This moose was trapped in a basement for three hours after she fell through an unlatched window.
This moose was trapped in a basement for three hours after she fell through an unlatched window. (Alex Head / Idaho Department of Fish and Game)

Hummingbird nest halts upgrades on bridge

RICHMOND, Calif. — The discovery of a hummingbird's nest with an egg inside is stalling upgrades on a San Francisco Bay Area bridge.

KCBS reports Tuesday that the backhoes are waiting and the safety barriers are ready. But work on a key part of the $70 million Richmond-San Rafael Bridge's upgrade project has been put on hold.

Hummingbirds are a protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

So now it's all up to the bird.

Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission says the discovery could set the project back a few weeks.

Planned work includes a path on the upper deck that will enable bike riders to get across in both directions. Plans also call for a third traffic lane on the lower deck to ease congestion for drivers heading eastbound.

Rescued moose was 'the most polite, gracious beast'

KETCHUM, Idaho — Authorities say a female moose is safe after she fell through an unlatched window into the basement of an Idaho home.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the moose spent about three hours in the Hailey basement early Sunday morning.

Law enforcement officers and those from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game tried to shoo the moose upstairs beginning at about 2:30 a.m. A Fish and Game officer arrived from Twin Falls at about 5:30 a.m. and shot the moose with a tranquilizer dart.


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Homeowner Julie Emerick says eight officers carried the approximately 600-pound animal up the stairs. Emerick says the moose got up and ran off about 15 minutes later.

She says the basement room suffered little damage and called the moose "the most polite, gracious beast."

The Associated Press