Pet snake goes for ride through recycling facility


Aluminum, cardboard, plastic and glass weren’t the only recycled goods passing by on the conveyor belts at the Waste Management facility in Surprise.

12 News (KPNX-TV) reported June 27 that a 6-foot pet python went for a ride through the site before finally being captured.

District manager Al Gallagher, who was in his office when a call about the reptile went out over the radio, says an employee managed to pick up the snake and put it in a box.

Witnesses say the snake was very passive by the time it reached the end of its journey.

The python is at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.

Man fined $100 for turkey that likes his yard


A suburban Detroit man has been fined $100 for a turkey that’s been calling his backyard home.

Mark Johnston tells WXYZ-TV he hasn’t gone out of his way to make the turkey comfortable since it started showing up outside his Garden City home six months ago. He says the turkey will stick around a while then jump the fence and disappear before returning.

Johnston was recently ticketed for keeping the turkey as a pet. Police Chief Tim Gibbons says they’ve been working with Johnston since April on the issue. He says the turkey likes Johnston’s overgrown backyard and likely will leave if it’s cleaned up.

Johnston says he’s tried getting rid of the turkey, but nobody will take it. And he says he’s working on clearing out his yard.

Volcano forms cone about same height as Aloha Tower


The Hawaii volcano that’s been erupting in a residential neighborhood for the past two months has built a cone that’s now about the height of Aloha Tower, an iconic 10-story building in Honolulu.

U.S. Geological Survey scientists said July 2 the cone is 55 meters high at its tallest point. Honolulu Harbor’s Aloha Tower reaches 184 feet.

The cone developed from the most active of the two dozen vents Kilauea volcano opened in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood on the Big Island.

Scientists call it Fissure 8 because it was the eighth vent to open during the eruption. It’s feeding a river of lava that’s flowing downhill to the ocean.

The eruption has destroyed over 600 homes since May 3. Thousands of residents have had to evacuate.

Associated Press

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