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BEAR-CHASING-POODLE: A seven kg cocker spaniel-poodle mix named Pawlee scared off a mother bear and her two cubs after they strayed into his owners’ back yard.


Whether his bark was worse than his bite, Pawlee’s tactic worked just fine. These three bears got the hint and took off.

“We had just let him out for the morning and he ran into the yard and started barking his head off,” owner Fran Osiason said.

Osiason said her 9-year-old son, Jacob, went outside to see what the commotion was about and came running back in to report there were bears in the yard.

She was worried that the mother would come after Pawlee to protect her cubs, but the pugnacious pup, just 8 months old, had other plans.

His barking drove the two cubs up a tree, and they eventually climbed down and hopped over a fence with their mother and retreated into the woods.

Osiason said she marveled at his fearlessness.

“He’s a little fur ball,” she said. –– AP.

‘SEXIST’-PARKING: A Croatian shopping centre has introduced special parking spaces for women drivers. But the move has not gone down well as female motorists resent the implication that they need the extra wide bays, while men resent the fact women are getting special treatment.

The bays, in the busy Emmezeta centre in Zagreb, were meant to make parking easier for female customers.

Decorated with pink flowers, the prime spots are wider, further apart, better lit and easier to get in and out of than ordinary spaces.

“Do they think we’re disabled or something?” fumed one woman shopper.

“It’s just old fashioned sexist nonsense to suggest that a woman can’t park every bit as well as a man –– if not better.”

Male customer Ivo Markovcic complained: “Why should women get special spaces? You can understand disabled spaces and parking bays for people with children.

“But women should just learn how to drive properly.”

Now shopping centre bosses have apologised for hurting their customers’ feelings.

“We didn’t mean any offence. Most of our customers are ladies and we just wanted to make their lives easier,” said managing director Slobodan Skolnik. –– Ananova.

RAMSHACKLE: A Brazilian woman says car thieves left her money instead of taking her car when they realised its poor condition. Flavia Alcantara, had left a note on the windscreen warning thieves that the car was not worth stealing.

Her note read: “Mr Robber, please do not steal this car. It has no batteries, no spare tyre. It is in bad shape. Thank you for your attention.”

Alcantara says someone later tried to steal the car but ended up leaving it –– along with a one banknote, worth the equivalent of 40p.

“The robber must have felt sorry for me,” she told Terra Noticias Populares.

“I put the note to attract the robbers’ attention. I wanted to stop them taking a car which wasn’t worth stealing anyway.” –– Ananova.

OFFICE-FROLIC: Two British council workers are in hot water after apparently having sex in their office –– oblivious to being watched by a crowd of 20 people.

The steamy session, up against a window on the first floor, lasted 20 minutes. But the couple were unaware that passers-by outside were being treated to an x-rated display through the frosted glass.

According to the Daily Mirror, the pair’s romp was finally broken up by two police officers who had also joined the crowd.

One witness told the paper: “They couldn’t see or hear us and just carried on regardless as we all cheered”. –– Ananova.

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