Every Friday journalists from euronews’ various language teams choose a selection of stories from Europe and beyond which did not make the international headlines. Here are some of the best.
Foul fowl statue welcomes New Year
An artist in Russia’s Far East has marked the new year by fashioning a giant rooster sculpture out of frozen manure.
Mikhail Bopposov completed the huge cockerel in Uolba, a village in the Sakha Republic. His masterpiece measured 3.5m high and was 4.2m long.
This is not the first time that he has worked with manure. Last year he worked on Monkey World – which he said symbolised evolution.
Animals frolic in the snow at a zoo without visitors
Due to massive snowfall in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Zoo could not receive any visitors. It wasn’t just the polar bears and seals that were making the most of the snow, even Samudra, the young Asian elephant got stuck in.
Snowman on track stops German train
A snowman built on train tracks caused panic in Wesenberg, northern Germany.
Police reported late on Wednesday that a train travelling between Wesenberg and Mirow was forced into an emergency stop.
As the driver could not tell from afar whether it was a person or a snowman, he slammed on the brakes, causing 5,000 euros worth of damage to the train.
No injuries were reported. The snowman had been built earlier by “three unknown suspects”.
Frozen fox saved in Budapest
A fox was found on Népsziget (a small island in the Hungarian capital) and saved by the Állatmentő Liga (Animal Rescue League). The animal’s leg and tail had frozen to a pier. They managed to free it, but are struggling to save its leg. Unfortunately the fox had to say goodbye to its tail.
Irish coastguard rescue teams recalled after missing man found in local pub
On the evening of January 9 Ballybunion Sea & Cliff Rescue and the Ballybunion Coast Guard were called out to search for a man in his 40s after a call from a taxi driver who feared for his passenger’s life. The man the driver dropped off in Ballybunion asked questions about how to get to the cliffs, as it was dark and the weather was bad, the driver became worried.
A search of the cliffs was launched. Ballybunion Fire & Rescue was involved and the Shannon-based rescue helicopter was tasked to light up the area and assist in searching the extremely rough sea.
One hour after the call-out all units were stood down when the man was found safe and well in a pub in the town, unaware of the major search operation underway.
The call was recorded as a false alarm with good intent.