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May 01, 2021

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A California family said they are dealing with an unusual infestation after hundreds of migratory birds swooped down their chimney and took up residence inside the house.

A woman who asked to be identified only as Kerri said she returned to her Torrance home with her husband and their child April 21 to discover birds flying around inside the house.

Kerri captured video showing dozens of birds swooping down into the home through her chimney.

"We walked right into a nightmare," said the homeowner. "The birds were stuck to the ceiling, stuck to every wall. They were hanging onto pictures."

Kerri said the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office referred her to county animal control, but officials told her to just leave her doors open and allow the birds to leave on their own.

She said the birds don't appear to want to leave, and have been making a mess of the home.

"You couldn't walk in any spot in the living room, the kitchen and the hallway without stepping on bird droppings," Kerri said.

The birds are believed to be Vaux's swift, a species known for roosting in chimneys in large groups.

Firefighters in Montecito, Calif., responded to a similar problem Sunday evening when a homeowner reported about 1,000 birds that swooped into their chimney and became stuck behind the fireplace cover.

The Montecito Fire Department said the birds were left overnight to see if they would fly back up the chimney on their own, but returned Monday to find that the birds hadn't moved.

Firefighters and animal control officers ended up designing a chute system to allow the birds to make their way from the fireplace to the back door.


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12-year-old graduates high school, college in same week

A 12-year-old North Carolina boy who took a few extra classes in his spare time during the COVID-19 pandemic is now preparing to graduate high school and college in the same week. Mike Wimmer, 12, of Salisbury, will graduate Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an associate's degree May 21 and will graduate Concord Academy High School just seven days later May 28. Wimmer has a 4.0 GPA at the college and a 5.45 GPA in high school, earning him the role of his class valedictorian. "I went through all of the grades in school at a faster pace," Wimmer said. "I'm like a sponge, I take in knowledge very fast." Wimmer said he had some extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic and discovered that if he added just a couple of extra classes he could graduate from both schools at the same time. He ended up completing the equivalent of two years of high school and two years of community college classes in a single year.


Homeowners find ice age animal bones in backyard

A Las Vegas couple said workers digging behind their home for a pool installation made a surprising discovery: a set of bones that could be up to 14,000 years old. Matt Perkins, who recently moved to Las Vegas with his husband, said they woke up Monday morning to find Las Vegas police officers were speaking with the workers digging out the hole for their backyard pool. "It kind of freaked us out," Perkins told the Las Vegas Review-Journal of learning the workers had found buried bones. Perkins said his mind was eased when the police determined the bones, found about 4-5 feet under the surface, were not from a human -- and were likely thousands of years old. "We had joked on Friday that while they started digging, 'Oh great maybe they will find a dinosaur for us and it will pay for our pool,'" Perkins said. Joshua Bonde, director of research at the Nevada Science Center, visited the site and said the bones likely came from a horse or other large animal. He said the bones could be up to 14,000 years old -- dating from the earth's most recent ice age.