Off the Wall News
Mayo for Turtles?
Rescuers at Israel’s National Sea Turtle Rescue Center have been treating endangered green sea turtles that were affected by an oil spill off the coast of Israel. The spill covered a majority of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline with tar and impacted wildlife in the area. When the turtles were rescued, their tracheas were filled with tar — inside and outside. After some experimentation, the miracle fix for the turtles’ tracheas was mayonnaise. That is correct, turtles are being fed mayonnaise to “clean out the system and break down the tar,” according to Ariel Schalit for the Associated Press (AP). The turtles are expected to recover in a week or two and be released back into the wild.
Clean up, Everglades
It’s no surprise that the state of Florida is filled with ominous animals in places they shouldn’t be — especially in the Everglades. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently voted to add pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards, and several other species to a growing list of prohibited animals. Once the rules take effect, pet owners and others who have these species will have 180 days to ensure the creatures come into compliance with outdoor caging rules, according to Curt Anderson for the AP. Owners will not be forced to turn over their pets, a permit will be required for their ownership. After June 30, 2024, iguanas and tegu lizards will be banned from being sold commercially. The goal is to reduce the amount of non-native species that have been brought into Florida that kill native wildlife, damage property and the environment, and generally make Florida a questionable place to be.
Wax Patrons Fill Seats
We often wonder what it’d be like to have dinner with a celebrity, dead or alive. At the Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn, New York, patrons can at least be in the same room as five famous faces. Wax figures of celebrities like “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Fallon, Al Roker, and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” star Audrey Hepburn have been borrowed from Madame Tussaud’s, according to the AP. The figures are placed throughout the space and sat at tables to enforce social distancing. The restaurant’s owner thought of the idea when restaurant capacity was lowered to 35% due to coronavirus restrictions.
Tick, Boom, Cats!
A suspicious package left outside of a church in New Miami, Ohio, was reported to an Ohio bomb squad. As they approached, they heard purring instead of ticking. Inside the bag, a cat and six newborn kittens were found. Not a bomb, just an explosion of cuteness! A note left inside the bag indicated that the mother cat, named Sprinkles, had given birth to the kittens the day before, according to United Press International. The feline family was taken in by Animal Friends Humane Society and are now placed with a foster family, while the kittens continue to grow and develop.