Thursday, August 1, 2013

2013 - JUL - Animal Attacks

2013-07-31 - Shark attacks and injures woman at beach in South Maui (Hawaii):

2013-07-31 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures 4-year-old boy in Woodland Hills neighborhood of coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "Max and four others were stung, but the 4-year-old was the center of the attack. 'They stung me, but I did not run, I just screamed,' Max said. His lips swelled to twice their size as his little body was overcome. His mother said that he vomited and had seizures when they got to the hospital."

2013-07-31 - Swarm of bees stings man and son in Douglas (Texas):

2013-07-31 - Alligator attacks and injures man working near lake in Orlando (Florida):

2013-07-29 - Shark attacks and injures man at White Plains Beach in Oahu (Hawaii):

2013-07-28 - Husky dog attacks and critically injures 5-year-old girl at home in Clearfield (Utah):

Quote: "Several neighbors told the Deseret News they didn't know much about the Husky except that they had seen it in its yard a lot, but they had never seen it acting aggressively toward anyone."

2013-07-28 - Shark attacks and injures man at Compass Cay, Exuma, in the Bahamas:

2013-07-27 - Two dogs attack several people at Hechinger Mall in coastal Washington DC, at least 1 injured:

Quote: "An adult man who was bitten in the face by one of the dogs was taken to the hospital."

2013-07-27 - Two pit bulls attack cop ion Franklin (Virginia), cops shoots one dead, the other shot but missing:

2013-07-26 - Pack of 15 stray dogs savages woman in Houston (Texas), 'eat her to the bone':

Quote: "The wild animals savaged her, pulling her to the ground and biting her arms and legs. Arcos was left with severe wounds and is now in hospital in a critical condition. Her family fear the attack left her so badly injured she might not pull through. Her stepson Oscar Reyes said: 'They were eating her - the dogs was eating her to the bone.'"

2013-07-26 - Pit bull attacks and injures woman on street in Hot Springs (Arkansas):

2013-07-26 - Two dogs attack and injure 12-year-old boy in the  Deer Park Community in Hancock County (Mississippi):

2013-07-25 - Swarm of bees attacks two people and two miniature horses, horses killed, people injured, in Pantego (Texas):

Quote: "Beauregard said she noticed nothing out of the ordinary as she exercised Trump, a Shetland pony, until he started jumping and kicking. Suddenly, a dark cloud of bees appeared and began stinging both of them. When efforts to swipe the bees off failed, she jumped into the pool and Trump followed. She escaped into the house, with bees flying behind her and crashing into windows. Horrified, she watched Trump frantically run all over the yard, rubbing against bushes to wipe off the bees and stumbling. Her boyfriend, whom she declined to identify, called 911 as the bees overwhelmed Trump and a second horse, Chip. 'It looked like they were moving because they were so covered in bees,' Beauregard said, breaking into tears."

Note: Events like this are why I watch bee attacks. A swarm of bees can be vastly more deadly than any bear or tiger or shark. One-on-one, human-versus-bee, no problem (unless you're allergic). But that's not how bees work. They bring an army...

2013-07-25 - Wild pig attacks and injures boy at beach in Queensland (Australia):

Quote: "Russell Wild, Cairns Regional Council co-ordinator for natural areas management, says wild pig attacks are rare but can result in serious injuries. 'The pig for whatever reason has had a go at the boy,' he said. 'This is absolutely out of the ordinary.'"

Note: They are omniverous, like us. I imagine that once their normal food dies off, they may very well turn to us as a source of food. This seems similar to the six feral cats that attacked and seriously injured a woman in Italy, as mentioned in the 2013-07-24 update...

2013-07-25 - Alligator gobbles up pet Siberian Husky dog in Jacksonville (North Carolina), alligator shot and killed:

2013-07-25 - Polar bear breaks through electrified fence, mauls lawyer, at Torngat Mountains National Park (Canada):

Quote: "It was the worst mauling since the park was created in 2005."

2013-07-24 - Six feral cats attack woman, drag her to ground, puncture artery, in Belfort (France):

Quote: "About six cats pounced on the unnamed dog owner as she walked her poodle in the city of Belfort, in the popular Franche-Comte region, on the Swiss border, dragging her to the ground and mauling her. She was bitten repeatedly and left with a torn artery which could have proved fatal, while the dog was also badly hurt."

Note: That's scary. Pound-for-pound, cats are badass. I wouldn't wanna mess with a pack of hostile cats...

2013-07-22 - Shark attacks and kills young woman at beach in Recife (Brazil):

2013-07-22 - Bees attack and injure man and dog in Tuscon (Arizona):

2013-07-21 - Handler, 22, bitten by 1,000-pound alligator at zoo in Hollywood (Florida):,0,5714134.story

Quote: "A 22-year-old alligator handler is undergoing one of several surgeries on his arm after a 1,000-pound alligator bit him during a demonstration at a Hollywood zoo and wildlife sanctuary."

Note: What was he demonstrating? How to get eaten by a 1,000-pound alligator? I'm not blaming the 'gator here. It's a foolish risk to stick your arm down next to the mouth of an alligator. Derp...

2013-07-20 - Swarm of bees attacks motorcycle taxi operator in Kitui (Kenya), man flees:

Quote: "Since the rider did not return to pick his motorcycle, word went round that he could have stolen it. The traders speculated that the actual owner of the motorcycle could have unleashed the bees on 'the thief'."

Note: Suuuure, magical bee control powers, sounds *cough* logical...

