The Water Bowl: Woodchuck Stealing Flags from Cemetery

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Police have finally found the culprit behind 75 flag thefts from the Republic Civil War section of the Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson, N.Y. After 15 alone were stolen on Saturday, cops installed three cameras to catch the thief, only to discover the offender was a woodchuck. –Daily Freeman

Almost a week after Bailey, a dog belonging to 4-year-old special-needs child Lukas, was stolen, he was left anonymously with the Peterborough Humane Society in Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday, and shortly returned to his owner. The dog’s disappearance was written about in the press, and the family had been offering a $200 reward for his return. –Peterborough Examiner

Government crews working on a Trinidad beach, where they were redirecting the Grand Riviere, have inadvertently dug up a major nesting ground for leatherback turtles, crushing thousands of eggs and hatchlings. “Before, the authorities were much quicker, much more responsive and also concerned about the turtle nesting areas,” hotelier Piero Guerrini said of the construction project, which aimed to move the shifting river away from his hotel’s foundation. “This time, there seemed to be no concern.” –AP

An 10 to 11-foot alligator bit off the arm of a teen swimming in Florida’s Caloosahatchee River Tuesday. While officials were able to kill the gator and recover the boy’s arm, it was unable to be reattached. “It came at him and he put his arm in the way instead of letting it get to his body,” witness Matt Baker said of the attack. “It took his arm and him under.” –AP

Scientists have discovered cells in the nose of a trout that respond to magnetism, offering an explanation as to how animals orient themselves and find their way, even when it’s dark or foggy. “There’s no doubt that many animals have a magnetic sense, particularly migratory birds and fish,” said Michael Winklhofer, a biogeophysicist at the University of Munich. “But the problem is, we still don’t know how that works.” –Discovery News

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