(UPI) Wildlife officials in Virginia said they captured an unusual visitor to the waters in the southwest part of the state -- an alligator.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said the animal, an American alligator, was first spotted in the Gate City area on Thursday and a search was launched to locate the non-native reptile. ...Read more
(UPI) Wildlife officials in Arizona said a black bear that fell into an uncovered water tank was able to escape when a rescuer lowered a ladder.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department - Tucsan posted a photo to Facebook showing the bear using the ladder to reach the top of the water tank.
The department said the bear was lucky there wasn't much ...Read more
(UPI) A group of anglers on a charter fishing boat off Florida captured video of the moment a big fish ate a small shark from a man's line.
The Everglades Fishing Co. posted a video to Facebook showing a 3-foot shark struggling at the end of Jimmy Wheller's line.
Wheller is reeling in the shark when a large Goliath grouper suddenly swam up to ...Read more
(UPI) Firefighters in Colorado came to the rescue of a cow that ended up with a leg stuck in a cattle guard near a highway.
The Greeley Fire Department said crews responded to a call for assistance from Weld County Sheriff's Office animal control officers on Wednesday when the cow became stuck in a cattle guard near Weld County Parkway and U.S....Read more
(UPI) A North Carolina man said a $1 million winning lottery ticket was initially confused for a loser and spent days on the floor of his car.
James Strickland of Greensboro told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he bought a $30 Extreme Millions scratch-off ticket from the Express Mart in Thomasville and tossed it on the floor of his ...Read more
(UPI) A hapless koala was rescued for the third time when it managed to get its head stuck in a metal fence at a power station.
SA Power Networks tweeted a photo showing the koala with its head stuck in between the metal bars of a fence at the Happy Valley substation in St. Marys, South Australia.
The tweet said the crew at the station ...Read more
(UPI) Travelers on a Russian highway captured video of an unusual sight: a runaway camel wandering in and out of traffic.
Multiple drivers recorded dashboard camera footage Wednesday of the Bactrian camel running across lanes of traffic on the M4 highway in the Moscow area.
Witnesses said the camel was running loose on the road for more than ...Read more
(UPI) A Kansas couple said their doorbell camera alerted them to a visitor that turned out to be a snake slithering in front of the lens.
Mackenze Bullins said she was at work Tuesday when her doorbell camera sent notifications to her smartwatch about a visitor at the front door of her Kechi home.
"I was getting notifications on my watch about...Read more
(UPI) A Boston woman is looking back on her 10 minutes as a millionaire after a banking error was made in her favor and quickly corrected.
Ellen Fleming, 26, said she received a voicemail from a TD Ameritrade financial consultant saying a deposit had been made in the account she had opened months earlier with only $50.
Fleming said she looked ...Read more
(UPI) The California Highway Patrol said there were no serious injuries when a truck hauling 70,000 pounds of pineapples crashed and caught fire.
Officer Jesse Rawlins said the driver apparently fell asleep while traveling in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, north of the Red Bluff rest area, and the semi drove off the road, down an ...Read more
(UPI) The California Highway Patrol said a driver caught going 99 mph told a trooper the radar readout "must be the current temperature."
The CHP's Oakland station tweeted that a vehicle was stopped by a trooper for going 99 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 980.
"I wasn't driving that fast," the CHP quoted the driver as saying, leading the ...Read more
(UPI) A dwarf fainting goat found running loose in the parking lot of a Walmart store in New Jersey appeared to have been marked for slaughter, rescuers said.
The Barnyard Sanctuary in Columbia said Secaucus Animal Control Officer Kevin Kessler responded to the Walmart Supercenter in Secaucus on Thursday morning on a report of a goat running ...Read more
(UPI) A nude man was seen riding his bike down California's Highway 101 this week and an Instagram user caught the scene on camera.
"It's against California law to ride a bike without a helmet. Doesn't he know that," quipped Instagram user nickmofaves. I love the SF Bay Area always interesting.
Officer Ross Lee of the California Highway...Read more
(UPI) An Ontario resident captured video of a neighbor using an unusual law-mowing technique using a hand-pushed mower and a minivan.
The video shows the minivan speeding through the Dundalk neighbor's yard with the lawn mower latched to the back.
The filmer said the neighbors had been having trouble mowing the tall grass.
"My neighbor was ...Read more
(UPI) A traveler on a Houston-area highway captured video of an apparent runaway donkey running loose in the median next to the interstate.
Madison Timberlake captured video of the donkey running along a fence next to Interstate 45 in The Woodlands about 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The donkey's origins are unknown.
The Woodlands is not home to a native...Read more
(UPI) An Oregon man said a Powerball ticket was in his wallet for two weeks before he discovered it was a $150.4 million jackpot winner.
Steven Nickell of Salem said he bought his ticket at the Circle K in Salem and it was about two weeks before he remembered to check the ticket on his lunch break.
"When the clerk told me that wins over $600 ...Read more
(UPI) The Los Angeles home used for exterior shots in classic sitcom The Brady Bunch is now for sale with an asking price of $1.885 million.
The house, located in the Colfax Meadows neighborhood, was used for exterior shots of the titular family's home on The Brady Bunch, although the interior scenes were filmed in a studio.
Ernie Carswell, a ...Read more
(UPI) A British soccer star touring the United States with his team broke a Guinness World Record -- for the game Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Axel Tuanzebe, 20, a defender touring California with Manchester United, posted to Instagram showing members of the coaching staff chanting his name and a photo of him posing with a Guinness World Records ...Read more
(UPI) A Kentucky man narrowly evaded being attacked by a bear when he offered food to the seemingly friendly bruin, which then lunged at him.
Jonathan Shelton said he was driving on Black Mountain in Harlan County when he stopped to observe a bear near the road.
The video shows the bear approach Shelton's open car door, and the man asks it if ...Read more
(UPI) A brave girl who spotted a shark washed up against some rocks in Rhode Island helped the predator get back to deeper waters.
Erich Twachtman captured video Thursday at the Block Island coast showing his daughter, Ali, plucking the mud shark out of the shallow waters where it was washed up against some rocks.
The girl carries the shark ...Read more