Mother killed disabled son
Chongqing Zoo received a golden boa from a resident surnamed Zhao on Oct 24. Zhao gave his 4-meter-long pet to the zoo so it could have a comfortable home. He had acquired the snake when it was small enough to fit in the palm of his hand, but now it is so large it needs two adults to carry it. Zoologists said the rare boa is originally from Myanmar, and an adult can grow to more than 7 meters. A woman who had paid for a custom portrait of herself to be painted for her birthday has received a partial refund, after discovering that it didn’t resemble her. Bai He, 22, paid 2,500 yuan ($380) for the oil painting, but said she was disappointed with the final result. When she complained, the store she had bought it from only agreed to refund half the money, saying there was no standard for determining whether an oil painting resembles someone or not.CHONGQING An 83-year-old woman in Guangzhou was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for four years, on Oct 26 for killing her son. The woman, surnamed Huang, killed her 46-year-old son, who was mentally disabled, in May by feeding him sleeping pills. She surrendered herself to police immediately afterward. Huang said she killed her son because she was worried that nobody would care for him after she died. Many of her relatives appeared at Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court to speak on her behalf during the public hearing.