animals: September 2011 Archives

Runaway dog causes motorway chaos (Video)

A runaway dog caused traffic chaos in Portland, Oregon after escaping from her owner as she was taken for a walk and when for an impromptu run on a motorway.

CCTV footage shows the moment tiny Mango jumped onto Interstate 84, bringing cars to a standstill.

Drivers then tried to grab the little pooch as it scurried from vehicle to vehicle… but initially had little success.

One blanket-wielding would-be dog catcher even ended up falling face first on the road before the dog ran towards a nearby school.

275x250.jpg AA recovery driver Darren Foster got the shock of his life recently -- when he was called out to a car with a 7ft boa constrictor trapped behind the dashboard.

The snake had slipped free from the pillow case in which she was being transported by a children’s entertainer from Essex, forcing the driver to call for assistance.

Foster -- who is fairly new to the AA -- said he had to double-check the details when the job came through and that his manager checked that he wasn’t afraid of snakes.

When he arrived at the car, the seven-foot-long female boa constrictor wouldn’t come out and he had to set about removing the dashboard… carefully.

monkey typing shakepeare.jpg A computer programmer is testing the old adage about a million monkeys with typewriters recreating the entire works of William Shakespeare.

But Jesse Anderson is not dependent on primate keyboard skills and will run his experiment virtually with 'digital monkeys'.

Using a computer simulation of the theroretical simian typing pool, Anderson is seeing how long it takes them to randomly reproduce the works of the bard in nine character long snippets.

And it seems to be working. The first work completed was the poem A Lover's Complaint which appeared in a book of The Bard's sonnets.

"This is the first time a work of Shakespeare has actually been randomly reproduced," Anderson wrote on his blog… assuming he's not using monkeys to write that too.

Rock-eating dog wins annual dumb pet award

275x250.jpg A pug named Harley who ate, and subsequently passed, more than 100 rocks has the dubious honour of having won an annual dumb pet award.

Each year bosses of a US pet insurance form like to celebrate their most unusual claim of the year by shortlisting unfortunate pets for a pubic vote.

And this year the honour was bestowed on rock-eating Harley, a pug who decided to munch on stones while his owner was away and ended up filling half of his stomach.

After X-rays revealed what had happened, vets discussed what action to take… but as the rocks were small they decided to let him pass them naturally.

A series of videos featuring cute kittens recreating scenes from Star Wars and waving lightsabres have become an online hit -- how could they not.

It all started when 21-year-old Zach King from LA recorded the first 16 second video of two kittens doing lightsabre battle on his sofa, until he asks them to cut it out.

The video was watched millions of times online and King decided to make his second instalment of Jedi kittens a bigger production.

This time Jedi Kittens Strike Back, sees the cats chasing each other down a corridor in X-Wing and Tie fighters before crashing in a music studio and whipping out their own lightsabres.

A tiny Rottweiler puppy has been saved by animal welfare officers after falling down a crack in the ground in Texas.

Owners say they were shocked when they realised their month-old pup had disappeared from their house -- but soon heard it's squeals for help from outside.

Following the noise they discovered the puppy had fallen down a crack in the ground caused by severe droughts and could not get out.

Animal welfare officers were called and used pick axes, hammers and a shovel trying to free the whining dog. Which luckily they were able to do.

Man buries pet cat… uncovers C4 explosives

275x250.jpg When Adrian Ayers tried to bury his recently deceased pet cat in Ohio, it's safe to say things didn't exactly go as planned.

That's because as he dug a final resting place for the kitty he unearthed a metal box containing C4 explosives and bullets -- prompting a bomb scare.

Bomb squad officers were called after the discovery and residents were evacuated from a two city block radius until the explosives were removed.

Firemen were also needed to block traffic and keep unsuspecting pedestrians out of harms' way.

It was later revealed the box contained five three-quarter sticks of TNT -- which could have seen the remains of the cat blown high into the sky.

13 dogs skip their way into world record book

275x250.jpg We've often wondered how some people come up with the idea to set a bizarre world record -- like this one for the most dogs skipping on the same rope.

Well according to the dog handler at Uchida Geinousha's 'Super Wan Wan Circus' in Japan this came about by accident when a curious poodle joined in with some human skippers.

