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The Week Middle East - - News -

Res­i­dents of Du­rango, Colorado, were wo­ken by a joyrid­ing bear driv­ing down the street. The an­i­mal had bro­ken into the Subaru car and then ac­ci­den­tally re­leased the park­ing brake, caus­ing it to roll down the hill and smash into a post­box. The bear fled the scene be­fore po­lice ar­rived, but left plenty of ev­i­dence be­hind. It had smashed a win­dow, ripped the steer­ing wheel free of the shaft, de­stroyed the ra­dio and defe­cated on the seats. “It would have taken a hu­man hours to do what this bear did in a cou­ple of min­utes,” said one lo­cal res­i­dent.

The rise in “ex­treme groom­ing” for dogs has been crit­i­cised by an­i­mal char­i­ties, who say pets don’t like be­ing made to look fool­ish. The hobby – in which pet fur is dyed, trimmed and sculpted into elab­o­rate shapes – has been big in the US and parts of Asia for years. And it’s now tak­ing off in Bri­tain, where one in five dogs and cats has its own so­cial me­dia ac­count. But Car­o­line Kisko, sec­re­tary of the Ken­nel Club, says pets should not be groomed in such a way as to in­vite mock­ery. “Dogs know when they’re be­ing laughed at. Some will feel silly.”

An In­dian man claims he is not only im­mune to elec­tric shocks but can also “eat” elec­tric­ity. Naresh Ku­mar, dubbed “In­dia’s liv­ing light bulb”, says he draws en­ergy from high volt­age wires, which he holds in his mouth or hands. “When­ever I feel hun­gry and there’s no food in the house, I hold naked wires and within half an hour I’m sat­is­fied,” he says. “My wife is not im­pressed but surely other peo­ple will be.”

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