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BritNews RoundUp: Fanged Deer Edition

Gather round for this week's BritNews RoundUp. But don't get too close to that cute little deer over there, for if it feels threatened its spring-loaded fangs may pop out and do you an injury. That's what's been happening in England, where Chinese water deer, descendants of animals that escaped from a safari park, have been savaging dogs that get too close. The most recent victim was Perdita, a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier. She got some nasty gashes that required stitches. Veterinarian John Wakely, of Ridgeway Veterinary Centre, Flitwick, told the Daily Mail: "In 30 years as a vet I have never seen this before. But I have treated three dogs in the past two weeks and two before Christmas." Might it be an English chupacabra?

From one weird animal to another: Remember that story a few weeks ago about the giant sea worm that was destroying coral at an English aquarium? Well now there's a photo of the beast, named "Barry." It's not a pretty sight.

This is a much more pleasant picture: a London stockbroker's $170,000 Bentley up to its roof in a pond. The luxury motor (as they say) was in the shop for some bodywork. A mechanic was moving it when problems with the brakes sent it over a roundabout and into the water. Why is this good news? It's about time a stockbroker got soaked. The car's a total write-off, like my 401(k).

Finally, this may come as news to anyone who has one, but according to the University of Ulster, sisters make people feel happy. Writes the BBC:

Sisters spread happiness while brothers breed distress, experts believe. Researchers quizzed 571 people aged 17 to 25 about their lives and found those who grew up with sisters were more likely to be happy and balanced. The University of Ulster said having daughters made a family more open and willing to discuss feelings.

Somebody tell Cinderella.

Don't forget: I'm chatting at noon today.

By John Kelly  |  April 3, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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Scottish deerhounds!

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