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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Runaway elephant returned

WESTTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — An elephant that was burned by napalm during the Vietnam War has been returned to an upstate New York animal sanctuary after taking a late-night stroll. State police say they went to the Sanctuary for Animals in Westtown on Sunday night when they got a call about a wandering elephant.

Amanda Brook, whose family owns the sanctuary, said the 46-year-old Asian elephant named Fritha has lived at the sanctuary most of her life. She wandered off after a worker forgot to turn on an electric fence that keeps her in her designated space at night. Her owners and troopers found her nearby and escorted her back home.

The sanctuary also runs Dawn Animal Agency, which provides animals for movies, commercials and talk shows.

Deer jumps into SUV

HOWELL, N.J. (AP) — Police are praising a woman for avoiding tragedy after a deer crashed through her windshield and landed in the back passenger seat of her SUV. Authorities say the deer darted in front of 36-year-old Melissa Misthal as she was driving early Monday in Howell, New Jersey.

Misthal tried to avoid the deer, but couldn't. Pictures posted on Facebook by police show the force of the impact sent the animal airborne and into her windshield. Its carcass came to a rest on the rear floor.

Authorities praised Misthal for keeping calm, noting that she safely pulled over despite being injured and not knowing if the deer was still alive. Misthal was treated for a minor injury.

Cannon scares crows away

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — After all else failed, National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts. Don't worry, no birds will be hurt. The utility said Monday the propane cannon being fired off in North Adams this week doesn't shoot projectiles, just makes a lot of noise that annoys the crows.

The utility said it wants to get rid of the birds because there is a potential for a power loss if a crow lands on the wrong piece of equipment, and their droppings are corrosive. The cannon will be fired off between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until Saturday.