<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com en-usMon, 17 Dec 2018 06:28:26 -0600Mon, 17 Dec 2018 06:28:26 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[$293,000 Cash Still Missing After Truck Spills on NJ Highway]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:19:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brinks_Truck_Still.jpg

Authorities are looking for $293,000 in still-missing cash after an armored truck rained money onto a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, causing two crashes as drivers attempted to collect the loot scattered across several lanes. 

Videos posted on social media show a Brink’s truck parked on the side of Route 3 in East Rutherford as one armored truck driver desperately tried to collect the cash on the road. Police said one of the truck's doors may have malfunctioned and become unsecured shortly before 8:30 a.m.

"The driver seemed to be both kind of laughing and crying at the same time, and he was kind of running around, telling people to stop," said Betsy Richards, who witnessed the cash grab as she commuted into the city on a bus. 

"I did see $100 bills, and 5's and 10's and 50's, so it was at least $10,000 on the highway," said Richards.  

East Rutherford Police said Friday that two plastic bags containing a total of $510,000 fell onto the roadway.

Drivers and the Brink's personnel recovered roughly $205,000 on the spot. Five people later contacted police and turned in a little more than $11,000.  The remaining $293,535 was still missing as of Friday afternoon. 

Drivers leaving their vehicles to pick up the cash caused two accidents, police said.  In one video, a person can be seen attempting to collect some of the currency from the roadway. 

News 4 on the scene even captured one man who lives nearby wandering on the side of the highway hours later, casually perusing the field. 

"Nah, there's nothing over here," the man later told News 4, laughing. "They took it all, guys."

While witnesses got quite a kick out of watching drivers scrambling to pick up the cash -- like a game of Frogger in between moving traffic -- police are reminding the public it's theft. Anyone who collected money in connection with the spill is urged to call the East Rutherford Police Department "to make arrangements for its return with no charges filed." 

As of Thursday afternoon, police said several people had contacted the department in an attempt to locate money they had found on the highway. 

Brinks "provides U.S. and global security services including secure logistics, cash management, payment and retail back office solutions," according to its website. 

A vice president for the company said Thursday he could "confirm that there was an incident with one of our trucks this morning which we are investigating."

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<![CDATA[Plan to Blow Up Jail Foiled]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:44:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_jailplot1214_1920x1080.jpg

Three men are facing felony conspiracy charges after their plan to blow up North Carolina's Alamance County Detention Center was foiled because a letter and drawings describing the alleged plot was sent to the wrong address.

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<![CDATA[Circle K Gas for 2 Cents After Glitch]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:09:00 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_gaspriceglitch_1920x1080.jpg

Employees at multiple Circle K gas stations across the country are blaming a computer error for accidentally rolling their gas prices to two cents a gallon. The drastic price break allowed drivers to fill up for as little as 30 cents.

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<![CDATA[Billboards Display Love Letters to Bunny]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:48:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_sclostlovebillboards_1920x1080.jpg

A group of billboards in Spartanburg, South Carolina is sparking curiosity among drivers. The signs display personal love notes to someone nicknamed "Bunny."

Photo Credit: WYFF-TV]]>
<![CDATA[KFC Selling Fried Chicken Scented Firelogs]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:09:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KFC_Selling_Fried_Chicken_Scented_Firelogs.jpg

Kentucky Fried Chicken sold out of their KFC Herbs and Spices Firelog within hours. It's a firelog that smells like their original recipe fried chicken. It's made of 100% recycled materials and burns up to three hours. It was only being sold for a limited time on KFC's website.

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<![CDATA[Traveler Busted at NY Airport With 70 Live Finches in Hair Rollers]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:22:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/finches+8.jpg On Saturday, U. S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a passenger arriving from Guyana and discovered they were carrying 70 live birds hidden in hair rollers in a black duffel bag.]]> <![CDATA[Calif. Man Rescued After 2 Days Stuck in Greasy Restaurant Vent]]> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:36:32 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sanleandromanstuck.jpg

First responders on Wednesday rescued a trespasser — possibly a burglar — who was reportedly trapped for about two days in a grimy vent at a vacant Chinese food restaurant in San Lorenzo, according to officials.

The 29-year-old man, seen caked in grease as he was stuck in the narrow passageway, was taken into custody after being freed from the vent, officials said.

"It is likely he wound not have survived another day given the circumstances," the Alameda County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook.

