I’ve been thinking lately about stories of cute, normally harmless animals going bad. Some of the worst culprits are the so-called vegetarians — pandas, chimpanzees, kangaroos, etc. We all fear lions, bears and packs of wild dogs, but I think we’ve underestimated the danger of their vegetarian counterparts.
My own story of animals gone bad (not really bad, just a little rude) was when I got hit on the back of the head by a pelican that was coming in for a landing onto the pier at Goleta Beach, CA. I felt some rubbery legs hitting the back of my head (the sensation was a lot like getting hit with a pair of heavy rubber gloves) and then I saw the culprint land right in front of me. Guys love hearing this story. I think they like the idea of Mother Nature personally extending her hand to give me a much-deserved slap upside the head.
A search on the internet dredged up a hard-to-believe compliation of stories of animals running amuck. Squirrels on crack? The dog who shot its owner? Alcoholic elephants trampling a village looking for a fix? Perhaps these stories are made up, but if they are, they’re still pretty good. You can find them here on the Daily Mirror’s web site.