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When Judy gets wild, she cleans the toilet

Published January 18, 2007


Judy is a chimpanzee at the Little Rock Zoo, and apparently, she doesn't think much of the condition that the humans around her keep. On Tuesday, when a zookeeper opened the door to her enclosure, she got out and went to an attached kitchen and bathroom area. The keepers tried to lure her back, but Judy knew where the goods were and broke into the fridge for snacks. Then she went into the bathroom and started cleaning the toilet. "Her technique was good enough to make me think she must have done it before," said Ann Rademacher. Eventually, Judy got distracted, and they injected her with a sedative. She got a loaf of raisin bread out of the freezer, crawled on top and fell asleep. Then the keepers got her back into the cage.

When Teresa gets wild, she's a mom

Teresa is a chimpanzee at Chimp Haven in Shreveport, La., and boy does she have a story. Seems she had a baby girl last week. The reason it is interesting is because the seven males who live in the group with Teresa have all had vasectomies. "We were all just a little bit surprised when we heard the news," said spokeswoman Linda Brent. They plan to find out just who the daddy is: Hair samples have been taken and there will be paternity testing. When it is determined whose procedure didn't exactly take, he'll be getting another one. Chimp Haven is a sanctuary for primates who had been used in research, but are retired.

Eventually, they got diamond back

Simon Hooper of Blandford, England, swore he didn't steal a diamond ring. He was shopping for one for his girlfriend, and jeweler Fred Burgess was showing him a nice $3,500 princess cut, according to the London Telegraph. Burgess turned his back for a minute, and the ring disappeared. Hooper said he had given it back to Burgess, but Burgess knew that wasn't true. Hooper emptied his pockets, turning up nothing, so Burgess assumed he must have swallowed it. The police came and ran a metal detector over his stomach, establishing probable cause. Then they X-rayed him and determined there was, in fact, a ring in there. Then, they waited ... three days ... to, well, recover it. Burgess says he can't possibly sell it at regular price now that he knows where it has been. He polished it up, carefully, and sold it at a deep discount.

Don't take your stash to court

Raphael Rashad Bolden, appeared in Athens, Ga., Municipal Court on Thursday on charges of receiving stolen property. No one had specifically told him not to bring a bag of marijuana. The Decatur Daily News reports that he first seemed to realize there was a potential problem when he was about to be searched. Officer Tom Allen noticed Bolden trying to shove something in his mouth. "The bag was more than he could swallow," police Capt. Marty Bruce said. "I don't know what he was thinking." Bolden was sentenced to 13 days in jail on the stolen property charge. While he serves that, they'll figure out what to do about the possession charge.


[Last modified January 18, 2007, 00:49:47]

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