Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CLUCK news: Chicken Attacks Child

After being threatened by an aggressive kid, a no nonsense chicken took matters into its own wings and apparently decided the best defense was a good offense. Watch the video here.

As far was we know the ninja kid was chastened and probably embarrassed but physically unharmed.

In other news, the New York Times reported today that serious dog bites almost doubled over a 15 year period, "increasing to 9,500 in 2008 from 5,100 in 1993". Serious dog bites are dog bites that require hospitalization.

The increase "vastly exceeded population growth, and pet ownership increased only slightly during the same period" according to the report's author, Anne Elixhauser, a senior research scientist with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Among other findings:

• About 866 people a day went to the emergency room with dog bites in 2008 and about 26 were admitted each day.

• Treatment for those admitted averaged $18,200 per person.

CLUCK supports dog and cat pet ownership. CLUCK also supports abandoning the double standards that apply one set of expectations to privileged common pets and another far more stringent set for less common pets. Let's level the pet playing field.

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