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1. 17-year-old set alight in attack allegedly by her teenage partner.
A 17-year-old girl from Queensland has been set alight allegedly by her teenage partner after an argument over a mobile phone.
The teenager has been placed in an induced coma with burns to her arms, legs and torso and will need months of treatment, reports The Courier Mail.
Her partner of two years is in custody and will face court over the incident charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
It is understood the pair were living together a property in Marsden when the incident occurred.
Her sister wrote on Facebook:
“She is only 17 years old, she has her whole life ahead of her and she does not deserve this,”
“You’re not giving up on me this easy, I know you can get through this, you’re a fighter. I love you.”
Police will allege petrol was thrown over the woman following an argument before she was set alight saying in a statement “Around 4pm it is alleged the man became involved in a verbal argument with a 17-year-old woman, known to him.
“Police will further allege the man then used a flammable liquid to set the woman on fire. The woman was treated by paramedics for serious burn injuries to her arms, legs and upper body.
“She was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for treatment.”
The man will appear in court today.
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2. Zoo shoots gorilla dead to protect boy who was pulled into enclosure.
A zoo response team shot and killed a gorilla at an American zoo that grabbed and dragged a four-year-old boy who fell into the gorilla exhibit moat.
The boy was picked up out of the moat and dragged by the 17-year-old gorilla for about 10 minutes.
Director Thane Maynard said the zoo’s dangerous animal response team that practices for such incidents decided the boy was in “a life-threatening situation” and that they needed to put down the 400-pound-plus male gorilla named Harambe.
“They made a tough choice and they made the right choice because they saved that little boy’s life,” Maynard said. “It could have been very bad.”
He said while the gorilla didn’t appear to be attacking the four-year-old it was “an extremely strong” animal in an agitated situation.
Tranquilizing the gorilla, he said, wouldn’t have knocked it out immediately and the little boy could have been in danger.
Zoo officials believe the boy crawled through a railing barrier.
We are all devastated that this tragic accident resulted in the death of a critically-endangered gorilla,” Maynard said in the statement. “This is a huge loss for the Zoo family and the gorilla population worldwide.”
3. 12-year-old girl dies after falling off horse.
A 12-year-old girl has tragically died of head injuries after falling from a horse yesterday while riding in northwest Sydney.