Posts Tagged ‘Animals in the News’

Have Animals Gone Crazy

November 21, 2009 Leave a comment

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For your consideration, several stories about animals doing crazy things.  Could this be a sign?  Is more craziness to follow?  You decide.

#1 A Cow Takes a Dive in a Woman’s Pool

On November 18 a South Carolina woman heard a strange whooshing noise in her backyard.  She looked outside to discover that a 650 lb. cow had taken a dive into her covered pool.  Don’t worry the cow was rescued and is doing just fine.  It turns out that the cow wandered out of a neighbors yard and probably walked right onto the pool not realizing the cover was not solid ground.  Read more about the cow at WFSA 12 News.

2. Kitty Attacks Cop

This one is all over the internet.  A Texas police made a routine traffic stop that turned out to be anything but routine.  As he was issuing a ticket, a small black cat decided to use him as a climbing post.  The officer’s dashboard camera captured the cat running up and down the officer and having a great time doing it.  Kudos to the officer who was patient and kind to the cute little kitty.  Read more about it at AOL News.

3. Turkey Causes Traffic Jam on New Jersey Turnpike

An 11 lb. wild turkey, named Tammy by toll collectors, recently decided to make her home on the New Jersey turnpike.  Tammy enjoyed jumping on cars, dodging traffic, and just hanging out.  NJ Fish and Wildlife officials finally nabbed Tammy on November 18 and took to a much safter place, the South Jersey Zoo, where she will live out her days in relatively traffic free bliss with a male wild turkey named Gobbler.  Good luck Tammy.  Read more about it at The New York Post.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten


A Very Meta Pet News Story – Blind Collie Has His Own Guide Dog

August 2, 2009 Leave a comment

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If you listen to TBTL (97.3 KIRO FM in Seattle) you know what meta means (“Drunk people are so meta.”)  If you don’t, I am not so sure I can explain it.

What is Meta: Local reporter Kelly O gave us this word during her infamous interview where she repeated her mantra “drunk people are so meta”. The actual word is an adjective that can mean “self-referential”. We adopted it and use it when we are being self-referential in the extreme. (We also use “inside to the power of inside”, a phrase used by an east-coast listener to describe when we are being meta in the extreme.)

– TBTL Seattle, WA

Suffice it to say this article about a blind dog with his own guide dog fits squarely in the definition of meta.

Blind collie has his own guide dog

A blind border collie has found a new lease of life – after getting his own guide dog.

Black and white hound Clyde is totally blind and relies on fellow collie Bonnie to guide him everywhere, reports the Daily Telegraph.

She stays inches from Clyde’s side while guiding him on walks or to food or water, and lets him rest his head on her haunches whenever he becomes disorientated.

When they are together five-year-old Clyde seems as capable as a fully-sighted dog, but he refuses to move unless two-year-old Bonnie is nearby to guide him.

The inseparable pair were rescued as strays three weeks ago and are now looking for a new home.

Cherie Cootes, 40, at the Meadow Green Dog Rescue centre in Loddon, Norfolk, said Clyde would be lost without Bonnie and the dogs had to be re-homed together.

She said: “If Clyde’s unsure where he is he will suddenly go behind her and put his face on her back so she can guide him where he is going.

“He totally relies on her the whole time. When she walks she tends to stop and make sure he’s there – she does look out for him.

“When Bonnie’s about you wouldn’t necessarily notice Clyde is blind, but when she’s not about he refuses to move without her. There’s absolutely no option of homing them separately – they have to go as a pair.

“She’s just so good with him. They really are the most lovely pair of dogs. We’ve got to find them a home.”

You can also read more about these dogs at The Telegraph Newspaper and The Daily Mail.  What a great pair.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

Was the Badger Over 21?

July 11, 2009 Leave a comment

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I have found yet another great cute animal in the news story.   This one concerns a German badger who had a bit too much to drink.  The story started when a driver reported what he thought was road kill blocking a road near Groß Döhren, Germany.  When a police officer arrived to rectify the situation, he discovered that the badger was not dead.  In fact, the badger was sitting calmly in the middle of  road just staring at the officer.  The officer soon discovered that the badger had been snacking on over-ripe cherries by the side of the road.  The digestion process turned the cherries into alcohol.  The badger was blotto and suffering from diarrhea.  The officer kindly directed the badger off the road to a meadow where he could sleep off his binge in safety.


The hangover is going to be a killer.  I hope the badger has learned his lesson and will stay away from the over-ripe cherries in the future.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Graham Ten

More Animals in the News

June 22, 2009 Leave a comment

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If you are interested in cute animals in the news AOL has a great photo gallery for your consideration.

Animals in the News Photo Gallery

My favorite story involves two particularly patriotic squirrels who wanted to have the best nest in the neighborhood.

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag

Patriotic squirrel steals U.S. flags to build its nest

News Wire Services

Saturday, May 30th 2009, 3:10 PM


PORT HURON, Mich. – Squirrel. Thief. Patriot.

A brazen squirrel has been grabbing small American flags in a Port Huron, Mich., cemetery and carrying them to its nest, which looks like it was decorated by Betsy Ross.

“He plucks them right off,” said Ron Ceglarek, superintendent of Mount Hope Cemetery in Port Huron.

Every Memorial Day, volunteers place the flags next to the graves of nearly 1,000 veterans buried at Mount Hope Cemetery about 55 miles northeast of Detroit. The flags were undisturbed during a Mass held Monday.

Workers at the cemetery on Tuesday noticed several flags had been torn off their wooden staffs, which were still in the ground, the Port Huron Times-Herald reported.

Ceglarek spotted the furry-tailed thief in action and followed him back to his nest, 45 feet up a spruce tree, which was bedecked in bunting. “If I didn’t see it, and I didn’t follow the squirrel, I never would have believed it.”

“Maybe they are trying to tell us it is going to be a hard winter,” Ceglarek said of the robbing rodent.

“Why use leaves when you can get flags?”

Happy Monday!
Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Graham Ten