Monday, July 24, 2006

Sunday Burst of Weirdness (Monday Edition)

Yesterday was the kind of day that we get once in a while, plopped into the middle of an otherwise hot and humid July, when the temperatures only hover around the mid-70s and the humidity is way down and it's just generally refreshing after day after day after day of staying inside with the A/C running until 9:00 pm or so. Those kinds of days don't come round all that often in July, and when they do, they are short-lived, so it behooves one to take proper advantage.

Proper advantage doesn't mean blogging. So that's why the Sunday Burst never showed up yesterday.

Anyhow, here's a fairly creepy story about something that apparently can happen in real life:

She bounds along on all fours through long grass, panting towards water with her tongue hanging out. When she reaches the tap she paws at the ground with her forefeet, drinks noisily with her jaws wide and lets the water cascade over her head.
Oxana Malaya

Up to this point, you think the girl could be acting - but the moment she shakes her head and neck free of droplets, exactly like a dog when it emerges from a swim, you get a creepy sense that this is something beyond imitation. Then, she barks.

The furious sound she makes is not like a human being pretending to be a dog. It is a proper, chilling, canine burst of aggression and it is coming from the mouth of a young woman, dressed in T-shirt and shorts.

This is 23-year-old Oxana Malaya reverting to behaviour she learnt as a young child when she was brought up by a pack of dogs on a rundown farm in the village of Novaya Blagoveschenka, in the Ukraine. When she showed her boyfriend what she once was and what she could still do - the barking, the whining, the four-footed running - he took fright. It was a party trick too far and the relationship ended.

It doesn't just happen in an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel, apparently....


1 comment:

Call me Paul said...

Is it just me, or was anyone else put off by the recurring use of the word "carers" in that article? As far as I am concerned, it is not an alternative to "caregivers."