Woman misdials police looking to buy drugs
ONTARIO, Ohio, May 20 (UPI) -- A 27-year-old Ohio woman got the mother of all wrong numbers when she dialed police three times looking to buy drugs.
Police arrested Amy Logue of Ashland, Ohio, on a felony charge alleging she tried to buy crack cocaine, WEWS-TV reported Thursday.
"It's the worst case of a misdialed phone number I've ever seen," said Rob Griefenstine of the Ontario, Ohio, police.
Initially, the drug buy was supposed to take place at a vacant gas station, but she called the police and asked them to meet her at a nearby McDonald's because she didn't want to seem too obvious or suspicious, he said.
Boy punches gator, escapes attack
DELTONA, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old boy searching for fish bait in a Florida lake lost part of an ear to an alligator before a hefty punch sent the animal packing.
"I was trying to catch some minnows, and I saw him coming at me sideways with his mouth open," Malcolm "Jamie" Locke told the Orlando Sentinel.
The alligator, said to be 5 feet to 6 feet long, had Jamie's head in his jaws.
"I was running out of breath, and he tried to wrap himself around me, but I punched him once and he let go."
The boy was visiting his grandmother in Deltona, Fla. from Summerfield, Fla. In addition to the partially severed ear, he suffered two gouges on his head, and some minor scratches on his face and chest.
A trapper looked for two alligators which had been spotted in the lake earlier in the day. Both were 5 or 6 feet long he said.
Detroit Zoo to phase out elephant-keeping
DETROIT, May 20 (UPI) -- The Detroit Zoo has set a national precedent by deciding to give away its two elephants on ethical grounds, the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday.
"People's traditional expectation of zoos is that they see lions and tigers and elephants," zoo Director Ron Kagan said. "But it's also their expectation that an animal has a good life."
Accordingly, Winky and Wanda will be sent to one of two U.S. refuges this summer or early fall.
Wanda is taking anti-inflammatory medication for chronic arthritis in her front legs; Winky has foot problems, likely related to sleeping in a standing position -- an unnatural one for elephants, who sleep on soft surfaces in the wild.
In the wild, female Asian elephants like Winky and Wanda typically roam 30 miles a day, form lifelong and unique friendships with members of their herds and mourn for their dead.
The Detroit Zoo "is the first to make a purely voluntary decision of this nature," said Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States.
Five U.S. zoos have closed elephant exhibits in recent years under public pressure after animal deaths or alleged mistreatment.
Celebrity's albatross dies in 'race'
LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- An albatross owned by supermodel Jerry Hall is thought to have died during a 6,000-mile celebrity-backed migration "race" to South Africa.
The bird, named Aphrodite, was one of 18 Tasmanian Shy Albatrosses that began their migration from islands off Australia last month on a journey tracked on the Internet. Each bird was championed by a celebrity and Aphrodite, supported by Hall, was the favorite to complete the journey first in a so-called race designed to raise awareness of the albatross' plight.
Hall, Mick Jagger's ex-wife, said she was "absolutely devastated" Aphrodite was apparently killed by a long-line fishing hook, ironically the very thing the event was designed to warn against.
Conservationists say more than 100,000 albatrosses are unintentionally killed each year through poorly executed, and often illegal, long-line fishing practices, ITV.com reported.