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‘Extinct’ tortoise found on Galapagos Island

And other stories from the stranger side of life

A giant tortoise found on the Galapagos Islands is from a species considered extinct, The Telegraph reports. Scientists say an elderly female tortoise discovered during an expedition has been identified as a chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as Fernandina Island Galápagos tortoise – a species last seen more than a century ago. Ecuador’s environment minister wrote in a tweet: “It was believed extinct more than 100 years ago! Hope is alive.”

Police tell public to stop phoning 999 over ghost sightings

The British public have been reminded not to call 999 in relation to ghost sightings after a person in West Sussex rang the emergency services claiming to have been haunted by a ghost sent by their neighbour. Mid Sussex neighbourhood policing inspector Darren Taylor said the force had received a phone call “from a resident stating that their neighbour had sent a ghost into their house to haunt them”. He said people should dial 999 “for emergencies only.”

Shamans in Peru predict election result

Peruvian shamans are trying to read tea leaves to guess the outcome of a tight election on 6 June. The mystics have used rattles, smoke and pictures of the Andean country’s two presidential candidates to try and establish who will win. They have burned campaign posters for the presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori during a traditional ritual that predicted Fujimori will lose to Pedro Castillo.

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