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BAMAPHIN 22
08-04-2006, 04:05 PM
Elvis Presley's cherished teddy bear Mabel was reportedly all shook up after being mauled by an apparently jealous guard dog hired to protect her at a British museum.

The rare toy, made in 1909 by German manufacturer Steiff and valued at 40,000 pounds (75,000 dollars, 59,000 euros), was to have formed the centrepiece of a valuable collection on display at Wookey Hole Caves, in Somerset, southwest England.

But for some reason Barney, the Dobermann pinscher charged with protecting the precious cuddly toy and the other fluffy exhibits, took against them, going on the rampage in a frenzied after-hours attack.

Mabel was disembowled of her soft stuffing and had her head severed. The damage is believed to be irreperable.

"Barney has been a model guard dog for more than six years. I still can't believe what happened," security guard Greg West was quoted as saying after the attack on Tuesday night.

"Either there was a rogue scent of some kind on Mabel, which switched on Barney's deepest instincts, or it could have been jealousy. I was just stroking Mabel and saying what a nice bear she was."

Mabel was bought by local aristocrat Sir Benjamin Slade at an auction in Memphis, Tennessee, and was on a work surface while a glass case was being built for her.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060803/od_afp/afplifestylebritain_060803170941

NaboCane
08-04-2006, 04:14 PM
OT: Congratulations on being the starter of the lounge's 10,000th thread!

In_Flames
08-04-2006, 04:16 PM
I gotta visit this "Wookey Hole"....

ponchovilla
08-04-2006, 05:30 PM
I saw this on the news and thought..."hey it ain't the dogs fault". You don't want your stuff torn up by a dog, don't let your dog near your valuables.