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UNDATED (AP) — OK. Size does matter – at least for some. Researchers in Malaysia found that male monkeys with large noses have more females in their harems. The scientists found that males with exaggerated masculine traits, such as big noses, “serve as advertisements to females in mate selection.” They say the new evidence points to both male-male competition and female choice as contributing to the evolution of enlarged male noses.


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A candidate for mayor of South Dakota’s largest city promises to protect it against zombies. The Argus Leader reports David Zokaites (zoh-KIGH’-tess) released a video based on a song he wrote about zombies taking over Sioux Falls City Hall. The 56-year-old data analyst penned the tongue-in-cheek tune a few months to boost his campaign. The ghoulish song goes: “Zombie undead coming our way. Evil monsters, make them pay. They want to rule our town. But they’re going down, down.” As the video shows zombies wandering the streets, the song continues: “You see David he’s standing tall. We’ll make the zombies small. Mister Zokaites will excite us. Zombies undead won’t bite us.” Zokaites says it’s an allegory about the modern political climate and his mission to change it.


EAST LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) —Police in a Philadelphia suburb received an unusual report. There was a dinosaur on the loose. But officers in East Lansdowne did not panic and took things in their stride when they realized what was happening. They posted a video showing Tyrannosaurus rex “taking their kid to school” on Tuesday. Officers concluded their report: “No problem. Clear.”


COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — Police say a man who abandoned a dog and left a turtle frozen in a fish tank in Rhode Island has turned himself in. Now he faces animal cruelty charges. Animal control officers responded to a report of an abandoned animal at a Coventry home last week and found the turtle encased in ice. Police say the home had been vacant for several days. Officers took the turtle’s tank to Animal Control and let it thaw out. The turtle moved its eyes the following day, leading officers to take it to a reptile organization for rehabilitation. Officers named the turtle Elsa after the princess in Disney’s animated film “Frozen.” Police say the dog, Ana, also survived and is up for adoption.


WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A popular Maine farm that invites the public to come cuddle or do yoga with its goats says one of the animals was found shot to death. Smiling Hill Farm says it was a pregnant five-year-old Toggenburg. The farm says the goat was shot in a fenced pen in the early morning of Feb. 18. The farm straddles Westbrook and Scarborough, and Ava was found on the Scarborough side of the property. The shooting apparently happened during the height of a snowstorm. The farm calls the killing a “brazen abhorrent activity” and is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to apprehension.

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