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Lion on the lam locked-up in South African jail

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – A young lion captured after being on the run for almost a month spent the night in a South African police cell before being moved back to its national park home.

The juvenile male apparently escaped from the Karoo National Park through a hole in a perimeter fence. He was eventually tracked and darted on Wednesday before being moved by helicopter to the Sutherland police station where he ended up alone in a holding cell.

“I am sure this is the first time in the world that a lion is put in jail,” said police station commander Captain Marius Malan.

He said luckily the jail had no human guests on Wednesday night.

Curious residents of the village of Sutherland, known more for one of the southern hemisphere’s largest optical telescopes, thronged outside the police station to catch a glimpse of the locked-up lion.

“He is safe and healthy. We didn’t give him breakfast because he had enough to eat along the road,” Malan told Reuters.

Malan said the lion, believed to be two years old, would be darted again before being transported back to his natural habitat at the Karoo National Park, a hilly region of grassy scrubland about halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Editing by Robert Birsel

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Unclothed man displays more than art in Moscow gallery stroll: RIA

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – A man stripped down to skimpy underwear and took a stroll through Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery on Wednesday evening in what it called an “unsanctioned performance,” the RIA news agency reported.

This was the third incident involving a visitor to one of Russia’s leading art galleries in under a year.

Video footage circulating on Russian social media showed a relatively young man with a shaven head and wearing a red G-string walking casually through the museum and stopping in front of a large painting.

The gallery said the performance was staged by modern artists who had left behind small artworks in its halls, RIA reported.

No artworks or visitors had been threatened by the performance, the gallery added.

The police were now searching for the unclothed performer, a source told TASS news agency.

This is the second incident in as many months involving visitors at the gallery and the third since May 2018.

Police in January arrested a man caught on camera taking “Ai Petri, Crimea”, a mountain scene painted by Russian landscape artist Arkhip Kuindzhi in 1908, and leaving with it under his arm.

The painting was recovered undamaged, but the incident prompted the Ministry of Culture to order security checks at all of Russia’s top museums.

In May last year, a man damaged one of Russia’s most famous paintings depicting Tsar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, by attacking it with a metal pole after drinking vodka.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, editing by Nick Carey

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Hit by an arrow, mobile phone dies saving Australian man

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A supplied image obtained March 13, 2019 of a mobile phone pierced by an arrow. AAP Image/Supplied by NSW Police Force/via REUTERS

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian man had a lucky escape while confronting a man armed with a bow outside his home, as a loosed arrow pierced the mobile telephone he was holding to take a photograph of the incident, Australian police said on Thursday.

The 43-year old man had returned on Wednesday to find the man, who was known to him, waiting outside his home in Nimbin, a small east coast town around 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Brisbane.

“The resident held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man who then engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” a police statement said.

“It’s alleged the man fired the arrow at the resident which pierced through the man’s mobile phone causing the phone to hit him in the chin. It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.”

A 39-year old man was arrested at the scene and charged, police said.

Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore

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Hip hop best bet for a cheese that will please: Swiss study

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BURGDORF, Switzerland (Reuters) – Exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could give it more flavor and hip hop might be better than Mozart, Swiss researchers said on Thursday.

Cheese makers carry the nine wheels of cheese for a tasting in the K3 cellar after the experiment to “insonify” cheese with different types of music by the University of the Arts in Burgdorf, Switzerland, March 14, 2019. Stefan Wermuth/University of the Arts Bern/Handout via REUTERS

Nine wheels of Emmental cheese weighing 10 kilos (22 pounds) each were placed in separate wooden crates last September to test the impact of music on flavor and aroma.

The cheese was exposed 24 hours a day to A Tribe Called Quest’s hip hop track “We Got it From Here”, Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ opera or Led Zeppelin’s rock classic “Stairway to Heaven”.

One wheel was played the throbbing techno of Vril’s “UV” and another Yello’s dark ambient piece “Monolith”.

Soundwaves at low, medium and high frequencies were played for three others while one wheel was left in peace.

“The most obvious differences were observed in strength of flavor, smell and taste,” Bern University of Arts researchers said in reporting the findings of a culinary jury which did blind tasting.

“The hip hop sample topped the list of all cheese exposed to music in terms of fruitiness…(it) was the strongest of these in terms of smell and taste.”

Benjamin Luzuy, a Swiss TV chief and jury member, told Reuters TV: “The differences were very clear, in term of texture, taste, the appearance, there was really something very different.”

The experiment, instead of using loudspeakers, used mini transmitters to conduct the energy of the music into the cheese.

“All the energy is directly resonating inside of the cheese,” Michael Harenberg of Bern University of Arts told Reuters.

Beat Wampfler, the cheesemaker behind the project, said the cheeses were tested twice by the jury and both times the results were more or less the same.

He said the experiment would now focus on hip hop.

“The idea is now to take 5 or 10 cheeses and put hip hop on them and then compare.”

Writing by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Jason Neely

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