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Man takes ducks for a walk on lead

Passers-by were surprised to see a man walking two ducks on a lead down a busy London high street.

Several pedestrians in Peckham did a double take when the incident unfolded in broad daylight outside a KFC.

The duck-walker was seen holding an animal cage in one hand while parading down Rye Lane. Architect Sam Jacob snapped the image when he was out jogging and later posted it on Twitter.

He told ITV London: “People were shopping on the market and then out of nowhere I spotted this man walking these ducks on a lead outside KFC as if it was a perfectly normal thing to do.

“The strange thing was nobody seemed to take much notice – maybe it was a normal thing to be happening… in Peckham.”

Invention lets you play with your cat remotely

A US inventor who created a gadget to let cat owners play with their pets while away from home has received a huge online thumbs-up.

Lee Miller was hoping to raise $30,000 to launch his Kittyo device and decided to use Kickstarter to raise the funds.

And in just three days he has received pledges of more than $150,000 – five times his target – and enough to put it on the market this year.

Mr Miller said he came up with the idea while pet sitting a friend’s cat while she was away. “It just hit me; there’s got to be a way to allow cat parents to interact with their cats while they’re at work or on the road travelling,” he said.

Kittyo can be easily operated remotely using apps on any IOS or Android-enabled smartphones.

Users can attract their pet to the Kittyo with their own voice or by making sounds. They can also view their cat via an embedded camera and even record videos of them.

Kittyo users can also control a laser pointer which the cat will be encouraged to chase and play with. Perhaps the best part – for the cats – is that their owners can dispense extra treats whenever they choose.

“The lives of cat parents who miss interacting with Fluffy while away from home will forever be changed in 2014,” said Miller.

Angler reels in 57st shark after hour long battle

A Florida fisherman has reeled in an 805lb (365kg) mako shark along a Gulf Coast beach.

Joey Polk says he battled the 11ft (3.4m) shortfin mako for about an hour before he managed to get it to shore.

Polk and his cousin Earnie Polk, already record-holding anglers in the world of land-based shark fishing, had hoped to keep their latest catch under wraps.

But a curious passer-by snapped a photo of the large mako stuffed into the back of Joey Polk’s pickup truck at a petrol station, and the image went viral on social media.

Despite the publicity, the Polk cousins refuse to reveal where the shark was caught, saying they want to keep people from flocking to the secret location.

Joey Polk told WKRG-TV: “The more people that know about it, the more people that crowd our beach, the more people that come out and fish with hundreds of people swimming – that’s not what we want.”

Earnie Polk said he and his cousin tag and release about 95% of the sharks they catch. The mako, however, was apparently too weak to swim back out, prompting the cousins to take it home.

They told the Pensacola News Journal that they planned to share the nearly 270kg of meat. Mako sharks can grow in length to nearly four metres (13ft) and weigh over 500kg (1,100lb).

Call Of Duty rival’s home stormed by Swat team

A 70-strong Swat team swooped on a US teenager’s family home after a gamer he had just beaten online at Call Of Duty made a prank call to police.

Helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of police officers raced to the Long Island home of Rafael Castillo, 17, after receiving reports of a bloody rampage.

The prank caller told police he was Rafael, adding: “I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people.”

Rafael’s mother was in the kitchen at the time, while his brother Jose arrived during the two-hour stand-off.

He said: “I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn’t know what was going on.

“Then one of the police officers said somebody called and said that the mother and brother of somebody in this house was killed. I said ‘How is that possible if she’s right there and I’m right here?’.”

Nassau County’s special operations unit spent 20 minutes shouting for Rafael to come out, but he was wearing headphones and did not hear the requests.

Police say Rafael’s angry opponent probably traced his IP address online to find out where he lived. Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said it was an example of a “Swatting” craze.

He told CBS: “In this bizarre world of Swatting, you get points for the helicopter, for the police cars, for the Swat team, for the type of entry.

“It’s very sophisticated. Unfortunately, it’s very dangerous.” In April last year comedian Russell Brand was targeted in a Swatting prank.

An anonymous call was made to police in Los Angeles alleging that two men were approaching his Hollywood Hills home with a gun.

Armed officers turned up at the address, only to find the house empty. Selena Gomez, P Diddy, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake have fallen victim to similar pranks.

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