MAN ACQUITTED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR BLOWING POT SMOKE: CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has acquitted a Chicago man of animal cruelty charges filed after the man posted a video of himself smoking marijuana with a chameleon.
After viewing the video and hearing the arguments of prosecutors and defense attorneys, Cook County Circuit Judge Robert Kuzas ruled Wednesday that Bruce Blunt’s behavior was “uncalled for and immature” but didn’t rise to criminal behavior.
Blunt posted a Facebook video of himself smoking marijuana with the chameleon, Binna, earlier this year. That prompted a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
After his acquittal, Blunt said he blew smoke into the chameleon’s mouth because it seemed to calm the aggressive reptile.
The Chicago Tribune reports Blunt said he hopes to get the chameleon back from Chicago Animal Care and Contro
WOMAN WHO DROPPED SON INTO ZOO CHEETAH PIT PLEADS NO CONTEST: CLEVELAND (AP) — A woman who dropped her toddler son into a Cleveland zoo’s cheetah pit and was charged with child endangering has pleaded no contest to a reduced charge.
Delaware, Ohio, resident Michelle Schwab was charged after authorities said she dangled her 2-year-old son over the railing of the zoo’s cheetah exhibit last month. The boy lunged from her grasp and fell about 10 feet.
Schwab and her husband jumped into the exhibit to retrieve the boy, who broke his leg in the fall.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo officials say the cheetahs didn’t approach the boy or his parents.
Schwab pleaded no contest to aggravated trespassing on Wednesday. She’s scheduled to be sentenced next month.