Fire and sheriff's department units responded around 9:30 a.m. to the 700 block of Bockman Road after receiving word that someone was making faint calls for help from the restaurant, officials said.

As firefighters arrived at the scene, they heard someone moaning from inside the vacant building. They eventually found the man who told them he had been stuck in the duct system above the stove for about two days.

Crews managed to free him in about 30 minutes, according to officials. The man did not suffer any serious injuries, but he was said to be suffering from fatigue, body cramps and pain in his extremities. 

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the sheriff's office. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"At this time, we are conducting a trespassing and vandalism investigation," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "It is unknown if the suspect intended to commit a burglary."

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area/Alameda County Sheriff's Department]]>
<![CDATA[Hungry Bear Steals Dog Food from Porch]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 15:53:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hungry_Bear_Steals_Dog_Food_from_Porch.jpg

Security camera video shows a hungry bear steal a bag of dog food from the porch of an Orlando home.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Hyder]]>
<![CDATA[Man Adopts Giant Steers]]> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:23:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_hugecows1210_1920x1080.jpg

The size of a bovine in Australia is making people around the world say "Holy Cow!" but a Mississippi farmer thinks his steer is three inches taller.

Photo Credit: WLBT-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Movie Theater for Dogs, Owners Opens in Plano]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2018 23:55:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog-cinema-plano.jpg

The movies have gone to the dogs in Plano, Texas – literally.

Popcorn and poodles and golden retrievers in front of the silver screen will be a common sight at K9 Cinemas when the movie theater opens Friday.

“We’re going to have the movie on. We want people to be able to relax and watch the movie just like they would at home,” owner Eric Lankford said.

Lankford said he wanted a place for people like him who enjoy time with their dog. He said he didn’t see any other place that would allow him enjoy a movie with his dog.

“We are going to be showing older movies. We are going to have snacks, drinks,” Lankford said.

Lankford is aware that dogs can sometimes be unruly, so there are a set of specialized rules for Rover.

“We’ve got some guidelines in place to make sure that it is safe, fun, friendly and clean when people show up,” Lankford said. “We do have three doggone rules. Clean up after your pet. Bring the papers showing that your dog is up to date and there are only two dogs per human allowed.”

Lankford said, for now, the theater will only be open on weekends.

It’s an experiment that could lead to a very unique movie-going experience.

“We are going to have dogs here, so there is going to be noise. That means you might have to take your dog outside to go use the restroom,” Lankford said.

1192 Greenway Dr.
Plano, TX 75075

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<![CDATA[Porch Pirate Steals Crib from Expectant Mother]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:49:21 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_cribbandit1206_1920x10801.jpg

Security camera footage shows a man take a box containing an expectant mother's new crib shortly after UPS placed it on her porch.

Photo Credit: KARE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Huge Bobcat Captured]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2018 19:17:32 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bobcat1205_1920x1080.jpg

Will Sandberg was hoping to snare coyotes when he set traps on his Grant County, Wisconsin property. What he actually captured came as a surprise: a huge 35-pound bobcat.

Photo Credit: WMTV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Hunters Ride Out Tornado in Duck Blind]]> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 03:20:15 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_hunters1204_1920x1080.jpg

A group of duck hunters got an up-close look at Mother Nature's fury Saturday when a tornado trapped them in their hunting blind and they captured it on video.

Photo Credit: WEEK-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Fakes Daughter's Death]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:47:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_fakedeath1204a_1920x10801.jpg

A woman says her mother held a celebration of life to mourn her death, even though she's still very much alive.

Photo Credit: KSDK-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Mother Shoots Son in Leg After He Pulls Samurai Sword]]> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 19:57:53 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort+worth+police+car+closeup.jpg

A Fort Worth woman shot her son in the leg Monday after he pulled out a samurai sword during an argument, police say.

Police said the argument happened at 3:55 p.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Forest Avenue.

The 21-year-old son was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where he was treated for his injuries.

Police said the mother would most likely not be arrested because she was defending herself.

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<![CDATA[Burglar Loses Pants Breaking Into Dealership]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:41:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_burglarpants1130_1920x1080.jpg

Police are looking for a Florida man who stole a generator, but lost his pants in the process.

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<![CDATA[Beavers Go Shopping]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:17:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000642.jpg

Surveillance cameras were rolling when two bold beavers made their way into a Massachusetts convenience store. They waddled through the automatic doors, strolled through an aisle and exited the store.

