Monkey selfies?

September 22, 2020

Monkey taking selfies?

A Malaysian man claims to have discovered monkey selfies on his phone after finding the device in the jungle behind his house.

Zackrydz Rodzi uploaded the footage of a monkey attempting to eat the phone, which has since gone viral on social media.

Rodzi admits that he had no idea how he lost his phone.

He told BBC News: "There was no sign of robbery. The only thing on my mind was, 'Is it some kind of sorcery?' "

His uncle joked that he could find pictures of the thief on the phone, and Rodzi was stunned to discover the monkey pictures in the photo gallery.

He tweeted in the post: "Something that you might see once in a century."

Robots to the rescue

Robots can help improve mental health among elderly people in care homes. A study that took place in British and Japanese care homes introduced a robot named Pepper to carry out "culturally specific" conversations with people.

Residents who interacted with the cyborg over the course of two weeks "saw a significant improvement in their mental health", according to the authors of the study.

Chris Papadopolous, from the University of Bedfordshire, feels that the coronavirus pandemic has made the findings very timely.

He said: "Of course, we could never have predicted how relevant this issue has become today, where we have enforced isolation in many care homes and selective isolation for many others, which has resulted in feelings of loneliness.

"Our system really couldn't have come at a better time to try and reduce some of those issues."

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Firefighters save frog from drain

A frog was rescued from a drain cover by firefighters. A worried passerby found the amphibian in Merseyside and called RSPCA officer Leanne Cragg, who then asked firefighters to help with special equipment.

Cragg said: "A woman found the frog with his nose poking out of the drain at the side of her house, but she became concerned when he tried to push his way through the gap and got himself stuck.

"I've heard of toad-in-the-hole - but this is my first frog-in-a-drain!"

She praised Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for being "brilliant" despite the odd request.

She added: "I don't think the fire service could believe it when I turned up at the station with a frog stuck in a drain in a bucket! The crew were brilliant and very helpful. They didn't even laugh at me!"

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Man takes record 2,075 penalties

A man in Wales has broken the world record for the most penalty kicks taken in 24 hours. Stephen Ford took 2,075 penalties - almost doubling the previous record - at Llandudno FC's stadium.

He surpassed the landmark number after eight hours but continued shooting throughout the night to extend the benchmark

After completing the challenge, Ward said: "I'm chuffed to bits we managed to smash the world record, and it was a great team effort.

"We couldn't have done it without the support of Llandudno Football Club; my colleagues; our kids, who acted as ball boys; and the officials, who made sure everything was legal for a genuine record attempt.

"I'm looking forward to a good, long sleep now."

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