A Siberian tiger was supposed to have a guest for lunch, literally.
But a goat, intended to be a meal for the big cat, has turned into a companion.
The bullheaded goat didn't show fear when it entered the tiger's enclosure. Instead it looked directly at the cat and took over its shelter, moves that park workers have said was "very brave" on the part of the goat.
The cat has been seen sitting on top of the rocks since the goat moved into the covering, The Siberian Times reported.
"The brave goat not only saved his own life. He kicked the tiger out of his bedroom and is sleeping on Amur's 'bed' for the fourth night," workers told The Siberian Times.
They have named the goat Timur.
Workers said that the unlikely pair take walks together every day.
"Timur the goat has taken Amur for a leader and follows him everywhere."
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:22:08 -0500
Few people get to see the Mona Lisa firsthand and even fewer people have had their hands on the painting itself.
For blind and visually impaired people, who are heavily reliant on touch, neither luxury has been much of a realistic possibility.
But that may soon change thanks to Unseen Art, an Indiegogo campaign committed to allowing "blind and visually impaired people to experience art."
The Finland-based group wants to re-create two-dimensional paintings into 3D models via a printer and provide them via free distribution to anyone with the proper printing capabilities around the world.
In a video made by the group, a voice describes witnessing the Mona Lisa for the first time.
"Her nose is kind of long. ... But it's the expression that's the most mysterious here. It's a little bit enigmatic. ... My fingers are excited!" the blind woman can be heard saying.
Click here to learn more about the campaign.
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:55:24 -0500
Black Friday shopping is in full swing as thousands of shoppers pour into malls across the Charlotte area.
Channel 9 reporter Joe Bruno caught up with shoppers early Friday morning at Concord Mills, where doors opened Thanksgiving night.
Mall officials told Channel 9 they had a surge of customers Thursday evening but that crowds tapered off around 3 a.m. They were prepared for another rush at 7 a.m.
Security was ready as well. Channel 9 saw plenty of security officials moving around the mall and staying alert. Both local and national law enforcement officials were also on hand to make sure everything went well.
Mall officials were taking extra precautions this year in the wake of terror attacks abroad as well as previous Black Friday incidents across the country.
With thousands of extra customers in the mall at any time, officials wanted to make sure shoppers were having as great of an experience as possible.
“We work very close with local law enforcement to make sure we provide a safe shopping environment and, you know, basically what we try to do is just provide a comfortable shopping situation for shoppers,” said the mall’s general manager, Ray Soporowski.
There were plenty of great deals worth coming out for and early reports for Black Friday sales showed a record number of people shopped online -- and they used their phones to do it.
USA Today was reporting people spent about $1 billion already -- that's up more than 20 percent compared to last Thanksgiving.
The most popular items have been Star Wars merchandise, video game consoles and 4K televisions.
The National Retail Federation expects even higher online sales with Cyber Monday just a few days away.
If you plan on joining the crowds this Friday, officials want you to do a couple of things. Attorney General Roy Cooper advises that shoppers do their research ahead of time. Sometimes stores are having sales all week and the deal you're paying for isn't that special.
Buy from stores you know and make sure you check out each company's return policy so you don't run into any trouble if you decide you don't want the gift.
There are a lot of great deals online, but make sure the websites are legitimate. Never purchase from a site that isn't secure and look for a web address that starts with “https.”
Channel 9 was out at the Southpark Mall Thursday night and spoke to shoppers about why they keep shopping on Thanksgiving or Black Friday each year.
“This is kind of like the big secret, you do your shopping Thursday night, you get it over with, you get your sizes, you get what you want,” said Greg Faulk.
Around 5 a.m., dozens of people lined up outside Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills for a special sale. Channel 9 saw some people in blankets braving the cold temperatures just to snag some deals, and spoke with one shopper who had been waiting outside for four hours.
"I was at Walmart, Target and Best Buy earlier,” said Dylan Fugitt. “Now I’m here. Every year, same thing."
Fugitt said he wants to buy a drone and that the store was offering it at 50 percent off.
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:28:07 -0500
A family was forced out of their home for Thanksgiving after a car plowed into their living room Wednesday.
The car crashed into the house off Centergrove Road around 11 p.m., according to the Kannapolis Fire Department.
Firefighters and Cabarrus County EMS said the driver and only suffered minor injuries. Some people in the home were also hurt, but not seriously.
After the utilities were shut off to the home, a county building inspector deemed it uninhabitable.
Kannapolis police are investigating and no charges have been filed yet.
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Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:20:36 -0500
A bright orange baby monkey is melting hearts around the world.
The Taronga Zoo has posted photos of the rare Francois' langur.
