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Washington D.C. residents heartbroken after bus hits beloved snowy owl

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A majestic snowy owl that has in recent days captured the hearts of Washington, a city obsessed with its zoo’s giant panda cub, was being treated after a bus apparently hit it this week.

The large bird that has gained something of a cult following after perching atop landings and monuments near the White House suffered a broken toe and possible internal injuries, the wildlife clinic tending to it said.

The Arctic creature is in stable condition and being “kept quiet, cool, fed and closely monitored,” City Wildlife said on Twitter, noting the bird was being fed and given pain, medication, antibiotics and fluids.

“We have postponed taking radiographs until we receive the results of the blood work in case there is any abnormality that would put the bird at risk during anesthesia.”

The animal shelter noted that it may not receive lab test results before Monday.

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The snowy owl, with its white plumage and yellow eyes, had captivated onlookers for more than a week, having seemingly blown in during a burst of Arctic air that saw temperatures plummet across the region.

The bird’s appearances, whether on store awnings, park benches or tree branches, were chronicled by large crowds of gawkers on social media and by local news outlets.

After being struck by the city bus and picked up by Metropolitan Police, the snowy owl was taken to the National Zoo’s hospital then transferred to City Wildlife, which treats small wild animals found in the capital.

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Bao Bao, the giant panda cub whose gestation, birth and recent first appearance have captivated local attention and given rise to endless media reports, has not been superseded in Washingtonians’ obsession with the furry and feathered, however.

The cub’s National Zoo guardians said that she “continues to grow steadily, and is becoming more active and inquisitive with each passing day.”

[Image via Agence France-Presse]


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‘It’s Hafiz Saeed. Not Jason Bourne’: Trump mocked for tweet on arrest of Mumbai attacks suspect

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Pakistanis Thursday mocked US President Donald Trump's claim that the alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind had been arrested "after a ten-year search" while he was actually in the public eye for much of the decade.

Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric accused by Washington and New Delhi of being behind the 2008 attacks, was taken into custody on Wednesday, days ahead of a trip by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington for his first meeting with Trump.

"After a ten-year search, the so-called 'mastermind' of the Mumbai Terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!" Trump tweeted Wednesday.

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Jeffrey Epstein spent almost all of his time abusing underage girls: ‘It was his full-time job,’ says victim’s lawyer

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Jeffrey Epstein apparently did nothing but sexually abuse underage girls, according to one victim's attorney.

The sources of the financier's wealth are murky, as he had only one known client -- women's clothing magnate Les Wexner -- but attorney Brad Edwards said that seems to have freed Epstein up to engage in nonstop predatory conduct, reported Vanity Fair.

“It was his full-time job,” said attorney Brad Edwards. “We have not found anyone who has provided information about a legitimate business he was engaged [in].”

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‘You had the Nobel Prize?’ Trump learns of Yazidi activist Murad

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared unfamiliar with the work and cause of Nobel laureate Nadia Murad as she pleaded with him to help the Yazidis of Iraq.

Murad, one of thousands of women and girls from the ancient faith abducted by the Islamic State group as they overran swathes of Iraq in 2014, joined a group of survivors of religious persecution who met Trump in the Oval Office on the sidelines of a major meeting at the State Department.

After Murad explained how her mother and six brothers were killed and that 3,000 Yazidis remained missing, Trump said, "And you had the Nobel Prize? That's incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?"

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