Herd around house
Elephants escape circus And ram home
The Enokssons of Varnamo, Sweden, woke up Sunday to discover elephants, which escaped from a nearby circus, wandering around their yard, the Local.se reported Monday. The family started filming, and one elephant became agitated. "We became very frightened and then we heard a crash in the wall of the house," Sofia Enoksson told the Aftonbladet daily. Police called the circus. "One hopes that they have a carer who can entice them with some carrots," said Goran Gunnarsson of the Jonkoping police. Lots of carrots.
Russian group highlights potholes
A protest group plans to plant flowers in the potholes of their city of Tomsk to draw attention to the dire state of the roads, RIA Novosti reported Monday. Igor Sashov, leader of the Tomsk Roads movement, said that "the municipal authorities have not reacted at all" to previous efforts, which included painting circles around Tomsk's potholes.
British car engine was purring along
Two weeks after her cat disappeared, a British woman said her dashboard warning light came on while she was driving around looking for Princess. Julie Tansley of Kinoulton lifted the hood to discover Princess cowering near the engine, after having apparently chewed through a coolant hose, the Mirror reported Monday. "I have absolutely no idea how she managed to get there," Tansley said. "It's just unbelievable — I mean we've driven to and from school, work, even through the jet wash with her in there. If the warning light hadn't come on, I dread to think what could have happened." She said a mechanic friend spent 45 minutes dismantling the engine to free the feline, which was malnourished and covered in coolant fluid but otherwise uninjured.
A grave robbery
Grim tale of van theft in Germany
Three men were sentenced to prison in Poland after stealing vans last October from a Berlin suburb. Inside one were 12 coffins. The van was on its way to a crematorium in Meissen, the Local.de reported Tuesday. Police say they don't think the thieves knew bodies were inside. The coffins and corpses were found two weeks later in a forest in Poland, where the men had dumped them, and were returned to Germany.
Horse lifted by crane after big fall
A horse named Buddy fell into a brick-lined well at a small California ranch on Monday when the cover gave way, the Marin Independent Journal reported. The San Rafael Fire Department, veterinarians and a crane operator worked to free the 1,000-pound animal from the well, which contained 20 feet of water. More than a dozen people gathered to watch, and cheered a couple of hours later when the crane lifted Buddy to safety.
Compiled from wire services and other sources.