Archive for August 2012
A dog survived a 250ft fall, almost the height of Big Ben, with no broken bones after plunging off a cliff as he chased a rabbit.
Norman, a one-year-old Weimaraner, had been taken for a walk along the White Cliffs of Dover when he suddenly darted off towards the edge after a bunny.
Owners Simon Spore and fiancee Jane Westfield’s dog was being walked by Miss Westfield’s 19-year-old son Josh as the couple went shopping Canterbury.
The next they heard was when Josh called them to say Norman had chased a rabbit over the edge of the cliffs and plunged 250ft in a dock service yard below.
Dock workers ran to the dog’s side and he was rushed to a local vets for treatment.
Norman suffered no broken bones, despite falling the huge distance – almost the height of Big Ben, which stands at 314ft.
Owner Mr Spore, 49, a prison officer from Dover, Kent, said he was “reeling in shock” when Josh called him to say his pet had gone over the edge of the cliffs chasing a rabbit.
“I was absolutely distraught. Josh was in total shock,” he said. “In my mind I was going back to retrieve a dead dog.
He added: “He was in a terrible state but no bones were broken, he just had lots of bruises and cuts and a punctured lung.”
After two nights in the vets last week Norman was allowed home and is now recovering.
A posting on Norman’s own Facebook page reads: “I’m feeling bit better today – I don’t want any walks ever again to high places.
“I love life and live life to the full….but I can’t fly.”
German authorities are hunting high and low for a kangaroo that escaped from an animal park near Frankfurt, with the help of a fox and wild boar.
Three kangaroos named Skippy, Jack and Mick on Saturday night bounded through a hole in the fence of their enclosure made by a helpful fox, Michael Hoffmann, deputy head of the animal park near Frankfurt, said.
One unadventurously stayed within the park grounds and was swiftly recaptured. The other two scrabbled to freedom through a hole dug by a wild boar under the park’s exterior barriers.
Vets snared one of the refugee pair after a long chase, Mr Hoffmann said, but the third had proved harder to track down.
The animal is no danger to the public, stressed Mr Hoffmann.
“He’s super friendly, super nice. Absolutely no danger at all.”