Nov. 21 Only in America

Thursday, November 21, 2019
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Trooper rescues stunned owl

MANCHESTER, Maine (AP) — A Maine state trooper made a wise move in rescuing a jeopardized owl who managed to fly to safety after the assistance. The Maine State Police says Trooper Sam Tlumac found the disoriented owl on Nov. 15 in the middle of a much-traveled road in Manchester, not far from the state capital of Augusta. Tlumac took the owl to a nearby fire department and consulted with a warden, who said the bird might’ve been stunned by a car. Police said in a Facebook post that Tlumac then “had to bring a person to jail (unrelated to the owl),” but returned to check on the bird and found it doing much better. He then took the owl outside, where it took flight to trees in the area.

Oakland Zoo: Child, not grizzly bears, cracked glass window

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A child, not the grizzly bears, cracked a glass viewing window at the Oakland Zoo’s bear exhibit, and officials say there’s no need to fear the bears will get out. Oakland Zoo spokeswoman Erin Harrison said in a statement Tuesday that a child hit a rock against the glass several times, “shattering the laminate layer.” She says the bulletproof-strength glass at the enclosure where four grizzly bears live is made of six separate panes, each an inch (2.5 centimeters) thick. She says another zoo visitor reported the child to staff, but they couldn’t find the family. Harrison says a replacement glass pane will cost $67,000 and require specialty equipment to install next month.

Group hopes to prevent ‘opossum dropping’

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A movement is growing in North Carolina to prevent the act of so-called “opossum dropping.” The practice involves suspending an opossum in a transparent box on New Year’s Eve and slowly lowering it the ground as people count down to midnight. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Monday that a western North Carolina town had conducted opossum drops for 24 years. Brasstown in Clay County dropped its last opossum in 2018. But the organization Animal Help Now wants to prevent anyone from doing it elsewhere. That will require a change to state law that allows people to do anything they want to opossums for five days each year.