You hear about prisoners earning their dues, getting pardoned, and then released from jail after exhibiting good behavior and all that jazz? Well, this was what this ancient lobster must have felt like when, after spending 2 decades in a fish tank, his “owner” finally “pardoned” him and released him back to the water to live out his days as a free man, I mean, crustacean.
Louie the Lobster has been one of the attractions at Peter’s Clam Bar on Long Island. A fish tank served as his home for 20 years; he has become such a fixture in there that the owner Butch Yamali considered him more as a pet than the next item on the menu. Butch inherited Louie when he purchased the restaurant years ago – the lobster was part of the package.
Well, Butch loved Louie so much that he refused a customer that offered $1000 to have the lobster cooked for Father’s Day.
Instead, Butch opted to free Louie, thinking that the crustacean more than earned the chance to spend his remaining years in the ocean.
Butch even got a local town supervisor to “officially pardon” the lobster before sending him out to the sea, using a speedboat near the Atlantic reef.
Louie weighed a whopping 22 pounds when he was released into the ocean.
That is definitely way more than the average Maine lobster, which usually weighs just 2 pounds.
The lobster also has the distinction of being one of the oldest ones who lived in captivity, the oldest one being 140 years old. THAT one, which was named George, was released from a New York restaurant in 2009. George was set free at the coast of Maine.
We shouldn’t be worried about Louie not adjusting to the ocean either. Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, said:
“He’ll be just fine. There aren’t many predators who want to eat a big old lobster like that.”
30 Surprisingly Weird Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Animals
I’m pretty sure you didn’t learn these in school.
We’ve learned a lot about animals way back our grade school days - from their classes and the way they live to even the hierarchy they're part of. Case in point, we know that doves and chickens come from the same class (birds), though the latter can’t fly. Or the fact that bats communicate with each other using biological sonar. Interesting, right?
While these continue to amaze us, our knowledge about animals is still too shallow. That’s because there is a lot to know about them, and you'll actually be surprised with some of them. Take for example wombats: These creatures actually have cube-shaped poop. Now that’s really interesting. Let's add this: Kiwis - contrary to popular belief - are in fact blind. They simply forage through the use of smell.
But anyway, enough with the tease and let’s get down to brass tacks. Below are some of the most wonderful – and even weirdest – facts about animals. They’re just too strange to believe!...
Largest Species of Cobra Found By Researchers In West Africa
The newly discovered species of forest cobra can grow up to 3 meters long which makes it the largest cobra in the world to date.
Somewhere off the coast of West Africa, an extremely venomous species of snake is pretty notorious for pestering the local people because of their invasive nature. Upon investigation, the researchers discovered that these invasive snakes are actually a yet to be discovered species of cobra which is only native to that island.
Initially, the experts thought that it’s just a common invasive forest cobra that got carried from Sao Tome somewhere in the Guinean Gulf. However, further studies unveiled that the native West African snake is actually a new species of cobra.
The morphological and genetic testing revealed that the forest cobra is a new species.
Dog Rescued From Meat Farm Refuses To Sleep On Her Bed For A Heartbreaking Reason
Like Harriet, other dogs in the meat farm were fed well just to fatten them up for slaughter.
Animal rescue groups have done their part in the mission to fight dog meat trade in Asian countries like China and South Korea. But the truth is, this sickening culture still exists and this fight is not yet over. In July 2017, the Humane Society International saved 149 dogs from being slaughtered for South Korea’s ‘Bok Nal’ season. These poor creatures were flown to the United States where they were given a chance to have a loving forever home.
One of the lucky dogs that once cowered in fear was three-year-old Korean Jindo, Harriet. The black pooch, along with 13 other rescues, was flown to San Francisco, where staff at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Florida helped care for them.