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Georgia man uses tractor to kill 5-foot rattler

TIFTON, Ga. (AP) — A south Georgia businessman is being called "the rattlesnake wrangler" after using his tractor to kill a 5-foot diamondback rattlesnake.

Lee Fletcher, part owner of Chula Peanut & Grain Co. near Tifton, was doing some work on his tractor when he spotted the snake on the ground Oct. 19. He said he used the bucket on the front of the tractor to pin it down and kill it.

The Tifton Gazette reports that a sign now hangs in the small community: "Welcome to Chula! Home of 'the rattlesnake wrangler' Lee Fletcher."

Fletcher said one of the workers at Chula Peanut & Grain Co. skinned the snake and plans to make a belt.

Information from: The Tifton Gazette, http://tiftongazette.com/

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Parasites found in California 'sea serpent' dissection 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — One of two oarfish found in Southern California waters earlier this month had a host of parasites living in its giant, serpent-like body.

Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara last week dissected the 18-foot oarfish found off Catalina Island and found large, larval tapeworms in its intestine. An adult spiny-headed worm also was found embedded in the intestine.

Scientists say the discovery of the parasites is important because it tells them what the natural enemies of the oarfish are and could indicate where the elusive fish lives or hunts for food.

A snorkeler found the carcass of the oarfish Oct. 13. Several days later, another oarfish washed ashore in Oceanside.

It's not known how either died.

The rarely seen deep sea-dwelling creatures can grow to more than 50 feet.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Bears break into car in Colorado, tears up interior

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado man who had some serious vandalism done to his car says he think he knows the culprits — a family of bears that has been roaming his neighborhood.

Bob Monzel of rural Jefferson County says he believes a mother bear and her cubs entered his Honda Element sometime late Monday or early Tuesday and went on a rampage while trying to get out.

KMGH-TV reports the bears clawed the car doors, smashed the plastic dashboard, and left electrical wires dangling from the ceiling. Yellow insulation is all that's left of the seat cushions.

There was no food inside, but Monzel's family did leave a package of gum and mints in the vehicle after washing it over the weekend.

Monzel says he was "floored" by the damage. The car is insured.

Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Vermont police search for 3-foot metal chicken 

TOPSHAM, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police are searching for a 3-foot tall chicken.

Police say the chicken made of fabricated sheet metal was stolen from the door step of a home in Topsham on Oct. 6.

The 77-year-old homeowner, who police say collects antiques and odds and ends, told police that he waited to report the theft while he searched for the white, orange and red bird.

Police say the metal chicken is valued at about $125.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Vermont State Police barracks in Bradford at 802-222-4680.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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