It must be true…
I read it in the tabloids
Swiss zoo officials were shocked when a DNA test on a baby orangutan revealed that the only male in her mother’s enclosure is not her father. At first, Basel Zoo keepers assumed Padma’s father was Budi, who shares the enclosure with the female, Maja. But the test soon revealed her father was Vendel, who is housed in an adjacent pen separated from Maja’s by a fence. Officials concluded that the two managed to mate through the fence, and explained that Vendel is a dominant male with cheek pads, which Budi does not have. “It seems that the females simply cannot resist a male with cheek pads,” officials said.
A London restaurant has gained renown for offering patrons a lasagna made with a gray-squirrel ragù. Chef Ivan Tisdall-Downes, who runs Native, said using squirrel reflects British diners’ enthusiasm for cruelty-free food caught in the wild, rather than animals raised on a farm. “It’s tasty,” he said. “It’s not as gamey as rabbit, it’s nice white meat.” At least one reviewer concurred after trying the rodent ragù. “Give squirrel a chance,” she advised, “though I probably wouldn’t condone digging out your air rifle and taking to your garden, tempting as it may be.”
Officials called to investigate a sinkhole in Florida stumbled upon a 150-foot-long tunnel being dug in the direction of a Chase bank. Authorities found the 3-foot-wide shaft in Pembroke Pines after a sinkhole opened above it on a public roadway. FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock said that since the diggers were headed toward the bank, it was being classified as an attempted bank robbery. “I don’t think they were doing that for any other reason,” Leverock said. ■