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Feb. 18 (UPI) — Passengers on an Indonesian flight captured video of a scorpion that climbed out of an overhead compartment when the plane landed.

Witnesses aboard Lion Air Flight JT-293 said the plane, which departed from Sultan Syarif Kasim II International Airport in Riau, had landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, when a woman opened an overhead compartment and the scorpion scurried out.

The passengers summoned flight crew members, but the scorpion climbed back into the overhead compartment before they arrived. The venomous arachnid was not located.

“Ground service officers and technicians immediately carried out in-depth search and thorough handling of the aircraft after the passengers and cargo were removed, but no animals were found,” airline spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro said.

Lion Air said the plane had been sprayed for pests a week earlier. Officials said they are investigating how the creature ended up on the plane.



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‘Rarest Penguin On Earth’ Caught On Camera In Antarctica

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New footage from BBC America shows what just might be a one-of-a-kind emperor penguin

Unlike its famous black and white counterparts, this one is covered almost entirely in black feathers ― the result of a rare genetic mutation called melanism. 

“This could be the first-ever footage of an all black emperor penguin,” the clip from BBC Earth’s wildlife show “Dynasties” notes. 

While the mutation may appear from time to time, the dark color makes it easier to spot by predators, making it very unusual for a penguin like this one to survive to adulthood. 

“He or she could be the only one of its kind,” the clip states: 

National Geographic has documented melanism on other types of penguins, especially the king penguins, which appear to have the mutation more often than others.

However, the magazine’s website says it has also found evidence of partial melanism in Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo, macaroni and royal penguins.



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Virginia man surprises wife with $1M winning lotto ticket for Valentine’s Day

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Feb. 18 (UPI) — A Virginia man surprised his wife with a $1 million winning lottery ticket for an early Valentine’s day gift.

Terry Mudd purchased the ticket after forgetting to pick something up from his grocery shopping list, which he said is a regular occurrence, and scratched it off to find he’d won the game’s $1 million top prize.

Mudd decided to surprise his wife, Madonna, with the gift as a Valentine’s present, but gave it to her earlier in an envelope that read “Terry + Madonna’s retirement” after they got into an argument about their finances.

The couple elected to take a one-time cash option of $657,030 before taxes instead of receiving the full million dollars over 30 years.

They recently purchased an RV and plan to travel across the country when they retire, although neither plans to retire in the near future.



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Look: Tractor seized after being used for drag racing in Britain

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Feb. 18 (UPI) — Police breaking up a late-night drag racing session in Britain ended up seizing an unusual vehicle — a speedy tractor.

Amesbury Police said they responded to a report of drag racing motorcycles in Wiltshire and ended up discovering the bikes were racing against a New Holland T6 175 tractor.

Police said the tractor was found to be running on red diesel, a duty-free fuel allowed to be used strictly for agricultural purposes.

“Rather unusual stop for team 1 tonight,” police tweeted. “Tractor stopped after being reported for drag racing motorbikes!”

“Vehicle was seized as the driver couldn’t prove he was insured and was driving on red diesel,” the tweet said.



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