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South American babies are tough

Babies are survivors

Diaper saves the day for Brazilian boy

Caua Felipe Massaneiro, an 18-month-old boy, fell out of a third-story apartment window in Recife, Brazil. Normally, a story that starts out this way would not have a happy ending, but Caua was wearing a very strong disposable diaper. As he hurtled toward the ground, the diaper snagged on the spike of a security fence, breaking his fall. Then the diaper, which if it wasn't dirty before the fall probably was during it, broke, releasing him to the ground. That probably still hurt but not nearly as much as if he had hit from higher up. "The diaper obviously lessened the impact of the fall and saved the baby's life," a police officer told the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Caua's father, Alexandre, disagrees. "It wasn't the diaper that saved him. It was God."

Argentine dog takes newborn in

A baby in Argentina was abandoned in a field on a cold night in La Plata. This also would seem destined for a sad ending, but for a dog named China. Apparently, China found the baby girl and nestled it among her puppies to keep them all warm. And it worked. A farmer found the baby and called authorities, according to La Nacion. Police say a 14-year-old girl gave birth to the baby. They don't know if she left the girl with China, or if China found her and brought her in. Either way, China is being regarded as a hero.

Technically, legal

No arrest for man who didn't break law

When people saw a man jump into the fountain in front of New York's City Hall and start collecting the change that people had thrown in, they called the police. Only to find out something that they didn't know: There is nothing illegal about taking change out of a public fountain. "Unless there are other varying factors, like public drunkenness, then no (it's not a crime)," a police source told the New York Post.

Bombs away

Step 1: Get bomb well out of car

Finally, the victim of a drive-by fire bombing is someone who totally deserved it. Police say that a man who identified himself as Eddie Valencia, 30, was driving through Woodland, Calif., with the intent to fire bomb a house where he had been involved in an argument earlier. The Sacramento Bee reports that witnesses say that while he tried to throw the bomb out the window, it broke inside, causing the vehicle to erupt in flames. Valencia suffered severe burns and was thrown from the car. He is in the hospital, but after he is done there, police may find other county-run accommodations for him.

Jail bird

Pigeon is carrying, right into prison

Bosnian police have apprehended a carrier pigeon after it was determined that what it was carrying was heroin. "The guards suspected the animal might be involved in drug smuggling once they noticed four prisoners visibly intoxicated shortly after the pigeon landed on a prison window," Zenica prison official Josip Pojavnik told AFP. That's an excellent sign. They think that the bird's route started about 40 miles away. For now, the bird is being held without bond. "We do not know what to do with the pigeon, but for the time being it will remain behind bars," Pojavnik said.

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

South American babies are tough 08/28/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2008 3:46pm]
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