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Indian Dies In Battle With Cock

An India man has been killed during a cockfight after a sharp blade tied to a cock cut his abdomen while waiting for the duel to start.

The organisers were said to have violated the 1960 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, according to an Indian Supreme Court ruling had which banned cockfight in the country.

The cockfight took place in Pragadavaram village in West Godavari, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, as the organisers tied a razor-sharp blade to the leg of the cocks, police said.

The tragedy occurred when one of the organisers, Saripalli Venkateswara Rao, 55, held the cock in his hands, as he waited to release it into the arena to fight.The cock suddenly struggled against his grip in a bid for freedom, and the blade fatally pierced the abdomen of a spectator who was standing nearby, inflicting a deep wound.

The supreme court ban was defied in several parts of East and West Godavari, as the people use the practice to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti is a cultural festival day in the Hindu calendar which the people dedicate to the deity Surya.

Similarly, in the village of Kavvagunta in West Godavari District, ten people were reported to have sustained injury, while two people were injured in Chintam Palli village from cockfights.

According to reports, in Andhra Pradesh in India, the raising of fowls used for the fight is usually expensive, as the owners spend the amounts in other to prepare the fowls for such duels.

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Dog Gives Birth To 21 Puppies

A British woman said her dog may have broken a world record when she gave birth to a litter of 21 puppies.

Joanne Hine said her Great Dane/American bulldog mix, Mary Jane, was initially expected to deliver a litter of six to eight puppies, but the dog ended up having 21 babies when she went into labor Nov. 20.

The Guinness World Record for largest litter of puppies stands at 24, but Tia the Neapolitan mastiff gave birth in 2004 via Caesarean section and MJ gave birth naturally, leading Hine to wonder whether the litter could be its own world record.

“I’m so proud of her. MJ did it all on her own Annie and Ruth of Jane Callow Veterinary Practice by her side the whole time,” Hine said.

She said the 14 puppies that survived the birth require constant care and attention, since MJ doesn’t have enough nipples to nurse them all.

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Students Turn Dog Poo Into Building Bricks

A group of secondary school students in the Philippines has found a way to convert poo from stray dogs into a mixture for bricks, aiming to rid city streets of excrement and potentially even lower construction costs.

As part of a research project, eighth graders in the Payatas district north of the capital Manila gathered and air-dried dog faeces, which were then mixed with cement powder and moulded into rectangular “bio bricks”.

“Our streets will really be cleaned up,” Mark Acebuche, the students’ science class adviser said.

 He hoped local government or corporations would sponsor the students’ research to help upgrade production.

Dog ownership in the Philippines is unregulated and rules on taking care of pets are only loosely implemented, leading to a large number of stray dogs.

The students say their “bio bricks” are ideal for sidewalk pavements or small structures like backyard walls. Each brick contains 10 grams of dog poo and 10 grams of cement powder, and has a faint odor that the group says will fade with time.

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Woman Marries Four Men

A polyamorous woman has fallen pregnant by one of her four partners after they went away together – but says they will raise the baby as a ‘family’.

Tory Ojeda, 20, from Jacksonville, Florida, met one of her partners Marc, 18, in high school and then started a relationship with Travis, 23, two months later.

Their love story began three years ago and she has since announced her engagement to Travis in July.

She also found love with their long-term mutual friends Ethan, 22, and Christopher, 22. While seven months ago, Tory and Chris found out that they were pregnant with a baby girl.

Tory, 20, cradles her bump at seven months pregnant outside her home in Jacksonville, Florida

Despite being in an open relationship, Tory is currently the only one who has multiple romantic partners.

However she says that her boyfriends are ‘welcome’ to pursue other people if they wish to – she even encourages the idea. Tory said: ‘Honestly, I would love it if somebody found a second partner.

Tory admits that her partners all have their own bedrooms but they ‘swap in and out’ of her bed each night. Pictured her fiancee Travis, 23

They all have their own bedrooms but her partners ‘swap in and out’ of her bed each night, making sure each of them gets an ‘equal turn’ in spending the night with Tory.

On the issue of jealousy, Ethan said: ‘There are a couple of healthy ways to deal with it. Primarily just talking to each other.’

