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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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    Wow, that is pathetic. I can't believe how the media reacts to things sometimes. A Ball Python hardly has what I'd call "fangs", Jeez! And the moron who released it wants it back, get real!
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    I saw this pop up on my Facebook feed earlier today. Apparently "Beliebers" are even crazier than I originally thought. And these are just the celebrities they've attacked.
    http://www.smosh.com/smosh-pit/artic...cked-beliebers

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    To me, this is not ridiculous, but it is heartbreaking. I'd like to toss this woman into the pond and walk away.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,6605572.story
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    That's pretty sick, and she claims to not remember doing it? I'll bet she does. It's really sad there are people like this in the world, who would torture animals and people.

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    Thank goodness the neighbor said something and the rest of the dogs are now safely away from her. As for her not remembering, I suspect either she's lying, or drugs/alcohol were involved. Not that that is an excuse, and she should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!
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    I saw this on 4chan first, but it's about a man's rottweiler being shot right in front of him by a police officer. I've seen the video, and the dog wasn't acting defensively beyond barking and jumping out of the car (in my opinion). The dog didn't lunge until the cop grabbed for the collar. This whole fiasco could've been done differently, and should have, according to the rules the cops have to follow for apprehending dogs like this in CA. The process given for them to follow clearly states they must have the owner try to apprehend the dog BEFORE using lethal force. I may not be able to find the list again, but if I can, I'll link that, too. Then again, it seems like CA is having a really bad string of police brutality lately, so they probably don't care. Sure, the owner was being stupid as well (he should've properly locked up the dog or not even brought him/her to the scene, etc. etc.), I agree completely, but the police officer was also not following routine, and was in fault as well. After all, even obstruction of justice isn't enough to have someone cuffed and arrested, so the dog wouldn't have acted aggressively in the first place if the police officers didn't feel like cuffing the guy was necessary, for whatever reason. I also remember reading that the police officer had a history of violence and police brutality, even before he killed the dog. But, I can't seem to find the articles I read. This whole thing could've been handled so much better by both parties, and the dog paid for it.

    http://rt.com/usa/california-dog-shot-aftermath-712/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3530990.html

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    Why would the police use a taser on a 95-year-old man? http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,1534668.story
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    We paid how much for this study?

    Men 6 times more likely to be struck by lightening than women.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/amer...lled-lightning

    The CDC Really needed to waste their time on this? Looking at the graph in the new article, lightening strikes on men have been plummeting, while strikes on women have remained relatively stable. We MUST pour more money into this research group and do more to protect women from lightening strikes! Why are men getting safer while women's safety has remained stagnant? I'm outraged!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Human View Post
    Men 6 times more likely to be struck by lightening than women.

    http://cnsnews.com/news/article/amer...lled-lightning

    The CDC Really needed to waste their time on this? Looking at the graph in the new article, lightening strikes on men have been plummeting, while strikes on women have remained relatively stable. We MUST pour more money into this research group and do more to protect women from lightening strikes! Why are men getting safer while women's safety has remained stagnant? I'm outraged!
    Some of these "studies" really amaze me - who green-lighted spending actually dollars for this? What politician is related to what "researcher?"
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