Turkey smashes into Texas courthouse window
LUBBOCK, Texas – Turns out there was no need for window dressing after all. The confused wild turkey that smashed into a window at the Lubbock county courthouse Monday was laid out for a while, but eventually was able to fly away. It left a turkey-shaped hole in the glass but otherwise caused no major damage.
“They kind of get confused when they get around those mirrored windows,” said Mel Reed, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which was summoned to help. “They don’t understand.”
The bird, one of a rafter of turkeys seen flying near downtown, dropped to the ground after the crash and stayed in the bushes but did not go inside the building.
Members of the courthouse maintenance staff tried to get the turkey in a box, but the bird fluttered across a main downtown street, where it was subsequently captured.
High gas prices drive farmer to switch to mules
MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. – High gas prices have driven a Warren County farmer and his sons to hitch a tractor rake to a pair of mules to gather hay from their fields. T.R. Raymond bought Dolly and Molly at the Dixon mule sale last year. Son Danny Raymond trained them and also modified the tractor rake so the mules could pull it.
T.R. Raymond said the mules are slower than a petroleum-powered tractor, but there are benefits.
“This fuel’s so high, you can’t afford it,” he said. “We can feed these mules cheaper than we can buy fuel. That’s the truth.”
Danny Raymond said he just likes using the mules around the farm. “We’ve been using them quite a bit,” he said.
Brother Robert Raymond added, “It’s the way of the future.”
Mexican donkey freed from jail after assault
TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – A Mexican donkey has been freed from jail after doing time for assault and battery. “Blacky” spent three days in a jail that normally holds people for public drunkenness and other disturbances.
Blacky was jailed for biting and kicking two men near a ranch outside Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas state. Officials freed the donkey after its owner paid a fine of $36 and the $115 hospital bill of the men, who suffered bites to the chest and a broken ankle. Authorities say the owner must also pay $480 to each man for missed workdays.
Dad wrestles with deer after it crashes into salon
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – A disoriented deer smashed his way into a suburban hair salon, and a customer wrestled with the animal to keep it from ramming into his 11-year-old son or other youngsters.
“I’m a father. I wasn’t going to let anything happen to those kids,” Randy Goepfert said after Tuesday’s confrontation.
Three hairdressers and several parents and children were in the Holiday Hair salon at a strip mall in this Philadelphia suburb when the whitetail buck crashed through the glass door.
The deer “was charging right at my son, so I decked him,” Goepfert said. He grabbed the buck by the neck and slammed it to the floor, then climbed on top and began choking it, hoping to keep the animal at bay until authorities arrived.
But the deer broke loose. Goepfert finally chased it into a back room and barricaded the door with chairs.
Police and a state Game Commission officer later tranquilized the deer, but it had a broken jaw and cuts on its neck and had to be euthanized, officials said.