When I was reading the Ananova article about the German laughing man in trouble, I noticed the links on the left, one of which was irresistible. It has Quirky Animal Tales. Here are two:
Piglets in Training
This is from March 14, 2006.
Russian piglets are being trained for competition by personal coaches as a new craze of pig racing spreads across the country.
The training at the Sport Pig Centre in the Moscow region includes honing the piglet's skills in running, swimming, and 'pig-ball competitions'.
It comes ahead of a competition mid-April as part of the international animal show ZooRussia.
And the craze has not been limited just to Russia. Thousands of people came to watch pigs compete at various disciplines at last year's Pig Olympics in Shanghai, China.
Pigs have "disciplines"?
This is from February 22, 2006.
A "large and aggressive" hare has reportedly attacked a dogsled team in Norway.
Wenche Offerdal, who was driving the dogsled team, said she'd never seen anything like it.
"It was sitting 10 metres from the trail and I figured it would run off, and even that the dogs would go after it," Offerdal said. "I was wrong."
Instead, the hare came running towards the dogsled team, and jumped right into the middle of the dogs.
"The dogs were completely perplexed. The hare stared at them and they stared back, like they were all frozen."
Suddenly the hare leaped out of the ring, hitting a few of the dogs on their noses with its paws on its way.
Not much of an attack, really. It could have been a daydreaming hare that took a flying leap, looked around, saw the dogs, said "Uh-oh," then got the heck out of there.
But then again, maybe not. My officemate said that when she and her family were on vacation somewhere out in Nature, she heard one of her sons say, "Oh look. A bunny." Right after that, though, she heard alarm in his voice as he said, "Hey-hey-hey-hey-hey. Back off, bunny!" That's when she saw that it was a huge rabbit with rear legs like a small deer and ears the size of antlers. And it was looking at them and approaching them.
So just beware. Don't mess with big bunnies that aren't even afraid of sled dogs.