animals: April 2011 Archives

275x250.jpgA woman in Germany who was attacked by a pitbull dog, managed to escaped without serious injury... until police attending the attack accidentally shot her.

Officers had apparently been called to the incident in Berlin when neighbours heard the cried of a resident who was being bitten on her leg by the dog.

But by the time they arrived the woman was back in her own apartment so they tried to take the dog. However it could not be subdued and they took the decision to shoot it.

And that's when it happened, according to reports one ricocheting bullet hit a responding officer while another smashed through the apartment door… and hit the woman who'd just been savaged.

The unlucky woman was taken to hospital and received treatment for minor injuries. But no matter how bad her day was, the dog had a worse one, it was eventually killed.

275x250.jpg If there's one thing cuter than the world’s smallest stallion running around a field, it's the same diminutive horse running around with a giant ball.

Which is lucky, because as it happens that's exactly what this video shows. Funny that, isn't it?

Last time we met Little Einstein, the tiny pinto stallion had just been named the world’s smallest stallion after measuring 35cm tall.

Breeders at Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm in New Hampshire had initially been worried the pint-sized foal was too small to survive.

But luckily their concerns were unfounded and Einstein now loves running around and playing football with a goat and a dog, as you do.

275x250.jpg A bizarre-looking duck has been scaring off other birds on his canal - because he sports a mohawk and a punk rock attitude.

Bearing a resemblance to Johnny Rotten or Billy Idol, 'Punk Duck' - of the Worcestershire canal - is said to have been terrorising the local birdlife.

Locals say his unique-looks and rowdy behaviour have made him an outcast among his fellow birds in Stourport - but he's proved more popular with residents.

Many have started taking photos of his unusual hair-do and with the school holidays he's has become something of a tourist attraction for locals… not that he gives a duck.

275x250.jpg Despite his diminutive size, Tiny Tim the tortoise has become a big attraction at Whipsnade Zoo... and it's not hard to see why.

Just take a look at the Egyptian tortoise - who weighed just 6g when he hatched - chilling next to this grape.

Zoo bosses say he was part of a litter born to a group of tortoises seized by HM Customs and Excise last year, which were destined for the illegal pet trade

Right about now you may be wondering "Why is Tiny Tim pictured pushing his nose against a grape?" Well we don't know... and in our experience it's best not to question these things too much.

275x250.jpg Bosses at London Zoo have got such a problem with kleptomaniac monkeys they've had to come up with a cunning plan to dissuade them from their criminal ways.

Keepers at the zoo say their 18 Bolivian squirrel monkeys have started stealing sunglasses from visitors walking through their exhibit.

It's thought the pesky primates are attracted by the shiny surfaces and their own reflections in the lens, and that this is why they grab the glasses off peoples' heads.

As a result the keepers will now give the light-fingered monkeys sunglasses with bitter apple smeared on them (a taste they hate) to try to put them off… meaning they could get them back with something else smeared on them.

275x250.jpg We have a feeling using this dog leash in public could get you a bit of unwanted attention from the RSPCA and quite possibly police.

That's because Lebedev Studio designed it to look like you are shooting your pet pooch in the head as you take it for daily walkies.

Dubbed Povodokus, the gun-shaped handle contains a bright red lead which goes out freely as the dog pulls and reels in when you pull the trigger.

While creator Andrey Dyakov, says he came up with the idea as a concept, he told Newslite they've not ruled out taking it into production. Your move now PETA..





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