Wednesday, 23. April 2014
© Österreichischer Tierschutzverein
25. 07. 12. - 16:00
25. 07. 12. - 16:00
Austrian Guenter Punschik, 48, praised for his bravery after fishing a giant boa constrictor out of a local river and handing it to cops has been exposed as a con man after police found he owned the beast.
Local media revealed how he had fished the beast out of the River Glan in Salzburg and it ended up at the Salzburg Haus der Natur after being passed on by the Österreichischer Tierschutzverein.
But later Punschik admitted he had been given it as a present when drunk - and had been horrified in the morning when he woke up in bed next to the snake and saw how big it was.
Punschik said: "I hadn’t noticed as it was dark and I couldn't even remember who gave it to me. I told the police that I had found it as I didn’t know what else to say and I had nowhere else to put it."
Punschik now faces the cost of the rescue operation and the costs of keeping the snake in the Salzburg Haus-der-Natur.
ORF Watch To Probe State Broadcaster
Nine Austrian journalists, including the author of this article which is one of many published on my Tagebuch (diary), have got together to create a new website www.ORF-Watch.at.
Julius Meinl expands to UK
Austria's prestigious coffee brand Julius Meinl is launching its famous product in the UK, with the hope of challenging the British culture of taking coffee to go.
Indestructible Armoured Police Tank Damaged By Eggs And Tennis Balls
An Austrian manufacturer of a high-tech anti-riot water cannon costing almost 1 million EUR is facing some tough questions after one of the vehicles was badly damaged during a demonstration that involved eggs and tennis balls.
Wiener Linien grinds to a temporary halt Wednesday morning
Vienna's public transport will grind to a halt between 4 am and 6.30am on Wednesday morning as unions hold an emergency meetings to discuss the safety of Wiener Linien staff.
Vienna to host fashion awards
Since 2009, the Vienna Awards for Fashion and Lifestyle has played a big role in the Austrian fashion scene and has evolved itself into one of the country's most important events in the industry to date.
Angry business leaders say Austria is too expensive
Austria as an economic location is seriously under threat according to domestic business leaders.
Austrian architecture in the 20th Century
The Architecture centre in Vienna is opening the third stage of it's long term exhibition looking at Austrian 20th and 21st Century architecture.
Czech canoeist drowns in Austria
A canoeist drowned on the Saalach River in Austria at the weekend after his canoe capsized in the water.
Austria to house a further 1000 Syrian refugees
An extra 1000 Syrian refugees will be allowed into Austria on top of the original quota of 500, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has said.
Criminal caught after asking police if he should be arrested
A criminal who thought he had got away with four counts of embezzlement and fraud managed to alert police to his crimes after he walked into a police station to ask if there was an arrest warrant out on him.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad|
|Turtle flies from Vienna to India to try his luck with the ladies|
|Austria Accused Of Ignoring Giant Nazi Swastika|
|Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer|
|Angry business leaders say Austria is too expensive|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.