Fiona the hippo turns 1: Cincinnati Zoo plans birthday bash

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 7:14 AM

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The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is planning a special birthday bash for their hippopotamus Fiona.

The zoo is planning to celebrate Fiona’s first birthday with an event scheduled for Jan. 20, just four days before Fiona’s official Jan. 24 birthday.

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“You’ve been with us since day 1, following the journey of premature baby hippo Fiona. Now it’s time to celebrate! Our little hippo turns one on Jan 24, but we’re celebrating on Saturday, Jan 20! Make sure to wear your #TeamFiona gear to the party!” the zoo posted in an event Facebook page.

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To celebrate the hippo’s first birthday, the zoo will be offering a number of events and giveaways. The first 1,000 families to visit will receive a free hippo bath mat. Throughout the day people will also be able to get commemorative Fiona foot stamps, birthday cake and Graeter’s Ice Cream, according to the event’s Facebook page.

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Visitors will even get to sign a birthday card for Fiona from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hippo Cove at the zoo. Below is a list of activities and their times during the birthday celebration.

Sign Fiona’s birthday card: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hippo Cove

Busken cake and cookies: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

Graeter’s ice cream: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (while supplies last)

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Hippo care team members available for chats: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Specialists from Children’s Hospital who helped save Fiona: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Authors of Fiona books available for autographs: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the zoo’s Gift Shop

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Dog recovers after attack by hawk in backyard

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 3:17 AM

Daisy is recovering after being attacked by a hawk earlier this week.
Daisy is recovering after being attacked by a hawk earlier this week.(

A dog in Massachusetts is on the mend after she was attacked in her backyard by a hawk.

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It's been a few days for Daisy and her owner Susan Nascimeno after the 10-year-old bichon frise was attacked by a hawk Monday afternoon while fenced in her East Freeport backyard. 

"She was just covered in blood -- her chest, back, butt, everything was covered in blood; couldn't even see where she was bleeding from," Nascimento said.

Nascimeno said her neighborhood has had problems with hawks over the past few years.

“(Daisy) had two claw marks on one side. The other side they figured when the hawk picked her up and found out she was too heavy, dropped her and ripped the whole side skin off her," Nascimento said.

Daisy was taken to an animal hospital in Rhode Island for surgery on her puncture wounds and broken leg. 

"Wild animals can do a lot of damage, especially if they're hungry. Small dogs or cats can be injured or killed," said Dr. Russell White with the Ocean State Veterinary Specialists.

White has been caring for Daisy and has advice for all pet owners. 

"It's really important for those smaller animals, especially when they go outside, to make sure they're staying close to the house or in an enclosed area even though though those animals can get in to injure them keeping them away from exposed is a good recommendation," White said. 

White said Daisy is expected to make a full recovery.

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Texas man gets life in prison for beating, stomping girlfriend's baby

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 2:51 AM

A Texas court sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of an 18-month-old child.
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A Texas court sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of an 18-month-old child.(Mark Makela/Getty Images)

A Texas man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after his conviction for beating and stomping his girlfriend’s baby to death, KDFW reported.

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Joshua Beard and the child’s mother, Alexis Botello, are accused of burying the girl in Parker County.

According to police, in 2014 Beard slammed 18-month old Tylea so hard onto a bed that she bounced off it and hit the ground. He then stomped on her, police said.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit for Botello, Beard put Tylea’s body in a car. They drove from Arlington to a Walmart in Weatherford, where they bought gloves and shovels. The couple then allegedly dug a grave under the bridge, buried the child and covered her with logs and rocks, KDFW reported.

Botello later confessed to police and told them where to find Tylea’s body, KDFW reported. She was wrapped in a blanket and wearing only a diaper, according to the affidavit.

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Missing 15-year-old Kentucky girl found safe in Louisville, police say

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 2:16 AM

A Kentucky teen was found after she disappeared from her school Wednesday. She later messaged a friend saying she was possibly heading to Ohio and to call the police.
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A Kentucky teen was found after she disappeared from her school Wednesday. She later messaged a friend saying she was possibly heading to Ohio and to call the police.(Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

A 15-year-old Kentucky girl who left school to leave with an unknown person has been found, WKYT reported Thursday.

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Amber Renae Wagers was found safe in Louisville, the Berea Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Wagers, 15, walked out of Berea Community School around 10 a.m. Wednesday to leave with an unknown person, police said.

Investigators believe she met the person through a social media account. She later messaged a friend saying she was possibly heading to Ohio and to call police, WKYT reported.

There were no details about how the police located Wagers, but the Berea police wrote on Facebook that thanks were due to the Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police and the FBI.

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James Shaw Jr. raises $170,000 for Waffle House shooting victims

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 1:44 AM

Waffle House Shooting: ‘Hero’ Disarmed Shooter and Tossed Rifle Over Counter

James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee on Sunday, has raised more than $170,000 in a fundraiser to help the victims’ families, CNN reported.

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Shaw, who wrestled a rifle away from the gunman and tossed it over the counter, launched a GoFundMe campaign that easily topped its $15,000 goal. Four people were killed during the early morning attack at the Antioch, Tennessee, restaurant.

Restaurant officials in Antioch has pledged to donate all its proceeds for the next month to the families of the deceased and living victims, CNN reported.

Another GoFundMe campaign started by a New York man has raised more than $180,000 from more than 5,600 donors.

>> Who is James Shaw, the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, The Tennessean reported. He was sitting with a friend at the counter when a gunman wearing only a green jacket opened fire outside the diner, police said.

Shaw crawled along the ground to a restroom area. As soon as there was a pause in the shooting, Shaw ambushed him.

"I figured if I was gonna die, he was gonna have to work for it," he told reporters.

Shaw suffered a wound on his elbow where a bullet grazed it.

Police arrested alleged shooter Travis Reinking 34 hours later, police said.

Reinking is charged with four counts of criminal homicide and faces four counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony.

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