Indian villagers save goat

from hungry python

UP, India (MAIL): This is the dramatic moment a group of inflamed Indian villagers save a goat from being swallowed whole by a python. The beast had its helpless prey wrapped tightly in its clutches in Bahraich, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.  Villagers wailed in despair as the snake slithered around its victim to begin devouring the goat from the head down. Despite its strangle hold on the animal, the goat did not give up and kept fighting for a reported 40 minutes. A passerby then finally came to its rescue after fellow locals were unable to shoo the snake away. The man whacks the python on the head with a large tree branch in a crushing blow. It slithers away for its life as the man continues to rain down multiple strikes.

The python makes it too some nearby bushes before disappearing into the wilderness to hunt for an alternative meal. 

Indian news site Patrika stated the scene of the battle was Ghosiana Village in the Katarniaghat Forest.



Greedy mouse gets stuck

in bird feeder

LONDON, (METRO): This mouse had the mickey taken out of it after it got stuck in a bird feeder. A picture showed the rodent struggling to get out after apparently becoming really fat when it ate all the food inside the device in South Shields, near Newcastle. The tiny critter had to be rescued, but not before an amusing image was snapped that showed its little face peering out and looking for help. The owner of the house Lisa Markwick did not really know how it got there. ‘I’m not sure whether it scaled up the wall or went along the drain pipe and fell off, but he somehow managed to get in,’ the 46-year-old said.

The top and bottom of the bird feeder was still attached so he must have got in through the little hole which he ended up peering out of. ‘It was a bit of a mystery but its little face was peering out asking for us to come and help.’

Ms Markwick, 46, and her partner James Dowdell, 45, filled their bird feeder with seed before heading off to work this week.

She believes the mouse could have been stuck for up to nine hours while they were out of the house.

Ms Markwick shared the snap on the BBC Springwatch Facebook page.

Thankfully the mouse was unharmed and after the bottom was taken off the feeder and placed on the ground, the mouse happily scurried away.




Dancing thief shimmies

his way to jail

LONDON (SKY): Police have released CCTV footage of a thief doing a celebratory dance after finding a £50 note in a stolen wallet. Kamayi Matumona, 31, was jailed for 22 weeks after admitting taking the wallet from a parked car in Edgbaston, Birmingham on 29 June. Sergeant Alan Lawless said: “We couldn’t believe it when we saw the footage. “He was so happy at getting his hands on someone else’s cash that he did a little dance on the pavement. “He may have felt like dancing at the time but he looked pretty miserable when we knocked at his door to arrest him. “Matumona has an extensive criminal record, especially for car crime. “And when the footage was circulated on police systems an offender manager immediately identified him.”




Denied Google Street View,

Faroes opt for Sheep View

STOCKHOLM (AFP): Armchair explorers hitherto denied the chance to visit the Faroe Islands owing to the lack of coverage on Google’s “Street View” service will finally be able to roam the archipelago - thanks to a flock of sheep.  The cunning scheme was the brainchild of Durita Dahl Andreassen who created “Sheep View 360” by attaching cameras to sheep in five remote locations across the Faroes to give far-flung fans a chance to discover a less explored side of the islands. “Unlike almost all other parts of Europe, we don’t exist on Google Street View. The Faroe Islands may be rugged and remote but this collection of 18 islands in the North Atlantic also provide some of the world’s most magical landscapes and it is time that this hidden Nordic nation is revealed to the world,” she said. The striking images of sweeping vistas and plunging rock faces are transmitted by mobile phones and uploaded to the website.

Andreassen, who teamed up with an animal photographer and a teacher to create the project, approached several local shepherds to ask to be allowed to attach cameras to their flock.

She has now launched a petition calling on Google to visit the Faroes to finally capture the 1,400 square kilometre (540 square miles) islands, their 50,000 people and 80,000 sheep in all their glory for its Street View service.

Located between Norway and Iceland, the Faroe Islands are a self-governing archipelago of Denmark.




Lucky bug eluded eternal entombment

in 50 million-year-old amber

MOSCOW,(REUTERS): A chunk of amber found along the Baltic Sea in Russia provides evidence roughly 50 million years old of an extremely fortunate bug. An Oregon State University scientist on Thursday described a remarkable piece of amber -fossilized tree sap - containing a mushroom, a strand of mammalian hair and the recently shed exoskeleton of an insect that got away from the oozing sticky stuff in the nick of time, escaping eternal entombment.