Shark gets cool reception at homeless charity

Plus: Gourmet food or a dog's dinner? | Monkey business reaches US court

Vast numbers of inappropriate items have been donated to unsuspecting charity shops around the world over the years, but a homelessness charity in Australia has been forced into drastic action after receiving a flood of unsellable items, including a dead shark.shark

The shop of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Nimbin, New South Wales, was deluged with inappropriate items that cost it almost £100,000 in 2015 to dispose of, and this latest gift caused it to close its donation bins temporarily. The biggest mystery is how the shark got there - Nimbin is 40 miles inland.

In Germany, a charity that delivers meals of surplus grub to older people has apologised after serving them dog food by mistake. A mix-up in the production process meant that the charity Osnabrucker Tafel gave the canine cuisine to three customers, one of whom ate it. The charity said kitchen staff mistakenly used the doggy nosh because it is sold in high-end glass jars labelled "meat dish in a glass". A charity official noticed the phrase "gourmet food for animals" on the lid only when he reached for his magnifying glass.

In the US, meanwhile, a judge has ruled that a macaque monkey that took selfies cannot own the copyright of the images. The animal charity Peta had sought an order from a court that would have allowed it to administer all proceeds from the photographs in the US for the benefit of Naruto, a monkey believed to have snapped them in Indonesia in 2011, using a camera belonging to the British nature photographer David Slater. Rumours that Naruto wants to join the ranks of the paparazzi cannot be confirmed.

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