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Professor: Team has performed first successful human head transplant using cadavers

It sounds like something out of a horrible B movie, but a professor in Italy says a team has successfully transplanted a human head in China. It was done on corpses to see if surgeons could reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels. 

“The first human transplant on human cadavers has been done,” Sergio Canavero, the director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, said. “A full head swap between brain dead organ donors is the next stage,” the Telegraph reported.

He added that it would be the last step before a full head transplant happens some time before the end of the year, USA Today reported.

A firm date for the living patient surgery has not been released.

Canavero said the procedure happened in China because “the Americans did not understand” and wouldn’t fund the experiments, USA Today reported.

Experts in the medical community said that a procedure like this would not be allowed in either the United States or Europe.

While it’s being called a head transplant, it’s technically a body transplant, where the recipient with a functioning brain will have his head transplanted to a donor’s body who has been declared brain dead, USA Today reported.

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Doctors will fuse the spinal cord and attach blood vessels and muscles then the patient will be kept in a coma for a month as the person heals, Newsweek reported. If it is successful, the patient could walk again, Canavero claims.

Many in the medical community said that not only is it doubtful the procedure will be successful, there also are ethical questions, saying that whoever undergoes the procedure will be in incredible pain, and not able to breathe or control their own heart rate, Newsweek reported.

Canavero cites studies on animals to support his plan, but other doctors say that, ‘You’re not going to jump from rodent to human” and that Canavero’s plan is “criminal,” Newsweek reported.

Man charged with driving lawn tractor while drunk

A man in Aurora, Illinois, was arrested and charged with driving a John Deere lawn tractor in the street while drunk, WGN reports.

Ruben Garza, 50, faces several charges, including two counts of driving under the influence, after driving the lawn tractor in the street near Fifth and Ashland around 3:40 p.m Friday, police said.

Police said a witness said the man appeared drunk, seemed to be falling asleep and stopped to urinate in a yard in the 400 block of Ashland. Once he got back on his tractor, he almost hit a parked vehicle and began yelling at people as he drove the tractor, police said.

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Police said an officer caught up to Garza in the 1100 block of Lebanon and ordered him to turn off the tractor. While he was being questioned, the officer said he smelled alcohol on Garza's breath and said he was slurring his speech.

The officer said Garza became belligerent and did not believe could be charged with a DUI because he was riding a lawn tractor. Garza then began to swear at the officer and threatened him, police said.

Garza was then taken into custody and the tractor was impounded. Garza also was charged with having no registration and operating an uninsured motor vehicle. He is due in court Dec. 5.

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'Cheetah' spotted roaming streets in Pennsylvania turns out to be big African cat

Residents thought they saw a cheetah running free in the streets of Reading, Pennsylvania. But when authorities responded to the scene recently, they found a rare African serval cat instead.

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The spotted feline was out for a walk when staffers from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County arrived.

The 1- or 2-year-old cat was docile, declawed and friendly, leading the rescuers to think she was a pet.

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It is illegal to own these types of cats in Pennsylvania without a license.

A big-cat group is now in possession of the animal.

Toddler slams into windshield after Florida woman chases boyfriend at 90 mph, deputies say

A woman in Pinellas County was arrested Sunday after a 3-year-old girl flew into the windshield of her car from slamming on the brakes in a 90 mph car chase, deputies said. 

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Before the incident, Justine Olesky, 33, got into a physical fight with her boyfriend while the toddler stood next to her, WFTS reports. 

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Once the boyfriend left, Olesky put the girl in the passenger seat of her car without a seat belt, and then chased after him going 90 mph in a residential neighborhood, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office deputies. 

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Olesky hit the brakes when she saw her boyfriend, causing the 35-pound child to eject forward and hit her head on the windshield, deputies said. Deputies said the girl hit her head so hard it shattered part of the windshield, leaving blonde strands of hair in the glass, WFTS reports. 

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When deputies arrived to the scene, they said Olesky did not seem concerned about the child and “continued to talk about her boyfriend,” WFTS reports. 

The child was taken to a local hospital and fortunately did not suffer serious injuries, deputies said. 

Olesky faces charges of child abuse and domestic battery. She is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on a $12,500 bond, according to jail records. 

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Python found hidden in man's pants after drunken argument, police say

Police in the southwestern German city of Darmstadt got the shock of their lives when they discovered a python in the pants of a 19-year-old man they had just arrested after a drunken argument, The Guardian reports.

