Odd Side – June 4, 2019

Snake Turns Up in Washing Machine Smelling ‘Like Downy’

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – An escaped pet snake that apparently slithered into a suburban Chicago family’s washing machine ended up smelling like fabric softener after going through the wash.

Sanela Kamencic tells WMAQ she was “totally creeped out” when the snake turned up in the washing machine in Evanston.

Police Officer Pedro Carrasco and Animal Control Warden Jason Pound brought the reptile to the Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital. Carrasco says it was “peeking its head out of the washing machine” when they found it.”

Veterinarian Melissa Giese tells radio station WBBM the snake was “in pretty good shape” and “really feisty.”

The animal hospital says the corn snake, named Penelope, belonged to a 12-year-old boy who lives nearby. They were reunited afterward.

Dog Runs Away From Home to Be With Daycare Buddies

ANN, Mo. (AP) – Sometimes, a guy just wants to hang out with his buddies.

Such was apparently the case with Hugo, a dog who ran away from home in north St. Louis County and went straight to his doggy day care.

KTVI reports that Hugo is often boarded at Happy Tails Pet Hotel and Playland in St. Ann. Surveillance video provided to KTVI shows Hugo sprinting through the front door into the business and nosing up to another dog after making the trek from home, which was more than a mile.

The trip wasn’t easy. Hugo had to cross busy Lindbergh Boulevard to get to Happy Tails.

Woman Says Thieves Stole Her U-Haul With $7K Worth of Beans

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) – A businesswoman attempting to make a delivery outside of Albuquerque says thieves rolled off in her U-Haul packed with thousands of dollars’ worth of refried beans.

KOB reports no arrests have been made in the legume larceny outside of the Isleta Resort & Casino just south of Albuquerque.

Mary Jane Brown is the president of Mexicali Rose Instant Refried Beans and says she stayed at the Isleta Pueblo hotel because she was concerned about crime in Albuquerque.

But she says thieves still took off with her U-Haul containing nearly $7,000 worth of beans.

The company is based in Anthony, New Mexico, outside of El Paso, Texas.

Armed Wildlife Official Prompts Lockdown at Utah High School

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) – Authorities say an armed Utah wildlife official who was called to put down an injured deer prompted a lockdown at a nearby high school.

The Deseret News reports Wasatch High School in Heber City was placed on lockdown one morning after a student spotted a man with a rifle near the campus.

Heber City police and the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office investigated, learning the man was an employee of the state Division of Wildlife Resources.

The state agency says the employee had notified county dispatch, but he did not say he would be outside his vehicle with a gun.

The agency says it is reviewing its policies and regrets any distress the incident might have caused.

Sheriff’s Officer Corrals Donkey On Interstate Near Chicago

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) – It wasn’t a routine day for a sheriff’s officer after she spotted a donkey meandering along Interstate 90 near Chicago.

Video from a body camera taken shows the bewildered Cook County officer radioing: “There’s a donkey in the middle of I-90.”

The officer then ordered the donkey to “come here, sweetie.”

She asked a motorist to stand with the donkey while she could figure out what to do.

The officer also asked the donkey where it was from. It turns out the animal’s name was Dusty, and she was eventually returned to her owner.