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Weird National Briefs (07/31/2019)

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Later gator!

MIAMI - Officials say a trapper was called after a 9-foot-long alligator was spotted walking along a sidewalk in a South Florida neighborhood.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Katie Purcell tells news outlets that the reptile was reported Friday morning in a neighborhood west of Coral Gables.

Someone posted video of the animal to an Instagram account called “onlyindade.” It’s received more than 100,000 views.

FWC hired a nuisance alligator trapper to remove the animal. It wasn’t clear if it would be relocated or killed.

TME – He’ll be back – after a while.

Crying fowl

APOPKA, Fla. - The case against a Florida man accused of harboring ducks and wild chickens has been dropped after he persuaded authorities that the birds are truly free-range.

The Orlando Sentinel reports 59-year-old Felix Guerra won’t have to pay a fine of $1,000 a day to Orange County for illegally keeping backyard birds.

Guerra’s yard has an edible jungle of avocado, banana and cherry trees, ginger plants and pineapple that attracts butterflies, bees, and an occasional bear.

His place is also for the birds, and the county received an anonymous complaint that something fowl was going on.

Inspectors cited him after spotting ducks in his driveway. Guerra said he’s tried to chase them away, but they keep coming back.

He appealed to the commissioner’s office and the county dropped the case Thursday.

TME – What a bird brain.

Yakkity yak

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Police in Massachusetts are warning hikers to be on the lookout for aggressive yaks.

West Springfield police say a hiker in the Bear Hole Reservoir recreation area was charged by three yaks at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The West Springfield Environmental Committee posted on Facebook that they appeared docile so someone approached within six feet.

But then “one put its head down, snorted and then charged,” and the other two joined in the chase. No one was hurt.

Police Lt. Nolan Ryan says the yaks, native to Asia, all have ear tags and are believed to have escaped from a private owner in nearby Westfield.

Animal control has been notified and has a plan to corral the animals.

TME – No word on whether anyone talked back.

The Lord’s treat

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A New Mexico woman is facing charges after police say she ordered food from a Sonic and told a server, “This one’s on God,” before fleeing.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports 30-year-old Delila Hernandez was arrested Monday in a felony robbery case.

Police say Hernandez rode her bicycle to a Sonic in Las Cruces and ordered a meal. When the server asked for payment, she allegedly told him, “This one’s on God.”

Police say the server told her, “That’s not how this works,” but gave her the meal after she came toward him.

Police later found Hernandez at a nearby park.

It was not known if Hernandez had an attorney.

Authorities say her charges may be reduced.

TME – Who knew the Last Supper was a dine and dash?

Flight fright

PITTSBURGH - A television reporter has sued over injuries he says he suffered during a promotional stunt in which he plunged 22 feet into a river in a homemade flying machine.

The lawsuit filed last week in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania by KDKA-TV reporter Dave Crawley names the EQT Three Rivers Regatta, Red Bull and a marketing agency. The station is not a defendant.

The suit says Crawley was invited to participate in an August 2017 media event in Pittsburgh that was to air a day before the Red Bull Flugtag event. The Flugtag, which translates from German to “flying day” and travels to a different city each year, features teams that design homemade devices in which to “fly” from a pier into a river.

The suit contends that Crawley didn’t want to accept the assignment, but feared refusing would jeopardize his career or the station’s relationship with the regatta.

Crawley, who was 70 at the time, wore a life vest and helmet for his plunge to the Allegheny River, but the lawsuit alleges he landed on his face and front and was left with spleen and diaphragm injuries, as well as a traumatic brain injury.

The suit says he stopped working later that month after “collapsing while covering a story.”

A video of the stunt posted on YouTube shows Crawley giving thumbs-up after leaping into the water and later standing on the dock, smiling.

TME – Red Bull gives you wings … and a concussion.

Equine altercation

TURLOCK, Calif. - Authorities say four Northern California deputies were injured, a horse was punched and five people were arrested in a brawl at the Stanislaus County Fair.

The Modesto Bee says sheriff’s deputies watching a line at a beer booth Sunday noticed a man wearing gang clothing who appeared to be drunk and trying to start fights.

Authorities say the fair doesn’t allow gang symbols or clothing.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Clayton says while deputies talked to that man, another man began throwing punches, hitting two deputies, and other crowd members got involved.

Authorities say a man punched a Sheriff’s Department horse that had knocked him down, spilling his beer.

Those arrested could be charged with assault on a peace officer.

The department says the deputies - and the horse - are fine.

TME – At least it was a fair fight.

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