Pooping dog stops play in cricket match

VISAKHAPATNAM, India — A stray dog was 2 not out on Thursday after interrupting the second cricket test match between India and England.

England bowler Stuart Broad's final over before the traditional break for tea was cut short as ground staff tried — and failed — to get the brown and white dog off the field. Outrun by their canine opponent, increasingly desperate tactics included throwing a shoe in its direction.

Just when officials thought the dog had disappeared, it returned for a second performance with the umpires cutting the session short and the players going off for tea.

The hosts ended in control of the match — if not the dog — at 317-4 in their first innings.

As well as forcing an early tea, the dog also left its mark on the field in another way, using the lush outfield as a toilet.

Thai fish with national flag colors sold for $1,530

BANGKOK — A Siamese fighting fish with the colors of the Thai national flag has been bought for $1,530 at an online auction, possibly making it the most expensive Betta fish ever sold.

Pictures of the fish, with its blue, red and white horizontal stripes mimicking the Thai flag, went viral after its breeder Kachen Worachai posted them on a private Betta fish auction group on Facebook.

Kachen said Thursday he had expected someone to buy the fish for a few thousand baht but was shocked when the bid hit $285 on the second day.


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"I never expected my fish to go for this price," said Kachen, a 40-year-old convenience store owner who breeds Betta fish as a hobby. He posted the pictures on Nov. 6 with a starting bid of 99 baht ($2.82) and closed the auction on Nov. 8.

Betta fish have been bred previously to reproduce the colors of the Thai flag, but Kachen said none have come close.

He said the highest previous price for a Betta was for a half-moon Betta fish that sold for $671.

"The chance of getting a fish with the flag's exact color is like one in 100,000," said Kachen. "So many people have tried to breed the Thai flag colors. Luck was really on my side."

Associated Press