beating the odds
Black Rhino has the hide of, well, a rhino
A critically endangered black rhino shot nine times by poachers in South Africa has been moved to a zoo in Johannesburg. Faan Coetzee of the Endangered Wildlife Trust said Monday that 5-year-old Phila will stay until she recovers from her wounds, which may take six months. Although she had been dehorned so she'd be less attractive to poachers, Phila was shot twice in the wild and seven times in captivity at a game farm. Conservationists say rhino poaching has increased because of high demand for rhino horn in Asia, where it is used for medicinal purposes. South Africa, which hosts more than 90 percent of the world's rhino population, has been losing some 20 rhinos per month.
Bad hair day for a robbery suspect
Feris Jones' make-my-day moment came Saturday evening at a Brooklyn salon. The New York Police Department officer was off duty and getting her hair done when an armed bandit came in and announced a holdup. Police say she drew her pistol and they exchanged fire. The result was cinematic: Jones managed to both shoot the suspect's gun out of his hand and the handle off the front door, briefly blocking his escape. After following a trail of blood, police arrested Winston Cox, 19, shortly after midnight at a flophouse. Jones, 50, a Barbados native and divorced mother of an adult child, had never fired a gun in the line of duty during her two-decade police career.
wet and wooly
Officer, there's a buffalo in my pool
A north Georgia man and his wife found a buffalo in their swimming pool. Chris Nonnemaker said they noticed two holes in the pool's cover and went outside to take a look Saturday morning in White County. They noticed something moving. When he pulled the cover back, Nonnemaker saw a buffalo that had escaped from a neighbor's home. He called police and videotaped the rescue, which involved ropes to help coax the buffalo out near the shallow end. Deputies said the buffalo escaped with two others weeks ago. They were caught shortly after they got away. The owners of the buffalo in the pool decided to put the animal down.
Bolt from the pound is a bust
An Oklahoma man landed in jail after using bolt cutters to break his prized pooch from the pound. Instead of paying a $100 fine for not having his poodle on a leash, Edwin Fry, 73, of Hydro decided to bust Buddy Tough out. He drove his lawnmower to the city pound Oct. 13 and broke into the cage with bolt cutters. The two were intercepted by police. Fry spent several days in jail and faces a municipal charge of allowing an animal to run at-large. Buddy Tough was euthanized while Fry was in jail.
Compiled from Times wires and other sources.