<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weirdhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttp://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 23 Jul 2016 10:07:23 -0500Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:07:23 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Police Find Package of Marijuana ]]>Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:33:46 -0500http://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 -0500http://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.

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"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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Robot_Makes_Fashion_Debut_1200x675_728977475929.jpgThe 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bears_Caught_Roaming_In_Residential_Areas_1200x675_728135235871.jpgThese 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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Squirrel_Snuggles_With_Kittens_1200x675_727386179549.jpgHere 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 -0500New 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/daisi.PNGWe'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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Colorado_Ghost_Town.jpgIf 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 -0500http://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.



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<![CDATA[Haltom City Puppy Found in Suspended Cage ]]>Mon, 04 Jul 2016 17:32:41 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Gator_Caught_Outside_Of_City_Hall_1200x675_714747459963.jpgA 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/llama-breeze.jpgFiesta 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rochester-car-fire.jpgA 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.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Deconstructed Coffee Makes Hipsters Happy]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:26:25 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000426.jpgA 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_snakeincar0610_1920x1080.jpgLarge 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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stuff6.jpgWhat 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.

Photo Credit: NECN]]>
<![CDATA[Denton Teacher Finds Snake Riding Shotgun in SUV]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:14:33 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ducks_Get_Highway_Escort_1200x675_701708867713.jpgWhy 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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atv7.jpgIn 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Manatees_Break_Into_Backyard_1200x675_700934723579.jpgA 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 -0500http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cute+raccoon.jpgFour 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 -0500http://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 -0500http://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]]>