Travis added: ‘There’s always going to be like little moments of jealousy, it does take a certain amount of restraint and just getting relaxed. I will say it helps if you know the person.’

Reflecting on his own experiences in his current relationship, he said: ‘Seeing [Tory] with Ethan was a lot easier because I was friends with him.

‘Her and Chris was a bit dicier at first, there was a lot more jealousy and I’ll openly admit that. The same goes for Marc because I’d never interacted with them.’

Seven months ago, Tory found out that she was pregnant with a baby girl who they will welcome into their unconventional family in February.

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Police Officer Caught Fondling Dead Lady’s Breast

An unidentified Los Angeles Police Department officer is currently under investigation after he was allegedly caught on body-camera footage fondling a dead woman’s breast.

 A department spokeswoman who confirmed the incident to NBC News says an internal investigation into the footage will determine whether the officer violated department policies and if his actions merit termination.

The incident happened when two LAPD officers assigned to downtown Los Angeles’ Central Division responded to a report of a possible dead body inside a home and found a deceased woman.

When one left the room after they determined the woman was dead, the other officer deactivated his body camera. Unknown to him, the camera continued recording. The footage it captured allegedly showed the unnamed officer fondling the dead woman’s breasts when he thought no one was watching.

The body camera was able to capture the footage because the devices have two-minute buffering periods to capture what happens right before they are activated.

A person briefed on the incident who was not authorised to publicly discuss the case told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that the footage was found during a random inspection of the officer’s body-camera footage.

LAPD Assistant Chief Robert Arcos told the Times that the body-camera recording was “very disturbing.” The police union called the accusation a departure from LAPD values, which include reverence for the deceased.

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Man Marries Rat, Claims Its Reincarnation Of His Wife

A rather unusual wedding took place on Monday Morning in Bangalore, the third most populated city in India, as a Hindu man married a female rat which he claims is a reincarnation of his first wife.

The 41-year old Chidhatma Basu who lost his wife in a car accident in January 2017 said he was completely devastated for months, until one day, he made an unusual encounter.

 “This little female rat showed up on my doorstep, and it had my wife’s eyes and nose. I offered it my wife’s favorite cookies, and it devoured it just like she would have done.”

Basu said he rapidly understood that the rodent was the reincarnation of his deceased wife adding that the animal was immediately affectionate, and even looked at him the same way that his wife did.

Basu consulted temple officials about the mysterious animal and was assured that the rat was, indeed, his reincarnated wife.

The Hindu priest who performed the ceremony says that Mr. Basu is extremely lucky to have found his dead wife again in her new form.

While Hindus believe that it is possible for a human being to be reincarnated in animal form, weddings between humans and animals are extremely rare. This unusual ceremony ended up being very controversial and caused a lot of reactions in India.

Many Hindu commentators defended Mr. Basu’s religious rights and saluted his “good karma”, while others criticized the ceremony, saying it gave India a negative image as a “backward country filled with zoophiles”.

Some American and European organizations implicated in the defense of animal rights have also condemned the wedding.

In a tweet published a few hours after the ceremony, PETA called the ceremony “disgusting and barbaric” and called for Mr. Basu to be jailed. Despite these critics, the wedding was entirely legal under Indian law, so Mr. Basu and his new “wife” aren’t likely to be bothered.

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Court Okays Marriage By Siblings …Cites Adam and Eve

A New Jersey brother and sister have won the right to marry after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States.

In a 5-to-4 ruling, five judges unanimously granted the appeal by James Banes, 41, and Victoria Banes, 38, after a ten-year-long battle.

The overjoyed pair said they did it for the ‘millions of Americans who have consensual incestuous relationships and who are living in fear’ and blasted the Government for wasting taxpayers’ money fighting their challenge.

“Incest has been practiced by humans since the dawn of time. If Adam and Eve hadn’t done it, the human race would not be here today,” James Banes told reporters after his historic victory.

Why am I allowed to bang my cousin but not my sister? It just doesn’t make any sense,” James Banes criticized outside of court.

The couple that was currently facing up to 15 years in jail said that they were now planning to start a large family and enjoy their newly found freedom.

“We’ve always dreamed of having a big family, now this dream will become a reality” added Victoria Banes, who also told reporters she is pregnant and expecting twins.