The man was reportedly detained after local residents complained about the loud argument he was having with another man. While searching him, officers noticed a “significant bulge in his trousers,” according to a police statement.

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The man then confessed to the officers that he had been concealing a live snake in his pants, and proceeded to reveal a 14-inch royal python — also known as a ball python, authorities said.

He was placed in a cell to sober up and the snake was put in a box. Police said they were trying to track down the python’s owner and examining whether “the non-species-appropriate transport” contravened animal protection regulations. It added that officers were investigating whether any animal protection laws had been broken.

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The ball python is one of 26 python species. They typically inhabits dry grasslands when in the wild, according to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo. Their diet largely consists of small rodents, and they tend to live about 20 to 25 years in captivity.

WATCH: Deer breaks into house, leaves behind mess

A North Carolina woman was startled early Friday by a four-legged intruder that appeared equally frightened.

 

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Amanda McNeil was awakened by her security alarm at about 4 a.m., WFMY reported. When she went to investigate, she found her house in shambles — and a deer.McNeil said the deer entered the house through a bedroom window and was injured in the incident. She managed to get the deer out of her house. Surveillance video captured part of the chaotic scene.

Police rescue raccoon who overate, got stuck in storm drain

Police in Zion, Illinois, had an unusual call Thursday morning.

WMAQ reported that City of Zion Illinois Police Department said a rotund raccoon was stuck in a storm drain grate.

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“It seems this little guy has been eating a little too well and got caught in the sewer grate,” a Facebook post from the department said.

Officers identified as K. Vaughn and  animal control Officer R. Knorr had to call in the Zion Public Works Department. 

“They were able to free him and our friend was no worse for wear,” the department said. 

Giant hog seen roaming Alabama neighborhood

A massive hog was seen roaming the streets of a Phenix City neighborhood Thursday.Angela Rena captured photos and video of the giant animal as it traipsed through people's yards.

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Rena told WTVM that she wasn't sure if Animal Control was called. No one has stepped forward yet to claim the hog.

Minnesota family asks for public's help in finding missing emu named Dork

A missing emu named Dork is gaining a Facebook following while an entire community in Minnesota searches for the wayward bird. 

Dork escaped from his backyard pen in Becker in April after a tree branch broke his pen, according to KARE11

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Since then, community members have been filling Dork’s Facebook page with pictures of him when he’s been spotted, the Palm Beach Post reported. A local hardware store even sells shirts that say, “Dork is the name, hiding is the game,” according to WCCO

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“It’s really taken on a life of its own,” Becker Police Chief Brent Baloun told WCCO. “It’s kind of a rallying point for the community.”

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Dork’s owner, Tom Berry, is starting to get worried since it’s getting cold, but he believes his bird is still on the loose because he’s searching for a companion, WCCO reported. 

“Geek and Dork were male and female, and Geek died three years or so ago, so he is on his own now,” Berry said. “He’s a bachelor; he’s looking for a female emu.”

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Dork is wildly loved by social media users, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

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Deputies: Man arrested after trying to race unmarked Sheriff's Office car

Deputies arrested an Indiana man over the weekend after he tried to get a Dodge Charger to race him without realizing that the car was actually an unmarked LaPort County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, according to authorities.

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Deputy Jim Fish was driving north on Indiana State Road 39 near the Indiana Toll Road when he saw a black Dodge Charger pull up quickly behind his unmarked Sheriff’s Office car, deputies said. He moved to put space between the cars and watched as the Charger behind him pulled forward and sped past him, officials said.

According to Fish, the black Charger drifted in and out of lanes at speeds exceeding 70 mph.

Fish turned on his car’s flashing emergency lights and gave chase, deputies said.

The black Charger eventually pulled into a yard and the driver, identified as 40-year-old Eugene Thome, ran from the area, according to officials. After running about 100 yards, he obeyed Fish’s order to stop and deputies took him into custody.

Authorities determined that Thome was wanted on a felony warrant. Deputies also learned that he was a habitual traffic violator. He was arrested on two counts of resisting law enforcement, among other charges.

In a police report, Fish wrote that Thome admitted he was trying to race before he realized that the car he had targeted was actually a law enforcement vehicle. He told Fish he fled because he knew that he was wanted and because of his habitual traffic violator status.

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