Highlights of the week of May 20-26

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We're going to start today's article with sad news, but we can't avoid it, because the character we're going to talk about has become a real legend even outside the web.

Kabosu the Shiba Inu died

The name may not ring a bell, but you've probably seen the Doge meme, which depicts a dog with crossed legs and a slight smile. The prototype for one of the most popular patterns on the Internet was a real dog that lived in Japan. Sadly, she passed away on May 24. Kabosu died at the age of 18 after a long and serious illness - she had leukemia and liver problems.

Kabosu's owner, Atsuko Sato, adopted the dog from a shelter in 2008, and the famous photo appeared online in 2010. Just a few years later, the dog became a real star of the Internet, with her still making mock collages. Many people sent their support and condolences to the owner, who replied that Kabosu was with loved ones until the end.

Snakes in Wales close medical center

Last Wednesday, May 22, two reptiles crawled into the COVID-19 vaccination center, forcing it to close temporarily. The snakes were named Cwm and Cou after the Welsh village where the center is located. It is known that Cou was larger and looked like an adder, but quickly crawled away, while Cwm - a common one - remained, awaiting the arrival of wildlife experts who chased the uninvited guest away.

The center's staff joked that snakes cannot be vaccinated, so they could not help the reptiles. But they also did not touch the potentially dangerous animals. Perhaps the excessive caution was in vain, as sea urchins are harmless to humans and do not pose a threat. Vipers are another matter, but their bite usually causes pain and inflammation, and in small doses is not life-threatening.

Fortunately, the viper is the only venomous snake found in England and Wales. However, for children, the elderly and people with immune disorders or allergies, such an encounter could be their last.

Ninja caught in the United States

Contractors working on the roof of a Family Fare store found a strange extension cord running from an electrical outlet through a service door into a small cave. The 1.5-by-2.4-foot room was equipped with a coffee maker, a computer and even a printer.

A 34-year-old woman, whose name was not published, was also found there. She said the attic behind the store sign was known to her family and considered a "safe place" where she lived and worked. However, the safe house has now been compromised by police and it is unlikely that she lives there.

One police officer noted that the "rooftop ninja" looked "pretty cool" in a black suit and ski goggles. She also did not argue with the officers and quietly left, but asked for her belongings to be returned, which the store staff promised to do.

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Authors: Aleksandr, Kadriia

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