Pigeon Held In India On Suspicion Of Spying For Pakistan

Indian police are holding a pigeon under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spy mission for neighboring Pakistan, media reported Friday.The white-colored bird was found by a local resident in India’s Punjab state, which borders Pakistan, and taken to a police station 25 miles from the city of Amritsar.The pigeon had a ring around its foot and a Pakistani phone number and address stamped on its body in red ink.

Police officer Ramdas Jagjit Singh Chahal told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency that they suspected the pigeon landed on Indian soil from Pakistan with a message, although no trace of a note was found.Officials directed that no one should be allowed to visit the pigeon, which police said was possibly on a “special mission of spying.”The bird was medically examined and kept in an air-conditioned room under police guard.
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Beekeepers Lose One Sixth Of Hives

Beekeepers lost one in six hives last winter due to disease and cold weather, according to the latest statistics. The losses are much higher than the natural rate of up to 10 per cent and reflect growing concerns that bee numbers are falling in Britain.

However, beekeepers are optimistic that colonies are in better shape than previous years, especially after such a harsh winter. In 2008/09 one in five hives were lost over the winter and a third died out the year before.
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Kitten Survives Washing Machine Cycle

A Persian kitten gave her owners the shock of their lives when she emerged from the washing machine, dizzy and bedraggled after surviving a full cycle.Brendon Rogers, from Manly Vale, Sydney, said four-month-old Kimba, a white, fluffy kitten, must have climbed into the front-loader machine when the door was open and curled up on the dirty clothes – unbeknownst to his father Lyndsay who turned the machine on for a cold wash.

They were both amazed when the cycle – including a high level spin – finished and they opened the door to pull out the clothes to find Kimba in the machine”We could hardly believe our eyes when she emerged, looking like a drowned rat,” he said.Although Kimba was alive she clearly needed help so they rushed her to the vet where she was put on an intravenous drip and treated for shock and hypothermia.
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