A few of the things bad animals have been up to while I was too busy on the other side of the planet to keep an eye on them:
Fire officials say hungry pup started Wash. apartment fire
Fire officials say a dog reaching for treats turned on a stove and started a fire causing smoke damage to an apartment in the central Washington city of Wenatchee.Meerkats 'pay rent' to dominant female to stay in group
Wenatchee Fire Marshal Mark Yaple tells KPQ radio that it appears the black Labrador was reaching for a bag of dog food left on a stove top when it turned on the stove with its paw.
Some subordinate female meerkats wet-nurse a dominant female's offspring in exchange for not being evicted from the group, a study suggests.Man attacked in Moyock by escaped monkey
Rick Story was bitten as he helped owner Richard Shiflett get some of the monkeys back to the garage where they're kept.Finally, I have to give credit to one part of the mainstream media that was on the case while I was gone- on Slate:
"It really did a number on my thumb. It ripped it right here, and right here .. Tried to rip it right off I think," he said.
Sea Otters Are Jerks. So Are Dolphins, Penguins, and Other Adorable Animals
Dolphins kill other marine mammals and fish just for fun and commit infanticide. This only gets creepier given the recent suggestion that dolphins actually have names that they call one another. I can’t say I look forward to the day when scientists discover dolphin slurs. Seeing a dolphin at sea should be just as chilling as how many people feel when they see the sinuous silhouette of a shark.
That photo is not the dog in question, but another dog that has been known to do the same thing, so it's an isolated incident.