The Weird Week in Review

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Bear Saves Man from Mountain Lion

Robert Biggs was hiking in Bean Soup Flats, California, on Monday morning when he had a close encounter with Mother Nature. The 69-year-old observed a mother bear with her cub, but did not approach them. As he walked away, a mountain lion jumped on him, grabbing him by the backpack. Biggs fought back with a rock pick. The cougar screamed but did not let go. Then the mother bear showed up and attacked the cat! The two animals fought for a short time and then ran away in opposite directions. Biggs' arm was scratched, bruised, and bitten, but he opted not to seek medical attention.

Thief Steals Clothing, Wears Clothing

A man in East London, South Africa, knocked on the door of a home and asked if they had any work he could do. The couple who lived there were astonished to see what the man was wearing -their clothes!

He was decked out in the resident's shoes, socks, belt, a pair of trousers and one of his fiancee's blouses.

"When I opened the door I was surprised because he was wearing our clothing," said the resident, who asked not to be named.

The man said he immediately went to the back garden and noticed their storeroom had been looted.

The couple held the man for police for 45 minutes, but he escaped before they arrived. The thief was later caught by security guards.

Swan Terrorizes River Traffic

A section of the Grand Union Canal in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, England is unusable to humans for the time being, because a swan named Tyson has claimed it for his own. Tyson is a large swan with an eight-foot wingspan and has attacked canoeists, capsized kayakers, and even swooped down on pedestrians on the shore. The territorial swan considers a two-mile stretch of the canal as his personal territory. Officials plan to capture the bird and relocate him about 50 miles away for the safety of the people who use the waterway.

Texting and Eating Leads to Crash

Some advice from the police: don't text while driving, don't eat while driving, and don't steal vehicles. A pickup truck left the road and went into a ditch, plowed through some logs and lawns, and then crashed into a house in Kennewick, Washington on Wednesday. The truck had been stolen from nearby Richland. The homeowner and his neighbors saw the driver flee the scene. Soon afterward, a Benton County sheriff's deputy arrested 32-year-old Jeromy Kirkendall on suspicion of possessing stolen property. Kennewick police say that Kirkendall had been eating and texting while driving, which is thought to have contributed to the accident.

Dead Snake Bites Man

A 41-year-old homeless man in Mobile, Alabama was treated with antivenom after he was bitten by a decapitated cottonmouth. A friend had seen the snake in a creek and cut its head off with a machete. The unnamed victim was playing with the severed head and stuck his finger in the snake's mouth. By reflex, the snake head bit down on the finger. The man first refused medical treatment, but after he started showing symptoms of venom poisoning, he was taken to USA Medical Center, treated, and released.

Lost Parrot Finds Owner at School

Shannon Underhill of Laleston, Wales, was upset when her African Grey parrot, Scarlet, escaped from her cage last Saturday. The family thought they'd seen the last of the bird. On Monday, 9-year-old Shannon went to school as usual, a quarter of a mile away from home. She was out on the playground during lunch break when Scarlet flew down and landed on her shoulder!

When a teacher approached Shannon in the playground following Scarlet's arrival, the bird squawked: "Do you want a kiss?"

The school then called Shannon's father, Mark, and four-year-old Scarlet greeted him with the words "Hello daddy".

Meth Lab Operator Camped in Stranger's Yard

A homeowner in Live Oak, Florida, called police to report a stranger had pulled a camper into their yard and was living there without permission. Officers entered the camper and found apparatus for manufacturing methamphetamine. They woke and arrested 24-year-old Andrew James Britt on charges of manufacture and possession of drugs. Britt later admitted to both camping without permission and manufacturing meth.

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March 30, 2012 - 4:07am
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