Turn turtle to escape alligator's jaws of death
It was a thrilling experience for American wildlife photographer
Patrick Castleberry when he captured in film a six-foot long
fierce-looking alligator trying his best to take a turtle for his next
Castleberry was in the Okefenofee swamp in Gerrgia studying herons
when he came across this contest. When this alligator gripped the
freshwater Eastern River Cooter between its jaws, it looked like there
was only going to be one winner. But after 15 minutes of trying and
trying, the beast realised it was far too tough a nut to crack.
'It was definitely turtle one, alligator nil,' said Mr Castleberry.
'I was taking shots of a great heron and then I saw out the corner of
my eye what looked like a ball bouncing beside the water.
'I quickly realised what it was and thought the alligator was going
to win in the end.
'When he finally gave up, I walked over to the turtle expecting it to
be dead and was amazed to find it alive and on its back. I flipped it
over and it scrambled into the water.'
Fifty-one-year-old Castleberry spends hours on end dressed in
camouflage gear to get up close and personal with nature, capturing it
at its wildest... and bravest.
Sharing room with 300 weird creatures
Animal man: Liam
It was a frightening experience to 52-year old Nigel Andrews when he
found two snakes mating in his toilet.
'I was scared stiff when I went to the toilet, sat down and had two
snakes looking up at me,' he said.
Although he got a shock of his life at that moment he had already
accepted the fact that he had to live in this kind of weird surroundings
where you find all sorts of crawling creatures everywhere in your own
house. But for his son Liam this is a very normal life as he is sleeping
next to his collection of creepie-crawlies, which includes 12
tarantulas, eight snakes and five deadly scorpions.
He also keeps an array of lizards, frogs and birds at the family home
in Desborough, Northamptonshire.Liam also watches TV with his snakes
wrapped around his neck and even takes them to the shops.
'I much prefer animals to humans,' said Liam.
'I have around 60 reptiles and other exotics that sleep in my bedroom
with me - luckily so far none of them have escaped.
'I don't think many girls would like the spiders in my bedroom so I
don't bring many girls home.' His parents accepting his wierd passion
says he loves his animals and despite our reservations, me and his mum
support him all the way.
Retires after doing nothing for 14 years
Although getting paid without doing anything is a common story in Sri
Lanka it becomes a horrifying news when coming from a country like
According to German newspapers an unnamed German public official has
retired with an email telling his 500 co-workers he didn't do a scrap of
work in 14 years.
The 65-year-old informed his colleagues that he earned £600,000
($917,000) while working with the civil service "without lifting a
The well-rested man from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia
did not think the email would leave the office.
When confronted by his local newspaper he declined to comment saying
the email "was not intended for public view".
The man, who worked as a surveyor since 1974 said the situation was
the council's fault because he did not have enough work to do and could
leave it all to his colleagues.This enraged the mayor of the town who
has since made the 65-year-old's former job redundant.
"The employee had not once complained about not having enough to do
during his 38 years of employment," said the Mayor of Minden, Volker
"This kind of behaviour is very worrying," he said.