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The Skinny: Little Chompey the gator needs a warm home

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Little Chompey the gator needs a warm home

Animal control officials in Waterloo, Iowa, are seeking a new home in a warmer clime for a baby alligator. A resident of the eastern Iowa city bought the alligator through an online advertisement, only to learn state law doesn't allow people to keep exotic animals, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported on Monday. The resident turned the gator in to animal control officials. "He was really kind of cute, but he was also kind of naughty," said Maria Tiller, Waterloo's code enforcement forewoman. "I didn't want him in my office anymore." The alligator was moved to a veterinary center, where staffed dubbed the animal "Chompey," then taken to a herpetologist in Des Moines. Josh Colvin, with Animal Rescue of Iowa, said people occasionally drop off gators despite the 2007 ban. "They just don't realize they are going to grow up and get big."

Aching back

Cause of pain was apparent

A New Jersey man awoke after 10 hours with an aching back, only to be told by his brother a 5-inch knife blade was stuck in it. The 42-year-old Trenton man not only was expected to survive but to be out of the hospital in short order, Trenton police said. The victim, who had been drinking, was stabbed when he got into a fight on his porch about 2 a.m. Sunday, went to sleep without realizing he was wounded and woke up hurting but still unaware of his predicament, police Lt. Mark Kieffer told the Times of Trenton. "His brother said he had a knife blade protruding from his back," Kieffer said.

No hugs allowed

Chilly reception for Wis. snugglers

A new snuggling business in Wisconsin's capital closed amid scrutiny from city officials, the business' attorney confirmed Monday. Madison's Snuggle House offered customers cuddles with a professional snuggler for $60 an hour. The business opened Nov. 15. Supporters said the business helped people relax. But city officials suspected the Snuggle House could be a thinly veiled brothel and cuddling would lead to crime. Police planned sting operations at the Snuggle House, and city attorneys were busy drafting new ordinances to govern the business.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The Skinny: Little Chompey the gator needs a warm home 12/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 8:05pm]
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