Cows: A vet at Minnesota University says that it may be a good time to magnetise your cow. In the spring tornado season, a magnet in the cow's second stomach will protect it from sharp metallic objects blown on to its grazing land, said Ralph Farnsworth.

Bees: A coconut-scented air freshener on a car dashboard attracted a swarm of honey bees to the outside of a car in Albany, Georgia, two weeks ago. An animal control officer advised the owner to climb in and drive away. They only sting if frightened, he said. He was right: it worked.