The Night Note: 2/19/10

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    ZOO UPS ITS CUTE FACTOR
    National Zoo officials announced today that two clouded leopard cubs were born at their campus in Front Royal, Va., on Valentine's Day.

    Jao Chu (JOW-chew), a three-and-a-half-year-old clouded leopard, gave birth to the first cub at 6:04 p.m. and the second cub at 6:20 p.m. At birth, the two cubs weighed in at a little more than half a pound each. Officials said they are not certain about the sex of the cubs.   (Washington Post)
     

    CUSTOMS DOG BITES CHILD AT DULLES
    The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says one of its dogs bit a 4-year-old girl during a training exercise at Dulles International Airport.

    Spokeswoman Kelly Ivahnenko says it happened Thursday about 10:30 a.m. at the domestic terminal baggage facility. She said it was not known why the dog, a Belgian malinois, bit the child. (WTOP)

    COUPLE BROUGHT TODDLER TO BURGLARIES
    A Richmond couple is facing charges in connection to a string of burglaries that the couple allegedly committed with their toddler in tow.

    Bruce Tillson, 33, and his wife, Jessica Tillson, 23, are each charged with three counts of burglary, Lincoln County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Murphy said.

    The Tillsons are being held at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on $50,000 cash bail each.  (Kennebec Journal)

    ESCAPED ZEBRA CAPTURED IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
    An Atlanta highway turned into a circus Thursday afternoon when an escaped zebra galloped along a busy section of interstate with police in hot pursuit.

    The 12-year-old animal, named Lima, was exercising outside a downtown arena in preparation for an evening show when something spooked him, said Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus spokeswoman Crystal Drake. The zebra broke away from his trainers and bumped up against a fence, then wriggled through an opening. (MSNBC)