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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Birthday billboard blows up man's phone with well wishers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A New Jersey man had to get a new phone number after he was overwhelmed with birthday wishes when his sons put up a billboard asking people to call him. The SunSentinel reports Chris Ferry doesn't turn 62 until Saturday. But already he's received some 15,000 Facebook messages and phone calls from people who saw the sign along a highway in Linwood, New Jersey. The sign has Ferry's phone number, his photograph and the words 'WISH MY DAD HAPPY BIRTHDAY". Ferry's son, who shares his name, lives in Boynton Beach, Florida. He told station WPBF he and his brother Michael never thought the sign would be such a hit. The elder Ferry took a selfie in front of the billboard, but he said that he's looking forward to the day it comes down.

Lamb found trotting through New York City bridge traffic

NEW YORK (AP) — A wayward lamb running around a New York City bridge briefly held up traffic before its rescue. The animal was first seen trotting eastbound along the shoulder of Gowanus Expressway around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. New York City Police Officer Dominick Gatto says he was on-duty when a motorist informed him about the lamb on the lam. Gatto and other police officers chased down and caught the animal, taking it to the Animal Care Center in Staten Island. Animal Care Center employee Jessica Vaccaro says the lamb is young, probably less than a year old. Officials say the lamb will be transported to Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey. It is the same sanctuary that took in a wayward cow that escaped from a New York City slaughterhouse early last year.