The day went on, but without Thompson to give any precise figures on how many creatures he’d freed, the lawmen were left shooting in the dark — quite literally. Unable to find a missing grizzly, they had to rope in a thermal imaging helicopter to track down its hiding place.
ABC NewsThere’s no count on the number of picnic baskets that died during the intervening wait.
All in all, 49 animals were killed, and on the off-chance that a local spinster would harvest their corpses for a fancy coat, they were disposed of in a mass grave. (Which you can look at, if you have a stomach for total sadness.)
An Off-Duty Firefighter Singlehandedly Stopped Armed Criminals From Stealing Uranium
Stop us if you’ve heard this one. A man visits his lady at her workplace. Bad guys with European accents and big guns storm the place for a heist. Police fail to be of any use to anyone. The man is forced to defuse the situation using his fists and balls of steel. If that sounds too cliched, let’s add a twist to the premise: The whole thing happens in a nuclear plant. Oh, and for real.
Firefighter Anton Gerber was visiting his fiancee at her office, which happened to be the control room in a highly-enriched-uranium (HEU) depot in South Africa. At 1 a.m. on November 8, 2007, two teams of baddies came a-knockin’, looking to steal the 1,000 pounds of HEU to use as fuel for nuclear bombs.
CBS NewsThat or they had a whole fleet of DeLoreans that needed powering.
The Pelindaba Nuclear Facility was … less than satisfactory when it came to security. After sneaking in and deactivating the alarms, Team One found the control room empty save for Gerber, his fiancee, and their dog, who, no joke, alerted the pair to the four armed intruders. Gerber immediately went McClane on Team One … and was promptly shot in the chest. Despite that, he was able to get the word out that at least four armed men had infiltrated the facility. Police response time was supposed to be three minutes. They took 24.