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Meet 'Giant George' the 7ft-long blue great dane who could be the world's tallest dog

Standing at nearly 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder and weighing a staggering 245lbs could this be the world's new tallest dog?

Pictured here in the parks of Tuscon, Arizona, George, a four-year-old blue great dane, looks more like a miniature horse than a dog.



The gentle giant, who measures 7ft 3ins from nose to tail, could be a prime contender to take the title from the former record holder, Gibson, a harlequin Great Dane who passed away from cancer last August.

Now George's owners, David and Christine Nasser, are awaiting confirmation from Guinness World Records to see if he has achieved the lofty heights.

'He's 42.625 inches at the shoulder,' said David. 'He's very very unique.'

According to David, George consumes 110lbs of food every month, and sleeps alone in his own Queen Size Bed.

David and Christine raised George from when he was 7 weeks old, but never expected him to grow so big.





The couple eventually had to move their aptly named dog out of their king sized bed, when he grew too large for the three of them to share the same sheets.

Dr. William Wallace of the Buena Pet Clinic in Tucson, who witnessed the documentation necessary for the Guinness record, said: 'In my 45 years of experience working with giant breed dogs, without question, George is the tallest dog I have ever seen.'

David is currently rushing to get that necessary documentation into Guinness as other dog owners are coming forth claiming the record.

As they wait for the results to come through, George is busy occupying himself with his new found stardom and even has a Facebook fan page and Twitter accounts for his adorning fans.

It appears as though the sky's the limit for this mammoth hound.

The Christmas slanket for watching TV

It's the perfect present for those who need help coping with cold winter evenings.

To prove it, the Slanket is a huge Christmas hit with thousands of buyers, leaving its suppliers struggling to keep up with demand.

The Slanket, so named as it is a blanket with over-sized sleeves, is designed to keep wearers warm as they lounge on the sofa watching TV or reading a book.



Christian Robinson, from internet site Firefox, said: 'We are selling over 1,000 a day, and as soon as we get more delivered, they are selling out.

'It's been amazing. We just can't get them into the country fast enough.'

The £25 garment can cover the wearer from neck to foot, keeping them cosy even if they get up to make a cup of tea or answer the door.

It was invented in 1998 by Gary Clegg, a student struggling to keep warm in a flat in the U.S. state of Maine during sub-zero temperatures.

He said: 'I decided I needed to tear a hole in my sleeping bag so I could keep my upper body warm as I channel- surfed during the commercial breaks. During the Christmas vacation, I commissioned the first Slanket to be made by my mother. . . and it was born.'

Mr Clegg, 30, added that the original version was a blanket with one sleeve which he used all through college. He later redesigned it to have two sleeves.

The product was a huge seller in the U.S., netting him millions.

Made of a polyester fleece material, there is a version for children and even a double slanket for couples.

The single adult version measures a very generous 60in by 95in. They are open at the back and worn like an apron.

In Britain, Lakeland started stocking them in September last year and has sold nearly 250,000 since.

The Slanket has attracted a celebrity following, including an appearance by Bruce Willis wearing one on the David Letterman show.

But Tom Dunmore, from Stuff magazine, said: 'There is something very wrong about someone wearing a

Slanket. They are most definitely not high fashion but they've an amazing phenomenon.

'I think people are spending more time at home and there is also an argument that you could save on heating. However, I would have to advise them to just put on a nice jumper instead.'

Other presents which have sold out this year include the robotic Go- Go Hamster and the Lucky Voice home karaoke kit.

Now, how do I outfox the ticket inspectors? (or how an undeniably urban fox rode a Tube station escalator)

Scrabbling through bins and dodging the traffic doesn’t make you a real urban fox.

But catching the Tube definitely does. This city gent dashed on to the escalator at Walthamstow Central in East London at the weekend.

He got all the way down to the bottom before staff shooed him back up again.



Then, unsure what to do, he sat at the top of the escalator as his fellow travellers watched in surprise.

Kate Arkless Gray, 29, who took the photo, watched as the fox eventually trotted out of the station.

'As I got off the train I saw this daring creature dashing full speed down the down escalator, which was taped off for maintenance workers at the bottom,' she said.

'The workers at the bottom of the escalator shooed him back up again.

'He just paused near the top for a moment, so I scrabbled around my bag and took a couple of pictures.

