Strange News: Killer Sea lion drags girl into Steveston waters

A sea lion like this one pictured dragged a girl off a dock and into the water in British Columbia.

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A sea lion like this one pictured dragged a girl off a dock and into the water in British Columbia.

RICHMOND, British Columbia (AP) – A college student has startling video of a sea lion snatching a girl off a dock and yanking her into the water on Canada’s West Coast.

It happened Saturday in Richmond, a Vancouver suburb. University student Michael Fujiwara tells CBC News that some people started feeding the animal breadcrumbs.

In Fujiwara’s video, the sea lion pops up toward the girl as bystanders laugh. Then she sits by the pier’s edge. In an instant, the massive mammal shoots up, grabs her dress and pulls her into the water as people scream.

The sea lion disappears as a man plunges into the water and helps the girl out. She doesn’t appear injured and walks away with adults.

Marine mammal expert Andrew Trites says the sea lion presumably thought the dress was food.

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Appearance of young bear puts kibosh on high school game

WELLS RIVER, Vt. (AP) – The appearance of a bear cub – a real one, not a mascot – forced the cancellation of a pair of high school baseball and softball games in Vermont.

Blue Mountain Union High School and Oxbow High School gave up Friday after a curious black bear cub refused to be shooed away, and then wandered into a dugout.

Oxbow baseball coach Shawn French told the Valley News it was a historic first that sent players and fans scurrying indoors.

Officials say the cub had been lurking for a couple of days, necessitating cancellation of school recess at Blue Mountain school in Wells River.

The Friday games were delayed because of the cub’s appearance before being canceled altogether when the cub returned.

‘Costume jewelry’ diamond really worth hundreds of thousands

LONDON (AP) – Some people have all the luck.

Consider the person who dropped about about $15 around 30 years ago on what was thought to be a piece of costume jewelry – it turned out to be a 26.27 carat white diamond.

The gem bought at a flea market is expected to fetch about $454,000 when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s next month.

The buyer had no idea of the ring’s value because 19th-century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance and clarity.

The auction house’s jewelry department chief, Jessica Wyndham, said Monday the owner wore it on a daily basis, unaware that it was a real diamond.

She called it “an amazing find.” The owners have asked not to be identified.

Pennsylvania woman makes dress from Starburst candy wrappers

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania woman has made a dress from more than 10,000 Starburst candy wrappers given to her by her high school sweetheart-turned-husband.

Emily Seilhamer is an artist and upcycler – meaning she recycles items by creating new things out of them.

The Mount Joy Township woman posted a picture of her dress last week on her Facebook page, Artistry and Upcycling by Emily Seilhamer.

Seilhamer met her husband, Malachi, when he offered her a pack of Starburst, his favorite candy. He kept giving her the candies and once she told him she wanted to make a dress, he started bringing her wrappers, which she divided by their bright colors.

Seilhamer tells WPMT-TV that “anyone’s an artist if they’re willing to try.”

No cavities resulted from the making of this dress.

Oregon governor forgives boy for swiping hazelnut, pen

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The governor of Oregon has pardoned a fourth-grade boy who swiped a hazelnut and a pen during a recent tour of the state Capitol.

Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday tweeted out a photo of the boy’s apology letter along with the hashtag #cutestmailever and the caption, ‘I think we can forgive Samuel, don’t you think, Oregonians?’ The tweet immediately got many likes and retweets.

In the pencil-written letter, Samuel explains that he visited the Capitol Building on a classroom tour on April 19 and took the items.

“These things were not mine and it was wrong for me to take them. I’m very sorry,” he wrote. “I hope you and the people of Oregon can forgive me.”

Included with the letter were the pen and $1 to cover the cost of the stolen hazelnut.

In a return letter, Brown said she accepted his apology and forgave him on behalf of all Oregonians.

“Oregon is a special place. I hope we can work together to keep it that way,” the governor wrote.

As a final gesture of goodwill, she enclosed a new pen for Samuel to “remember this event.”

‘Are you kidding me?’ says woman who hit alligator on I-75

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 34-year-old lawyer Jennifer Rosinski of Cooper City lost control after hitting the alligator, and the car flipped over multiple times.

“I’ve never been in a significant accident before, and the first one I’m in is car vs. alligator,” she told the Palm Beach Post.