Mexican donkey released after being jailed for assault

By The Associated Press

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico — A Mexican donkey has been freed from jail after doing time for acting like a jackass.

The Televisa network on Wednesday showed “Blacky” gobbling food from a bucket after spending three days in a jail that normally holds people for public drunkenness and other disturbances.

Blacky was jailed for biting and kicking two men near a ranch outside Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas state.

Officials freed the donkey after its owner paid a fine of $36 and the $115 hospital bill of the men, who suffered bites to the chest and a broken ankle. Authorities say he also must pay $480 to each man for missed work days.

Dad wrestles with deer after it crashes into salon

QUAKERTOWN, Pa. – A disoriented deer smashed his way into a suburban hair salon, and a customer wrestled with the animal to keep it from ramming into his 11-year-old son or other youngsters.

“I’m a father. I wasn’t going to let anything happen to those kids,” Randy Goepfert said after Tuesday’s confrontation.

Three hairdressers and several parents and children were in the Holiday Hair salon at a strip mall in this Philadelphia suburb when the white-tail buck crashed through the glass door. Goepfert was paying for his son Tyler’s haircut.

The deer “was charging right at my son, so I decked him,” Goepfert said. He grabbed the buck by the neck and slammed it to the floor, then climbed on top and began choking it, hoping to keep the animal at bay until authorities arrived.

But the deer broke loose. Goepfert finally chased it into a back room and barricaded the door with chairs.

Police and a state Game Commission officer later tranquilized the deer, but it had a broken jaw and cuts on its neck and had to be euthanized, officials said.

Glen Campbell, a wildlife conservation officer, said the deer was likely frightened and disoriented.

“They have a very, very primeval flight response,” Campbell said. “If they get scared, they don’t think, they just try to get away.”

Goepfert recalled that the deer kicked him several times and broke loose as they wrestled on the floor. “I weigh 225 pounds and he threw me right off,” he said.