Cheeky Fox Night Ride On London Underground : Gay Penguins ‘Lay’ Egg : Blind Cat A Piano Player : aforadio.com
Posted in Q-News on 09. Aug, 2012
Cheeky Fox Stuns Commuters With Late Night Ride On London Underground
Commuters at Edgware Road station were left stunned after the intrepid fox wandered onto a tube carriage on Monday evening.
Unashamedly ignoring London mayor Boris Johnson’s warning to avoid the tube, when possible, throughout the Olympics, the bushy-tailed Circle Line intruder gave a new meaning to the term urban fox.
It was spotted by startled commuter Stephen Ebert, who later posted the picture on micro-blogging site Twitter.
‘As the doors opened I boarded and immediately became aware of something down at my feet. At first, I was not sure what it was – and then I realised it was a fox,’ he explained.
‘It looked young and was probably a cub. I quickly snapped it with my phone and posted it on Twitter.
‘It is not every day you capture a picture of a fox catching a Tube. The train had come from east London so maybe it had been at the Olympics!
‘It got off the train as I was getting on so maybe it lives around Edgware Road. The carriage was virtually empty at the time so it had had it all to itself.’
The incident was also witnessed by history student Harriet Horn, who tweeted: ‘Sooo there was a fox on my Tube…’
She added: ‘It was so cute. It hopped off and went into a hole (I think). It looked like it had gone to safety.’
Having infiltrated the streets and rubbish bins of Britain, it seems the nation’s foxes now want to take over the transport system too.
‘Gay’ Penguins Inca And Rayas Get Their Own Egg To Look After
Penguins Inca and Rayas have been building a nest every six years in the hope of starting a family and have finally been trusted with an egg.
The Gentoo penguins have both thrown themselves into their new roles as parents, with the Telegraph reporting that Inca has taken on the ‘female’ role of incubating the egg, a task which he does most of the day, every day.
Meanwhile Rayas has been filling up on food.
This is to ensure he can take on the traditional male job of feeding his young with regurgitated fish.
Speaking to the paper, Yolanda Martin, who cares for the penguins at Spain’s Faunia Park, said: ‘We wanted them to have something to stay together for – so we got an egg. Otherwise they might have become depressed.’
While she admitted that the pair were extremely close she emphasised that they were not actually gay, but simply the best of friends.
Inca and Rayas are not the first male penguins to be given an egg to care for, as staff at a zoo in China gave penguin couple Steve and Adam a chick to look after last year.
Blind Rescue Cat Stevie Wonder Is Piano Fan
Six-year-old Stevie – that’s the moggie, by the way – was found flea-bitten, suffering from worms and with both of his eyes missing.
Left abandoned in a garden, he was taken to the shelter where staff spotted his hankering for tinkling the ivories.
He now spends his time skipping across the keys and proving that piano playing is cool for cats – whether feline or the American Motown legend in whose honour he was named.
‘Stevie seems to enjoy the sound of the piano and often jumps up on my lap while I play,’ said Beverley Street, deputy manager at the Wood Green shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire.
‘He has ventured on to the piano a few times for a nose and a rather noisy play.’
Vets are unsure if Stevie’s eyes were surgically removed or if he was born without them but the shelter’s staff believe he finds it therapeutic to hear the sounds made by his movements.
‘Because he has no sight Stevie’s other senses are so heightened. His hearing is amazing,’ said Ms Street.
Meanwhile, staff are looking for a permanent home for Stevie – preferably one with a piano where he can continue to practice his licks.
Trapped Squirrel Police Rescue Ends In Tragedy
Police had managed to free the nut loving rodent after it found itself in a tight situation on Tuesday after becoming trapped in the middle of a road in Isenhagen, northern Germany.
However according to German news sources, it is believed the small creature, who scurried off after being rescued, died from stress shortly after its ordeal.
‘We wanted to take him to a vet’s for a check-up,’ said one of the officers.
‘But he was having none of it. He legged it straight away into a garden and up a tree …’
It narrowly avoided becoming road kill after one motorist was forced to slam on his breaks after nearly running over the trapped animal.
The concerned German resident notified police of the situation, with officials quickly coming to its rescue.
Police had little success as they attempted to pull him free however, struggling for over 15 minutes to release him.
The squirrel was eventually freed after one resident assisted with a bottle of olive oil after police had lifted up the troublesome man-hole cover.
However the joy was short-lived after a local resident found the squirrel had died from stress two hours later.