The "Christ the Protector" statue is being built in Encantado, a small town in Brazil's southernmost state, Rio Grande do Sul, by a local organization named Friends of Christ Association (AACristo).
Made of steel and concrete, it will stand 43 meters (141 feet) tall — 16 feet taller than Rio's Christ the Redeemer, according to AACristo.
The organization said the statue will be the third-tallest statue of Jesus in the world, after a 249-foot statue currently under construction in Mexico and a 172-foot monument in Poland.
The statue is the work of sculptor Genésio Gomes Moura and his son, Markus Moura. Its head and arms were installed on April 6 and the construction, which began in July 2019, should be finished by the end of this year, according to AACristo.
It will cost around $353,000 in total, and AACristo is asking for donations to finish the project.
An elevator installed inside the statue will take tourists to a lookout at the height of Christ's heart.
"It will be a glass opening from where people will be able to film and photograph the valley," head project supervisor Artur Lopes de Souza said on the AACristo website.
The aim is to boost tourism in the area, which is close to Brazil's borders with Uruguay and Argentina.
The Christ the Redeemer statue has looked down upon the city of Rio de Janeiro for almost 90 years and is one of Brazil's most famous tourist attractions.
Postcard written by Titanic's wireless operator could sell for $15,000, and more of this week's weirdest news
Monkey business: 2 dozen monkeys escape German zoo for a day
BERLIN (AP) — About two dozen monkeys broke out of a southwestern German zoo and spent the day lolling in the sun near a forest before being recaptured, authorities said Thursday.
The Barbary macaques, commonly known as Barbary apes, escaped from the zoo in Loeffingen, southwest of Stuttgart and not far from the Swiss border. It was not entirely clear how they got away, but construction work at the zoo might have been a factor, police said.
The primates were spotted roaming the area in a pack, but zoo employees were unable to recapture them and eventually lost track of them. A few hours later they were spotted, recaptured and returned to their cages without incident, police said.
“The animals apparently took advantage of the nice weather and spent the afternoon on the edge of a forest near the zoo,” police said.
The Barbary macaque is native to the Atlas Mountains of North Africa and has a small but famous presence across the water in Europe in the British territory of Gibraltar.
Police: Goat 'arrested' after report of break-in
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in eastern North Carolina say they've “arrested” a goat after they got a call reporting an attempted break-in.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the incident occurred Tuesday in the college town of Greenville.
The Animal Protective Services unit of the Greenville Police Department said in a statement that offices arrived to find the goat hanging out around the windows of the house.
The goat was taken to the city’s animal shelter but was soon picked up by his owner "to finish his sentence in house arrest,” police said.
A postcard written by the Titanic's wireless operator could sell for up to $15,000
A postcard written by a crew member of the RMS Titanic just weeks before it sank is up for auction and could fetch $15,000.
Jack Phillips, the vessel's senior wireless operator, wrote the postcard in March 1912 to his sister, Elsie, while at port in Belfast, Ireland, where the Titanic was built. Construction was completed at the end of March, and it left the dock on April 2, 1912.
The correspondence, written on a 5.5 inch by 3.5 inch postcard, features an image of the Titanic during its construction and is postmarked in Belfast.
The card reads in part, "Very busy working late. Hope to leave on Monday & arrive So'ton (Southampton) Wednesday afternoon. Hope you quite OK."
The message ends with the words "Love, Jack."
"Phillips often chose postcards which depicted the ship on which he served," said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of Boston-based RR Auction, which is selling the card.
"According to our research, only five of the 300 postcards retained by Elsie had any relation to Titanic, and only two featured the ship as the front photograph making this an exceptionally rare example," Livingston said in a statement.
Livingston says Phillips is a forgotten hero who saved many lives as the Titanic started sinking. Phillips worked tirelessly to send messages to other ships to enlist their help in rescuing the passengers and crew.
On the night of April 14, 1912, in the North Atlantic, the Titanic struck an iceberg that would lead to the death of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. According to RR Auction, Phillips, 25, abandoned ship as water flooded his feet. He ended up on an overturned, collapsible lifeboat, where he would die of exposure to severe cold.
The auction of Phillips' postcard is slated to close on April 14. RR Auction says the postcard is estimated to reach $15,000.
This isn't the first sale of relics from the Titanic. In 2015, a first-class lunch menu from the luxury ship was sold at auction for $88,000 along with a letter to a man who allegedly bribed a lifeboat's crew to row away from the ship rather than rescue more people for $7,500.
Police probe reports of monkeys on loose in Ohio cemetery
CINCINNATI (AP) — Police and animal authorities in Cincinnati were on the lookout Thursday for monkeys reportedly last seen swinging in trees in a cemetery.
After being unable to spot any monkeys Wednesday night or Thursday morning, police expressed some speculation about the reported monkey sightings.
“It may be some misinformation but we are taking it very seriously,” Police Sgt. Joseph Hicks said. He said the Cincinnati Zoo and the local animal warden were helping officers search, but they had seen no sign of monkeys. Police also had no reports from any primate owners.
Some people suggested that a dark, grainy video posted on Facebook actually showed wild turkeys in trees, not monkeys.
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