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Zoo escapee hit by car

A bighorn sheep escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo at Griffith Park on Saturday and dashed around the hills in the park for hours before it ended up on a residential street where it was struck by a car and died, a zoo spokeswoman said. The sheep got free from its enclosure and darted through an area where visitors were gathered. It escaped the zoo, probably by jumping a fence, and scampered around the hills of the park, zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said. The animal was struck by a car on a residential street near the Greek Theatre, she said. The concert venue is about 3.2km southwest of the zoo. Veterinarians and animal care staff set up a perimeter around the sheep and tranquilized it. The animal died a short time later, Spurlock said, and it appears the sheep succumbed to injuries from being hit by the car but a necropsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death. The car’s driver did not stop after hitting the bighorn.


Kitty traveler’s home found

An Albuquerque cat owner can sleep easier now that the kitten that went missing last month will be home for the holidays, despite a mysterious 3,701km side trip to Maine. Patsy Murphy, who runs an animal refuge center in Westbrook, Maine, said the kitten was brought to her shelter on Nov. 11 by a man who found it in a duffel bag while unloading furniture at a Catholic charity. The kitten was found inside the bag with food and kitty litter. Murphy said Maine resident Bob Watterson brought the kitten home on Nov. 5, and cared for it for six days before he turned it over to the animal refuge, which found a microchip in the cat that could identify it. Murphy was shocked when the cat was traced back to New Mexico, and it remained unknown exactly how the cat made its way to Maine. “We immediately contacted the owner to begin working on returning her the kitten,” Murphy said, adding that a Maine businessman offered to pay the cat’s transportation cost home. She said the cat would be sent home after it is treated for a respiratory infection, likely in about a week’s time.


Chestnut wins turkey eat

Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird. Ten contestants vied to see who could eat the most of a 9kg turkey in a competition on Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket. Chestnut ate 4.24kg of meat off the bone in 10 minutes. According to Major League Eating, he bested the previous record, which was held by Sonya Thomas, who ate 2.38kg of turkey in November 2011. Chestnut, a San Jose, California, resident who turns 31 tomorrow, is ranked the top competitive eater in the world. Chestnut took home a US$5,000 check.


Sea lion deaths probed

Authorities are investigating the deaths of about 500 sea lions whose rotting corpses were found on a northern beach. Environmental police on Sunday told the official Andina news agency that the decomposing bodies of adult and juvenile sea lions were found on a beach in Santa Province about 400km north of Lima. Police are investigating a complaint from the governor of Samanco district, who said the sea mammals had been poisoned by marine farmers and fishermen who harvest shellfish. City workers hauled away the corpses, which risked posing a health hazard.

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