Odd Side – July 3, 2018

Omaha Zoo Finds Escaped Parrot Scared by Goodyear Blimp

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A macaw that flew away from Omaha’s zoo after apparently being spooked by the Goodyear blimp has been found in a nearby neighborhood.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the macaw, named Cayenne, was out during the zoo’s Birds of Flight show Sunday morning when it was startled by the blimp drifting past. The bird flew out of an amphitheater and past the zoo’s boundaries.

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium staff sought the public’s help, and on Monday morning a nearby resident tipped them off about the bird’s whereabouts.

Staffers spotted the bird, and after flying to another tree it came down when called.

The red, green and blue bird, which is a member of the parrot family, was returned to the zoo and quickly joined her sister in eating treats.

Can Dogs Perform CPR? Madrid Police Would Have You Think So

MADRID (AP) – Can dogs perform CPR? Probably not, but a video posted by police in Madrid sure makes it seem so.

In a video posted on social media, Poncho the dog springs into action when his partner falls to the ground and pretends to be unresponsive. The dog’s actions mimic CPR.

The dog pounds up and down on the officer’s chest and pauses to place its ear on the officer’s neck. Poncho continues until the officer stands up.

Police write that Poncho “did not hesitate for an instant” to save a life.

Kind of a Big Dill: Boston Hosts 2nd Annual Pickle Fair

BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Pickle Fair is back and it’s kind of a “big dill.”

The fair is a family-oriented celebration of all things fermented — pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut and other vegetables.

It’s an opportunity to sample pickle products from more than a dozen local and national vendors. The more adventurous can try pickle-flavored items including ice cream, cotton candy and beer.

The event also features country fair-style games, live music, food trucks and a beer garden.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Farm Aid, the Cambridge-based nonprofit that since 1985 has been supporting family farms.

Woman Who Took Dead Butterfly From Exhibit Gets Probation

CINCINNATI (AP) – A woman who took a dead butterfly from an Ohio botanical garden has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that 36-year-old Jaime Revis was sentenced to six months’ probation after entering the plea Thursday. She was arrested in April for taking a blue morpho butterfly from the Krohn Conservatory in Cincinnati.

Revis’ lawyer said she had previously been told by a conservatory employee that she could take dead butterflies that would otherwise be thrown away. The attorney called the incident a misunderstanding.

The Springfield Township woman said she uses the butterflies in her photography.

In addition to probation, Revis agreed to a lifetime ban from the conservatory, and to take a critical thinking class.