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Painful lesson on stray pets in foreign countries
However, after reading this blog on latimes.com, you might want to stay away from stray pets for a while. Especially in Iraq.
Apparently, the rule for troops about wild animals in Iraq is very clear: Leave them alone, no matter how cute they are. But what's a soldier, missing his pets from home, to do? One young Marine could not resist a stray cat in an Iraqi village. As he was holding the cat, the animal went on a biting and scratching jag, "striking the Marine in a vulnerable spot". The Marine ended up being evacuated for medical care. He will certainly have some good stories about his war wounds.