Christmas in the news: 5 amusing, controversial and cute stories of the day

A Rudolph lookalike busted for burglary, dogs at a home received a treat, a baby giraffe was born and Her Majesty's speech sparked controversy.


As we all know, yesterday was Christmas Day with those luckier among us spending the time with our families, eating too much and receiving presents. However, other things did happen [VIDEO] in the background as we munched our turkey.

A woman burglar, dressed as Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer got caught in the act on CCTV, Twitter was alive over Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas speech, homeless dogs were treated [VIDEO] to a real Christmas dinner, a rare baby giraffe was born, and around 1,300 brave souls dived into the icy sea.


'Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' caught robbing shop

Fort Collins Police Services in the USA showed their funny side after a woman, dressed as Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, was caught on camera robbing a shop. She also briefly removed the head of her costume, while glancing at the overhead security camera. Police posted the CCTV footage to Facebook with a suitable Christmas tune backing but did say they seriously want to catch the culprit so that they could inform Santa about the crime. She was definitely on the naughty list!


Christmas message from Queen Elizabeth II sparks controversy

As always, the Queen delivered her Christmas message at 3 PM on Christmas Day. While she did speak beautifully on trying to find unity in the UK, with Brexit continuing to divide friends and family, “unity” was not what was on some people’s minds. Many headed to Twitter to make their voices heard about a speech by a “billionaire” in front of a gold piano, while many people are doing without this Christmas season. They said Her Majesty was a little “out of touch” with reality.


Arrival of baby giraffe makes for a Merry Christmas at Yorkshire Zoo

Flamingo Land Resort, a zoo in Yorkshire, received a very special Christmas present this year in the form of the birth of an endangered Rothschild’s giraffe calf. The leggy little guy was soon up and on his or her feet. Reportedly there are only a few hundred of this giraffe sub-species left in the wild. Flamingo Land also celebrated the birth of a baby red panda in June, proving their conservation efforts are working.


Dogs at Manchester Dogs' Home have a very merry Christmas

Lucky canines at Manchester Dogs’ Home had a treat on Christmas Day. They were all served roast turkey, sausages, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy. The meal was the result of a campaign launched by the dogs’ home, where every £1 went towards a doggie meal. The dogs also received treats and new toys for Christmas, donated by the public.


Hundreds of swimmers take to the icy cold water in Wales

Around 1,300 swimmers dove into the icy waters in Sandy Bay, Porthcawl on Christmas morning for the annual Porthcawl Christmas morning swim. The event has been running for 54 years, and it is one of the largest swims of its kind in the UK. They braved the cold for charity, with Prostate Cymru benefiting from the event. This was reportedly one of the largest turnouts in the history of the event. Lucy Jones said the swim was “incredible” and that the weather was lovely with not too much wind.

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