The Weird Week in Review
Zoological Center Tel Aviv/Ramat Gan
Putting Pants on an Ass
Haim is a donkey in Israel who was abused before being taken in by Ramat Gan Safari, an animal sanctuary that is home to 1,600 creatures. He has been in rehabilitation for skittishness and physical wounds. But the raw skin on his legs wouldn't heal because of flies which cause Haim to scratch and pick. Traditional bandages caused too much damage and pain because they had to be changed often.
Two caretakers, Becca Rivkin and Shira Inbar-Danin, came up with a solution. They spent four hours stitching a special pair of pants for the donkey that are held up by suspenders over his shoulders. The pants are double-layered, with a soft stretchy material on the inside, covered by a rougher baggy material that flies can’t bite through. The two women also rub cream on his legs every day.
The special pants are working swimmingly, and Haim will soon receive pants for his hind legs as well. With his skin protected, his fur is expected to grow back quickly, and then Haim the donkey will be able to trot around bare-ass once again.
Welcome to College; Enjoy the Water Slide!
It happens at a lot of colleges when a new class of freshmen arrive: there aren't enough dormitory beds. Within a few weeks, the no-shows are counted and alternate housing is found, but meanwhile, many colleges put cots in the gym or commons building for the overflow. Some freshmen at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, are getting a totally different experience because the school is putting them up in an indoor water park! Capital University spokeswoman Nichole Johnson said the school thought using Fort Rapids was a better option than putting new students in storage areas or lounges. Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park is also a resort, with suites that will accommodate about thirty students. The school is setting up a shuttle service to connect those students with the campus. Meanwhile, they will have access to the water slides. With living accommodations like that, who'd want to go to class?
Chinese Zoo Displays Dog as Lion
A private zoo in Luohe, Henan province, China, is under fire for trying to pass off a Tibetan mastiff, a particularly hairy dog, as an African lion. A zoo representative said the lions were away at another zoo for breeding purposes, and the dog was in the cage for his own protection. However, visitors also noticed that the creature in the jaguar enclosure looked suspiciously like a fox, and a "wolf" that was clearly a domestic dog. An official of the People's Park, where the zoo is located, said that the signs for the animals would be corrected. The zoo is a private enterprise, and is only there because its contract with the People's Park has not yet expired. See more pictures here.
Google Street View Driver Detained in Thailand
Sa-eab, a village in northern Thailand, is the scene of a long-running feud between locals and environmentalists and developers who want to build a dam. Google confirmed that one of their Street View drivers was caught in the crossfire. A group of about 20 people stopped the Google vehicle and made a citizen's arrest, which included taking the driver to a temple and making him swear on a statue of Buddha that he wasn't taking survey pictures for the dam project. The driver was eventually released, and the citizens apologized for the incident.
Surgeon Steals Drugs from Patient's Gut
Police in Russia arrested a man who became ill on a train from Krasnoyarsk, and he was taken to the hospital in Bogotol to have smuggled heroin removed from his stomach. Then they arrested the surgeon who performed the operation!
Law enforcement agents confiscated the capsules but later found five grammes of heroin hidden in the surgeon's clothing. Police have released video footage of a young man wearing an Adidas jacket, his face blurred, who is purported to be the surgeon.
Local news outlets said he is 32, with previous convictions for drug possession. "At the moment of his arrest, the doctor was in a state of drug intoxication," the police said.
A criminal case has been opened and the surgeon faces up to 15 years for drug possession and theft.
Meanwhile, the smuggler is in a coma, while other doctors try to save his life.
Turning the Tables on the Bank
Dmitry Agarkov of Voronezh, Russia, received a credit card offer from Tinkoff Credit Systems. He didn't like the terms spelled out in the contract, so he changed the contract and sent it back to the bank. The altered contract called for 0% interest, an unlimited line of credit, no fees, and an agreement to pay Agarkov a hefty fine for not complying with the agreement. Plus, if the bank tried to cancel the contract, they would have to pay Agarkov six million rubles -which is over $100,000! Like most people confronted with a lot of small print, the bank didn't bother to read the contract and accepted it.
When Agarkov went deep into debt and the bank tried to call in its usual fees, they ended up in court because Agarkov did not consider himself liable for fees not specified in the contract. And a judge agreed - Agarkov is only liable for the outstanding balance ($578), not the bank fees ($1,369). Next, Agarkov is suing to get the bank to pay him the penalties stated in the contract they signed.
Don't Name Your Baby Messiah
Jaleesa Martin and the father of her seven-month-old son went to a child support hearing in Cocke County Chancery Court in Tennessee because they could not agree whether the child should have his mother's or father's last name. Instead, the judge, Lu Ann Ballew, objected to the boy's current first name and ordered that it be changed. The child, so far named Messiah DeShawn Martin, was ordered to be named Martin DeShawn McCullough, which incorporates both parents' surnames. The judge said that Messiah was a title reserved for Jesus Christ, and that a child with that name would have a hard time growing up in a predominately Christian area. Jaleesa Martin says she was shocked, and is appealing the decision.