Freedom-loving cow no longer roaming with bison
A Polish scientist says a cow that drew international headlines while roaming free much of the winter with a herd of bison in eastern Poland has apparently been captured and removed from the herd.
The reddish-brown, freedom-loving cow had been spotted in January following bison across fields bordering the Bialowieza Forest.
Rafal Kowalczyk, a bison expert with the Polish Academy of Sciences who photographed the unusual sight, said he knows from witnesses that the cow was immobilized and captured some weeks ago, apparently by a farmer.
Previously, Kowalczyk had described the case as exceptional but risky. Mating would have been dangerous to the cow if she gave birth to a large hybrid calf, and also bad for the gene pool of Poland’s endangered bison population.
Veteran inaccurately declared dead in NC
Federal officials have discovered a North Carolina veteran isn’t dead yet.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that 81-year-old Charles Covell of Fayetteville was surprised to learn that he had been declared dead by the Veterans Affairs Department last month.
Covell’s wife realized something was wrong when a monthly disabilities payment was not deposited in their account. They learned a death certificate for a Charles Covell was filed in January.
Covell spent 12 years in the Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.
A spokeswoman from U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson’s office said the VA has said the mistake had been corrected.
Blimp tows water skier across California lake
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif.
Yes, that was a blimp towing a water skier across the surface of a Southern California lake.
The Press-Enterprise reported that the blimp towed skier Kari McCollum for 6.9 miles at Lake Elsinore.
The newspaper said that’s a new record, according to Philip Robertson, an adjudicator with Guinness World Records.
The old mark for a water skier being towed by a blimp or airship was nearly 5 miles.
The companies sponsoring the event included T-Mobile and AirSign, an aerial advertising company.