Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


RAINIER, Ore. (AP) -- Sweetpea the anteater is back home. The 20-pound South American anteater was spotted slurping up ants by a Washington state road. You don't see anteaters everyday, so Abram Dreyer took it home. He started calling veterinarians and the Humane Society to find the owner. The Daily News of Longview reports ( the anteater is a hit with the neighbors. They petted the strange creature and admired its claws. Turns out the anteater belongs to Kellie Caron, who is licensed to breed exotic animals. She's picked up Sweetpea. Caron adds Sweetpea is headed for a Texas zoo in the fall.


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. (AP) -- Deputies in East Tennessee went looking for a stolen vehicle and say they found a lot more. According to authorities, the Washington County deputies found the car stuck in the woods, and scores of pot plants growing behind a house. Deputies also found a pot-growing setup inside the house. Roy W. Royal was busted on a number of charges, including possession of stolen property and growing marijuana.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Swallowing the evidence might work -- but not for long. Authorities in Chicago let nature take its course, after a man was accused of swallowing a stolen diamond ring. Prosecutors say Wilfredo Gonzalez eventually produced the missing ring. According to authorities, Gonzalez was hired to do some repair work on a home. The homeowners charged Gonzalez swallowed the ring after the homeowners confronted him. Police say an X-ray also showed the ring.


GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A tree that stood during the Civil War didn't make it long into the 21st century. Workers at the Gettysburg National Military Park were cutting up a fallen tree, when their chain saw struck bullets. Park officials say the oak tree was probably 250 years old. Bullet-finds at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, are a rarity these days. The key Civil War battle was fought there in 1863. Officials say bullet-containing sections of the tree will be preserved and added to the park's museum.


DENVER (AP) -- Burros have friends in high places. Colorado State Senator Tom Massey says he wants to make burro races the state's official summer sport. Skiing is the official winter sport. Massey says he'll sponsor a resolution on donkey races next year. The sport has historic significance. Western Pack Burro Association spokesman Brad Wann tells KDVR-TV that miners would race into town with their burros to stake gold claims. Today's burro races are from five to about 30 miles long. Competitors run alongside the donkeys, which carry 33-pound packs and mining tools.


CAZENOVIA, New York (AP) -- In upstate New York, Jerry Wilson raises the American version of Kobe beef. His steaks go for 50 bucks in a restaurant, while burgers sell for $13. Wilson calls his meat "American Style Kobe Beef." It can't be called Kobe beef, which is reserved for the Japanese super high-end cut. But American producers like Wilson are finding a growing market. The U.S. government stopped imports of geniune Kobe beef from Japan last year after foot-and-mouth disease reports.

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