2013-07-19 - Shark attacks and kills man in beach on the island of Diego Garcia (Britain):

2013-07-18 - Rottweiler attacks and injures 5-year-old girl on street in coastal Ventura (California):

Quote: "Witnesses told authorities the girl was walking past the leashed dog outside a coffee shop when it lunged, bit into the child's abdomen, lifted her off the ground and shook her violently."

2013-07-18 - Dog gets aggressive, bites cop, in Winston-Salem (North Carolina), gets shot dead:

2013-07-17 - Pit bull bites off part of toddler's face in Carlsbad (New Mexico):

Quote: "An adult inside the house, a friend of the child's mother, reportedly grabbed him by the hand and was taking him inside when the pit bull reportedly charged at them and lunged at the toddler, according to the police report. The encounter left the child with lacerations to the left of his eye and a missing chunk of his left cheek. Animal Control Officer Isaac Florez wrote in the report that he was able to see the child's inner jaw and facial muscles where the dog had bitten him."

2013-07-17 - Deer attacks and seriously injures pet Labrador retriever in coastal Corte Madera (California):

2013-07-16 - In separate incidents, badger and raccoon dog attack men in Shumikhino District, Kurgan Region (Russia):

Quote: "The second attack was reported in the same district. A local man was picking berries in the forest when a raccoon dog attacked him. He took cover in his car, but the animal did not calm down and tried to get into the vehicle before running into the forest."

2013-07-16 - Three dogs attack and injure woman in Charleston County (South Carolina):

Quote: "The victim said the dog that bit her was foaming from the mouth."

Note: It may have been rabid, but not necessarily. Two lions sickened and foamed at the mouth at a zoo in Berlin, as mentioned in the 2012-08-06 update. Three high school students dropped to the ground with seizures and foaming at the mouth in El Paso Texas, as mentioned in the 2013-06-04 update. Breathing hydrogen sulfide can cause foaming at the mouth due to chemical damage to lungs. It can also cause brain damage resulting in seizures or aberrant and violent behavior, like the man who in a span of 30 minutes transformed from normal church-going guy to ravening face-eating cannibal after walking across a causeway over the ocean in Florida...

2013-07-16 - Pit bull attacks and injures man, charges cop, in Fresno (California), cop shoots it dead:

2013-07-15 - Shark attacks and kills 15-year-old girl at beach on Reunion Island (France):

2013-07-15 - Shark attacks and injures man at Litchfield Beach (South Carolina):

2013-07-14 - Pit bull bites three cops in coastal Bellingham (Washington), gets Tasered then shot dead:

2013-07-12 - Shark bites woman on foot near Holden Beach (North Carolina):

2013-07-10 - Three dogs attack man at 12:15 AM in White Center (Washington), man uses pocket knife to defend himself:

Quote: "Deputies say the man suffered bite wounds all over his body - including a severe bite wound to the neck - and is lucky to have survived the attack."

Quote: "The canines were located by following bloody paw prints and with the aid of a sheriff's helicopter equipped with heat sensors. Medics treated the victim and took him to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of significant bite wounds all over his body, McCurdy said."

2013-07-10 - Bees attack and sting man more than 400 times at home in Seguin (Texas):

Note: He agitated them doing tree work, but still, yikes. Musta been a slow runner...

2013-07-09 - Jellyfish causing problems along the Mediterranean coast in France:

Quote: "The jellyfish are brought to the coast by northern currents on the Mediterranean and warm water helps them reproduce."

Note: Ergo, rising jellyfish populations are another sign of warming waters...

2013-07-09 - Rare black jellyfish sting people at Thousand Steps Beach (California):

Quote: "Nigela Hillgarth of Birch Aquarium says the species was first identified in 1999, and it has only recently appeared in Southern California. Black-jelly tentacles can grow to 30 feet long. Hillgarth says warmer ocean temperatures may have brought the jellyfish closer to shore in search of prey..."

2013-07-09 - Pit bulls attack man, threaten medics, one gets shot dead by cops, in coastal Seattle (Washington):

2013-07-08 - Alligator bites teen's head in Little Big Econ Forest (Florida), 1 injured:,0,4275984.story

2013-07-06 - Three stray dogs attack and injure 2 people and dog at Wildwood Preserve Metropark in Toledo (Ohio):

2013-07-05 - Pit bull viciously attacks 12-year-old boy in Indianapolis (Indiana):

2013-07-05 - Grizzly bear attacks and wounds two hikers near Mount Proctor in British Columbia (Canada):

Note: It was a mother grizzly protecting her cub, and the people were on what she probably viewed as her turf, so I'm not blaming the bear in this case, and there's nothing weird about this attack, just noting the event...

2013-07-04 - Bees attack lawn care worker in Robstown (Texas):

2013-07-02 - Swarm of bees attacks group of children behind Carmalt Elementary School in Brookline (Pennsylvania):

2013-07-02 - Two pit bulls attack and injure man in Clinton (Iowa), cops shoot one dead, the other flees:

2013-07-02 - Pit bull jumps fence and attacks 4-year-old boy in Hoisington (Kansas):

2013-07-02 - Family pet pit bull attacks and seriously injures baby in coastal Dania Beach (Florida):

2013-07-01 - Dog seriously mauls teen boy at park in coastal Providence (Rhode Island):

2013-07-01 - Pit bull attacks a man - or maybe a woman - in Rock Hill (South Carolina), cops shoot it dead:

Quote: "Police said they shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked a Rock Hill man in York County Monday morning on Reynolds Street. Police received reports the dog bit a woman four times on her arms, thigh and stomach."

Note: So it attacked a man, but a woman got injured? Something's missing or something's confused in the story...

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