Funny And Heartwarming Animal Stories

Dog shoots hunter, you can't make this stuff up!
Dog shoots hunter, you can't make this stuff up! | Source
Doggie "high five" - just too cute!
Doggie "high five" - just too cute! | Source
Ewwww... I'm going to have nightmares tonight!
Ewwww... I'm going to have nightmares tonight! | Source
If I ever saw one of these, screams would be heard the world over!
If I ever saw one of these, screams would be heard the world over! | Source
A flying squirrel!
A flying squirrel! | Source
Southern flying red squirrel
Southern flying red squirrel | Source
A "seeing eye" goose helps a blind dog... just heartwarming!
A "seeing eye" goose helps a blind dog... just heartwarming!
One of the CUTEST pictures ever! A farmer working being followed by his faithful companion... awwwwww!!
One of the CUTEST pictures ever! A farmer working being followed by his faithful companion... awwwwww!!

Some cute stories, and one that is just gross!

With all of the negative media lately, making people feel polarized and just depressed, it was nice to recently come across some FUNNY animal stories that made me either giggle or just say "ewwww!!" Either way, they were nice emotions to experience for a change from all of the "vitriol" as I was surfing the newspapers.

Ok, you can't make something like this up , even if you tried! I heard recently that a man in Utah was out duck hunting with a friend of his, and his dog. He set his shotgun down to wade out into the marsh to get some of the duck decoys. While he was wading, the dog STEPPED on the gun and it went off, shooting him in the buttocks. Now, it seems this man is the "butt" of many jokes (pun intended)... it happened just 10 miles from Brigham City in a marshy hunting area there.

Besides all the jokes about ... well, where he was shot (on his body not the geographic location), there are other jokes about "get your own da*n ducks, I'm tired of getting them!" (Said by the dog).

The men called 911, and would I EVER have loved to be a fly on the wall in that emergency room when they were trying to explain THAT injury... I wonder if the medics had to leave the room to giggle? Imagine trying to keep a straight face when someone is telling you how this happened!

He had to have 27 shotgun pellets removed from his derriere. Now this really was just an accident, but one that probably could have been avoided. They should have really thought about the possibility that Fido might be packing heat. (The dog's name is actually "Pipper," a Labrador Retriever).

Ok, not really! BUTT, even though what happened is a fluke, it IS a reminder of gun safety rules that should always be followed. This guy may never live that one down!

Another recent story is about the world's BIGGEST bug, and if this really creeps you out, you may want to skip this next part!

This particular "bug" (if you can even call it that!) is called the Giant Weta bug and it was found on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand. A man named Mark Moffett found it, he was on an expedition to Little Barrier Island. He's an "insect enthusiast" from Colorado.

Well, good for him! I never in my entire life heard of an "insect enthusiast"... I'm guessing the unemployment rate for that stands at about 0%! If you ever invite this guy to dinner, never ask him to bring a "side dish." This bug was found in a tree there.

Now this is considered to be the world's largest bug and the reason it got that way is because it has few or no natural predators. Are you kidding me? What would even try to eat this thing! This thing is humongous, it weighs about what three mice would weigh, and it's about the size of a sparrow.

Now this next one can either creep you out or you can think it's kind of interesting. I heard about some "flying squirrels" that have invaded a hospital emergency room in New Jersey.

Apparently, this squirrel got into the emergency room of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and was looking for a way OUT! Like most people in the hospital I think... But, instead of just "scampering" across the floor, this squirrel perched on top of some eight foot high wall mounted lamps and proceeded to FLY across the room! It would jump off the lamp and "glide" according to squirrel watchers there.

And the really weird thing is, this is NOT the first time this has happened! This is the second time in the last several weeks there has been a flying squirrel in the trauma room,, leading people to believe there may be a nest of squirrels somewhere that needs to be found and relocated.

Firefighters didn't harm the squirrel, they threw a blanket over it and were able to catch it and release it safely.

Can you imagine being in the emergency room and seeing a SQUIRREL fly by? I'd be asking the doc for more of whatever just made me see THAT! (Totally KIDDING!!!) I rarely ever even take aspirin, much less anything else! But, I wonder if your family would believe you if you told them you had to dodge a flying squirrel in the emergency room?

Ok, so imagine this scenario, you go to the emergency room to have shotgun pellets removed from your... backside and you see a squirrel fly by... well, stranger things could happen!

Now this next story will most likely have you saying "awwww" as it did to me when I first read it! It seems that there is a dog living in Lublin, Poland. He was involved in an accident a little over a year ago, causing him to become blind. The owner was heartbroken, her name is Renata Kursa of Lublin.

It seems the dog was hesitant about moving around after losing his vision, so he was helped by a four year old goose named "Buttons." The goose managed to get Baks up and walking around again, by taking him under her wing and she "guides" him around using her neck to hang onto him, or she simply "honks" at him to tell him which way to go.

Now the goose and the blind dog are inseparable, buddies for life, and the really adorable thing is, they even chase the postman together! How cute is THAT? Now I could throw some cliché in here about "if two different animal species can get along like this and help one another out, why can't people do the same?" But I won't. Oh wait, I think I just DID! (Winking!)

And this last picture has to be one of the CUTEST pictures I think I have ever gotten in my email... a farmer towing his sweet little puppy around in a little wagon attached to his tractor. What better "helper" could you possibly have?

Now these are the kinds of news stories I'd love to read more of these days, (well, maybe except for the giant BUG one)... they are heartwarming and beautiful (well, the dog shooting the guy in the derriere not so much). But to me, news stories like this are an improvement over all of the political rhetoric and scandals, and vitriol in today's news. I think I'll go get another cup of coffee and go read some more news here.



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wixor 5 years ago

Just so long as you remember humans come first in the food chain.

Seriously, the Weta in NZ is a protected species. It was quite amusing when Bear Grylls of Man v Wild claimed to have eaten one - he has made a name for himself by eating all sorts of "exotic" items.

I never did hear if he was arrested for that.


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

That is really amazing, wixor, that's probably why they get so big since they're protected. I wonder if Bear Grylis did get arrested? Thanks for your thoughtful comment! :)


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

That shotgun butt mishap is a painful one. That was quite a twist of fate for his dog to have created such a painful lesson.

Bugs do creep me out as well, and I have never heard of an "insect enthusiast," either. I enjoyed the flying squirrel, and loved the one about Buttons and the dog.

I enjoyed this hub, Kathy. Up, funny, and interesting.


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Awww ... I just love the one about the blind dog and the goose ... aren't animals just amazing?


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks Genna and Angie! I agree that animals ARE amazing.I have to admit, my favorite story featured is the story about Baks and Buttons too. :) I love a great heartwarming animal story. Not only do they help humans, but they help each other as well! ;)


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Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

Awesome Hub, Ms. Kathy! You're right, it's nice to read something besides "real" news. Thanks for posting this. Voted up, funny, interesting and awesome.


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KathyH 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Yep, Hillbilly, I prefer unreal news! (winking!!) Glad you like it! :)


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Beth Pipe 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

What lovely stories - especially the one with the goose! Animals are amazing & entertaining creatures!


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

They sure are, Beth, thanks for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment! : )


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Nice stories. Very amusing. Nice photos too especially the little dog pulled by the huge tractor.


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada Author

Thanks Angelo! :) Glad you liked this, it's nice to read some good stories now and then! Thanks for reading and commenting! :) I appreciate that!


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Kathy, this was interesting indeed. My mother had a dog named Buttons, when she was growing up in New York. Voted up!

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