'I was there for about a minute, watching other people's reactions to it.'

She added: ‘He was so casual. He left under the ticket barrier and headed toward the bus station.

‘Maybe he was trying to catch the last bus home.’



We were all just stunned,' said Ms Arkless Gray. 'It's not exactly a sight that you expect to see on your way home from a Saturday night out.

We did that London thing of just smiling at one another to acknowledge we'd each seen something interesting. You don't normally make eye contact on the underground unless something unusual is going on and this was definitely one of those times.'




She added: 'I've certainly never seen anything like it and I've lived in the area for years.

'I do hear a lot of foxes at night and occasionally see them in the street. But it would have had to go down a couple of flights of stairs to get down to that escalator. It was a great surprise to see on my way home.'

Snake in a bind after eating its own tail

A pet snake got itself in a bit of a bind after it mistook its own tail for a tasty dinner.

Reggie the King snake soon realised his mistake after chomping down on his back end but couldn't release himself after his teeth had taken hold.



Luckily the hungry reptile's owner arrived on the scene before the snake began to digest its own body, and rushed him to the vet.

'Its teeth were acting like a ratchet,' said vet Bob Reynolds from Faygate, West Sussex.

'If a snake like this one is kept in a space that is too small then there is always a temptation for it to lunge at its own tail.

'They can't spread themselves out and think their tails are another snake.'



The foolhardy animal was close to being put down, but Mr Reynolds was eventually able to gently untangle Reggie.

King snakes in the wild range from southern Canada down to South America. They can grow up to seven feet and live up to 20 years.

The constrictors hunt a variety of prey from rodents to birds and other snakes... and at times even themselves.

World Smallest orchid


Botanists who have just discovered a new flower in Ecuador can be forgiven for having missed it until now.

The world's smallest orchid is just 2.1mm wide, with transparent petals that are just one cell thick. It comes from the Platystele genus, which is made up of mostly miniature plants.

American scientist Lou Jost found the tiny flower by accident among the roots of a larger plant that he had collected from the Cerro Candelaria reserve in the eastern Andes.

He said: 'I saw that down among the roots was a tiny little plant that I realised was more interesting than the bigger orchid.

'Looking at the flower is often the best way to be able to identify which species of orchid you’re got hold of - and can tell you whether you’re looking at an unknown species or not.'

It is the 60th new orchid that Dr Jost has discovered in the past decade.

He works for Ecuador's EcoMinga Foundation, which created the reserve in partnership with the World Land Trust in Britain.

'It is an exciting feeling to find a new species,' he said.

'People think everything has been discovered but there's much more.'

More than 1,000 orchid species have been unearthed in the South American country in the last 100 years as new roads have opened up more remote regions.

Dr Jost's most exciting find was a group of 28 types of orchids from the teagueia genus in a mountainous area near Banos, Ecuador.

The group was previously thought to only have six species.

Gardener grows marrow that looks like a duck

At a glance, it could easily be a duck, ruffling its feathers as it sits in a nest.

But this incredible image actually shows a marrow grown by Marilyn and Lionel Partridge in their vegetable patch.

The remarkable vegetable even features an eye, after it scratched against a twig, while the 2in stalk perfectly resembles a beak.

Mrs Partridge, 62, said: 'I have never in my 40 years of gardening and growing my own vegetables come across anything that looks like an animal before.



'I am absolutely delighted. The marrow just looked a bit odd at first, but we then realised that it looked like a duck.

'When I saw it, I burst out laughing. It is so realistic. We haven't done anything to it, it is perfectly natural.

'It is in the shape of a duck with its head turned about to preen itself.

'We couldn't eat it because it looked so adorable. Besides, would it be a meat or vegetable course?



'My two-year-old granddaughter Sophie loves it. She kept looking at it and saying "duck, duck".

'Everyone thinks we must have done something to it to make it grow like a bird but we didn't. In fact we completely forgot we had planted it.'

Mrs Partridge, a grandmother of four, added: 'It would be great to grow another odd-shaped plant but seeing it took us 40 plus years to find this one, we won't hold our breath.'

The couple's marrow is now part of a display in honour of Wild Bird Care Week at the garden centre where they bought the original plant.

