The Year in Animals The Best of Two Thousand and Swine
Heard the one about the man who beat someone up with a live swan? What about Berlin's new rest stop for beavers? Or the stork who got a prosthetic leg? If you are a regular SPIEGEL ONLINE reader, you know that Germany has a limitless font of fauna-related news. We present the best German animal stories of 2009.
Climate change, the financial crisis and the death of Michael Jackson may have dominated the headlines in most publications during 2009. But for SPIEGEL ONLINE International, the real stories of the year involved runaway zebras, gay penguins and kleptomaniac foxes. We present a selection of 2009's best German animal stories.
The Case of the Missing Swan
The year got off to a worrying start for German animal-lovers when Petra, the black swan who gained nationwide fame by falling in love with a large swan-shaped pedal boat, went missing from her lake in the western German city of Münster in January. Her worried fans, in the shape of the "Friends of Black Petra" society, asked the public to help find her, distributing some 150 "Have you seen this swan" posters and leaflets throughout Münster. Sadly, the society gave up the search in March, having failed to find any trace of Petra.
- Part 1: The Best of Two Thousand and Swine
- Part 2: Zebras on the Loose
- Part 3: Is That a Pigeon in Your Pants?
- Part 4: Circus Tragedy
- Part 5: These Little Piggies Went to Augsburg
- Part 6: Perky Piglet
- Part 7: Assault with a Live Swan
- Part 8: Penguin Love
- Part 9: Cunning Little Vixen
- Part 10: A Zoo Love Affair
- Part 11: Welcome to the Jungle
- Part 12: Giving Birds a Leg Up
- Part 13: Rest Stop for Beavers
- Part 14: A Country That's Gone to the Dogs