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Two deer are spotted rampaging through Sydney’s inner west 

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Two terrified deer who were spotted rampaging through three Sydney suburbs on Tuesday morning have been captured by police.

The deer were seen prowling down streets across Leichhardt, Balmain and Annandale in the city’s inner-west.

CCTV footage taken in Coleridge Street in Leichhardt showed the two deer walking one behind another in front of a unit block.

One resident said she saw the animals while driving to the gym at 5.30am, while another reported them entering a residential complex about 7.50am. 

New South Wales Police have captured one deer, but as of midday the other is still on the loose.

The local whose surveillance camera captured the deer’s movements at 6.30am told Daily Mail Australia her husband checked the footage after he was awoken to the noise outside.

‘The roads were fairly quiet so some movement coming up on my left-hand side caught my attention,’ one woman who was driving to the gym told Guardian Australia.

‘At first, I thought it was a dog running and then I noticed there were two animals running closely together and wondered what sort of dogs are that tall?’ 

The reason for the deer’s early morning stroll remains unclear.

Another resident wrote in a local community Facebook group she thought she was ‘imagining it’ when she saw the deer marauding down Mackenzie Street. 

‘Managed to coax it out the gate as it was really distressed, kept running into the walls and fence,’ one resident who found a deer stuck in her apartment building said. 

Police confirmed one of the deer had been captured but the other was still at large. It’s unclear how they made their way to the urban area. 

A pair of deer have been spotted roaming through three Sydney suburbs on Tuesday morning

A pair of deer have been spotted roaming through three Sydney suburbs on Tuesday morning

CCTV footage taken in Coleridge Street in Leichhardt showed the animals walking together

CCTV footage taken in Coleridge Street in Leichhardt showed the animals walking together

A pair of deer have been spotted roaming through three Sydney suburbs on Tuesday morning

The bizarre scenes come after three baboons were on the loose outside one of Sydney’s busiest hospitals for more than an hour in February. 

Animal handlers and police recaptured a male and two female baboons from the car park outside Royal Prince Alfred Hospital at Camperdown in Sydney’s inner west after a 90-minute stand off.

The baboons were contained to the car park after escaping through a truck door while being transported to the hospital, where the male baboon was due to have a vasectomy. 

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Melbourne Nine reporter delivers his live cross after being swooped by an aggressive magpie

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An unflappable Channel Nine reporter has delivered his live cross to air moments after a magpie swooped him in the face on Monday.

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria’s Parliament House when the deeply despised bird dived at his face.

The journalist quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions being eased in Melbourne.

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria's Parliament House when he was swooped by a magpie - but quickly regained his composure

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria's Parliament House when he was swooped by a magpie - but quickly regained his composure

The magpie swooped him in the face on Monday as he was about to update viewers on Melbourne's social distancing restriction easing

The magpie swooped him in the face on Monday as he was about to update viewers on Melbourne's social distancing restriction easing

Nine Network reporter Brett McLeod was preparing for his live cross outside Victoria’s Parliament House when he was swooped by a magpie

Only two weeks earlier, Nine’s management team in Melbourne had warned its journalists they may be swooped on Bourke Street, TV Tonight reported.

In 2009, Nine News Melbourne presenter Peter Hitchener had his live cross interrupted by a giant magnified seagull walking across a real-time projection of the city.

The black-and-white Australian magpie tends to attack anyone who comes close to their suburban nests.

Spring is widely known as the ‘swooping season’ when birds, mostly magpies, attack humans and even other birds when they stray too close while its fledglings hatch and nest.

People use umbrellas or don protective headgear while at parks and open spaces to protect themselves.  

A young woman meanwhile was left bloody and traumatised after she was attacked by an aggressive butcher bird earlier this month.

