CROCODILE DINNER

Talk about an unappetising starter – this young crocodile had to eat a mouthful of elephant dung before he could sink his teeth into a delicious beetle.Chobe 0513 9060

Duncan Blackburn, 63, managed to snap these shots of a hungry croc in Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Crocodiles in the area deliberately feed on elephant dung found on riverbanks in hope of catching a tasty bird or insect which is feeding on the same muck. Continue reading

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Inside an abandoned Belgian farm house

A family home, once full of life, now forgotten and covered in a thick layer of dust – inside a mysterious abandoned farm house perfectly frozen in time.foto04

Maison Gustaaf in Flanders, Belgium is a farm house that time forgot. Family photographs and other personal items lie untouched, covered in a cobwebs and dust.

Inside the pristine, abandoned house is a bed, kitchen equipment, plastic fruit and religious ornaments. The walls are covered with mold and weeds crawl in through cracks in the cobweb-covered windows. Continue reading

Meet Vic Morris the quadriplegic marksman who fires his rifle with his tongue

The full copy from my article ‘Shooting from the lip’ which appeared in The Daily Star on October 7.

A man paralysed from the neck down is able pursue his favourite sport again using a special rig which allows him to fire a rifle with his TONGUE.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Vic Morris, 53, who has been in a wheelchair for 24 years since a rugby accident left him paralysed, has beaten able-bodied shooters in international shooting competitions.

Vic, from Aberaeron, west Wales, started shooting when he was 12 years old and competed from the age of 15. He represented Wales in international clay pigeon shooting competitions, using shotguns, for ten years. Continue reading

7ft Tall Star Wars fan misses out on his chance to play Chewbacca

bacchi3A 7ft-tall sci-fi fan says he is disappointed to have missed the chance to play one of his childhood heroes in the forthcoming Star Wars film — despite having the support of online fans.

He may not be named Skywalker, but Christiano Bacciocchi, 21, has his head in the clouds, in more ways than one.

The superfan, who is exactly 7ft tall, has loved the sci-fi series since childhood and even has his own lightsaber.

He dreamed of playing the role of space smuggler Chewbacca, Han Solo’s towering companion, so was delighted when he heard the filmmakers were inviting 7ft-tall actors to audition for the role. Continue reading

Death defying goats

The full copy from my goat story which appeared in The Mirror and The Daily Mail.

Balanced 35 metres above the ground, a herd of sure-footed mountain goats climb an almost vertical dam in search of salt.ibexes 01

Photographer Paolo Seimandi, 34, captured the amazing photos which show the death-defying creatures perched precariously on the face of a dam in the Gran Paradiso National Park in northern Italy.

It is thought the herd of Alpine Ibexes climbed the sheer face of the 45-metre-tall dam to lick at the stonework in search of mineral salts which filter through the blocks.

Mr Seimandi witnessed the goats climb 35 metres above Lake Valsoera while he was out walking in the Western Alps. Continue reading

Portraits made of… DICE!

An artist has amazed the world with his portraits of pop-culture icons made entirely out of DICE.dicearticlepic

Tim Mahoney, 22, created a picture of Elvis Presley using only six-sided black and white dice.

The large portrait of ‘The King’ is made up of 3,692 dice. It weighs 20 kilograms and took Tim two weeks to complete.

Tim said: “I bought a box of dice and started making small patterns which then led to me buying more dice and making the pieces much bigger and creating actual figurative images. Continue reading

EARWORM: The 30-year hunt for a mystery song

An obsessive music fan can finally rest after discovering the name of a song which was stuck in his head — for 27 YEARS.

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René Molthan, 42, spent countless hours seeking the origins of a mysterious pop tune which had stuck in his mind when he first heard it aged just 15 years old.

He said: “I first heard the tune on the radio in 1986. I was listening to it after school.

“It was broadcast on a show called Pop Fit, where I first heard such music as A-ha’s Take On Me.

“I wanted to record it, but pressed the button too late, so I only got the final minute. The DJ announced the name, but I missed it.” Continue reading

Meeko the stowaway raccoon

This is the full copy from my story which appeared in Metro – read on to find out the shocking twist in the story.

A stowaway raccoon who survived a 3,900-mile journey across the Atlantic by eating cardboard and drinking condensation has found a loving new 1237776_10151606350810614_638210872_nhome in Wales.

The female raccoon, who smuggled herself aboard a ship travelling from the USA to Britain, has been given a warm welcome by a couple who own a sanctuary for apes and monkeys.

The cheeky critter, named Meeko, somehow climbed into a shipping container which was loaded onto a cargo vessel docked in Davenport, Iowa. She spent a month at sea before arriving in Liverpool three weeks ago, having travelled nearly 4,000 miles. Continue reading