Lamb weighs 20 pounds at birth
WEARE GIFFARD, England, April 4 (UPI) -- A British farmer said a lamb weighing in at 20 pounds at the time of its birth was the largest he has ever seen.
John Grigg, 51, a farmer at Neverdown Farm, near Weare Giffard, England, said he does not believe the birth of the lamb would have been successful if he had not been there to assist, the North Devon Journal reported Thursday.
"If one of girls was down here I don't think they could have done it," he said. "It takes quite a lot of force and you have to be quick to make sure you don't block the lamb's lungs. I knew as soon as I could feel its feet it was a big one. I have never weighed a lamb here before but my daughter Maria said we ought to as it was so big. It looked at least a week old, I have called it 'monster.'"
Grigg said the newborn was the largest he has ever seen.
The farmer said the mother, a 3-year-old that has previously given birth once, is doing well after the birth.
"She is doing great and she has plenty of milk so there shouldn't be a problem," Grigg said.
British MP accidentally tweets porn link
READING, England, April 4 (UPI) -- A member of Britain's Parliament accidentally posted a link to a porn site because a number had been dropped from a shortened Internet address.
Rob Wilson, a Conservative representing Reading East, said the link he posted to his Twitter account was provided by the Conservative Campaign Headquarters and was supposed to lead to an article about fellow Conservative politician Iain Duncan Smith but the CCHQ accidentally dropped a number from the link, The Mirror reported Thursday.
The mistyped link led users to the website SexyDigg, which promises users they can "find sex partners near you."
"CCHQ has apologized and I regard the matter as closed," Wilson said.
Museum seeks return of stolen tortoise
DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 4 (UPI) -- Officials at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Iowa said they were hoping for the safe return of an 18-pound leopard tortoise.
Directors at the Dubuque facility said someone climbed the 4-foot-tall glass wall this week and walked off with Cashew the tortoise, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, reported Thursday.
"It could have been in a backpack or a large shopping bag or wrapped it in a coat," Executive Director Jerry Enzler said.
Enzler said Cashew was part of an exhibit featuring more than 60 turtle species.
Gail DeMoss, owner of New Earth Animal in Galena, said a tortoise like Cashew can fetch up to $2,000 on the black market.
Enzler said the museum was more concerned about the animal's well-being than about her worth.
"Whoever has it, we hope would call the museum and return it or at a minimum find out what's the best approach to keep the animal alive," Enzler said.
Billboard to honor women pictures men
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, April 4 (UPI) -- A Nova Scotia billboard that advertises a women's wall of honor is baffling motorists by picturing a trio of men.
The billboard in downtown Halifax reads, "We celebrate remarkable women," and solicits donations to build a women's wall of honor at Mount Saint Vincent University, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.
"We certainly weren't looking to offend anybody," said Kelly Gallant of Mount Saint Vincent University. "We hope that it'll get people thinking about who they want to honor in their lives."
Gallant said the idea is to encourage men to make donations for the wall, which will be placed in a new building at the school.
"The focus really is women," Gallant said. "We're just choosing to share the message perhaps in a slightly different way."
Some motorists said they were perplexed by the billboard.
"Your first reaction is 'something's weird here,'" said Derrek Ord, who spotted the ad while driving. "This was just uncomfortable."