Keepers have named him Nangua, the mandarian word for pumpkin. He was found cradled in his mother's arms earlier this month.
Langur babies are normally born with bright orange hair, the zoo posted on its website. It is thought that it helps adult langurs find their babies.
The adults have black hair.
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:11:03 -0500
Back in June, the SpaceX Falcon 9 exploded over Florida two minutes after takeoff.
Now, a large piece of that unmanned spacecraft has been found all the way in Scilly, England.
The part, measuring around 32 feet by 13 feet, was found by two local fishermen who then towed it to a nearby beach.
"There were lots of gulls on the water, and I thought initially it was a dead whale and the birds were feeding off it,” said Joseph Thomas, one of the fishermen.
"The markings show an American flag. It looks like it's an American rocket and seems most likely to be the unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 which blew up shortly after takeoff from Cape Canaveral in June,” British Coast Guard spokesman Martin Leslie said. "We're grateful for all those who helped in its recovery. It was a great example of the community working together."
The rocket had been carrying cargo bound for the International Space Station when it broke apart and landed in the ocean about 4,100 miles from the Isles of Scilly.
Pete Hicks, who towed the piece to shore, tweeted, "Towed in and beached a piece of flotsam earlier. Thoughts were could be aviation parts ..didnt imagine space race."
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:43:08 -0500
If they're lucky, fans of Nutella may receive a personalized jar of the savory hazelnut spread for the holidays this year.
But for a 5-year-old Australian girl named Isis, after the Egyptian goddess "revered as a matriarch and friend of the disadvantaged," there will be no jar of Nutella with her name on it, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Heather Taylor's sister placed an order for five personalized jars of Nutella at an Australian department store. The names of her niece, who has the misfortune of sharing the name with the militant terrorist group responsible for the Paris attacks, and nephew, Odihnn, were flagged as problematic by the system.
Her nephew's name was eventually cleared to be put on a jar, but an executive for Nutella's parent company, Ferrero Australia, told Taylor the company will not make an exception for Isis because "it could have been misinterpreted by the broader community or viewed as inappropriate," the company said.
Taylor told the Herald she named her daughter before the militant group's rise and said ISIS should be referred to as Daesh, a term the militant group hates to be called.
While Taylor has no plans to change her daughter's name, the militant group's rise has made things difficult and uncomfortable for the family in a public setting, she said.
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Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:40:20 -0500
A 7-year-old boy in the U.K. has filled out his list for Santa, but what's included could break your heart this holiday season.
His letter to the man in red looks like any other wish list.
Christian Hickey wants a remote control helicopter, "Minecraft" and a "Jurassic World" video game.
But it's item No. 1 that will make you think.
He is asking Santa to "help the police catch the people who hurt me."
The letter was posted to the Greater Manchester Police Department's Facebook page.
Christian and his mother Jayne were shot on their doorstep when they answered their door.
The shots hit Jayne twice in her leg. Christian was shot once in his leg, police said.
"It is heart wrenching to know that a little boy who should be writing a list filled with exciting gifts, has got this at the top of his Christmas list," Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson posted.
"What happened to Christian will stay with him for the rest of his life but what we can do is try to make this up to him by finding those responsible and bringing them to justice," Jackson added.
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 06:32:15 -0500
Dozens of Carolina Panthers fans skipped the Black Friday shopping lines for a chance to see their favorite players up close overnight.
Supporters welcomed Cam Newton and his undefeated teammates home from Texas just after midnight. They were especially excited because the Panthers defeated the Dallas Cowboys in their first ever Thanksgiving Day game to maintain their undefeated record.
Channel 9 spoke with one fan at the rally who said he knows exactly how the team's season will play out.
"We're going 16-0,” said Cameron Davis. “We're going to the playoffs. We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win it all!”
Many of the team's critics disagree though. The Panthers were underdogs in Thursday’s matchup against the Cowboys, but they looked anything but, crushing Dallas 33-14, proving they should be considered favorites to win the NFC.
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:46:27 -0500
Sometimes the deals on Black Friday are so good that you're willing to go to extremes.
But taking a swing at a cop is generally ill-advised as part of that shopping strategy.
That's the course of action one shopper at an El Paso, Texas, WalMart took this year, however.
With police officers clearing out a herd of people, the assailant didn't like the way he was being treated and threw a punch a uniformed police officer.
Needless to say, he was very quickly subdued.
The video can be seen here. Warning, obscene language can be heard in the clip.
Published: Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:24:49 -0500
A former Flagler County, Florida, deputy robbed a convenience store and sparked a high-speed chase through three counties Thursday night, authorities said.
