Odds and Ends – Friday July 12, 2019 – July 18, 2019

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Bear enters Montana home, settles in for nap in closet

Missoula, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn’t too hard, wasn’t too soft, but just right for a nap. Missoula County sheriff’s officials say the bear just yawned when deputies knocked on the window and unlocked the door in an attempt to coax it to leave Friday morning. They had to call Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials, who tranquilized the bear so it could be re-located. Sheriff’s officials say in a Facebook post that deputies responded at 5:45 a.m. to a call that a bear opened the door to the Butler Creek’s mudroom and somehow locked the deadbolt once inside. They say the bear “began ripping the room apart” before climbing up the closet for a nap.

(Missoula County Sheriff's via AP)
(Missoula County Sheriff’s via AP)

 

Cat filter goof leaves Pakistanis scratching their whiskers

Peshawar, Pakistan (AP) — It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers. A regional minister was giving a briefing that was livestreamed on social media last week when viewers noticed the officials had unexpected feline features. The cat filter, a social media feature applying drawn images onto people’s faces, was on. Social media was quick to pounce on the image. In a statement posted on Twitter, the ruling party’s social media team wrote it had determined “human error” by a hardworking volunteer caused the mistake. The team said the cat filter was removed “within a few minutes.” The team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future.

 

Woman uses shovel to kill cobra slithering on her patio

Fairless Hills, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman used a shovel to kill a cobra she saw slithering on the patio of her apartment. Kathy Kehoe said the squawking of some blue jays outside her unit caught her attention Monday. When she looked outside, she saw a 4 to 5-foot-long serpent. The 73-year-old Kehoe says she noticed the lateral spot commonly found on cobras, grabbed a shovel and nudged its tail. When it rose and spread its hood, she realized it was a cobra. That’s when she decided to kill it. “I knew what I was doing was dangerous, I’m not a fool,” she said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “I just acted. I thought of the kids and other people in this community and I said ‘I can’t let this thing get away.'” Her apartment complex in Fairless Hills, about 30 miles northeast of Philadelphia, is the same one where officials removed 20 venomous snakes from another apartment in March. Officials aren’t sure if the cobra had escaped from that unit. Wildlife officials say people who spot snakes should call police and let experts handle the situation.

(Kathy Kehoe via AP)
(Kathy Kehoe via AP)

 

Fugitive ‘attack squirrel’ owner arrested in Alabama chase

Killen, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who denied feeding methamphetamine to a so-called “attack squirrel” he considered a pet has been arrested on new charges. The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that 35-year-old Mickey Paulk was caught Thursday night following a chase in which he rammed an investigator’s vehicle. Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple felony warrants unrelated to the squirrel he named “Deeznutz,” which was made infamous after police said they were warned about a meth-fueled squirrel that had been trained to attack. Paulk told The Associated Press last week that he was working on a plan for turning himself in to authorities. The sheriff’s office said narcotics investigators caught up with him while surveilling a motel in Killen. They spotted Paulk leaving on a stolen motorcycle and chased him down. Paulk has been booked into the Lauderdale County Jail on charges of attempting to elude, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property and felon in possession of a pistol after it was discovered he had a .45-caliber handgun in his waistband. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer. As for Deeznutz, authorities say he couldn’t be tested for meth and has been released.

(Limestone County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
(Limestone County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)