Rodents in Transit

A few quick notes from “The Age” by Bill Flick — Just when you thought it was safe to get behind the wheel.

Along Interstate 35E near St. Paul, Minn., a motorist who had set the cruise control on her minivan was baffled when it began to speed up anyway, so she looked down and saw that a raccoon had sneaked into the van and was stepping on the accelerator.

At a busy intersection in Port Clinton, Ohio, a skunk got its head caught in a Coke can and held up traffic for 20 minutes when it became blinded and confused, running around in circles and spraying motorists.

A feral ferret caused chaos in England when it climbed aboard a train, darted over passengers’ laps, then sneaked into the driver’s cab and ate his cheese sandwich.