Kennebunkport, Jul 18 (AP/UNB) — A curious visitor to a Maine train museum that resembled a white throw pillow or perhaps a lost toupee turned out to be a rare albino porcupine.
The young rodent turned up Tuesday at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, perplexing the staff, who sought help identifying it via social media. The consensus was it's an albino porcupine.
The Portland Press Herald reports the animal appeared to be a baby because its quills had not yet hardened. A spokeswoman for the museum said midday Wednesday that it hadn't yet been seen again, but it was assumed to be lurking in the area.
Porcupines are common in Maine, though albino ones certainly aren't. About one of every 10,000 of the species is an albino porcupine.
Beijing, July 17 (Xinhua/UNB) -Museums across Beijing are hosting a variety of events and activities to enrich students' lives during the summer vacation.
According to the cultural heritage administration of the city, a total of 80 events will be held during the holiday.
From July 16 to August 22, the Palace Museum will offer a series of exhibitions, lectures and courses, aiming to enable young people to have a better understanding of the Chinese culture.
The Beijing Museum of Natural History will offer a series of experiments and lectures to introduce scientific knowledge to students.
The Museum of Chinese Garden and Landscape Architecture will organize garden history and culture tours.
Chinese students usually have a long summer vacation every year from early July to the end of August.
Wellington, Jul 17 (AP/UNB) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean.
Wellington police described them as "waddling vagrants," while the store's co-owner joked he had no idea that word of his tasty raw fish had reached as far as the subaquatic community.
But Jack Mace, an operations manager for the Department of Conservation, said the birds would have simply thought they had found a snug burrow underneath the store and wouldn't have taken note of what was being sold above them.
"They were within penguin commuting distance of the harbor, and they thought they'd found a nice spot," Mace said.
Police got the first call about a penguin loose in the city on Saturday night, after somebody reported spotting a grumpy bird under a parked car. Police said they managed to release it back into the ocean.
Then police starting taking more calls on Monday and found two penguins huddled under the Sushi Bi store near the capital's busy train station.
"The waddling vagrants were removed from their sushi stand refuge earlier today by Constable John Zhu," police wrote on their Facebook page. "Unsurprisingly, this was not the first report police had received about the fishy birds."
And it turned out it wouldn't be the last.
Within hours, the two penguins were back underneath the shop.
Co-owner Long Lin said he was tidying up the storage room when he heard a sound from near the water tank. He walked outside and peered underneath the store and thought he was looking at a pigeon.
"And then I was like, 'Oh my God, it's a penguin," he said. "I was panicked. I didn't know what to do."
He called authorities, but meanwhile the penguins waddled out. So he grabbed them one by one and put them inside the store. He said the second penguin pecked at him several times, leaving red welts on his chest.
"It was a bit wild," he said.
Inside the store, the birds strutted about seemingly without a care, to the amazement of worker Shawnee Kim.
"Really cute," she said.
Kim said she tried offering them some fresh salmon, but they didn't seem interested.
Mace said rangers managed to extract the birds from under the store's freezer and put them in a special nesting box on the harbor, which is about a 200-meter (660-foot) waddle from the store.
Mace said the penguins haven't been seen since and may be out at sea.
He said the population of little blue penguins has rebounded in Wellington thanks to the efforts of people who have removed predators from three islands in the harbor and have helped with other conservation efforts, like building artificial nest boxes.
Little blue penguins typically start looking for nesting spots in July and start laying eggs in August.
Dhaka, Jul 16 (CNN/UNB) - In the age of modern relationships and online dating, it's hard to find a love story that genuinely melts your heart and warms your soul.
But once in a while, a couple comes along who gives you hope that true love still exists.
Such is the story of Herbert DeLaigle, 94, and Marilyn Frances DeLaigle, 88. The couple died just 12 hours apart on Friday after 71 years of marriage, according to CNN affiliate WRDW/WAGT.
The DeLaigles' story began nearly 72 years ago in a cafe, according to WRDW/WADT.
"Frances worked at a little cafe we had in Waynesboro named White Way Cafe," Herbert DeLaigle said in a 2018 interview with WRDW/WAGT. "I kept seeing her going in and out, in and out and I had my eyes set on her. And then I finally got up the nerve to ask her if she would go out with me sometime."
They told the affiliate they went to the movies for their first date. One year later, he asked her to be his wife.
According to an obituary, Marilyn DeLaigle spent six years in Germany with her husband who served in the Army during World War II. Herbert DeLaigle also served in Korea and Vietnam and retired from the Army after 22 years of service, according to his obituary.
The couple is survived by their six children, 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held for the couple on Monday.
Chongqing, July 16 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Two giant pandas in a zoo in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality gave birth to two pairs of twins on June 23, the zoo said Tuesday.
Female panda Lanxiang, 17, gave birth to a pair of male cubs in the wee hours of June 23, weighing 167 and 115 grams, respectively.
Another female panda, Mangzai, gave birth to a pair of female cubs in the afternoon on the same day, measuring 142 and 160 grams in weight, respectively.
This was the second time that the two giant pandas gave birth to twins, according to the zoo.
Chongqing zoo began to raise giant pandas in the 1960s and began to breed panda cubs in the 1980s.
So far, the zoo has bred 36 giant pandas, including nine pairs of twins and one set of triplets.