New Zealand's Dogs Do What? Strange News from Around the World

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New Zealand's Dogs Do What? Strange News from Around the World

New Zealand’s Dogs Do What??

A pair of highly trained dogs from New Zealand have passed their doggie driving test, guiding a modified car along a race track on live television. The object of the exercise was to increase pet adoptions. The two best at the driving, Monty (a giant schnauzer) and Porter (a bearded collie cross), were put through their paces on national television driving a Mini. This earned them - among other things - a spot in David Letterman’s Top Ten list. Video can still be found online. - December 2012, Various sources

We Told You Smoking Was Bad

According to a report aired on the Changchun (China) Evening News, a snapping turtle, the pet of a local chef, is apparently addicted to smoking to the tune of 10 cigarettes a day. The turtle’s owner said when the turtle doesn’t get his cigarettes, he paces back and forth and chases — well I guess that’s relative — his owner when he lights up. Chef Tang said he’d like help in getting his turtle to kick the habit because he can’t afford to pay for cigarettes for both of them any longer. — August 5, 2013; Changchun Evening News

Did You Hear the One About the Cow?

There seem to be a lot of strange animal stories coming out of Brazil. In our latest, a man and his wife were fast asleep in their bed, when a cow, believed to have gotten loose from a nearby farm walked onto the roof of the de Souza’s home, and fell eight feet onto the husband, Joao. Joao’s wife, Leni, was uninjured — as was the cow — but Joao suffered a broken leg. According to several sources, Joao spent an inordinate time waiting for treatment, and died as a result of the injury sustained. July 2013, Hoje em Dia and other sources

Man Bites Dog … Huh?

The journalistic aphorism man bites dog gets a twist in our next tale. A man on Sulawesi Island in Indonesia went on vacation neglecting to make arrangements for his nine pet dogs. Not a short vacation, but a two-week one. Upon return the dogs were — needless to say — happy to see him. So happy, that the seven remaining dogs (two weaker dogs had already been eaten) ate their owner. Neighbors notified police after noticing the man’s luggage still at his doorstep. — April 2012, Jakarta Globe

I Don’t Wanna Do Time for This

Just after midnight on July 22, police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama found themselves in a hot pursuit on Interstate-20/59. A deputy had tried to stop an SUV for a traffic infraction when it took off at high speed. The vehicle was later found abandoned and the former occupants were caught in a dragnet of the area. During the pursuit, the police were treated to roosters being thrown out of the car in an apparent attempt at getting rid of evidence. In all 54 fowl were recovered both in the car and on the road, and 38 survived and were returned to their owner. Our two geniuses remained in jail on bond just shy of $70,000. — July 23, 2013, al.com

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