That’s Outrageous! Animals Behaving Badly

They may sound like jokes, but these critter capers were fetched from real headlines.

By Andy Simmons
Also in Reader's Digest Magazine February 2014

that's outrageous lion

Nishant Choksi for Reader’s Digest

Visitors to the zoo in Luohe, China, noticed something odd about the lion: It was actually a Tibetan mastiff that appeared to be made up to pass for a big cat. “I had my young son with me, so I tried to play along and told him it was a special kind of lion,” said one mother, according to reports. The jig was up when the “lion” barked.

The first thing Marion Webster, of Solihull, England, did after finding her garden decimated was to march over to her neighbor’s flower bed and pull out all the pansies and roses and anything remotely planty. Why? Webster was reportedly convinced that her neighbor had grown so jealous of her beautiful garden that she’d trained a squirrel to destroy it. Source: Daily Mail

When a couple arrived home in East Wenatchee, Washington, they were surprised to find a strange man in their kitchen. More surprising than that, the refrigerator door was open, and the man was feeding their dog. Even more odd: As the stranger calmly headed toward the door, he called to the dog, and the two left the house together. Source: Wenatchee World

A woman in China filed for divorce after suspecting that her husband was cheating on her. How could she tell? Her pet mynah bird’s vocabulary had grown to include divorce, I love you, and be patient—words it had allegedly picked up while overhearing the husband on the phone with his lover. According to reports, the bird became particularly chatty whenever the phone rang. Source: CNN

One way to kill bedbugs is with heat. Knowing that, a New Jersey man whose home was infested with the little buggers went after them with a space heater, a hair dryer, and a heat gun. He did, in fact, get rid of the bedbugs—but only because he ended up setting his house on fire. Source:

Nishant Choksi for Reader’s Digest

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