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VIDEO: Adorably rotund miniature horse gets a high-energy workout with inflatable ball

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WEST BRIDGFORD, England (UPI) -- A British horse enthusiast shared video of her portly miniature horse working off some of his pounds with some high-energy exercise ball playtime.

Brittany Sparham posted a video to Instagram showing Basil the horse, who is miniature in stature but perfectly robust in circumference, getting in some exercise by ...Read more

Playful sea lion pup chews on scuba diver's flippers

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LOS ISLOTES, Mexico (UPI) -- A scuba diver off the coast of Mexico encountered a friendly and curious young sea lion that showed a particular fascination with his flippers.

Jared Hartman recorded video of a sea lion pup that approached him underwater during a dive off the coast of Los Islotes, a small rock island in the Sea of Cortez.

The sea ...Read more

VIDEO: 'Houdini' dog brought to shelter after escaping capture for two years

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. (UPI) -- An animal rescue group in California spent three days attempting to catch a dog that had escaped capture for more than two years.

Rescue group Hope for Paws chronicled the elaborate rescue attempt in a YouTube video as they attempted to corral the canine lovingly dubbed "Houdini."

The rescuers placed a trap for the ...Read more

Massive sea otter jumps into California man's kayak on his birthday

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ELKHORN, Calif. (UPI) -- A man kayaking in California ended up with a unique story when a massive sea otter jumped into the boat with him.

John Koester was kayaking with his wife, Heather VanNes, to celebrate his birthday Monday in the Elkhorn Slough, near Watsonville, when they spotted a raft of sea otters in the distance.

The couple said ...Read more

Zillow values Santa's North Pole home at $656,957

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WASHINGTON (UPI) -- A popular real estate listing company added a listing for a famous but sadly "off market" home -- Santa Claus' house at The North Pole.

Zillow.com added the listing this week for Santa's home, which the real estate website estimates to be worth $656,957, or $3,228 per month to rent.

The site says St. Nick's North Pole abode...Read more

VIDEO: Men use dump truck to steal ATM in Pennsylvania

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COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (UPI) -- Two men used a stolen dump truck to rip an ATM out of a supermarket in Pennsylvania.

The men pulled up to a Bill's ShopRite store wearing ski masks and gloves and attached a chain to the ATM at about 1:53 a.m. on Tuesday, according to The Times-Tribune.

The men then used the chain to drag the ATM out of the ...Read more

Oregon drone operator discovers bear swimming across lake

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (UPI) -- A man taking drone footage of an Oregon lake flew in for a closer look at a swimming animal that turned out to be a black bear.

Gerald Holt posted a video to YouTube showing the drone footage he captured over Upper Klamath Lake, where he said a fisherman pointed him toward something large moving through the water.

...Read more

British town names road gritter after Nicole Scherzinger

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OLDHAM, England (UPI) -- Residents of a British town voted to name a road gritter after singer and television host Nicole Scherzinger in an online poll.

The town of Oldham shared a photo of the newly named utility vehicle "Nicole Saltslinger" which was named after the former Pussycat Doll and X-Factor following a poll of local elementary school...Read more

Pair of road-walking lions cause traffic jam in South Africa

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KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa (UPI) -- A pair of bold lions in South Africa caused traffic backups on a road through a national park by taking a casual stroll down the middle of the street.

A video recorded Sunday on a road in Kruger National Park shows the two adult male lions walking side by side down the center of the road and weaving ...Read more

Attempted burglar found stuck in air vent of New York pizzeria

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PENFIELD, N.Y. (UPI) -- Police found and arrested a New York man stuck in an air vent after he allegedly attempted to break into a local pizzeria.

The man was found lodged in a vent in the roof of a Pontillo's pizzeria in Penfield when Monroe County Sheriff's deputies responded to reports of a man yelling, WHEC reported.

