Iron Man costume from 2008 film stolen
Police in Los Angeles said an Iron Man costume featured in the first film in the Marvel franchise has been stolen from a storage unit. The Los Angeles Police Department said the suit, worn by Robert Downey Jr. in his portrayal of Tony Stark in the 2008 film, was reported missing Tuesday by the owners of a movie prop storage facility in the Pacoima neighborhood.
Police said the suit was last seen in February and is believed to have been taken sometime between February and April 25. The costume’s value was estimated to be $320,000.
Museum to display mummified monkey
A mummified monkey that was found in the air ducts of a former department store in downtown Minneapolis last month is going on display.
The Star Tribune reports that the Science Museum of Minnesota plans to display the monkey in its St. Paul lobby, which requires no admission fee.
The remains were discovered last month in the air ducts of what used to be the flagship store for the Dayton’s department store chain, which was owned by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s family.
Dayton recalled working at the store in the 1960s when one of the floors was transformed into a rainforest display, complete with live monkeys and birds. He said one monkey got loose and scurried into an air duct. It was not seen again.
liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway
A tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess. The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions.
Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away. Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland, said, “the cooling chocolate is worse than snow.”
TVN24 reported from the site of the accident that the driver was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. The accident occurred in the morning when there was little traffic and nobody else was hurt.
‘Hello kitties’ turns to ‘beware bobcats’ in Texas
With big blues eyes and stubby tails, two kittens taken in by a San Antonio family looked adorable until the fiery seven-week-old felines ripped apart formula bottles and repeatedly bit the hands that were trying to feed them.
The family, whose name has not been released, told authorities they thought the kittens were the rare and prized domestic breed of Bengal cats. But the tiny felines were actually wild bobcats that were surrendered to a shelter this week, and officials said on Thursday the family was under investigation for possibly violating Texas wildlife laws.
“Bengal kittens look like house cats. They do not look like wild cats,” San Antonio Animal Care Services (ACS) spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said on Thursday, adding the two species are rarely confused for the other.
The family initially told ACS workers that they discovered the cubs abandoned in an alleyway. Later, they confessed that the kittens were found by a relative in a nearby rural county and then brought to San Antonio, according to Norwood.
If the family that took in the kittens knew the animals were bobcats, they could face charges for the illegal disturbance of wild animals, authorities said. The search is on for the cubs’ mother because if she cannot be found, the pair may never be able to return to the wild.
The cubs are being handled with minimum contact so they do not lose their healthy fear of humans, which aids their survival by keeping them away from populated areas, said Lynn Cuny, founder of Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, which is housing the animals in a rural area north of San Antonio. “In raising young ones like this, who should have never been taken from their mother, we have to work very hard to make sure they remain wild,” Cuny said.
“Human beings are not their friends, we’re their enemies,” she said.
If the cubs cannot be reunited with their mother, they will remain for a year at the rescue center’s 212-acre (85.8-hectare) sanctuary and then be released into a protected habitat, she said.
“The best advice is for people to leave wild animals alone, especially babies, because their parents are almost always nearby,” Cuny said. “Anytime you take a baby wild animal in, you’ve made their situation worse.”
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21 Jun 2018 | PNS | Dehradun
Uttarakhand Transport Corporation (UTC) would use 180 buses of its fleet on Dehradun and Haridwar routes to ferry the Yoga participants from Haridwar and also to take them back after the International Yoga Day show at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in Dehradun is over. Divisional manager (Operational) UTC Dehradun, Pawan Mehra while talking to The pioneer said on Wednesday that around 280 busses operate from Dehradun depot...