The Weird Week in Review
CAT FOUND HANGING BY HEAD IN GRATE
Passersby noticed a cat in a grate over a storm drain in Winchendon, Massachusetts. The Winchendon Fire Department responded and found the cat with its body hanging inside the grate, and its head stuck. They believe the cat was inside the storm and drain and was trying to get out. However, it’s also possible that cat’s body slipped through from above. The fire department reported:
When we arrived the cat was barely breathing and moving as she was hanging from the grate. Lieutenant Peters, Firefighter/Medic Harding, and myself removed the grate and uprighted the grate so the cat could breath.
When the owner arrived we had him get some dish soap from his house and we applied it around the cats neck, we slowly worked his head back into the grate and within a couple minutes we freed the cat.
The one-year-old female cat was taken home by its owner, soapy but safe.
DONALD DUCK CLEARED OF EXTREMISM CHARGES
Current law in Russia criminalizes any public calls for extremism, including on the internet. In 2010 a man in far eastern Russia was convicted of distributing extremist materials after he posted the 1942 Donald Duck cartoon 'Der Fuehrer's Face' on the internet. The cartoon was listed in the Russian federal list of banned materials. The case was recently revisited by the highest court in Kamchatka, where the court determined that the classic cartoon actually contained no call for extremism and did not promote violence.
EVIDENCE OF THC FOUND IN COLORADO TOWN’S WATER SUPPLY
While marijuana use is legal in Colorado, the town of Hugo does not permit the sale of pot. However, city officials announced Thursday that municipal water samples show the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. These were field tests, and samples have been sent to the utility’s laboratory for more thorough testing. Hugo Emergency Management told the 750 or so residents not to drink the water.
After the news conference, the Colorado Department of Health said it is safe for Hugo residents to shower and bathe, describing the possible contamination as "short-term exposure."
As a precaution, until more information becomes available, the department advised residents to consider other sources of water for drinking and cooking.
Further testing will reveal the concentration of the THC. Officials also found evidence of tampering in one of the town’s five main wells.
RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN BALTIMORE
Two bulls escaped from a slaughterhouse in Baltimore early this morning and led police on a low-speed chase through the streets. The bulls tried to hide in an apartment complex, where they were blocked in by police. Officers held the pair at bay for about two hours before a cattle truck arrived to take them away. Several bystanders managed to capture images and video of the caper.
POKEMON GO PLAYER STUCK IN CEMETERY TREE
A woman playing Pokemon GO entered the Eglington Cemetery in Clarksboro, New Jersey Tuesday night. She climbed a tree to reach a Pokemon and became stuck. She dialed 911 for help, and a crew from the East Greenwich Township Fire and Rescue went to the cemetery to help her down. The fire department did not release her name due to her extreme embarrassment over the incident. She was even reluctant to tell the rescue crew why she had climbed the tree.
PSYCHO SWAN TERRORIZES LAKE INHABITANTS
A swan living on Needham Lake in Suffolk, UK, is wreaking havoc with both birds and people nearby. It has sunk or destroyed eight model boats so far, and has been seen attacking ducks and geese as well. One boat owner has even written to the Queen to complain about the swan. Local officials explained that the aggressive swan was protecting four cygnets, and the problem should pass in time. Meanwhile, the local boating club has warned hobbyists to avoid putting expensive model boats into the lake.