Deputies said Daniel Ruddell, 45, committed the robbery in Daytona Beach at about 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. He allegedly threatened the store clerk with a bottle of liquid he claimed was toxic and demanded money.
Ruddell then fled in a black Chevy Silverado and was later spotted by Daytona Beach police and Volusia County deputies who tried to pull him over, but he sped northbound on Interstate 95, managing to avoid stop sticks twice.
In an attempt to avoid stop sticks deployed by St. Johns County deputies, Ruddell rammed a Flagler County deputy’s patrol car and attempted to hit a deputy, authorities said.
“He slowed down to almost a complete stop and he attempted to run over some of our deputy sheriffs. There were shots fired at that point,” said Chris Strickland of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
St. Johns County Fire and Rescue said Ruddell was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later arrested.
Flagler County deputies said the suspect was a former deputy with the department as well as a former Daytona Beach police officer. He also worked as a Putnam County deputy.
Ruddell, who was arrested recently on drug possession charged, faces charges of aggravated fleeing and attempting to elude with property damage.
He is expected to face additional charges.
“There are very few things we would pursue on this day with all this traffic up here, but the fact is, this was an armed robbery suspect and we have to do what we can to keep the public safe,” Strickland said.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 22:58:13 -0500
Police in New South Wales had a laugh when calls about a suspected domestic disturbance led them to a man deathly afraid of spiders.
We’ll let the police give you the rest of the story, as told on their Facebook page.
21/11/2015 Wollstonecraft 2.00am. Police received numerous calls in relation to a violent domestic, with reports of a woman screaming hysterically, a man yelling “I’m going to kill you, your dead! Die Die!!”, with the sounds of furniture being tossed around the unit.
Numerous police cars responded to the address and began banging on the door. A man answered the door, out of breath and rather flushed with the following conversation:
Police: “Where’s your wife”
Male: “umm I don’t have one”
Police: “Where your girlfriend”
Male: “umm I don’t have one”
Police: “We had a report of a domestic and a women screaming, where is she?”
Male: “I don’t know what you’re talking about I live alone”
Police: “Come on mate people clearly heard you yelling you were going to kill her and furniture getting thrown around the unit”
At this point the male became very sheepish.
Police: “come on mate, what have you done to her.”
Male: “it was a spider”
Male: “It was a spider, a really big one!!
Police :”what about the women screaming?”
Male: “Yeah sorry that was me, I really really hate spiders”
As it turns out the male was chasing a rather large spider around the unit with a can or mortein. After a very long pause some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider) we left.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 21:47:53 -0500
Four Army veterans recently arrived at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta a little apprehensive, but excited.
Once a week, service members swim with the whale sharks and the manta rays at the Georgia Aquarium, and the program to help area wounded warriors is growing.
The soldiers and their families stayed in the water for about 30 minutes, swimming atop the aquarium's Ocean Voyager. They came face to face with whale sharks, manta rays and more.
When they emerged, you could see a sense of peace in their smiles.
Many, including one of the aquarium's dive instructors, say the experience brings them a peace they haven't had in a long time.
Susan Oglesby is the manager of the Dive Immersion program for veterans. She's also a recreational and aquatic therapist.
"All those horrible things that are going on in your mind and your body are kind of put aside when a whale shark, with eyes 4 feet apart, comes by you," Oglesby said. "You're able to let go, release, relax and for some of them, it's the first time since they came back from deployment."
"It was awesome," said veteran Daniel Lowery. "When I first got in there, I was kind of nervous and I didn't know what to expect. But once we started and everything, it was awesome."
Veteran Marquis Dixon added, "All my anxiety, it just basically went away. It was a beautiful experience."
Aquarium dive instructor Mike Hilliard understands probably more than others. In 2007 while on deployment in Iraq, he got shot in the head.
"Next thing I know I was lying on the ground, blacked out. And that's when my best friend came up to me and told me that I had just got shot," Hilliard said.
Hilliard recovered and went back for a second tour in Afghanistan. But he struggled when he got stateside. It wasn't until he went on a diving trip that his life
"Being able to dump all that stuff and get that chip off your shoulder and experiencing something this peaceful kind of opens up a whole new light," Hilliard added. "It kind of gives you a reborn feeling. Every time you come out of the water you feel like you shed 1000 pounds."
On the day a camera crew visited the aquarium, the wounded warriors had some extra support from Georgia Aquarium benefactor Bernie Marcus. The immersion program is a source of pride for him.
"When they're in the water, it's a soothing effect on them. It does have a calming and some sort of remedy to their souls," Marcus said.
