(May 29) — A 29-year-old dubbed the “jungle woman” after emerging from the Cambodian wilderness three years ago naked and unable to speak has now fled back into the wild after struggling to adapt to society. Rochom P’ngieng first disappeared while herding water buffalo in a remote area in the late 1980s when she was a little girl. In 2007, she emerged from the jungle naked and hunched over like a monkey, scavenging for food. She drew attention by trying to steal food from a village, and was subsequently identified and reunited with her family. Read more
May 29) — A young Colorado girl struck by lightning lived to tell about it — and without a scratch on her. “I was laying down, the lightning came through the window and shocked my foot,” 9-year-old Lexie Archuleta told a local CBS station. Lexi was in her bedroom watching television on Wednesday when the lightning hit her Commerce City, Colo., home, and shocked her, reported a NBC news affiliate. Lexie was barely able to speak after the incident. Read more
A Minnesota congressman inserted language into a Fish and Wildlife bill that sought to improve walleye fishing on a lake where he owns a cabin. It gets better – the guy was also trying to get a cable TV show running, and he approached Arctic Cat as a sponsor of the show while he was working on legislation that could be of major benefit to the snowmobile makers. And then Arctic Cat then sold him a snowmobile at a discount. Hilarious stuff, the Minnesota legislature. Hopefully he gets some nice walleye after losing the next election.
A group of 20 Sherpas who are ethnic Tibetans living atop the Himalayas in eastern Nepal have found five bodies while scouring Mount Everest for rubbish. The head of the team told the AFP that the body of American Scott Fisher who perished in a 1996 mountain disaster was among the five discovered in the low-oxygen “death zone” above 8,meters. While Fisher’s remains were left untouched due to his family’s wishes those of two other mountaineers were retrieved with their families’ consent.
Since April the Sherpas have collected more than 2.5 tons of debris on Everest which had piled up during the 50-year history of mountain climbing.
PHOENIX (AP) – The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department said it has confirmed the first positive mosquito sample of West Nile virus. The discovery was made in Gilbert.West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Health officials say approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will feel flu-like symptoms occurring three to 15 days after the mosquito bite. A small percentage of people who are infected with West Nile will experience severe symptoms such as meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis or even death. Health officials urge the public to remove standing water in potted plants, tires, bird baths and other containers where water may collect and mosquitoes can breed.
People keep getting stranded following directions from their GPS units to follow backcountry roads. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports that Melissa Batz of Aumsville and her two kids were about 15 minutes from reaching their destination at a campground along the Rogue River last Friday when the unit in her car sent them on a detour. Read more
A brother and sister from California were robbed at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon while hiking in Garden of the Gods park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state, Colorado Springs police said. The robbers fled in a white van after taking a wallet, handbag and camera, according to police. The camera was later found by another hiker in the park. Joan Kunkler, 57, and Jim Kunkler, 56, of San Luis Obispo, were on a trail near the main parking lot around 1 p.m. when two men came up behind them, Joan Kunkler said. After the men passed them, they turned around and pulled a gun, telling them to hand over their wallet and handbag. Read more
The beautiful remote Canadian lake has provided a bountiful supply of fresh fish. You are cleaning the catch when a moment’s inattention allows the knife to slip and create a deep slash into your leg. The bleeding is stopped with pressure; but now what do you do? Where is that kit with the medical instruments? When did you last check them for sterility? Where is that book on emergency medicine and exactly how do you make those sutures? Read more
The story of Hugh Glass ranks as one of the most remarkable stories of survival in American history. So much so, that Hugh Glass became a legend in his own time. Little is actually known about Glass. It was said that he was a former pirate who gave up his life at sea to travel to the West as a scout and fur trapper. Exactly when is unknown. He is believed to have been born in Philadelphia around 1783. His story shows that no matter how desperate the situation is. You can still survive. Read more
A skier who was the focus of repeated rescue efforts late yesterday was able to ski out of the backcountry near the ghost town of Ashcroft 14 miles southwest of Aspen about 6:25 a.m. today. The man arrived at the Lindley Hut, where personnel from Mountain Rescue Aspen had set up a staging area where rescue attempts were to begin today. Read more
Troublesome urban raccoons are an increasingly common occurrence, but Lil and Bill Hobson are facing a regular ‘coon invasion, with more than 19 trapped on their small Viera, Fla. lot since December and five of the critters weighing more than 40 pounds. The Hobsons estimate raccoon-related property damages at $2,000—on top of $600 in trapping fees. Florida Today.