'When our grandchildren, Matilda, Henry and Finley Doel told us that they had entered a bird modelling competition at Sanders GardenWorld, we decided to take it along to add to the garden centre's display,' Mrs Partridge added.

Ex-soldier has all 223 names of troops killed in Afghanistan tattooed on his body

His bare back is still red raw from their freshly-inked names.

But former soldier Shaun Clark had promised to have the name of every troop killed in Afghanistan tattooed on his body in honour of their sacrifice.

And he wasn't going to back out.

Mr Clark, 43, spent more than four hours in the tattooist's chair today as each of the 223 names were etched in ink over his chest and back.



Mr Clark, who served with the 8th Battalion Light Infantry Regiment from 1989 to 1996, was waiting in the tattooist's chair at 11am this morning to carry out his painful pledge.

The first name was etched on his body just as the traditional Armistice Day two-minute silence began



He said: 'I don't mind suffering for a few days if I can let the lads know that people really care about what they're doing out there, and raise some money for the guys coming home wounded as well.

'The family thought I was mad to begin with, but they've come round to the idea now, and my wife is backing me all the way.'

The married father-of-two from Doncaster hopes his challenge will raise £500 for the charity Help for Heroes.

He plans on updating the sombre list every year on Remembrance Day if required.

Before his ordeal began, Mr Clark said: 'It's going to be painful business but it's nothing compared to what the troops are going through every single day on the front line.'

He added: 'I know it's a bit extreme covering the top half of your body front and back with 223 names, but it's my way of honouring all those men and women and it'll be there as a memorial for as long as I live.'

Mr Clark said: 'I wanted to do something to raise money for the heroes who still need help and to honour the memory of the fallen.

'I've still lots of friends from my days in the Army over in Afghanistan and there's lots of Donny lads out there as well.

'Lots of people do things to raise money but I wanted to do something different and something permanent.

'It's not just about raising money - it's also about letting these lads know that people care about what they're doing.'

Tattoo artist Kevin Kent, who is donating his services free of charge, said: 'We're going to start just as the two minute silence begins at 11am on Wednesday, and I've told Shaun that's it's going to be a slow and painful process.'

Mr Clark served in Denmark, Gibraltar and Norway before leaving the Army in 1997.

He says he has received many messages of support from soldiers still out in Afghanistan as well as from former colleagues.

Mr Clark has set up a page on the Just Giving fundraising website and has raised £165.

His page is inundated with supportive comments from well-wishers.

One supporter writes: 'Good luck shaun its means a lot to me what you are doing as my husband is there soon.'

Another adds: 'Top bloke. We will remember them.'

A Help for Heroes spokesman said: 'We are used to people going the extra mile, but this goes far beyond the norm.

'Shaun was in touch a few days ago to confirm everything was going ahead.

'It turned out to be a very poignant conversation because the volunteer who took the call lost her husband in action earlier in the year and, of course, his name is among those on the list."

Help for Heroes is a charity that raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded.

In just over two years, the charity has raised over £30million through more than 10,000 individual events.

Baby boy gives two-finger salute to the world from inside the WOMB

If Owen Skeffington grows up to show a lack of respect for authority, his parents can hardly complain that he didn't warn them.

A scan taken at 27 weeks clearly shows the infant raising two fingers to the camera.

Such was the hilarity at Royal Preston Hospital that the sonographer asked permission of his parents, Owen senior and Kelly, to put the picture on the wall.



The couple, from Ashton, Preston, who also have three-year-old twins girls, Niamh and Erin, said they couldn't decide whether baby Owen was being rude to them or simply showing how many sisters he has.

His father Owen, 34, joked: 'Luckily, he didn't come out sticking two fingers up!'

Owen's comical antics caused great hilarity at the hospital. The sonographer carrying out the scan even asked for the couple's permission to reproduce the image and put it on the wall for other patients to see.

Kelly has since given birth to Owen at Royal Preson Hospital.

According to popular legend, the rude V-sign was a gesture of defiance first used by English and Welsh archers during the 100 Years War against France.

The French apparently threatened to cut off the arrow-shooting fingers of the longbow men, so the archers would wave these two fingers to show they could still shoot.

Pet dog 'baked to death' after owner left her in car during heat wave

A negligent pet owner left his dog to 'cook to death' inside a boiling hot car while he visited his girlfriend.