The immersion program happens every Wednesday at the Georgia Aquarium and is funded entirely by private support. There are other programs for the military too. From now through January, veterans get in free on Mondays. Active military and their families can get discounted tickets.
Veteran Wayne Matthews said the support is welcomed, and to swim at the aquarium was an experience he'll never forget.
"The whale shark, it rubbed up on me twice. That made my day, my year, my century," he said smiling. "It brought back the adrenaline that I missed from being in the military. It was awesome. I absolutely loved it."
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:01:25 -0500
On Thanksgiving Day, a Charlotte family was still grieving the loss of a 7-year-old boy, killed nearly three months ago.
Thursday, the family of Kevin Rodas placed balloons, teddy bears and race cars on his gravesite.
The boy was gunned down as he stood in the front yard of a home on Fieldvale Place on Labor Day weekend.
Kevin was celebrating the birthday of his cousin when gunshots rang out. He was one of 12 people shot over the Labor Day holiday weekend and was one of five killed.
Gladys Rodas told Channel 9 it’s been difficult living without her son, but she believes God will allow her to see his killer’s face.
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“It is very hard. Not only today, but everyday," she said. "I’m waiting on police to have something. Kevin isn’t coming back. I want to see justice.”
Merly Cruz is Kevin’s older sister. She said life is unbearable without his smile and laughter.
“I remember him because he was a very happy child,” she told Channel 9.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have made one arrest in the Labor Day shootings but Gladys said she hasn’t heard much from detectives since her son was killed.
She plans to meet with them next week in hopes of getting an update on the search for Kevin’s killer.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:10:14 -0500
Cynara Atherely prepared a Thanksgiving dinner in a home she never thought she'd have.
"I lost hope for a minute,” the mother told Channel 9.
She and her two kids left their home because of domestic violence and stayed with relatives, but were homeless.
Channel 9 learned the number of kids in Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools who don't have a home of their own, whether they're staying with family, in shelters or even on the streets, is growing. At the end of 2014, there were 4,131 homeless children in CMS.
"Our children are our most vulnerable residents here in Charlotte and they're in homeless situations due to no fault of their own and we needed to do something," said Cheron Porter with the Charlotte Housing Authority.
That’s when CHA partnered with CMS and an organization called A Child's Place to start a new initiative named A Stable Home.
So far, the program has helped 14 families with housing, including Cynara and her children. When Cynara told her kids in July they'd have a home of their own, she immediately noticed a difference.
"To me, they changed a lot. They have more smiles. They feel more comfortable. They have more confidence in themselves," she told Channel 9.
Organizers of A Stable Home say that's the ultimate goal. When children have a home, they're not missing school and are more focused in classes.
Cynara already had a job before the program and has since gotten a promotion. She says having a home in which to raise her kids has given her more motivation to work harder so they can have a better life.
"I'm just happy they're happy," Cynara said, “and I am thankful."
Right now, A Stable Home is working to get two more Charlotte families into a home of their own.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 16:16:50 -0500
Last December Scott Casterwiler unexpectedly went into kidney failure.
His wife, Kerri Casterwiler, was devastated.
With no idea where to turn, she went to Facebook with a plea for help and prayers.
“I don't put personal things on Facebook,” Kerri Casterwiler said. “But I knew I had to put this out there: ‘Please pray for Scott who went into sudden kidney failure.’”
Kim George saw the Facebook post and immediately reached out.
“I remember it saying Scott needed a kidney,” George said. “He had no function at all, and immediately, I gave her a call and told her I'd be willing if they need anything to donate.”
George and Scott Casterwiler are related. They’re second cousins that see each other once a year.
George would ultimately offer to donate her kidney shortly after reaching out.
“If I wouldn't have gotten there that day I would've been dead,” Scott Casterwiler said.
Nov. 2, the two met at a hospital. George gave her cousin the kidney, and the operation was a success.
On Thanksgiving, the cousins got back together for the holidays, this time, with Scott Casterwiler in much better health.
“There are no words besides thank you for saving his life and giving my husband freedom. Freedom of the dialysis, from the dialysis,” Kerri Casterwiler said.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:14:21 -0500
On the surface, the Charlotte Rescue Mission kitchen looks fairly normal. Workers crank out Thanksgiving classics with volunteers at the helm.
From the diners’ perspective you see something else. White table cloths, silverware and china deck the tables. Servers don black tuxedo bow ties, a gift from a donor over the summer.
“It looks like the finest dining restaurant in Charlotte, it's the Charlotte Rescue Mission,” said Rev. Tony Marciano.
Every year, the Charlotte Rescue Mission opens its doors to those in need. Many of those grabbing a bite are either battling addiction or homeless. The demand for help is high. The organization expects to dish out 2,000 meals this Thanksgiving.
