Coalition of the Confused

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Giant yellow duck missing off the WA coast after fleeing swimming competition

Daphne the duck was meant to be the mascot for this year's Cockburn Jetty Swim.

A giant inflatable duck is missing off the coast of Western Australia after strong winds whisked it into the Indian Ocean.

"Daphne" the duck was meant to be the mascot for last Sunday's Coogee Jetty to Jetty Swim.

President of the Cockburn Masters Swimming Club, Peter Marr, said he was setting up ahead of the event when Daphne took flight in strong winds.

Mr Marr said his attempts to swim after the inflatable were futile.

"I probably overestimated my ability and underestimated Daphne's hunger for freedom and she just bolted," Mr Marr told ABC Radio Breakfast.

"After 50 metres she was just gone baby, gone. I couldn't keep up."

Fisherman have reported sightings of Daphne, including a group who saw her 15 kilometres west of Rottnest Island soon after she broke free.

There was also a rumour she has made it as far as Geraldton, almost 400km north of Coogee Beach.

Mr Marr said the club was offering a reward for Daphne's safe return — swimming merchandise and free entry into next year's swim.

"We're expecting a ransom note," he said.

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Robotic T Rex bursts into flames at US theme park

T-Rex Fire at Dinosaur Museum

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A giant animatronic T Rex has caught fire at a US theme park, creating a nightmarish spectacle.

An electrical fire triggered the flames which lit up the Tyrannosaurus rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience.

In a Facebook post, the Colorado park said the dinosaur was now "extinct".

"Holy smokes! We always knew T-Rex had a temper but today he blew his top," it said.

"There was an unfortunate [and rare] electrical issue with our mighty T Rex and he is no longer. You might even say … extinct."

Nobody was hurt in the incident, which the park described as "isolated and unexpected".

"We are incredibly proud of our team for the way they efficiently and quickly handled this situation and kept our guests safe," it said.

"All in all, this happened very quickly and we are a little shaken but we are operating business as mostly usual."

The park said it was "planning to have a replacement T Rex before summer".

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Orange snow blankets eastern Europe

Skiers and snowboarders riding on orange-coloured snow in Russia.

Parts of eastern Europe were blanketed with orange-tinted snow over the weekend.

The phenomenon has been seen across Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.

Meteorologists said sand from Sahara desert storms mixing with snow and rain caused the orange snow.

It occurs roughly once every five years.

This sandstorm made its way from Greece to Russia, and could be seen via NASA satellite imagery.

Skiers and snowboarders near Sochi, Russia posted photos of the unusual sight.

"We're skiing on Mars today," one user posted on Instagram.

Ski slopes covered with orange snow and surrounded by clouds.

A ski lift going up a mountain covered with orange snow.

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Snake mistakes man's slipper for food

X-ray of a slipper swallowed by a Coastal Carpet Python in Queensland, which had the object removed by a vet.

There are slippery snakes, and then there's this slipper-eating snake.

A carpet python has confused a man's footwear for a feed, ingesting his right-foot slipper in a late night snack in a Haigslea home, west of Brisbane, last week.

An elderly man and a relative had come across it during the search for one of his slippers, which had gone missing overnight days earlier.

The python was taken to a HerpVet at Mount Ommaney, where it was X-rayed it to confirm the footwear was inside.

The reptile underwent successful surgery to have it removed on Monday afternoon.  

"[The python] woke up very quickly from the procedure, given anti-inflammatories and painkillers and antibiotics in this case, because we entered the GI tract."

It will be off to rehabilitation in a couple of days, and will eventually be released back into the wild in the near future.

As for the slipper —it was removed in one piece, albeit a bit slimy.

Slipper removed from snake

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Florida police catch three-metre alligator swimming in a family pool

Two men attempt to remove a large alligator from a family pool.

Florida police have posted footage on social media of a trapper removing a 3.35 metre alligator from a family pool in the town of Nokomis on Florida's Gulf Coast.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office tweeted images of the alligator alongside the hashtags "Tweet from the Beat" and "Only in Florida", and posted the video of the trapper dragging the creature from the pool on Facebook.

Officers wrote on Twitter that the alligator "bust right through" a screen door to get to the pool.

American alligators are native to Florida, Louisiana and other southern states.

Even with rampant development and loss of wetlands, officials estimate there are more than one million alligators in Florida, a miraculous comeback for a species that was approaching extinction 40 years ago.

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Pornhub website takes over Perth's Yagan Square information display

Electronic screen at Yagan square displaying the home page of Pornhub.

Commuters making their way through Perth's new Yagan Square — billed by politicians as the new "heart of the city" — were left shocked after stumbling upon an electronic sign displaying a pornography website.

Where useful information to help pedestrians navigate their way around the city can normally be viewed, the homepage of Pornhub — one of the internet's biggest pornography sites — was instead being broadcast to hundreds of pedestrians on Thursday night.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA) said as soon as it was alerted to the issue, the two-metre interactive screen was switched off.

She said it was not yet clear what exactly had happened but the MRA was making inquiries as to whether the sign had been hacked.

The MRA later released a statement saying the screen had been "compromised".

"Yagan Square has two touchscreen wayfinding signs, one at each entrance of the William Street Mall," the spokeswoman said.

"Unfortunately, it appears that these screens were compromised this evening and, for a brief period of time, some inappropriate content was displayed on one of the screens.

"Both screens were immediately turned off and power has also been switched off to the units to eliminate all possibilities of a recurrence.

"The MRA takes this matter very seriously and will undertake a full investigation to understand how this event has happened and identify those responsible."

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Demolition goes wrong as silo falls wrong way to crush Danish cultural centre


A library and music school in Denmark have been damaged after a 53-metre-high silo toppled the wrong way during a demolition.

Video of the explosion in the town of Vordingborg on Friday (local time) captured onlookers cheering at the detonation, only to cry out as the tower crushed the waterfront cultural centre.

No one was injured.

Danish newspaper BT reported the Danish Explosives Association said all preparations for the planned explosion seemed to be correct.

An investigation is underway into what caused the silo to fall the wrong way.

On Facebook, the Vordingborg local government said volunteer firefighters helped throughout the night to secure the cultural centre, which houses a library and music school.

The library said most of the building's interior was not damaged but everything was covered in dust.

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Historic Scottish Landmark "closed due to angry badger".

Craignethan Castle in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

A 16th-century Scottish castle noted for its impressive defences has proved to be no match for a "very angry badger".

Craignethan Castle in South Lanarkshire, south-east of Glasgow, was breached by the nocturnal mammal on Saturday, forcing staff to close the stronghold's cellar tunnel to the public.

"We're trying to entice it out with cat food [and] send it home," Historic Scotland tweeted.

It is believed the badger has since retreated from the tunnel.

"Our works team have used a Go Pro this morning to view the tunnel and it seems our visitor has vacated."

"We'll keep the tunnel closed in the interim while we do a little housekeeping following its visit."

According to Historic Environment Scotland, Craignethan Castle is the last great private stronghold built in Scotland.

Badgers are a protected species in the United Kingdom and cannot be wilfully killed, injured or taken.

Their burrows, also known as setts, are also protected.

Badgers are described by the Scottish Wildlife Trust as one of Scotland's "most charismatic mammals".