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Weird National Briefs (12/14/2016)

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Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest.

She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She’s believed to be 66 years old. She’s also the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s project leader for the refuge, Bob Peyton, said in a statement Friday that Wisdom has been returning to Midway for over six decades.

An ornithologist first put an identification band on her in 1956. She’s had a few dozen chicks.

Midway is about 1,200 miles northwest of Honolulu. It’s part of the Papahanaumokuakea (pah-pah-HAH’-now-moh-cuh-ah-cay-ah) Marine National Monument.

TME – Eggs-cellent news all around.

Drone disaster

BRENTWOOD, N.H. - Two women are suing a groom and the event company that ran his wedding reception after they allege he flew a drone that hit them in the head at the New Hampshire event.

Kneena Ellis, of Seabrook, and Kelly Eaton of Peabody, Massachusetts, claim in their Dec. 1 suit that they suffered permanent physical and emotional injury as a result of the Aug. 8 incident.

The suit says Barry Billcliff had flown the drone to take pictures at his wedding reception at Searles Castle in Windham.

It says the drone collided with the women while they were on the dance floor. The suit says they suffered a concussion.

Billcliff tells the Boston Herald he owns the drone, but wasn’t operating it when it crashed. Scott Robb II, vice president of Searles Castle, said he never gave Billcliff permission to fly the drone.

TME – Gives a whole new meaning to “wedding crasher.”

Hello Dolly!

WINSLOW - A horse and a camel at a Maine petting zoo have formed an unlikely friendship.

The 5-year-old camel, Caesar, at the Pony X-Press Zoo in Winslow has become a guide for Dolly the horse, who is blind.

The zoo’s Ed Papsis tells WGME-TV Dolly’s probably the only horse with “a seeing eye camel.”

He says Caesar needed the company of another animal and Dolly needed a guide, so the two were put together and they bonded. Dolly relies on the camel and follows him around. She whinnys for him if he’s not nearby and he bellows back for her.

TME – Best. Buddy comedy. Ever.

Bad luck

EPHRATA, Pa. - A Pennsylvania police department says a black cat was lucky for one of its officers tracking down a fugitive.

The Ephrata Police Department posted on its Facebook page that officers were searching for Jonathan Michael Steffy last month over an outstanding bench warrant.

They found the 23-year-old in a backyard but he fled. As they searched the area, one officer noticed a black cat in a nearby yard staring intently at a shed. The officer checked that shed, but it was empty. The officer again saw the cat, and it became apparent it was staring at a different shed behind the officer.

The officer opened that shed and found Steffy.

Police say their thankful for any crime-fighting help, “whether human or feline!”

It wasn’t clear if Steffy has an attorney.

TME – That dude must have broken so many mirrors.

Moo-ving violations

CHINA, Maine - Authorities in Maine are investigating whether reports of cows being released at farms in China are related to a similar incident that occurred in Clinton.

Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Moody tells The Kennebec Journal a farmer reported Tuesday he discovered that some of his cows had been released from a pen. One lock was discovered broken and another was missing.

Moody says an incident occurred “in the last week or so” in which an unspecified number of cows were released from a pen at a farm.

He says authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the China cases are linked to a case in Clinton, where hundreds of cows were released from their pen at a farm last week.

Police are looking into possible suspects and motives.

TME – What an udder disaster.

Deck the halls

CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. - State police say holiday music was blaring from a Pennsylvania woman’s car as she tore up the yard of her ex-boyfriend’s home, nearly running the man and his family over.

Forty-seven-year-old Mary Jo Smith was charged Tuesday with multiple offenses stemming from Monday’s incident.

Alan McCutcheon says he was setting up a Christmas light display outside of his Fayette County home when Smith yelled “Merry Christmas” and made several passes through his yard.

State police say Smith attempted to hit the 64-year-old along with his wife and adult daughter. No one was injured.

The joyride caused more than $500 in damage, leaving behind tire tracks and a trail of broken lights and decorations.

It’s unclear if Smith has an attorney to could comment.

TME – The holidays definitely bring families closer together.

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