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Fowl play: Dutch man imprisoned for stealing plastic duck

THE HAGUE, Netherlands

A Dutch judge has called fowl play on a man who abducted and damaged a giant rubber duck.

Prosecutors say in a statement that the 45-year-old was sentenced Sept. 6 to eight weeks in prison for stealing the three-foot-high bright yellow plastic duck from outside the Goudse Eend cafe in the central Dutch city of Gouda in June.

The duck toy was later found badly damaged elsewhere in the city, prosecutors say.

The prosecution statement says the man will only have to serve two weeks if he undergoes “lifestyle training.” A judge also ordered him to pay $880 compensation to the owner of the cafe.

Maine’s ‘Passy Pete’ lobster predicts six more weeks of summer

BELFAST, Maine

A group of Mainers says Passy Pete the Lobster has predicted six more weeks of summer at an annual ceremony.

The crustacean has been fished out of the Passagassawakeag River for the past three years in a tradition modeled after famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil’s winter prediction in Pennsylvania.

David Crabiel and his business partner, David Brassbridge, thought up the eccentric ceremony as a way to have some fun. Each year, a group of barons flank Passy Pete as he picks a scroll to determine whether Maine will see an extended summer or be greeted by winter. This year’s ceremony took place Sept. 4.

Crabiel tells WLBZ-TV Pete’s been right the past two years.

Kitten walking on highway rescued after traffic is shut down

BOSTON

A kitten found walking on a busy Massachusetts highway tunnel has been rescued with the help of state police troopers who shut down traffic for it.

Police said Sept. 3 on Facebook the kitten decided to “play a little hide and seek” in the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston.

Sgt. Bob Dateo shut traffic down. The Animal Rescue League of Boston quickly rescued the kitten.

A trooper posted a photo of the wayward kitten on social media. A video taken by police shows the kitten walking along the side of the road as cars drive by.

The kitten will be put up for adoption when it’s medically cleared.

Associated Press

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