Corporations lease the unit for around $500 a month. Pepper worked naked until now because clothing could retain heat and cause it to malfunction. The new outfits are made of breathable material and include a nurse outfit and other uniforms that can include corporate logos.

Photo Credit: NTV]]>
<![CDATA['Pokemon Go' Player Stuck in Tree]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:46:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pokemon+go+tree+cemetery+east+greenwich+firefighter.jpg

First responders came to the rescue of a young woman who got stuck up a tree playing "Pokemon Go" inside a Gloucester County, New Jersey, cemetery Tuesday night.

East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue posted a safety message about the woman's plight on their Facebook page as their "Public Safety Message of the Day."

The woman, who police described as a young adult, climbed a tree inside Eglington Cemetery to catch a Pokemon. When she couldn't get down, she called 911 and reluctantly admitted when rescuers talked to her that she'd been playing the game. "She was a bit embarrassed at that point," said Rob Gould III, the township's fire chief.

Rescuers used a ladder to get the woman down and didn't embarrass her any further by releasing her name.

They did ask people to think more about their safety when playing "Pokemon Go."

"We have noticed there has been an increase in foot traffic around town. Some of the sites in town such as the churches and the cemetery are game stops," Gould said.

"We were just trying to get the word out that people need to be cognizant about watching where they are going and what they are doing so no one gets hurt. This game phenomenon is happening everywhere, not just the urban areas and we don't want to see anyone get hurt. Luckily this person escaped injury."

Photo Credit: East Greenwich Twp. Fire and Police]]>
<![CDATA[Bears Caught Roaming In Residential Areas]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:48:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bears_Caught_Roaming_In_Residential_Areas_1200x675_728135235871.jpg These videos were taken by residents of Greenville County, South Carolina showing bears in residential areas. There are more bears around this year as a drought is forcing all bears to move about looking for food. It's as simple as bears going wherever their appetites take them.

Photo Credit: WYFF]]>
<![CDATA[Squirrel Snuggles With Kittens]]> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:40:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Squirrel_Snuggles_With_Kittens_1200x675_727386179549.jpg Here is something you don't see everyday. Take a close look - yes, that is a squirrel snuggled up with a litter of kittens. The mother cat seems to be nursing the squirrel along with her litter. It appears the mother cat thinks the squirrel is her baby.

Photo Credit: Bethe Gettle]]>
<![CDATA[Ducks Dumped, Rescued From New Jersey Mall]]> Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:04:05 -0500 New Jersey state wildlife officials said they were looking to find homes for 92 ducks who were dumped at a mall in Secaucus. ]]> <![CDATA[Pokemon Go Player Bit by Real Snake in Flower Mound]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 18:12:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pokemon+Snake+Bite.jpg

When players launch the popular Pokemon Go app on their smartphones, they are met with a message reading "Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings," and that’s a message Lane Smith said he’ll be paying a little closer attention to now.

The 18 year-old Marcus High School senior was playing the game while walking down a wooded Flower Mound path near the Parker Square development at dusk on Tuesday.

"I was on my phone because I was seeing if anything would pop up along the way," said Smith as he and a friend were making their way to a nearby park to visit a Poke-stop, a landmark in the game where players can get supplies.

As Smith walked looking at his screen, his friend yelled to watch where he was going.

"I saw a stick in my peripheral," said Smith. "And I thought it was just a stick so I stepped on it and the stick bit me."

The stick turned out to be a small snake, doctors believe a copperhead, that bit Smith’s foot.

"One of its fangs punctured my foot, the other just skidded the side of my toe,” said Smith.

The teen, thinking it wasn’t very severe right away, texted his friends to tell them what happened, but when his foot and leg began ballooning up and his leg muscles started tensing uncontrollably, Smith went home. his parents rushed him to the Flower Mound Emergency Center.

Dr. James Doyle said Smith clearly got hit by a small amount of venom in the foot, and he was transferred by ambulance to Medical Center Lewisville for treatment.

