At a seafood store in Mansfield, Mass., a 100-pound shipment of lobsters came with a surprise in June. Inside were six orange lobsters, still living, that were said to be a 1-in-10-million oddity because of their coloring.
Also this year, a Maine fisherman caught a calico lobster considered a possible 1-in-30 million find, and a Salem, Mass., fisherman caught a 1-in-50 million lobster known as a split. Trapped around Halloween, the lobster happened to be colored to match the holiday, with one orange and one black side.
Nature provided plenty of other strangeness in 2012.
In March, a cat named Sugar survived a 19-story plunge from a Boston apartment window, suffering only lung bruising.
In September, a poodle mix named Suzie got wedged into the grille of a car that hit her after she ran into the road. The fluffy white pooch suffered a concussion and other minor injuries but lived to bark about the 11-mile ride from Massachusetts to Rhode Island. The driver who hit the dog slammed on the brakes but didn’t know the dog was trapped until another motorist noticed it miles later.
Other animals were more elusive. In Vermont, a man took out a newspaper ad that read: “Free emu if you can capture it.”
The owner of the 150-pound flightless bird actually bought three emus for his grandchildren but found they didn’t make great pets when one escaped from his farm. Residents around South Hero and Grand Isle reported February emu sightings, including when it walked by a school principal’s office window. A school employee tried to lasso the bird with an extension cord, but it broke free.
An unidentified jogger in Springfield, Mass., also enjoyed some liberation this year. Police got several December reports of a man jogging nude in the early morning through the same section of the city. While giving new meaning to the term “fitness buff,” police said the jogger also was exposing himself to potential lewdness and indecent exposure charges.