Photo Credit: Cumberland Farms]]>
<![CDATA[Miami Duo Arrested For Operating Dental Practice Out Of Bus]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 18:51:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/112918+dental+suspects.jpg

Two people are behind bars after allegedly running an illegal dental practice out of a bus in Miami.

According to Miami-Dade Police officials, Daniela Sulbaran and Victor Bernal were arrested earlier this month for practicing health care without a license. Bernal was also charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell.

During an undercover investigation, officials scheduled an appointment with Bernal for a dental procedure.

They arrived at the bus, which parked in a parking lot at the 6000 block of Northwest 74th Avenue.

Sulbaran diagnosed, evaluated and offered to treat the officer. That’s when police moved in and arrested the two.

While police were searching the bus, they found a bag containing various prescription drugs, including lidocaine, mepivacaine, ibuprofen, and other dental products.

Investigators are asking people who may have been treated by Sulbaran and Bernal to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

<![CDATA[Man Finds Missing Cat Under His Truck]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:57:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cat+screenshot+%281%29.jpg

A woman lost her cat after a repairman left her house, but the man later found the cat under his truck.

<![CDATA[Wild Idaho Chase Ends in Crash]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2018 16:38:32 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_idahochase1128_1920x1080.jpg

A fugitive wanted on robbery and kidnapping charges is in custody after a high speed chase near Hayden, Idaho.

Photo Credit: KHQ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Discovers Honeybee Hive in Barbeque Grill]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:36:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bees1127_1920x1080.jpg

A Florida woman discovered a massive honeybee hive inside her barbecue grill on her balcony.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Man's Windshield Busts After Hit by Falling Snow and Ice]]> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:15:54 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_snowplow1127_1920x1080.jpg

A Michigan man's dashboard camera shows an avalanche of snow and ice thrown from a snowplow as it crosses a highway overpass shatter his windshield.

Photo Credit: WOOD-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Fort Worth Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Owl]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:54:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Eastern-Screech-Owl-TPWD-112618.jpg

A Fort Worth man admits he committed a federal crime by illegally possessing an owl.

Jorge Fernando Mercado pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Tyler to unlawful possession of migratory birds, according to a news release by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Mercado admitted that in September 2017 he possessed and sold a live Eastern Screech Owl in Van Zandt County for $200. That species of owl is considered a "migratory bird" and protected by federal law, prosecutors said.

He faces up to six months in prison after an investigation by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The owl was recovered and released back into the wild, prosecutors said.

Photo Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife]]>
<![CDATA[Customers Can Keep $100 Bills Mistakenly Dispensed by ATM]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:02:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Houston_Area_ATM_100_Dollar_Bills.jpg

Bank of America says customers who received $100 bills instead of $10 bills at a Houston-area ATM can keep the extra cash.

"This was an incident at a single ATM in Houston caused when a vendor incorrectly loaded $100 bills in place of $10 bills. We have resolved the matter. Customers will be able to keep the additional money dispensed," Bank of America said in a statement Monday.

Harris County Sheriff's officials said deputies noticed a number of people crowded around an ATM, stopped to investigate and learned $100 bills were wrongly being dispensed.

Other law enforcement personnel also noticed a posting online about an errant ATM and the ATM was shut down and guarded while the bank was notified.

Authorities didn't immediately say how much money was erroneously dispensed.

The original report from The Associated Press said the customers received $100 bills instead of $20 bills. The statement from the bank clarified the incident.

<![CDATA[Bear Opens Door, Strolls Into Calif. Highway Patrol Facility]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 10:22:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/BearCHPOffice.JPG

An "unexpected visitor" on four legs and boasting some serious dexterity handily let itself into a California Highway Patrol facility near Lake Tahoe earlier this month.

That's right, a bear managed to open a door and saunter into the CHP Donner Pass Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility in Truckee on the night of Nov. 17, according to a video posted by the CHP Donner Pass office Saturday.

Footage from the facility shows the bear poke its head up, making it visible through a glass window in the door. The bear, standing up on its hind legs, promptly turns the handle, pulls the door open and casually strolls through the doorway on all fours, taking time to check out what's on display in some nearby vending machines.

After poking around the office, the bear eventually makes its nonchalant escape through the same door it entered.

Two armed officers are soon seen following the bear out of the door.

Photo Credit: CHP – Donner Pass]]>
<![CDATA[Cards Against Humanity Mocks Black Friday With Crazy Sale]]> Sat, 24 Nov 2018 08:18:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cards+against+humanity+box+.png

The company behind the popular card game “Cards Against Humanity” has made its stance against Black Friday known for years, but they took things to a whole new level this year.

