Tuesday, December 12, 2006

And he's got huge fangs! Those of you who know me will recognize this phrase: You can't make this up. Sometimes, the real news is even more ridiculous than the fake news, which I believe is a Jon Stewart aphorism. This time, in eastern Russia, a pack of squirrels killed a villager's dog. Excuse me? From the BBC:

A "big" stray dog was nosing about the trees and barking at squirrels hiding in branches overhead when a number of them suddenly descended and attacked, reports say.

"They literally gutted the dog," local journalist Anastasia Trubitsina told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

"When they saw the men, they scattered in different directions, taking pieces of their kill away with them."

Mikhail Tiyunov, a scientist in the region, said it was the first he had ever heard of such an attack.

While squirrels without sources of protein might attack birds' nests, he said, the idea of them chewing a dog to death was "absurd".

"If it really happened, things must be pretty bad in our forests," he added.

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