From the May / June 2021 issue
AMARILLO // A rare cloned horse raised in Amarillo heads to his forever home at the San Diego Zoo, KAMR Reports. Endangered Przewalski’s horse named Kurt was born after his father’s DNA was frozen for 40 years. The vet who raised Kurt hopes the horse can increase the number of his species in California.
WACO // Trump-loving, draft-loving rock musician Ted Nugent is auctioning off some of his prized possessions in central Texas. Among the items that Nugent, 73, sells vintage guitars, vehicles and bow hunting gear, KWTX Reports. He calls the articles “the coolest stuff available to mankind,” adding, “My scandalous and adventurous life has accumulated far too much that anyone could reasonably use.”
COUNTY OF BRAZOS // A dog and a cat have tested positive for the UK variant of COVID-19, marking the first known positive cases of the variant in pets, Texas A&M Today Reports. The black Labrador mix and the shorthair cat live in the same house as a human who had been infected with COVID-19. Their owner said the animals sneezed more than usual, but otherwise they looked fine.
AUSTIN // While visiting the Texas capital, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reportedly saw an unidentified flying object. Mayfield wrote on Twitter that he and his wife saw a “very bright ball of light descend directly from the sky” near Lake Travis. As his Twitter mentions rose, Mayfield’s wife Emily Wilkinson backed him up, writing, “I’m not usually someone who subscribes to UFO discussions. But all I know is that I saw something tonight that I never saw.
SAN ANTONIO // A wax museum that featured a figure of Donald Trump removed the installation after people attacked it, NBC News reports. Visitors caused the most damage to Trump’s face by hitting and scratching him, said a representative from Ripley Entertainment, the parent company of Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks. She said the crowds had similar reactions to the installations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush. “The political figures can be a bit more polarizing,” the spokesperson said.
TEXAS CITY // A woman was arrested at an Office Depot for refusing to wear a mask, just days after her arrest for refusing to comply with another company’s mask rule, Fox News Reports. Terry Wright, a 65-year-old man from Oregon, is said to have violated the mask policy of a Bank of America branch in Galveston. Texas City police officers, recognizing Wright from video footage of the banking incident, arrested her under a pending arrest warrant.