"All that is designed to share hope and dignity and respect and make God’s love incredibly real to people that may not understand that,” said Marciano.
It’s a hefty task for volunteers. However, the army of volunteers is growing.
“I just really wanted to give to be honest with you,” said Lorrie Stutzman, a first-time volunteer.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:11:22 -0500
Residents in a Statesville community are upset that demolition of an old hospital has been halted for weeks now.
Chopper Nine Skyzoom was over the Old Davis Hospital in September when demolition started on the 30-year-old abandoned building.
It’s a building that had become an eyesore to residents like John Staford.
“The building is blight. The building has been blight,” he said.
City leaders said the county received a letter from the state earlier this month.
The letter said a representative from the health hazards control unit visited the building and found “regulated asbestos containing materials” in “demolition debris.”
State leaders suspended demolition until a state inspection could take place and determine how to proceed. Residents who’ve waited years for the abandoned building to be torn down are upset.
“The fact that it's in this state now, it's more blighted,” said Jonathan Dearman.
Now residents said they’re concerned asbestos debris in the field could impact their families.
“It’s disappointing that the city and county would have allowed this to get this far,” said Staford.
A spokesperson for the city said Iredell County is the agency that permitted the demolition, so Channel 9 reached out to the Iredell County manager to find out if the state inspector has evaluated the site and if residents are at risk.
He responded with an email, saying, "Everything is currently on hold. The State will be onsite during the remainder of the demolition process to ensure compliance."
He did not respond to specific questions. Residents who lived with the building for decades said they want a swift resolution.
“See this place cleaned up, demoed and used for the community,” said Dearman.
We also reached out to the Department of Health and Human Services to ask when the situation will be resolved. We will let you know when we hear back. This spring we told you the county planned to buy the property from its current owner and deed it Mitchell Community College.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:25:44 -0500
Police are making big changes to their crime fighting strategy in Mooresville. The police chief spoke to Eyewitness News about his plan to strengthen relations between officers and the community they serve.
"We should be making an impact on people’s lives," interim Chief Bryan Anderson said.
Anderson is serving as the interim police chief while the city works to find a permanent chief, but he's making long-term changes to the way officers interact with residents across Mooresville.
"It shouldn't be geared toward how many arrests we're making, how many tickets we're writing. It should be geared toward making an impact on people’s lives,” he said.
Anderson is hoping to do that through MPACT-Mooresville Police And Community Together.
The data-driven strategy requires the department to split the city in half and put officers in smaller designated zones for up to two years.
Right now, officers patrol different zones on a regular basis.
"One of the basic concepts is you need to be able to partner together, and you can't partner if you don't know anyone," he explained.
As months of protests across the nation highlight tense police community relations, Anderson hopes the plan help officers build trust.
Anderson said, "Then people will see they are not an occupying force. They're not the enemy. They are here for us. They’re servants. They are guardians of peace. We don't have a warrior mindset. We have a guardian mindset."
He also hopes it will boost morale and attract officers who want to protect and become a part of the communities they serve.
"You come in every day, and you have the ability to affect someone's lives in a positive way," he said.
Mooresville is expected to grow. Right now, officers patrol 24 square miles within the next 5 years. They’re projecting their coverage zone will nearly triple to 72 square miles.
In a presentation to Mooresville City Council, Anderson laid out the following goals for the program.
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:12:18 -0500
Black Friday shopping is a tradition for many and stores seem to be opening earlier with each passing year.
David Marze, of Noda, was first in line outside the Best Buy at the Metropolitan in midtown Charlotte Thanksgiving Day.
Marze was sitting in a chair and huddled under a duffle bag of snacks outside the store.
“It was a little chilly at first,” said Marze “Later in the night it was unbearable. I forgot to get something to lie on so I was sleeping on the concrete.”
That’s sacrifice many other people were also willing to make. Marze said a few hours after he arrived more people got in line behind him. Many were hiding beneath blankets and sleeping in makeshift beds on the ground.
Francisco Sanz said he used to not participate in the madness, but this year he was in line with a friend.
“I always thought that all of those lines were so crazy,” said Sanz “But if you’re expected to save around $600 it’s worth it.”
Sanz said he and his friend aren’t missing Thanksgiving with family,rather delaying it.
It’s a small sacrifice, they said, for a good deal.
“We’re celebrating in the late afternoon,” said Sanz.
Best Buy will remain open until 1 a.m. Friday.
Channel 9 has a list of all the stores that are open today.
Related Story: List of stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday
Published: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:02:00 -0500