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    Ridiculous News Stories

    Here's a few really ridiculous animal-related news stories I've seen/read.

    This one is about an overreaction when someone's pet ball python got loose, and the unnecessary drama that unfolds. For some background info, ball pythons are normally 3-5ft in length, and it's not very common to find one 6ft or more. Ball pythons have very tiny teeth, and the most you'll get are some shallow scratches, even from a big one. There really wasn't any reason to get all your kids and pets and get out of the park, or even try to get rid of the snake in such a manner.
    Original story w/ video: http://www.nbc4i.com/story/22685736/...bile-home-park
    Follow-up story: http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/artic...e-apprehe.html

    This one is about a Shiba Inu that got mistaken as a coyote, and released into the wild.
    http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/9...9.html?ref=159

    This one really made me shake my head sadly. They found a ball python in a car, and pretended like it was a big, mean boa constrictor or "red tail boa". A 4ft snake isn't really all that big at all, and the snake was very docile in the footage. Just some ordinary news fear-mongering.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19710487

    Feel free to share your own news stories, or personal experiences of the same nature.

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    I think the second story qualifies for being ridiculous. I think their Humane Society should spend $8.00 and buy a book of dog breeds for reference in future.
    That poor dog.

    This one is about a Shiba Inu that got mistaken as a coyote, and released into the wild.
    http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/9...9.html?ref=159
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    Sigh, I do wish every community had a police force that could recognize what snakes are what, and which ones are dangerous, but the media loves to portray all snakes as being bad!

    And anyone who cannot tell the difference between a Shiba Inu and a coyote has no business being an Animal Control officer in the first place, in my humble opinion ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    And anyone who cannot tell the difference between a Shiba Inu and a coyote has no business being an Animal Control officer in the first place, in my humble opinion ...
    Everyone working there must have never seen a dog before. So wrong!!!

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    This news report was apparently not really read before going to a newsperson & reported
    word for word on air. Hard to believe when you see it in print, but true.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...ef=mostpopular
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizbud View Post
    This news report was apparently not really read before going to a newsperson & reported
    word for word on air. Hard to believe when you see it in print, but true.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...ef=mostpopular
    Yeah, I saw that on FailBlog a few days ago (A day ago? The days have been blurring together....). I was just scrolling and saw the second to last one, and I just facepalmed.

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