Odd Side – November 13, 2018

Surprise: Large Alligator Found in Kansas City Apartment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri landlord stumbled upon an unwanted house guest while evicting a tenant: a large alligator in a tub.

The tenant described the 150-pound reptile as “gentle as a puppy” after animal control workers were called to the Kansas City home on Wednesday. The workers also found two boa constrictors and a rabbit.

The Kansas City Star reports a specialist removed the alligator, which was at least 6 feet (1.8 meters) long. No one was injured.

The tenant, Sean Casey, said he’d owned the alligator for four years and named it Catfish. He called the reptile “a big cuddly lizard.”

A spokesman for the city’s Neighborhood and Housing Services Department says Kansas City doesn’t allow homeowners to have alligators.

Catfish will be temporarily housed at the Monkey Island Rescue and Sanctuary in nearby Greenwood. The snakes and rabbit were taken to an animal shelter.

No Voters Showed Up to This Polling Place on Election Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island elections officials say one polling place in Providence did not see a single voter during the midterm elections last week.

Miguel Nunez, deputy director at the state elections board, told The Providence Journal that Precinct 2807 has just 11 registered voters. None of them showed Tuesday.

The precinct is near the Statehouse, state offices and a national memorial and contains few residences.

Those registered voters have shown up for elections before. Four people voted at the site in the 2016 presidential election, three for Hillary Clinton and one for Donald Trump. No one voted in the precinct in the 2014 midterm elections.

For Mom: Man Pays Fine on Library Book 84 Years Overdue

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A man who returned his mom’s very overdue library book is paying her fine, even though he didn’t have to.

The Shreveport Times reports Shreveport resident Robert Stroud came across a copy of a book by Edgar Lee Masters in his late mother’s things.

She’d checked it out from the Shreve Memorial Library in 1934.

Stroud initially dropped off the book without leaving his name. But then the story of the long-overdue book went viral when the library posted about it. They waived their maximum fine of $3.

Stroud and his family have decided to donate $1,542.65 to the library in honor of his mother. They presented the check to the library on Thursday.

According to the 1934 library rules listed inside the book, patrons would be charged 5 cents per day for every day books are late. That amounts to just over $1,500.

“My brother and sisters determined (paying the fine) would be a befitting honor to my mom, and we also have an aunt who’s a librarian,” Stroud said.

Stroud said his mother, who was 11 years old when she checked out the book, loved literature and poetry.

“My mom had a great sense of humor,” he said. “I think she would see a lot of levity in this.”

Shreve Memorial Library Executive Director John Tuggle joked that this story might become a lesson to others.

“What I’m going to use it for is to remind all of our patrons that it’s never, ever too late to return an overdue book,” he said.

Injured Turtle Sheds Lego Wheelchair For 6-Month Dormancy

BALTIMORE (AP) — A wild turtle who came to the Maryland Zoo with a broken shell has traded his wheelchair made of Legos for a pile of mulch.

WMAR reports that it’s time for the grapefruit-sized eastern box turtle to get ready for winter brumation, a period similar to hibernation during which reptiles become dormant to conserve energy.

The turtle was found in July with fractures to the underside of his shell. After surgery, he was fitted with a custom wheelchair to keep his shell off the ground and enable his legs to move.

The Maryland Zoo posted a video showing staff removing his wheelchair to make it easier for him to burrow down for the next six months. The zoo built a large outdoor brumation habitat mimicking his natural habitat.