"When the paramedics came to put me in the ambulance, they asked me, ‘were you really playing Pokemon Go, 'cause we were betting that's what was going on,’" said Smith.

Although still sore and his foot still swollen, Smith was back up and moving Thursday and had even started hunting Pokemon again.

His advice to other Poke-masters out there is to hunt in proper foot wear (unlike the sandals he was wearing), avoid those wooded paths at dusk when the snakes are looking for warm concrete to rest on and, above all, heed that on-screen warning to stay aware of the real world while playing the game.

"I'm just more cautious and aware of my surroundings,” said Smith.

Smith did add that, ironically, he has yet to come across the snake characters in the game but that friends who have are now naming the character after him…and his foot.

Photo Credit: Brian Scott, NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Deputies Free Bear Inexplicably Stuck in Car]]> Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:29:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bear-ezgif-2217839850.gif

A black bear found stuck inside a car near Denver left sheriff's deputies scratching their heads this week — it's not clear how the wild animal managed to get inside.

None of the car's windows were broken and the door handles could not be easily lifted, the Jefferson County, Colorado, Sheriff's Department said in a Facebook post Tuesday. 

"Somehow this medium-sized bear managed to open a door, crawl inside and close the door behind him," the post said. "Deputies could tell by all the moisture on the windows that he'd clearly been inside for a while."

Annie Bruecker told NBC affiliate KUSA that her mom woke her up Tuesday morning after discovering the black bear trapped inside Annie’s 2005 Subaru Outback. Bruecker said the SUV was parked in her driveway overnight with the doors unlocked, something she typically doesn't do.

"[My mom] screamed from downstairs," Bruecker told the station. "She said, 'Annie, there's a bear in your car.' And I thought that she meant that it broke a window, and I was like, 'okay, that's life.' But, no she actually meant that it was in my car."

The two sheriff's deputies at the scene decided to open the hatch of the Subaru to get the bear out, deputies said in the Facebook post. Unable to open it with the key fob, one of the deputies opened the door manually and the bear jumped out, quickly making his way back into the woods.

Photo Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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<![CDATA[Missing Google Street View, Faroe Islands Get 'Sheep View']]> Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/faroe-islands-sheep-view.jpg

If you were to take a tour of Europe's tiny, rocky Faroe Islands in Google Street View, you might see a lot of sheep. 

But you can't take a tour of the Faroe Islands in Google Street View, unlike much of the rest of Europe. A resident of the North Atlantic islands has turned to her sheep to try and fix that. 

Durita Dahl Andreassen, of the tourist organization Visit Faroe Islands, has fastened a 360-degree camera, powered by a solar panel, to the back of her sheep. The camera takes photographs as the animal grazes along the hillsides that she can then upload to Street View. 

She's using this "Sheep View 360" program to get Google's attention, starting a petition to entice the Internet giant to turn its eye on the archipelago located roughly midway between Scotland, Iceland and Norway.

“The Faroe Islands may be rugged and remote but this collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic also provide some of the world’s most magical landscapes and it is time that this hidden Nordic nation is revealed to the world,” Andreassen said in a post on the Visit Faroe Islands website Monday.

The Faroe Islands, a part of Denmark whose name may in fact derive from the Old Norse word "faer," meaning sheep, according to the CIA Fact Book, has a population of just over 50,000 people. That compares to 80,000 sheep, The Guardian reported. 

The sheep rarely notice the camera and continue to graze as it captures a picture a minute, Andreassen said in a video promoting the project. 

Sheep View imitates Google Street View, which captures images in 360 degrees that give users a sense of what streets look like from their computers or phones; it's available on most of America's roads, and throughout much of Europe as well, including even a few spots in the even-more-remote Greenland. Parts of Germany, Austria, Belarus and a few other nations are not included in Google's current European coverage.

