The Odd Side – April 21, 2015

Police: Woman Blames Coffee-Drinking Parrot for Car Crash

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – State police say a woman blames her coffee-drinking pet parrot for distracting her moments before she crashed her car into a guardrail in Pennsylvania.

Troopers from Uniontown say the woman was driving on a South Union Township road just when she noticed the bird pecking at the lid of her coffee cup. The woman says she struck the guardrail when she glanced down to see what the bird was doing.

The woman told police that the bird likes to drink coffee — and they also found bird seed in a cup holder next to the coffee and a few feathers nearby.

Police say the woman broke her arm and had facial cuts because her air bag deployed.

The bird was safely removed from the vehicle.

Buffalo Herd Roams Arkansas City Neighborhoods

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – Two buffaloes are on the run in a central Arkansas city after authorities failed to round up all of an escaped herd.

Hot Springs Cpl. Sonia Luzader said that police know the general location of the 2,000-pound animals but that no sightings were reported overnight.

Six buffaloes escaped from a farm and spent the day roaming neighborhoods and avoiding sheriff’s deputies, officers and volunteers.

One animal was hit by a car and returned to the farm. Luzader says three that were tranquilized were left in a pasture to help attract the others.

No human injuries were reported in the city of 35,000 people, known as former President Bill Clinton’s boyhood home.

Hot Springs is a popular tourist spot with natural hot springs, a national park and horse track.

Chimp Turns Drone-Buster In Dutch Burgers’ Zoo

ARNHEM, Netherlands (AP) – Beware! Chimp Tooshi at the Dutch Burgers’ Zoo is a real drone-buster.

When the zoo sent a drone over the chimpanzee enclosure for a better look at how their 14 apes live, the response was swift.

With the unfamiliar intruder coming close to them, the 23-year-old female chimp waited in a tree, gritted her teeth and with two whacks from a long branch, downed the drone. No sweat.

Zoo spokesman Bas Lukkenaar said on Tuesday that “we can write the drone off. It cost about 2,000 euros ($2,100). Then again, it doesn’t surprise that she did this. She is very handy with sticks.”

With the camera still rolling on the ground Friday after the deadly strike, the zoo got some close-up footage anyway — of chimps coming to inspect their kill.

Trucker Who Can’t Pay Portion of $17,000 Fine on Overweight Rig Ends Up Jailed for 4 Days

canonsburg, Pa. (AP) – A Florida truck driver has been jailed for four days in Pennsylvania for not being able to pay a portion of the $17,000 fine he got for driving an overweight rig.

Francisco Amarales-Amarales, of Hialeah, was arrested Saturday after police saw him drive his 40-ton rig onto a narrow road with a 10-ton limit.

Police believe he mistook Alpine Street in Canonsburg for Alpine Drive, a rural road in Cecil Township.

A district judge refused to release Amarales-Amarales unless he posted $10,000 to secure his appearance at a Wednesday hearing on the fine.

Police say the whole thing might have been avoided if the trucker had had a better GPS device. .

Manufacturing Firm Seeks to Build World’s Largest Surfboard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island engineering technology and manufacturing company has set out to build the world’s largest surfboard.

WPRO-AM reports Bristol-based mouldCAM is building the board for the Visit Huntington Beach campaign in California, which hopes to break the world record for the most people to catch a wave on a surfboard.

mouldCAM says the board will be 42 feet long by 11 feet wide and will hold 62 people. The board will be sent to California to be painted and finished before heading to Huntington Beach.

Project manager Bob Steel says an aerospace engineer is working with the project to make sure the weight distribution is correct on the day of the ride in mid-June. Sixty-two people must stand on the board for 10 seconds to break the record.

Man Kills Armadillo, But Ricochet Gunshot Hits Mother-in-Law

LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) – Authorities say a south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputies tell media station WALB that 54-year-old Larry McElroy fired his 9 mm pistol at the armadillo.

Deputies say the bullet killed the armadillo, but bounced off the animal, hit a fence, traveled through the back door of the mother-in-law’s mobile home and the recliner in which she was sitting, striking her in the back.

McElroy’s 74-year-old mother-in-law, Carol Johnson, suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening. Lee County sheriff’s investigator Bill Smith said she was walking around and talking afterward.

Lee County Sherriff’s deputies say McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home when he shot the armadillo.