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Fisherman trawls sex toy

An unexpectedly sexy catch ended up in the net of a fisherman, who said on Friday that he had landed a cod with a dildo in its stomach. Bjoern Frilund, 64, this week found a 5 or 6kg cod in his net while fishing for herring on the west coast and noticed the unusual shape of its stomach when he gutted it. “First two herrings came out, and then I found this rubber thing,” he said. Frilund added that, at a guess, the orange-colored sex toy was “15 or 16cm.” “I knew cods swallow pretty much anything, but I couldn’t expect this,” he said. “The odds of something like this happening are the same as being hit by a meteorite in the head.” Frilund thought the cod had mistaken the dildo, which still had its motor, but had no batteries, for a squid. As for its origin, “maybe a frustrated lady threw it overboard from the Coastal Express,” a tourist ship which cruises along the coast, he said.


Nile walk hits fourth nation

Close calls with crocodiles and a brutal civil war have not deterred a British man from attempting to walk the length of the Nile River. The year-long, 6,840km journey along the world’s longest river is to take the former British Army captain through seven countries. After four months trekking through Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, Levinson Wood is now in South Sudan, a country with little infrastructure, which has been destabilized by months of fighting between pro- and anti-government forces. The 31-year-old Wood said it took three years to plan the walk from Rwanda to Egypt. Wood said he faces many dangers on the walk from people and beast, but added that past explorers did not have the luxury of a satellite telephone or Google maps.


Poaching prompts takeover

The central government says it will oversee the running of the country’s wildlife authority for the next three months in a bid to stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos. Richard Lesiyampe of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources said on Friday that six senior Kenya Wildlife officials have been placed on leave to pave the way for investigations into the wildlife service’s operations. Lesiyampe outlined a raft of changes the organization is to undergo in the coming days. Last month, Richard Leakey, a famed scientist and founding head of Kenya Wildlife Service, alleged that the service had been infiltrated by people enriching themselves from poaching. He urged the government to overhaul management at the service. Poachers have killed 18 rhinos and 51 elephants so far this year.


Chimps plot zoo escape

Seven chimpanzees used an improvised ladder from a tree to scale a wall and briefly escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo on Thursday, a zoo official said. One of the chimps apparently pulled a log or a branch and leaned it against the wall of the enclosure, giving the primates a leg-up to the top, zoo director Randy Wisthoff said. The animals did not have any contact with zoo visitors, as they escaped into an area reserved for zookeepers, he added. There are 12 chimps in total at the zoo, which was closed after the incident. “We had a ringleader,” Wisthoff said. “He got up on the log and got some others to join him.” Using food to entice them, the zookeepers herded the wayward chimps back into an indoor enclosure. The chimps were on the loose for about an hour.

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