Pelicans blown off course by Sandy get plane ride home

Updated 17 November 2012
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Pelicans blown off course by Sandy get plane ride home

Two brown pelicans blown to Rhode Island by the winds of Hurricane Sandy will be flown in a private plane back to their natural habitat in Florida, an animal clinic worker said on Friday. The first of the large birds, whose wingspans measure 6 to 7 feet (about 2 meters), was found on the side of a road at Fishermen’s Memorial State Park on Nov. 7, nine days after the storm made landfall in New Jersey, said Jennifer Brooks, clinic director at the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island.
The bird, a juvenile likely from a nest in North Carolina, had been tagged by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and records showed it was presumed to have died, she said. The second pelican landed on a fishing boat about 120 miles (190 km) south of Block Island the following day, she said. The crew of the boat, which provides fish to SeaWorld theme parks, fed the bird for several days before docking.
“They were a little bit thin, they were a little beat up from the storm,” Brooks said of the birds. They had lost tail feathers and suffered scratches to their throat pouches, which are prone to frostbite in northern climates, Brooks said.


Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift’s NYC home, took nap

Updated 21 April 2018
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Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift’s NYC home, took nap

NEW YORK: Police say a stalker broke into Taylor Swift’s New York City townhouse and took a nap.
Police say officers investigating a reported break-in Friday found 22-year-old Roger Alvarado asleep in the pop star’s home in the Tribeca neighborhood.
Alvarado, of Homestead, Florida, was arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.
It’s not clear whether he has an attorney who can speak for him.
Alvarado was arrested at the same address on Feb. 13 on charges of breaking the front door with a shovel.
Swift was not home during Friday’s break-in.
The multiplatinum-selling recording artist has dealt with stalkers on both coasts.
Police said a Colorado man arrested April 14 outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift had a knife, a rope and ammunition.