"One day Mayonnaise, an incredibly curious poodle, started to try and skip with us.  She clearly really enjoyed it and we decided to get the other dogs involved.  It’s become part of their playtime," he said.
To make sure all 13 dogs have full credit for their achievement, they are (from left to right) Leo, Doremi, Button, Koume, Aya, Kimchi, Nami, Mayonnaise, Ann, Sumire, Kurobe and Akebi… what do you mean that's only twelve, oops.

We don't know the Portuguese for "never work with children or animals" -- but something tells us these TV presenters could have done with hearing the phrase.

That's because a children’s show in Brazil recently suffered its own Blue Peter elephant moment, when a horse pooped on stage.

The horse had been led out into the middle of the brightly coloured stage when it lifted its tail and proceeded to poop on live TV.

Hosts held their heads in their hands, some children screamed, others laughed while some… well they whipped out their mobile phones 

275x250.jpgUnfortunate and stupid pets who've done dumb things like eat more than 100 rocks and chase a fly onto a hot wood stove are in the running for a 'prestigious' prize.

A US insurance firm is looking for an animal to award their Hambone award to, for the most unusual claim of the year -- and they have plenty to pick from.

The 12 pet shortlisted for the title -- named after the inaugural winner, a dog who ate an entire Thanksgiving ham while stuck in a refrigerator -- all made full recoveries and received insurance reimbursements for their daft accidents

Previous winners include Labrador retriever who gobbled up an entire beehive and a bulldog who swallowed 15 baby pacifiers, a bottle cap and piece of a basketball.

We've previously discovered that cows have a sense of humour, get confused by power lines and that those with names even produce more milk.

And today we're also happy to bring you the useful information that cows also like jazz. Really, they do.

While this discovery isn't backed by university research or a hard-hitting scientific study, it is supported by a video which is currently proving a hit online.

In the clip, members of the Utah-based jazz band 'The New Hot 5' take time out of their European tour to perform for a field of cows in Autrans, France. Why? we don't know… and once you clip play you won't either.

275x250.jpg We didn't think it could get much worse for Happy Feet, the penguin which got lost, swam 3,000 miles in the wrong direction and then needed surgery after eating sand in New Zealand.

But experts now fear the 3-year-old emperor penguin has now been eaten by a shark or a whale after being being taken back to Antarctica on a research vessel.

A transmitter had been attached to the 80cm bird in a bid to monitor his movement and development, but on Friday the transmitter fell silent.

The firm monitoring the transmissions say this means it either fell off, or that the unlucky bird has become lunch for a predator… we really hope it fell off.

275x250.jpgThere's nothing unusual about someone phoning 999 to report an unwanted intruder in their home… but this one had eight legs.

A woman in Coventry recently called police on 999 and asked for officers to hush to her house after finding a spider in her kitchen.

She said seeing the spider had left her terrified and that only by having officers come round and remove the arachnid would she be able to sleep.

Unsurprisingly police told the woman they would not be attending and reminded her that the 999 service was only for more urgent matters.

However, we suspect they just didn't have enough tiny handcuffs for the creepy crawly.

275x250.jpgA man in Florida was left with a serious gun-shot wound to his hand when he tried to kill a snake, but accidentally shot himself.

The 75-year-old is said to have found a large water moccasin snake near his front door and decided the best thing to do was shoot it.

After retrieving his .38 caliber handgun he fired a shot at the slithering snake, but missed.

As he fiddled with the weapon it once again fired, once again missing the snake… but this time his hand was not so lucky, and he shot two fingers on his left hand.

The elderly man was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital -- police say it's understood that the snake got away unharmed.

A video of a confused bird trying to walking the wrong way down an escalator has become a hit online -- with some suggesting it's a metaphor for life.

The video, thought to have been shot in Vancouver, Canada, shows a bird calmly walking the glass doors to a shopping centre among bustling shoppers.

But the bird-brain then attempts to get to a lower level by taking the wrong escalator and finds itself plodding along on the up escalator, never getting anywhere.

It's only when the feathered critter is spooked by shoppers coming towards it, that it turns around and tries to get out. Which it manages while trying to make it look like it meant to do that.

A man in Sweden recently returned home to find an odd decoration adorning his neighbour's tree -- a drunken moose.

After hearing an bizarre bellowing coming from the garden he headed off to investigate and found the inebriated animal stuck in the tree.
It's thought the beast got wasted by munching on apples which had fallen from other nearby trees and began to ferment.

