Wednesday, October 09, 2013

The Biggest Story in Germany

While this country is mostly talking about a government shutdown, the Germans are transfixed by the story of a snapping turtle in Bavaria who bit an 8-year old boy. From the Wall Street Journal...

The animal's natural habitat is the lakes and streams of North America, where turtles are the stuff of summer camp legend. But here in manicured and tightly ordered Bavaria, the attack on the boy ushered in the latest installment of a modern German tradition: an exhaustive and exhausting, minutely documented search for an animal that isn't where it's supposed to be.

"We need peace," Mr. Lieb said, with the reptile still on the loose and the crush of media attention finally abating. "That is, the turtle needs peace."

It actually sounds like a pretty good story.