An invasion of vermin
Louvre Garden wants these visitors to flee
Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp onto the grass in broad daylight, defying sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a feast for the rats. And they're getting help from animal lovers who dig up poison and feed them water. The vermin are finding a lifeline from "people who don't want us to kill animals," said Jean-Claude Ndzana Ekani, a museum employee who was working Tuesday with technicians from an extermination company. The lush area which extends into the Tuileries Gardens gives a rat plenty of places to hide, but still they romp openly. On Tuesday, Dutch tourist Evelyne Delemarre, 31, let out piercing scream when a rat scampered by her.
Falling for the bait
Pesky, scary pig finally cornered
An 80-pound domestic pig that chased children and adults on a walking trail in Oakland, Maine, during three weeks of freedom has been caught. Officials closed the trail after the runaway pig scared two children walking on it between middle and high schools and then chased a high school student and attacked a woman. The Morning Sentinel reported that Oakland's animal control officer and an expert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tracked, baited and captured the 4-month-old black and white pig on Tuesday.
Hey, it's Hawaii
Being stuck not all bad for passengers
A group of Air New Zealand passengers got airborne Tuesday after being stranded for three nights due to repeated delays from mechanical problems. The upside? They were stuck in Hawaii. And every passenger is getting $850 in compensation. Flight NZ9 was due to depart late Saturday from Honolulu for Auckland, but airline officials told the 227 passengers the plane was unable to leave because of problems related to an engine sensor. They trekked out to Honolulu Airport twice more only to be told a similar story. Some took a flight on another airline. The Air New Zealand flight finally left Tuesday morning.
Compiled from wire services