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The skinny: Taking 'Baby on board' just a little too far

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Taking 'Baby on board' just a little too far

The dangers of drinking and driving cannot be understated. Police in Kamo, New Zealand, received reports of a driver that was spotted driving in a "highly dangerous" manner, according to the New Zealand Herald. Sure enough, there was drinking and driving going on, but not in the traditional sense. The driver was not drinking, but her baby was. "It's highly dangerous. I'm all for breastfeeding but not while driving a car," Dr. Judith Galtry told the Herald. "If you've got a screaming baby, I can imagine the temptation, but I mean, really." Police have the car's license number and are looking for the driver.

Animal kingdom

Trip goes on after visitor leaves

An 11-man crew on the Hydrograf was asleep during a mapping expedition off the coast of northern Norway when a night guard put out the alert that the craft had been boarded by an unauthorized visitor. It seemed unlikely pirates would find anything of value on a mapping ship. Alas, it was actually a polar bear, and a full-grown one at that. The bear had been following the ship for a couple of days, Capt. Einar Vallestad said, and must have just decided it was time to look around. The crew watched as the bear sniffed around the deck for about a half-hour before returning to the water. "It did no harm," Vallestad said. "He was just putting his head into our rubbish container."

Trip canceled when visitor stays

A flight from Katmandu, Nepal, to Bangkok, Thailand, was canceled on Monday after it had an unauthorized passenger: a mouse. The mouse was seen before takeoff but could not be caught. The plane will be grounded until it is found. Airline officials think the mouse got on the Boeing 757 through a food truck. Write your own joke about airline food.

Snake bit, in the most literal sense

David Senk was on the ground in Sacramento, Calif., next to a 3-foot python. The two bite wounds were open and obvious. Emergency workers went to work on the victim. Meanwhile, police took Senk, 54, into custody on charges of unlawfully mutilating a reptile. A witness who claimed to be the snake's owner said Senk took two bites out of the snake. "I did what?" Senk asked, going on to explain that he has a bit of a drinking problem. The snake is recovering, and Senk has offered to help pay its medical expenses.

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

The skinny: Taking 'Baby on board' just a little too far 09/05/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 5, 2011 9:29pm]
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