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Cop Ducks and Covers
A Pennsylvania policeman discovered that his job isn't always what it's quacked up to be -- after he was called upon to arrest a flock of ducks for loitering outside a restaurant near their home.
A Great Bend cop identified only as Officer Sheehan put out an all-beaks bulletin saying he'd been asked to head over to a joint called the Pump and Pantry, where four birds had taken up residence outside the front door, refusing to move. Cindy Osiecki, who owns and cares for the ducks, says she was surprised that anyone got their feathers ruffled by seeing them waddling around in public.
She says, "I thought it was funny, I'm like 'are you serious?' There were like 'yeah we took them' because I guess people were trying to take my ducks, and everyone was feeding them, even the cop fed them bread."
Fortunately for the critters, Peking Duck was not the special of the day. (UPI)
Here’s Why You May Want To Think Twice Before Letting Your Kid Play In A Sandbox
While some moms worry about their kids being exposed to germs, they probably don’t think twice plopping them in a sandbox for some fun time with friends. Well, it turns out they probably should.
New research shows that sandboxes are just ripe with all different kinds of bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs. Just how bad is it? Well, the study out of Spain tested sandboxes in the area and found that the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) was present in almost 53% of them. The bacteria is known to cause such problems as mild diarrhea to even inflammation of the colon, which can be life-threatening.
Of course, that’s not all. Previous research has found that sandboxes contain certain parasites that can cause flu-like symptoms, as well as pinworms and roundworms, which in rare cases can cause neurologic damage and death.
Dr. Marc Siegel, a professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, calls sandboxes "swimming pools without disinfecting chlorine,” but notes that there are easy ways to protect your child from such sandbox germs. He simply suggests folks wash kids hands, or use disinfecting wipes, both before and after sandbox fun.
Source: CBS News
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