People do dumb things.
A Pennsylvania man trying to scare away opossums by setting a fire has destroyed his house. The row house blaze in Lancaster began when a man used butane to light a pile of leaves in his backyard. The man apparently hoped the smoke would help rid him of the marsupials, which are known for playing dead.
A city fire marshal says the fire got out of control and spread to the home, which was built of wood.
The building was condemned. Three people were displaced as a result of the fire, which did $50,000 in damage. A firefighter required hospital treatment for a shoulder injury.
Officials say the man had problems with bees also.
Baaaaaad boy, baaaaaaad boys whatcha gonna do....
It was a four-legged kidnapping under the cover of darkness at a Minnesota park.
Police say two St. Paul officers were patrolling Indian Mounds Park about 1 a.m. Friday when their squad car was nearly struck by a speeding SUV which had blown through a stop sign. The officers gave chase and when they stopped the vehicle after 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) they were surprised to find a frightened goat in the cargo area behind the backseat.
Police spokesman Steve Linders says the stolen goat, Gordy, was one of 30 that had been situated in the park earlier in the week to eat invasive weeds.
"One day your job is to reduce invasive weeds and get rid of unwanted vegetation and the next you're on a high speed chase. Pretty frightening," Linders said, adding that the goat did not appear to be harmed.
The driver and three passengers in the SUV jumped out and started running after the SUV stopped, Linders said. Officers caught two of the four people. Two 29-year-old men are being held on a possible charge of gross misdemeanor theft, according to police.
The goat thieves knocked down part of the enclosure that keeps the animals contained in the park, so after Gordy was taken, the others went for a stroll, according to Linders. They didn't make it out of the park and were herded back to the enclosure.
As for Gordy? Linders said he's back on the job eradicating weeds.
Komodo dragon bites Singaporean tourist in Indonesia
A Komodo dragon has bitten an overly inquisitive tourist in Indonesia who ignored warnings about getting too close to the enormous reptile while it was eating, a national park official said.
The tourist from Singapore was bitten on his leg Wednesday morning while taking pictures of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, said the chief of the Komodo National Park, Sudiyono.
Sudiyono said the man was rescued by locals and rushed to a hospital in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, near Komodo Island, for treatment.
Endangered Komodo dragons are found in the wild on several eastern Indonesian islands. They can grow to 3 meters (10 feet) or more in length.
Attacks on humans are rare but may increase as Indonesia is promoting the Komodo National Park as a tourist destination. In 2013, a guide and a park ranger were attacked in separate incidents.
Experts say the Komodo dragon population in the wild is less than 4,000 but stable.
These are the NY city’s most popular dog names
Max and Bella topped the most popular dog names in New York for the second year in a row — but you’ll find a lot of Fluffys in Queens and Tootsies in the Bronx.
The latest dog license records show that 1,358 Bellas, 1,268 Maxes, 868 Charlies, 872 Lolas and 867 Rockys were registered in 2016, rounding out the top five names of 87,031 registered pups in the Big Apple, according to the Health Department.
The agency also drilled down on the most unique canine name by neighborhood.
The unimaginative Fluffy ranked 93 overall in the city but came up No. 1 in Corona.
Meanwhile, Tootsie was fifth-most unique name in Norwood.
The new stats also revealed that New Yorkers find inspiration in foods, spices and other animals when it comes to naming their pooch.
Monikers like Bear, Tiger, Moose, Ginger, Pepper and Olive were among the more popular names — but Cinnamon, Basil, Raven and Goose weren’t far behind.
Bella is now the most popular dog name for the eighth year in a row, while Max topped the list for the 10th consecutive year.
Happy Doggy Day, Interior Department!
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his dog Ragnar, a two-year-old Havanese, in his office May 5, 2017 at the Interior Department in Washington, DC.
The Interior Department on Friday hosted its first Bring Your Dog to Work Day.
And it was just as adorable as you would imagine it to be.
The initiative was started by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who believed bringing dogs to work would help boost morale, according to department spokesman Paul Ross. (Indeed, Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that she'd take any reporters down to Interior for a field trip because "everybody here could use a little stress reliever.")
Zinke met with around 80 employees who brought their dogs to work, including Ross's own poodle, Pax. Everyone had a chance to take a photo with the secretary and his own pup, a Havanese named Ragnar.
Any Interior employee who missed their opportunity to bring their dogs to work doesn't need to worry — another Bring Your Dog to Work Day is set for Sept. 1.
Some on Twitter took the #DoggyDay mania to show off their dogs on public lands and voice support for national monuments. Zinke is set to review more than two dozen national monuments, per an executive order from President Trump, leading to worries that the monument designations may be rescinded.