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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.

BREAK­FAST SUR­PRISE

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.

FE­LINE SHAVER

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.

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