This Woman Tested The Theory That Golden Retrievers Can Hold Eggs In Their Mouths Without Breaking Them
The seemingly wholesome challenge started from a viral tweet, but some veterinarians are concerned.
People are seeing if their dog can hold an egg in its mouth after a tweet showing the challenge went hugely viral on Monday.
Haley Bowers, a 17-year-old high school student from Michigan, kicked off the trend when she tweeted video of her Aunt's dog, Sookie, carefully holding an egg in its mouth.
So far Haley's tweet has been retweeted over 150,000 times and the video has been viewed almost 7.5 million times.
Haley told BuzzFeed News that 8-year-old Sookie the golden retriever would balance anything on her head and nose as long as she could get a treat afterward. This was just one of those tricks.
Still, the huge virality of Haley's tweet has led to people trying the trick for themselves with their own pets, dubbing it the "Golden Retriever Challenge."
There are some doozies out there...
And not all of them involve dogs...
Or successful attempts...
Doctor Paula Parker, the president of the Australian Veterinary Association, told BuzzFeed News that participating in the challenge could put your dog's life in danger.
"Placing a raw egg (in the shell) in a dog’s mouth is a health risk. It is choking hazard as the egg may become lodged in the dog’s throat," she said.
"However, there is also a risk of the dog contracting an infection from bacteria that is present on the outside of the egg shell, for example, salmonella."
"Salmonella can be present both inside and outside the shell, so even if the egg does not break, if the bacteria is present on the outside of the shell it could lead to health concerns including diahhorea and vomiting."