A seemingly innocent rescue dog has become an overnight viral sensation online after his picture and the grim details of his past were posted online.
Rumpelstiltskin might seem like any ordinary canine companion, but he’s actually something rather special. Dubbed the “survivalist pupper” by his current owner Tyfaneec Fortuna, Rumpelstiltskin’s story came to light after his picture was posted in the Facebook group the Dogspotting Society.
The group is designed specifically to celebrate pet pooches in all their different shapes and sizes and it was here that Tyfanee decided to share a grim store. “This is Rumpelstiltskin and he is 4lbs of love and nervous shaking,” she wrote alongside the post. “I adopted him 1yr ago from an animal shelter because his owner died.”
All pretty standard stuff, so far, but it’s here that things getting a little weird, with Tyfanee adding the following: “Bonus info: his owner was dead for a considerable time before anyone noticed and he did eat his human to stay alive. +1 for being a survivalist pupper.
“His legs are weirdly long for his small body and also bowed out in a way that makes them look like a fancy table. He likes food, undivided attention and sleeping for many hours at a time.”
Being eaten by your pet dog is a pretty grim concept but there are a few extenuating circumstances to consider in the case of Rumpelstiltskin. For starters, his owner was already dead. In fact, they had been dead for two whole weeks before their body was found.
In that time Rumpelstiltskin was left locked in the home, alone and without food – any dog would have ended up eating their Apparently the dog’s previous owner had been dead for two weeks before their body was found. In that kind of situation almost any pooch would probably be tempted – they are animals after all, driven by survival instincts.
In any case, the dog has proven a hit with followers on the group. The post has attracted over 4,300 likes on Facebook and close to 700 shares. He’s also gone viral on Twitter with plenty seemingly won over by his super-cute pictures.
Though it might seem like a nightmare, the prospect of dying and being eaten by your dog is pretty remote. A 2015 study pulled together just 63 recorded incidents of what is professionally referred to as “indoor scavenging”.
It’s pretty random but when it does happen it can be absolutely horrifying. In 24 per cent of the cases outlined in the study, less than a day passed before the body was partially eaten and that, in some cases, dogs still had access to normal food which was left uneaten.
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