The woman who parked her car on a Montreal-area highway to ensure that a group of ducklings could safely cross the street in 2010 has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter. Emma Czornobaj could face life in prison given the charges brought against her in the case.
Andre Roy, 50, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and had his 16-year-old daughter Jessie as a passenger. Roy was driving an estimated 70 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone. He either did not see or was not able to stop in time and smashed into Czornobaj's parked vehicle. His wife, who was following behind Roy in her car, got out and stayed with her husband, who died at the scene. Jessie was pinned beneath Czornobaj's car; she was rescued but later died at the hospital.
"My feelings are that it is time that we go on," Pauline Volikakis, Roy's wife and Jessie's mother, told the court. "This will not bring back my loved ones. I don't wish misfortune on anyone." more >>
In a biting case of poetic justice last week, a Las Cruces, New Mexico, man who police say ordered his pit bull to bite a 26-year-old woman he was allegedly holding against her will, ended up being the recipient of the dog's bite instead, allowing the young woman to escape from his clutches.
A release from the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office said the alleged kidnapper, Gabriel A. Garcia who shares a house with his father, was arrested last Friday.
The victim told police that she met Garcia at a party where he took her car keys. He later connected with her on Facebook with an offer to return the keys and she agreed to meet him to collect them. more >>
Scientists in the UK announced Tuesday that they will be ready to create babies using genetic material from three people in two years, once the government makes it legal, while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is deliberating whether to allow clinical trials to create these genetically modified babies.
In techniques commonly referred to as mitochondrial replacement, scientists would use eggs from two women and sperm from one man to treat deadly mitochondrial diseases, according to a BBC report.
Mitochondria, explains scientists with the UK's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, "are small structures present in cells that produce much of the energy required by the cell. They contain a small amount of DNA that is inherited exclusively from the mother through the mitochondria present in her eggs. Mutations in this mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) can cause a range of rare but serious diseases, which can be fatal." more >>
A depressed goat is finally feeling back to normal after being reunited with his best friend, a donkey, after six days of separation. A video showing their heartwarming reunion has gone viral, showing that animals, too, form deep friendships and have sincere emotions.
The goat, named Mr. G, was taken to a sanctuary after being rescued from a hoarder's home in California, where there were numerous animals being kept in squalor. Once he arrived at Animal Place, he refused to eat for six full days, prompting his caretakers to be greatly concerned and wonder what was wrong.
"Mr. G refused to eat," the shelter wrote on its website. "He spent his days laying in a corner of his stall, barely lifting his head. Staff tried every treat – molasses, sweet grain, apples, wetting down food … nothing worked." more >>
Actress, model and activist Pamela Anderson shared publicly for the first time that she suffered extensive sexual abuse as a child. She said that her love for animals "saved" her at the time.
Anderson, most famous for the hit '90s TV series "Baywatch" and who has appeared numerous times on Playboy covers, shared a number of traumatic experiences she went through as a child in remarks on Friday at the launch of her animal rights charity at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
"I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter," the 46-year-old American-Canadian actress revealed. "I went to a friend's boyfriend's house - while she was busy. The boyfriend's older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led into a back massage which led into rape – my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 yrs old; I was 12." more >>
These expert imitators have learned the secret to portraying some of the most common animal shopping habits. We've seen these animals in the zoo, nature and the Discovery Channel, but so rarely have we seen them in the cereal section of the supermarket, pushing baskets with their heads.
Sloths will take a long time to shop, apparently. So will caterpillars. Fish apparently can live above water, but only in the laundry detergent aisle.more >>