|REAL PHOTOGRAPHS; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2010]
Origins: The photographs displayed above do depict a Mazda automobile that suffered a mauling at the hands (or paws) of some type of animal in the Eureka, Montana, area. However, although a mountain lion was initially assumed to be the responsible party, Great Falls television station KRTV noted that a reporter from the local Eureka newspaper found that the damage was actually wrought by critters of the canine, not feline, variety, and that the culprits were likely domesticated rather than wild:
Tincher reports that the people involved in the incident speculated that one or two neighbor dogs — possibly Rottweilers — were trying to get at the car owner's cat that apparently was hiding inside the engine compartment of the car.
The cat survived, but appeared a little shaken up the next morning.
KRTV-TV [Great Falls, MT]. "Mountain Lion Suspected in Attack on Mazda." 5 November 2010. KXLH-TV [Helena, MT]. "Dogs, Not Mountain Lion, Responsible for Car Damage." KRTV-TV [Great Falls, MT]. 8 November 2010.