The alleged attempted ...Read more

Mysterious sounds from car engine lead California police to trapped kitten

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (UPI) -- Police in California discovered a small kitten trapped in a car engine after hearing strange sounds emitting from the vehicle.

Santa Cruz Police Department shared a photo of an officer holding the tiny, stranded kitten after it was rescued from the parked car.

"SCPD Police Officer Gomez heard a desperate meowing ...Read more

Baby penguin rescued from suburban Sydney storm drain

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SYDNEY (UPI) -- A baby penguin is being given temporary shelter at an Australian zoo after it was found wandering solo in a suburban Sydney storm drain.

The RSPCA said animal welfare inspectors were summoned to an intersection in the Haberfield area Thursday by local residents Josh Pirini and Scott Martin who encountered the tiny fairy penguin ...Read more

Pilot spells out 'hello' with flight path

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NIEDERSACHSEN, Germany (UPI) -- A pilot in Germany used his plane to spell out a special message through a digital representation of his flight path.

The pilot of the Robin DR400/180 Regent aircraft flew a path outlining the word "hello" in a cursive font in the flight path shared on Flightradar24.

Flightradar24 provided a light green ...Read more

VIDEO: Cat stuck in ice puddle rescued in Russia

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ZLATOUST, Russia (UPI) -- A Russian couple acted quickly to help rescue a stranded cat whose paws had become stuck in a frozen puddle.

Video shared to YouTube showed the cat, covered in snow, sitting among a shallow pile of snow with its paws frozen in a puddle of ice underneath.

A woman quickly rushed to grab a green bucket full of warm water...Read more

Parrot brought to court appears in Oregon owner's booking photo

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HILLSBORO, Ore. (UPI) -- Authorities in Oregon said a man's pet parrot ended up making a guest appearance in his mug shot when he brought the bird with him to court.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said Craig Buckner made an appearance at the Courthouse Complex in Hillsboro Nov. 28 and he told deputies when he was taken into custody on ...Read more

Police seek owner of Chihuahua found wearing Christmas sweater, blue pants

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BELLEVUE, Wash. (UPI) -- A Washington state police department is seeking the owner of an unusually-attired Chihuahua found wearing a Christmas sweater, blue pants, and a bad attitude.

The Bellevue Police Department posted a photo to Twitter and Facebook of the tiny dog snarling at an officer's catch pole in Robinswood Park.

The Chihuahua was ...Read more

Price of '12 Days of Christmas' set at $34,363.49 for 2016

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PITTSBURGH (UPI) -- The price of the gifts from the "12 Days of Christmas" went up by more than $200 dollars in 2016, according to PNC Wealth Management.

The firm's annual Christmas Price Index estimated the price of gifts from the traditional Christmas song to be $34,363.49, a meager .7 percent increase from its estimated 2015 value of $34,130...Read more

English pro soccer player controls ball after 111-foot crane drop

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LONDON (UPI) -- A professional soccer player from England's Premier League set a world record by controlling a ball after a 100-foot crane drop.

Theo Walcott of London's Arsenal F.C. claimed the Guinness World Record for "Highest altitude football dropped and controlled" by bouncing the ball off his foot five times without letting it hit the ...Read more

Horse rescued from ledge after cliff fall

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POCATELLO, Idaho (UPI) -- Rescue crews in Idaho worked to save a horse who became trapped on a ledge after falling from a cliff.

Bannock County Sheriff shared a photo of the horse stranded in the middle of a rock formation on the cliff near near Portneuf Gap.

"Horses usually don't get caught in situations like this," Bill Jons of the Bannock ...Read more

Oregon woman calls police after man 'obnoxiously' whistled Semisonic's 'Closing Time'

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. (UPI) -- Oregon Police responded to a "verbal" altercation after a man refused to stop whistling Closing Time outside a woman's driveway.

The woman called Forest Grove police department after the man "obnoxiously" whistled the Semisonic tune outside her home, according to a police log published by the Oregonian.

"A ...Read more