All human dealings are fraught with the potential for things to go wrong, and when animals are factored into the equation, that potential grows mightily. Failure to properly assess the situation, understand how things work, or plan for eventualities can lead to horrifying or hilarious results that usually victimize the hapless creature roped into the fray.






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Eagle makes off with beloved pet pooch.


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Carpet installer pounds bump flat, then discovers family pet is missing.


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Woman attempts to dry pet in microwave oven.*


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Kitten is catapulted over treetops during rescue attempt.


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Firemen successfully rescue stranded cat then run over it.


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Family pet chases ball tossed out the window of a highrise building.


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Rock to which goat is tethered is heaved down hole in the ground.


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Animal tied to railway crossing gate is accidentally hanged when gate goes up.


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Destructive act is blamed on convenient pet.


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Planned disposal of one animal precipitates the shooting of others.


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Overanxious visitor unthinkingly sits on the family dog and crushes it.


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Dutiful son sends expensive talking bird to Mom, who mistakes it for a game bird and eats it.


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Dog dies when it bites down on tennis ball bomb.


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Match used to splint a budgie’s injured leg ignites and causes the bird to explode.


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Tranquilizer given to cat causes opposite reaction.


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Naive hunters mistake one type of animal for another.


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Soldier throws snooty lady’s dog off train; bystander comments he’d gotten rid of the wrong irritant.


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Freed lobsters quickly recaptured by fishermen.


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Cats have been injured or killed after seeking shelter in and around cars for warmth.

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