Odds and Ends – Friday November 2, 2018 – November 8, 2018

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

Doggy bag: Beagle intercepts roast pig at Atlanta airport

Atlanta (AP) – A passenger traveling from Ecuador was relieved of leftovers when an intrepid beagle found a roasted pig’s head in baggage at the world’s busiest airport. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the Agriculture Detector dog named Hardy alerted to the baggage at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. CBP agriculture specialists then discovered a 2-pound (1-kilogram) cooked pig’s head, which was seized and destroyed. The agency says pork and pork products from other continents are not allowed into the United States in an effort to avoid introducing foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and other animal diseases. CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis hailed Hardy’s work as illustrating “the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.”


Good Samaritan driver revives squirrel after car scare

Brooklyn Park, Minn. (AP) – A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road. Police officers on patrol in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park thought the man might be performing CPR. In police video posted to the department Facebook page, the man tells the officers he swerved to avoid the animal and didn’t think he struck it. The squirrel was not bleeding and the man says if he had hit it “he would’ve popped.” The man flipped the squirrel onto its belly and as he strokes its back, the animal starts to come around. The squirrel eventually darts away and an officer declares: “There he goes! You saved his life, dude!”


Cattle roundup over: Last cow caught weeks after truck crash

Atlanta (AP) – Officials say a cow that hoofed it for two weeks on the lam after a livestock truck overturned on a busy interstate junction north of Atlanta has been caught. News outlets report 89 cows initially escaped when the tractor-trailer wrecked before dawn on Oct. 1 on a cloverleaf linking Interstate 75 with Interstate 285. Eleven cows died in the crash. The Georgia Department of Transportation’s metro Atlanta district tweeted a photo of the runaway cow standing in some woods Monday morning. Department spokeswoman Natalie Dale says it was safely captured by the afternoon. Officials had said they called in real cowboys to round up the escaped cattle Oct. 1, closing some roads as police dealt with four wrecks caused by the wandering animals. No one was hurt in those accidents.


Nacho Cheese or Cool Ranch? Doritos lure rogue pig back home

Highland, Calif. (AP) – Deputies in California have used Doritos to lure a pig “the size of a mini horse” back home. The pig was running around a neighborhood when the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office received the call Saturday. One of the deputies had Doritos in her lunch bag. Video shows the deputy leaving a trail of the chips, which the pig followed. Deputies had responded to previous calls about the pig and knew where to take him. He was returned to his pen, and deputies secured the gate.

(Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department via AP)
(Photo: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department via AP)