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A dog with its head in a clay pot. Playing in her back garden, Scarlett chased pebble into a clay pot on its side. When she tried to get it out with her snout, her head became firmly wedged

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Hampshire firefighters rescue a pig that wedged itself down a drain close to the banks of the River Hamble, in Hampshire

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Motor stoat: amotorist spotted the tiny animal on the road as he travelled home from work. He feared he had ran it over, but the following morning, at his home 32 miles away in Ewerby, he saw its little face peeking out of the car grille

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A baby elephant that got trapped in the manhole of a drainage ditch in Rayong province, eastern Thailand. Rescuers spent 3 hours freeing the animal, who was unharmed

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Daisy the dog got stuck on a window ledge and had to be rescued by firefighters, in Chelmsford, Essex

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A six-week-old fox cub, was found by a passer-by, near Richmond, with the brake disc part of a wheel stuck around his neck

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Casper the Cat manages to get his head stuck in a wheel, in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk

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A six-month-old male husky, Keano, accidentally traps his head in a hole in Whitchurch, Hampshire

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A parrot with his head stuck firmly inside a wash ball. Vets were able to free him… eventually

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Unlucky cat, Napoleon, falls 30ft from a window only to get stuck in a car engine, Worthing, West Sussex

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A sparrow, stuck in a watering can, in Wakefield

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A curious cow who got her head stuck in a fly-tipped washing machine drum, St Columb, Cornwall

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A tabby found wandering beside a road in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, with a jar on its head and a mouse millimetres from its nose

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The dog, Moses Chan, who got his head stuck in a cat flap in Hertfordshire

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A cow is airlifted to safety by Cumbria Fire and Rescue services after it jumped over a fence and became stuck between a garage and outer wall, Dalton-in-Furness

The 25 Most Bizarre Travel Insurance Claims Ever

What links a tourist who lost 84 kilograms of Bombay mix on holiday with another who had his camera stolen by a monkey? Both are among the more unusual claims received by travel insurance companies. Times Money has trawled through the files of some of the UK’s biggest insurers to bring you the 25 most bizarre travel insurance claims ever. Here they are…

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1. One thing you don’t expect when you go on holiday is to be harassed by a monkey. One British traveller in Gibraltar, however, was so besieged by the attentions of an over-friendly primate that he asked his insurer to refund the cost of his trip. The insurer refused but did pay out for his camera, which the monkey had run off with one evening.

2. Monkeys also blighted the romantic getaway of a couple in Malaysia, who foolishly left the window to their chalet open during the day. They returned to find their underwear, clothing and belongings strewn across the resort and neighbouring rainforest. Luckily for the clothes-less couple, their insurer paid the claim.

3. One unlucky pensioner managed to lose his false teeth after throwing up over the side of a cruise ship on the choppy seas of the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully for the squeamish septuagenarian, his misplaced dentures were covered in his travel insurance policy under lost baggage, so his claim was paid.

4. Another unfortunate pensioner had to make an even more embarrassing travel claim after a stroll on the deck of a cruise ship went disastrously wrong. The poor gentlemen was chatting with friends when a strong gust of wind lifted his toupee off his head and blew it into the sea. He never got over the shame but at least his travel policy reimbursed the cost of his hairpiece.

5. It is all too easy to lose your sunglasses, or even your passport, on holiday. Less easy, you might think, to misplace 34 large bags of Bombay mix. Yet one holidaymaker claimed he had lost £300-worth of the spicy snack while in Europe. At roughly 89p for a 250g bag, the misplaced mix would have weighed a hefty 84 kilograms. Needless to say, his insurance company turned him down.

6. It is a good idea to keep your wallet secure at all times when you are away, as one careless Briton discovered to his cost in Israel. The holidaymaker accidentally dropped his wallet down a drain in Natanya. However, his claim wasn’t for his lost credit cards or cash. It was for hospital treatment after being stung by a poisonous scorpion while reaching down into the drain to get his possessions back. Thankfully, his travel insurance covered the cost of treatment.

7. A holidaymaker in Spain lost his camera after setting it down beside him on a park bench. The strap, hanging tantalisingly down over the edge of the seat, caught the attention of a passing dog, which grabbed it and ran off with the camera. His insurer paid for a new camera under accidental damage.

8. One family camping in a remote field in Wales had their peace disturbed when a parachutist from a nearby airbase missed his target and scored a direct hit, landing on their tent and destroying their camping equipment. Sadly, the family weren’t covered for accidental damage so their insurer didn’t reimburse them.

9. It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your children are playing on the beach and they think it would be fun to bury your camcorder worth £600. Thankfully, when this happened to a family in Cornwall, their insurer saw the funny side and refunded the cost.

10. Police in a holiday resort in France were on the lookout for a wrinkle-free burglar after a woman who had her cosmetics bag stolen from her hotel room admitted that she had transferred medical-strength haemorrhoid cream into an empty tub of moisturiser earlier in the holiday. Her claim for make-up, lotions and perfume was paid.

