January 1994: A school bus driver in Port Washington, Wisconsin insisted he was only joking when he shouted out "Should I hit the dog?" seconds before he hit a dog on the road. The animal belonged to two of the children on the bus. It often came up to the road to meet them. The driver, who later resigned, blamed the accident on icy conditions.
Along Highway 1 near Bolinas, CA, there have been numerous reports of coyotes (or maybe just one coyote on multiple occasions?) "staring down automobile drivers as they drive through this twisting, turning section of highway." A driver said, "It's a terrifying, yet beautiful thing to behold."
Why is a coyote staring at motorists? One theory is that the animal ate some hallucinogenic mushrooms, and the cars have become "some sort of coyote vision, a dark vision of human interlopers."
Another, more mundane, theory is that someone fed the coyotes by throwing food from their car, and so the coyotes are now sitting and waiting for more food.
The adorable little guy above is not what you may think. He's a Tanuki, a raccoon dog. They are indigenous to Japan and while they are a bit different than other canines they are still in that family. They exist in the wild, but are also kept as pets like the one in the story at the link. I'd have sworn the little guy was an actual raccoon.
Of course Kenny the tiger did not have Downs syndrome, his deformities were due to inbreeding. He was an interesting looking cat though. Unfortunately, Kenny's lifespan was significantly shortened as well, he only lived for 10 years. So to the breeders, in the words of Kyle and Stan on South Park, "They killed Kenny!" "You bastards!"
I am sure you have heard of emotional support animals. They soothe people with mental issues and are afforded the same exemptions to enter places as service animals such as seeing eye dogs. Most often emotional support animals are dogs and cats, but not always. When someone has an unusual support animal like, say, a turkey, that animal is also allowed to accompany the person. Everywhere, even on an airplane. A turkey on an airplane, I wonder if the TSA patted down that passenger.
Illinois has put up new and different kind of deer crossing signs in order to get driver's attention. The idea came from a relative of an Illinois Township Highway commissioner. The relative had been to Colorado and seen them there. Cool idea, as it does grab one's attention.
Mechanical Duck Attacks Puppy
CHICAGO, Dec. 26 — A mechanical duck disrupted the Christmas day quiet in the Lonnie Miller home.
The toy, wound up by 8-year-old Donald Miller, waddled across the floor and latched on to the tail of Smokie, a 10-month-old puppy.
Smokie howled. So did Donald. The duck held on grimly to the tail which was entangled in its clockwork mechanism.
Donald's father took Smokie and the duck to the animal welfare league where Allen Glisch separated the two with pliers, a screwdriver and wire snippers.