The journalist though quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions

The journalist though quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions

The journalist though quickly regained his composure and delivered his piece to the camera about COVID-19 social distancing restrictions

Amber Bitzer was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane's west, at 1pm on October 10 when the carnivorous creature took aim at her head

Amber Bitzer was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane's west, at 1pm on October 10 when the carnivorous creature took aim at her head

Amber Bitzer was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane’s west, at 1pm on October 10 when the carnivorous creature took aim at her head

Amber Bitzer, 25, was in the backyard of her share house in Bardon, in Brisbane‘s west, at 1pm on October 10 when the bird took aim at her head.

Related to magpies, butcher birds are ruthless killers that impale smaller birds, reptiles and rats on sharp twigs, thorns or wire while they rip them apart.

‘My friend and I were looking for a pleasant spot in my backyard to lay down and read for the afternoon,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

Pictured: Ms Bitzer's bloodied forehead after the attack

Pictured: Ms Bitzer's bloodied forehead after the attack

Ms Bitzer's friend emerged from the house to a series of screams

Ms Bitzer's friend emerged from the house to a series of screams

When her friend popped inside for a moment, the butcher bird struck

When her friend popped inside for a moment, the butcher bird struck.

‘She heard my screams and came out to find me with blood streaming from my forehead,’ Ms Bitzer said.

While the gash below her hairline was treated by a doctor, Ms Bitzer said she had never been swooped before and is now terrified to enter the garden.

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CCTV released of diner’s head smashed with a glass bottle in a random attack in Sydney’s Chinatown

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Shocking footage has been released of a restaurant diner hit across the back of the head with a glass beer bottle in a sickening and unprovoked attack.

New South Wales Police have renewed their public appeal into the ‘cowardly’ assault in their quest to find two men captured on CCTV who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The alleged assault happened in Sydney’s Chinatown precinct in Haymarket at around 9.15pm on February 27.

CCTV shows a man 23, sitting with a friend in a restaurant on Thomas Street, oblivious he’s being approached from behind by another man.

The diner chat to his friend while a man approaches him from behind

The diner chat to his friend while a man approaches him from behind

The diner was struck across the head with a bottle

The diner was struck across the head with a bottle

A young diner (in grey shirt) was approached from behind and hit with a glass beer bottle 

The other man strikes the diner in the back of the head with a glass beer bottle, before snatching the victim’s glasses and threw them back into his face before walking away to rejoin his friends eating at a nearby table.

As the friend and bystanders rush to the victim’s aid, a second man is seen confronting the injured diner before hitting him twice across the face. 

The injured diner was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he received 14 stitches for a serious head laceration.

The injured diner had his glasses smashed and required 14 stitches for a head wound

The injured diner had his glasses smashed and required 14 stitches for a head wound

The injured diner had his glasses smashed and required 14 stitches for a head wound

Police have released CCTV of two men who may be able to assist with the investigation.

The first man is described as Asian appearance, aged in his 30s, 180cm-185cm tall, medium build, black short hair, wearing a black shirt and black pants.

The second man is described as Mediterranean appearance, aged in his 30s, 180cm-185cm tall, of medium build, with black short hair wearing a black shirt and blue ripped denim jeans.

A second man confronts the injured diner

A second man confronts the injured diner

The injured man was hit twice in the face

The injured man was hit twice in the face

The injured restaurant diner is confronted and assaulted by a second man (in black T-shirt)

‘Our detectives have been working meticulously on this investigation and are very keen to speak to anyone who has information that may assist with inquiries,’ Sydney City Crime Manager Detective Inspector David El-Badawi said.

‘From all accounts, this was an unprovoked and cowardly assault and this type of behaviour is simply unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

‘We need the community’s assistance to help us put the final pieces together and put those responsible before the courts.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police believe this man captured on CCTV can assist with inquiries into the alleged assault

Police believe this man captured on CCTV can assist with inquiries into the alleged assault

Police believe this man captured on CCTV can assist with inquiries into the alleged assault

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Asteroid named after the ‘God of Chaos’ is gaining speed as it travels towards Earth

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An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining speed as it travels on a path towards Earth – and could strike our planet in 48 years, experts warn.

