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Weird National Briefs (05/26/2021)

May 26, 2021
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Bodies in bloom

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Residents of a San Francisco Bay Area city flocked to an abandoned gas station to get a whiff of a corpse flower — so-called because of the stench it emits when it blooms — after its owner decided to share the rare plant with his neighbors.

Solomon Leyva, a nursery owner in Alameda who deals in exceptionally rare plants, had been posting on social media about his amorphophallus titanum. When he saw a lot of interest in the giant blooming flower, he decided to wheel it Monday to the abandoned building, where a line of people stretched down the block for most of the day, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“I grabbed my wagon, went down to my greenhouse, put it in with the help of a friend of mine, dragged it down here to this abandoned building and people just started showing up,” Leyva said.

Leyva relaxed in a camping chair at the old Art Deco gas station and patiently answered the same questions again and again. He estimated that by 4 p.m., at least 1,200 residents had visited the flower.

“Everyone is commenting to me that the last time they’ve seen this was in San Francisco, and there was a barrier, and they had to wait for hours, and they weren’t allowed to get near it,” Leyva said. “I think everyone’s tripping out that they can walk up and wiggle it and smell it.”

Himanshu and Sayali Jain brought their 3-year-old son after following the flower on social media.

“I just wanted to thank him, because I thought we’d never get to see it,” Sayali Jain said.

TME – A corpse flower by any other name would smell just as dead.

Monkey business

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A colony of monkeys has lived for about 70 years in urban South Florida, near jets taking off from a nearby airport and fuel storage tanks.

No one was quite sure where they came from. Until now.

Researchers at Florida Atlantic University say they have traced the colony’s origins to the Dania Chimpanzee Farm. The South Florida SunSentinel reported Wednesday there was a monkey escape from the farm in 1948, with most of the monkeys recaptured. But not all of them.

The rest disappeared into a mangrove swamp, where their descendants live today. The FAU team said the colony currently numbers about 41.

The FAU researchers traced the monkeys’ genetics and concluded they were brought to Florida from Africa. The monkeys were sold mainly for medical and military research.

One thing is certain: Residents of the Dania Beach area where the monkeys live are extremely protective of them.

“The community still loves them,” said Deborah “Missy” Williams, lead author of the study, who is in the FAU Biological Sciences Department. “They care for them. They want them protected.”

Williams has founded the Dania Beach Vervet Project to protect them and is trying to raise money to buy land to serve as a sanctuary.

TME – This is definitely how “Planet of the Apes” started.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters in Florida were called to rescue a cat — not out of a tree, but from the undercarriage of a car owned by New York Giants cornerback Isaac Yiadom, officials said.

Rescue workers responded to Yiadom’s home Sunday morning, according to a Facebook post by the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department.

Firefighters jacked up the Maserati and partially disassembled the car to reach the small tabby, which was stuck above the rear differential. The cat didn’t appear to be injured.

Yiadom was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2018 and then traded to the Giants in September.

TME – We’d have expected it to be in the catalytic converter.

Fight bite

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man had a chunk of his nose bitten off by a man he bought a drink for, authorities said.

Bryan Thayer, 34, told The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that he finished a shift at the Metairie bar he owns and stopped by another bar just before 5 a.m. on May 8.

He and a friend bought a drink for a man later identified as Andrew Nierman, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The drink spilled on Nierman, but Thayer told the news outlet that he and his friend bought him another. He said the 32-year-old Neirman walked away but came back a few moments later and threatened Thayer.

“He grabbed my head and took a chunk out of my nose,” Thayer said.

Authorities said Nierman ran from the bar and got into a vehicle. Thayer, bleeding profusely, got the attention of a nearby deputy.

The deputy stopped Nierman, who said, “I was just accosted by him, so I bit him in the face,” according to an incident report.

Nierman was arrested on charges of second-degree battery and resisting arrest by refusing to provide identification. He was released from Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $25,500 bond the next day. Nierman declined to comment to The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.

Thayer said he had surgery to reattach the portion of his nose that was severed. Doctors reopened and stitched the wound Monday. He said he expects the injury will prevent him from working at his bar.

He also told the news outlet that he had to explain the injury to his young daughter without scaring her.

“Her take on it is that a bad man bit daddy,” Thayer said.

TME – And that’s why you keep your nose out of other people’s business.

Fowl pole

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Fire Department didn’t have to raise a ladder to rescue a cat from a tree over the weekend, but firefighters did grab a pole to snatch a pet parrot from an office building ledge.

A fire crew was returning from a emergency medical run on Sunday when they were flagged down by the owner of the bird to grab what appeared to be a macaw from a second-floor ledge of the Railway Exchange Building.

The bird apparently was with someone who had taken it with them to a protest rally on Sunday, according to city officials.

Fire department spokesman Larry Merritt said the person asked for a ladder and a crew member instead used a pole to retrieve the brightly colored bird.

In a video of the rescue, onlookers began cheering when the bird stepped atop the pole and was slowly lowered from a second-floor window to street level.

The bird was returned to its owner after being rescued, Merritt said.

TME – Apparently firefighting is for the birds?

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