Man offers goats, cows for Chelsea Clinton
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 26 (UPI) -- A love-struck Kenyan government official has offered former U.S. President Bill Clinton 40 goats and 20 cows for his daughter Chelsea's hand in marriage.
Godwin Kipkemoi Chepkurgor wrote to Clinton with the dowry offer through Kenya's Foreign Minister, Sky News reported.
The offering is considered very generous by Kenyan standards, but apparently wasn't enough.
"Had I succeeded in wooing Chelsea, I would have had a grand wedding," Chepkurgor said.
"I would have invited South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu to preside at the ceremony."
Chepkurgor also said he was impressed by Hillary Clinton for standing by her husband during the Monica Lewinksy scandal, saying she behaved "like an African woman."
Dayan's eye patch for sale on eBay
NETANYA, Israel, July 26 (UPI) -- Moshe Dayan's eye patch and candle holders given to Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion are for sale on eBay.
Pasarel Israeli Art and Treasures of Natanya, a company that specializes in art and Judaica, is offering the items and wants at least $75,000 for the eye patch and $12,500 for the hanukkiya, the Ha'aretz newspaper reports.
Moti Sander said that the eye patch belonged to Dayan's body guard, who received it and a Smith & Wesson revolver when the Israeli army chief of staff and Defense minister died in 1981. Sander told Ha'aretz that Pasarel is also offering the revolver, although not through eBay, which bans the sale of weapons.
The hanukkiyah, or multi-branched candlestick, was presented to Ben Gurion in 1948 by workers at the Avalon Institute, who used bullet cartridges.
13-pound baby born in Chicago
CHICAGO, July 26 (UPI) -- A Chicago family is celebrating the birth of a 13-pound bundle of joy.
Brian Elliott Fuller was delivered by Caesarean section Friday morning at Little Company of Mary Hospital. Doctors say he is the biggest baby born there in at least 25 years.
Brian's mother Myisha Fuller told WLS-TV she knew her son would be big, but not that big. "I was very shocked," she said. "I didn't expect him to be that big."
France plagued by zoo robbers
PARIS, July 26 (UPI) -- French zoos are battling rustlers who have made off with penguins, kangaroos, and flamingoes, a report said.
Michel Louis, director of the Amneville zoo in Moselle told the Independent despite 24-hour security, he recently lost 12 Chilean flamingoes to animal thieves.
"Only the lions are safe. Elephants are only a matter of time," he said.
Penguins were stolen from a zoo in Vendee on the Atlantic coast, parrots and monkeys vanished at Aix-en-Provence and monkeys, falcons, a vulture and kangaroos disappeared from Saint-Aignan-sur-Cher in the center of the country.
"What makes me sick is that flamingoes are very nervous birds which cannot stand any stress," Louis said. "Some of them are sure to have died of heart attacks while being carried away."
Some rare breeds of parrots can be sold on the black market for $24,000 each. Flamingoes fetch up to $3,500.