Can an Animal be UnAmerican? Surprising Flag Theft Mystery Solved

People in Hudson, NY were steamed. Just before the 4th of July this year, dozens of flags disappeared from the graves of veterans of the Civil War. “Disrespectful,” “dirtbag” — the town was clearly disgusted. A $500 reward was offered and a graveside camera installed. The culprit was uncovered — to the surprise of all concerned. As CBS News reported, “He’s kind of short and furrier than most people expected.” That’s because the pilferer is a woodchuck. They caught him red-pawed on camera, stuck a camera down his hole and found a flag there. Now, the veterans who put up the flags are working on developing a flag holder that would hold the flag a couple feet off the ground. To see the entire story, view it at:  Burrowing into a mystery: Who stole flags from veterans’ graves in N.Y. town? For the record, when a woodchuck shows up in my yard, angling to snack on our tomatoes, I give him the what for.

photo by Tom Grotta


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2 Responses to Can an Animal be UnAmerican? Surprising Flag Theft Mystery Solved
  1. Shirley Uphouse
    August 4, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    Her coat is absolutely amazing. What are you feeding? Mom went in for her 15 year check. At the vet’s office, they all think she is a puppy and the prettiest Aussie to come in their doors. I agree.

    • woofington
      August 12, 2012 | 4:46 pm

      Woof eats Wellness dogfood twice a day. In the morning she also gets a splash of Wellesse Joint Movement Liquid; at night a tablespoon of olive oil. She also shares bites of a lot of human food — watermelon, peanut butter, chicken and steaks are particular favorites.

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