Saturday, February 03, 2007

Close encounters, one good, one not so good, with the wonderful world of animals

Good encounter: A Georgia woman, Shannon Lorio, lost control of her car and careened down an embankment. She was thrown through the rear windshield. A classic hero dog story began when a runaway dog found her bruised and battered on the trunk, pulled her by her shirt collar, dragged her about 50 yards through briars to a highway and let her lean against him so she could flag a passing motorist.
“I was bleeding from my face and my nose,” she said. “All of a sudden, I felt a presence — a really huge presence. He was straddling me. I have watched too many horror movies about werewolves and vampires. I thought he was going to eat me.”

Instead, the dog licked her face, she said. The 2-year-old dog, weighing 70 pounds, dragged the 136-pound Lorio to the highway, then stood by to help her summon help before she collapsed, she said.
Not so good encounter: If you're paragliding more than a mile above the ground, the last thing you want is to be attacked by a pair of huge wedge-tailed eagles -- clawing at your head, getting tangled in your lines and trying to tear your chute to ribbons -- but that's what happened to Britain's top female paraglider pilot, Nicki Moss, who landed safely after a harrowing flight in Australia. The eagles apparently thought she was an intruder.
Veteran Australian paraglider pilot Godfrey Wenness said eagle attacks were rare, but Moss had been flying in an area where the birds were not accustomed to human pilots.

"Eagles are the sharks of the air. But if you're a regular they just treat you pretty indifferently," he said.
Lessons, if any: Not every stray dog is a werewolf. Get to know your eagles before trespassing on their territory.

1 comment:

Blue Wren said...

What a fun post to read! Love those hero dog stories, but you wouldn't find me paragliding, anyway.