Man held over manatee pics
A Florida man who posted photographs on Facebook showing himself hugging a baby manatee was arrested on charges of harassing the endangered sea cow, wildlife officials said on Wednesday. A tipster saw the photos and alerted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which arrested Ryan William Waterman on a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to six months in jail and a US$500 fine. Waterman told television station WPEC that he meant no harm and did not know it was illegal to touch a manatee. The Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act prohibits molesting, harassing or disturbing manatees, which are classified as endangered in Florida and are also protected by federal laws.
Woman, 104, lies about age
Marguerite Joseph can be forgiven for lying about her age on Facebook. The 104-year-old Michigan woman’s granddaughter says Joseph is unable to list her real age on the social media site. Gail Marlow says when she tries to enter her grandmother’s birth year as 1908, Facebook changes it to 1928. So for the past two years, the centenarian has remained 99 — online, anyway. Joseph is legally blind and cannot hear well, but Marlow reads and responds to all of her Facebook messages. A Facebook official did not immediately respond to a message on Wednesday seeking comment.
Bear killed by gamekeepers
A brown bear dubbed Mike has been shot and killed by gamekeepers in a mountainous region in the southeast of the country after several run-ins with locals, officials said on Wednesday. Gamekeepers said Mike, given the name by creators of a Twitter account set up to track him, had increasingly pushed into populated areas and shown no fear of people, presenting a major safety risk. Mike’s adventures, such as breaking into beehives belonging to a school in the town of Poschiavo, were closely monitored after he was fitted with a tracking device in June. Last year, the bear unwittingly led Austrian police to a murder victim when he started a fire by knocking a tree onto a power line. Authorities decided he had to be put down after he broke into a Graubuenden home in November.
Royal penguin rescued
A thirsty and thin royal penguin has been found stranded on a beach more than 1,609km from its sub-Antarctic home. The penguin was found by hikers on Sunday and is now being cared for at the Wellington Zoo. Staff say it remains in a critical condition, emaciated and suffering from kidney failure. However, it has made small improvements each day. The penguin’s arrival has revived memories of another penguin, an emperor nicknamed Happy Feet, that arrived in 2011 and whose recovery at the zoo captured the hearts of many.
UK to hold on to Koh-i-Noor
British Prime Minister David Cameron says a giant diamond his country forced Indians to hand over in the colonial era that was set in a royal crown will not be returned. Speaking on the third and final day of a visit to the nation aimed at drumming up trade and investment, Cameron ruled out handing back the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, now on display in the Tower of London. The diamond had been set in the crown of Queen Elizabeth II’s late mother. One of the world’s largest diamonds, some Indians have demanded its return to atone for Britain’s colonial past.