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Pet food bill tops £1,000
A boa constricor called Big Mama is just one of nearly 150 pets living with an animal-mad Norfolk family.
Former lab technician Jamie Mintram and his wife Michelle, 32, live with their children, Chloe and Josh, in a normal detached house in Weeting, Norfolk.
But, according to the Orange News website, their menagerie of pets includes 30 snakes, a crocodile, a monitor lizard and a host of creepy crawlies that live in the garage.
And the other rooms of the house don’t escape either.
The free-ranging – house-trained – skunks even have their own special toilet in the bathroom.
Eight-year-old Josh shares his bedroom with three chinchillas and a lizard and six-year-old Chloe’s guests are a cornsnake and a yellow budgie.
Feeding such a horde doesn’t come cheap and the Mitchams spend around £1,000 every month buying a wide range of edibles.
Thanks to his ever expanding collection Jamie now runs Jurassic Encounters, a mobile petting zoo that visits schools and hospitals.
A couple on a fishing trip off Florida got an unexpected surprise when a dolphin jumped into their boat.
Billy and Kitsy Wise, from James Island, South Carolina, were enjoying a day on the sea off Homossassa when it happened, the Post and Courier reports.
Billy told the newspaper the couple were watching a group of 12 to 15 dolphins surfing in the boat’s wake when they hear a loud noise.
“We didn’t know what it was,” he said. “All we heard was the noise. The dolphin hit me in the back, right at my waist, and slammed me into the console.”
The captain of the charter boat, Rick Spratt, radioed other boats for help and rescuers used towels to lift the dolphin over the side of the boat and back into the water.
Happily, the dolphin appeared to have suffered no lasting damage and swam off with the rest of the pod which had been waiting 30ft away from the boat.
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