CRAWCROOK, England (UPI) -- A British woman who turned 105 said she was pleased with the outcome of her birthday wish -- a visit from a squadron of "burly" firefighters.
The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service posted photos to Facebook showing the firefighters surrounding Ivena Smailes as she celebrated her special day at Addison Court Care ...Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (UPI) -- A stowaway cat was found hiding underneath a seat on a flight between Ottawa and Vancouver on Thursday morning.
Passenger Kath Thompson shared a photo of the black cat, discovered by a flight attendant on the Air Canada flight.
"Look who we found under our seats on AC189," she wrote.
Thompson told UPI the ...Read more
BOSTON (UPI) -- A bear in Massachusetts was caught peering close up for a "selfie" into a camera on a conservation property.
The Trustees shared the field camera image of the curious bear as it pressed its nose up to the camera showing only its eyes in the distance.
"We couldn't resist posting this 'extreme close-up' (bear selfie?) captured by...Read more
KOSTROMA, Russia (UPI) -- A Russian driver's dashboard camera captured the moment a moose ran across a road and crashed into a metal fence.
The video shows the moose running across a busy road Monday in Kostroma and managing to avoid colliding with any of the moving vehicles.
The moose's good luck appears to be short-lived, however, as it ...Read more
SALAMANCA, N.Y. (UPI) -- Police in New York are seeking a man dressed in a mash-up of different superhero costumes in connection to a beer theft at a local convenience store.
According to WKBW, a man wearing a Batman costume and Captain America mask stole two 18-packs of Budweiser valued at $33.18 from a convenience store on Tuesday afternoon. ...Read more
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. (UPI) -- A grandmother in Illinois proved she was still young at heart by participating in a drinking game on her 100th birthday.
Trevor Pope shared video of his grandmother successfully tossing a ping pong ball into a cup during a celebratory game of beer pong.
"My grandma just turned 100...she's still crushing beer ...Read more
MANDEVILLE, La. (UPI) -- Sheriff's deputies in Louisiana said they were called to a highway for a "jaywalker who refused to move" -- a large alligator.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post driver Sara Poynot called authorities about 4 a.m. Tuesday to report an alligator blocking the road on Highway 190 near ...Read more
PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (UPI) -- A fisherman in the Philippines had what is believed to be the world's largest natural pearl hidden underneath his bed for 10 years.
Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao shared a photo of the nearly 75 pound pearl, as she had sought help from gemologists to have it certified for ...Read more
NEEDVILLE, Texas (UPI) -- A professional snake wrangler captured a deadly king cobra in Texas 9 hours after it escaped from its owner's barn.
Jared Zellars, 23, who owns numerous exotic pets, said he discovered the 8-foot-long venomous snake was missing from his Needville barn enclosure about 7 a.m. Wednesday.
"I usually use hooks, I double ...Read more
OKLAHOMA CITY (UPI) -- Police in Oklahoma said a drug-sniffing dog found five bags of methamphetamine hidden inside a box of Twinkies snack cakes.
The Oklahoma City Police Department said officers pulled over a vehicle with out-of-state plates Sunday when it was seen weaving in and out of traffic on Interstate 40 while the driver appeared to be...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. (UPI) -- A Tennessee man turned a work trip into a $1 million prize when he bought a winning lottery ticket while in North Carolina.
Charles Rollins stopped by the Pinedale Food Mart while working on a construction project when he decided to buy a pair of lottery tickets.
"I was just going to get a Powerball ticket," he said. ...Read more
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (UPI) -- A Colorado police department said a 300-pound bear was relocated after spending two days camped out under a resident's porch.
The Breckenridge Police Department said in a Facebook post officers assisted Colorado Parks and Wildlife with tranquilizing the animal and removing it from beneath a homeowner's deck, where ...Read more
NOOSA HEADS, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian man out for a jet ski ride captured video of his encounter with a massive tiger shark he found hooked to a barrel line.
Jonah Cooper posted a video to Facebook showing the tiger shark he spotted swimming under his jet ski off Granite Bay in the Noosa National Park area.
"Tiger shark checkin' me out...Read more
HANOI, Vietnam (UPI) -- A woman in Vietnam paid a friend to cut off her foot and part of her arm so she could collect an insurance payout, police said.
The 30-year-old woman, known as "Ly Thi N" admitted to paying the friend $2,200 to chop off the two limbs and claim she'd been struck by a train, reported the People's Police Newspaper of ...Read more
KORTENBERG, Belgium (UPI) -- A house cat's unique mix of striped and spotted fur has turned it into an international sensation.
Thor the Bengal Cat's daily exploits are chronicled on his Facebook and Instagram pages, where photos show off his unique fur, which resembles both a Bengal tiger and a leopard.
"My name is Thor. I am a Bengal living ...Read more
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (UPI) -- A visitor to a South African park captured footage of a lion charging toward him after he interrupted the big cat's mating session.
The video shows the lion running toward a pair of men who were observing it Saturday at Kruger National Park.
The lion, apparently satisfied with merely giving the men a...Read more
SMITHERS, British Columbia (UPI) -- A group of bear cubs at an animal shelter in Canada enjoyed a feast of apples provided by generous locals.
Northern Lights Wildlife Society shared video of the group of about 25 bear cubs as they snacked on piles of apples.
"For all of you that donated apples and money towards a new Bear enclosure. Here is ...Read more
WINSTON, Ore. (UPI) -- A mother driving through an Oregon safari park captured video of an insistent ostrich knocking on her daughter's window.
Alejandra Alva posted a video to YouTube showing the ostrich at the Wildlife Safari park in Winston trying to get through her car's backseat window.
The ostrich, apparently used to being fed by park ...Read more
FORSYTH, Ga. (UPI) -- A Georgia homeowner spotted a large black bear raiding his yard's bird and deer feeders before taking a drink from the bird bath.
Allen Key of Forsyth said he and his wife spotted the bear in their back yard when they woke up Monday.
"As I was waking her up, I looked out the window and a black bear was going across our ...Read more
NEW YORK (UPI) -- The owner of a 4-foot long Maine Coon in New York City claims the massive cat is the city's largest.
Samson the Maine Coon has gained internet notoriety for his 4-foot, 28-pound frame after repeated efforts by his owner Jonathan Zurbel to have him declared the largest cat in New York City.
"Finally my cat went viral! It took ...Read more