The company, who in past years has given away boxes of feces and dug a hole in a random Illinois town as part of their promotional blitz around the holiday, is selling a breathtaking variety of items in what they’re calling a “99 percent off sale.”

The website, which is ringed by phrases like “Death is the Ultimate Savings” and rude comments about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, is putting new items on sale every 10 minutes, including a Presidential Mahogany Casket, a Poncho Toilet, and even cash, all of which are being sold at drastically reduced prices.

The items, even the obscure ones like the life-sized cut out of Orlando Bloom and an original Picasso Lithograph, have all sold out within seconds, and all have required customers to answer a type of trivia question before they can be purchased.

In past years, the company has used Black Friday to deride consumerism. In one instance, the company told patrons to send in $5 in exchange for nothing, and hundreds of people did, with employees of the company pocketing the money or donating their share to charity.

The company also raised money to dig a hole in Oregon, IL, and sold boxes of literal bull feces for $6.

For your chance at a Nursing Skills Geriatric Medical Doll, or money, or whatever else the company is selling, you can visit their website before the end of the day.

Photo Credit: cardsagainsthumanity.com]]>
<![CDATA[Prankster in Turkey Costume Carves, Gobbles Bird on Subway]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2018 23:09:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/subway-turkey-diptych.jpg

If you're going to pull a prank on the subway on Thanksgiving, you might as well do it in a turkey suit.

That's exactly what popular New York City Instagrammers @princezee and @MrNYCSubway did Thursday in honor of the holiday.

In videos posted to both of their accounts, @princezee can be seen carving and gobbling up a turkey in a turkey costume as amused straphangers look on and take video. 

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The stunt comes just days after @MrNYCSubway -- which is run by photographer Dre Verrios -- posted images of a partially nude man painted to blend in with a G Train. 

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<![CDATA[Baby Alligators Go Flying When Driver Crashes During Chase]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2018 10:21:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/duncanville-flying-alligators.jpg

Before last week, Duncanville police Officer Doug Sisk had never dealt with alligators on the job.

Duncanville officers were called in to help the Texas Game Wardens on Friday evening as they tried to nab a man suspected of selling baby alligators on Craigslist.

Sisk said the game wardens had arranged to meet with the man at a park. When he couldn't find it, they decided to relocate to a convenience store.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Community Working to Save Cabin Made of Dinosaur Bones]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2018 17:34:13 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dinobonecabin1114_1920x1080.jpg

Residents of Medicine Bow, Wyoming are raising funds to move a cabin made of fossilized dinosaur bones closer to town before vandals and souvenir hunters can pick it apart.

Photo Credit: KCWY-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Deer Attacks Oklahoma Pastor]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:49:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_deerattack1109_1920x10801.jpg

A Shawnee, Oklahoma pastor is recovering from wounds suffered during a bizarre encounter with a defensive deer. In a video of the incident the deer can be see charging, forcing Travis Hurst to try and hold the buck to avoid his sharp antlers.

Photo Credit: KFOR-TV]]>
<![CDATA['Katfish' the Gator Gets New Home]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 15:46:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_gatorfolo1109_1920x1080.jpg

An alligator removed from a Kansas City, Missouri home Wednesday is settling into his new home. The seven-foot, 200-pound gator named "Katfish" has his own space at Dana Savorelli's "Monkey Island Rescue" in Greenwood, home to other exotic animals.

Photo Credit: KSHB-TV]]>
<![CDATA[The 'World's Longest Hair Competition']]> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 06:34:21 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hair+screenshot+%281%29.jpg

Women from Lithuania competed for a title of who had the longest hair. The winner got an all-expenses-paid trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg or Brussels.

<![CDATA[Man Drives U-Haul Truck into Pool]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:17:28 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_uhaulinpool1108_1920x10801.jpg

A Las Vegas man's mistake behind the wheel resulted in an unusual sight Wednesday: a U-Haul truck in a swimming pool. Police say the driver was pulling the truck into the yard to load it when he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake.

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<![CDATA[Pet Alligator Removed From Home]]> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:35:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_alligatorremovedfromhome_1920x10802.jpg

A Kansas City, Missouri man was forced to part ways with his seven-foot-long pet alligator Wednesday, after a sheriff's deputy spotted the 200-pound reptile while serving an eviction notice.


