ODDLY ENOUGH | 6-foot snake surprises mourners at Pa. cemetery


6-foot snake surprises mourners at Pa. cemetery


Animal-welfare authorities are trying to find the owner of a large snake that interrupted a memorial service in a Pennsylvania cemetery.

Mourners attending the service at Hershey Cemetery in Dauphin County spotted the 6-foot-long boa constrictor Friday and called for help.

The Columbian red-tail was captured by ZooAmerica and turned over to Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, where president Jesse Rothacker said officials are seeking the owner or someone who would like to adopt the reptile. Derry Township police are trying to find out whether the snake wound up in the cemetery by accident or on purpose.

Rothacker said a deliberate release could mean animal cruelty and other charges, but a pet that slithered away on its own would be reunited with its owner without charges.

W.Va. eagle cam dishes up a soap story for bird fans


For Liberty and Belle, these are the days of their lives: Liberty disappears for a while, and a new nest-wrecking male moves in.

The avian soap opera is unfolding in Shepherdstown, where an EagleCam at the National Conservation Training Center documents the drama for thousands of online fans.

For six years, the two American bald eagles nested contentedly in a sycamore, raising nine fledglings. The Charleston Daily Mail says the pair displayed their species’ typical monogamy until their last eaglet hatched.

Then a new male appeared, chasing Liberty off and keeping him away. The eaglet and an unhatched sibling died because Belle couldn’t hunt for food and keep them warm at the same time.

Now, Belle’s mating with the new guy.

Viewers can watch on the Outdoor Channel’s website.

Cat spends a week alone in camper after wreck in SC


Spencer the cat is now down to eight lives after surviving a crash in South Carolina and a week on his own.

The 11-year-old gray cat was in a camper that recently wrecked along Interstate 95 in the southeastern part of the state.

Ann Laubacker of New York was driving home from Florida with her mother, a dog and four cats.

Neither woman was hurt, and two of the cats and a dog were located after the wreck. A third cat was seen running into the woods, but no one could find Spencer.

That is until last week, when an insurance adjuster checked the camper and found the cat hiding.

The animal was badly dehydrated but is recovering with a vet’s care. The owner and the cat were being reunited.

Associated Press

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