(UPI) The Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania announced the birth of a scimitar-horned oryx calf, a rare antelope that's extinct in the wild.
The zoo, in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Health Network, announced the calf was born into its scimitar-horned oryx herd on Sept. 9.
The calf, dubbed Eclipse, was born to mother Too Haute, and the pair ...Read more
(UPI) A total 2,040 dancers gathered at the National Sports Institute in Venezuela to attempt a Guinness World Record for the largest salsa casino circle dance.
Luis Llamo, president of the international project Retomando el Son, which organized the attempt, said the dancers rehearsed for about six months before Sunday's attempt in Caracas.
(UPI) The U.S. Postal Service is seeking volunteer Santas to answer letters from children as part of the organization's annual Operation Santa.
The USPS said volunteers will be asked to browse through letters to Santa and "adopt" the ones they love.
The volunteers will then reply to the letters in character as Santa Claus.
Prospective ...Read more
(UPI) A Michigan man who was inspired by a rising jackpot to buy his first Powerball ticket ended up winning a $150,000 prize.
Avery Williams, 27, of Burton, told Michigan Lottery officials he used the lottery's website to buy his first Powerball ticket when he noticed the size of the jackpot for the Nov. 5 drawing.
"I'd never played Powerball...Read more
(UPI) A melon-slapping Spanish athlete broke a Guinness World Record when he used his open hand to smash 39 watermelons in 1 minute.
Guinness World Records said Roberto Rodriguez took on the record for most watermelons smashed with an open hand in one minute on the set of Italy-based TV special Lo Show Dei Record.
Rodriguez used his open hand ...Read more
(UPI) A skunk was spotted in the stands during the Cleveland Browns game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the animal was caught on camera by surprised fans.
Fans captured photos and video Sunday when the skunk was spotted wandering in section 141 of FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.
It was unclear how the skunk found its way into the ...Read more
(UPI) Police in Alberta flocked to a town to round up about 20 ostriches that escaped from their owner's property.
The Taber Police Service and RCMP officers responded when the flightless birds were seen running loose through Taber and the surrounding area.
Residents captured video of police and the ostriches' owner chasing after the animals ...Read more
(UPI) A library in Texas said employees recently found something unexpected in the drop box -- a Beatles cassette tape that had been checked out 44 years earlier.
The San Antonio Public Library said the tape, a recording of an interview with Beatles members John Lennon and Paul McCartney, was left anonymously in a book return drop box recently....Read more
(UPI) A zoo in Sweden said officials are searching for a giant owl that escaped alongside another avian two days ago.
The Skansen Zoo in Stockholm said two great gray owls, named Percy and Barr, escaped from the facility Monday night when their enclosure was damaged, but the older owl, Percy, was later located on zoo grounds and coaxed back ...Read more
(UPI) A Virginia man said he has peer pressure to thank after he bought his first-ever Powerball ticket -- and won a $150,000 prize.
Danny Johnson, of Hampton, told Virginia Lottery officials he was always skeptical about lottery games and would tell his friends that they're a waste of time and money.
Johnson said a friend started urging him ...Read more
(UPI) A British angler who cast his line at a carp fishery in France had his photos go viral after he reeled in a monster 67.4-pound goldfish.
Bluewater Lakes, a carp fishery in Champagne, posted photos to Facebook showing Andy Hackett, 42, posing with his prize catch, a massive goldfish known locally as "The Carrot."
The fishery said the ...Read more
(UPI) Animal control officers in New York came to the rescue of a dog that fell through the ice of a partially frozen lake and was struggling to swim.
The Orchard Park Police Department said in a Facebook post that animal control officers responded to Green Lake on Wednesday morning when a dog fell through the thin ice.
"Upon arrival the dog ...Read more
(UPI) A Florida couple who are both competitive eaters broke Guinness World Records for speed eating hot dogs and a burrito.
The record-keeping organization announced Miki Sudo ate an entire burrito in 31.47 seconds, breaking the previous record by 0.88 seconds. In the same day, she broke the record for most hot dogs eaten in 1 minute, downing ...Read more
(UPI) Animal control officers in Nebraska said a goat was finally corralled after evading capture on multiple occasions for nearly three weeks.
Lincoln Animal Control said calls started coming in about a brown-and-white goat on the loose Nov. 8, and officers were able to make visual contact with the goat multiple times, including one time when ...Read more
(UPI) Reptile wranglers in Australia came to the rescue of a thirsty snake found with its head stuck inside the opening at the top of a beer can.
Photos and video posted to Facebook by Brisbane North Snake Catchers and Relocation shows rescuers responding to a report of a snake trapped in a beer can in Brighton, Queensland.
The rescuers ...Read more
(UPI) Police in Oregon came to the rescue of a "dangerous and aggressive" bull elk that was found with its legs and antlers entangled in a wire fence.
The Oregon State Police said in a Facebook post that a trooper responded to a report of an elk caught in a fence near Mitchell and arrived to find the five-point bull's antlers and rear legs were...Read more
(UPI) A British knitting club's line of 45,736 pom-poms was officially named the world's longest by Guinness World Records.
The Brandon Yarn Bombers, part of the community beautification group Brandon in Bloom, assembled the 45,736 pom-poms, which were all knitted by volunteers, into a continuous line that measured 1.35 miles long.
Evidence ...Read more
(UPI) A Michigan woman won a $264,838 jackpot from a Fast Cash lottery game just five years after winning $4 million from a scratch-off ticket.
The 58-year-old St. Clair County woman told Michigan Lottery officials she was at Ray's Market in Smiths Creek when she decided to play the Super Lucky 7's Fast Cash lottery game.
"I don't play Fast ...Read more
(UPI) A California dog named Gino has been named the oldest dog living by Guinness World Records after the canine was confirmed to be over 22 years old.
Owner Alex Wolf, 40, said he and his college roommates adopted the then-2-year-old dog from Colorado's Humane Society of Boulder Valley in 2002.
"He's been there every step of the way," Wolf ...Read more
(UPI) Officials with a national monument in Florida said an unusual object washed up on the beach this week: a vintage streamer trunk from the 1930s.
The Fort Matanzas National Monument said in a Facebook post that the trunk was found washed up on a park beach near St. Augustine late last week.
"While nothing of interest was found within this ...Read more