Of course, Sheep View doesn't have quite the same reach as Street View, and Andreassen's project aims to have Google bring Street View cameras to the Faroe Islands, where she argues they're much-needed.

“In order to cover the big sweeping Faroese roads and the whole of the breath-taking landscapes, we need Google to come and map them,” Andreassen said. 

Photo Credit: Courtesy Visit Faroe Islands
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<![CDATA[Daisi The Swimming Pig]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:05:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/daisi.PNG We've heard the expression, "when pigs fly," but what about when pigs swim? Meet Daisi - the seven month old swimming pig from Corinth.

Photo Credit: Jerry Morris]]>
<![CDATA[Mystery Explosion Sounds in Calif.]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:42:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/7-6-16-Alhambra.jpg

Susan Saunders began hearing the explosions at random hours, day and night, in February at her Alhambra home. The first one came at 3 a.m.

"I thought, 'Somebody's blowing things up,'" said Saunders, 60. "It really lifted my windows."

But she heard it again and again. Her neighbors started hearing it. Police were called. They received 114 calls about the noises since mid-February, according to Chris Paulson, the city's administrative services director. He told the Pasadena Star-News local government agencies did not know what the cause of the sound was.

City officials are baffled; one blast interrupted a city council meeting.

"All of a sudden we hear this loud sharp explosion — very quick," Paulson said. "We all flinched and looked around and didn’t see smoke or flames or light."

They called Caltech seismologists. But they don't have an answer.

"There's nothing seismic that I can see," said Jennifer Andrews, a staff seismologist at Caltech in Pasadena, who was asked by Alhambra city officials to check earthquake data for Feb. 22. "What that phenomenon might be, I don't know. I haven't heard the noises."

The seismograph picks up pressure waves from things like thunder and helicopter sounds. But the Alhambra explosions are baffling.

"Whether it's a man-made or natural phenomenon, I don't know," Andrews said.

She hopes to learn more by the end of the week.

Saunders, a school teacher, said the last time she heard it was in early June.

She suggests that schools set up a science project to have students investigate the source of the booms as part of a class project.

Residents, meanwhile, are speculating online about the source of the sounds. Is it a job for Mulder and Scully?

"I believe that anything's possible, but I don't think these are aliens," Saunders said.

Angie Crouch contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Colorado Town Up for Sale]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:37:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Colorado_Ghost_Town.jpg If you're willing to spend $350,000, and relocate to Colorado, you may become the owner of an entire town.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Twin Sisters Give Birth on Same Day, at Same Time]]> Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:52:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/identicaltwinsistersbabies.jpg

Twin sisters gave birth on the same day, at the same time, in different states.

Leah Rodgers, 35, gave birth to son, Reid Joseph, Thursday, at 1:18 a.m. Mountain time in Denver.

A time zone away, identical twin sister, Sarah Mariuz, delivered Samantha Lynne in La Jolla, California - at 1:18 a.m. Pacific time.

The twins didn't plan their pregnancies together.

They're thrilled, but not surprised, given their tight connection.

Photo Credit: Today ]]>
<![CDATA[Haltom City Puppy Found in Suspended Cage ]]> Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:32:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy30.jpg

Concerned neighbors called the Haltom City Police Department and Animal Services multiple times on July 1 after finding a puppy outside in a suspended cage.

Haltom City police said the became aware of the incident on Elton Street when someone noticed the puppy inside of a dog cage, suspended from the side of a house.

Haltom City police and Animal Services were called to the home three times on July 1, but police said when they spoke to the owner, the dog was found to be healthy and well fed.

The dog owner told police that the dog was suspended in the cage because the homeowner had been spraying pesticide on the ground. The owner felt the dog needed to be off the ground and believed this was a viable solution to the situation, according to police.

The Haltom City Police Department thanks those who brought this incident to their attention, and plan to follow up with the owner.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Hooton]]>
<![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.

<![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]]>