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Lemur gives his best Sherlock impression

Deep in thought, this little lemur appears to be ruthlessly plotting something.

This lemur is deep in thought
The primate looks remarkably lifelike in this series of poses captured at a Russian zoo.

Photographer Olga Yermolava, who captured the rare and remarkable moment, said: "I am so happy I managed to capture the lemur's expression before it moved. Its pose is so human that it makes a very funny picture".

What is he plotting?
Olga who often frequents the small zoo in Nizhny Novgorod on the weekends is a keen watcher of the lemurs and is no stranger to them pulling faces and poses.

"Generally lemurs have very rich facial expressions and it is always interesting to watch them."

She said this character reminded her of the charismatic King Julian from the film Madagascar.

The primate lives at a small zoo in Nizhny Novgorod

Duck spotted turnstile jumping in the subway in New York

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When we first saw this image of a duck entering the New York City subway system, we naively believed that he stepped right out of a children's book and was playing out his magical and triumphant story about a little duck in a big city. And what joy this duck was surely bringing to fellow straphangers as he waddled along to catch the N train to their yelps of "Only in New York!"
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But moments later we discovered that our new feathered friend did not make a personal choice to ride the rails today, instead he was forced to by the corporate overlords of one of the nation's largest insurance companies. Yep, it's the Aflac duck.

New Brunswick couple shocked to find horse standing on roof

Horse on Roof
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A New Brunswick couple who raises horses says they were shocked to find one of their colts on the roof of their garage.

What was first thought to be a joke among brothers now has a family laughing in Hampton, N.B.

A couple who raises racing horses awoke Tuesday morning to find one of their colts standing on the roof of their garage.

Shocked by the scene, they rushed to help the horse, but not before snapping a photo of the one-year-old colt stuck on the roof.

"We saw the picture," says Pat Downey, who owns the horse with her husband, Stephen. "He called as soon as he got him off because he didn't have any trouble. Well, it took him a while, but he didn't have any trouble getting him off."

She says the horse, Must Win, stays on the farm with her husband's brother Archie and that it was Archie who awoke to the strange sight. She says she and her husband were baffled by the photo and convinced it was a joke.

UK Prime minister gets the respect he deserves: Manu Tuilagi makes rabbit ears sign at David Cameron

Cheeky rugby star sticks two fingers up behind PM in photograph outside Downing Street. Manu Tuilagi makes rabbit ears sign at David Cameron on British and Irish Lions visit Video.

Rugby players are notorious for what may be termed a 'naughty' sense of humour.

So David Cameron was perhaps taking a bit of a chance when he invited the British Lions squad to Downing Street yesterday for a reception to celebrate their summer triumphs in Australia.


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Batman and Captain America rescue kitten

Batman and Capt. America
John Buckland (Batman) and Troy Marcum (Captain America) with the cat they saved.
Who says superheroes aren't real?

When a West Virginia, US, home caught fire, trapping a kitten inside, it was Batman and Captain America who came to the rescue.

John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, dressed as Captain America, saw smoke at a house nearby when they were entertaining children as part of their business.

They ran to the house along with another bystander, kicked in the door and broke out a window so some smoke could escape.

Buckland, a former firefighter, says he crawled into the front room and felt something furry. He grabbed the animal, ran outside and gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

No one was hurt in the fire, including the rescuers - though Buckland says the cat hissed and swatted at him when it regained consciousness.

Toddler identifies all countries on world map

A video of a toddler identifying all the countries on a map has been posted online.

Aanav Jayakar, who is 18 months old, correctly points to the country his mother asks him to identify on both coloured and black and white maps.

His mother Dr Bijal Jayakar, who filmed the video, explained that they first discovered Aanav's skill when her husband starting talking to him about their home city of Delhi.

She told The Daily Telegraph: "I said, 'Delhi is the capital of India' and he remembered. So I did China and France. The common ones. We started off with easy capitals and in six weeks, he knew 53 of them."

Black Magic

Coconut detained in Maldives over vote-rigging claims

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Coconuts are often used in black magic rituals in the Maldives
Police take 'suspicious fruit' into their possession after claims it could have been used in black magic during elections

A coconut has been detained by Maldivian police on suspicion of vote-rigging in a key presidential election.

The coconut, described as "young", was found near a school that will be used as a polling station on Saturday on the remote Kaafu atoll, one of the hundreds of islands that comprise the Indian Ocean archipelago state.

Though the population of the Maldives is Sunni Muslim, continuing belief in magic is widespread in rural areas. Coconuts are often used in rituals and inscribed with spells.

The hundreds of thousands of international tourists who travel to the Maldives usually stay in isolated resorts and have no contact with local people other than staff.
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Alaska feline mayor Stubbs the cat suffers dog attack


Stubbs the cat was elected mayor of Talkeetna 15 years ago
A cat which was elected mayor of an Alaskan town 15 years ago has been badly injured in a dog attack.

Stubbs the cat, mayor of Talkeetna - which has no human mayor - is receiving veterinary care.

The cat, aged 16, was elected in a write-in campaign 15 years ago.

In the wake of Saturday's attack, Stubbs has been left with a punctured lung, bruised hips, a long deep gash on his side and a fractured sternum, the AP news agency reports.

Talkeetna, 115 miles (185km) north of the state's main city, Anchorage, is dotted with artist shops and is said to be the inspiration for the US TV series Northern Exposure.

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