Police were called and working with the fire brigade were able free the drunken moose… who promptly staggered for a few feet, collapsed and fell asleep.

This video shows the touching moment a group of chimpanzees which had been used for laboratory testing saw daylight for the first time.

Having being raised in cages for the purpose of medical testing the chimps range in age from 20 to 30 years old and are understood to have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis.

In 1997 the pharmaceutical company conducting the research was sold and the chimps moved to Gut Aiderbichl Animal Sanctuary, near Salzburg in Austria.

Now a 14-year-bid to introduce the 38 primates to the outdoors has finally taken place and the chimpanzees certainly look happy with the outcome.

275x250.jpgA parrot which was stolen in China has helped police catch the man who stole him -- by speaking up and becoming a police informer.

The clever bird had been sold by the crook to a pet shop in Beijing, which the rightful owner happened to visit after his bird was taken.

As soon as the parrot saw its master it's said to have started 'talking' to him and staff at the pet store realised Wang Lu was his rightful owner.

Details of the man who'd sold the bird to the store were then passed on to cops who quickly located and arrested him.

Previously we've seen a clever parrot returned home after giving police his home address, one who can speak Urdu and English and another who was arrested for being part of a drugs gang.

275x250.jpg A black and tan Coonhound called Harbour has earned a place in the Guinness World Records Book thanks to his humungous set of ears.

The 8-year-old dog has a monstrous pair of hearing flaps with his left ear measuring 31.1cm long and his right ear, even longer, at 34.3cm.

Owner Jennifer Wert says the colossal ears meant that as a puppy Harbor would struggle -- frequently tripping over then as he ran.

But they also made him a bit of a celeb in his hometown of Boulder, Colorado and now the world thanks to getting featured in the famous record book.

275x250.jpgForget worrying about the occasional fly in your soup -- the European Union thinks it could be the future… along with munching on other insects too.

A £2.65m research project is currently being conducted into whether we should all start eating creepy crawlies as part of out usual diet, reports the Sunday Times.

It's thought entomophagy, eating the likes of locusts and crickets, could provide a valuable souse of calcium and protein as the world population grows prompting food shortages.

Insects are also said to be the heathy option, grasshoppers can offer 20% protein with a tiny 6% fat, compared to lean ground beef's 24% protein and 18% fat.

But would you fancy snacking on silkworm moth larvae, or locusts? Personally we quite like the idea… now if only we could find a good spider recipe, we've seen a few crawling around Newslite Towers recently.

Everyone's favourite lost Penguin 'Happy Feet' -- who accidentally ended up in New Zealand -- has finally been returned to Antarctic.

Two months ago the confused 80cm tall emperor penguin landed an a beach on Kapiti Coast, some 2,000 miles from his intended destination.

And after a traumatic visit, Happy Feet has been released back into the Southern Ocean, 49 miles due north of Campbell Island from research vessel, Tangaroa.

He was released down a purpose-made ‘hydro-slide’ off the stern ramp of the vessel by Wellington Zoo, Manager of Veterinary Science, Dr Lisa Argilla… and when we say 'released' we actually mean 'pushed'.

A video of a bully cat stuffing another pussy into a cardboard box and then trapping it by sitting on top of the box has become an online hit.

The 90 second clip starts off with a white kitty sitting and playing in an discarded open box as couple of other kitties entertain themselves.

But then a grey moggie strolls up behind the pen open and jumps up on the open flap, closing the box on top of the white cat -- trapping it in the box.

The grey cat then jumps up on the box and sits on top of the lid as the white bullied cat tries to escape… without much look.

275x250.jpgA dog-owner in Alaska has punched a black bear in the face in a desperate bid to save her pet dachshund from being attacked.

22-year-old Brooke Collins says she was forced to take the drastic action when she found a bear crouched down, clutching her beloved pup Fudge its paws.

Instinctively wanting to help the helpless pooch, the hairdresser ran at the bear and punched it in the snout as it began biting the back of the dog's neck.

The startled bear then dropped the tiny dog and ran off in a somewhat startled manner when Collins' boyfriend tried to further scare it.

Luckily Fudge was not too seriously injured in the attack but is being kept indoors for the time being as her wounds are tended to. 

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