The carjacking bear
In August 2011, Durango, Colorado resident Ron Cornelius awoke to the sound of a car smashing into his mailbox. His neighbour’s SUV had been broken into and had travelled down the street into his yard. To Cornelius’s surprise, the getaway driver turned out to be a black bear. While poking around searching for food, the bear had broken into the vehicle. The hungry bear had accidentally shifted the car into gear, sending it rolling down the driveway, before clambering its way out of the car and leaving the scene. Luckily, neither the bear nor any of the Durango residents was hurt, but the car was pretty banged up! Between the shattered rear window, the nearly-ripped-out steering wheel, and the bear poo in the front seat, needless to say the SUV had seen its last day on the road.
The breaking-and-entering emu
Emus are not native to southwestern England, so Sergeant Zoe Parnell of Devon was perplexed when she got the call that one was running wild in the next town over. “I thought we’d arrive and it would be a turkey or something like that,” Parnell admitted. But a four-foot-tall Australian bird was, in fact, roaming through the small town of Barnstaple, going from house to house trying to get in. Even more troubling, it was heading in the direction of a main road. Police managed to apprehend it before it wandered into traffic. They handed the rogue bird over to a local animal hospital.
The stealthy sloth
In December 2018, a café in Costa Rica got an unexpected visitor when a hungry sloth snuck past its gates in the middle of the night. Security cameras caught the creature’s comically slow exploration of the counter area. It lumbered up onto a chair and even casually twirled a spinning display rack. Eventually, the would-be burglar took a noisy tumble off of the chair, alerting security to its presence. The café’s owners, who released the sloth back into the wild, got plenty of laughs from the incident – and some recognition as well, since everyone from The Daily Mail to National Geographic reported on the story.