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Police Arrest Man With 51 Live Turtles In His Pants
A Canadian man plead guilty in Michigan federal court earlier this week after being tried for smuggling dozens of live turtles across the US-Canadian border - in his pants. Kai Xu, a 27-year-old University of Waterloo student, was stopped by the Canada Border Services Agency as he attempted to make his way into Ontario last August. According to court documents, Xu was stopped when an active officer "noticed irregularly shaped bulges under Xu’s sweatpants on both his legs." It was then when authorities found 41 live snapping turtles strapped to his legs and an extra 10 secured between his thighs. (Which is a little too close for comfort, if you ask me.) Among the 51 turtles confiscated, the agency was able to find several North American varieties, including eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders, and diamondback terrapins - many of which sell for as much as $800 each. Allegedly, Xu would routinely order these turtles online, ship them to America, cross the border to pick them up, and then ship them within Canada and overseas to China. As it's currently illegal to export wildlife from the United States, Xu could serve up to 10 years in prison for his crime. The turtles remain in government possession, and so far, reports have yet to detail what will happen to them next. I, however, hope that they are inspired by the fight for justice and dedicate the rest of their lives to taking down bad guys with impressive ninja-like agility. (Yes, all 51 of them.) What do you guys think? Does Xu deserve 10 years in prison? Do the turtles deserve a group trip to Disney World? Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to follow my WTF Street Journal collection for some more really weird stuff.
Lizard Rescued From Child's Salad.
It seems like one of the biggest lunchtime nightmares. You've taken your wrapped salad out of the refrigerator, sit down to eat it, and find a three-inch lizard, frozen stiff upon the bed of lettuce. Most would probably scream, flip their salad over, and hunt down someone bigger and stronger to help them deal with it. However, when this exact scenario happened to Faye Mabon, a kindergartner at Riverside Elementary School, something very different occurred. She saved its life! Meet Green Fruit Loop, the official pet and mascot of Riverside Elementary teacher Mark Eastburn's science class. When Faye found the lizard, she alerted the science teacher, who then found that the lizard wasn't dead at all, but simply appearing lifeless from the refrigerator's extreme cold. Mark identified Green Fruit Loop as a baby Carolina anole lizard, a species native to the Northeast that has the ability to camouflage into its environment, which is how he speculates is how the lizard was able to sneak into the food undetected. Now sufficiently incubated and back to full health, Green Fruit Loop gets plenty of attention from Riverside Elementary students AND faculty. Mark was also able to create a whole lesson around the lizard - as the Carolina anole was the very first reptile to have its DNA genome sequenced. So the next time you see a creepy-crawly somewhere unexpected, don't be scared. Just scoop it up and find a way to donate it... FOR SCIENCE!!! So would you have thought to rescue the lizard, or would you get rid of it as fast as possible? Let me know in the comments below, and for more strange science news, follow my Weird Science collection!
Top 10 times animals stole the show on the PGA golf tour
Sometimes, animals just want to steal the spotlight, and that's just what happened many times during the PGA tour. It's time to meet the animals stealing the show at the PGA Tour! #10 Bees swarm in New Orleans Nothing like a great swarm of bees to make even the toughest golfers duck for cover. As the commentators said, "You just don't see that everyday." Very true, very true. #9 Duck wants the ball When a duck wants the ball, it's going to get the ball. Unless you have a trusty golf caddy to scatter granola to lure it away from the ball. 10 points to the golf caddy. #8 Iguana alert! At the Puerto Rican Open, a large iguana (those animals are huge) took interest in the golf ball for a few seconds and then decides it isn't worth his time. #7 Hawk vs. Microphone In the hawk's mind: if it looks like a mouse and feels like a mouse, it has to be a mouse, right? Well, unfortunately for the hawk, humans have created large furry microphones that have a very similar appearance to mice. The microphones probably don't taste quite as delicious to the hawk. #6 Alligator stroll When you play golf for a while, you get to know the animals that enjoy disrupting the game. This is one of those animals that is a regular at New Orleans games. They call him "Tripod" because he is missing part of his front leg. Here in this picture, golfer Davis Love III is trying to take a picture of Tripod with his phone. I guess there are celebrities in all species. #5 Diving turtle Apparently this turtle became bored with the golf game and decided to start doing a different sport: diving! He teeters on the ledge of this bridge and then makes a plunging dive to the stream below. Unfortunately, he made a little too much of a splash for a winning dive. #4 When a turtle's got to go, a turtle's going to go Yet, another turtle encounter made the list. This one was less than thrilled about being picked up and removed from the course, so it let a stream of pee out while it was being carried away. That's one way to show you're upset with the situation. #3 "Nope, it's my ball now." When a ball falls into enemy territory, the golfer may never get it back. This is what happened at RBC Heritage when a ball fell down towards a pond and an alligator decided it was his ball to keep. The caddy pushed the alligator back into the pond, but the ball was not returned. #2 Tiger Woods and Sammy, the Squirrel At the 2013 Presidents Cup, Lindsey Von (Tiger Woods' girlfriend at the time) decides Tiger needs a visit from Sammy, the Squirrel. Nothing like a little playful distraction on the golf course. #1 Seagull wants a souvenir ball During the 1998 Players Championship, an interested seagull decided it wanted a souvenir ball to take home. It pushes and picks up Steve Lowery's ball and then finally gets a good grip on the ball in its mouth and takes flight. Unfortunately for the seagull, the ball dropped out of his mouth right as he was passing over the pond. Better luck next time! Watch this video to see all of the moments from start to finish. To meet more animals taking over the Internet, check out the "Internet famous animals" collection!