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Published 25/10/2015

A cockatoo with the screech of a dinosaur is back in his cage after irritating residents of a Boston suburb for months.
A cockatoo with the screech of a dinosaur is back in his cage after irritating residents of a Boston suburb for months.

A police officer who wanted to lick a marijuana smoker's feet and a cockatoo terrorising a Boston neighbourhood are just some the stranger stories reported around the world this week.


A cockatoo with the screech of a dinosaur is back in his cage after irritating residents of a Boston suburb for months.

The white bird, named Dino because of his annoying call, flew away from his owner in July and into the trees of Brookline. After fears he would freeze to death over the winter, Dino was finally captured by several people, including the bird's owner.

The bird had developed a routine, arriving at the same house every day to eat food left for him by a couple living there.


Police are urging shopkeepers not to sell eggs and flour to under-16s ahead of Halloween amid fears pranksters might use them to cause mischief.

Officers said they launched the crackdown in King's Cross in central London after youths pelted homes with home-made concoctions in trick or treat pranks in previous years.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) said vulnerable and elderly residents have been targeted. In a letter, pinned up to a shop front in King's Cross, officers asked shopkeepers to volunteer not to sell the household staples to under-16s in the week before Halloween.




A former school district police officer who stopped a woman motorist and asked to lick her feet has been jailed for a year.

Patrick Quinn, 27, who worked in the Cypress-Fairbanks district near Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty to official oppression.

According to court documents, Quinn stopped the woman in August 2014 and found marijuana paraphernalia but told her he had a foot fetish and would release her if she let him lick her feet or give him her underwear. Investigators say he then changed his mind and let her go.


Detroit Zoo officials are chirping about a new programme they say will make it easier and cheaper to feed their attractions.

A cricket breeding initiative allows the zoo to avoid the steep costs associated with flying in the jumping insects that are part of the daily diet for its 1,900 amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Crickets historically have carried the highest cost of all food sources at the zoo - including meat, fish and produce - at more than 98,000 US dollars a year. The Detroit Zoological Society expects to save around 225,000 US dollars in the first three years.


The words "free" and "fun" are not the first things that come to mind when talking about the Massachusetts Department of Administration and Finance.

But a typo in a phone number on a news release issued by the agency sent media enquiries to a "free and fun party line" advertising adult hotlines.

The Boston Herald reports that the release declaring October as Cyber Security Awareness Month mistakenly substituted area code 617 instead of 857 in a spokesman's number.


Two fire-damaged relics from infamous airship The Hindenburg have been sold for £12,500 at auction.

The hydrogen-filled craft - once billed as the future of commercial air-travel - burst into flames in New Jersey in the US at the end of a flight in 1937, killing more than 30 people.

A silver plated hollow-ware pitcher and serving tray which survived the disaster went under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son in Wiltshire. Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said both items generated plenty of interest from bidders - with the pitcher going for £5,500 while the tray fetched £7,000. "They are truly fascinating items from one of the 20th Century's defining events," he added.

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