Odd Side – November 20, 2018

Causing an Uproar: Lion-Car Combo the Latest in Selfie Fad

PARIS (AP) — When Paris police officers found a lion cub in a Lamborghini during a traffic stop, they exposed the tip of what animal campaigners say is a bizarre and disturbing new trend: People buying or renting cubs to take selfie photos of themselves with a baby big cat.

The male cub is less than two months old and likely would have died of poor care had police not stopped the car on the Champs-Elysees and rescued the cat, according to 30 Million Friends, the French animal protection NGO now caring for it.

“There are hundreds of babies going around like this illegally,” the group’s president, Reha Hutin, said in an Associated Press interview Wednesday. “You can buy a cub for less than a dog. It costs 300 euros (340 dollars) and so they buy them off circuses.”

Wealthy people in the Gulf pose with baby cubs and “take photographs of themselves in the car,” she said. “Once they grow up they’re just thrown out.”

The Lamborghini cub is basically fine, although a health check by a vet found that it was in a weakened state, has a problem with one of its back paws and a broken tail, 30 Million Friends said.

The cub is now in quarantine in a big cat wildlife park east of Paris and will later join the two cubs recovered by 30 Million Friends in October. “We have this plan to regroup them and really have a family,” Hutin said. “We’ll sort of have this little group of six babies, Parisian babies.”

Breckenridge, Colorado, Removing Divisive Giant Wooden Troll

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The town of Breckenridge in central Colorado is removing an art piece of a troll that has become a tourist attraction but also rankled nearby residents.

The Summit Daily News reports that town employees started removing the 15-foot (4.5-meter) wood troll in the ski resort town Thursday.

The Town Council cited public safety concerns in its Tuesday decision to get rid of the artwork that Danish artist Thomas Dambo built for a summer arts festival that ended in August.

The original plan was to leave the troll in place as long it could withstand the elements and wasn’t vandalized.

However, throngs of troll-seekers have caused numerous problems for some nearby homeowners, who have complained about illegal parking, littering and a loss of privacy, among other issues.

National Grid to Use ‘Noise Cannon’ to Scare Away Crows

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — After all else failed, National Grid is bringing in a cannon to scare away the hundreds of crows that have been hanging around an electrical substation in Massachusetts.

Don’t worry, no birds will be hurt. The utility says the propane cannon being fired off in North Adams this week doesn’t shoot projectiles, just makes a lot of noise that annoys the crows.

The utility said Monday it wants to get rid of the birds because there is a potential for a power loss if a crow lands on the wrong piece of equipment, and their droppings are corrosive.

National Grid says the cannon will be fired off between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. starting Tuesday and will keep going until Saturday.

Police have warned area residents.