A hapless crocodile in the Northern Territory, Australia has trapped its head in a discarded tyre, making it impossible for the animal to hunt its prey. News sources report that Tom Nichols, NT Parks and Wildlife ranger, is attempting to harpoon the wretched reptile in order to remove the unwanted spare tyre: “I’ll try to harpoon it during the day. If that doesn’t work, I’ll go after it at night,” Nichols promised.
The star-crossed croc was spotted by houseboaters on the Mary River, 150 km east of Darwin. Businesswoman Linda Jolly and South Australian companions Graeme Wright – who photographed the blighted beast – and Larry Gilbert spotted the afflicted animal as it moved up-river. Wright commented that, “It didn’t seem to have any problem swimming.” It is thought that the sorrowful salty can still submerge – a fact that Nichols will have to contend with when he attempts to pick off his prey. The ranger promises to help the anguished animal after shooting it: “If the crocodile is in good condition, we'll let it go. Otherwise I'll bring it back to Darwin with me.”
According to the website Austrian News, a ‘pathological tyre hater’ is creating mischief in the federal state of Upper Austria. The website claims that an unknown person may have a strong aversion to car tyres. Last night more than a hundred tyres were slashed and destroyed, the third time this has occurred.
Even a police car was amongst those to incur the tyre hater’s wrath. Police in the town of Vöcklabruck are optimistic about catching the culprit sooner or later, as the. loud hiss of the destroyed tyres will lead them to the tyre defiler.
Want a novel way of beating sky-high pump prices and fuel strikes? A German inventor claims he has developed a way to make cheap diesel fuel out of dead cats. Dr Christian Koch, 55, from Kleinhartmannsdorf, said his method uses old tyres, weeds and animal corpses.
The ingredients are heated up to 300 Celsius to filter out hydrocarbons which are then turned into diesel by, and this is no joke, using a catalytic converter. Dr Koch told online new sources the resulting “high quality bio-diesel” costs just 15 pence per litre. The cadaver of a fully-grown cat can produce as much as 2.5 litres of fuel – meaning around 20 cats are needed for a full tank, he explained.
“I tank my car with my own diesel mixture and have driven it for 105,000 miles without any problems,” Dr Koch told Germany’s Bild newspaper.