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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Cities of God and Man," March 27, 2010

Little dog, big bite

Toby the Pomeranian may not look like an attack dog, but when his owner Michelle Mayhew of Plymouth, U.K., needed him, Toby fit the bill. The 35-year-old mother was at her apartment in February when an intruder broke in and threatened her. But, Mayhew says, her tiny dog Toby jumped into the tussle, biting the assailant sharply in the heel. Startled, the man kicked at the dog and fled on foot. "The man could have killed my dog and he could have killed me," Mayhew told The Herald of Plymouth, "but Toby's bravery saved me."

Perils of fame

Zhora, a former circus performer in Russia, is going into rehab to treat his smoking and drinking problems-habits that were making him aggressive toward others. But one thing makes Zhora different from other washed-up stars: Zhora is a chimpanzee. Zhora reportedly took up smoking and drinking after being transferred from the circus to a zoo in Rostov, where visitors provided him with cigarettes and beer for laughs. He's now being sent to Kazan, a city about 500 miles east of Moscow, for treatment. "The beer and cigarettes were ruining him," a local paper reported. "He would pester passers-by for booze."

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