11. A holidaymaker who was refused entry to a plane at Manchester Airport had his travel-insurance claim for holiday cancellation declined after it emerged that he had actually booked a flight from Manchester, New Hampshire, USA.

12. Mis-reading your flight details is easy to do, usually necessitating a frantic rush to the departure gate. But one family that turned up late for their flight had no such panic. Their plane had departed the previous month. They were denied compensation from their travel insurer.

13. A holidaymaker who arrived in a ski resort only to find that there was not enough snow, claimed for the cost of the brand new skis she had bought before leaving the UK. Unsurprisingly, the insurer rejected her claim.

14. A man walking along the street in Greece became so transfixed by two bikini-clad girls that he walked straight into a glass-panelled bus shelter and broke his nose. He successfully claimed on his travel insurance for his hospital bills.

15. The fairytale wedding day for a British couple on a West Indian beach went up in smoke after the bride’s dress caught fire from a brick of coal that fell from the BBQ. The quick-thinking groom picked up his now blazing bride, ran along the beach and tossed her into the ocean. They were able to claim on their travel insurance policy for the ruined wedding outfits as they had taken out wedding cover before jetting off.

16. Another couple stayed in a Parisian hotel room infested with fleas. After two days of itching and scratching, the pair cut their trip short and returned home, where they hastily burnt all their clothes on a bonfire. However, their claims for replacement wardrobe were rejected.

17. A traveller who lost his bag on holiday claimed only for its contents: a bottle of water, a newspaper and a packet of mints. With an excess on his insurance policy of £50, his claim was rejected.

18. When you’re holidaying in the Black Forest, it’s not thieves that you need to watch out for. One family left the door to their chalet open and came home to find that their wallets and passports had been eaten by a greedy goat, who had also chomped through some sandwiches that had been sitting on the kitchen table. The family’s claim for cost of new passports and wallets was rejected.

19. Sometimes Dads don’t always know best. A resourceful father whisked his teenage daughter to a local hairdresser, after she frazzled her hair on the oven in their holiday apartment in Spain. The result was hardly the work of Mr Toni and Mr Guy, leaving the girl running in tears from the salon. The dad tried, but failed, to claim the cost of the disastrous haircut from his insurance policy.

20. A chilled-out traveller in Sri Lanka needed £400 worth of hospital treatment after a large, ripe coconut fell from a tree and landed squarely on her head while she was peacefully reading below. She was knocked out cold, which is hardly surprising. Fresh coconuts weigh roughly 2 kilograms, and the trees grow up to 30 metres tall. The coconut would have been falling at 53 miles per hour when it hit the poor woman on the skull. Her insurer covered her medical expenses.

21. Meanwhile Direct Line received a claim for two lost coconuts from a couple who returned home from a holiday in Mauritius. As a coconut costs just 69p (from your local Tesco), the claim was rejected. The couple’s excess on their policy meant they would have paid for the first £50 of the cost of any claim.

22. A customer submitted a claim for a “guitar made out of a pumpkin”. The slightly baffled staff at Direct Line were forced to reject the claim.

23. The clue was in neon lights above the door. A young party animal in Greece got badly burnt when she tried to order a cocktail in local hangout called “Fire Bar”. Ignoring the loud warning buzzer, and the disappearance of her fellow drinkers, she stood firmly at the bar waiting to be served when it suddenly became engulfed in flames. She received third degree burns to her hands, and successfully claimed £300 worth of medical expenses.

24. A British backpacker was chased down the street by an angry bull in Kerala, Southern India. It wasn’t clear from his claim whether he provoked the animal, but he did require £2,800 worth of hospital treatment after the attack, which was reimbursed by his travel insurer.

25. Finally, according to one long-serving insurance underwriter, there have been more Rolex Oyster watches, worth upwards of £1,000, recorded as lost in the Costa Del Sol in the Spain than have ever been manufactured.

5 things you didn’t know about police dogs

When trails run cold or drugs can’t be detected by the human eye, police often turn to the noses of their four-legged partners. In these days of DNA testing and high-tech communication, sometimes one of the best tools in law enforcement is man’s best friend

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Inv. Gregory Shaffer, supervisor of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, offered five things the general public might not know about police dogs. The sheriff’s office K-9 Unit was launched in May 1984 with two dogs, Samson and Arek; it now has three full-time working dogs — Frenkie, Scooter and Asta. A fourth dog, Penny, passed away in 2007 and was replaced by another bloodhound, Truman.

1) Police dogs are not meant to be pets: Although trained police dogs live with their designated handlers, they are not like normal house pets, Shaffer said.
“Their disposition is different, their drive is different,” he said. “Police dogs have extremely high drives and are not always the most pleasant dogs to be around.” The best police dogs, Shaffer said, are “very aggressive, very territorial.”

