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Tails of the Vienna Woods
Austrain police are looking for the owner of a large python – after a driver found it while stretching his legs!
Police were called to the scene about 60 miles west of Vienna after the driver stumbled on to the 10ft reptile packed in a jute sack in a forest near a motorway.
A pet shop has volunteered to temporarily care for it, according to a report in the Evening Telegraph.
Pet has a nasty dose of flue!
A freak gust of wind turned a family fireplace into a giant vacuum which sucked a pet rabbit up into the chimney breast, where it was stuck for three days.
Nine-year-old Natasha Cameron was in tears when her best friend, Chloe, a sand-coloured rabbit, was blown up into the chimney by a rush of air at her home in Bramhall, Manchester.
The family hoped the animal would hop back down but eventually decided to call for extra help, the Daily Mail reports.
Firefighters and RSPCA officials desperately tried to coax the floppy eared pet down before she was eventually eased to safety using a pipe and a chopped up piece of washing line.
Chloe was given treatment to clean her eyes and Natasha was delighted to have her beloved pet back in her hands.
Firefighters used a specialist ‘snake eye’ camera to find Chloe, which had been let out of the hutch for a spot of exercise.
RSPCA Inspector Steve Wickham said: “I have never come across a case like this before. There were bricks sticking out in the inside of the chimney so it was like a ladder and that was probably how Chloe managed to climb up.
“We created a makeshift catcher and managed to hook her down with the help of a camera. We were worried at first that we would have to remove the chimney but thankfully we managed to avoid that.”
Village tyres of vandalism
Police have revealed that they have cracked the case of a mystery vandal who ripped car tyres for more than six months.
Officers were baffled when car owners in Brampton, Cumbria, repeatedly came forward to report damage to their tyres, the Mirror reports.
Some had repeated slow punctures while others woke in the morning to find their tyres completely flat.
Eventually, residents in the street were so annoyed they installed CCTV to try and catch who was responsible.
And, after spending six months and countless hours studying the footage, police got the lead they wanted. The guilty party was a border collie called Jess – with all the incidents happening on the stretch of road where she was taken for her walks.
PC Simon Amos said: “These incidents have been happening for the last six months, with many residents being very upset at the thought of someone targeting them and causing the damage deliberately.
“The dog had been seen approaching the cars and many believe that she was just sniffing at the tyres. It isn’t until you take a closer look, that you can see her biting the tyres.
“The owner has been contacted and has been very surprised and also apologetic about the whole situation. He will be now keeping Jess on a lead.
“We know that there may be other residents or visitors that may not have reported any damage to their tyres. We want to reassure them that the culprit has been identified and hopefully the damage will stop.”
Cumbria Police did not name the owner but said he has offered to reimburse any car owners for the damage to their vehicles.
Bob-bing up and down like hiss!
A tiny snake escaped from a pet shop – and broke into a nearby home!
Mary Hughes, from Paisley, found the snake slithering around her bedroom and phoned husband Peter.
According to a report in the Daily Record, Peter managed to capture the reptile and contain it in a cardboard box before calling the police.
“The creature was just over a foot long and had orange and black stripes,” he said. “It was skinny and didn’t look that dangerous. So I managed to lift it up with a coat hanger and drop it into a pillow case before putting it into a box.”
Matthew McKinnon, 27, owner of Paisley’s Dragon Aquatics, was reunited with the corn snake, which police named Bob.
He said he believed the reptile had managed to get out of the store by hiding in a parcel he kept for a neighbour.
“With the size of him he’s more like a worm than a snake and completely harmless,” he said. “A cat or dog would be more dangerous than Bob.”
Sharks nine times more likely to kill men than women
George the goldfish has brain surgery and it goes ‘swimmingly well’
Pictures of the house which was taken over by 100 killer spiders
The Kennel Club publishes list of house and garden plants poisonous to dogs
How the zebrafish gets its stripes
Dogs get back to school blues when young owners go to class
Amazing underwater waterfalls
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