ODDS AND ENDS: Tortoise selfies and other offbeat offerings


Normally, one would get into a lot of trouble for blocking traffic.

In a case from St. Augustine, Fla., a sluggish gopher tortoise couldnt cross the Nocatee Pkwy. fast enough, thus leading to the congestion.

St. Johns County Sheriffs Deputy L. Fontenot spotted the reptile during a routine patrol.

On a now-viral post on Facebook, Fontenot reportedly asked the tortoise named Gopherus to clear the road, but the animal continued its slow saunter.

Not taking any guff from the tortoise, cops noted Fontenot had a “heartfelt conversation” with Gopherus about the risky behaviour of crossing the road. The tortoise was “released on his own recognizance.”

Fontenot even had a chance to share a friendly selfie with the slow-moving reptile.

“Gopherus was cooperative during the remainder of my encounter with him, so I chose to use discretion and let him go with a warning. In fact, our interaction was so positive, we posed for a selfie together!” said Fontenot.

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Boston-based bulldog Mortimer has a strange taste in snacks.

Mortimers owners rushed their beloved dog to a veterinary hospital earlier this month after he stopped eating. Mortimer had been battling bouts of nausea for a few months and his owners thought it was a side effect of acid reflux.

But when docs performed an X-ray on the three-year-old dog, they made a shocking discovery. Mortimer had 19 pacifiers lodged in his stomach — likely the possession of his owners children — and probably consumed over the last few months.

The @MspcaAngell Medical Center found 19 pacifiers stuck inside the stomach of this bulldog! Vets think that the dog (named Mortimer) had been taking the pacifiers from the familys two children for months. They were removed w/o surgery and Mortimer is back at home! #7news

— Amaka Ubaka (@AmakaUbakaTV) June 20, 2019

The dog made it through the surgery without incident. Veterinarian Doug Baum told People the situation would have been much worse had it not been discovered.

“Its likely that Mortimer started nabbing these pacifiers in April, perhaps one at a time, and that started a cycle of nausea and vomiting, which are symptoms that can be caused by so many other health issues,” Baum said. “If not for the urgency with which his family pursued veterinary care, things would have gotten much worse for him.”

Mortimers owner, Emily Shanahan, said in a statement she was “shocked because even though I have two small children at home Id never imagined he was eating their pacifiers.”

Shanahan added she is happy Mortimer does not suffer from a “chronic illness” and she would do anything for her loyal pet.

A tour boat sails down the river Spree between the “Spreebogen” park and Berlin main railway station (C, Hauptbahnhof) and the “Humboldthafen” on March 12, 2019. (John MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)


Several people were left seeing yellow and nursing wounds after a man urinated off a bridge and onto a tour boat that was travelling underneath.

According to the Berlin Fire Department, the incident at the Jannowitz Bridge in Berlin-Mitte had caused a commotion on the boat, which was cruising under the four-metre high bridge.

#Verletzte bei #Schiffstour in #Mitte
Als ein Ausflugsdampfer auf der #Spree unter einer Brücke durchfuhr, urinierte von oben eine Person auf das Schiff. Mehrere Personen sprangen auf, wurden bei der Durchfah