Previously, New Jersey state laws only allowed first-cousin marriages but since the landmark ruling, New Jersey is now the only state in United States to also allow incestuous marriages.

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Cows, Bulls To Wear Winter Coats

With winter setting in, the Ayodhya Municipal Corporation has decided to buy jute coats for the cows staying in different shelters of the holy city.

Niraj Shukla, Nagar Nigam Commissioner of Ayodhya, said, “We are in the process of getting the cow coats made. This scheme will be implemented in three-four phases. First we are starting with Baishingpur cow shelter, which houses around 1,200 cattle including 700 bulls and the rest being cows and calves. We have initially placed order for 100 cow coats for the calves.”

Shukla further said that the first delivery will arrive in November end and each cow coat costs Rs250-300.

“Three layer coats for the calves are being prepared. We have asked for the use of soft clothes for the calves in the innermost layer apart from the jute which provides warmth to the body.”

The commissioner said the coats for the cows and bulls will have separate designs. The bulls will have coats made only of jute, while cows coats will have two layers. “We thought of getting coats stitched for the cows as they keep falling off,” he added.

Shukla further said, “The cow shelter will also have a bonfire to save the cows from extreme cold. Paddy straw will be put on the floor to provide warmth to the cattle if they choose to sit.”

Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay said, “our focus is on the service of cows. We are developing other cow shelters also and will make them the best in the state.”

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A Chimpanzee Impregnated Me …Mother Reveals Father Of 12-Yr-Old Son

An Angolan woman named Anita Dembo confessed on her deathbed that her 12-year-old son is the product of a  love affair she had with a chimpanzee .

According to reports, the woman allegedly entertained an affair with a chimpanzee that endured for many years during her employment at the Parc national de Cameia where she worked as a conservation officer since 1998.

Since the woman who is now dead made this revelation, the genetic makeup of the Angolan boy is being disputed by experts.

Although the young boy has become an instant famous celebrity, many experts dispute the claim that he is the product of the sexual intercourse between a human and a chimpanzee.

“Sexual relationships between humans and chimpanzees are fairly common in the region, but this is the first time a pregnancy is officially reported,” said Dr. António Mendes of the Hospital Municipal do Luena.

The boy has also been nicknamed the “Angolan Miracle Child” by Angola President João Lourenço.

The president also called him a “National treasure”, “a sign from God”, and a “testament to the majesty and greatness of the Republic of Angola.”

“This discovery could even challenge the basic foundations of modern science,” commented the current Minister of Science and Technology, Maria Cândida Teixeira.

A spokesperson from the Parc national de Cameia stated that they sincerely regret the loss of Anita Dembo but also condemned “any inappropriate or sexual acts with any animals in the park.”

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Don Dismembers Student, Takes Her Arms

A Russian historian caught with two arms of a woman tucked into his backpack  has   confessed that the arms were those of his former student whom he had murdered.

Oleg Sokolov, said to be Napoleonic expert, was hauled out of a St. Petersburg river carrying a backpack containing the woman’s arms.

According to Moscow Times, Police in St. Petersburg on Saturday detained 63-year-old Prof. Oleg Sokolov on suspicion of murdering a former student after he was pulled out of the city’s Moika river with a backpack containing the severed arms, authorities said.

They then searched Sokolov’s home, where they found the decapitated body of Anastasia Yeshchenko, 24, a former student at his university with whom he had co-authored a number of works.

Sokolov’s lawyer, Alexander Pochuyev, said that his client had confessed to the murder of his former student.

 “Sokolov acted under some sort of strong influence. For now, we can only make assumptions,” Pochuyev said.

His Police statement revealed that Sokolov is believed to have planned to get rid of the body, after which he would have committed suicide publicly while dressed as French statesman and military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, local news outlet, 47, reported.

The historian, who is known in Russia’s history community for re-enacting Napoleon-era battles, previously served a stint as a visiting professor at France’s prestigious Sorbonne university.

In May 2018, the Russian outlet Moskovsky Komsomolets published an anonymous story by one of Sokolov’s students who accused the professor of beating and bullying her and torturing her with an iron 10 years earlier.

 “When the iron warmed up, he brought it to my face, so that I could feel its heat coming from him, and began to threaten that it would disfigure me for the rest of my life,” the girl reporte.

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