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The skinny: Grand Canyon investigating squirrel video

Not a friendly act

Grand Canyon investigating squirrel video

Did a man kick a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon? A viral video appears to show such an incident, and authorities are looking into it. The YouTube video shows a shirtless, barefoot man in shorts and a straw cowboy hat leaving a trail of food at the edge of a canyon. He then puts on one of his shoes and kicks the squirrel into the air. Another similarly dressed man looks on. Park spokeswoman Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski said Monday that the geographical features in the video appear to match part of the canyon. Authorities have reached out to YouTube seeking more information, she said. If found, the man could face a charge that falls into a category of disturbing or harassing wildlife, a federal petty offense that carries a maximum six months in jail or a $5,000 fine or both.

Slow and steady

Giant tortoise back home after a stroll

This wildlife tale ends on a happy note: A giant tortoise found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles has been reunited with its owners. The Alhambra Police Department said a family claimed the 150-pound reptile named Clark on Sunday, a day after it was spotted strolling on the street. It took two officers to heft Clark into a patrol car for the trip to an animal control shelter. No word on how far the tortoise had gone from home when it was caught.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: Grand Canyon investigating squirrel video 08/04/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 11:56pm]

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