Was going through wire stories about Iraq at work, and someone pointed out this little detail in AP’s story about the U.S. turning over security of Najaf to Iraqi forces. There, of course, was a ceremony on a soccer field to mark the event. Your usual change-of-command stuff:

At one point, a small group of elite Iraqi special forces officers wearing dark green T-shirts stepped forward with a live rabbit and ripped it apart with their teeth.

The leader chomped out the animal’s heart with a yell, then passed around the blood-soaked carcass to his comrades, each of whom took a bite. The group also bit the heads off frogs.