Author archives: denzil

Snake swallows two golf balls thinking they were eggs, goes under the knife

This snake’s got balls. Golf balls, that is, stuck inside her stomach! From the Georgia Sea Turtle Center Facebook page on March 18: “We performed surgery on a grey rat snake that was found in a chicken coop in Newton, Georgia today. This snake had mistaken golf balls for chicken eggs and ate them. Without surgery to remove the golf balls, this snake surely would have died, as she could […]

Two dead and 23 injured after car ploughs into pedestrians at South by Southwest festival

TWO people have died and at least 23 have been injured after a car ploughed into a crowd of pedestrians at a US festival.   The vehicle drove through temporary barricades at the South By Southwest (SXSW) film and music festival in Austin, Texas. Police said 23 people have been taken to hospital, with at least five suffering serious injuries.  The crash happened at around 12:30am and police say the […]


Heartwarming footage of the moment a papa lion meets his baby cubs for the first time at the Oregon Zoo

The heart-warming first encounter shows six-month-old cubs Kamali, Zalika and Angalia as they attempt to play with their father, Zawadi Mungu ‘At first he was surprised but as time passed he grew more patient,‘ said senior zoo keeper Laura Weiner Lions may be one of the world’s deadliest predators – but this male quickly assumed the role of caring father when meeting his cubs for the first time. The heart-warming […]

Facebook's WhatsApp purchase challenged

Facebook wants to buy WhatsApp, but its bid has run into trouble Facebook’s purchase of mobile messaging service WhatsApp has been opposed by privacy groups. Mark Zuckerberg’s firm is planning to buy the company for around £11bn. Opponents want US regulators to stop the deal until Facebook provides more information on what it plans to do with the personal data of WhatsApp’s users. But Facebook said it will operate as […]

Pistorius neighbour 'heard fight'

A second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has told a court in the capital Pretoria she was awoken by the sounds of a fight early on 14 February 2013. Mr Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to intentionally killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He shot dead the 29-year-old model and reality TV star at his home, saying he mistook her for an intruder. Estelle Van […]

Putin: Russia not yet sending troops into Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin says there is no need yet to send Russian troops into Ukraine, but he has not ruled out doing so. Russia reserves the right to use “all means” to protect citizens in Ukraine, he told a news conference. Russian and Ukrainian troops in Crimea are involved in a tense stand-off. Mr Putin called the toppling of President Viktor Yanukovych in the capital Kiev an “anti-constitutional coup […]

Australia: Snake eats crocodile after battle

  A snake has won a lengthy battle with a crocodile in northern Queensland, wrestling it, constricting it and then finally eating it. The incident at Lake Moondarra, near Mount Isa, was captured on camera by local residents on Sunday. The 10-ft snake, thought to be a python, coiled itself around the crocodile and the two struggled in the water. The snake later brought the dead crocodile onto land and […]

African migrants storm into Spanish enclave of Melilla

Migrants celebrate getting into Melilla, but they are likely to be expelled More than 200 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have broken into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla by scaling the border fence. It is one of the biggest migrant surges into Melilla in recent years. Many of the migrants suffered cuts scaling the fence. During the incident, migrants threw stones, sticks and bottles at police, officials say. This month […]

Militants attack Nigerian school and 'shoot students'

  Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria have attacked a school and shot some students, the military has said. Dozens of pupils are reported to have been killed. Police told Reuters that all the dead were boys and that some of the bodies “were burned to ashes”. The attack took place in troubled Yobe state, the military said. Residents of the town of Buni Yadi said […]

Apple security flaw could allow hackers to beat encryption

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A major flaw in Apple Inc software for mobile devices could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted, the company said on Friday, and experts said Mac computers were even more exposed. If attackers have access to a mobile user’s network, such as by sharing the same unsecured wireless service offered by a restaurant, they could see or alter […]