2) Bloodline and breed matter: Bloodhounds, like Penny, are tracking specialists that use their noses to find lost or missing people. Deputy John Peck said a bloodhound once sniffed out vandals that used heavy machinery to cause thousands of dollars in damage to the Canandaigua Tops by following a scent from a discarded beer can. Labradors, like Shaffer’s “partner” Scooter, are good at finding narcotics and accelerants but are weaker at patrol work, like taking down hostile suspects. German shepherds, meanwhile, are well-rounded dogs that can sniff out contraband and fiercely defend their handlers, Shaffer said.

3) Training is paramount and ongoing: Dogs go through two rounds of training at the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. There, they learn the basics of bite-work and handler protection. Dogs are also trained to hone in on the scents of 10 different accelerants and four types of drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin and amphetamines).

g181190ca6af36dbd207268ps1 5 things you didnt know about police dogs4) Police dogs need to play: It’s an essential part of their training. They’re trained to react to scents in different ways. When they smell drugs, most dogs scratch, dig and try to bite at the item bearing the scent. Bomb-detection dogs are trained to sit, lie down or stare in the direction of whatever they smell. “If they smell an odor, they react in the way they were trained,” Shaffer said. Handlers tdaj gahen reward the animal by letting them play with a toy that has the scent they are trained to detect. “The dogs are trying to play,” Shaffer said. “They want to find their toy.”

5) Retirement can be tough: Like their human partners, years of hard work can take a toll on police dogs, forcing them to retire. Retirement ages and reasons vary for each dog, Shaffer said. His dog, Scooter, will soon retire after about eight years of duty because of a seizure disorder, he said. Judgie, the unit’s last labrador, was on the job for 13 years and was instrumental in a large drug bust just a few weeks before he died of a stroke. When the time comes to hang up their badge, most dogs go to live with their handlers. While they can be fierce when on duty, most dogs mellow with age. “I know a lot of guys who had dogs that were terrors on the street, but when they took them home, they became great house pets,” he said.

Extraterrestrial Found in California Duck?

O n Sunday, May 21, 2006 an adult male mallard was brought to the International Bird Rescue Research Center (IBRRC), with what appeared to be a broken wing. Since 1971, the IBRRC has been rescuing birds from the devastating effects of oil spills around the world. Marie Travers, assistant manager of the center, radiographed the mallard and was immediately shocked by what was revealed on the x-ray. A very clear image of what appeared to be the face, or head, of an extraterrestrial alien was in the bird’s stomach.

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Blown up: Alien face?
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Help IBRRC and bid on this unusual x-ray image online via eBay.
The IBRRC staff discussed if an alien life form was either consumed by or trying to communicate with the people of Earth through the duck, because
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is located in an area of California known for its mysterious crop circles.

Karen Benzel, Public Affairs Director for IBRRC noted that the symmetry of the alien’s face is perfect, with an intense grimace, as if it was in anguish after being eaten. “Since aliens are notoriously short, reports are they are usually no more then 3-feet tall, we initially thought the small proportions of the face meant the duck had consumed a juvenile extraterrestrial being,” Benzel quipped. “We immediately knew this was something we had never seen before in our 35 year history.”

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But, is it the face or head of an alien? Regrettably, IBRRC reports the duck succumbed to its injuries and passed away quickly, quietly, and peacefully after the x-rays were taken, and not from the alien bursting through the duck’s chest in classic gory Hollywood style. Was it an alien channeling through the duck or an anomaly similar to the “Face on Mars,” discovered by the Viking Lander when it orbited the Red Planet in 1976? No one knows. What is known is the one-of-a-kind x-ray, which measures 17” x 14”, will be sold on eBay along with a certificate of authenticity. All of the proceeds will go towards funding IBRRC’s rehabilitation programs. The center is also selling t-shirts with the alien image.
Jay Holcomb, Director of IBRRC, states “IBRRC is a 501c3 non-profit and donations fund our wildlife rehabilitation programs. Our Alien in the Duck X-Ray will surely garner a significant amount of interest, just like the NunBun™, and the Madonna in the Cheese Toast, which sold on eBay for a staggering amount of money.” The auction ened on Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 3 p.m. PST.
Holcomb continues, “Proceeds from the sale of this one-of-a-kind x-ray will go towards funding our continuing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate oiled, orphaned and injured waterfowl and aquatic birds.”
A necropsy was done by UC Davis veterinarians and showed the stomach had some grain in it, but no alien.
Established in 1971, IBRRC is the world’s leading first responder bird rescue organization and has saved countless birds from the devastating effects of hundreds of oil spills, including the Exxon Valdez, Apex Houston and MV Treasure disasters.
The IBRRC manages two centers in California, one located in Cordelia/Fairfield next to Suisun Marsh along the San Francisco Bay and the other in San Pedro, near Los Angeles Harbor. IBRRC and the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center work cooperatively helping birds in need of special care.
For more information about IBRRC programs or to make a donation or to buy an Alien in the Duck t-shirt!

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