The Odd Side – June 13, 2017

Driven by Hunger: Police Rescue Bear Cub Trapped in Car

WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (AP) – Police in a Colorado town rescued a bear cub that got trapped in a car after likely searching for a snack.

Officers in Woodland Park said a woman called police Friday to report strange noises coming from her car.

A responding officer opened the door and ushered the cub back into the wild, but not before snapping a few photos. Authorities posted them online with a reminder not to keep food in cars in areas frequented by bears.

Police believe the cub’s mother somehow opened the car door. When officers arrived, they could hear an animal rustling in the nearby bushes, but they didn’t see the mother bear.

The Gazette in Colorado Springs reports that officers checked the area several hours later and saw no signs of the animals.

Police: 100-Plus Reptiles Found Inside New York Home

CARLE PLACE, N.Y. (AP) – The SPCA says a Long Island home was found to be a real-life — and illegal — reptile house, with more than 100 of the animals crawling and slithering around the property.

Police in Nassau County found out about the reptile collection inside the Carle Place home because the owners reported a break-in at the address. WCBS reports many of the animals are banned in New York state and some, like a baby alligator and a boa constrictor, are considered extremely dangerous.

A Nassau county SPCA spokesman says the animals were in bad shape, and at least 10 were found dead in the house.

The reptiles — along with three dogs, a cat, a rabbit and several fish — were transported to an animal sanctuary in Massachusetts for treatment.

911, Lemonade Emergency! Officers Visit Wannabe Cop’s Stand

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Dozens of thirsty police officers responded to an “emergency” call to visit a lemonade stand run by a three-year-old aspiring cop in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that Hannah Pasley set up her lemonade stand last weekend to raise money to buy her own police uniform. After buying the uniform, Hannah returned to her stand — wearing police coat and hat — that afternoon.

When the flow of customers thinned, Hannah’s aunt, Ashly Rooks, and her friend Sierra Moore, took to social media to encourage officers to visit.

Rooks says the street was soon packed with squad cars. Moore says “50 plus” officers responded, and a police helicopter buzzed overhead.

They gave Hannah a Kansas City Police Department patch and a Clay County Junior Deputy badge.

Sinkhole Swallows Car in Florida Restaurant Parking Lot

OCALA, Fla. (AP) – A sinkhole that opened up in a restaurant parking lot during a spring storm in north Florida swallowed a car and ruptured a gas line.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the sinkhole opened up on Saturday around 5 p.m., after a strong rainstorm that caused flash flooding and the closure of multiple roads.

When the rains began, 79-year-old Janet Coyne and her husband returned to their car after picking up some food from an Ocala restaurant, and got into their car.

As they were about to leave, the front end dropped suddenly. Coyne and her 81-year-old husband managed to get out of the vehicle before it fell into the 25-foot-wide, 25-foot-deep sinkhole.

A city official says the sinkhole was likely caused by eroding limestone underneath the drainage system.