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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Gecko butt-dials ‘bazillion’ times from Hawaii seal hospital

HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed. Or, more specifically, foot-dialed. By a gecko. Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was getting lunch when she got a call from the Big Island hospital where she’s director. There was silence on the other end. Nine more silent calls followed in quick succession. Fearing a seal emergency, she rushed back. She wasn’t the only one getting calls, and people started asking why the hospital was making their phones ring off the hook. Simeone says on Twitter the phone company acknowledged a “bazillion” calls were made. Simeone walked into a lab at the hospital and found the culprit. The gecko was perched on a phone, making calls to everyone in the recent call history with “HIS TINY GECKO FEET!”

Determined runner struck by deer finishes half marathon

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — A runner who was struck by a deer during a half marathon in New Jersey still managed to cross the finish line. Christina Sanchez tells the Asbury Park Press newspaper that she was on Mile 10 of the Jersey Shore Half Marathon at Sandy Hook on Sunday when a large buck took her out. Sanchez says the deer came dashing out of the woods and struck her in a “blur of brown and white fur.” The Fair Haven woman was knocked down before the deer sprinted back into a wooded area near Gunnison Beach. Sanchez said she received attention from emergency personnel who gave her the OK and encouraged her to finish the race. Sanchez finished the half marathon about 10 minutes slower than her goal time. But she says she wasn’t going to give up.