It's common knowledge that some folks just shouldn't wear Speedos.
Your dad, for one. Scrappy the Dolphin, for another.
Thanks to the efforts of a crack depantsing crew, Scrappy, an adolescent male bottlenose dolphin, is once again skinny-dipping in the Gulf of Mexico, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Scrappy's questionable taste in swimsuits first sparked the interest of a Brookfield Zoo marine mammal research team when it spotted the dolphin swimming around in a black bikini-style Speedo on July 6.
"He must have found the swimsuit floating in the water," said Randall Wells, a population biologist who runs the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program for the Chicago Zoological Society.
"Somehow he got his head and torso through the waist and one of the leg holes of the suit, and it was hugging him right where his pectoral fins and body meet."
The crew began keeping an eye out for Scrappy every day. When they noticed him three weeks later still sporting the Speedo, they decided enough was enough and got an emergency rescue authorization from federal officials.
A 31-person team, equipped with five fast boats and a big net, set out to surround the finned fashion victim. When they finally snagged Scrappy and brought him aboard one of the boats, they found the swimsuit had made cuts half an inch deep in front of each fin. The dolphin was visibly on the thin side and had a small shark bite — probably brought on by his inability to swim efficiently.
"We felt his injuries weren't that serious, so after we removed the swimsuit, we cleaned the wounds and gave him a strong antibiotic. Then we attached a small radio tag to one of his fins and, after about half an hour, we let him go," Wells said.
"One of the comedians on our team said the lesson in all this is that Speedos can be a threat to more than just good taste," Wells said.
"I suppose the real lesson for humans is that, if you bring something to the beach or on your boat, take it home with you. Anything you leave behind could have dire consequences for wildlife."
Out There Update: Mangy Maine Monster a Mutt?
TURNER, Maine (AP) — An expert who examined the remains of a mystery creature believes it was a wild dog. But that hasn't stopped runaway speculation about the beast and whether it was responsible for mauling dogs and frightening residents.
Loren Coleman, a Portland author and cryptozoologist, said he didn't know for sure what the animal was, based on his examination of its remains Wednesday.
"I think this dead animal is a chow or chow-mix, a relatively small dog, that was feral, which is unusual for that area," he told the Sun Journal newspaper. He noted, however, that his was only an educated guess based on the findings so far.
State wildlife biologists and local animal control officers declined to go to Turner to examine the remains of the animal, which was found Saturday along Route 4. It was apparently hit by a car while chasing a cat.
Without any official findings, the creature obtained near-mythical status as word spread in the media and on the Internet.
Some say it's simply a dog. Others say it's a goat-sheep hybrid. Still others weighed in that the creature may have been a Tasmanian devil, a dingo, a wolf or coyote. Some of the more outlandish theories involve mutations and extraterrestrials.
People from Litchfield, Sabattus, Greene, Turner, Lewiston and Auburn have come forward to speak of a mystery monster that roams the woods.
"It's crazy. Everybody's talking about it. We sold out of newspapers by 9 this morning," said Debi Bodwell, who was at work at Schrep's Corner Store in Turner. "Everybody is mad because the game wardens haven't come out to take a look at it."
By the time Coleman arrived on Wednesday there wasn't much left. The internal organs and skull were gone. All that was left were some bones and skin.
Nonetheless, he came away with a paw and other body parts to be examined later. Another paw was taken by the Sun Journal, which was exploring the possibility of conducting DNA tests.
One person who remains convinced that the creature was no dog was the woman whose photos were carried in the Sun Journal and in news organizations across the country. Michelle O'Donnell doesn't know what it is, but she's convinced it wasn't a dog.
Nonetheless, she's surprised by the interest in the creature.
"I didn't know the story would be this big," she said. "My phone has been ringing off the hook."
Best. Two-Hour Nightmare. Ever.
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — It might sound like a chocoholic's dream, but stepping into a vat of chocolate became a two-hour nightmare for a 21-year-old man Friday morning.
The man, an employee of a Kenosha company that supplies chocolate ingredients, told police he got into the tank at Debelis Corp. to unplug it and became trapped waist-deep in the chocolate.
"It was pretty thick. It was virtually like quicksand," said Police Capt. Randy Berner.
Co-workers, police and firefighters tried to free the man but couldn't get him loose until the chocolate was thinned out. Berner said the worker was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Thanks to Out There readers Mary O. and Amanda.
Mannequin Looks Stunning in Season's Hottest (Law)suit
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman is suing the J.C. Penney Co. after an alleged run-in with a store mannequin that she says left her with a cracked tooth, a bloodied head and recurring shoulder pain.
Diana Newton, 51, of Westminster sued the Texas-based retailer last month in Orange County Superior Court, claiming she was cracked in the head by a legless female dummy at its Westminster Mall store.
Newton said the incident happened nearly a year ago in the women's department, as she was shopping for a blouse. The only one in her size was on the mannequin. As a salesclerk was removing the garment, the dummy's arm flew off and struck Newton's head, according to her lawsuit.
"I felt a burning sensation," she recalled.
Paramedics treated her bleeding scalp at the scene. Newton drove herself home, then had someone take her to a hospital for further treatment.
The blow also cracked a molar, which led to a root canal, she said.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
A spokeswoman for J.C. Penney said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Dude, Dracula's Gonna Be So Mad When He Gets Home
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- More than 200 bats will be moving from their personal hangar in a Melbourne apartment building.
Managers of the Portofino Villas say the bats sneaked in through gaps under roof tiles and unscreened attic vents, but leave behind their messes along the attic walls. So they decided to evict some 200 - 500 of the three-inch bats this week.
Chris Gangraw, a trapper with Critter Control, says their natural habitat is being torn up for housing development so the bats are getting into the buildings.
Gangraw will erect several bat houses at the complex to lure them away from the buildings and keep their bug-eating benefit in the neighborhood. (Bats can eat 500 bugs an hour.) Gangraw will also set up a one-way system of netting so that bats can check out but they can't check in.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Taylor Timmins.
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