WALKING UPRIGHT FOR CLEANLINESS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A male gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo is taking a stand against dirty hands by opting to walk on two legs. Apparently, 18-year-old Louis is a clean freak. When Louis has his hands full of tomatoes or other snacks, he walks upright like a human to keep food and hands clean, rather than the typical gorilla stance of leaning forward on his knuckles. He’s such a stickler, that Michael Stern, curator of primates and small mammals, said workers had to install a fire hose over a mud puddle in the yard. That’s so the nearly 500-pound, 6-foot tall primate can cross it like a tight rope to avoid getting dirty.
A Romanian court has rejected a man’s claim that he’s alive, after he was officially registered as deceased.
Reports said Constantin Reliu went to Turkey in 1992 for work and lost contact with his Romanian family. Hearing no news from her husband, his wife got a death certificate for him in 2016.
Turkish authorities located the 63-year-old this year with expired papers and deported him, but when he arrived back in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead. A court spokeswoman said he lost his case in the north-east city of Vasului because he appealed too late. The ruling is final.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP) — A dog that was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United Airlines from Oregon to Kansas City, Missouri, during a move to Wichita, Kansas. Their dog Irgo was supposed to be shipped along with them, but when they went to pick up the German Shepherd, they were given a Great Dane instead. United Airlines said the dogs were somehow put on the wrong flights during a connection in Denver. Irgo has now returned to a Wichita airport on a private plane from Japan. And Swindle said he seemed healthy and happy to be home.
OUTHOUSE BAN – OUT
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island lawmaker who introduced a bill that would ban outhouses in the state says he is withdrawing the legislation. Republican Rep. Justin Price said he is pulling the measure because he thinks it’s an issue that should be addressed by local municipalities, not the state. The bill would have required any outhouse existing as of Jan. 1, 2019, to be “abandoned, filled up and destroyed” within one year. Price previously said the bill was inspired by a dispute between some residents and their former neighbor who lived within sniffing distance of the family’s outhouse. Those who refused to comply could have faced up to a $1,000 fine.