The animal, named Sasha, was found dead in the car after worried neighbours called the police and the RSPCA.

Experts said that the inside of the BMW was as hot as an Aga cooker. The dog had died after two hours inside the vehicle which had been parked in direct sun during the heat wave in August, when temperatures outside were in excess of 22 degrees.



When a vet pulled Sasha, a rescued Rottweiler dog, out of the sweltering car her body temperature was so high that the mercury rocketed off the scale of his thermometer.

Sasha's owner James MacDonald was fined £574 pounds after admitting to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

Magistrates banned him from keeping animals for only a year - meaning he will be allowed to own a dog again.

The court at Banbury, Oxon, heard how the married 42-year-old was visiting a girlfriend at a bed and breakfast guesthouse in Chipping Norton, Oxon, in August this year.

He had taken his dog with him on the journey from his home in Whitton, Middlesex.

Paddy Roche, prosecuting, told JPs how the landlady of the B&B saw MacDonald pull into the car park in his BMW before going to visit his girlfriend.

However, when she left to go to the shops, she noticed the 'distressed' female Rottweiler panting in the back of the saloon car.

'The parking space was in the sun and it was a hot afternoon,' said Mr Roche.

'The landlady went past the car and realised the dog was a Rottweiler and it was in distress.



'It was panting badly with long drawn out pants. Only one of the rear windows was open and it was open by two inches.'

The worried landlady called the RSPCA, who in turn alerted the police before rushing to the scene.

'A PCSO arrived first and, with the help of the landlady's husband, smashed in the driver's window of the car,' added Mr Roche.

'They described the heat of the inside of the car as being like an Aga oven.'

A vet then clambered inside the vehicle and found Sasha wedged in a footwell under the driver's seat of the car, where she had desperately tried to escape from the blistering heat and intense sunlight.

Six bottles of water were also discovered inside the car - but all the tops had been left screwed on.

After her body was pulled out of the car a temperature reading was taken using a thermometer which had a maximum of 42 degrees centigrade.

However, the mercury shot straight off the scale.

Even four hours after her dead body was found, her core temperature read 43 degrees - five degrees more than what a normal dog her size should have been.

A post mortem examination on Sasha's body had suffered multiple organ failure due to the overwhelming heat.

In an RSPCA interview, MacDonald said he was told that animals were not allowed inside the B&B so he was left with no choice but to leave her in the car with the window slightly open.

He told Inspector Will Rippon that he 'loved that dog so much' and wished he could turn the clock back.

Shirley Selby, defending, said the dog's death had been caused by a 'total error of judgment' by MacDonald, who had owned her since she was rescued at the age of two-and-a-half years.

She told JPs that he was 'completely devastated' by the death.

Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Eileen Bussell told him: 'While we accept it was not a deliberate act, you acted in complete negligence by not ensuring you checked on the welfare of the dog when you were away.'

Following the case, Inspector Rippon said: 'This case just highlights how important it is not to leave dogs in cars in hot weather.

'They can overheat so quickly leading to suffering and potential death. I would encourage anyone to think twice before leaving their dog in a car.'

The fridge-sized computer that sent the very first email 40 years ago but crashed after just two letters were received

The very first message to be sent between two computers - a breakthrough that helped usher in the internet and Mail Online - was sent exactly 40 years ago.

And to mark the occasion, celebrities, computer experts and entrepreneurs joined the man behind that first message for a bit of a party.

UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock said: 'It's the 40th year since the infant internet first spoke.'







Kleinrock, who led the team that first got two computers to communicate online via a network called ARPANET, added: 'The internet is a democratising element; everyone has an equivalent voice. There is no way back at this point. We can't turn it off. The Internet Age is here.'

The computer expert could never have imagined that the fledgling internet would one day give rise to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

He referred to spam emails, online scams and malicious software spread by crooks as an unexpected dark side of the internet.

'The net is penetrating every aspect of our lives,' Kleinrock told a gathering of about 200 people in Los Angeles.

'As a teenager, the internet is behaving badly, the dark side has emerged. The question is when it grows into a young adult, will it get over this period of misbehaving?'





On October 29, 1969, Kleinrock led a team that got a computer at UCLA to 'talk' to one at a research institute.

