"You Just Have To Act Tough"
FAIRBANKS, Alaska- Rocky Squier raised an abandoned moose calf with his horses and has trained it for lumber removal and other hauling tasks. Given the 2,000 pounds of robust muscle, and the splayed, grippy hooves, Squier claims it is the best work animal he owns. He says the secret to keeping the moose around is a sweet salt lick, and during the rut when he disappears for a couple of weeks, not asking where he has been when he comes back. "You can control these animals and make them work for you if you have the will. You just have to act tough when you are around them... that tough attitude and a cattle prod, are pretty much all you need."
Alaska Still Has Job Openings
ANCHORAGE, Alaska- Gov. Palin is considering a nationwide publicity blitz to fill open positions here in Alaska. "Katie Couric owes me but if she won't put me on I'll get my message out wherever I can. We need more people who will go outside to do work in this state but nobody will move here for these jobs. They think it's all polar bears, meth labs and gun nuts."
Man Eating Carp Haunts China
HUADU FURONG, China- The Chinese long denied they had a problem with killer fresh water fish but when the son of a government official disappeared the awful truth hit the streets--the boy was eaten by a giant man-eating carp.
According to locals a 30 foot long catfish was caught, cut up and inside were the remains of a human male.
Since then, all carp are seen as the mortal enemy of the townspeople and are being pulled out of the river, in record numbers, before they can grow into more man-eaters.
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagoevich's last official act in office was to arrange a trip to China to see if he could learn anything from them on how to help his state with its own infestation of Asian Big Head Carp.
Geese Down Medi-Chopper
COLD CREEK, Arkansas- A flock of geese, flying at night, took on a Medi-Chopper on a rescue mission and brought it down in a field short of St. Francis of Assisi Hospital. The patient, a goose hunter, had suffered a heart attack and was being flown to the emergency room. He died before an ambulance could reach the scene.
Cow Rides Shotgun
LAREDO, Texas- Clint Strider claims he just really loves his prized steer named Moses. Mental health officials believe he needs immediate help and perhaps confinement. Until authorities take action Strider plans to continue driving Moses around town. Police report they hope to find a legal way to stop Strider from driving an unrestrained 2000 pound steer on city streets.