The Fur Flies At The Top of 5 p.m. Newscast
Being that we live in and around New York and not some rural outpost, the ears perked up as channel 4 led off "Live at Five" with a woman being attacked by a fox, followed by a story about whether a chihuahua was really killed by a coyote.
Granted, the fox did his bidding in Patterson, N.Y., some 50 miles from the city, while the alleged coyote was well away from the Big Apple in Middletown, N.J.
Still, these aren't normally the kinds of stories that top a New York newscast, though it is sort of a feral version of the "if it bleeds, it leads" school that's usually in session here.
If nothing else, the items serve as a cautionary tale about how big New York's backyard has become and the more people move to these outposts, the more we realize we have to share it with its original inhabitants, like it or not.
And that may be the real news coming out of all this.