Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen discovered a canine’s chunk to be worse than its bark on Thursday, when Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s rescue pooch bit the Austrian chief on the hand throughout his go to to Chişinău.
The incident, which was filmed by the media, occurred when Sandu and Van der Bellen have been strolling by way of the courtyard of the Presidential Palace within the Moldovan capital.
Sandu introduced her canine, a rescue named Codruț, to a photo-op with Van der Bellen and Slovenian President Nataša Pirc Musar, who was additionally current for the assembly, earlier within the day.
At one level, Van der Bellen reached all the way down to pet Codruț, however the canine lunged at him and snapped at his proper hand. Sandu apologized and defined Codruț had turn into overwhelmed.
“It’s many people,” she stated. Van der Bellen was later photographed with a bandaged hand.
Sandu adopted Codruț, a former stray, in early 2023 after the canine was hit by a automotive, dropping a leg.
“Codruț has been part of our team at the Presidency for about 7 months, after he was found in the street hit by a car. Unfortunately, we were not able to save his paw, but after a few months of treatment, he is now running happily on 3 legs,” she wrote on Instagram.
She has posted photos mountaineering with the three-legged pup on social media, turning Codruț into one thing of a web based celeb in Moldova.
Van der Bellen and Musar have been in Chişinău to debate Moldova’s bid to affix the EU. In June, the nation was granted candidate standing together with Ukraine.
“Delighted to welcome presidents Van der Bellen of Austria and Musar of Slovenia to Chisinau today,” Sandu wrote on X. “Our discussions highlighted strong support for Moldova’s EU path, marking a significant moment in our journey towards European accession.”
Codruț was not accessible for remark.