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By United Press International   |   Sept. 8, 2005 at 6:30 AM
Newborn given tag for wrong mother

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Hospital officials in Norway are scratching their heads as a newborn was mistakenly tagged for the wrong mother.

Aftenposten reports that the mother of a baby born in Haukeland University Hospital complained to Norway's Patient Commission after realizing her baby was identified as that of another new mother.

Norway has strict identification guidelines to ensure against this very problem.

Babies are given arm and footbands with the name of their mother on them.

A DNA test confirmed the woman's story.

Hospital officials haven't figured out what happened.


3-year-old survives fall from 3rd floor

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A New York toddler fell from a third-story window and suffered only a broken leg.

The New York Post reports the unidentified 3-year-old boy knocked the screen out of a window in his home as he fell, landed on an awning covering the front door and rolled onto the grass.

He was taken to Jamaica Hospital to treat his broken leg.

Neighbor Steve Kyro said he has seen the boy playing with his father and sister and blames the accident on the boy's age.

"Three-year-olds tend to get into everything," Kyro said.


Bunny population soars in Valdez, Alaska

VALDEZ, Alaska, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- An explosion in the bunny population in an Alaska town has tourists and residents amused and animal control officials deciding what action to take.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Valdez, Alaska animal control officer Shana Anderson calls the rabbit boom "out of control."

Anderson fears it will attract predators like lynx and bald eagles into town to feed.

Anderson said she may have to relocate some of the bunnies to thin out the population after complaints of chewed wires on vehicles.

She said she doesn't have a population count but assumes its under 100.

Many residents love the addition the bunnies of varied colors make to their community. Tourists camping in the woods in Valdez don't mind the rabbits, as long as they don't get into their food.


Hunt for escaped alligator called off

OAK GROVE, Ky., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in Kentucky called off the search Wednesday for an escaped alligator.

James Mason of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources called the search "like a needle in a haystack," the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported.

The 4 1/2 foot-long alligator escaped from a moving pickup truck in Oak Grove, Ky., and scampered off into a cornfield.

The alligator was found in the basement of a home in Oak Grove and was taken to a pet store in nearby Clarksville, Tenn. It was being brought back to Kentucky when it escaped again.

Authorities have been alerting residents of the area about the loose alligator.

Topics: James Mason
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