Cruel coincidence on different sides of the globe this morning, as children in England and New Zealand nurse horrific facial injuries caused by staffordshire bull terrier-cross attacks. In Christchurch, NZ, a two year old girl is expected to undergo months of surgery to repair her face after a dog escaped from its owners' property into a public park, launching itself at the little girl as she played. A passer-by, alerted by the screams of his own 14 year old daughter who was witnessing the mauling, rushed to the toddler's aid and eventually pulled the dog off by half-strangling it. Meanwhile in Britain, only hours earlier, another little girl, the same age, is recovering after being attacked in the garden of an English pub by the same kind of dog. Meanwhile, a rampaging Panda makes it three maulings in a row for the 48 hour period.
Not a good day for law enforcement, either. In Oklahoma a policer officer has been stood down after accidentally shooting a five year old boy to death with a ricochet while taking potshots at a poisonous snake. And in Florida a 30 year old woman showed up for her driving test drunk, and managed to run over her driving instructor.
A better day however for an American 17 year old, although it didn't start out that way. Leaning over the balcony of his sixth storey hotel room to grab a bathing suit fluttering down from the 11th floor, Matthew Savage tumbled over the edge and plummeted to the ground. Ordinarily such a story would end on a tragic note, but Savage bounced off other balconies and onto a slanting roof before landing in bushes. Amazed at the miracle of opening his eyes and failing to see angels, Savage picked himself up to begin dusting the leaves off and check for damage, but was promptly pounced on by paramedics, strapped to a board and flown to hospital. He was, however, fine and reportedly is auditioning for a role in the next Roadrunner cartoon.