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Parrot talks his way home

Displaced animals

Jailbird mum for cops, but sings for vet

Police in Nagareyama, Japan, found an African gray parrot on the roof of a house, captured him and took him to the station. But the bird wasn't talking. Not until they transferred him to the veterinary hospital. Then he started singing. Not only did he tell them his name — "I'm Yosuke Nakamura!" — but he told them his home address. Then sang a few tunes. Officials checked the address, and a Nakamura family lived there. So they called and told them they found Yosuke, above. The family said they have been training the bird his name and address just in case. But the police were a little offended he didn't trust them. "I tried to be friendly and talked to him, but he completely ignored me," police officer Shinjiro Uemura said.

Dad pays cash,

but buck charges

Randy Goepfert was paying for his son's haircut when something odd happened at a suburban Philadelphia salon. Well, if you consider having a white-tail buck crash in through the glass door odd. Goepfert went directly into protect-the-herd mode. "I'm a father. ... (The deer) was charging right at my son," Goepfert said. "So I decked him." Then he grabbed it by the neck, rode it to the floor and sat on top of it, hoping to keep it away from the kids in the shop. "I weigh 225 pounds and he threw me right off," he said. So he got it into a back room and barricaded it until authorities arrived. Wildlife officials said that the deer had to be euthanized due to injuries suffered in the incident. Likely more from the crashing through the glass than its altercation with Goepfert.

Runaway moose invades runway

Operations at the airport in the southern Norwegian town of Kristiansand were temporarily suspended Tuesday when a moose became loose on a runway. It didn't cause a big backlog or anything, because no flights were scheduled to use the runway in the amount of time it was there. But airport personnel were summoned to form a human chain to steer the animal away from the facility, according to Aftenposten. "We had to get the moose out of the runway area in one way or another," he said. "Luckily we didn't have to shoot it." Or even punch it.

They have to go

Seattle seeks plan for spiffy toilets

Seattle was experimenting with high-tech public toilets. They sounded like a really great idea. The five toilets worked in such a way that they automatically cleaned themselves after each user, which in theory, is a great idea. The stalls also have a door that opens automatically after a certain amount of time, which sounds like a tremendous design flaw, but the big problem was that they became "crime magnets" for drug users and prostitutes. So now the question becomes, what to do with $5-million worth of high-tech toilets. "I don't know if we'll put them on eBay or what," Andy Ryan, a spokesman for Seattle Public Utilities, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Parrot talks his way home 05/21/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:54pm]
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