Police Protect Sheep By Blurring Their Faces In Photo

| by Michael Allen
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Police departments often blur out the faces of minors and innocent people in photographs, but police in West Midlands, England, recently blurred out the faces of some stolen sheep.

On May 10, three suspected poachers left the sheep in the back seat of a Ford Galaxy car in Birmingham in the early morning hours, according to West Midlands Police's news release.

The male suspects were trying to make a getaway when they rammed into a parked car; they jumped out of their vehicle and ran.

The cops used a police dog and a helicopter to find the suspected poachers. The three men were discovered hiding in some nearby gardens; one was up in a tree.

The three 20-something suspects are Romanian nationals, and they are being held by police on suspicion of theft.

The sheep were temporarily moved to a farm while police try to find their owners.

Under one the pictures of the sheep, released by the police, the caption reads: "The identity of the lambs has been protected due to their age and vulnerability (It's a joke!)."

"It’s not every day we recover live stolen property, but the lambs seem none the worse for their adventure," Police Inspector Paul Southern said in the news release.

"We are now trying to trace where they came from and are asking farmers to check their flocks to see if they have any missing," Southern added.

In more animal news, Guinness World Records confirmed on May 9 that a 30-year-old Siamese cat living in Mansfield, Texas, is the world's oldest living cat.

The cat, named "Scooter," was born on March 26, 1986, according to the Guinness World Records' news release. The feline has been in the care of his owner, Gail Floyd, since he was born.

Scooter reportedly wakes up Floyd each day by "talking" and jumping. When Floyd returns home from work, Scooter greets her at the door.

"He likes to see new places and he likes people," Floyd told Guinness World Records.

However, Scooter broke his leg in October 2014 and has had continuous medical testing and treatment for his chronic injury.

"Scooter is quite an amazing cat, with a strong will to live," his vets said.

Scooter's joys in life include a blow dry following a bath and eating chicken.

He has broken the record of 26-year-old Corduroy, a cat living in Sisters, Oregon.

However, the all-time record holder was the late Creme Puff, who lived to be an astounding 38 years and 3 days in Austin, Texas.

Sources: West Midlands Police, Guinness World Records / Photo Credit: West Midlands Police

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