'It feels to me like the alumni meeting of the framers of the US Constitution,' Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow said as he addressed the gathering.

'There are a lot of people in this room who are honest to God uncles and aunts of the internet. What you did is conceivably the most important technological event since the capture of fire.'

Barlow, whose non-profit legal organisation fights for online freedom, maintained that internet access is on the verge of becoming an inalienable human right.

Kleinrock was driven by a certainty that computers were destined to speak to each other and that the resulting network should be as simple to use as telephones.

US telecom colossus AT&T ran lines connecting the computers for ARPANET.

A key to getting computers to exchange data was breaking digitised information into packets fired between on-demand with no wasting of time, according to Kleinrock.



Engineers began typing 'LOG' to log into the distant computer, which crashed after getting the 'O.'

'So, the first message was 'Lo' as in 'Lo and behold',' Kleinrock recounted. 'We couldn't have a better, more succinct first message.'

Kleinrock's team logged in on the second try, sending digital data packets between computers on the ARPANET because funding came from the US Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) established in 1958.

ARPANET grew into what is known today as the internet.

Kleinrock, 75, sees the internet spreading into everything.

'The next step is to move it into the real world,' Kleinrock said. 'The internet will be present everywhere. I will walk into a room and it will know I am there. It will talk back to me.'

How the internet was born

The first message ever sent over the ARPANET occurred at 10.30pm on October 29, 1969.

It was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline and supervised by Prof Kleinrock.

The message was sent from the UCLA SDS Sigma 7 Host computer to the SRI SDS 940 Host computer.

Like most systems of the era, the latter machine had a tiny core memory allowing between 16 and 64 kilowords.

This was backed up by a variety of secondary storage devices, including a 1,376 kWord drum, or hard disk.

The SDS machines also included a paper tape punch and reader, line printer, and a real-time clock.

They bootstrapped from paper tape.

The first permanent ARPANET link was established on November 21, 1969, between the IMP at UCLA and the IMP at SRI.

By December 5, 1969, the entire 4-node network - UCLA, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara and the University of Utah - was connected.

When this happened, multiple thousands of connections were opened, beyond the amount of people at the time who could possibly connect.

The contents of the first email transmission (sent in 1971) have long since been forgotten; in a FAQ on his website, the sender, Ray Tomlinson (who sent the message between two computers located side-by-side) claims that the contents were 'entirely forgettable, and I have, therefore, forgotten them', and speculates that the message was most likely 'QWERTYUIOP' or something similar.

Britain first road map - printed in 1675

Showing a network of just 73 major highways, this is the first ever road map of Britain – printed in 1675.

The atlas depicts 7,500 miles of road and shows how their condition was so poor, it would have taken more than two weeks to travel from Newcastle to London.

Britannia Volume The First Or An Illustration Of The Kingdom Of England And Dominion Of Wales is expected to fetch up to £9,000 at auction next Thursday.





Experts hailed the 17th-century work by John Ogilby, which contains 100 double pages of routes split into parallel vertical strips, a ‘landmark’ in road-mapping.

Charles Ashton, an auctioneer at Cheffins Fine Art, Cambridge, said: ‘What's unusual about this book is that it is complete.



‘This is one of the original printing batch from 1675 and there are probably about 100 out there across the world - mostly in university and library collections.

‘From the outside it looks like nothing - the plain board cover is quite beaten up and unornamented, not elaborate at all – you would never guess how special this book is.

‘But once you open it, its full glory is revealed. It doesn't look much like a modern road map.

‘It set a new standard for map making in England as the first attempt at a serious road map in England.’



The road map, which has been in the same family for generations, was the first time in England an atlas was prepared on a uniform scale, at one inch to a mile, based on the statute of 1,760 yards to the mile.

Ogilby claimed that 26,600 miles of roads were surveyed in the course of preparing the atlas, but only about 7,500 were actually depicted in print.



Oxford University’s Dr George Garnett said: ‘The roads would have been pools of mud. The stone that Romans used to build roads had been removed for building houses.

‘It meant people travelled little unless they had to. Newcastle to London could take weeks.’





Starfish with record eight legs is found off British coast

A starfish thought to be the first in the world with eight legs has been found off the British coast, it emerged today.

The bizarre creature, which has three more limbs than normal, was discovered inside a Cornish fisherman’s crab pot.

