This was not a great week to be an animal. Or a small child.
…Or an adult who snacks on pet treats, but that one seems like a known risk.
Below are five offbeat stories you might have missed on seattletimes.com. Here’s hoping our brethren in the animal kingdom fare better next week.
1 Stuck duck
Flying over baseball fields isn’t all it’s quacked up to be.
Firefighters Wednesday rescued a duck who’d gotten tangled in the backstop netting at a high-school baseball field in Olympia.
They had to cut the netting, but the duck made it through the ordeal with just a few wing abrasions and an overnight stay with some animal-rescue and rehabilitation folks.
2 Driver hits mother seal on beach
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of as much as $5,000 for information leading to the conviction of a beach driver who ran over a harbor seal last month in Ocean Park.
The mama seal was paralyzed and had to be euthanized. Her pup could not be found.
Harming a harbor seal is illegal under federal law. Anyone with information about the incident can call 1-800-853-1964.
3 A red carpet welcome fit for a king
This Copper River king salmon may have gotten the royal treatment, but it still ended up dinner.
4 3 people sickened, 1,000 dogs die after eating pet treats
Two toddlers and one adult got sick after eating jerky treats meant for pets.
The toxic treats from China are also believed to have killed about 1,000 dogs and sickened thousands more, but seven years after the first reported illnesses, FDA investigators can’t seem to pinpoint where the problem started.
Petco said Tuesday that it would stop selling dog and cat treats made in China by the end of this year.
Signs of illness related to pet jerky treats, according to the FDA:
– Decreased appetite
– Decreased activity
– Diarrhea, sometimes with blood
– Increased water consumption
– Increased urination
5 Vancouver teacher makes kids ‘pay to potty’
A third-grade teacher in Vancouver, Wash., is in trouble for making students spend Monopoly money to use the bathroom.
Under the classroom policy, students could earn the bogus bucks to spend on toys, treats or trips to the toilet.
Students who didn’t want to pony up the cash would just have to hold it… but, kids being kids, some of them couldn’t. A few students wet themselves, parents complained and now the district is investigating.
UPDATE: The teacher is not being disciplined as a result of one of two investigations (for two separate pants-wetting incidents). The other investigation continues. The school district says students were always allowed to use the bathroom if it was an emergency, The Columbian newspaper reports.