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LOVE-ON-WHEELS: Arava the disabled turtle is using her new set of wheels to get around in more ways than one.


Officials at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo say the 10-year-old spurred tortoise has begun mating since being fitted with a custom skateboard to overcome paralysis of her hind legs.

The 25kg turtle is unable to move herself forward with her front legs alone. So the zoo’s staff built her a metal board with two wheels that can be strapped to her stomach.

Arava arrived in Jerusalem a few months ago from a petting zoo in southern Israel with the unexplained handicap, and found no reptile romance.

Zoo curator Shmulik Yedvad says it’s not that Arava has come out of her shell with her unique new wheelchair, but that a particularly amorous 10-year-old male has been after her. –– Reuters.

OOPS!: A Kentucky sheriff drove 6 600 kilometres to California to pick up a fugitive, then realized when he got back he had the wrong guy.

Sheriff Joe Gaddie and a deputy took the trip to find a man named Joe Orus, who was wanted on charges of fleeing and evading police and drunken driving.

A man named Joe Orus was awaiting release from a jail in Tehachapi, California, when a check showed an outstanding warrant in Kentucky. Officials notified Gaddie, who came and got him.

It turned out to be a case of stolen identity. Gaddie says a check of mugshots and fingerprints showed the man wanted in Kentucky had stolen Joe Orus’ identity.

After finding the mistake, Butler County officials paid for Orus to fly back to California. Meanwhile, the real suspect they were searching for is still on the run. –– Reuters.

CRASH-FINE: A motorist was given a £50 ticket for bad parking when her car was shunted into a tree by another driver.

Joanne Billington was fined by an overzealous traffic warden after her Ford Ka, which she’d left parked, was hit by another driver.

“I was absolutely devastated,” the 27-year-old said. “I just couldn’t believe what had happened.”

“It was obvious the car had been crashed into but I still got a fine. It’s unbelievable that the attendant had the gall to issue one.”

Amazingly, despite the front end of the car being in the bushes, the traffic warden claimed he thought it had been parked that way.

An Oldham Council spokesman said the penalty had since been written off. “At the time of the incident the attendant did not know that the vehicle had been forced out of the bay,” he said. –– Ananova.

‘ALL UGLY LADIES’: Life can get a little lonely for bachelors in the Australian Outback mining town of Mount Isa. So the mayor has offered up a solution: recruit ugly women.

Mayor John Molony found himself under attack over comments he made to a local newspaper that read: “May I suggest if there are five blokes to every girl, we should find out where there are beauty-disadvantaged women and ask them to proceed to Mount Isa.”

The mayor added that many women who already live in the remote Queensland state town seem quite happy. “Quite often you will see walking down the street a lass who is not so attractive with a wide smile on her face,” he continued.

“Whether it is recollection of something previous or anticipation for the next evening, there is a degree of happiness.”

The quotes, published in the Townsville Bulletin, sparked outrage among the town’s female population, and led to furious online debates.

Several local women said there aren’t a lot of gems to be found among Mount Isa’s men, either. “We’ve got a saying up here that the odds are good, but the goods are odd,” 27-year-old Anna Warrick told The Brisbane Times. –– AP.


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