Posted by: Idioma Extra | October 25, 2011

The Weird and the Wonderful

Puppy rescued after trip on top of train


LIBERTY, S.C. — A black Lab puppy is lucky to be alive after being rescued from the top of a train car after a journey that had a mysterious beginning.

No one knows how the puppy, who appears to be about 3 months old, ended up on top of the Norfolk Southern train that left Pennsylvania, and had already gone through Virginia and North Carolina on its way to Atlanta.

Tina Parker, of Pickens, said she and her family were driving home Sunday night when they stopped at a red light by the Walmart store in Easley, S.C., as the train passed by.

Parker said she spotted what she at first thought was trash on top of the train. But she said the “trash” started moving and she realized it was a puppy.

Parker called 911 and then followed the train on to Liberty.

A Norfolk Southern spokeswoman told WYFF News 4 that they were alerted to stop the train. The spokeswoman said the train would have been traveling about 50 mph.

The Parker family helped spot which car in the long train the puppy was on.

The Liberty Fire Department arrived and used a ladder to reach the pup on the top of the Hunter boxcar.

The cars carried double-stacked containers, making them about 20 feet-tall.

The wayward puppy has been taken in by his heroes, the Parker family.

They have named the puppy Boxcar Hunter, or Boxy for short. He has an appointment for his first vet visit in about a week, but he seems healthy — and happy to be off the train.

Word of the Day

Wayward way•ward: \ˈwā-wərd\
Origin: Middle English, short for awayward turned away, from away, adverb + -ward
First Known Use: 14th century Adjective
1: following one’s own capricious, wanton, or depraved inclinations : ungovernable
2: following no clear principle or law : unpredictable
3: opposite to what is desired or expected : untoward

More Vocabulary

Alert: v. to make aware of
Boxcar: n. a roofed freight car usually with sliding doors in the sides
Spot: v. detect, notice
Trash: n. junk, rubbish

Love those Phrasal Verbs

Take in: to provide lodging for
After Mary’s parents dies she was taken in by a loving aunt.


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