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We Interrupt This Convention Coverage for ... When Animals Attack!

Can't be all politics all the time ...
 
 
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So, Barack Obama got the Dem nomination. Quite a shocker there.

In other news, the BBC has a story of a brave Rottweiler saving a child from the iron jaws of a marauding pit bull ...

A South African Rottweiler has helped rescue a two-year-old boy who was being mauled by a pit bull terrier.

The pit bull attacked Tshepang Taeli as he was walking with his grandmother in Oakdene, south of Johannesburg.

The dog was dragging the toddler down the road and would not let go, despite being kicked and beaten by residents.

One of the neighbours, Ricky Veludo, came to help and then went to fetch his dog, Blade. "He fought the other dog to free the child," he told a local paper.

"Blade is very protective," Mr Veludo told Die Beeld newspaper.

The boy was then rushed to hospital where he is recovering from bites to his face, legs and stomach.

Rottweilers get a bad rap (as do pit bulls, I should add -- there's no such thing as a bad dog, just bad and/or stupid owners), but they are sweet, loyal and loving creatures. My father's old pooch, Ella, a Rottie, is as devoted and steadfast as a beast can be.

Meanwhile, in Venezuela, a student zoo-keeper might be alive if he had had such a creature at his side. But he didn't, and he was partially eaten by a ten-foot snake ...

Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.

 
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