Astronomers at the University of Hawai’i confirmed the massive asteroid Apophis has accelerated on its path due to non-uniform radiation, which acts like a tiny thruster.

Prior to the discovery, the impact was said to impossible, but the new findings suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing into Earth on April 12, 2068 – and it could be catastrophic.

Apophis is more than 1,000 feet wide and an impact would be equivalent to 880 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding all at once. 

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An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining as it travels on a path twoards Earth – and could strike our planet in 48 years. Astronomers confirmed Apophis (circled) has accelerated on its path due to non-uniform radiation, which acts like a tiny thruster

An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining as it travels on a path twoards Earth – and could strike our planet in 48 years. Astronomers confirmed Apophis (circled) has accelerated on its path due to non-uniform radiation, which acts like a tiny thruster

An asteroid named after the God of Chaos is gaining as it travels on a path twoards Earth – and could strike our planet in 48 years. Astronomers confirmed Apophis (circled) has accelerated on its path due to non-uniform radiation, which acts like a tiny thruster

Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004 by astronomers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.

Since then the asteroid has been tracked as it orbits the sun, which it completes less than one Earth year. 

Researchers spotted Aphophis with the Subaru telescope earlier this year and determined it had picked up speed following the analysis, known as the Yarkovsky effect. 

When the asteroid’s body heats up in sunlight, it re-radiates the energy away as heat, which acts as tiny thrusters for the cosmic object.

Astronomers said that before the effect happened an impact in 2068 was impossible, but they have since changed their tune. 

Prior to the discovery, the impact was said to impossible, but the new findings suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing into Earth on April 12, 2068. An impact would be equivalent to 880 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding all at once. (Pictured are images of the asteroid in 2012)

Prior to the discovery, the impact was said to impossible, but the new findings suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing into Earth on April 12, 2068. An impact would be equivalent to 880 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding all at once. (Pictured are images of the asteroid in 2012)

Prior to the discovery, the impact was said to impossible, but the new findings suggest the asteroid has a chance of crashing into Earth on April 12, 2068. An impact would be equivalent to 880 million tons of trinitrotoluene (TNT) exploding all at once. (Pictured are images of the asteroid in 2012)

Dave Tholen, one of the astronomers, said: ‘The new observations we obtained with the Subaru telescope earlier this year were good enough to reveal the Yarkovsky acceleration of Apophis, and they show that the asteroid is drifting away from a purely gravitational orbit by about 170 meters per year, which is enough to keep the 2068 impact scenario in play.’

Apophis has also been given the title of the third-highest threat on NASA’s Sentry Risk Table, Gizmodo reports,

The table estimates that there is a one in 150,000 chance of the asteroid hitting Earth in 48 years, but Tholen told Gizmodo that the odds are closer to one in 530,000 – this figure accounts for the Yarkovsky effect.

The asteroid contains nickel and iron and radar images suggest it is elongated with the two lobes, making it look something like a peanut.

Researchers note that more observations need to be done in order to fully understand the amplitude of the Yarkovksy effect and how it affects Apophis’ orbit are underway.

The asteroid contains nickel and iron and radar images suggest it is elongated with the two lobes, making it look something like a peanut (artist impression). Data estimates that there is a one in 150,000 chance of the asteroid hitting Earth in 48 years

The asteroid contains nickel and iron and radar images suggest it is elongated with the two lobes, making it look something like a peanut (artist impression). Data estimates that there is a one in 150,000 chance of the asteroid hitting Earth in 48 years

The asteroid contains nickel and iron and radar images suggest it is elongated with the two lobes, making it look something like a peanut (artist impression). Data estimates that there is a one in 150,000 chance of the asteroid hitting Earth in 48 years

And they plan to ‘know well before 2068 if there is any chance of an impact.’ 

When Apophis was first discovered, experts said there was a 2.7 percent chance of an Earth impact in 2029, but now data shows it will safely pass within 19,794 miles of Earth.

This is the closest approach by an asteroid of this size that scientists have known about in advance. 

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