The Weird Week in Review
Rare Tiger has No Stripes
A six-month-old tiger cub at Cango Wildlife Ranch, near Cape Town, South Africa is the rarest of the rare -a white tiger with no stripes. Zookeepers weren't sure that the female cub named Fareeda was really stripeless until she reached six months of age, since young cubs sometimes grow into their stripes. Fareeda is the first white Bengal tiger to be born in captivity in South Africa. White Bengals are not albinos, but the result of a rare mutation that is passed genetically.
Burglar Bear Prefers Chocolates
A couple in San Bernardino County, California arrived at their home last week to find a bear rummaging through their refrigerator! The homeowners called authorities, but the bear left before sheriff's deputies arrived. The bear had bypassed nutritious vegetables in the refrigerator, but had eaten a two-pound box of chocolates. It had also tried in vain to open a bottle of champagne.
Excuse for Arson: Michael Jackson's Death
Amanda Jarvis of Lorain, Connecticut was arrested Sunday morning in connection with a fire started in ladies room of a local bar. After Jarvis reported the fire, the bartender checked surveillance video that pointed to Jarvis as the cause of the fire. She was found soon afterward at another bar.
When asked why she set the items on fire, she replied, "I felt stressed because my apartment had recently caught on fire, and because of the death of Michael Jackson".
Hippo Stuck in Water Tower
A hippopotamus in Alkmaar, South Africa was desperate for a dip to escape the heat, and climbed over ten foot walls to bathe in a water tower! Once in, he couldn't get out on his own. A farm worker spotted him -or rather, spotted two big nostrils poking out of the water. In a four-hour operation, a crew led by hippo hunter Chris Hobkirk drained the tank and enticed the hippo into a strong cage. The cage was then hauled out of the tank with a winch.
Drunk Carpentry Leads to Severed Penis
54-year-old Stuart Keen was performing a do-it-yourself project while intoxicated at his home in Wantage, England when he accidentally severed his penis with a saw. Doctors were able to reattach the organ. Mr. Stuart declined to make a statement, but his 84-year-old mother Edna said,
"I have spoken to him and he is quite embarrassed about the whole incident. I was in Somerset when it happened and got a call from the hospital.
"Stuart is a carpenter and uses sharp and sometimes dangerous tools.
"This was an unfortunate accident but these things happen all the time to people in his profession."
Students Go to Prom in Barbie Boxes
Going to the prom in a limousine, a tank, or a helicopter is old hat, so two girls in England made a grand entrance of another kind -by having themselves wheeled into the event in 6-foot Barbie boxes. Sammy Burns and Megan Barton made the boxes from cardboard painted pink and completed the details with Barbie logos and bar codes. Relatives dressed as delivery men to wheel the two 16-year-olds into the Wyvern Technology College prom in Fair Oak, Hampshire, England. The boxes were equipped with fans to prevent overheating.
Build-A-Bear Toys Stuffed with Heroin
DEA agents raided a Build-A-Bear toy store in the Riverdale area of the Bronx Friday and found a heroin operation that moved the drug by hiding it inside the bears. Twelve people were arrested. Agents seized 33 pound of heroin, $150,000 in cash, and weapons.
"It's a huge shock," said Mario Amesqui, 54, who lives in the same building as one of the Riverdale apartments raided on Friday.
"My daughter has one of those toys. I'm very surprised something like that was going on right here and I'm especially surprised it was a Build-A-Bear."