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<![CDATA[Artwork Destroyed in Selfie Accident]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:30:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Artwork_Destroyed_in_Selfie_Accident.jpg

Russian authorities have called out a group of girls for "not behaving appropriately" after they caused valuable artworks to be damaged in a selfie accident. The girls are seen on CCTV footage in the vicinity of the temporary wall on which the paintings are displayed. Authorities believe she knocked the wall over as she was trying to take a selfie with the display in the background. According to the museum, the frame and glass on the work by Goya were broken while the picture by Dali was "destroyed."

Photo Credit: Russian Internal Affairs Ministry]]>
<![CDATA[Gator Missing Part of Jaw Humanely Euthanized]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:34:59 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_gatorjaw1106_1920x10801.jpg

Florida trappers captured a wounded alligator missing the top of its snout after pictures of the animal went viral on social media. Wildlife officers said because it was so badly hurt -- likely during a battle over territory with another -- they felt they needed to put it down.

Photo Credit: WESH-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Boy Leads Police on High-Speed Chase for Third Time]]> Tue, 06 Nov 2018 17:32:43 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_boystealscar1106_1920x10802.jpg

An 11-year-old boy led Ohio police on a wild chase Sunday night that could soon land him felony charges. This is the third time in less than two years he's tried to elude police in a high-speed chase.

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<![CDATA[Parents Taken to Hospital After Ingesting Meth-Laced Candy]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:02:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_candylacedwithmeth_1920x1080.jpg

Two Oregon parents were taken to a hospital after unknowingly eating methamphetamine-laced gummy candy their children received while trick-or-treating.

Photo Credit: KGW-TV]]>
<![CDATA[VIDEO: Good, Bad & Crazy Donations Sent to Goodwill]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 07:44:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-goodwill.png

While a huge snake found hidden in a donation bin may top their list, staffers at Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth have a whole collection of bizarre offerings from over the years.

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<![CDATA[Albino Boa Discovered Among Fort Worth Goodwill Donations]]> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 13:54:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-snake.jpg

A shocking discovery Thursday at the Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth sorting center now officially tops the list of bizarre donations they have been forced to handle: an albino boa constrictor snake.

“I was tipping this machine, and when I brought the bin back the snake was hanging over the edge,” said Tassy Rodgers, who works in donation processing. “I was a little freaked out and thinking this cannot be fake; it’s gotta be real.”

The snake was very much real, and is now in the care of the Goodwill staff until its rightful owner can be located.

The belief is that it did not slither its way into the southeast Fort Worth sorting center and was instead dropped off — either on purpose or by accident — at one of the 38 donation centers in the Fort Worth area.

“I just don’t know what the context is of how this snake got to us,” said Goodwill assistant manager James Murphy. “There are multiple steps this snake had to take to get here.”

“I don’t know if someone may have [dropped it off] maliciously,” Murphy said. “Maybe they wanted to get rid of it and weren’t quite sure how, or maybe it just wanted to get warm. It was in a pile of clothing.”

Thankfully for the snake — and for the other employees — Murphy has previous experience owning and handling snakes and other exotic animals, so he was prepared to help as opposed to panic when he got an urgent knock on his office door Thursday.

“They’re very strong and they are constrictors. So if he didn’t want to let go of that bin, it would have been hard to get him off without hurting him,” Murphy said. “So, we tried to coax him to start slithering, to relax his muscles and that’s when I started holding him. Eventually he relaxed enough for me to get him in that bin.”

A snake expert told NBC 5 that boa constrictors are not venomous and are generally fairly calm though they could bite when threatened.

Editor's Note: The snake in this story was previously identified as a python. NBC 5 has since learned it is a boa. We regret the error.

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<![CDATA[Woman's Pet Fox Turns Heads]]> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 15:52:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_petfox1101_1920x1080.jpg

We're used to seeing pets on leashes, but that's typically limited to dogs. Walking past Cassidy Gordon and her pet red fox Levi might make you do a double take. On any given day in downtown Jasper, Indiana you may see Gordon walking Levi on a leash on the river walk.

Photo Credit: WFIE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Little Girl's Creepy Costume Goes Viral]]> Wed, 31 Oct 2018 11:16:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000810.jpg

Video of a little girl's creepy costume has gone viral. Maya from the Philippines wears a headless get-up with a built-in candy basket. The video is as adorable as it is scary. Video Courtesy: Krystel Hwang

Photo Credit: Krystel Hwang]]>