Saturday, February 27, 2016

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Indian Elephant Goes On The Rampage During Holy Festival, Smashing Vehicles In Its Path; Belligerent Bird Brings Traffic Chaos To Prague; And Pony Dressed Up As Mythical Unicorn Leads California Highway Patrol Officers On A Nearly Four-Hour Chase Outside Of Fresno?! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Pick-up van: A religious festival went awry when an elephant began picking up vehicles and smashing them. Devidasan was
taking part in a festival at the Bhagavathi Temple in Kerala on Thursday

February 27, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Indian elephant goes on the rampage during holy festival smashing vehicles in its path

A religious festival went awry when an elephant began picking up vehicles and smashing them.

The great creature, named Devidasan, was taking part in a festival at the Bhagavathi Temple in the south Indian state of Kerala on Thursday.

However he proved to be at the end of the tether when he started destroying vehicles in his path.

He picked up a motorbike with his trunk before proving his herculean strength by grabbing an auto-rickshaw as though it were a toy and smashing it on the ground.


Violent: However he proved to be at the end of the tether when he started destroying vehicles in his path including a motorbike

Powerful: The elephant proved his herculean strength by grabbing an auto-rickshaw as though it were a toy and smashing it on the ground

Devidasan then turned his violence on a nearby pick-up van, throwing it into the air three times before overturning it on its side.

Two mahouts (people who work with elephants) were on the back of the animal throughout the ordeal trying to control him.It took several hours to finally bring the beast under control.

Nobody was injured.


WATCH: Elephant goes on a rampage in India.




The Bhagavathi Temple is one of the most ancient temples in India as well as one of the richest.

A four day festival is held there every year around January-February time.

The Thalappoli festival features a big music-filled procession headed by richly caparisoned elephants such as Devidasan. - Daily Mail.


Belligerent bird brings traffic chaos to Prague

Rush-hour tailbacks are frustrating for motorists at the best of times, so when a stubborn swan decided to hold up traffic on a Prague bridge, you can imagine that commuters got pretty narky.

Local police arrived on the scene where the graceful bird had decided to park itself – right in the middle of the road, stopping oncoming cars in their tracks and causing significant delays.


WATCH: Swan disrupts traffic in Prague, refuses to move.




However, law enforcement officers appeared to be making an even bigger production of things than the swan itself, as a video shows them furiously taking notes while apparently conferring about the best course of action.

There was also a police car and van on hand for backup.

All the while, the snooty swan remained defiant and unmoved, not in the least bit intimidated by the prospect of the parking ticket imminently coming its way.

When it comes to traffic disruption, swans have style. This one put on a decent show while blocking cars on Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin.


WATCH: Swan holds up traffic on the Samuel Beckett Bridge.




Yet these avian menaces couldn’t quite capture our hearts in the same way as a sloth in Ecuador that recently became a social media star after being snapped clinging to a crash barrier in the middle of a highway. - RT.


Pony dressed up as mythical unicorn leads California Highway Patrol officers on a nearly four-hour chase outside of Fresno

It was like a crossover between ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Cops’ after a unicorn escaped ‒ twice ‒ from a fairy-tale photo shoot. A horned pony led California Highway Patrol officers on a nearly four-hour chase outside of Fresno. Juliet, a regular old Shetland pony, was dressed up as the mythical forest creature during a children’s photo shoot in Madera Ranchos, when she got fed up and busted loose Thursday afternoon.

The 500 or 600-lbs. grey darted away from her child handler around 2:30 pm, but was quickly recaptured.

Juliet wasn’t ready to finish her romp around town, however, escaping from another kid three hours later. This time, she wasn’t so easy to catch, running out “onto the roadways,” Madera CHP spokesman Officer Joshua McConnell told KTVU.

Police were alerted by drivers calling about a "unicorn-like" creature galloping down the road.

"Initially [the dispatcher] thought it might be somebody out there on drugs, seeing things," McConnell told the Los Angeles Times. "It was a little unreal to hear calls of a unicorn running around on the roadway."

Juliet hoofed it through town in her horn and pink bridle.











“She went through 13 orchards and five miles,” Sandra Boos, the photographer who owns Juliet, told BuzzFeed. “It was crazy. The sun started going down and it started getting dark.”

Because of the pony’s white coloring, Boos was worried for the equine’s safety, and called the highway patrol.

“She’s all white and she’s small which made finding her difficult,” Boos said. “The highway patrol called in a helicopter and they actually used infrared heat to find her.”

Juliet was “finally located in an orchard by the CHP H40 helicopter, using the heat seeking FLIR radar," McConnell told KTVU.

The community came together to help rescue the wayward unicorn.

“We had people stopping traffic,” Boos said. “And people came out from a horse rescue.”

After her friend Renee helped corral Juliet, a highway patrolman radioed, “Please be advised the unicorn is in custody,” Boos said.

She has owned the frisky pony ‒ a gift to her 5-year old daughter Tatum ‒ for about a year.

The unicorn-induced mayhem had its scary moments.

"No injuries were reported but there were several near-misses [by cars]. The pony was just lucky. It was returned to its owner unharmed and was secured. No citations were issued in this case, but had the pony been hit by a car ‒ it would have been a different story. The business or owner providing the pony would have been financially liable for all injuries, property damages and other costs, which could have been significant," McConnell said.

"Children should not be tasked with restraining any animal near roadways, especially the large ones," he added.While Tatum was happy to hear that Juliet was found safely, it turns out that the “naughty unicorn” was really just the devil in disguise. - RT.




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