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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hero or hungry? "Hero dog" YouTube video

Is this dog a hero out to save a friend, or just a hungry stray looking for a meal?

You decide:

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on December 14, 2008 in Television | Permalink


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I'm not a dog person, but always had dogs around when I was growing up. We had a father and son set of dogs for a while. The father was old, and got run over. The offspring cried like a human. It was quite troubling.

Cannibalism is rare in the dog world. I'm going to say the dog was trying to help.

I got a surprise in Mexico a few years ago. A drunk American redneck was harassing a woman with small children, and when he tried to touch one of the kids, one of those "stray" dogs just about took his arm off. The stray dogs aren't as homeless as I first thought. They actually seem to belong to everyone in the community.

Now that I think of it, I wouldn't mind owning a dog again. Then again, maybe "owning" is a poor choice of words.

Posted by: dp | 2008-12-14 11:25:03 PM


Posted by: Rocky Thompson | 2008-12-16 8:42:12 PM

I'll bet you didn't cry when you watched "Ole Yeller", did you Rocky?

Posted by: dp | 2008-12-16 9:52:03 PM

Bet you've never watched hungry coyotes haul a roadkill deer 100 ft off the hiway into a field so they eat it without distraction either, eh dp?

And those damn deer horns go right thru a tractor tire like melted butter if you run over them!

Posted by: Rocky Thompson | 2008-12-17 8:53:56 AM

Have you ever seen a coyote eating another coyote? Cannibalism isn't common in mammals, especially the smarter ones.

I've seen some bizarre events in all the years I spent in the bush. I've seen wolves take down a huge bull moose. I've seen a beaver, crushed by the tree it was cutting. I found a deer carcass 100 feet from my bedroom window once. It had been killed, and almost completely devoured the night before, while I slept right through it. And yes, I once got a flat tire from a deer antler. I wish I'd had a video camera with me, I could have made a documentary.

The closest I've heard or seen to cabbibalism is grizzly bears eating black bears. Of course, gophers waste little time gobbling their buddies off the highway. But I've never heard of canine cannibalism. It certainly isn't impossible, but I'm sure it's very rare.

Posted by: dp | 2008-12-17 10:58:35 AM

I've looked at the video carefully and it looks as if the hero dog is trying to avoid using its teeth to pull the dead dog off the road. It seems to be using its front legs.

Maybe its trying not to bruise the meat, but I don't think so.

Lookout NYFD, we've got ourselves a new hero.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-12-17 11:19:34 AM

Have you ever seen a coyote eating another coyote?
Posted by: dp | 17-Dec-08 10:58:35 AM

No. But a friend of mine in LA had a coyote take her toy poodle from her backyard. I don't think the coyote took the poodle because it needed company.

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-12-17 12:05:47 PM

That's a good point Stig. It's still a stretch to call it cannibalism. Coyotes could easily rationalize that poodles aren't really canine.

I wonder if humans eating monkeys is cannibalism? I think it's common practise in some parts of the world.

I'm starting to feel queasy using the "C" word so many times.

We had a cat that ate her own kittens when I was a kid. My dad shot it, and told me it ran away.

Posted by: dp | 2008-12-17 12:27:46 PM

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