When you had been sleeping: Wild rabbits hitch rides — on sheep — to flee flooding

A New Zealand farmer was considerably involved when he noticed black spots on his sheep within the distance.

Marie-France Coallier / Montreal Gazette

A couple of belongings you might need missed when you had been counting sheep.

Soiled cash: The authors of a report that discovered $47 billion was laundered throughout Canada final 12 months debated whether or not to incorporate a graph that indicated Alberta, Ontario and the Prairies had been hotspots for soiled cash, says the lead author. Maureen Maloney mentioned her professional panel used the most effective mathematical mannequin obtainable to achieve the estimates, however it’s extra dependable at a nationwide degree than a provincial one, so that they questioned whether or not to publish the figures. “However we thought, ‘No, we have to do that, as a result of folks must understand it’s not only a B.C. drawback,’ ” mentioned Maloney, the province’s former deputy lawyer basic and a public coverage professor at Simon Fraser College. “If cash laundering in Alberta and the Prairies have been overestimated … that suggests that cash laundering in B.C., Ontario and Quebec have probably been underestimated,” the report mentioned. Nonetheless, the panel concluded that cash laundering is corroding “the very material of society” throughout Canada, and laid out a imaginative and prescient for it to turn into a nationwide precedence. Different provinces have but to confront the problem with the zeal of B.C., which introduced this week it’s going to maintain a public inquiry.

Alberta battles wildfires: A wildfire in northern Alberta pressured a serious freeway west of Edmonton to shut and close by owners to flee, whereas one other blaze prompted officers to warn that electrical energy might fail in a single city. RCMP are conducting evacuations on the north and south sides of Freeway 16 close to Marlboro, roughly 15 kilometres west of Edson, as a result of a number of dwelling had been in danger. Police mentioned flames had jumped the roadway, and that it was impassable resulting from smoke. In the meantime, an out-of-control wildfire about 25 kilometres southwest of Excessive Stage that covers 25,000 hectares was anticipated to develop Sunday resulting from robust wind gusts from the southeast. Wildfires additionally burned out-of-control Sunday within the Slave Lake Forest Space, the Fort McMurray Forest Space, and within the Notikewin space close to the neighborhood of Manning.

We child ewe not: A New Zealand farmer was involved when he noticed black spots on his sheep within the distance. Neither he nor his neighbour have any black-faced sheep, so he obtained somewhat nearer to analyze. “Then he noticed the bedraggled wild rabbits hitching a journey — two atop one sheep and a 3rd on one other,” reports The Independent. The rabbits had been clinging to the thick wool Leonard DiCaprio-style to flee three inches of floodwaters. Rabbits are eight to 20 inches tall. The farmer did essentially the most affordable factor — snapped just a few photos earlier than herding the sheep to dry land, from whence the rabbits leapt off and went dwelling. Often he shoots rabbits, however he rewarded these for his or her ingenuity by giving them a cross.

The Canadian Press contributed to this report.