Sea life experts at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay – where it is on display – believe it may be two spiny starfishes in the form of conjoined twins.



Curator Matt Slater explained: ‘Starfish have the ability to re-grow lost limbs and the general consensus is that starfish with extra legs are caused by some kind of accidental genetic mutation.

‘However with this particular starfish it has three extra legs and it also has two special openings - known as madreporites - through which water is pumped into their fluid filled skeleton.

‘An individual starfish would normally only have one of these.

‘As a result we believe this starfish may have a rare doubling of its genetic material,’ he added.

The 10in-wide creature, which is around an inch bigger than average, has left experts across Britain stunned.

Douglas Herdson, a marine biologist, said: ‘I’ve never seen a spiny with eight legs. It should have five. I have seen them with one, four, or six, as well as five.

‘I think it’s probably conjoined twins. It is quite feasible that it is a conjoined twin due to the first fertilised egg not completely separating. I have never heard of one before.’

The starfish, which has been put in a the Octopus tank so is with fellow eight-legged creatures, was found by Newquay-based crabber Gary Eglington in a pot off St Agnes.

The creature appears to be in excellent health and the fact that he was found inside the vessel would also suggest that he has no problem finding food.

The spiny starfish gets its name from the lines of bulbous spines that run along each of its arms.

At the end of each of these arms are photosensitive cells that can detect movement.

It is one of the most voracious members of the starfish family and feeds on a variety of both living and dead food including fish, shellfish, molluscs and other starfish.

It lives on rocky bottoms from surface to depths up to 600ft and is found in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Often blamed for attacks on mussel and oyster farms, fishermen would historically cut them up and throw them back into the sea, not realising this would actually result in more starfish as a single leg and part of the starfish’s central disc can replicate into a new animal.

Roadkill: Tourists left stunned as lioness attacks buffalo - right in the middle of a traffic jam

This stunning series of pictures shows the moment a water buffalo becomes a road-hog.

But the tourists driving through Kruger National Park in South Africa could hardly blame the poor creature, who was more concerned with the tail-gating lioness than other traffic on the road.

The convoy of cars came to a halt to watch - but the passengers then found themselves part of the action as the two beasts lumbered onto the road, oblivious to their watchers.





The incredible fight took place near the national park's Phelwana Bridge, as tourists noticed a buffalo standing alone by a tree just ten metres from the road.

At first the rest of the countryside seemed desolate, and then passengers began to see lion heads popping up out of the foliage a further 20 metres away.

It seemed the convoy had missed act one of the battle, as the buffalo seemed injured and was staggering on the spot.





Eyewitness 'Mgdonny', who posted this incredible series of photos on picture-sharing site Flickr, said: 'We sat there for about an hour and nothing happened.The buffalo then tried to lift itself up, with great difficulty, and after some time managed to get on its feet.

'As it stood up this female lioness came walking towards it and jumped onto the buffalo's back trying to pull it down.

'The female lioness was injured in the back leg and looked as if it had tried to attack the buffalo previously and was injured in the process.

'The buffalo started snorting and walking with the lioness on its back trying to escape.'





It came towards the roads and hit a car in the rear bumper and the lioness couldn't hold on and jumped off.'

At this point, the tourists became uneasy as two male lions began to pad their way over.

Luckily, they were content to stay on the side of the road and watch their lady friend bring home the dinner.

Mgdonny continued: 'The buffalo - still on the road - hit another car in the front bumper with its horn.

The two huge male lions came walking towards the road and just sat down in the distance.

After a some time again the female tried two more times to bring down the buffalo but with no success.'

Luckily for the buffalo -and the passengers - the buffalo proved too much for the lioness, and she padded off, leaving the buffalo free to roam another day.





The glowing frog who wanted a light snack and swallowed a Christmas bulb

In an ultimate case of crossed wires, a tiny tree frog's bug-catching antics left it with a bellyful of bulb.

The Cuban tree frog took on an unnatural glow when it swallowed an entire fairy light in a botched bid to catch an insect.

The unlucky amphibian had been hunting in the back garden of wildlife photographer James Snyder when it made a bid for the snack.



James, who lives in Palm Beach, Florida, had decorated his back yard with colourful lights after noticing that frogs had worked out lights attracted bugs.

