My pet golden retriever’s “cuddly toy” suddenly darted around under the sofa – I was shocked to find out what it really was
A pet owner was horrified to realize the dog toy she thought had been romping under the sofa was actually a wild animal.
Kirsten Lynch said she got the scare of her life when she saw the creature.
The Tasmanian woman came across a Tasmanian devil when she went to collect the toy for her Golden retriever at her home in Hobart.
Kirsten told The guard in December 2022: “I wanted to reach for it, the devil shot under the couch.”
The mother said she was afraid the animal might lash out if it was scared.
She admitted she was scared, but said, “I think the poor thing was more scared of us.”
Kirsten suspected the animal got into her home when it was following her pup gecko.
She also spoke about how her family tried to evict the animal from the home.
Kirsten told ABC Australia: “At one point the whole family was around the dining table while my husband tried to shoo the poor thing away with a broom.”
Tasmanian devils have black and tan fur and look like baby bears.
They have sharp teeth and are known for their lively behavior.
The animals emit a screeching and howling noise that can be heard from afar.
Tasmanian devils make a high-pitched sound when threatened.
The animals use their sense of smell and sight to avoid being eaten by predators.
The species is endangered and threatened by Devil Facial Tumor Disease Zoo Victoria.
The tumors can be aggressive and cause the animals to die within three to six months.
Meanwhile, The US Sun reported how a group of firefighters believed they rescued eight puppies from a stormwater drain before realizing they were red foxes.
And a Maryland man shared how he almost petted a bear after mistaking the animal for a neighbor’s dog.