During Austrian President Van der Bellen's Moldova visit, an unexpected event occurred when President Sandu's dog bit him. Sandu apologized, attributing the incident to the dog's nervousness. Van der Bellen, known for his love of dogs, addressed the incident, emphasizing the dog's anxiety in a video message.
diplomatic visit turned unpleasant as Moldovan President Sandu's dog bit Austrian President Van der Bellen during their stroll at the Presidential
Palace in Chişinău. Sandu's dog, Codruț, reacted unexpectedly when Van der
Bellen attempted to pet him, snapping at the Austrian President's right hand.
Sandu later apologized, attributing the incident to Codruț feeling overwhelmed by the crowd. Van der Bellen, despite the bite, maintained his fondness for dogs, acknowledging Codruț's nervousness due to the bustling environment.
Austrian President's hand appeared bandaged in subsequent pictures alongside
Sandu and Slovenian President Musar. Van der Bellen addressed the incident in a
video, empathizing with the dog's anxious behavior amidst the crowd.
had adopted Codruț, a former stray, in early 2023 after the dog endured an
accident resulting in the loss of a leg. The incident overshadowed the
diplomatic discussions regarding Moldova's aspirations to join the European
Union during the presidential meeting.
occurrence draws parallels to past incidents involving presidential pets.
Notably, US President Joe Biden's German Shepherd, Commander, garnered
attention for attacking Secret Service members and staff, leading to his
removal from the White House. This incident adds to the catalog of presidential
pet actions making headlines.