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Injured frog airlifted to hospital after lawnmower accident

Amphibian sent to specialised animal hospital 800 miles away - and other tall tales

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Our pick of the strange but true stories from around the world.

Woman hops to it after injuring frog

An Australian woman has gone to extraordinary lengths to save a green tree frog. Min Tims from the remote mining town of Mount Isa, Queensland, accidentally ran over the amphibian with her lawnmower. Desperate to save the animal, she contacted Deborah Pergolotti, the president of Frog Safe frog hospital, 800 miles away in Cairns, and they organised for it to be flown to the hospital. Tims and her niece tended to the frog's wounds and packaged it up for the flight. The frog is expected to make a full recovery.

McDonald's robbers stopped by top cops

Two would-be thieves chose the wrong time to stage a robbery at a McDonald's restaurant in France. Inside were 11 members of the elite Groupe d'intervention de la Gendarmerie nationale, which specialises in counter-terrorism and hostage rescue. One of the robbers was shot and the other captured within seconds of leaving the restaurant.

Seattle salmon 'full of drugs'

Researchers have revealed that the flesh of salmon caught in Puget Sound, near the US city of Seattle, has been found to contain a cocktail of drugs, including Prozac, Advil, Benadryl, Lipitor and even cocaine. The team is unsure whether this is because people in Seattle use more drugs or that wastewater treatment plants in the area are unable to remove traces of them before the water is pumped into the Sound.

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