From an animal rights group that's concerned about drunk seagulls, to a Twitter appeal for a lost toy at an airport, here's a look at some of the strangest headlines from the past week.
Drunk seagulls are staggering and throwing up on beaches, animal welfare group says
A number of stumbling seagulls on English beaches seem to be getting a hold of alcohol, causing some to get sick and die, an animal welfare charity says.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said this week they've received more than a dozen reports of seagulls staggering, disoriented and confused, according to the Somerset County Gazette. The "drunk" birds have been found on beaches in southwest England.
"At first the birds look like they have botulism but then, after vomiting, most seem to recover," RSPCA officer Jo Daniel told multiple news outlets. "But the birds absolutely stink of alcohol when we collect them so now our vans smell like pubs."
A video shot by RSPCA shows a "drunken" seagull stumbling around in a room, nearly tripping over itself at one point.
A veterinarian with the animal welfare charity told Sky News a few of the seagulls have died after showing symptoms of intoxication, but many are recovering.
They're not sure what exactly has caused the birds to appear "drunk," but they suspect the birds might be getting into waste from nearby breweries, the BBC reported.
The group is asking area breweries, distilleries and other alcohol producers to ensure any leftover waste is kept out of reach of birds and other wildlife, the Somerset County Gazette reported.
By Kaitlyn Schwers, The Kansas City Star
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Black bear noshes on lunch inside surprised woman's minivan
ATLANTA (AP) — Bears don't usually pack a lunch, but they'll be happy to eat whatever someone else has prepared.
WSB-TV reports that Carrie Watts of Rabun County found a large black bear enjoying her sandwich, chips and a cookie inside her minivan after climbing through an open window.
Watts had left the windows down Wednesday to combat the summer heat. She initially thought the bear was a black cat.
She says the bear spent about 30 minutes in the minivan before it climbed back out the window and scaled a tree.
Watts said lunch wasn't the only thing the bear demolished; it also destroyed her child's car seat and shredded some paperwork.
Lawsuit: Cruise ship's no-slip floor caused cornhole injury
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The owners of a popular dinner cruise ship in Virginia are being sued by a customer who says the ship's no-skid flooring worked too well.
The lawsuit in federal court accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship of inappropriately using no-skid flooring on a part of the ship where cruisers play the game cornhole.
The plaintiff, 66-year-old Jeffrey Makuch of New York, says he took a cruise on the ship in June 2016 and fell while playing cornhole. He says the no-skid floor made it impossible for him to properly shift his weight while stepping to throw a beanbag.
The cruise ship owners have filed a reply denying that their flooring presents a risk.
The Virginian-Pilot reports the lawsuit seeks roughly $375,000 in damages.
Stuffed toy lost at airport prompts wave of online support
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts family's search for a beloved stuffed animal lost at Logan International Airport has ignited a wave of social media support.
Erica Fletcher says her 9-year-old daughter lost Hornzy Twigs at Terminal B in the Boston airport on Saturday and posted on Twitter about how her daughter was "heartbroken." The Boston Globe reports several Twitter users them promised to help look for the pink baby giraffe at Logan, creating the hashtag #BringHornzyHome.
We lost our daughter's lifetime favorite toy today in Terminal B of Boston Logan, this adorable pink baby giraffe. Daughter is heartbroken. Name tag sticker says Thacher. If found, pls contact me! @BostonLogan pic.twitter.com/zKUBCJkS9Y— Erica Fletcher (@ericafletcher) July 8, 2018
Fletcher said Sunday that the toy was likely left on the ground near the check-in area.
The toy is still missing, and Fletcher says if anyone happens across it they should send her a message.
Arrow removed from dog's head in Mississippi
LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A dog in Mississippi is recovering after rescuers removed an arrow from a muscle in the top of his head.
The Jones County Sheriff's Department says the dog's owner, 26-year-old Shawn Nichols of Laurel, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor. It was not immediately clear whether Nichols has an attorney.
The department says Nichols told investigators the dog broke off his chain and couldn't be caught, so Nichols shot him with a crossbow. The statement says Nichols told deputies he thought the arrow would kill the dog and he didn't mean for the animal to suffer.
WDAM-TV reports that workers at Southern Cross Animal Rescue named the dog Monk to honor the deputy who initially helped him Sunday. Monk is now living with a foster family.