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Published: Fri, February 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

oddly enough

Library book returned 55 years late with $100

NEW YORK

A long-overdue book finally has been returned to the New York Public Library — 55 years late.

The Daily News says the biography of a 16th-century priest called “Fire of Francis Xavier” was checked out of the Fort Washington branch in upper Manhattan on April 10, 1958.

Library manager Jennifer Zarr tells the newspaper the book arrived at the library Monday wrapped in a plain brown envelope with a check for $100 to cover the dues inside.

She says library records don’t go back to 1958, and there’s no way to trace who borrowed the book. She won’t reveal the name on the check.

Camel OK after enclosure escape, clipped by van

CONCORD, Calif.

Officials believe a camel that escaped its enclosure twice Tuesday before being clipped by a minivan probably just wanted to be around some other animals.

The Contra Costa Times reports the single-humped camel was hit by the van as it walked along a road in Concord about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

It was the second time that day that the 10-year-old camel named “Phil” escaped its enclosure. Earlier in the day, citizens helped California Highway Patrol officers shepherd the camel off the roadway.

Raymond Ferrante — a land manager for a company overseeing property where the camel is being kept — says UC Davis veterinarians have examined it and said the camel did not suffer any broken bones, or other injuries.

Ferrante says camels are “very social,” and he believes that’s why Phil escaped his enclosure twice in one day.

Raccoons make home atop Wash. construction crane

SEATTLE

Workers using a tower crane to build a 304-unit apartment complex in Seattle have run into a complication: two raccoons climbed 150 feet up the crane and made a home behind the crane’s cab.

KING-TV reports that the raccoons have brought the giant machine temporarily to a halt.

A crane operator spotted the new residents while ascending the tower Wednesday. The general contractor, Rafn Company, called in experts who are trying to catch the critters with humane traps.

Project superintendent John Kellberg says this is a first for him.

The apartment complex in the city’s Ballard neighborhood is due to open in the summer of 2014. KING reports that neighbors say large raccoons are common in Ballard.

Associated Press


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