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    Curious facts about not-so-innocent pets

    Articlepet advice guidesFriday 14 March 2014
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    Some animals can be real vandals. Obviously, they don't mean to, but it is not uncomon to read about a flying pigeon carrying a lit cigarette butt that caused a fire in South London after dropping the cigarette.

    Our furry friends can certainly be the cause of slips, trips, road accidents or terrifying explosions. Their devastation power is so ominious that it can never be underestimated.  

    Some facts you may want to know:

    1. In 2011 Paralympian horse rider Lee Pearson tripped over one of his pet chickens in his back yard when he was in the process of recovering from a spinal injury after falling from a horse.

    Pearson was moving Edna, Tracy, Turnboil and Wilba into a new hut when he fell and the gold medallist was left on his own, unable to get up.

     

    2. A herd of 90 cows managed to blow up a barn in Rasdorf, Germany earlier this year when the methane gas from their burps and bottoms ignited and took the roof off the building.

    Police later tried to explain the accident by a statement in which they humorously explained that "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames”.

    No jokes, though. One cow was badly burned in the explosion.

     

    3. Football player Darren Barnard slipped on his puppy's pee. His pet, Zack had left a pool of urine that caused the Barnsley footballer to tore a knee ligament. He could not play for over 4 months.

     

    4. Farmer Mick Wilary from Stanley in County Durham, tripped over a cat while moving bales of hay and tumbled down a flight of stairs, cracking his head open.

    As if on cue, the farmer later broke his collar bone after falling from a horse when it was spooked by a plastic bag.

     

    5. Marcos Paulo Alves, a Brazilian football player was attacked by a colony of red ants while playing on the pitch during a state championship match in Sao Paulo.

    It was so bad that he had to strip off his shirt and splash water from puddles on the grass to relieve the pain. Unfortunately, it was not enough and he was soon forced to retire and take a bath.

    “I felt my body numb” he said. “I thought I was having a stroke or something when I realised my shirt was full of ants.”

     

    6. A fire which killed 100 cats at an animal refuge near Toronto, Canada, in 2008. The irony is that the firefighters supposed it to be started by mice chewing through electric cables. The centre was run by the Humane Society.

     

    7. In Reykyavik in 2011 a group of rabbits became the latest in a long line of animals causing multiple car pile ups around the capital of Iceland.

    Geese and ducks in the carriageway also caused similar accidents but the rabbits were a particular problem as their numbers were too high.

     

     

    Source: mirror.co.uk

    Photo: Polarqueen

     

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