But one night he discovered that one of the little beasts had bitten off far more than it could chew.

James, 29, said: 'A bug landed on the bulb and when the frog went for it he got a little bit extra.

'I have a large mango tree by my patio and my wife and I have Christmas lights wrapped around the trunk and main limbs to light it up from underneath.

'I took my dog out back when I noticed the frog glowing on the tree and at first I thought that the frog was sitting on top of the light.

'I quickly put my dog back inside and grabbed my camera, but I was convinced that he would be gone by the time I returned but when I got back he was still sitting there glowing away.

'I began taking a few pictures from about four or five feet away because I did not want to scare him and make him move.

'I zoomed in and noticed that the wire was actually going into the frogs mouth, he had swallowed the entire light, he wasn't sitting on it at all.'

James, 29, said he feared the frog had been killed after it ate the bulb.

He said: 'I figured that he must be dead and because there was no fear of spooking him I got very close and continued taking pictures.

'But after few minutes I noticed one of his legs had moved, death spasm I thought for a second until he repositioned his entire body.

'Now with the realisation that the frog was indeed alive I wanted to keep him that way.

'So I fired off a few more shots, then gently grabbed the wire next to the bulb and slowly pulled it out for his mouth.

'He seemed a little lethargic, maybe drunk on the heat from the bulb, but he came to and slowly crawled away.'

Seemingly none the worse for wear from his ordeal the frog has been seen again by James in the garden, but has kept well clear of the mango tree.

10 State Nickname Explanations

1. North Dakota is the Peace Garden State. The International Peace Garden falls across both North Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba and offers the state a much nobler nickname than the Flickertail State (it’s a type of ground squirrel).



2. Arizona used to be called the Valentine State. That might seem like a pretty random nickname, but when you consider that it was made a state on February 14, 1912, it all starts to make sense… and so do those “Arizona is for Lovers” shirts.



3. Delaware has the distinction of being the First State to ratify the constitution, and that’s what you’ll usually see on Delaware license plates. Surely that’s only because “Uncle Sam’s Pocket Handkerchief” won’t fit, which is a reference to Delaware’s diminutive size and its patriotic origins.



4. When I read that Colorado is sometimes called the “Switzerland of America,” I briefly thought, “Because it’s neutral?” Um… no. Because of the mountains. Duh.



5. Arkansas may have been letting it be known that they are not a state to be messed with when they called themselves the Toothpick State. The Toothpick was a large knife, similar to the Bowie Knife, but longer and more throw-able. Speaking of which, Arkansas also has the nickname “The Bowie State” because the blacksmith who made the Bowie knife for Jim Bowie lived in Arkansas and popularized the blade there. Officially, Arkansas is “The Natural State.”



6. “The Goober State” might sound like a pretty rude nickname for Georgia, but it’s really not – “Goober” is a term for peanuts, and since Georgia is famous for producing peanuts, it makes sense



7. The state we usually know as the Free State (Maryland, in case you haven’t been brushing up on your Jeopardy! questions lately) was once called the Cockade State. I know… it sounds slightly questionable. A cockade is actually a ribbon ornament worn on hats as decoration (pictured), and this Revolutionary War-era nickname was coined when someone wrote that Maryland’s young soldiers wore brilliant cockades.



8. You likely know Tennessee as the Volunteer State, especially if you’re a sports fan, but back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon to hear it referred to as “The Butternut State” (or likewise for Tennessee natives to be called butternuts). It’s not because the area is so rich in squash, though – it’s because the tan uniforms Tennessee soldiers wore during the Civil War resembled the color of butternut squash, and eventually the name spread to the whole state.



9. Oklahoma is obviously the Sooner State, but what does that mean? Well, way back when Oklahoma was called the Unassigned Lands, “Sooner” was a derogatory term referring to people who showed up and staked claim on the land before they were legally supposed to be able to.



10. And, of course, Iowa. We’re the Hawkeye State because of literary origins, surprisingly enough. Well, maybe. There are two schools of thought there. #1: Natty Bumppo of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales (which includes Last of the Mohicans) also goes by the nickname of Hawkeye, and Judge David Rorer of Burlington, Iowa, is said to have suggested the name after reading the novels. Story #2: we’re named for Chief Black Hawk, a Sauk tribe leader. Take your pick.