Birds Do It, Bees Do It and Now You Too Can Learn Their Secrets

New York's Central Park Zoo is offering couples a chance to spend their Valentine's Day evening learning mating rituals from the experts.

The Zoo is offering an adults-only evening where the curious among us can "explore the mystery of creature courtship" and gain access to a few of the secrets of jungle love., according to the Central Park Zoo's Web site.

The tour, given by zoo director Dan Wharton, will lead visitors through the steamy rainforest and explore wooing techniques that run throughout the animal kingdom.

The zoo warns that the tour is "not for the faint of heart" and promises that guests will mingle with monkeys, birds and other animals lovers while enjoying tropical cocktails and appetizers.

Got Milk? Got a Date? Now You Can Have Both

Next time you see a face on the side of a milk carton, they may not be missing, but they might be looking for a date.

Dairy farmers in Wales have adopted a unique approach to looking for Mr. or Ms. Right, posting their photos on the sides of milk cartons, reported the Associated Press.

The launching of the new idea coincides with the celebration of St. Dwynwen's Day, the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

"My family thinks I'm nuts," said 30-year-old farmer Iwan Jones, who hasn't had a date in a year and decided to appear on the cartons. "My friends think it's hilarious — but everyone's taking it with kind of a lighthearted attitude."

Three men and two women appear in the different ads, which feature the heading, "Fancy a farmer?" along with a picture.

The address for a dating Web site,, is also written on the stickers for those who might want to ask one of the farmers on a date.

Fido Needs Saving Too

CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — Fire helmet? Check. Gloves? Check. Axe? Check. Pet oxygen masks? Check.

Increasingly, little oxygen masks for pets are becoming standard equipment for firefighters. Hoping to save cats, dogs and other pets caught in house fires, animal advocacy groups and pet-products suppliers are equipping departments all over the country with them.

The cone-shaped plastic masks, which come in three sizes and fit snugly on snouts, can resuscitate animals suffering from smoke inhalation. They can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, even birds.

"In the past, we used regular air masks like the firefighters use. In a pinch, it works," said Norman Flanders, fire chief in this small Vermont town, which was given a set of pet masks by a local animal welfare group Tuesday. "But these masks are designed specifically to fit over the muzzle of a cat or a dog."

An estimated 60 million U.S. households have pets, but statistics on how many die in house fires are hard to come by. Frequently, house pets hide during a fire, making rescues difficult.

Exactly how many pets have been saved with animal oxygen masks is unclear, too. But the fire department in Prospect, Conn., received two donated sets in 2004, and two days later used one to resuscitate a Yorkshire terrier pulled from a fire.

"He was wobbly and he had very shallow breathing," said Fire Chief Robert Chatfield. "The owner held him and we got the mask on him and in about 2 1/2 minutes, he was fine."

The masks were originally developed for use by veterinarians but have evolved into rescue tools over the past several years, according to Brandi Marks of Smiths Veterinary Medical PM Inc., of Waukesha, Wis., which distributes them.

More than 2,500 sets have been distributed by Best Friends Pet Care, a kennel company that set up a matching-donation campaign to buy the masks, which cost about $60 per three-mask set.

The campaign began after a firefighter told Best Friends employees of his frustration watching pets die, according to Debra Bennetts, a Best Friends spokeswoman.

H.E.L.P. Animals, an Orange City, Fla., nonprofit group, has also distributed the masks.

Someone Has a BIG Foot Fetish

FEDERAL WAY, Washington (AP) — An imposing, wood-carved Bigfoot statue stolen from outside a doctor's office has been recovered — minus its big feet.

An anonymous tip led police to the 400-pound sculpture beneath a pile of debris in a backyard about a block from where it was snatched Monday. Two people confessed and could face theft charges.

The likeness of the legendary ape-like creature of the Northwest used to stand 8 feet high, but its 16-inch-long feet had been sawed off at the ankles, leaving it 18 inches shorter.

"I'm glad we got him before they cut him anymore," said chiropractor Tom Payne, who had the statue made 5 1/2 years ago and planted at the foot of his secluded driveway as a landmark for patients. "We're relieved to have him back at the office."

The statue was recovered Thursday. The suspects, a man and a boy, offered no motive, police spokeswoman Stacy Flores said.

Bigfoot is back in place outside Payne's office in this small town between Seattle and Tacoma, and Payne plans to get him some new feet.

"I'm sure I can find a chain saw sculptor that might feel up to the task," he said.

Caught With His Pants Down

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Police said they caught a 16-year-old robbery suspect who previously eluded them after his baggy pants fell down, causing him to stumble as officers chased him.

"We literally caught him with his pants down," Lt. Jack West said.

The teenager, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, is suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint and stealing another man's car after beating him with a brick, West said. The suspect had run away from police several times in recent weeks, he said.

An officer spotted the teen standing on a street corner Monday, called in for two backup officers, then tried to make an arrest.

"They all converged on him from different directions," West said. "He started to run, but his low-riding pants fell down and he stumbled to his knees."

The teen was booked on warrants for armed robbery, carjacking, two counts of aggravated battery and being a child in need of supervision.

Compiled by's Hannah Sentenac.

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