He's a li-on!


Boli­vian herder Carmelo Flo­res Laura turned 123 last month, accord­ing to the country’s civil reg­istry. The man was born in 1890, and, if the record is accu­rate, is now the old­est liv­ing per­son ever recorded. He does not wear glasses and walks with­out a cane. Flo­res has three chil­dren, 16 grand­chil­dren and 39 great-grandchildren.  He was 24 when World War I broke out, and 62 when Queen Eliz­a­beth took the throne. He was 16 when Butch Cas­sidy fled to Bolivia, and has lived through six of 17 Boli­vian con­sti­tu­tions and 53 pres­i­dents, plus sev­eral jun­tas in between. Flo­res cred­its his long life to tak­ing long walks and never eat­ing pasta or sugar. He takes the record from French­woman Jeanne Cal­ment, who died in 1997 at age 122.

 Offi­cials in Russia’s Siberia region said Shorsky National Park has cleared a path to the cave reputed to be home to the leg­endary crea­ture Big­foot. In 2008 there was a Big­foot sight­ing. Vol­un­teers at the park cleared 11 miles of trail and adorned the cave with tables, chairs and a wel­come ban­ner for tourists vis­it­ing Big­foot. Also, a wel­come invi­ta­tion for Big­foot to have a juicy human din­ner.  The table’s already set!

Dog lionOne vis­i­tor to the Louhe city zoo in cen­tral Henan province took her son to show him the dif­fer­ent sounds the ani­mals made but the ani­mal in the cage marked “African lion” was bark­ing. The so-called lion was actu­ally a Tibetan mas­tiff, a large, long-haired dog breed. Three other species housed incor­rectly included a white fox in a leopard’s den and a dog in a wolf pen.

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