Owl Swims in Michigan Lake

A Michigan sheriff’s department captured some amazing and rather rare footage of an owl swimming in a lake. The odd scene reportedly took place early Monday morning at Lake St. Clair and was spotted by officers from the marine division of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. Fortunately, they managed to film the wondrous sight and subsequently shared it on their Facebook account.

Marveling that they had “a special guest this morning,” the sheriff’s office theorized that the creature was a “snowy owl that has been seen on several occasions in the area.” In the video, the bird swims along through the lake until it reaches the shore, where it climbs up onto a rock and shakes the water off from its feathers. The owl then takes off and flies away from the area, proving to be adept at air, sea, and land travel.

Since owls do not possess waterproof feathers, for them to swim is something of an unusual occurrence and, wildlife experts say, generally only happens when the creatures are forced into such a predicament. Although the sheriff’s office did not speculate as to what led this event unfold, they asked residents to “please remember to respect these beautiful animals by being a good observer” and keep their distance from the birds should they encounter them.

19 of the Weirdest Stories from 2019

19 of the Weirdest Stories from 2019

By Tim Binnall

This past year saw a smorgasbord of strange stories and an uncanny array of unusual accounts that at times bordered on the unfathomable. Whether it was an eerie alien spotted in someone’s driveway, a tourist nearly swept out to sea on an ‘ice throne,’ or a bizarre conspiracy theory about recycled pizza at a popular chain restaurant, there was no shortage of odd items in the news over the last twelve months. With that in mind, as we await the start of both a new year and a fresh decade, here are 19 of the weirdest stories from 2019:

A Florida dog put a car into reverse and drove it in circles for nearly an hour

(CNN)Anne Sabol’s cul-de-sac in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is fairly quiet.

Well, it was, until a dog hopped in its owner’s running car, kicked it in reverse, drove in circles for an hour and smashed a neighbor’s mailbox before safely exiting the vehicle without so much as a scratch.
But Sabol didn’t know who was behind the wheel when she first spotted the car, whirling around the block like an inept student driver might.
“At first I thought I saw somebody backing up, but then they kept going, and I’m like, ‘OK, what’re they doing?'” she told CNN affiliate WPBF.
Then the cops came. And then the fire department. Authorities watched from a distance as the driving dog did donuts.
Finally, the vehicle hit a mailbox and some garbage cans, then slowed down.
Port St. Lucie police opened the door, and Sabol watched as a large black Labrador retriever hop out of the driver’s seat.
“‘OK, this is turning weird,'” she remembered thinking.

It turns out, the dog’s owner, who asked to remain anonymous, had left his car running in the street when the dog changed gears and didn’t stop driving for almost an hour, Port St. Lucie police said.
The community escaped injury save for the mailbox, which the dog’s owner promised to fix.
As for the pup, it’s impossible to know its thoughts behind the wheel. Did it jump at the chance for a joyride and a fleeting taste of freedom? Or was this all a harrowing accident as the dog felt all control slip through its paws?
Sabol, for one, was impressed.
“They should give that thing a license.”

‘Carrie’ Costume Causes Confusion at Car Crash

An Ohio college student who hit a deer while driving home from a Halloween event inadvertently caused quite a bit of confusion at the scene of the accident due to her ‘bloody’ Carrie costume. The strange incident reportedly occurred last Saturday evening after Sidney Wolfe had attended a haunted house attraction dressed as the title character of the famed Stephen King novel Carrie. Assuming that the trip back to her house would be uneventful, she opted to make the drive while still in costume, which lead to an amusing series of events.

Shortly into her drive home, she struck a deer that had dashed out into the road, killing the unfortunate creature and doing considerable damage to her vehicle. Although dazed by the accident, Wolfe soon realized that her attire was likely to cause a commotion when first responders arrived on the scene. “Holy crap, I’m head-to-toe dressed in blood makeup. They’re going to freak out,” she recalled thinking from the driver’s seat of the smashed car. According to her, the confusion began when a person who witnessed the collision came up to her vehicle and was stunned by what he saw. “I remember his face,” she said, “and he looked horrified.”

To her credit, Wolfe attempted to warn the authorities about her appearance when she called 911 to report the accident, telling the dispatcher “I look like I have blood on me. It’s fake blood, so I don’t want ambulances to be freaking out.” Be that as it may, it would seem that the first responders did not get the message as they were initially stunned by her gruesome-looking ‘blood-covered’ condition. Fortunately, Wolfe was able to explain the strange circumstances she found herself in and the emergency personnel “thought it was hilarious.”

She later had to relay the tale to police officers who arrived on the scene and were bewildered by the fact that there was a young woman who appeared to be badly hurt yet was cheerfully chatting with the first responders. Wolfe later shared the tale on Twitter, where it quickly went viral with a whopping 20 million people learning about her remarkable story. With any luck, all of the attention that her odd misadventure has received will somehow lead to Wolfe winding up with a new car.