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20 tonnes of Nutella and Kinder Surprises stolen in Germany

UNUSUAL – It’s an original case. German police have been searching since August 12th for a refrigerated trailer filled with pallets of “Nutella” and “Kinder surprises.” The loot was stolen from the town of Neustadt in the south-west of the country, and contains 20 tons of the famous spread and treats.

The estimated cost of the cargo is “between 50,000 and 70,000 euros”. Police do not rule out the hypothesis that the perpetrators simply wanted to steal the trailer.

While waiting to find the thieves, authorities gave instructions in a statement quoted by BFMTV: “Anyone who is offered a large amount of chocolate by unconventional means is asked to report it immediately to the police.”

The German press made the comparison with another theft, a truck loaded with thirty tons of fruit juice, stolen Sunday morning in northern Germany in the city of Wittenburg.

Same-Sex Vulture Couple Hatches Abandoned Egg

AMSTERDAM – The couple living in captivity in an Amsterdam zoo took turns for two months, brooding the egg until the pigeon was born in excellent health.

Two male vultures that have a long-standing relationship at the Royal Artis Zoo in Amsterdam successfully bred an abandoned egg of a bird of the same species, reports Canada’s CBC.

The birds took turns for two months until the pigeon was born in excellent health. In addition, the couple has assumed their role as parents and according to the authorities of the Dutch zoo, they are doing very well.

“We have had them for several years, they always build their nest together,” said caretaker Job van Tol.

To feed the vulture pigeon, parents regurgitate food, as do all carrion birds.

Another characteristic of the griffon vulture pairs, to which the gay couple in question belongs, is that they stay together for the rest of their lives.

Zookeepers said it is not uncommon for gay vultures to join wildlife, as this couple decided in captivity.

As far as the Royal Artis Zoo in Amsterdam is concerned, it is the first time in five years that an egg has successfully hatched.

“They did, the egg hatched,” Van Tol said. They are good parents, they make everything good, they are very protective, it’s beautiful, “he added.” The chick is 20 days old and grows crazy.

no constitutional right to marry your laptop Utah insists

ALT LAKE CITY — According to the Utah Attorney General’s Office, there is no constitutional right to marry a laptop

Responding to a lawsuit filed against Governor Gary Herbert, Attorney General Sean Reyes, and Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson, lawyers for the state asked a federal judge to dismiss it.

As reported by Fox13 Now, Chris Sevier sued the state of Utah, arguing that if same-sex marriage is legal he should be allowed to marry his computer. He recently amended his lawsuit to include John Gunter, Jr., and Whitney Kohl, who are arguing for the right to enter into a polygamous marriage.

Sevier has a history of filing similar lawsuits in other states. He is acting as his own attorney in this lawsuit, and has been barred from practicing law in Tennessee.

“Plaintiffs contend that because the courts have recognized same-sex individuals’ right to marry, this Court should further expand the right to marry to include unions between a person and a laptop computer and unions between multiple partners,” assistant Utah Attorney General David Wolf wrote in the filing, adding:

“These claims are untenable as a matter of law because Plaintiffs lack standing to bring these claims and the right to marry has not been indefinitely expanded, nor should it be. Simply put, marrying a laptop computer or multiple partners are not rights protected by the Constitution.”

Sevier, who is acting as his own attorney, has made similar claims before. Last year, he filed a lawsuit in a Houston federal court alleging that he and his 2011 Apple MacBook were denied a marriage license. At the time, he vowed to file additional lawsuits in 12 more states, though it’s unclear if the Utah suit is part of that pledge. “The state is not doing anyone any favors by encouraging people to live that lifestyle,” he told The Houston Press at the time. “We have to define marriage.”

This time around, Sevier included John Gunter, Jr., and Whitney Kohl, who are fighting for the right to enter into a polygamous marriage, in his lawsuit, KSTU-TV reports. Regardless, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wasn’t having any of it, calling on a federal judge to dismiss Sevier’s suit because there is no constitutional right to marry a laptop.

“These claims are untenable as a matter of law because Plaintiffs lack standing to bring these claims and the right to marry has not been indefinitely expanded, nor should it be,” assistant Utah Attorney General David Wolf wrote in the Tuesday filing, which can be viewed in full here. “Simply put, marrying a laptop computer or multiple partners are not rights protected by the Constitution.”

But Wolf didn’t stop there, offering a priceless retort for Sevier specifically. “Furthermore, even if that were not the case, unless Sevier’s computer has attained the age of 15,” he wrote, “it is too young to marry under Utah law.”

South African Big Game Hunter Dies, Crushed To Death By Elephant

Theunis Botha (51), hunter and safaris organizer, dies after being crushed by the elephant that one of his clients had just killed

South African (SNC) – Theunis Botha, a figure known in the world of hunters and African safaris, died last Friday in Zimbabwe during an elephant hunt.

Theunis Botha, 51, was hunting with a group in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when they fell on a herd of farmed elephants.

They quickly started shooting, according to News 24 , scaring the animals. The animals began to charge in their direction.

A member of his group fired at the elephant. The animal, mortally wounded, fell on Botha, crushing it to the death.

Botha lived in South Africa where he left a wife and five children.

Botha was a recognized hunter. He had frequently led hunts to lions and leopards. He had often traveled to the United States to “recruit” wealthy Americans to participate in hunting he organized in Africa.

Chilliwack dairy farm pleads guilty to animal abuse

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – British Columbia’s provincial court says three dairy farm workers from the Fraser Valley have been sentenced to jail for causing distress to an animal after an undercover video showed several employees abusing milk cows.

The Chilliwack provincial court registry confirmed Jamie Visser and Chris Vandyke were given 60 days each in jail, while Travis Keefer must spend seven days in jail after they pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Visser and Vandyke are also prohibited from having animals in their custody for three years and must serve six months’ probation.

The dairy farm company and its owner were fined $75,000 each after pleading guilty last year to causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

The owners of the company apologized for what took place in the spring of 2014.

The hidden-camera video played in court showed a cow being lifted by a chain around its neck using a tractor and other employees repeatedly beating and kicking cows, while others nearby cheered and laughed.

Charges in the case were laid after an investigation by the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Marcie Moriarity of the SPCA says she believes it’s the first time in Canada where a company has been held responsible for the acts of cruelty by its employees on a farm.

“We rarely see convictions involving farm animal cases in the context of animal cruelty. This is absolutely precedent setting.”

She said the convictions show the courts, investigating agencies and the farming industry take such allegations seriously.

“We worked hand-in-hand when this first occurred with the B.C. dairy industry, milk marketing board and the Ministry of Agriculture to see those lasting changes in legislation.

“That was a huge feat for all those parties to come together with the goal of preventing animal cruelty.”

The farm, Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd., is one of the largest farms of its kind in Canada with 2,800 cows.

Moriarity says the role of the animal rights group Mercy For Animals in recording the undercover video was essential in the case.

She says she would like to see video used on farms to audit their activities.

“Accountability is absolutely necessary and I think that is a message that came out of this case.”

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the charges were laid by the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.