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Police look into video of man spanking hippo at LA Zoo

LOS ANGELES

Police are investigating after a video shows a man spanking a hippopotamus at the Los Angeles Zoo.

The video shows the man crossing a railing recently and sneaking up on two hippos, Rosie and Mara. He smacks Rosie on the rear and her mother lifts her head as the man runs off and raises his arms in gesture of victory.

Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock tells the Los Angeles Times that any unauthorized interaction with an animal is unsafe for the animal and potentially unsafe for the person.

Spurlock says state law prohibits entering zoo enclosures. The zoo has posted a “No Trespassing” sign on the exhibit for the first time.

Police told the newspaper they’re investigating the case as trespassing because the hippo didn’t appear to be injured.

University honors 2 who found love in elevator in ’72

PHILADELPHIA

Philadelphia’s Temple University is honoring a 45-year relationship sparked in a campus elevator.

Sharyn Rubin and Eric Schlesinger briefly met on move-in day on Sept. 6, 1972, while she was moving in and he was operating a dorm building elevator. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Rubin formally introduced herself a few days later at a college mixer, walking up to Schlesinger and saying, “Hi, Mr. Elevator Man.”

The quote is now affixed to the elevator, which was to be named for Shari Rubin Schlesinger on Aug. 17.

She died last year from colon cancer. She and her Elevator Man had been married for more than 42 years.

Eric Schlesinger says meeting his future wife in the elevator was “the most important thing” that happened to him at Temple.

Deputy shoots into car to free trapped bear

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.

A Northern California deputy fired several beanbag rounds into a back car window to free a trapped bear that had likely been searching for snacks.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s spokesman Anthony Prencipe said Aug. 16 that officers were called after the bear was seen rummaging through a Honda Civic in South Lake Tahoe.

In a video, the caller says the bear did not seem very happy and that it looked huge.

The deputy says that he was going to try to break out the back window. After several shots, the window breaks open and the bear romps out and into the woods.

Prencipe said it’s safer to open a vehicle remotely than get close to a scared bear.

The sheriff’s office posted on Facebook that bears can open doors.

Associated Press

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