DEAD DONKEY PUZZLE
A week or so before Christmas, a coastguard team found a wrecked fishing boat on a beach at Dulas, Anglesey. On board was a dead donkey with its legs tied together with yarn and severely overgrown hooves. Had it been washed in by the tide, or dumped there? Police were investigating. Daily Post, 20 Dec 2016.
READY FOR THE POT
A walker investigated a ball of mud his dog had been playing with and found a curled-up hedgehog inside. It was taken to Brent Lodge wildlife hospital near Chichester, West Sussex, for a bath. Travellers used to roll hedgehogs in clay prior to cooking them, but in that case they were already dead. Times, 8 Feb 2017.
Sally Thomson, 39, from Carlisle was eating a hard-boiled egg when she felt something in her mouth. It was a tiny cubic zirconia, a synthetic diamond often found in jewellery. It had probably been eaten by the chicken and then incorporated into the egg. D.Mail, 22 Mar 2017.
Someone in Waynesboro, Virginia, has been seizing cats and precisely shaving their underbellies or legs. This happened to seven cats between December 2016 and the following April. All the cats returned to their owners otherwise unharmed, but some seem bothered. [AP] 28 April 2017.