The Odd Side – March 13, 2018

New Mexico Town Battling Growing Skunk Crisis

HAGERMAN, N.M. (AP) – Something stinks in one southeastern New Mexico town, and residents want police on the case.

KRQE in Albuquerque reports skunk smell is plaguing the town of Hagerman, New Mexico, thanks to a mild winter that is bringing out the smelling mammals early.

Viola Badcock, the owner of Hagerman Township Animal Shelter, says the annoying animals are hanging in town and generally are not healthy. She says their stink appears to be a growing problem.

Hagerman Police Patrolman Adam Chavez says officers are setting traps around town and in nearby Lake Arthur and Dexter.

Chavez says healthy skunks caught in traps will be relocated on the east side of town near a river.

Nay: Teen on Horse Rejected Service at Starbucks Drive-Thru

ANTHEM, Ariz. (AP) – An Arizona teen says she was denied service at a Starbucks drive-thru after she tried to order a Frappuccino while on a horse.

KNXV in Phoenix reports a Starbucks in Anthem, Arizona, recently told Aspen Cline it wouldn’t serve her when she and her horse, Scout, galloped to the drive-thru.

Cline says the barista didn’t give a reason and only said the store couldn’t take her order. The teen says she also had planned to give her horse some cream.

Starbucks told the station that drive-thru windows were only for cars out of safety reasons.

However, there are a number of videos of horse riders ordering lattes at Starbucks drive-thru windows.

Cline says she wanted the horse drive-thru experience for her birthday.

Florida Python Devours Deer That Weighs Nearly 4 Lbs. More

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Researchers studying invasive Burmese pythons in Florida came upon something they’d never seen before: an 11-foot-long python had consumed an entire deer that weighed more than the snake itself.

The wildlife biologists tracking the slithery creatures stumbled upon a bloated snake in Collier Seminole State Park, and when they moved the creature it began regurgitating a white-tailed deer fawn.

Biologist Ian Bartoszek told the Naples Daily News that the fawn weighed 35 pounds; the snake 31.5.

“We were sitting there just trying to process that an animal this size could get its head around what turned out to be a deer,” Bartoszek said. “It’s surreal to see that in the field.”

Bartoszek said it was the largest python-to-prey weight difference he had measured.

Burmese pythons, which can grow nearly 20 feet long, were brought to South Florida as pets in the late 1970s. They were released into the wild, and have become a problematic invasive species.

White-tailed deer are an important food source for Florida’s endangered panthers, so the researchers are concerned the pervasive snakes could also impact the health of the big cats.

Bartoszek said that it “showed my team and myself what we were actually dealing with out there, what this python is capable of.”

Virginia Driver Faces Charges After Running Over Himself

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A northern Virginia man is facing charges after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself.

Fairfax County Police released dashboard video from Tuesday’s incident showing 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu getting out of his car on a residential street in the Alexandria section, a Washington suburb. But Bonsu apparently forgot to put the car in park and the video shows him running in front of the car and being struck.

Bonsu gets up and continues running. Police say they caught him, unharmed, after a brief foot chase.

Police say they initially pulled Bonsu over Sunday for an apparent equipment violation.

Charges against Bonsu include a third-time DWI, felony hit-and-run and illegal window tint.