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▪ A bichon frisé was snatched by an eagle from a Pennsylvania backyard, but survived a long flight in its talons. Felipe Rodriguez was watching the dog, Zoey, for his sister when the raptor swooped down and carried off the 8-pound canine in its claws. “It seemed like something from The Wizard of Oz,” said Rodriguez. The next day, his sister, Monica Newhard, got a phone call from a driver who’d found Zoey by the roadside—4 miles away. Apart from a few claw marks, the animal was well, though a little shaken. “She doesn’t want to go out,” Newhard said. “I can’t blame her.”
▪ It was so chilly during last week’s cold snap in South Florida that frozen iguanas began falling from trees, often landing belly up on people’s lawns. The cold-blooded animals become immobilized when temperatures dip below 40 degrees, and can’t hold on to the branches where they roost at night. Some concerned residents placed blankets over the cold, stiffened iguanas. But local wildlife worker Kristen Sommers warned people to be careful when handling motionless iguanas—which might bite when they warm up. “Don’t,” she said, “assume they’re dead.”
▪ An Australian distiller is selling a new “sustainable” spirit made from vino spat out at wine-tasting conferences. To avoid getting drunk, tasters generally swill, then spit out most of what they sample. Appalled by the waste of good wine, Peter Bignell collected 100 gallons from spittoons and sent it to a gin distillery. Twelve months later, the spit-bucket wine had been transformed into an 80-proof, brandy-like spirit called Kissing a Stranger. “It was lovely,” Bignell said of the liquor. “It had quite a lot of fruit flavor in it.” ■