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Old 24 January 2008, 06:48 PM
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Comment: I've been told by several people far removed from each other that
the breed of dogs known as Chihuahuas run in packs in Mexico and are able
to bring down a full grown bull as a pack. I don't believe it for a
minute, but the people are very insistent that they have read about it
somewhere, but I can't remember what their reference was.
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Old 24 January 2008, 06:54 PM
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A brief googling doesn't answer my question. Is there such a thing as a wild chihuahua?
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:03 PM
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Of course, just as we have packs of wild golden retrievers running the fields of Montana taking down buffalo, Mexico has packs of wild chihuahuas killing bulls for food.
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:11 PM
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A brief googling doesn't answer my question. Is there such a thing as a wild chihuahua?
No. There are lots of stray and feral dogs in Mexico, but most of these are just general mutts. Chihuahuas have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been depicted in Mayan carvings. There is a lot of speculation about their actual origins.

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Old 24 January 2008, 07:13 PM
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Comment: I've been told by several people far removed from each other that
the breed of dogs known as Chihuahuas run in packs in Mexico and are able
to bring down a full grown bull as a pack. I don't believe it for a
minute, but the people are very insistent that they have read about it
somewhere, but I can't remember what their reference was.
Only if the bulls trips over the little buggers.
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:15 PM
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Comment: I've been told by several people far removed from each other that
the breed of dogs known as Chihuahuas run in packs in Mexico and are able
to bring down a full grown bull as a pack. I don't believe it for a
minute, but the people are very insistent that they have read about it
somewhere, but I can't remember what their reference was.
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Only if the bulls trips over the little buggers.
I have another theory....

The bulls see the pack of Chihuahuas coming at him with their teeth bared, and the bull starts laughing so hard that it dies. Then the Chihuahuas feast on the remains....
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:33 PM
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Wolves eat moose, I suppose that Chihuahuas could take down a bull using the same tactic - chase the thing and keep nipping at its heels until it drops from exaustion. Then the pack can move in for the kill as the prey is too weak to fight back.
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:33 PM
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I don't believe it for a minute, but the people are very insistent that they have read about it somewhere, but I can't remember what their reference was.
The Far Side, perhaps? That sounds like something Larson would think up, anyway.

Ah, the Wild Chihuahuas of Mexico. Some say a man has not really lived until he has seen those noble creatures run free in their native habitat. Late on moonless nights, you can hear their mysterious yapping in the wind, and feel the ground shake with the pounding of thousands of gnarled little feet. The herds are restless on these nights, and the cowboys watch and wait for the coming of what they call, "the small ones."

No, there is nothing like the Wild Chihuahuas of Mexico; the terror, the beauty, the splendor!
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:44 PM
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I have another theory....

The bulls see the pack of Chihuahuas coming at him with their teeth bared, and the bull starts laughing so hard that it dies. Then the Chihuahuas feast on the remains....
My theory is that the bulls fear rabies and stampede. The little yapping rats of Mexico then chase the bulls off of a cliff. Then the little yapping rats attack the fallen. Either that or the bulls are just unnerved by how hyper they are.
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Old 24 January 2008, 07:56 PM
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In David Feldman's "Imponderables" book When Did Wild Poodles Roam the Earth?, Feldman states of the title query, "They say there's no such thing as a stupid question, but this one comes close." As Cervus has pointed out, the modern Chihuahua is a product of centuries of selective breeding.
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Old 25 January 2008, 05:50 AM
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So ... will feral cats form prides and bring down sheep?

I was actually asked this question by a TV researcher gathering material for a new wildlife programme. Next time I have 3 cats gambolling round my ankles I will be more suspicious of their motives ......
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Old 25 January 2008, 01:05 PM
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So ... will feral cats form prides and bring down sheep?

I was actually asked this question by a TV researcher gathering material for a new wildlife programme. Next time I have 3 cats gambolling round my ankles I will be more suspicious of their motives ......
I'm sure if they were bigger... Don't you love how behaviors that would be fatal in a big cat are so darn cute (if sometimes a bit painful) in a kitty?
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Old 25 January 2008, 02:39 PM
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I believe the original post refers not to chihuahuas, but to chirhanas--amphibious hybrid animals, crossbred from chihuahuas and pirhanas. While they must remain moist at all times, they can leave the water. They have been known to strip a full-grown cow in sixty seconds, whistling and tucking peso notes in her g-string the whole time. Though currently they have spread no further than northern Mexico, it is feared they may cross the Rio Grande, enter the United States, and take up low-paying jobs that our native possums could do just as well. On the plus side, one of their favorite foods is the killer bee.
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Old 25 January 2008, 02:40 PM
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... Next time I have 3 cats gambolling round my ankles I will be more suspicious of their motives ......
What's their game? Craps? Poker? What are the stakes?

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Old 25 January 2008, 03:02 PM
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I believe the original post refers not to chihuahuas, but to chirhanas--amphibious hybrid animals, crossbred from chihuahuas and pirhanas. While they must remain moist at all times, they can leave the water. They have been known to strip a full-grown cow in sixty seconds, whistling and tucking peso notes in her g-string the whole time. Though currently they have spread no further than northern Mexico, it is feared they may cross the Rio Grande, enter the United States, and take up low-paying jobs that our native possums could do just as well. On the plus side, one of their favorite foods is the killer bee.
The Porkypine strikes again! Glad I wasn't drinking anything when I got to the "strip a full-grown cow" line.
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Old 25 January 2008, 03:30 PM
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This UL seems to be a variant of one that we discussed previously.

Packs of Rabid Chihuahuas
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Old 26 January 2008, 01:18 PM
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Of course, just as we have packs of wild golden retrievers running the fields of Montana taking down buffalo, Mexico has packs of wild chihuahuas killing bulls for food.
No,no,no.... It's not Golden Retrievers. It's Boston Terriers running wild in Montana! They can bring down buffalo, moose, elk and the occasional Sasquatch.

I got it......
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Old 30 January 2008, 02:48 PM
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No,no,no.... It's not Golden Retrievers. It's Boston Terriers running wild in Montana! They can bring down buffalo, moose, elk and the occasional Sasquatch.

I got it......
It's feral Pekinese this side of the pond. They're dangerous to anything that moves slower than a fast waddle (penguins, old ladies on zimmer frames, the kind of racehorses I back....) and the noise of their wheezing can keep whole villages awake at night.
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Old 30 January 2008, 03:12 PM
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It's feral Pekinese this side of the pond. They're dangerous to anything that moves slower than a fast waddle (penguins, old ladies on zimmer frames, the kind of racehorses I back....) and the noise of their wheezing can keep whole villages awake at night.
Thank goodness there are no more feral Poi Dogs. They can be lethal to unattended bowls of semolina pudding. Many a tapioca pudding has fallen prey to the Poi as it sucks and gums the pudding to death with its rudimentary teeth.
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Old 30 January 2008, 05:37 PM
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I believe the original post refers not to chihuahuas, but to chirhanas--amphibious hybrid animals, crossbred from chihuahuas and pirhanas. While they must remain moist at all times, they can leave the water.
Ahhh, memories. You know, I have that thread saved somewhere. I think I called it something like "BfG Zootopia."

I'm giggling already.

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