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Police shoot gator twice, then realize it's fake

Happy hunting

After 2 shots, police realize gator is a fake

Police responding to a rare alligator sighting in suburban Kansas City, Mo., took quick action to dispatch the beast, shooting it in the head as instructed Saturday as it lurked menacingly in the weeds leading down to a pond. It wasn't until a second rifle shot bounced off the reptile's head that the officers realized they had mortally wounded a concrete lawn ornament. "It didn't move" after two shots, said Tom Gentry, an Independence police spokesman. "They inched up closer and closer and discovered it was a mock-up of a real alligator made to look like it was real." In the officers' defense, it was growing dark and the fake gator was partially submerged in the weeds.

Congratulations X 6

It's a boy! Boy! Boy! Girl! Girl! Girl!

A suburban Philadelphia couple can expect to have their hands full for the next few years. A statement from Abington Memorial Hospital said sextuplets were born there on Wednesday. The three boys and three girls are premature and being cared for in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pennsylvania already has one famous set of six. The reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8 and the spinoff Kate Plus 8 are about Jon and Kate Gosselin's twins and sextuplets, who live in Wernersville.

Time to split

Money spat leads to forklift assault

Police in western Massachusetts said a man was arraigned after he used a forklift to pick up his girlfriend's car with her inside and carried the vehicle for several feet before dropping it. Brian Hurley, 41, was arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Authorities said Hurley and his girlfriend argued over money as she drove him to work at a warehouse. She told police Hurley slapped her, got out of the car and kicked it, then got in the forklift.

Wildlife trafficking

Report wiggling bags to authorities

Snakes on a plane are bad enough, but 431 reptiles in luggage? That's what Thai customs authorities say they found at Bangkok airport. Gharials — a type of crocodile native to India — and Indian star and roofed tortoises were among the species found in four suitcases Wednesday. Officials said many of the reptiles are endangered and their trade is banned. Thailand is a wildlife smuggling hub. A foiled attempt last month involved two leopards, two panthers, an Asiatic black bear and two macaque monkeys.

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Police shoot gator twice, then realize it's fake 06/02/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 6:13pm]

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