Dion Leonard is followed by the stray dog named Gobi during Stage 3 of the Gobi March 2016 in the Gobi Desert, China.
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Dion Leonard is followed by the stray dog named Gobi during Stage 3 of the Gobi March 2016 in the Gobi Desert, China.

Woman admits crickets, worms spilling on subway was a stunt

NEW YORK — A woman who caused chaos aboard a subway train by releasing a container of crickets and worms says it was all a prank.

Zaida Pugh tells the New York Post she had the episode videotaped “to show what homeless people go through.”

The NYPD says it’s still looking into whether Wednesday’s incident was staged and whether Pugh and the woman on the train are the same person. If so, she could face charges.

Pugh told the Post on Friday that a friend intentionally flipped the container over. She says the passengers attacking her also were part of the stunt.

Startled passengers had crickets on their arms and worms wriggled on the floor.

Someone pulled the emergency brake, halting the train for 30 minutes. Pugh says that wasn’t planned.

Ultra-marathon runner reunited with stray dog

LONDON — An ultra-marathon runner has been reunited with the stray dog that accompanied him through part of a grueling desert race in China and then went missing.

Dion Leonard says the stray befriended him as he took part in the 250-kilometer Gobi March race, part of the 4 Deserts race series. The dog followed him for much of the race. He vowed to take the dog, named Gobi, home to the U.K.

Leonard, who lives in Scotland, says the dog was preparing to go into quarantine in China before traveling to the U.K. when she disappeared. Having learned that she ran away, he returned to China to find Gobi with the help of a crowdfunding appeal, using posters and the power of social media to track her down.

“On Tuesday night, I received a phone call around 9 p.m. at night saying, ‘We’ve got Gobi. We think it is her. It looks like her in the posters, come round and have a look,'” he told the BBC. “Thankfully we went over and as soon as I walked into the lounge she came running across the room and into my arms.”

“She was so excited to see me,” he said. “I knew it was her straight away.”

Gobi joined Leonard on the second day of the six-stage, seven-day race, and also ran along on her short stubby legs for days three and six.

“She ran 77 miles during those three stages. She slept with me during the evenings. And we just formed this bond that couldn’t be broken during the race,” he said. “I knew as soon as the race had finished — and even during it — that I had to make an effort to try and get her back to the U.K. somehow.”

He now hopes the dog will join him in Scotland before Christmas.

Associated Press