PHUKET: Animals leaped into the world’s news headlines this week with scary, silly and sad stories to report.
The great Ohio escape: Monkey still AWOL, feared eaten by lion
A FUGITIVE monkey who has been on the run from Ohio police since Tuesday night is presumed dead, eaten by one his “big cat” accomplices.
One of the 18 tigers or 17 lions among the 58 animals who were set free from the Muskingum Exotic Animal Farm late Tuesday night by their owner are thought to have eaten the Macaque monkey.
Police have now officially ended their search for the monkey.
Sherrif’s deputies shot and killed 48 of the animals after Terry Thompson, the owner of the farm, opened all the animals’ cages before committing suicide, the Telegraph reports
His body was found close to the cages with bite marks to the head. They are believed to have been inflicted shortly after his death by one of his large cats.
With wolves, tigers, bears and lions on the loose, schools were closed in the Zanesville area on Wednesday and flashing signs along highways warned: “Caution exotic animals” and “Stay in vehicle”.
Police officers were under orders to shoot to kill all animals when the alarm was first raised in the early hours of Wednesday morning due to fear the animals would evade capture under the cover of night.
Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said public safety was his primary concern and that his “suspects” were not everyday house cats or dogs, but “300 pound Bengal Tigers”.
Animals rights activits have been voicing their outrage at the shootings.
HOAX of the week: Monster slipper fit for a giant delivered to man’s home
A SLEW of British newspapers were caught up in an elaborate hoax this week about a man who mistakenly received a size 1,450 monster slipper – big enough for him to sleep in.
The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mirror and other major newspapers reported that Londoner Tom Boddingham, 27, ordered a custom-fit size 14.5 monster slipper from Hong Kong, but the manufacturer misplaced the decimal point and sent him the giant slipper, measuring seven feet long.
The Guardian today reports the story to be an elaborate PR stunt from Monster Slippers, and the “real” Tom is actually a bloke called Jospeh Jennings, none other than the web manager for the slipper company.
Click here for the full story.
Tears for last act of Pocho the crocodile
ONE of the world’s most famous crocodiles was given a heroe’s funeral this week.
Pocho, a 14-foot-long crocodile, was a local legend in Siquirres, Costa Rica, a small banana farming town. Pocho and his owner Gilberto Shedden, 54, were a double act called Tarzon Tico.
Their weekly Sunday shows were a much-loved tradition in the town. They used to wrestle each other much to the delight of locals and thousands of internet fans around the world.
Hundreds of locals lined the streets to pay their respects to the 70-stone Pocho and Gilberto, wearing his trademark loincloth, sat alongside his beloved friend for the funeral procession.
Tarzan Tico performed for eight years, putting on shows that helped put the Caribbean town on the map.
Gilberto found the Pocho in a river badly injured from a gunshot wound to the head 20 years ago. Her nursed Pocho back to health and the two became best friends.
Pocho’s body will be embalmed and put on display in a local museum.
Click here to see some of Tarzan Tico’s amazing acts.
Remember to tune in next week for more of the Phuket Gazette’s new Weird World News round-up.
JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala, Phuket
PHOTOS: Newshawk Phuket
Not often we get to write this headline… “JetSki crashes into shop in Kamala”.
The jetski was being towed by a Saleng (motorcycle and side-car) through the streets of Kamala this afternoon when, for reasons we don’t yet (probably brake failure), the whole shebang went AWOL and ended up running into the front window of some tourist shops.
The jetskis are a common sight going through the backroads of the various west-coast shopping areas at the start and end of each day, on their way to the beach to hire to tourists, usually in a convoy with the jetski staff riding shotgun on top.
This time it was a lone JetSki, being towed by a saleng, that somehow veered off the street and into the roadside Kamala shops.
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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers.
China is the least believing country in the world but belief in a God gets 100 per cent mention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines, according to the survey by Gallup International.
According to the survey exploring religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world, 62 per cent of people in the world define themselves as religious, 74% of people globally believe we have a ‘soul’ and 71% believe in a God. Another 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.
China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in any religion. Every seven out ten people are atheists, more than double than any other country. 23% consider themselves as non-religious. Less than 10% identify themselves as religious in China.
China’s atheist percentage is followed by Japan, a long way behind in second place at 29%, Slovenia (28%) and Chech Republic (25%). Despite rapid industrialisation and urbanisation religion has stayed relevant in the South Korean region with only 23% identifying as atheist.
European countries like Belgium (21 %), France (21%) , Sweden (18%) and Iceland (17%) also have a large percentage of believing population.
Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines are the most believing countries with entire population claiming to believe in God, soul, hell and heaven. Thailand and Pakistan have 99% believing population, followed by India, Vietnam and Mongolia.
The survey shows that the levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with higher incomes. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.
According to the survey there is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics like age, income and education level. As education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to go down. Also, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.
The level of education has a considerable influence on the perception of religion by the society. Women and young children show higher percentage for spiritual forces.
SOURCE: Data Leads
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