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Man gets bitten by snake while trying to snap selfie in India

A man has been bitten by a python after trying to take a selfie with the creature.It happened in India's northwestern Rajasthan state after forest department officials removed the snake from a school.They were holding the python and posing for pictures after successfully capturing it.A man...

Littersweet Symphony: Album for cats released

A musician has created an album of music for feline listeners, even though he is allergic to them.David Teie, a scientist and cellist in the US National Symphony Orchestra, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through crowdfunding and sold 10,000 copies of his record independently.He...

Japanese karate expert, 63, fights off bear using black belt skills

A 63-year-old karate expert was the unlikely victor of a fight with an angry bear, police in Japan have said.Atsushi Aoki was fishing in the mountains of the Gunma Prefecture region when the animal emerged from woodland.The snarling black bear - reportedly standing at 6ft 3ins on its...

Man who lived like a badger in a Welsh hole gets spoof Nobel prize

A researcher who lived as a badger in a Welsh hole is among winners of the annual spoof prizes for quirky scientific achievement.Charles Foster, a fellow at the University of Oxford, was honoured with an Ig Nobel prize in a zany ceremony at Harvard University.The...

Lightning strike kills more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway

A lightning strike has killed more than 300 wild reindeer in Norway, in what officials described as an unusually large natural disaster.Aerial footage shows reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.The footage was released by the Norwegian Environment Agency,...

Rare dodo skeleton to go under the hammer

A rare, almost complete skeleton of a dodo is set to be sold at auction.The composite of the extinct bird was put together in the early 2000s and is 95% complete, missing only a part of the skull and one set of claws.It is...

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