Written by: Greg Hambrick
Editor’s Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn’t happening somewhere in the area. Here’s a look back at some weird goings on over the past week.
Red Panda Lost and Found: Rusty, a Red Panda, took in a bit of Washington this week when he decided to leave the cozy confines of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and get a little sightseeing out of his system. The disappearance set off a manhunt, of sorts, after caretakers at the National Zoo took to Twitter to track down Rusty. Locals spotted him in Adams Morgan and he was back at home by Monday afternoon.
Naked in Traffic: Residents of greater Alexandria can thank a certain naturalist for shaking up their commute. Authorities believe narcotics led a man to get naked and jump in front of cars near Fort Hunt Road. Fairfax officers wrangled the nude dude and took him to a nearby hospital for observation. But not before he racked up charges for resisting arrest, assaulting an officer and indecent exposure.
Koi Kidnapping Kaper: Fairfax County Police are searching for two men who reportedly stole approximately 400 koi fish from a corporate office pond in Herndon over several days earlier this month. According to a news release, the men posed as pond maintenance workers.
Backyard Bear Season: McLean residents had a new visitor this week. A woman thought she’d caught sight of a black dog in her yard. Nope. Upon closer inspection, it was a black bear. “I didn’t expect to see a bear in my backyard,” she said. “When I came back upstairs it was on the deck hanging on the birdfeeder.” Meanwhile, Old Town Alexandria residents were reporting their own unusual guest: a wild turkey.
Bobbitt Attack Turns 20: Manassas residents tell us the area was famous for more than historic battles two decades ago. That was when a troubled marriage reached a violent level, with Lorena Bobbitt cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it off a bridge. She would go on to call 911. Doctors saved and reattached her husband’s member and a new level of weird was born. Bobbitt said she attacked her husband after years of abuse. She now runs a nonprofit in Prince William County to help victims of domestic violence.
Bicycle Hits Car (No, Not the Other Way Around): It’s a dangerous world out there for commuting cyclists as some motorists turn a blind eye to blind spots and bike lanes. This time, it’s the cars that have to worry. A Vienna driver stopped at a red light last week. As he was waiting to turn onto Maple Avenue, a bicycle traveling east on Maple allegedly struck the front left corner of the car. The cyclist then left the scene.