Oops! Boy trips at museum, punches hole in painting worth $1.5 million

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 8:05 AM

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Whoops! A 12-year-old boy visiting a Taiwan museum took a tumble ... and ended up destroying a $1.5 million work of art.

The boy was at the museum in Taipei on a guided tour when security footage captured him tripping right in front of the Paolo Porpora oil painting titled "Flowers," which is 350 years old. He tries to keep himself from falling over and ends up smashing a fist-sized hole in the painting, valued at $1.5 million.

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The painting was on loan as part of the "The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius" exhibition, Mashable reports.

Lucky for the clumsy lad, he won't have to pay for the damages. According to Focus Taiwan News, insurance will cover the cost to have the painting restored before it is sent back to Italy.

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WATCH: Polar bear cub takes first steps outside zoo

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 2:56 PM

Polar bear cub takes first steps outside zoo

A 18-week-old polar bear cub left the birthing box at Gelsenkirchen's zoological garden for the first time together with his mother on Friday, April 13.

The cub was born on Dec. 4, 2017 and now weighs about 20 kilograms (44 pounds.) 

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Gelsenkirchen Mayor Frank Baranowski unveiled the name of the little polar bear. Five proposals were up for election for almost two weeks: Nanook, Mathilda, Lenja, Lore and Baerbel. 

Most polar bear fans voted for Nanook, the animal keepers' proposal, on the zoo's website homepage. Nanook comes from the Inuit language and means polar bear.

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WATCH: Baby elephant born in Belgium

Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 @ 4:28 PM

Baby elephant born in Belgium

Belgium's Planckendael Zoo on Wednesday (April 11) welcomed its third baby elephant this year, a boost to the zoo's breeding program of Asian elephants.

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The new arrival, still without a name, became the first male Asian elephant to be born at the zoo this year. 

On his feet within fifteen minutes of his delivery and now walking well, the newborn is perfectly healthy, the zoo said. 

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The elephant arrived on the birthday of his aunt, delighting zookeepers and boosting the herd to ten members.

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Daughter of ex-Russian spy released from hospital after exposure to nerve agent

Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 5:25 PM

This is an image of the daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal taken from Yulia Skipal's Facebook account on Tuesday March 6, 2018. British media report Tuesday April 10, 2018 that Yulia Skripal, one of two Russians poisoned by nerve agent, has been released from the hospital.
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This is an image of the daughter of former Russian Spy Sergei Skripal, Yulia Skripal taken from Yulia Skipal's Facebook account on Tuesday March 6, 2018. British media report Tuesday April 10, 2018 that Yulia Skripal, one of two Russians poisoned by nerve agent, has been released from the hospital.(Yulia Skripal/Facebook via AP)

The daughter of a former Russian spy has been released from a hospital in the United Kingdom, more than a month after she and her father were exposed to a military-grade nerve agent, doctors said Tuesday.

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Sergei and Yulia Skripal were hospitalized March 4 after they were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury, according to BBC News. British officials have said they were exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in what has been described as an assassination attempt by the Russian government.

A police officer was also exposed to Novichok and hospitalized, although officials with Salisbury District Hospital said he was released March 22.

Russian officials have denied playing any role in the attack.

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“(The Skripals) have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we’ve been providing, but equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery,” Dr. Christine Blanshard, medical director of Salisbury District Hospital, said Tuesday in a statement.

Yulia Skripal, 33, was discharged Monday and taken to a secure location, the Salisbury Journal reported.

“This is not the end of her treatment, but marks a significant milestone,” Blanshard said.

Sergei Skripal, 66, remained hospitalized Tuesday, though Blanshard said his condition continued to improve.

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“Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course,” she said.

In a statement released last week by London Metropolitan police, Yulia Skripal asked for privacy for her family and they continue to grapple with the aftermath of the March 4 attack.

“I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily,” she said in the statement, released April 5.

The Russian Embassy congratulated Yulia Skripal on her release in a tweet but said pointedly that Russia needs "urgent proof" that "what is being done to her is done on her own free will."

Sergei Skripal is a former Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted in Russia of spying for Britain. He was imprisoned in Russia and eventually settled in England after a "spy swap." 

If Britain is correct that the Russian government is to blame, it is not clear why Sergei Skripal was poisoned last month, some eight years after his swap.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Ice explosions on Chinese river

Published: Sunday, April 08, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

A series of ice-breaking detonations were carried out on Sunday at a melting section of the Heilongjiang River in northeast China to prevent potential ice jams that could pose danger to nearby residents.

A series of ice-breaking detonations were carried out on Sunday at a melting section of the Heilongjiang River in northeast China to prevent potential ice jams that could pose danger to nearby residents.

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The blasts broke the frozen river surface and sent plumes of ice flying high into the air, creating a spectacular scene along the Mohe County section of the Heilongjiang River in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. 

The detonation operation was implemented along a five-kilometer stretch of the river which is also known as the Amur River, a boundary river between China and Russia.

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